Cascade Elderberry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade ElderberryCascade Elderberry
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
359
Reviews:
53
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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48
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfish2942
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moheban
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with light foam lacing. Definite lactic sour aroma but undercut nicely with berry, grape and candied sugar. Been a long time since I had an elderberry, but it comes off mostly like blueberry to me. Prickly mouthfeel, very tingly upfront, the sour hits you right away but fades away gently. Not overly vinegary or lactic, it is balanced, but the other flavors feel distant, especially the berry. You get more of a sweet pinch like candied sugar, maybe a faint hint of berry jam & grape must, but its all very faded. Its a 2013 bottle so if the flavors died off that quickly, well....it finishes dry and clean. It is elegant compared to lots of sours that have been rushed to market the past couple of years, and it is still a good beer, but I really would have liked a bit more of the berry notes to rise to the surface.

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Photo of capnamerica
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mklisz
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of awesomea
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 7Sport
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into TRB stemware. 2011 project.

A: Pours a deep maroon color with a thin light tan head that faded into a faint collar. A few spots of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Nose is full of that characteristic Cascade funk that has a complexity that is lacking in many American wild ales. The oak and bug/yeast blend contains much more than just a clean lactic bite. Behind that complex funk/tartness, the elderberry is floral and lightly sweet and jammy.
T: Follows the nose with dominating flavors of tannic oak, complex pedio/lactic/brett tartness, slight spice, and finally elderberry jam. The elderberry is almost more floral than fruity. The finish is drying with a clean tartness and bright acidity, and the aftertaste has lingering notes of musty oak and a touch of caramel.
M: Medium body with a touch of greasy oak, a drying finish with a few gritty tannins, and a moderate tartness and clean acidity. Funk is musty and earthy. The fruit, as stated, is not especially sweet, perhaps a consequence of age.
O: Another great Cascade sour. I love the complexity of their funk. The fruit could have shined through a tad more, but I imagine a fresher bottle would be slightly juicier. Still, I prefer the funk on this bottle over many other fresh fruited sours on the market.

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Photo of D_Min
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mark the other day, thanks man!

This one pours a dark ruby red, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This had a wonderful sour dark fruit aroma here. I don't think I've ever eaten elderberries on their own, so I'm not an expert in what they taste like, but I do get a wonderful dark fruit character here, with some oak and heavy red wine character.

This is one of the best Cascade sours that I've had, it's wonderful. The elderberries come through really strongly. It's not quite as strongly tart and crazy as some of the other Cascade sours I've had- whatever their house yeast culture is creates some blindingly sour beers. This one is not so bad, though.

This is medium bodied, with a prickly and tart mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This was really pretty great, a home run from Cascade.

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

Photo of Ohiovania
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ricoslim
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

2015-09-12
750ml corked caged bottle split between four shaker pints.

Pours dark, almost black, with a biggish tan head that fades fast. Smell is sweettart candy.

Taste is very very tart with dark fruit undertones ones fruit skin bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall, good sour beer.

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

Photo of Beervana
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DLSheidy
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmikepow
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Elderberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.06 out of 5 based on 359 ratings.
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