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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-25-2012

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49
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347
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 11/16/14

A: Pours way darker than I would have expected, a very deep purple - medium to large, light tan head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Very, very sour - sour in both the funky/acidic/lactic way, and a very fruity, tart sourness - some acidic sour, some musty, damp cellar, and some lactic funk - big sour berry aroma - I will admit that I do not really know what elderberries smell like like, but based on this beer, I am guessing the aroma is reminiscent of tart, sour, underripe blueberries - blueberry yogurt past its expiration date - rich oak and some hints of malts underneath the sour

T: Multidimensional sour - follows the aroma, as there are distinct sour notes from souring process, and the inherent sourness of the berries - acidic, with some lemon-like tart - damp, wet, old cellar - lactic notes and hints of yogurt - big, tart and sour berry, and berry skin - lots of oak flavor - lightly sweet, and finishes a lot cleaner and dryer than some of the other Cascade sours

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, finishes with lingering sour

O: The Elder Berries V: Skyrim

This is a very interesting sour. It's very big, and very bold. It cranks the berries and sour to 11, and doesn't really have much nuance, but it works. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:Slightly hazed burgundy murky red brown. Head is small and light khaki. Tiny clump of a cap with a small collar. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: VInegar. Deep dark fruitiness. Tons of oak barrel. A touch of red wine. Tart with some lactic elements but mostly citric. Big and sweet. Worn leather. Tart berry skin. Touches of something akin to cherry, blueberry, and blackberry. Tannic. Malts offer some solid caramel sweetness. Sharp tart edfe. Oak barrel adds some nice woody and earthy elements. Carries the distinct damp funkiness of all Cascade sours. Juicy. Sour blueberry. Soft backing spice - botanical.

Taste: Bracingly tart. Citric and then some some. Pushes acetic with some funky cheesy lactic through the back as well. Touches of balsamic vinegar. Tons of dark fruit - cherry, blueberry, blackberry. Tons of berry skin and juicy fruit. Oak is abundant and adds the requisite fresh woody elements. Very soft botanical spice buried in the back. Malts are heavy on the caramel and offer a necessary sweetness. Tons of leather. Damp and musty with some old wooden cellar. Lactic acidity increases as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Simultaneously juicy and astringent. Dries the tongue immediately. Minimal carbonation with a medium body.

Overall: Lick this wallpaper.

It's a fruited Cascade "sour." Incredibly tart without ever crossing the line to too much. Sweet and big for the style. Curious to see where it lands in a couple years.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark red in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass and some patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of elderberries are present in the nose—these smell mainly like sour blueberries.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of elderberries along with a light amount of sourness. It's like drinking sour blueberries with notes of sour vinegar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as sour as compared to other American Wild Ales but is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into two Sam Adams perfect pint glasses.
Large head that dissipates to 1/4 inch. Looks very dark until a bright flash light reveals a deep ruby red. Smell is subtle fruit and funk. Taste is similar. Subtle fruit and lighter funk. It then gets dry and slightly tart. Not amazing. Other Cascade sours are better and for the very expensive price of 33 dollars a bottle at a bottle shop anywhere around here (Charlotte, NC) this is way over valued for such a underwhelming beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 750ml bottle into a teku glass.

pours a dark murky reddish black with a nice head. smell is extremely complex and the high point of this beer. plums, grapes.. just aweomse. taste is slightly tart but the plums/grapes mixture really shines through. tasty shit right here. medium bodied..medium to high carbonation...lovely

overall an impressive offering from cascade thats different from their others, not as tart. very flavorful!

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Photo of jbaker67
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker muddled cola with auburn hues while topped with an off-white beige head... Aroma of dark berry jam with the expected cascade sour note. Little sweet tart action again but a deeper dark berry essence... Flavors pack a decent dark berry sour punch with the typical cascade sour qualities. Medium bodied with semi-lively carbonation. Nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the barrel room yesterday but as a live barrel version (called Wild Elderberry)

A rather pinkish pour, this smells like a very buttery pie crust with cherry brightness. Tasted like buttered cherries and raspberries, enjoyable even, in small quantities.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 project.

Appearance - Deep red. Thick collar after a medium head dissipates.

Smell - I don't know what an elderberry is supposed to smell or taste like, but this has some blueberry and cherry aromas. Lots of caramel and some oak.

Taste - Deep caramel. Fruity. Again kinda like cherries. Oaky.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Wish I knew what an elderberry tasted like. Enjoyable sour.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Beachwood Sour Fest at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, red wine, wood, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with sour berry, red wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fairly prominent red wine and wood presence alongside the elderberries.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean(?) for sharing this one. Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Brown-red body with some transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Interesting mix of chocolate and crystal malt sweetness; not the base I was anticipating for a fruit sour from Cascade. Overripe berries (presumably elder ones?), some musky funk, and light lactic sourness. I know Cascade doesn't use brett, so either there's a funky characteristic to the fruit, or the berries were harboring some wild yeast on them.

T - The taste is significantly more sour, with a hefty dose of lactic acidity. Less malt sweetness here, although the chocolate still peeks through. Berry flavor is still present, but oak intensity has been dialed up as well. More what I was expecting, but a bit less enjoyable than the aroma.

M - Dry, oaky, and tannic, with lower carbonation. Alcohol is well-concealed, and acidity is at a moderate level. Medium body is sufficiently hefty for the 7.75%, but still light enough to be refreshing.

D - Interesting brew and largely enjoyable. I'm curious how the elderberries would have fared with a lighter base beer, but perhaps the malt was necessary to keep things from getting to sour. I'd drink this again, but it's somewhere in the middle of Cascade's output.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kevin for cracking the bottle. Always on the lookout for more Cascade sours! The Elderberry pours a dark-ish, brown-ish, and faintly indigo tinted color with barely any head. Surprising to see such a lack of foam on what are typically a series of volatile brews. A light gray collar rests at the edges for just a few minutes before it dissipates into thin air.

The aroma is full of sweet and tart elderberries first and foremost. If you haven't smelled elderberries before, they're kind of reminiscent between a "berry-ish" and dark fruit mix, along the lines of blackberries, blueberries and currants. It's a satisfying, strange, and noble fruit indeed. Needless to say, the aroma is carrying heavy notes of "berry" and not just specifically "elderberry", along with some mild vanilla-tinted oak over a faint, vinegary background.

As is the case with nearly all of the Cascade sours I've tried up to this point, the first sip hits your jowels with a solid jolt of tartness that flexes its traps like mad and will soon have the inside of your cheeks touching. The sourness is hashed apart by a nice fruity sensation, however, full of sweet berries. So far, a nice balance of sweet and sour is taking place right in front of my tongue.

Elderberries, blackberries, and all sorts of berries keep working their magic and massaging the palate hard while some vinegar notes waft in on a thin surfboard of oak. Very faint vanilla hints cling to the finishing, drying oak, and with each sip, I can say that this is also one of the least acidic Cascade brews I've had so far, which is doing wonders for plausible drinkability. Medium bodied, soft on the carbonation and just a few steps outside the realm of "creamy".

Yet another highly enjoyable Cascade beer. I like the use of oddball (read: less common) fruits in beers, and I'd say that elderberries qualify. Whether you've had actual elderberries or not, it doesn't matter much. Do you like berries, period? If the answer is yes, then there's no doubt that you'll love this brew. Cascade typically hides their alcohol very well; coupled with the lower acidity (relative to most other Cascade beers), this beer becomes dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing. The beer is dark brown with a lasting tan head. Copious lacing. The aroma brings funk, cherries, oak. Distinguishable Cascade character. Alcohol presence in both the flavor and aroma. Big puckering finish. Tart and sour. Bold in every regard, with similarities to the Flanders style.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark red / purple with a decent foam head. Carbonation trails upwards 3.25

S - LIght elderberry with lactic acid tartness 3.5

T - Lactic acid tartness, light red wine and oak, berry presence, and light funk on the backend. 3

M - Tart carbonation with a light funky and dry presence to it 3.25

O - Decent sour from cascade with only a light elderberry presence. While still a good beer this is one of my least favorite Cascades

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont station during puckerfest.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with red hilights. Head retention is pretty good, and there's considerable lacing as well. On the nose, there's considerable fruit, along with light vanilla and noticeable wine and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the sour component really dominates in this beer. There's some underlying fruit and wine flavor as well, but they struck me as a bit muddled, and in any event, the predominant flavor is SOUR! Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and as is typical with Cascade, alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

This is a nice beer, but I really didn't think it stood out from many of the other fruit dominated sours I've had from Cascade. I really found myself thinking "ho hum, another fruity sour beer from Cascade." I guess if you love Cascades Strawberry, blueberry, and many of the other fruit sours made by Cascade, you'll probably like this one as well.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says 2011.

A- Pours a purplish dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head, also purplish, that retains a bit before falling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Very musty, funky aroma that almost has that baby poop fume to it. Also slightly sweet as the elderberry comes in. Certainly wild with a distinct amount of Brett.

T- Holy hell. Beautifully delicate balance of fruit sweetness, tartness and funk. First you get the the elderberry followed immediately by a perfectly restrained amount of sourness and then a sublimely Bretty aftertaste. So drinkable. Only after multiple sips does the lactic acid fully come in and throw things a bit off-tilt but this is obviously meant to be sipped slowly. The Brett also starts to fade as the drink progresses.

M- A subtle but lasting helping of pucker with medium carbonation and a body that's deceivingly light given the color.

O- So this is what people are talking about when they speak of sours knocking their socks off. Only took me like twenty purchases to find one that truly struck a chord in me. This being only the first Cascade offering I've had, I'm going to make it a point to try everything I come across by them. Outstanding indeed.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on-tap at Cascade

I love Cascade. I do not subscribe to the trendy internet hate for this brewery over the past year or two. I don't mind the consistent lacto-sour fruit bomb nature of their beers, and in fact quite like it.

That said, this beer was pretty terrible. Perhaps I just don't like elderberries. Tasted of a watery Port wine (love Port, btw) - spicy, peppery, lots of leather, puckery but really offputting.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, rich looking, hazy, black/brown with 1/2 an inch of off white head that fades quickly into a thin halo. The nose is unexpectedly sweet and fruity with a touch of sour. The taste is heavily fruity with a big juicy, tart blackberry/raspberry fruitiness upfront and great grain, nearly chocolatey richness. The mouthfeel is quite tart with berry skin tannins, slightly sour, vinous, ascetic, dry, effervescent, and drinkable. This isn't an intense sour like I was expecting, very similar to the cascade blackberry, but still highlights the elderberry very well and is quite drinkable. I'd like to see how this ages.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chuck's hop shop.

Appearance. Pours a hazy deep amber brown with a thin white head.

Smell. Dark sour berries, lightly floral, lightly funky.

Taste. Intensley fruity and quite sour, lightly funky. Mostly dark berries and light fruit flavours.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Another awesome Cascade sour. Loved it.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2oz taster pour
Enjoyed at the Portland, OR barrel room on 9/2/12
Enjoyed a bottle of 2011 vintage 9/4/13

A: This one pours out a slightly cloudy, light brown color. There are some pinkish, reddish hues in there. The head is light tannish white though, whats left of it that is. Leaves some lacing

S: There is a lot going on here. The normal tart sour flavors but so much berry character smashed in there. Initial smells of a Flanders Red ale. Tart cherry fruit character. Sweetness. Balsamic vinegar. Deep oak and tannins

T: Up front a nice pucker, but not to the point of ruining the sip. You still can taste the fruit and the roundness of the barrel. I loved this one and marked it higher than Apricot and Strawberry. It just seemed like the flavors all mesh so well. UPDATE: Not as sour as I was expecting. There is some tart dark cherry flavor up front. It's muted. That fruit carries through the sip. There is a sweetness from the berry. Finish is dry and tart. But it's not as dry as other Cascades. Lot of chalk, as I let it warm.

M: The mouthfeel is a little bigger on this one at medium. Wish it was lighter.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice intro to Cascade beers, imho. Reddish, rusty pour, purty good head and retention.

Faint grape and cherry aroma, some sourness, hints of sweet malt.

A light sour beer, some puckering. The fruit is subtle but it does define the beer. Some tannin, spice, black pepper and maybe a dash of salt.

Over all a solid beer. Nothing fancy, or at least nothing as fancy as some of their other beers.

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Photo of harrymel
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

Reddish in color with small head to it. I don’t get all that much elderberry, but there is some grape and nondescript berry aroma to it. Lightly floral with plenty of wood and acidity. The flavor is lightly acetic, but still maintains a good lactic character as well. Plenty of fruit, some spicy wood, light tannins, and a bit of booze. Really different.

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Photo of brystmar
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel house.

Dark colored pour with good head and lace. Darkened fruit aroma melds with some bourbon. Berries plus Cascade yeast somehow yield a boring taste. Wtf? Never been disappointed by a Cascade sour, and while this isn't bad, it certainly falls short of my expectations for this brewery.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried from a "live barrel" at the Cascade Barrel Room in Portland, OR. This was edition III.

Pours a reddish amber colour, with a surprisingly clear body (didn't expect that from a barrel, especially not a live one). Weight is light and fluid. Head? Well, there's no head to speak of at all. Neither is there carbonation. All oddities, but expected oddities.

Nose is vinous, with hints of rosé or clear, colourless white wine. Some mild berry notes come through along with a twang of lactic acidity. It's a bit flat and dull, overall, which is something of a shame.

Flavour is a little better: light crisp entry, with hints of pinot, and a light, mild lactic wildness towards the mid-palate. There's not much in the way of berry, although it is "beery": there's a slight grassiness which gives it a rather generic tone. Puckering acidity builds towards the finish, leaving a very brusque aftertaste that lingers slightly too long.

Is it too young? There's something a bit too raw about this, as though it hasn't integrated all of its elements properly. Needs some more smoothness.

(I was tossing up between having this or the Apricot... I was disappointed I tried this one...)

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