Cascade Blackberry Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Blackberry AleCascade Blackberry Ale
Cascade Blackberry AleCascade Blackberry Ale

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

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.

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 161
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +6.2%
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 zonker17
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -25.9%
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 gcamparone
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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 StraightNoChaser
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look: Hazy fruity red. thick pink head.
smell: Tart, sour fruit. Some oak.
taste: Much like the nose up front. Finish is quite dry.
overall: quite good if a bit on the subtle side.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Project version. Didn't note much in way of Flanders red as is suggested by posted label and brewer's description.
Instead a well made blackberry forward tart fruit ale. Refreshing and some barrel and restrained funk complexity arrived as chill decreased. Another very nice Cascade brew.

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought as a birthday present to myself. Full review to phone a few nights ago.

A- Murky and hazy deep red pink body with large chunks of berries sinking down to the bottom. An ultra fizzy light pink head forms fairly high and dies to a thick pillow and ring. Large sheet leads to spotty lace.

S- Blackberries dominate my nostrils like I am getting ready to eat some breakfast with yogurt. Pure pungent berries with lactic acid lemons and slight acetic.

T- As with the aroma the flavor is a blast of blackberries and general fruits. Really reminds me of yogurt and berries because of the lactic acid sours. A decent note of vinegar comes to mind as well as apple, lemon, oak, spice and grapes. Funky must.

MF- Creamy and puffy body that comes in right around moderately thick. Carbonation is at a medium level and it might benefit from a bit more. Sour sour finish.

Big blackberries with a mix of both lactic and acetic acid sourness. Reminds me very favourably of yogurt with berries.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse.

Pours a murky medium purple body, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing. Smells primarily of blackberry jam and a lot of oak. Not too complicated. Flavour is tart blackberry, oak, not much funk. Good fruit sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft, a bit lower in carbonation, easy to drink. Overall, tasty with a straightforward blackberry flavour but a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of GSSW88
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light bodied dark red/light purple with a small off white, frothy head. Smell is lovely with a nice blackberry aroma and lactic acid. Nice carbonation, very light bodied but still a great taste. Blackberry is the overwhelming flavor with a very nice lactic sourness on the end. Wish the sourness was a little stronger but maybe a little age will do this beer some good. All in all it's very refreshing and I'll definitely look forward to drinking this again.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy blueish red in color. It poured with a finger high pink head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of blackberries are present in the nose. Bits of sourness become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of blackberries and sourness along with some hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the blackberries and sourness.

Note: 2014 project

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Budinetz
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Project. 7.0% ABV.

This brew pours a beautiful, ruby color with a pinkish head that disipates quickly and a thin layer sticks to the sides of the glass. Very little lacing present due to the low hop content.

Smells of serious lacto with a pungent oder of blackberries or "cassis". Almost similar to the smell of a bag of cherry sour patch kids.

Tastes of delicious, tart, blackberries with a strong lactobacillus influence. Very flavorful and almost reminiscent of Russian River's Consecration. I know that's u sound like a stretch, but you can really taste a young version of Consecration in this brew. I will definitely do a side by side in a year from now, as I have both from 2014.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Bubbles dance all over my tongue with a sourness that lingers on.

Overall and awesome sour brew! I'm surprised at the ratings it currently has, but perhaps it's from a prior year. seek this one out!


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Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Added a new entry, as the last version was retired and specifically noted as a "Flanders Red". This bottle for 2014 Project noted a "Northwest Sour Style", so I am assuming a different base beer.

Upon drinking, there is nothing Flanders Red about this, and it seems to be their normal sour base beer. Very nice indeed, too.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Huge off-white head. Slightly pinkish. Retains forever. Deep purple brown body.

Smell - Nice jammy blackberry. Lots of cardboard oxidation. Smells kinda acidic.

Taste - The taste is a letdown. Tastes kinda tart up front with a decent berry flavor, but drops off very quickly. Cardboardy and oxidized in the back.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Too old. Oh well.

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Photo of BucketBoy
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of me from a trade with cavemanlawyer nearly two years ago - thanks! Really enjoyed this smooth sipper that I've had in my cellar for ages. '07 bottle enjoyed at my post-finals December 2012 tasting.

A - Kinda gross looking, actually - sort of putrid, dark, murky blackberry mash with whispers of marshmallow frosting on top.

S - Lightly tart, bit of vinous blackberry and blackberry seeds. Some graham back notes. Nice!

T - Old jammy blackberries with a bit of vinousness, touch of oak, some more blackberry seeds in the flavor. The flavors have really mellowed together in time, with a pleasant rounded sourness.

M - Perhaps the best part of this beer, quite smooth and silky with nearly 6 years in the bottle, not much carbonation but just enough , hint of oak and blackberry tannins.

O - Wow, I really enjoyed this beer. It has aged gracefully, with nice rounded blackberry and Flanders flavors, though without the punch it perhaps once had.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 or 2009 bottle (don't remember), thanks for a solid trade Msquared2
The beer pours a murky looking rusty brown with a great head on pouring, but one that quick dissipates w/o lacing. There is a lot of chocolate milk colored yeast that pours out from the bottom. The nose is reminiscent of blackberries, but it's weak and w/o any indication of sourness. However, it's still sweet and aromatic, which is a testiment to how well it's held up over the years. Tasting the beer you know it's a dark berry lambic, but it's not distinctly blackberry or sour. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, slightly vinegary, and tart. It's a beer that's held up quite well and I'd be interesting in trying a future release.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2008
Pours a deep reddish purple with a huge off white head that slowly recedes to a cap. I can smell the berry aroma as soon as I pop the cap off the top of the bottle. Sweet light sugars with a hint of tart and funk round out the nose quite nicely. Nice fruity tart flavor with a moderate amount of puckering. Sweet stone fruit flavor with a hint of sweet sugary malt and a touch of funk. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart puckering mouthfeel. This tastes a lot better than it smells. I actually really enjoyed this beer while watching zombies on the sci fi channel.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is murky and dark reddish brown in color. The off white head is small and fleeting, leaving but sparse lacing on the snifter.

The aroma brings some old funk, must, ripe fruit, oak, booze.

Blackberry presence is still there, but is undoubtedly lacking the vibrancy it once possessed. Although a bit past its prime, I am still enjoying this one (quite a bit more than my fellow troublemakers, it seems). A nice tannic quality with an acetic finish.

Light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Sufficiently tart.

Overall, a positive experience. I hope Cascade brews this again.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 02/11/12 notes. Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for busting this one out; thanks Brad.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color, like most of the others, with one inch of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells a bit musty, of earthy notes, dark fruits and blackberries, light bourbon, fruity malts, oak. Not super sour and a bit off.

t - Tastes of earthy notes, blackberries, oak, dark fruits, a bit oxidized. Seems past its prime.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A bit oxidized.

o - Overall an ok beer, but seems past its prime. Was a bit oxidized and my least favorite of the Cascade beers.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brad, brought out for a Cascade tasting served in a snifter. Beer is brownish and amber with a thin head, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, fruity but a little papery, this might be rounding the corner.

Beer is light in body, decent, mildly lactic, mildly succinic, decent fruit, a little cardboard on the late palate, an interesting beer but don't save them any longer, time to pop these bottles.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for grabbing this bottle for the Cascade tasting. Served in a Cascade Barrel House goblet.

Pours a somewhat-cloudy and murky amber-ruby color with a short off-white head and not much in the way of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some muted blackberry plus a light bit of lactic sourness. Base malt is present and is reminiscent of a Flanders sour beer.

The flavor is also Flanders-esque and has a good bit of acidity. Slightly chewy with some fruit and oxidation notes in the background. Medium body with low carbonation and a slight chewiness. Altogether not a bad beer, though it has not held up all that well.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 750 ml Pours a hazy dark brownish blackberry color with a massive head of tan blackberry.

S: Aroma is clearly sour, a more clean aroma than I may have expected after having Kriek and Apricot Lambic from Cascade. While this is 4 years old, I can still clearly smell the fruit in here.

T: Sweet but dry champagne like blackberry wild ale. This is a great dessert sipper mostly light on flavor spare the fruit. Light malt backbone, very faint hopping which is perfect for the style. Blackberries overflowing in flavor. The Flanders style is underrepresented in this style. It isnt as sour as it is sweet, but it is a delicious lambic.

M: The mouthfeel I felt was great in here. It is a light beer but for the style it represents well and is heavier in body than I may have expected it to be. High carbonation. Very similar to a fine champagne

Overall, this beer is delicious. It hasn't been brewed in a few years and I was extremely lucky to have had it. Definitely one of the beers that I had sought out for a while and was lucky enough to have a generous trader send it my way. Thanks again! need to check my notes to see who you this generous person was ...

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Photo of fo5s
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served in a small wine glass after dealing with all of the wax. Noticeable amount of yeast in the neck of the bottle. No dating on besides a tag that reads “10007”…I believe this is an ’07 vintage, but don’t really know. Thanks to Sam for the hookup!

A- pours a muddy brown with a hint of ruby. Completely opaque and much darker than I was expecting. Lively, loose head that fades quickly.

S- blackberry, obviously. Fairly muddled, somewhat acidic. Funky, but not overly so.

T- tart blackberries. Slightly acidic, but not puckering. Fruit is definitely muddled and was likely more vibrant when younger.

M- springy, well carbonated.

O- overall a pleasant sour and another well-done brew by the folks at cascade. This one is probably better fresh and should probably have been paired with some food.

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Cascade Blackberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 161 ratings