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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6989) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2009
750 ml bottle courtesy of DuffmanSW. Thanks, Sean! Poured into a narrower fluted tulip. Pours an opaque murky rusty berry color, tinted with deep crimson hues, purple, and a sort of brown. Almost a dark pinot, but hazier, darker, more opaque, with a dirty whitish reddish head that is moderate, dies to a small film and laces a bit. Aromas are sweet blackberries, a touch of lactic sourness, slight vinegar, wet oakiness is smaller, but there. A touch of faint vanilla, a light sour and sweet mix. Initial is lighter bodied, a bit blank up front, moving into tart blackberries, with some subtle sweetness lying beneath. Berries, faint vinegar, vanilla on the backend, wet wood, lactic sourness is light, but heavier in some sips. Berries stick to the palate in the aftertaste, as some light tannins make their way in on the backend. A bit underbodied, and sips seem to vary on intensity of flavors (Not sure if this is a strength of weakness). Overall, I like the idea of the brew, a good mesh of sweetness and sourness, that is quite sessionable. However, the shortcomings on this beer’s complexity are there (A bit underbodied, inconsistent, could use a touch more sourness), but can be overlooked for a quality sessionable sour like this. Very nice. I can see why ratings that did not get a proper pour (And serving size) might be lacking for this beer. Try and get a good 12 oz. to get a full feel, and not just from the top of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2016
Rating #1800 - 2015.06.29 - 750mL Bottle - Pours a deep reddish brown with a bubbly head that disapparates rather quickly. Aroma is blackberry ham, sour plum tartness - rich, fruity texture. Palate is well balanced - lots of tart berry notes, oaky vanilla sweetness from the barrel component - Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2389) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle. Ruby red that’s hazy. Thin white head. Wild blackberry, earth, dark berry sourness, and seedy aroma. Like biting into a wild picked blackberry. Early, tart, blackberry tart, and seedy. Medium to lighter fizzy carb. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2953) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle (thanks finol). Nice sweet and fruity aroma with a small berry seed-like dryness. Crisp, tart taste with a high fruitiness and sweetness. Small vinousity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (3121) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark copper without a head. Aroma of blackberries. Tart, fruity lambic like taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malin_aiisa (881) - SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle Red, no head. Nice! Aroma of blackberry, sour, cellar organic Taste fresh sour. Blackberry mild. Sweet. Hint of casics Tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2016
Pours a deep dark red w/ quick dissipating pink head. Aromas of big berry, vinous, and a little funk. Flavors of sour berry, vinegar notes...funky sour greatness!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2016
Bottle. Ruby purple pour with tan head. Light blackberry aromas, sour tart, berry tones. Wine, oak, blackberries, berry, fruit Flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2016
Bottle - pours reddish white head - nose and taste of blackberry, oak, sour lactose - med body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 15, 2016
A strong sour aroma, definitely has the pink purple color of a blackberry. This is quite sour- mouth-puckering really. Yet it's not that good. I think the fruit lends a sweetness that doesn't work, despite the sour base. And it is nowhere near worth the exorbitant price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (846) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Poured into a plastic cup showing translucent rims and an opaque center. The nose shows intense blackberry notes. The palate is light to moderately carbonated, full bodied with a perfect fruit forwardness of black berries and a perfect tartness. Slightly too easy to drink and missing complexity and depth in flavors some would want from most sours but given this is the only blackberry sour that I know, this is very well done and surpassed my expectations.

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