Blackcap Raspberry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Blackcap RaspberryBlackcap Raspberry

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.13%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for 28 months before spending an additional two months on 300+ pounds of Black Cap Raspberries: think Nouveau Beaujolais with raspberries. Vinous then sweet aromas of tart raspberries are the first to be noticed. Sharp, acidic notes of tart berries and leather on the palate lead to a sharp, dark berry presence and a finish with a prolonged dry fruit note.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an oversize wine glass.

Pours a deep maroon ruby body with a pink, frothy yet effervescent head that reduces fairly slowly to leave a good layer of retention and some lacing .

Aromas of raspberry, tart citrus, lactic acid, lots of berries here. On the tongue is sour raspberry, not as much as the nose would hint toward. Pretty sour with funk and a tad bit of oak. Dry aftertaste, crisp and easy drinking.

Overall really enjoyable for an easy to get, off the shelf sour..

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Photo of nlmartin
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a growler into a tulip.

Appearance: The body of the beer looks like grape juice. The head was light purple and went away almost immediately.

Smell: The aroma of the beer perfectly captures blackberries and raspberries oak, funk and vinegar type sourness round the aroma out.

Taste: Brief sweetness from the berries. The flavor captures the sweet, tart and sour of the berry flavors. Funk oak and tannins all help to combine the sweet and funky flavors of the beer. The finish is plenty sour.

Feel: The beer starts a little sweet and fruity and quickly dries out to almost vinegar levels of sour.

Overall: I love the way Cascade manipulated the aroma and flavors of this beer. Its a bit pricey but I got what I paid for. Well Done!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; drank 9/6/15 @ Pritzker Pavilion (seeing the great Muhal Richard Abrams!).

No visual cues; drank from a plastic cup at night.

Raspberry & blackberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Raspberry & blackberry flavors up front; slightly tart soda water effervescence on the finish. Right up my alley; fruit forward & refreshing. Nice!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle served in a pair of little Cantillon glasses. 2016 "reserve".

Pours a pretty, dark, ruby red with a small ring of pinkish/red head. Smell is nice -- berries, tartness, really strong fruit aroma.

Taste is a lot tarter than I expected -- a little bit of jaw clench. Still a strong berry presence.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, nice beer. Once again, happy with Cascade.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep burgundy topped by a finger of dense pink head that fades to a small pool leaving minimal lacing
S: Smells of sourness and raspberries with some hints of funk at times.
T: Taste is sourness up front with some nice juicy raspberry flavors and a decent blast of funk with some hints of wood. The swallow on this one brings some more bright raspberry with some lingering sourness and funk but the raspberry also sticks around.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish.
O: Overall this beer is really good. The raspberry flavors are very bright and juicy so you know they didn't use extracts. Overall the complexity is decent but the fruit is the star of the show. Definitely one to try if you enjoy fruited lambics.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sweet or sour enough, imo...especially compared to other Cascades I've had in the past. This would probably get a bit better with Age, but I will reach for a different one next time.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice looking bubbly purple looking head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a cloudy dark purple color. It has a very nice wine appearance and definitely reminds of a Nouveau Beaujolais as advertised. Although, it might be a bit thicker but still nice looking.

The smell and taste are pretty good with similar notes. There isn't much difference between the two other than the taste is a bit more tarty. The main notes that come out are a strong raspberry note. It has a nice sweetness mixed in with fairly strong tart note that works well. There also seems to be a slight sugar note but that gets buried underneath everything else. The beer has a fairly acidic and tarty finish.

The feel is good. It isn't very wine-like but does have a slightly similar feel to it. The beer has a medium body with quite a bit of carbonation that gives is a very biting feel and a dry finish. There is also a light acidity to it.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the price you end up paying for it is a bit much than might be worth to some people. Other than that, it's a pretty good beer that's worth getting if you don't mind the price shock.

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Photo of Insert_Beer_Pun
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Relatively thick. Deep red wine color - if I wouldn't have known, would have said it was a red ale. While tart from the berries, it's a bit sweet. Overall, nice beer but prefer several other raspberry beers.

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Photo of thatche2
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is relatively dark ruby red with fairly low head. The tart raspberry flavors are very nice, but there are also some oak notes present. There is some moderate earthy yeast/funk throughout the flavor profile. Overall this is an excellent sour that is quite tart but not over the top. The carbonation is well placed and effervescent with this beer being quite refreshing. The only criticism is that I was satisfied after one glass, and didn't really want another.

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Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any bottled on date. The label does state that it is a "2015 project." The ABV is listed as 7.63%.

Appearance: Dark beet red with hues of purple comprising the whole of the body. It looks like cranberry juice. The head is a short-lived frothy mass of light purple. Very poor head retention and no lacing at all. It looks absolutely fantastic color-wise.

Aroma: Rich urea smelling sourness and that is all.

Taste: Tart but not overwhelming. It has a very well defined lambic flavor but the raspberry does not make it through in any respect other than the base sourness. In reference to flavor the raspberry is absent.

Mouthfeel: It is tart and very dry. It has a fair bit of puckering but not like a warhead. The more I drink the beer the more sour it becomes but it never becomes too overwhelming to drink. The dryness is very good.

Overall: It's a pretty good Lambic but it doesn't make me want another. While it is very well made the beer doesn't lend any flavor of the originating fruit to the character of the beer. I can see the lovely color of the raspberries but they have been exhausted of all soul. It's like finally getting to Mars and discovering that there was an ancient civilization that has been carpet bombed to the point where nothing is left to discover. I'm on the fence with this beer because it is clearly well done but it seems to be overdone. I probably wouldn't recommend it but if you purchased it on a whim like I did then it is enjoyable enough that you wouldn't regret it. I won't actively seek the beer again but I would try another beer from Cascade to see if there is something that showcases the fruit a little better.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with a friend who enjoys sours as much as I do. Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Deep red color with a nice pink head that quickly settles down. Smell is strong raspberry jam and woodiness. Taste is fantastic. Strong raspberry sweetarts and a subtle oaky dry finish. Mouthfeel was spot on and pleasing. This was a pleasure to drink. Would definately have again even at the price point. Well made and highly recommended.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent lambic beer taste like juicy blackberry, maybe even a little more tart than the fruit. Good finish, some pine and wood taste, strawberry breakfast jam.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 25/12/15

A ruby maroon liquid, with enough clarity to see a few streams of bubbles feeding a short lived pink finger of foam that leaves no lace but I love the color

S raspberry jam in a glass, has some cherry and strawberry going on, some funky wet wood but shes heavy on the fruit, massive nose on this one

T more sour then the jammy nose, has some vinegar notes, still woody just not nearly as fruity as the nose

M has a little weight to it, bubbles make it airy, sour and tart tannin followed by a slick palate followed by grit, my mouths confused, sour raspberry keeps going

O it is what it claims, sour and heaps of raspberry, nose was up there and not lacking anywhere, drinkable for a strong sour

Great beer but 40$ a bottle? more money then loons in this part of the world, I pulled the trigger but I just couldn't grab a second to age

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby body with a half-inch of lavender head. Loads of fruit in the aroma. Grape, blackberry, raspberry. Fruit punch. Jammy. Tangy and tart finish. Tasty. Another solid beer from Cascade.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost opaque yet hazy purplish magenta in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint raspberry highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy pink head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of blackcap raspberries along with a faint aromas of lactic sourness.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of blackcap raspberries and a light to moderate amount of tannins. There are light to moderate amounts of tartness/sourness and a light amount of lactic funkiness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Probably one of my favorite beers from this brewery - really nice fruit flavors and well balanced between the tartness and fruitiness. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy reddish purple in color. It poured with a quarter finger high pink head that died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of blackcap raspberries are present in the nose along with faint hints of sourness.
T: Following the smell, the taste has flavors of blackcap raspberries with notes of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be different compared to all of the other beers I've had from Cascade Brewing in that it has a lot more fruity aromas and flavors and isn't dominated by the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy magenta with a nice head that leaves quite a bit of lacing

Smell: Lactic raspberry tones; very fruity with tart, funk and sweet elements

Taste: Lactic raspberry with growing funky tones; a nice depth of flavor comes in the middle, with date, plum and red wine grape tones; vinous and tannic through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The Cascade sours are always enjoyable; glad I didn't have to shell out the $ for a taste of this one

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I always get confused and expect blackberry when this beer is about raspberry (blackcap). So my expectations are lower, bc I just have more experience dealing with the framboise being good instead of blackberry wilds in America. This one was a mix of red and light brown. The aroma was better than expected because I was all like shit here comes the dirty feet blackberry smell. Sweet. Lactic.

Taste is par for the course with Cascade. Not complex, but damn good predictable kind of sourness to the beer. Not much input from the oak on this one. Good stuff. $20 good, I dunno about 25, or 30. . .

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a stunning dark ruby/mahogany color. A Champagne like bubbly two finger pink head forms quickly, and recedes just as quickly.
S: Beautiful, vibrant, dark and tart raspberry up front and center. An absolute stunning fruit character in the nose. Oak, light vanilla in the finish. Wonderful.
T: Tart and puckering fruits up front. That beautifully tart raspberry that I can't get enough of. It just pops. The oak is subtle, but very pleasing. The same with the vanilla. Fantastic.
M/O: A light to medium body. A perfect bubbly effervescent bite. Even with a touch of sweetness, this finishes on the dry side. The puckering character makes this a slow sipper, but one that is really enjoyable.

This is a beautiful Wild Ale/American Lambic (or whatever you want to call it). Incredibly well done, and even with the steep price tag something I will be looking forward to getting again.

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Photo of Extol
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - purple, lots of carbonation. Heads dissipates rapidly, which is funny because upon opening the bottle it's like a volcano. Smell - raspberries, mild oakiness. Taste - not too tart or sour. The oak comes through and breaks that up, so this is a good balance. Overall - nothing outstanding, but very solid. Would get again.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: quite hazy and dark mix of raspberry and blueberry as expected. Head is foamy and pink and big.
smell: Sour funk and fruity.
taste: Delicious melange of sour, tart, fruit. Not too sweet, not to dry. A nice tarty, sour, fruity lingering finish. No perceptible alcohol.
overall: a finely crafted pleasurable beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle, @7.63% ABV for the 2015 Project, and with one of the best-sounding labels for a sour brew that I have ever come across.

This beer pours a murky, rather dark magenta colour, with one skinny-ass finger of wispy, and barely bubbly pink 'head', which blows off in one standard hot second, leaving nothing in the way of lace anywhere in the vicinity of the glass.

It smells of fruity 'n tart raspberries, a subtle funky oaken woodiness - with the inherent vanilla, caramel and nondescript spirit character - a further sedate wheat and caramel malt sweetness, and well, very little else. The taste is more sharp and edgy raspberry essence, one now kind of removed from any of its sugary fruitiness, a still understated barrel funk - musty wood, edgy vanilla, and ethereal alcohol - a few other dark fruit notes (blackberry and cherry), overripe rhubarb, a twinge of red wine vinegar, and maybe some well-aged lemon acerbity.

The carbonation is quite active in probing the far reaches of my various palates with its cheeky frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and more than a bit too tart to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes trending dry, as in the raspberry mainstage star has been stripped even further of its non-acidic being.

I get the feeling that Cascade started this one out by trying to not be too much like the Cantillons or Drie Fonteinens of the world (ok, only those two), but by the time they finished a pint or so of this brew, it became clear that they had 'failed'. Whatever, this is a stellar Framboise sour ale, even if it comes from the urban heart of Hipstercadia.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a dark opaque purple/red. Small white fizzy head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit, with some grassy hints and light sourness.

Taste: Pleasant sourness that isn't mouth puckering, lots of raspberry and some grassy notes at end.

Feel: Lots of carbonation with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a very pleasant fruit sour.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark red, light haze, finger and a half of fizzy pink head settles quickly but doesn't entirely disappear.

Smell is big on blackberry and oak, with grass and lemon lurking

Flavor is a tart berry assault, much more like wild blackberries, lemon-like acidity. Definite oak dominant note on the mid-palate, and a light grassiness. All the elements work together well, as long as you like a very tart brew.

Mouth feel has a certain creaminess as well as citric-astringency. Persistent carbonation keeps this beer lively.

Even though I grew up picking all manner of berries across Oregon, this is my first time enjoying Cascade and really looked forward to this one. They hit the berry button in a big way, and in a way people who never had what we called a "mountain blackberry" may not understand... crazy level of tart. This could easily be used as a dessert flavoring, the berry flavor comes across that well, and the supporting oak does nothing but enhance that.. Not the most complicated puzzle, but the pieces all fit precisely

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Edition

A: Sweet candied raspberry aroma completely dominates the nose.

A: Dark ruby highlights, mostly opaque with light ring of head.

T: Rich blackcap raspberry berry flavor upfront. As the beer warms it develops slight tannic presence. The finish is quite dry, but the sweet candied raspberry flavor lingers.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation.

O: Enjoyable, but slightly cloying. The beer does disguise the strong alcohol well, but lacks a complex funkiness that would make this beer next level.

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