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Cascade Blackberry Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Blackberry AleCascade Blackberry Ale
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4.01/5
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160 Ratings
Cascade Blackberry AleCascade Blackberry Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cascade Blackberry Ale spends over 6 months of lactic fermentaion and aging in small oak barrels. This "Belgian Flanders Style Red Ale" is refermented with fresh whole Northwest Blackberries and then hand bottled. Cascade Blackberry Ale is bottle fermented and should be refrigerated or stored at cellar temp and served at 45-50 degrees.

Added by brentk56 on 06-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,877
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
160
pDev:
8.73%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
31
Trade:
2
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is another in the long line of "Cascade beers that I'm glad I had on tap because a bottle of this stuff is seriously expensive."

I don't know if I've ever had anything from Cascade that had a flanders base. Should be interesting to say the least. Has that Flanders appearance, its a muddled brown with a very thin lighter brown head in the 1/5" range. Aroma is sour, non descript berry and wood in a small way.

Taste is the usual lactic sourness with almost no funkiness to it. A lot of blackberry really pulls out all the feet like funk in a beer, but this one was clean. Sure, as usual it might seem a little simplistic innoculation wise, but I think here it made for one of the better blackberry beers out there. And why wouldn't Oregon be good at this, that shit is everywhere in August. Of course when you have a "flanders" you kind of expect a little more earthiness, leather, brown malt kinds of feels. This was halfway there I guess. Would bang on tap, $25 though for a bottle is a little much to go for.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Russian River snifter.

A: Dark magenta, essentially opaque, with a thin pinkish head and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Tart fruity blackberry, lactic sour punch. Some more funk with a touch of cheese than a lot of Cascade’s offerings I’ve had. A nice depth on the nose as a result.

T: Tart and underripe blackberries, lactic acid. Lacto funk, some feet (is there Pediococcus here?), and mild fresh cheese. Bright fruitiness. Some barrel wood tannins add some dryness to the finish with residual lactic tang. The fruit flavors happen up front; after the swallow they’re gone with just the sourness and a fading funk left.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol seems well-integrated. Sour but not obnoxiously acidic.

O: Enjoyable - one of the more complex Cascade offerings I've had recently. Better than the Kriek in my opinion…not a total lactic bomb.

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Photo of StephenCollinsMarshall
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to snifter, ruby translucent color, no head retention. Nose fruit and funk forward, Taste is mainly lacto sour with a light fruit background. Thin body and slightly above average carbonation.

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Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of intransitive
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alucard
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Mark last night, thanks man.

This one pours a dark purplish-red, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like overripe dank blackberry, musty funk, and tons of lactic acid.

This is your typical enamel stripping Cascade offering, it's unbelievably sour and puckering, with a fist full of overripe blackberry punching you in the face. There is a bit of musty underlying funk. The sourness level is about a 9/10.

This is medium bodied, with a very juicy and very tart mouthfeel.

Not the best Cascade brew that I've had, but still enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of WynnO
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. Some blueberry, but not enough to speak over the overwhelming if not disgusting level of tart. Tone it back please Cascade--this is too far over the top.

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Photo of JoeMarinello
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gcamparone
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel snifter. Purchased in north providence ri.

Pours a hazy maroon body with some sediment and a light purple fizzy head that leaves little lacing or retention.

Aromas are sharp lactic, heavy berries, vinegar, tannin. On the tongue it's pretty puckering with a good deal of sourness, sour berries, red wine, lactic tartness, and a drying , almost grape skin like finish. Pretty easy going down with a light body and high carbonation.

Overall a solid beer, a little pricey but definitely a good sour fix, especially since it's much more available than other options of this style.

I'm actually confused as to why this is rated as low as it is, as its better than many other fruited sours out there that are "rarer" and more hyped up.

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Photo of smi69
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark purplish red brew. Good retention; light pink foam.

Nose: sharp and tart; berries; tannins; slightly musty funk; oak; smells a bit like a forest.

Sour up front, giving way to a more nuanced, fruity, sweet tartness. Vinegar meets berries somewhere mid-palate, while tannins and berry skin round out the profile.

Lively, bubbly feel; despite the strong sourness, it isn't very puckering.

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Photo of Matt141
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Cascade Blackberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 160 ratings
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