Cascade Blauw Van Der Jon Berry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.33%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This NW style sour ale blends wheat & blond ales that were oak aged in barrels for 6 months, then additionally aged 4 months on fresh blueberries. Huge herbal notes of dense blueberries in the nose give way to hints of oak & a dusty floral note. Rich earthy notes of dark fruit on the palate lead to a tart finish that dries out to a base note of blueberry skins.

Added by dragonWhale on 11-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a chalice at the Barrel House on 3/9/11

Gorgeous, deep crimson beer. Ephemeral head; hibiscus and rose-hued. Ring of collar retention.

The aroma finds a slight, tart funk that gives way to blueberry skins. Additional funk in the center. Lactic overtones. Notions of toasted grains offset the tart qualities.

The nose is deceptively light and clam. Quick, tart hits of blueberry are offered the palate. Grainy, toasted wheat works unsuccessfully to tame the tartness. Indeed, this becomes a heck of a lot more tart as it warms. Super tasty.

Briskly medium body with ample carbonation. Tangy, berry-laden finish. The finish also has something on a dirty, almost musty finish.

I really liked this one. The blueberries suit it well. I'm pretty luck to have tried it.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the barrel room the other day.

The beer pours a gorgeous rose color with very good head retention and pretty good lacing. The nose on this beer would bring a smile to any sour lover, showcasing considerable wet blanket, sour funk and (thankfully) considerable blueberry. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, though given the amount of fruit I got on the nose, I was surprised by how dry this beer was. Still, the beer shows considerable blueberry flavor that is backed by vanilla and very noticeable sourness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the finish was long, smooth and sour (carbonation seemed a bit low in this beer). As for drinkability, once again the alcohol in this beer is nearly undetecable. There is just no way I would guess the abv. is 8%. In any event, suffice it to say that drinkabiltiy is very, very good in this well crafted beer.

Another just altogether excellent beer from Cascade.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at the barrel house.

A: Beautiful color. Magenta with light purplish pink head. The fruit lends great color to body and head.

S: Blueberry flesh and skin accompany oak and tannins. Fruit comes through nicely. Moderately lactic and lightly sweet.

T: Oak, blueberry, moderate lactic sourness. Nice flavor, though the fruit doesn't come through too much here. Quite dry.

M: Upper light body, moderate carbonation, dry, slightly slick, and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: An enjoyable blueberry sour, but obviously nowhere near Blabaer. Sourness is pretty clean, lacking dirty funk notes that might increase the complexity. Still, Blueberry sours are hard to come by and this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the barrel house, served in a small chalice, Blauw Van Der Jon Berry is magenta with a small light violet head that leaves scattered foam. Love the color.

Smell is buttery and blueberry, with the fruit really opening up well as it warms.

Taste is lactic, the strong sourness that homogenizes all the cascade sours. The buttered popcorn is pretty strong as well. The blueberry is as pronounced as the nose, the lacto really dominates.

Mouthfeel is very dry, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, it's very sour, so the pucker doesn't cause a lot of momentum. On the other had, it's so dry, that you get thirsty drinking it, begetting more. In the end, I'd like more fruit, less lacto, and no diacetyl.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the beautiful barrel house this weekend past. Very good thing I don't live in Portland. I'd have to work 3 jobs just to hang out here as much as I wanted.
Pours into the glass with the most sexy royal purple ever commissioned. This is what the king's cup should look like, ever filled with blood of the enemy. A little purple head and some light lacing as the glass trails down. I believe the recipe read strong blond ales which were soured with lacto, then blueberries were added en masse.
The diacetyl in the aroma is extremely distracting, overpowering the fruit, which plays a background to the buttery sweetness. No funk, clean lacto sourness.
The drink itself is really nice. The diacetyl actually works well with the blueberries and the sourness, rounding what otherwise is an astoundingly tart beverage. One of them thar tooth scrapers. Wickedly sour. As it warmed, it became more vicious and the diacetyl even more palatable with the berries coming a bit more to the fore. The diacetyl acted as something to sooth the tongue as it attempted to recover from the delightful violation.

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Cascade Blauw Van Der Jon Berry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5 ratings