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Cascade Blackberry Ale

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Cascade Blackberry Ale spends over 6 months of lactic fermentaion and aging in small oak barrels. This "Belgian Flanders Style Red Ale" is refermented with fresh whole Northwest Blackberries and then hand bottled. Cascade Blackberry Ale is bottle fermented and should be refrigerated or stored at cellar temp and served at 45-50 degrees.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3027) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2015
(En dégustation au Stone Sour Fest 2015): Des mûres affolées, confiturées qui finissent par se calmer dans une soupe minérale et assoupie.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4464) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Tap. Pours hazy candy apple red, large pink creamy head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is fructe de padure, a hint of must. Flavor is light tart, blackberries, stems, a bit of must, oak tannins, light funk. Medium body. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2140) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Sampler at the barrel house pours ruby red, small red white head. Mild sourness. Blackberry sweetness prevails. Mild acid burn in the light body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4644) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 22, 2015
On tap at the barrel house in Portland. Pours purple with an off-white head. Aroma of berries, some sourness, light oak, and some pale malts. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2615) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2015
2014 project bottle. Pours a bright clarity, dark red to almost purple color. Medium sized white head dies quickly. Nose is a complex berry medley with some orange, pineapple, strawberry notes too. Taste is initially full of berry and bright fruit expression. Quickly switched to a lactic tartness in the finish that reminds me of soured milk almost. That seems to go away a little in the second sip but then comes right back. The finish is really weird here. It’s not a clean sharp lactobacillus flavor, it’s like a weird yogurt or something. Maybe it’s just a strain I haven’t encountered before in beer. Overall the fruit expression is where it’s at and this beer hits it right on the head with a significant tartness but not too overpowering. I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1748) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
No longer noted as a sour red/brown on bottle. Just a "Northwest Sour Ale" for the 2014 project. Still rating here. Pours beautiful purple red color with a pink head. Nice aroma with some vinegar and funk, acidic, lots of blackberries. Flavor follows closely, with a big explosion of sweet blackberries and puckering sour. Yum. Nothing really "flanders red" about this though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1410) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a thick layer of pinkish head. Aroma is sour and tart with berries. Taste is great, tart with some funk.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Robtheman (1) - - JUN 1, 2015 does not count
Beautiful pour of this ale. Exudes fruit, and based upon the color is mild in nose and flavor, which is perfect. Don’t want a lambic. Enjoyable both from 40-60 degrees. Matches well with a medium strength cigar.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep purple ruby color with a pinkish hued head. Nice aroma of fruit in the nose, obviously blackberry but raspberry and lemon notes. Medium/light mouthfeel. Nice fruit forward note transitioning to a tart berry sourness. Very solid.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stchloe (848) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Lots of sweetness, zest, and sour zing in the front, sweet berry body, but doesn’t last all that long.


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