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Cascade Blackberry Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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:
#4,940
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
160
pDev:
8.73%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
30
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by Shumania:
Photo of Shumania
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 shared and poured into an oversized wine glass. Possibly 2007 Vintage.

a: darker than expected, dark cola with a large head that takes awhile to disappear.

s: funk right off the bat. Blackberry and fruit come through and you can smell the sweet sugars.

t: Tart, not overpowering - apple cider vinegar which actually works for the beer. Blackberry is really nice in the taste.

m: Nice tartness and not too sweet. Could maybe have a little more carbination but that may be due to the age of the bottle.

A very interesting, solid lambic. The sweet and tart work together well and the blackberry is a nice change.

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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 BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Nice pssst! When we pop the cap, the carbonation is quite active with a quick-to-froth head and a constant lacing that is revived after each sip. The color borderlines dark mahogany and burgundy (those blackberries did throw some color into the mix). Soft but tart aroma, hints of sour berries and a slight vanilla note from the wood hits the nose. Big rolling crispness feigns a bigger body for a second. Flash of sweetness up front disappears just as quick as it came in. Ghost-like vanilla with drying woody undertones. There is some lightly puckering berry action from the fruit with a lactic presence. Woody, with a hint of char, and dry biscuity malt in the finish.

The lactic tone is substantial but not overpowering, perhaps it is a little in-your-face or a tad too green. A year or so of cellaring might tone that down. Beer geeks that are into sour beers should make note of this beer.

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Photo of freshflesh
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. It was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

Purple wax capped 750 ml bottle with no bottling date, but it is believed that the bottle was at least two years old. The beer pours a cloudy dark purple color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the blackberries. The flavor is blackberries with some tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a whole lot to say about the beer but it was awesome to drink due to the amount of raspberry flavor that is packed into the beer. I think I liked the lower ABV on this beer because it seemed to let the blackberry flavor come through more than in some of the higher alcohol Cascade fruit sours.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Nick29
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 fthegiants
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Highbury09
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 GRG1313
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trodersark
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of liquorpig
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 purchased from the brewpub.. cost me about $18 with shipping.. Been looking forward to trying this one for a while.. part of the fridge clearing project... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

3 finger foamy lite tan head .. it has a subtle purple hue to it.. sounds like a bowl of rice krispies.. no lace but a very nice ever present cap. the brew is brown with an obvious purple tint.. Edit: lace actually shows as it warms up to room temperature.

Nose is a touch lighter than I was expecting.. vinous.. and mildly acetic.. the fruit notes show obvious but not really resembling blackberry until I pull my nose away.. then it reminds me of what a fantastic jar of blackberry jam would smell like if I just caught a whiff from afar.. I guess what I'm saying is, don't bury your nose and sorta take wafting sniffs.. You'll be surprised what you discover.

The flavor is also lite at the front (not a bad thing) .. not nearly as acetic as many flanders or sours.. a clean sour that melds very well with what I expect pure blackberry juice would taste like.. no real sweetness from the juice, just the fruity essence that is doing it's best to suck the saliva from my cheeks very slowly after very sip.... dry and sorta tannic woody quality.. not nearly as sour as I was expecting.. especially as it warms up.. the finish takes me back in time.. reminds me of "Grape Bazooka Joe" bubblegum without the sweetness..

The body is lite and very effervescent..

Overall.. This is a pretty damn good beer .. not really that expensive given that most sours cost this much or ALOT more.. I would have probably liked to see a little bit more complexity from the yeast and bugs.. but for a young brewpub.. I honestly think it is pretty stellar. Edit: very impressed as it hits room temperature.. alot more fruity flavors emerge..

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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 campfirebrew
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Cascade Blackberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 160 ratings
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