Cascade Nightfall Blackberry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Nightfall Blackberry starts as a soured blonde wheat beer aged for 12 months in oak barrels, then laid on blackberries for another six. It features intense fruitiness and a concentrated color and aroma."

Added by DiabolikDUB on 06-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
35
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of John11486
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of PDXHops
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Saraveza in a chalice/goblet.

Deep purplish red body with a massive, 3+ finger fluffy head that looks like a pink cumulus cloud. Incredible head retention and loads of lacing. The head barely shrinks in size down to the last drop, yet somehow is leaving crazy clumpy/soapy lacing all over the place. What a wild looking beer.

Huge tart blackberry aroma, with some musty earthiness and oak in the background. Absolutely mouth-watering.

For a moment, I taste nothing but blackberries. Lots and lots of of blackberries both sweet and sour, like a huge moutfheel of ripe berries with a few sour as hell half-ripe ones thrown into the mix. After the initial berry shock, I get some of the same earth and oak qualities I smelled as well. Sweet and sour play tug-of-war with the tongue, with neither side . How the hell did they cram this much wonderful blackberry flavor into one glass???

Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and an incredibly long fruity finish. Leaves the mouth sticky and makes you want to check between your teeth for seeds.

Overall impression: Best sour I've had so far. One of the few "holy shit" beers of the year for me.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Ron and Art for pouring me some of this.

The beer appears a vibrant crimson with a huge pinkish purple head and excellent retention.

The aroma is of blackberries, tannins, and oak. Some lactic character is evident, and the fruit smells tart and sweet. Some earthy notes are evident.

The flavor blew me away. I've liked everything I've had from Cascade, but I've always found myself wanting a little more tartness in the flavor. Nightfall definitely succeeds in that regard. The beer has a nice high level of tartness and some sugary sweetness. The blackberries are fresh and dominant, and lactic notes are present. Other dark fruits are noticeable, as well as oak and tannins. The finish is sugary and tart blackberries that linger for a long time. For a blackberry sour, this cannot be beat.

The beer is light bodied with a nice high level of carbonation. I was left wanting much more of this. Highly recommended. This is possibly the best beer I've had from Cascade, and definitely the best Blackberry beer I've ever had.

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4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Barrel House.

appearance - cherry red, semi transparent, some lacing

smell - funky berries

taste - very sour, slightly tart, complex blackberry and barrel flavors

mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation, crisp finish

drinkability - complex and tasty, an amazing wild ale

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of ehammond1
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap

Toronado
San Diego, CA

Dark violet in color with a very small dark khaki colored head. This leaves small dots of lace down the glass. Very pretty and unique color. I haven't seen many beers that look like this.

The aroma has quite a bit of authentic blackberry character, along with nice sour character, and distinct oak. This is complete, bright, and powerfully aromatic. Wonderful.

This is a marvelous blackberry sour. There is lots of juicy, bright, vibrant, authentic blackberry flavor, lots of acidic sour character, and distinct barrel. This is fantastic. I couldn't imagine a much better blackberry beer/sour.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Perfectly appropriate.

Simply fantastic. This was everything I'd hoped for.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewpub in a tulip.

Pours almost a light purple color with a nice soft purplish white head.

great smell full of funk and berrys

absoutely great flavor on this one. lots sourness while still having a great blackberry flavor, this one tasted pretty fresh, i'm not sure when the most recent batch was but this was very very good.

very easy to drink with a slightly harsh mouthfeel from all the sourness but overall still very high in my opinion.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the most amazing, and flavorful, sours I have had. The taste is of semi ripe blackberries, which get back up by some sweetness from the malt. On the nose there is a lot of sweet ripe blackberry, and some slight sourness. This beer was quite amazing, it was very close to almost drinking a blackberry. I was quite impressed with this beer, probably one of the best sours I have had to date.

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Photo of TulipSnifter
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It looked like murky berry juice, maybe a little reddish pink. The head was lavender.
Smell: This beer smelled like fruit roll up. How can I not like that?!
Taste: I tasted sour blackberry with a lingering taste.
Mouth feel: crisp
Drink ability: I really liked this beer. I would drink more.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Romulux
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of hopsbreath
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled today at the Cascade Barrel House, this arrived in a mini snifter. We're looking at raspberry like puree colored beer with a spotty white cap and lacing.

The aroma is full of sour patch kids and little vanilla.

Tastes like puckering under ripe blackberries and like sucking on a lemon. Wowee tart!

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

Drinkability is Cascade signature too high! Way to easy to swig.

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Photo of jdense
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Raccoon Lodge 11/27 12 oz pour.

A sour blonde wheat beer aged 12 months and laid down on blackberries in oak barrels another 6 months. Deep purple opaque body with bright pink finger and a half head, an amazing looking beer. Big ass berry nose with huge slab of funk. Taste has some sweetness up front, with long lingering dry sour finish. The barrel aging took a lot of the edge of the blackberries. A bit of alcohol heat in the finish but nicely carbonated. At this ABV not the most drinkable in this style, but certainly worth savoring by a warm fireplace and contemplating the meaning of beer, er, life. Truly exceptional, one of the best beers I've had this year, and certainly stands up to the best Belgian has to offer in this category.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy ruby into a pint glass with a thin film of white head. The aroma isn't too strong, just a hint of slightly tart berry juice.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Not overly puckering with some mild berry sourness up front followed by a slightly sweeter blackberry presence on the finish.

Really nicely balanced and very easy-drinking despite the sour character. Higher ABV almost completely hidden.

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Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a heavy, flat, crimson ruby color. Impressive. Some bubbles would be nice.

Smells, and tastes, like sour, puckering fruit. This is a straight-forward acid bomb of a fruit sour. It showcases the base ingredient well, but could use a bit more depth. No funk, just straightforward sweet and sour berry tones. Quite drinkable, very refreshing, but plurs the line between fruit juice and beer. Wait, it's 8 percent? EGADS I WOULD DRINK THIS UNTIL I DIE!

Completely flat. LIke a fruit juice.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2010
A solid, but softish pour from the growler yields a purple-pink stained, off-white colored head that is about a fat-finger in thickness. The beer is a rich purple, red-amber hue (almost like a plum) that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of musty Brettanomyces followed by a light tarrtness and a very soft berry like fruitiness. My second draught of the aroma has me noticing more of the berry notes mixed with some spicy and tannic oak aromatics; much like a fruit forward red wine in fact. There is perhaps a hint of butter here, but it is not enough for me to tell if it is from the oak, or from some diacetyl.

Quite a bit more tart tasting than I was expecting, there is a significant berry flavor to this as well; both produce a really nice tart berry note. There is lots of carbonic fizz to this beer; it helps to lighten up this beer as there is still a fair amount of body left (at least when compared to sour beers). This isn't bone dry either as there is just a hint of sweetness left that accentuates the fruitiness a fair amount. This isn't heavy on the funk or Brettanomyces character as there is only a touch of up front mustiness and this has a soft'ish finish that sees some noticeable musky, barnyard Brettanomyces character that couples with some toasted oak flavors and light tannic astringency. This is actually quite a nicely balanced brew; the up front fruit and sourness is balanced nicely by the light funkiness and oak character in the finish..

At times this can actually have a fair amount of sweetness to it; especially after not having taken a sip of it recently. I like that there seems to be a complex, tannic berry skin flavor here that conveys much of the fruitiness of the blackberries. A summary sentence; Beatiful pale pink-purple head, with a brilliantly clear purple tinged body, the beer is a great balanced expression of tart-sweet berry, sour lactic acid, tannic, often lightly astringent oak and softly musty funkiness. Beautifully drinkabl, and despite the near-heresy, this has the faint sweetness that I wish New Glarus would aim for.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Cascade Nightfall Blackberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.23 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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