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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a bubbly peach head. Sweet blackberries, oak, whiskey, sour apple, and brown sugar in the nose. Tastes mostly the same. Lots of carbonation. This is really good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle thanks to BVC. Another outstanding one from in my opinion the underrated Cascade brewery. Nice tart sour, but not so sour that the the sweetness and fruit flavors do not come through. Well balanced and a joy to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeinDahlem (1366) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2011
Dry and tart and full of blackberry fruit. Doesn’t put a foot wrong and might be the perfect aperitif. Very impressive.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGoldenChalice (23) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Served in a Teku from bomber. Served the day bottle hit the shelves. Aroma – brilliant aromatic qualities! Berry-like, fruity esters exude from surface of glass. Smells like a concoction of sour berries! Aroma stands out among other sours I’ve encountered in my life and contributes remarkably to overall sensation. I have never given a beer a 10 for aroma. Appearance – gorgeous, almost framboise-like appearance: frothy pink and purple head, which lingers for hours in glass and does not dissipate. Taste – juicy, ripe, sweet blackberry sensation consistent throughout each sip. Extremely refreshing on all fronts. Oak barrel and base beer wheatiness tough to decipher through rich, ripeness of berries, which dominate overall experience. Addicting, sensational, reinvigorating lacto strain consistent throughout each sip. Lovely taste. Palate – tart, semi-sour sensation in back of throat. I consider this brew more of a Wild Ale than a Sour, but brew still exhibits pure, one-of-a-kind lacto strain. So refreshing, so delicious. Wish I had more of these. Overall – price point is fair for this brew. Not the best Blackberry Ale I have encountered, but damn impressive. Most romantic color I’ve encountered in a beer. I am certainly satisfied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (14773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2009
750 ml bottle courtesy of Ken and Rich at Über. Dark and cloudy maroon with pale head. Aroma of fruit and malt. Full bodied, sour with background of sweetish blackberries. Finish of oak and slight hoppiness with a bit of must.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
In short: A fruity beer (NOT a sour ale) packing a lot of dark berry flavours and an interesting dryness. Great stuff. But NOT a sour ale.
How: Bottle 750ml. Post-EBF tasting session #1 at dmac hotel room.
The look: Dark purple body topped by medium pinky-beige head
In long: Even if it is an excellent beer there’s not a lot to say about this one. This is a fruit beer, this is NOT a sour beer. There’s no funk in here, no wilderness and just about no sourness either. Big body filled with dry fruity flavours of blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrant. This bottle really pack A LOT of dark berries giving the sensation of an unsweetened dark berry jam. Also notes of wood/oak and an inexplicable dryness that brings this beer up into excellence territory. Only problem was the overly intense soda-pop carbonation. I find this beer is to dark berries what NG Belgian Red is to cherries or what NG Raspberry Tart is to raspberries (although really not as good as this last one). The difference is that Cascade Blackberry is rather dry as far as fruit beers are concerned. Looking at rave reviews that NG Belgian Red and NG Raspberry Tart are getting it is pretty obvious to me that this beer is victim of its Sour Ale marketing. Nicole Kidman is smoking hot but she’d get a lot of customer complaints if she took a part-time job at Hollyboob Bib Boobies Escort Services.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 Bottle [Purchased from Bottleworks, probably a 2008, maybe 2009, but I’m guessing most likely a 2008]... Poured deep, burgundy, very cloudy, opaque, with a beige head. Aroma was faint fruit, tart, yeast, spice complexity. Tasted of cocoa powder, tootsie roll, candy sweetness with fruit and berry coming in. Very tart, dry, and puckering on top of all that. A sincere pleasure to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2015
750 cc from WH PM. Magenta pour with fizzy pink head. Nose is earthy, tart blackberry. Tastes very tart, with fresh blackberry flavor. Complex and champagney mouthfeel. Outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear ruby with small pinkish head. The aroma is strong berry, funk, oak. Thin mouth with jammy blackberry, light funk, oak, tart finish, really enjoyed this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6513) - 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.


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