Blackcap Raspberry
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Wild Ale
Ranked #298
Ranked #2,594
4.18 | pDev: 8.85%
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Blackcap RaspberryBlackcap Raspberry
Notes: 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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kitch from Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2016 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy deep reddish maroon colour with a less than one finger pinkish head that faded quickly while leaving some sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lightly tart, jammy, raspberry, oak, grape skin, with notes of cherry and apple cider vinegar.

Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry, blackcurrant, sharp, acidic, lemon juice, a touch vinous, and woody oaky notes.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, acidic, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Like most Cascade wild ales, there is sharp acidity, but in this case, it wasn’t overwhelming, and balanced a bit by the sweet raspberry. This was enjoyable.

Dec 18, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.52/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5


LK: Bright Plum color, medium pinkish head. fades.
AROMA: ALL raspberry
TASTE: SOUR RASPBERRY, lemon, lime, aftertaste reminds me of aspartame.
feel: bubbly, puckering, light body


Apr 15, 2019
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IKR from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Hop City, Birmingham, Al

Appearance: Dark violet color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Tart raspberries with a hint of funk. The raspberries feature prominently.

Taste: Tart raspberries feature prominently, with a touch of hay notes. the barrel provides a touch of oak notes. the taste profile is dry and clean. No sweetness here which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: A very well done AWA.

Oct 21, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red /purple,with a very thin head. Smell is raspberry,citrus and berries. Taste follows nose with the addition of tartness. A dry mouth feel with sweet and tart raspberries.

Aug 17, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share. Ruby pour, head disappears. Berry aroma, mostly fruit, tart. Taste is also straight up berry, mildly tart, tangy and tingly finish. Cascade has the style down pat.

Mar 05, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish purple with hardly any foam.

Smell is pretty acidic with heps of raspberries and blackberries.

Taste is powerfully sour, toeing the line of mouthpuckering, making my mouth water wildly. Ripe raspberries and blackberries dominate, and the acidity clings to your mouth for ages.

Mouthfeel is medium and stringent, well carbonated.

Overall, this is not for the fainthearted. Massively sour, and so tasty.

Feb 04, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark reddish color ale with a large pink foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart raspberry notes with light oak notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a refreshing mix of dominant raspberry notes with plenty of tart notes and light vinous/oak notes also noticeable. Very minimal amount of residual sugar is noticeable. Body is full with good carbonation. Well brewed with good level of complexity.

Jul 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a crisp semi-dark purple hue with a thin white cap softly dissipating to leave barely any lace. The aroma had the tart to sweet blackberries up front, light lemon pulp and rind sweet and bitter tones, and some easy going sour acidity levels coming around to lighten the overall nose. The flavor brought the tart to the sour to the sweet melding with the acidity and bringing in a little bit of woody sweet displacement. Acidic sour to tart blackberry sort of aftertaste flowing into the finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it as the acidity did start to get fairly heavy. Wasn’t too bothersome as the carbonation came to displace some of the tartness. ABV felt as projected. Overall, pretty nice blackberry sour ale that I lucked out on to get to try. Not a cheap brewery.

Jun 11, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a tart, sour, mouth puckering beast. Full of oak and fresh raspberries with a ton of funk in the nose. The taste is super sour and sweet with fresh berries and wood. This is a great beer but probably a bit to sour for me to come back to.

May 04, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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..

Jan 21, 2017
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nlmartin from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Jan 01, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Dec 14, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Nov 19, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Sep 21, 2016
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PsilohsaiBiN from New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

May 23, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

May 06, 2016
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Insert_Beer_Pun from California

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Apr 23, 2016
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Apr 23, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Apr 08, 2016
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Mar 04, 2016
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zander4dawin from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jan 09, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.18/5  rDev 0%
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

Dec 25, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Dec 18, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Dec 12, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -1%
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

Dec 12, 2015
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 320 ratings