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Cascade Elderberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 47
Gots: 26 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Gobzilla, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

CoryR, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

strongaf, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chuck's hop shop.

Appearance. Pours a hazy deep amber brown with a thin white head.

Smell. Dark sour berries, lightly floral, lightly funky.

Taste. Intensley fruity and quite sour, lightly funky. Mostly dark berries and light fruit flavours.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Another awesome Cascade sour. Loved it.

Rutager, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

shelby415, Sep 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Sep 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ObeMaltKinobee, Sep 17, 2012
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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2oz taster pour
Enjoyed at the Portland, OR barrel room on 9/2/12
Enjoyed a bottle of 2011 vintage 9/4/13

A: This one pours out a slightly cloudy, light brown color. There are some pinkish, reddish hues in there. The head is light tannish white though, whats left of it that is. Leaves some lacing

S: There is a lot going on here. The normal tart sour flavors but so much berry character smashed in there. Initial smells of a Flanders Red ale. Tart cherry fruit character. Sweetness. Balsamic vinegar. Deep oak and tannins

T: Up front a nice pucker, but not to the point of ruining the sip. You still can taste the fruit and the roundness of the barrel. I loved this one and marked it higher than Apricot and Strawberry. It just seemed like the flavors all mesh so well. UPDATE: Not as sour as I was expecting. There is some tart dark cherry flavor up front. It's muted. That fruit carries through the sip. There is a sweetness from the berry. Finish is dry and tart. But it's not as dry as other Cascades. Lot of chalk, as I let it warm.

M: The mouthfeel is a little bigger on this one at medium. Wish it was lighter.

inlimbo77, Sep 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

bum732, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Adidasakh, Aug 19, 2012
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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.

Mebuzzard, Aug 08, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 04AUG12

Nice pretty dark rose colored beer with little/no foam and a high degree of clarity. Nose is just as expected, I dig the elderberry - herbal, floral and fruity like a blend of blueberries, soil, spices, some lavender like tones atop a leathery prune skin. Hints of peppercorn. The flavor comes through with reserved tart for the brewery and a good dose of aromatic and infectious flavors which are rich and robust with delicacy at the same time. Of fruit flavored sours, this may be my favorite choice of fruit and flower. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a slick finish. I like this beer, I like this beer a lot.

harrymel, Aug 07, 2012
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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.

womencantsail, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Rconn006, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Kopfschuss, Aug 02, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel house.

Dark colored pour with good head and lace. Darkened fruit aroma melds with some bourbon. Berries plus Cascade yeast somehow yield a boring taste. Wtf? Never been disappointed by a Cascade sour, and while this isn't bad, it certainly falls short of my expectations for this brewery.

brystmar, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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...)

lacqueredmouse, Jul 25, 2012
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Cascade Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.