KornDogg (553) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Berry aroma, dark red/purple body with thin reddish head. A subtle oak barrel flavor balanced with blackberries. Sweet and not overly acidic
emacgee (4367) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with a light tan head. Nose is fruity and mildly acidic, tart, yeasty, some esters and a yogurty character. Flavor is tart and mildly acetic, sweet/fruity character, some funk. Palate is mildly tart and lively.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold pour with purple hues. Fizzy purple/white head. Aroma of blackberry and lactic notes. Flavor is dusty, fruity, lactic and oaky tannins. Decent but not my go to cascade sour.
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille verte de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Odeur de mûres avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est rouge. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de mûres légèrement sûrettes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #2854)
OldMrCrow (2145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year-old bottle sampled Jan 30 ’10.
Pours deep wine red. Nice tart flavors, dry rather than sour, relatively subdued overall taste profile (quite mellow for a sour) with a dry blackberry essence emerging and dominating as the palate adjusts. Appropriate carbonation level, entirely enjoyable. As always, the price point is the problem. At $20, does it compete with the comparably priced Belgian entries? Maybe it’s close to some of them. But it’s certainly no slam dunk.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This Sour Ale’s subtle fruit jam perfume is shaken up by a lively effervescence, creating a quenching but forgettable brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head atop the cloudy purplish brown.
-This is not nearly as well expressed as their sublime Sang Royal, for example.
-The blackberries are apparent, but tend to get veiled by the yeasty wilderness.
-Mild tartness paints a diplomatic finish.
Ratman197 (11106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml waxed bottle poured a hazy purple brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of blackberry, funkiness, oak, light leather and light cookie. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of blackberry, oak, citrus, funkiness and light leather with a smooth dry lightly tart lingering funky finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
About time I entered this. 750ml from the brewery. Big and lively pour, with strong bottle-conditioning leadaing to a giant froth. Color looks like fresh blackberries, on the slightly dusky side. Sharp dry aroma, with a touch of acidity that’s complemented by the oak. The carbonation almost intrudes a bit too much on the palate. I’m not sure I’d recognize this as a Flanders had I not read the commercial description. It’s more like a decent sour that recalls Cassisona, enjoyable for what it is but not really up to bar with Cascade’s other sours to me.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a deep almost brownish red with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of tart blackberry, floral notes, vanilla and oak. Flavor of tart blackberry, blackberry soda, light funk and sour liverly carbonation.
hopdog (9735) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle acquired in trade with bvc (thanks!). Poured a darker and muddy brown color (with a reddish/purple tint) with a smaller sized pinkish head. Aromas of blackberries, woodiness, caramel, some oak, and lightly funky. Tastes of vanilla, woody, blackberries, and other berries. Same lighter funkiness with a lighter sour/tart finish.