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Cascade Elderberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
89
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 47
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 07-25-2012)
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-16-2012 21:23:16 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Beachwood Sour Fest at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, red wine, wood, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with sour berry, red wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fairly prominent red wine and wood presence alongside the elderberries.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 03:56:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-05-2013 01:04:55 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-12-2013 15:21:13 | More by Thorpe429
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-24-2013 21:34:26 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

Reddish in color with small head to it. I don’t get all that much elderberry, but there is some grape and nondescript berry aroma to it. Lightly floral with plenty of wood and acidity. The flavor is lightly acetic, but still maintains a good lactic character as well. Plenty of fruit, some spicy wood, light tannins, and a bit of booze. Really different.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 20:35:10 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-03-2014 00:15:22 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-03-2014 01:29:11 | More by Texasfan549
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-12-2013 17:10:32 | More by JAHMUR
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-16-2013 05:36:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean(?) for sharing this one. Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Brown-red body with some transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Interesting mix of chocolate and crystal malt sweetness; not the base I was anticipating for a fruit sour from Cascade. Overripe berries (presumably elder ones?), some musky funk, and light lactic sourness. I know Cascade doesn't use brett, so either there's a funky characteristic to the fruit, or the berries were harboring some wild yeast on them.

T - The taste is significantly more sour, with a hefty dose of lactic acidity. Less malt sweetness here, although the chocolate still peeks through. Berry flavor is still present, but oak intensity has been dialed up as well. More what I was expecting, but a bit less enjoyable than the aroma.

M - Dry, oaky, and tannic, with lower carbonation. Alcohol is well-concealed, and acidity is at a moderate level. Medium body is sufficiently hefty for the 7.75%, but still light enough to be refreshing.

D - Interesting brew and largely enjoyable. I'm curious how the elderberries would have fared with a lighter base beer, but perhaps the malt was necessary to keep things from getting to sour. I'd drink this again, but it's somewhere in the middle of Cascade's output.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 15:05:38 | More by MasterSki
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-23-2013 23:55:52 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-07-2014 02:34:29 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-07-2014 20:05:23 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-05-2013 06:30:01 | More by beernads
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-06-2014 02:03:37 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-15-2014 20:40:39 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-01-2013 06:34:47 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried from a "live barrel" at the Cascade Barrel Room in Portland, OR. This was edition III.

Pours a reddish amber colour, with a surprisingly clear body (didn't expect that from a barrel, especially not a live one). Weight is light and fluid. Head? Well, there's no head to speak of at all. Neither is there carbonation. All oddities, but expected oddities.

Nose is vinous, with hints of rosé or clear, colourless white wine. Some mild berry notes come through along with a twang of lactic acidity. It's a bit flat and dull, overall, which is something of a shame.

Flavour is a little better: light crisp entry, with hints of pinot, and a light, mild lactic wildness towards the mid-palate. There's not much in the way of berry, although it is "beery": there's a slight grassiness which gives it a rather generic tone. Puckering acidity builds towards the finish, leaving a very brusque aftertaste that lingers slightly too long.

Is it too young? There's something a bit too raw about this, as though it hasn't integrated all of its elements properly. Needs some more smoothness.

(I was tossing up between having this or the Apricot... I was disappointed I tried this one...)

Serving type: cask

07-25-2012 03:12:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-27-2013 12:06:32 | More by dbrauneis
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-07-2014 00:27:38 | More by duceswild
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing. The beer is dark brown with a lasting tan head. Copious lacing. The aroma brings funk, cherries, oak. Distinguishable Cascade character. Alcohol presence in both the flavor and aroma. Big puckering finish. Tart and sour. Bold in every regard, with similarities to the Flanders style.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 20:31:02 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont station during puckerfest.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with red hilights. Head retention is pretty good, and there's considerable lacing as well. On the nose, there's considerable fruit, along with light vanilla and noticeable wine and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the sour component really dominates in this beer. There's some underlying fruit and wine flavor as well, but they struck me as a bit muddled, and in any event, the predominant flavor is SOUR! Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and as is typical with Cascade, alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

This is a nice beer, but I really didn't think it stood out from many of the other fruit dominated sours I've had from Cascade. I really found myself thinking "ho hum, another fruity sour beer from Cascade." I guess if you love Cascades Strawberry, blueberry, and many of the other fruit sours made by Cascade, you'll probably like this one as well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 15:36:20 | More by John_M
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-29-2014 03:26:44 | More by Gonzoillini
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice intro to Cascade beers, imho. Reddish, rusty pour, purty good head and retention.

Faint grape and cherry aroma, some sourness, hints of sweet malt.

A light sour beer, some puckering. The fruit is subtle but it does define the beer. Some tannin, spice, black pepper and maybe a dash of salt.

Over all a solid beer. Nothing fancy, or at least nothing as fancy as some of their other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 06:38:37 | More by Mebuzzard
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Cascade Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.