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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadMe (1644) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
A: Pours a dark amberish purple kind of reminds me of grape juice. Small head with little retention and no lace. S: Aromas of dark berries, oak, and chocolate. T: The berries are there in a big way. Mild tartness with the oak standing out as well. A bit lactic with hints of tart cherries as well. M: Medium in body, lite on the carbonation. D: Pretty good. Not my favorite Cascade sour but still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2010
2009 Bottle - Pours a dk purple amber with a large beige head...aroma is light berry and lactic wood, vanilla...flavour is fairly thin and watery, light berry and light cocoa somehow, plenty of lactic sourness, but there is fairly little going on taste-wise, meh....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle. Berry aroma, dark red/purple body with thin reddish head. A subtle oak barrel flavor balanced with blackberries. Sweet and not overly acidic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4659) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7411) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2010
Bouteille verte de 750 ml partage lors dune dgustation Ratebeer Montral chez MartinT. Arme: Odeur de mres avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est rouge. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de mres lgrement srettes. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrire got lgrement srette. (Rating #2854)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2433) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
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 its close to some of them. But its certainly no slam dunk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Sour Ales 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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14240) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2009
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 thats complemented by the oak. The carbonation almost intrudes a bit too much on the palate. Im not sure Id recognize this as a Flanders had I not read the commercial description. Its more like a decent sour that recalls Cassisona, enjoyable for what it is but not really up to bar with Cascades other sours to me.

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