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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2008
750ml bottle from John’s Market Place in Portland. Very nice soft and cloudy purple colored body, tan head on top. Pleasently pungent nose of stem/wood/hair blackberry, some note of cream in the nose as well, similar to that found in the Apricot, so likely a result of the yeast. Woody, tannic and dry, very pasty and chalky at times, but overall the berry character is mild, which can be nice at times, but with this one it seems that it would use more of a sour berry character as well as more of a strong, sour, tannic wood note. While it certainly tastes good, it would benefit from some more depth and complexity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5929) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2008
750. Thanks, Hogfodder! Pours black with a dense, rocky, and creamy tan head. Big, sharp, fruity, sweet blackberry nose. Medium, creamy body. The berry essense is blended effortlessly and cohesively into the body of a very drinkable light beligan ale. Never overpoweringly sweet, and never given over to hanging back to relying on a simple belgian structure, either. Great, balanced, fruit beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 Rerate, 750mL bottle, sampled at the 1st Annual Shenandoah Beer Throwdown, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a dark, pitty raspberry color; creamy, pinkish-brown head with excellent retention and creamy, glistening lacing; great pour. Pitty, tannic blackberry character in the aroma; basic dark fruit / black cherry character. Medium mouthfeel: dark cherry / blackberry notes; relaxed fruitiness, with lots of tannic stems and pits; basic, tannic fruit beer. Pretty good stuff. Medium finish: black cherries, dark fruits, and some breadiness. 7.5.7.4.13=3.6 ..... 750mL bottle, courtesy of jjpm74. Thanks, John! Pours a dark burgundy color; light tan head with solid, fine-bubbled lacing. Light tartness, dark fruits, and light sugar in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: chewy, dark fruits, lightly toasty malts, and light breadiness upfront; mild tartness; solid amounts of dark fruits and toasty breadiness; under-developed, lightly tart fruit beer. Medium finish: dark fruits, toastiness, and a touch of sugar. 7.4.7.3.12=3.3

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
raphael (839) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2008
big pink-khaki head (from bottle), smell of sour berries--blackberries, vinegar, sugar, like blackberry syrup mixed with vinegar. opaque dark brown with reddish tinge. bubbly on the tongue. i taste teh sour berries. other flavors would be perhaps a guess.--a bit too simple.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - MAY 12, 2008
5oz Taster - Fred Fest 2008 - Hair of the Dog Brewing - Portland OR
Aroma – Strong berry aroma with a Belgian yeast in the nose also.
Appearance – Dark Reddish Amber in color, little to no head and clear.
Flavor – The flavor was strong with a good amount of fruit which made it almost sour. A flanders sour flavor for sure.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry finish.
Overall – A deep rich sour flavor. If you like sour beers this was for you. This was a very nice Belgian flanders ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
Thanks to beastiefan2k - medium purple beer, with a tan lace - aroma of chocolate, raspberry, earthy character (but not in a good way) - medium tart up front, with sour, spoiled fruit flavors - some chocolate underneath, but more like dry cocoa (no real sweetness) - root plant character throughout - bizarre.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
Poured a hazy pink-brown color with a pinkish-beige head. Bitter chocolate aroma with some sweet berry and a light tartness. The flavor is of chocolate and tart berry. Semi-dry finish with a light-medium body. Very lively mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing. Deep ruby colour with a large pinkish head. Aroma is quite vegetal and leafy. A bit of chocolate and raspberry. Strange mustiness and a kind of non-descript flavour that doesn’t really do it for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
From hannont. It pours nice enough when it comes to colorful fruits, a dark purple color with a dark pink hued small head. Aroma is a leafy berry, more like the green leaves at the base of the berry than actual berry. Some sweet-less jam in there as well. Taste loses the vegetal (good), and there is a hint of tartness present and there is just a little bit of tickling acidity. Its rather nice, full mouthfeel ands to the heft of the beer. Get rid of the "green" from the nose and sour it up a bit more and you got a real winner here.
750mL dark green capped and waxed bottle, Rodenbach GC smaller tulip.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle shared by BeastieFan2k. Very green blackberry leaf aroma, a bit of white pepper. Not finding too much going on. Flavor has a fairly solid malt body with a lot of berry up front, finishing slightly tart. Not very sour at all. Doesn’t work nearly as well as the kriek, but still an enjoyable brew.


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