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This NW style sour ale blends wheat & blond ales that were oak aged in barrels for 6 mths, then additionally aged 4 mths on fresh blueberries. Huge herbal notes of dense blueberries in the nose give way to hints of oak & a dusty floral note. Rich earthy notes of dark fruit on the palate lead to a tart finish that dries out to a base note of blueberry skins.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4139) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2014
Pretty pour, sharp purpley pink with two fingers of soft reddish white head. Very funky nose, soft fruity notes with blueberry and a light floral quality. Lovely aroma. Flavor takes on some acetic notes with a band-aid/marker quality. Very dry with a moderately sharp acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4134) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2014
On tap at the brewpub - Pours reddish purple with an off-white head, The aroma has blueberries pomegranate, red wine and bits of funk. It has a medium crisp body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with tart blueberries, alcohol, barrel and other red berry flavors. The finish has the heavy fruit and adds a nice oak element. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
Pours pale cloudy red lilac with a small pink head. Aroma is dry sour some blueberries. Flavor is damn so sour some acetone light blueberries lemon juice a bit thin body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4093) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14
This is a pinkish-purple colored beer. It has a fruity/berry aroma. Slightly herbal. Some woody notes. Another very tasty fruit sour from Cascade. These guys do fruit sours and they do them well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4016) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Draught @ Cascade, Portland, OR

Pours reddish with a smooth head. Aroma of tart berries, wood, some oak, sourish notes and vinegar. Taste is smooth and sourish with some tart blueberries, vinegar and oak. Finish is tartish and slick with mild sourness. Okay.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2013
750ml from Samís, Durham. Big pour, hugely bubblicious and grape juice hued. Bits of spotty lacing here and there, consistently lively carbonation. Nose is not too overwhelming but very pleasant nonetheless. Loads of oak and berry (sweeter than I expected, like a mature blueberry), with hints of lemon juice and a bit of wild yeast. Body is nice, as prickly carbonation dies down, and thereís an understated acetic quality on the tongue, very dry finish. Taste is nicely tart, giving the impression of a younger fruit than the nose suggests, with a healthy blueberry yogurt vibe in there too (lactobacillus?). I found it elegant, flavorful, extremely well balanced overall.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ernesto987 (3930) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2012
awesoem beer here, great blueberry flavors and an intense tart fruit flavors, this is awesome

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3880) - Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Poured a deep purple color with aromas of blueberries, light wet oak, some tartness, and a touch of vinegar. Flavors matched the aromas, tart blueberries, funk and some light wet wood, enjoybale and really drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a hazy pinkish red with medium frohthy pink head that lasts. The aroma is a strong tart blueberry and oak. Thin mouthfeel with sour berry, funk, oak. Light acidity, easy to drink, very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Just a slow enough of a gusher that I was able to get it into my glass. I end up with three fingers worth of pale purple tinged foam up to the rim of my glass and two fingers and growing above the rim that I suck down rather than risk it collapsing over the sides. The beer is a concentrated, dark purple color that shows a clear, bright red hue when held up to the light, in addition to a mad stream of bubbles rising from all parts of the glass. The aroma smells of bright berries, a nice lactic tartness, and a funkiness that leans towards phenolics, slight plastic notes, and an ample mustiness. There is also a nice, pale cracker like grain character here, that once you dig around for it, becomes quite noticeable. After I notice it in the flavor, the oak character is much more prevalent in the nose; spicy, with a supporting toasted woody oak character that accentuates the light malt aromatics.

Tart, though not aggressively sour, much of the tartness seems to come from the blueberries. The beer is quite dry, but there is still quite a bit of blueberry flavor to this beer, especially in the finish with a palate coating, sometimes astringent, bright blueberry flavor that tastes of blueberry skins even. Subsequent sips has me noticing even more of the blueberries, but there is also a nice, pale wheat / grain cracker character here in the middle. The sourness has a lactic character to it as well as the fruit-derived acidity, in all it is a nice, clean acidity. Touches of funky, musty, slightly plastic like phenolics linger in the finish. The beer starts out quite light bodied on the palate, but as it warms up a touch of roundness is picked up; it has a soft fullness to it that coats the palate nicely. A supporting oak character accentuates the pale malt character, but also lingers in the finish with a light spiciness and a light lingering woody flavor.

As with all Cascade beers I have had so far, this is straight forward and a bit simplistic; it does have a touch of funkiness to it, though the sourness seems to be a touch on the light side of the spectrum. Still this is definitely a tasty beer that I am quite happy to be sampling. I do like the juicy blueberry character that this beer has, though it isnít over the top in the way that some Lambics can be.


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