Elderberry
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

ElderberryElderberry
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From:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #506
ABV:
7.75%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,600
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
376
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 19, 2022
Added:
Jul 25, 2012
Wants:
  51
Gots:
  66
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Ratings by harrymel:
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Reviewed by harrymel from Washington

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Reviewed 04AUG12

Nice pretty dark rose colored beer with little/no foam and a high degree of clarity. Nose is just as expected, I dig the elderberry - herbal, floral and fruity like a blend of blueberries, soil, spices, some lavender like tones atop a leathery prune skin. Hints of peppercorn. The flavor comes through with reserved tart for the brewery and a good dose of aromatic and infectious flavors which are rich and robust with delicacy at the same time. Of fruit flavored sours, this may be my favorite choice of fruit and flower. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a slick finish. I like this beer, I like this beer a lot.
Aug 07, 2012
More User Ratings:
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
April 2017: 750 ml corked & caged bottle, as Cascade Oak Aged Elderberry Northwest Sour Ale, ale aged in oak barrels with elderberries and spices, 2015 Project. ABV is 7.0%. At Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Fairly dark brown colour, huge beige head. Aroma of sour (black) elderberries, lemons, farmhouse kitchen, spices and malts. Sour / acidic, tart and astringent flavour, loads of lactic acid, notes of lemons and sour elderberries.
Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
There was a time and a place for Cascade beers in the craft beer market about a decade ago. They did a lot of things right, including the barrel aging and the use of fruit. Unfortunately, their beers are "just good enough" now, and at $30 a bottle, it's a hard pass for me.
Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Consumed a 2011 bottle in early December 2020. Bought two bottles, I liked it more w age than when it was fresh. This review is an average of those 2 scores. Also, my bottle says 8.1% abv, not 7.75 (dat Northern Nevada area code).

Pours a very dark brown. This would seem to be a dark base for a sour, but the commercial tug job speaks of blond and wheat ales being blended to make this beer. The head be thin and beige, 1/8". The aroma is dark sour and light vinegar. Going in the dark fruit non grape direction with this.

Taste is very sour, but with age it tames out a bit. Lots of dark fruit pruny raisin sourness. This is pretty sharp when fresh and more manageable in its old age. Has more bitterness than your average wild ale. But its also stronger than your average wild ale. Carbonation held up well despite the years. I still don't know what elderberries taste like, but at this point, they seem like a dark cranberry/currant impact based on these beers.

Ultimately these were pricey and just not worth the price of admission.
Oct 19, 2021
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy amber dark brown colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, plum, prunes, mixed dark berries, cherry, raisin, with light vinous and cinnamon notes.

Taste: Sour, moderately sharp, tart, vinous, mixed dark berries, blackcurrant, grape skin, blueberry, oak, raisin, with notes of vinegar, and other spices.

Mouthfeel: Moderately sharp acidity, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Flavours are nice, but the feel may have been slightly too sharp with a lack of balance, which didn’t make it as easy to drink as it could have been.
Dec 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Apr 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by MickeyHops from California

Mar 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.83 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Jan 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Jan 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by BltByKrmn from New York

Jul 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

May 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by gehille from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by kvgomps from New Jersey

Feb 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.53 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Dec 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Filling nearly to coffee black but actually displaying a dark garnet hue under light, this has a fuzzy khaki head that quickly fizzles out.

Smell is really funky, sweaty feet and dank balsamic vinegar, yet it's not sharp, and is more like red wine oak.

Taste is not as sour or funky as I thought it'd be judging from the nose, but is quite sour still, with an intense berry-forward jamminess of blackberry, elderberry and berry seeds, maturing out with a red wine oaky char.

Really good! This has a big, soft carbonation throughout the medium-full body, finishing semi-dry.
Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.07 by VashonGuy from Washington

Jul 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Jun 29, 2017
Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 376 ratings