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Cascade Blauw Van Der Jon Berry (Blue Berry)

Cascade Blauw Van Der Jon Berry (Blue Berry)
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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This is a one-off from the brewers. This NW style sour blends soured wheats that were lacticly fermented and aged more than a year. We then added Draper and Liberty blueberries that brew master Ron Gansberg brought back from Springfield. The fruit really comes through as does the intense color from the fruit. This is a rare beer; once itís gone, itís gone.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VertBaconStrips (2097) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2011
On tap in Nov 2010. Itís still early on Saturday morning and this is a great way to be introduced to Cascade. Waiting for my olive tapenade to show up. Bright cherry red with a thin, pink, bubbly rim hugger with weak lacing. This has a sour cherry nose with blueberry notes, warmth, milky, weak wood, cottage cheese... if that doesnít make this unique I donít know what would. Freaking olives are to die for! Excellent taste - sourness that fades to a blueberry milky finish, blueberries and cherry sourness. Amazingly unique beer, lame review.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2/5/11 notes: On tap. Ruby port rose color. Nose is lemon, blueberries, raspberry. Flavor blends wild tart berries (blackberry, blueberry, tat cherry, cranberry) with clean crisp, drying lactic acidity. Flavor lasts firmly yet crisp. Tremenous; my favorite of the day much to my surprise.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2011
draft. lightly hazed medium-dark brown with edges approaching purple. medium to heavy oak gives it more of a dry and tannic character than their other current offerings, while the fruit seems more husky, dried, subdued, less-sweet and underripe. obligatory lactic acid / white vinegar buzzing acid throughout with a medium to light body. these cascade sours all seem to reach a ceiling of quality that few american brewers are able to surpass: they taste decent enough and theyíre interesting, but the acidity and body never seem to come together to act with any cohesiveness. instead the word best to used to describe them would be disjointed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Draft @ Barrel House; glowing purple with light purple head; tart, almost buttery blueberries; crazy dry, sharp tangy fruit on the finish; overall seems a little buttery to me; finished half the snifter then improved greatly when mixed with some Vlad

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Iím not a sour aficionado by any means, but this one is near the top of my shortlist in the category. Itís vibrant purple-tinged red brew with a pinkish head. Easy blueberry presence warbles from the glass. Near pitch-perfect sour tart accompaniement to the bouquet. Refreshing body with some vinegary blueberry tart character. This seems to benefit from a sturdy wheat backbone. Pleasant, complex, and refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5624) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Nose of lactic tart sourness, fresh blueberries with nice sweet/tart balance, wheat malt, acidic notes, touches of lemon here and there, plus perhaps a hint of butter. Pours pinkish purple with an off pink/purple head. The flavor is fresh fruity blueberries, wheat malt, lactic tartness, lemon. Crisp lactic sour finish. Lingering fruity flavors. My only issue would be the small amount of butter I thought i got in the aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Draught at Uber Tavern. Damn, Iím so glad that I was able to imbibe this beverage. It has a pink/purple color, but that could be because of the lights at Uber. This beer is quite effervescent, and the head remains for quite some time. It looks good, from what I can tell. The smell is of fresh blueberries; Iím not talking about the artificial blueberry aroma that you might smell from a blunt wrap, but this smells of fresh, straight from the earth/vine blueberries. The fact that Cascade was able to pull-off this fresh blueberry aroma amazes me. Itís quite pungent. A subtle sour aroma comes through, but itís mainly that fresh blueberry aroma. This taste of fresh blueberries. After the blueberry, I get a nice lingering sweetness, and then the tart flavor kicks in and seems to linger for quite some time. Damn, this is a great, and yet drinkable sour. Iíd say itís one of the best from Cascade. Quite the effervescent texture. I feel as though Iím getting more fruit flavors, as in, it seems that something other than blueberries are adding to the fruit flavor, but the fact that Cascade was able to provide this sweet and sour balance, amazes me. Great sour, and a great beer.


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