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Cascade Elderberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 46
Gots: 52 | 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

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Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 07-25-2012

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shout out to the Tims on this one

Pours a dark red almost purple color with an off white, fruit tinged head that lasted for a few moments. The aroma was deeply fruity, sour, some wheat, funk, damp basement must, and perfume all arose from the glass. In the flavor, nice cranberry like flavor though it was elderberry here. Funk, vinegar, wheat, cider and alcoholic flavors were all in delicate balancing letting all parties show their hands as the beer was sipped. A well integrated brew with remarkable flavors, solid, full bodied feel, and a crisp, drying finish. This beer was everything we thought it would be. A true classic.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 11/16/14

A: Pours way darker than I would have expected, a very deep purple - medium to large, light tan head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Very, very sour - sour in both the funky/acidic/lactic way, and a very fruity, tart sourness - some acidic sour, some musty, damp cellar, and some lactic funk - big sour berry aroma - I will admit that I do not really know what elderberries smell like like, but based on this beer, I am guessing the aroma is reminiscent of tart, sour, underripe blueberries - blueberry yogurt past its expiration date - rich oak and some hints of malts underneath the sour

T: Multidimensional sour - follows the aroma, as there are distinct sour notes from souring process, and the inherent sourness of the berries - acidic, with some lemon-like tart - damp, wet, old cellar - lactic notes and hints of yogurt - big, tart and sour berry, and berry skin - lots of oak flavor - lightly sweet, and finishes a lot cleaner and dryer than some of the other Cascade sours

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, finishes with lingering sour

O: The Elder Berries V: Skyrim

This is a very interesting sour. It's very big, and very bold. It cranks the berries and sour to 11, and doesn't really have much nuance, but it works. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:Slightly hazed burgundy murky red brown. Head is small and light khaki. Tiny clump of a cap with a small collar. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: VInegar. Deep dark fruitiness. Tons of oak barrel. A touch of red wine. Tart with some lactic elements but mostly citric. Big and sweet. Worn leather. Tart berry skin. Touches of something akin to cherry, blueberry, and blackberry. Tannic. Malts offer some solid caramel sweetness. Sharp tart edfe. Oak barrel adds some nice woody and earthy elements. Carries the distinct damp funkiness of all Cascade sours. Juicy. Sour blueberry. Soft backing spice - botanical.

Taste: Bracingly tart. Citric and then some some. Pushes acetic with some funky cheesy lactic through the back as well. Touches of balsamic vinegar. Tons of dark fruit - cherry, blueberry, blackberry. Tons of berry skin and juicy fruit. Oak is abundant and adds the requisite fresh woody elements. Very soft botanical spice buried in the back. Malts are heavy on the caramel and offer a necessary sweetness. Tons of leather. Damp and musty with some old wooden cellar. Lactic acidity increases as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Simultaneously juicy and astringent. Dries the tongue immediately. Minimal carbonation with a medium body.

Overall: Lick this wallpaper.

It's a fruited Cascade "sour." Incredibly tart without ever crossing the line to too much. Sweet and big for the style. Curious to see where it lands in a couple years.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark red in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass and some patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of elderberries are present in the nose—these smell mainly like sour blueberries.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of elderberries along with a light amount of sourness. It's like drinking sour blueberries with notes of sour vinegar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as sour as compared to other American Wild Ales but is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into two Sam Adams perfect pint glasses.
Large head that dissipates to 1/4 inch. Looks very dark until a bright flash light reveals a deep ruby red. Smell is subtle fruit and funk. Taste is similar. Subtle fruit and lighter funk. It then gets dry and slightly tart. Not amazing. Other Cascade sours are better and for the very expensive price of 33 dollars a bottle at a bottle shop anywhere around here (Charlotte, NC) this is way over valued for such a underwhelming beer.

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Cascade Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.