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Cascade Elderberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade ElderberryCascade Elderberry

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

189 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 44
Gots: 40 | FT: 3
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

MasterSki, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

NurseBri, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

jvillefan, Aug 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

TurdFurgison, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

AlexFields, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

tom10101, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

jrohrbacher, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

chippo33, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

mikennat, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

djrn2, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kevin for cracking the bottle. Always on the lookout for more Cascade sours! The Elderberry pours a dark-ish, brown-ish, and faintly indigo tinted color with barely any head. Surprising to see such a lack of foam on what are typically a series of volatile brews. A light gray collar rests at the edges for just a few minutes before it dissipates into thin air.

The aroma is full of sweet and tart elderberries first and foremost. If you haven't smelled elderberries before, they're kind of reminiscent between a "berry-ish" and dark fruit mix, along the lines of blackberries, blueberries and currants. It's a satisfying, strange, and noble fruit indeed. Needless to say, the aroma is carrying heavy notes of "berry" and not just specifically "elderberry", along with some mild vanilla-tinted oak over a faint, vinegary background.

As is the case with nearly all of the Cascade sours I've tried up to this point, the first sip hits your jowels with a solid jolt of tartness that flexes its traps like mad and will soon have the inside of your cheeks touching. The sourness is hashed apart by a nice fruity sensation, however, full of sweet berries. So far, a nice balance of sweet and sour is taking place right in front of my tongue.

Elderberries, blackberries, and all sorts of berries keep working their magic and massaging the palate hard while some vinegar notes waft in on a thin surfboard of oak. Very faint vanilla hints cling to the finishing, drying oak, and with each sip, I can say that this is also one of the least acidic Cascade brews I've had so far, which is doing wonders for plausible drinkability. Medium bodied, soft on the carbonation and just a few steps outside the realm of "creamy".

Yet another highly enjoyable Cascade beer. I like the use of oddball (read: less common) fruits in beers, and I'd say that elderberries qualify. Whether you've had actual elderberries or not, it doesn't matter much. Do you like berries, period? If the answer is yes, then there's no doubt that you'll love this brew. Cascade typically hides their alcohol very well; coupled with the lower acidity (relative to most other Cascade beers), this beer becomes dangerously drinkable.

tectactoe, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of douginromeo
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

douginromeo, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jul 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

SatlyMalty, Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Crazydaddyo, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Michigan, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

billab914, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark red / purple with a decent foam head. Carbonation trails upwards 3.25

S - LIght elderberry with lactic acid tartness 3.5

T - Lactic acid tartness, light red wine and oak, berry presence, and light funk on the backend. 3

M - Tart carbonation with a light funky and dry presence to it 3.25

O - Decent sour from cascade with only a light elderberry presence. While still a good beer this is one of my least favorite Cascades

jeonseh, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

thegerm87, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

John_M, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Thorpe429, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

ahermsen, Jul 11, 2013
Cascade Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.