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

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35
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60
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arbitrator provided this one at ipa247's massive two day beer tasting. Thanks, Arbi.

Raspberry red in the glass, bright and clear, topped by a frothy pink head that settles to a crown. Must and funk dominate the aroma, with undertones of tart and sweet berries. There's a mineral/metallic component that becomes more pervasive as the beer warms. On the tongue I get tart fruit and moderate lactic sourness. Blackberries are evident and nicely balanced with the dry, crackery malt foundation. As in the aroma, there's a mineral-like quality that reminds me of hard water. The finish is dry and funky, with the fruit taking a back seat to the pungent brettanomyces flavors.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Curtis at Cascade for this. Shared at ipa247's recent sour tasting.

A: Pours a clear magenta body with a beautiful, airy pink head. Retention is outstanding. Lacing down the glass.

S: Tart blackberries right on the nose. Oak, must, and earth, as well. Lacto sourness and strong funk.

T: Tart blackberries lead off, progressing neatly into lactic sourness that grips the tongue. Its sharpness is eased by a strong presence of must, earth, and hints of leather. The finish is strongly horsey. There is also some mineral / metallic quality to it. This is quite different from what I tried on tap (not necessarily bad).

M: Light-bodied, high carbonation. Moderately dry; personally I'd like to see it drier. The aftertaste is very fruity and tart.

D: This was a great beer to kick off the tasting with. It really nailed the flavors and seemed to be an interesting departure for Cascade, as I was told they don't use brett in their beers. I hope they bottle this.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mihir for bringing this to our recent sour tasting.

Pours a dark cherry red/ plum color with slight mahogany edges and a one finger frothy pinkish head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing are left behind.

Slight funky with some earthy bArnyard notes and subtle lactic presence in the nose. Lots of dark fruit notes, especially blackberry, sour dark cherries, etc.

Slightly puckering mouthfeel that's only a bit acidic with some funky earthy character. Dark fruit notes are prominent and haven't been taken over by the sour/funk. Lots of juicy Blackberry, sour dark cherry, raspberry and grape. Very vinous and pretty drinkable considering how tart it is. Dry finish.

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Photo of ccrida
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub, served into a slender tulip, Nightfall a bright purple magenta with a lavender head leaving nice lace.

Smell is blackberry and lacto, with a little buttery diacetyl as well.

Taste is very puckering, with a strong salty mineral component. Not to fruity, which I prefer. I've had the pleasure to sample this twice before, once still in the bright tanks when it had only picked up color from the fruit, not the taste. The second time, the fruit flavor was strong. Now the sourness is dominating while the fruit fades, which is the sweet spot for me.

Mouthfeel is oily and dry, medium light.

Drinkability is good, this is a really nice fruit lambic. While I really like the puckering minerality, and find it to be a solid beer, it doesn't really stand out amongst the rest of their amazing lineup of sours.

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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 John_M
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub the other day.

Nightfall pours a dark red color with OK head retention, but with considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose on this bad boy is outrageous, with considerable sour funk and an ocean of blackberry aroma. The flavors replicate the nose, and while I enjoyed this beer, I really would have appreciated a bit less sour. There was still enough blackberry flavor to keep it all in check, but it was still very much in your face sour, with some noticeable vinegar, wet blanket and horse sweat (I got this more on the nose then the plate, but it was still pretty intense). On the other hand, the sour component didn't overwhelm the beer (as it does with so many other sour ales), and this was a beer I was able to appreciate and enjoy. Mouthfeel was light to medium with the 8% abv. completely hidden. Drinkability is pretty good and would probably be outstanding if you love sours.

Excellent stuff, even if the sour component was a bit much for my palate.

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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 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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Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub with Ron and Curtis, thanks for letting us sample this great brew, reviewed from notes, color is a medium brown with red edges, nearly an inch of soapy white head with some retention, some lacing at the beginning, aroma consists of blackberries, wheat, lacto, raspberries, sweet sugar, oak, and other berries, flavor begins with sour berries, lots of sugar in the middle, finish has tons of berries that become more sweet after a while with some lingering sourness, yeasty, and sweet mouthfeel, full bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could drink this bottle, alcohol is not in the flavor and the stuff is not overly sweet or sour, refreshing actually, good drinkability for a sour, recommended

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Snifter glass.

Poured a bright cherry red, crystal clear, with a rocky dense pink head that never dissolves fully and leaves a heavy layer around the glass. The aroma is full of tart fruits and some yeast. The flavor is filled with even more sourness than the aroma and is accompanied by some oak and earthy hops that are hidden. Its seems light bodied and has lots of carbonation and finishes nice and dry. This is a very nice sour, I would love to try it again.

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