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Cascade Elderberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

212 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 45
Gots: 48 | FT: 5
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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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 project.

Appearance - Deep red. Thick collar after a medium head dissipates.

Smell - I don't know what an elderberry is supposed to smell or taste like, but this has some blueberry and cherry aromas. Lots of caramel and some oak.

Taste - Deep caramel. Fruity. Again kinda like cherries. Oaky.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Wish I knew what an elderberry tasted like. Enjoyable sour.

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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.

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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.

Cascade Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.