Blackcap Raspberry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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

Style: American Wild Ale

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.

Added by jhartley on 07-22-2014

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Reviews by LittleDon:
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

8 oz. pour at the Cascade Barrel House on 8/19/2014. Third of four pours (preceded by Sang Noir and Noyaux). Less complex than the previous pours. Low acidity and drier than most lambics, it lacked the complexity than my previous two pours. More interesting than most lambics, but not in the same league as Sang Noir or Noyaux. Raspberry with a bit of oak Light to very light body.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

With a strong backbone of acidity and gorgeous wafts of raspberry, Cascade's Blackcap Raspberry might be born in Oregon, but its soul is in flemish Belgium.

Garnet through the center but foggy ruby along its edge, there's something more than sour ale lurking in the glass. And that suggestion is told with its rosy pink swath of foam that erupts with tangy, tart, fruity and earthy aromas. Once the fructose of raspberry hits the tongue, the sharp sweetness of candy and berry easily shapes the early palate.

Yet the beer really opens up over the middle, drying to a sour raspberry flavor with robust dark-fruit complements of grape, plum and dried date. The dry sour taste that then takes hold is of cabernet, light balsamic, dried citrus peel with hints of musty oak and leather. While the flavor retains enough of the fruit to make it recognizable of raspberry, even cherry, crabapple and salty brine add a sense of richness and keep the middle clean and sour.

Continuing to dry in finish, the sourness disguises the strong alcohol deceptively well. Hints of cinnamon and medicinal spice decorate the bracingly acidic finish and close the session with tart raspberry, echoes of wheat bread and a tinny linger on the periphery of the tongue.

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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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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%

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

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4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged poured into beer can glass

A: very lively head beautiful reddish hue with a slightly off colored head towards the body color

S: slight raspberry smell vinegary smell smells bubbly if that makes sense smells a little malty

T: sharp tastes from the carbonation it's not sweet it's a little sour some raspberry

M: Lively it's very carbonated as most Lambics I had are it shocks the tongue with it's carbonation

O: I was hoping to like this beer but other than a palate cleanser I don't see the point why not drink sparkling wine champagne or wine. I guess I don't appreciate sours to their full extent. I have no recommendation

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Blackcap Raspberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 310 ratings