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Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 593
Gots: 191 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.35% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mykie73 on 05-15-2009

'Malt Beverage with Cherries Added and Aged in Oak Barrels'
8.87% ABV (2009)
9.35% ABV (2011)
"Sang Royal is a big NW Style Sour Red Ale that spends over six months of lactic fermentation and aging in oak wine barrels. Sang Royal is from select stock that is matured an additional six months in Port barrels and refermented on Bing Cherries." - label text

"This Northwest style sour red is a bottled version of our popular Mouton Rouge. This blend of barrels, with up to 16 months of oak barrel lactic fermentation and oak barrel aging, features dark fruit, sour, oak and funk flavors that sweep over your taste buds like an incoming tide." - Raccoon Lodge website
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Ratings: 760 | Reviews: 121
Photo of draheim
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2012 project) into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany w/ a 1/2-finger khaki head.

Aroma is sour cranberries, grapes, oak and vanilla. Sort of like a Flanders oud bruin.

Taste is tart, vinous and woody. Red wine, oak, tannins (a word I don't use often). Just the faintest suggestion of bitter dark chocolate. A touch more acidic than I prefer, but there's a really nice balance between sour and sweet. The oak barrel character is really dominant here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall a complex, well-built beer. Glad I finally found a bottle of this.

Photo of Tele
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.25.15

A: 4 Pours a hazy, reddish-brown with a tow-inch, light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: 4.5 Aroma starts with a good amount of funk but it quickly gives way to chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and a touch of cinnamon. These aromas are rather mild and compliment the funk and light vinegar rather than dominate the way a dark sour might.

T: 4.5 The flavors are a very nice balance of sweet and sour with similar characteristics from the nose, but a bit more muted. Unlike the nose, fresh fruit shines on the palate, adding cherry, raspberry, figs, and vinous grapes. As the beer warms, some of the darker flavors (vanilla, tobacco, oak) start to come through. The finish is a touch bitter and tannic.

M: 4.5 Nice body and carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Not much to complain about here.

O: 4.5 This is a superb beer: easy drinking yet complex. The really striking thing here is how different the aroma is from the flavor, yet somehow both come together in a balanced and interesting way.

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 barrel project poured into snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of dark brown head that quickly faded to a lasting film and thick collar that lasted the whole beer through. A few spots of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Musty notes of red fruits and vinous red wine. I get hints of cranberry, current, port, candied dates, and raisins. Mild leather and maybe some brown sugar.
T: Full robust flavor. Red berries and musty wine barrel dominate. Hints of cranberry juice, currents and red grape are noticeable, with sweet hints of port, dates, and greasy oak in the finish. The aftertaste is full of port, raisins, slight leather, earth, and blueberries. Very mellow and integrated flavors with a complex barrel profile. Acidity is moderate with a tart pedio bite.
M: Full body, greasy and thick mouthfeel, with a drying tart bite and soft, low carbonation.
O: Didn't know what to expect after waiting so long to open this. It is fantastic. Definitely reminds me of consecration. Complex and robust flavors. Really smooth and delicious.

Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2009 Project, poured into a Cascade Brewing snifter glass.


The beer pours a dark burgundy color, purple and red hues, almost with cola brown, opaque and murky with a finger or so of bone colored head, very fizzy and loose that has low retention and leaves only a spot or two of lace behind. The aroma is very nice, lots of red wine, oak, sour grapes, vinegar, funk and must, very typical acetic Cascade sour quality here, stone fruits linger well. The flavors are right in line, plenty of red grape, red wine oakiness, dark malts, stone fruits, lemon citrus, aceticly sour as expected, light vinegar, but this really showcases the red grapes very well, and the age has mellowed this beer out quite well. The mouthfeel is nice, very crisp and dry, plenty of carbonation though it feels somewhat gentler than I anticipated, sharp finish that presents a good puckery feeling.

Verdict: A very nice sour beer from Cascade, certainly one of their finer endeavors, plenty of red wine, smooth and mellow in flavor, not too cripplingly sour, but with nice a pucker, very easy to drink, not too heavy despite the darker base and higher ABV. Definitely worthy of the accolades.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More wine-like than sour, but I like it still. Lactic Pinot.

Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015-02-14
750ml corked and caged bottle split between a pair of large snifters. Don't see a date anywhere, but the label says 2012 project.

Pours dark ruby-brown, little head, not much carbonation. Fairly opaque. Smell is very tart, very fruity -- blackberry or something similar.

Taste follows the smell. Fruity and very tart. More dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is mild and nice. Overall, good beer.

Photo of Harvest06
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2012 Sang Royal.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) purchased online at CraftCity.com, "2012 Project," poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

Photo of danwho
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An '09, opened Christmas evening. Perfect beer to have between two stouts.

Photo of rderedin
3.12/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a fan of sours but this was super tart and didn't taste much of the grapes.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

i really dont miss the whiskey element from the sang noir, and think the port wine is way more complimentary to the cherries, which are puckery and juicy and enormous in aroma and taste. dark red brew, looks like cloudy red wine, but with a lively head that settles in time. sharply lactic nose, with hints of lemon and virgin oak, new and sweet, which merges with the cherry very well. the wine has a dessert like character for sure in the nose, like a red wine reduction in a pan. concentrated grape and tannic aromatics, very intense, very mouthwatering. the flavor is equally intense, with the oak and grape intensity marrying beautifully with the cherries. way more sour than other cascade beers that i can remember, maybe one of the most sour beers ive ever had. where this whiskey put vanilla and booze into the sang noir, this royal maintains its fruitiness all the way though, and the sourness is rightly more exposed. beautiful balance, wildly complex, titillatingly sour, luxurious in feel, and frankly one of the more unique beers in the world. every bit as good as consecration, although i have never had the two side by side. stupendously good, even a standout by the already lofty cascade standards. wow, just wow.

Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass. 2012 project. 10.12% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a very dark red brown color with less than a finger of a tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body dark and just barely translucent.

Smell: Sour cherry, red wine, oak, leather, tobacco, black currants.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Black currant, sour cherry, red wine, leather, lacto, toasted oak and some port like character and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Surprisingly light considering the ABV. Booze hidden really well for 10.12%.

Overall: Another great sour from Cascade. Lots of barrel character that works well with the base beer. Worth seeking out.

Photo of mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to iguenard for the bottle!
2009 Vintage, Poured Sep 2014

Pours a deep brown, ruby red color, hazy with a short-lived bubbly tan head with no lacing. Big tart nose here, loaded with sour cherries, lemon rind, a bit of funk. On the palate, the first sip assaults the sour taste buds on the back of ones tongue; it is an intense blast of vinegar! The flavor does transition nicely though, especially as the beer and my palate opens up and the subtleties come through, again, sour cherries, grape skins, oak, wet wood, and vinous notes. The body is medium and the carbonation keeps it light. This was a really interesting beer.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

appearance: Quite dark ruby red. Nice head on the pour. Messy lacing. Legs that linger.
smell: Deep nose with tart cherries, dark fruitiness with a edge of tamed funk.
taste: Not quite up to the nose but damn good. Lots going on, the funk is not quite as tamed here. Some vinegar notes.
overall: Quite an amazing brew. Lots going on. Alcohol is damn near non-existent.

Photo of gr8zehaman
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Had some 2009 and it's tasting fantastic.

Photo of hopsputin
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%

a: its a murky mix of light brown, ruby red, and dark burnt caramel. it had a really fizzy 1 finger tan head (like a soda) that fades almost immediately. right now its just a film on the side of the glass

s: apple cider vinegar, dark sour concord grapes, sweet molasses. finishes with a nice smell of port - you really can pick that up, which is nice. its an aroma that makes your mouth water

t: there is an insane initial blast of sourness that is an intense mix of like vinegar, soured grapes, and something acidic. it is immediately smoothed out though with a nice port sweetness - its crazy how well the sourness is immediately given away to a rich silky sweet grape like flavor. there is a nice vanilla presence in here as well with a nice oak finish. this is genuinely really good. its not so much a balance here, as a perfect transition of flavors inside your mouth

m: its an interesting combination of a nice smooth mouthfeel with a large amount of carbonation. mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter side (carbonation helps that). finishes a bit dry

o: what can i say? its delicious. a crazy perfect transition of flavors in here that works so well. punch of sour and a nice port wine finish. so glad i tried

Photo of NuclearRich
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 project in a snifter type glass. This beer is amazing.

A. Deep, deep ruby/mahogany. Fairly clear where you can actually see trough the darkness. Off white head is a thin layer of tiny soda bubbles, dissipating to next to nothing.

S. Lactic, lots of sour cherries, a little bit of funky barrel, a little red wine

T. Lots of lactic tartness, lots of tart cherries but with a little residual sweetness, just a faint red wine barrel. Not very complex but absolutely delicious. If I had to complain, id ask for a little more funk to balance the sweetness and add to the complexity.

M. Medium-light carbonation, medium bodies until the finish, where a nice slickness coats the mouth, leaving a lingering flavor of tart cherries.

O. First off, the cherry-ness is perfect. Not medicinal, not cloyingly sweet, not overly candylike, but like good ol' Belgian kriek cherries. The beer is fairly one dimensional, but lucky for it (and reeeealy lucky for me), it is an amazing dimension.

Photo of taylor714914
3.62/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2009 Project

Interesting ale for sure. Kind of reminded me of a flanders red with plums and dates, along with a little lactic acid. Was definitely interesting, though I don’t know if I’d call it a winner. It could have been the supplication I had prior to this skewing my thoughts, so I’ll certainly have to revisit, but I just felt as though it was a little flat and not very complex. Don’t get me wrong, the flavor was decent, but it never evolved as it warmed and stayed somewhat muted.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very similar to Sang Noir. Poured with slightest sliver of head which appears to almost be pure cotton white. The body ranges from a muddy brown to an intense burgundy that has light hints of a bourbon hue when held up to the light. A decent amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very vinous and sweet- really shows that it was aged in port barrels. Heavy amounts of cherry. Some notes are fairly basic cherry while some show tart qualities. Hints of stone fruits (peach and apricot) hide in the background.

Taste- Not as complex as Sang Noir but still quite delightful. The oak is much more muted and the bourbon of Sang Noir is replaced by more of a port or sherry character. Not quite as complex as Sang Noir either- this is very heavy on the cherries and cycles through different aspects of this note as I taste it. Most of the flavor profile is an interesting take on this one aspect. Notes of both red and white wine with lots of fleshy stone fruit. There is a slight bit of straw, funk, and grass on the scant linger. Some hint of stinky cheese as well. Very mild and well balanced with enough complexity to keep the palate interested.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Mild carbonation with a slight tingle. A bit of a dry finish but not completely dry.

Drinkability- Very accessible sour. No heat at all. 4.75 is pretty steep for a 3 ounce pour. 34 bucks for a 750 mL is fairly ridiculous as well. This was bought mostly as trade bait.

Overall- Very good, solid sour. Definitely worth a try if you can find a fairly cheap pour.

Photo of jeonseh
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09 bottle

A - Dark brown with reddish tint and light golden accents. Off white head

S - Cherry, lots of cab sav barrels, tartness, lactic acid, and lemon peel. Really good and lots of tartness as this picks up.

T - Tartness up front, lots of cab barrel, cherries, lots of lemon peel and slight lactic acid throughout. Great flavor of the dark wine and fruit contrasted with a sharp tartness.

M - Highly carbonated with a dry finish.

O - Really good beer with lots of cherry, cab sav, and tart lactic acid bite. I really enjoyed this one and would be curious to see how it compares to a fresher bottler

Photo of jaasen64
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into HF sherry glass. 2009 Project. Thanks Lymph for sending us this!

A- Pours a dark purplish brown, not much of a head with a thin ring that forms around the edge of the glass. Decent consistent carbonation.

S- Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, cherries, a bit of oak, faint hint of port, balanced malts, some funk. Fairly aromatic.

T- Vinous Cabernet grapes, some light funk sourness, well balanced port and Pinot noir characteristics. Finishes lightly tart with a nice grape cherry lasting aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, hides abv very well, easy drinking.

O- This is a fantastic sour from Cascade that has a great balance between malts and sourness. The barrel complements the beer nicely. A little bit overrated but easily one of the better sours in the US.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 project. Teku glass.

A: Pours a deep burgundy with hints of brown, an inch of burnt cream colored head which recedes moderately quickly to a sturdy ring. Excellent clarity, very good retention, and a few streaks of lacing.

S: A gorgeous marriage of lactic sourness up front, moderate funk, and a hint of red wine and red fruit and barrel spice.

T: Mouth puckeringly sour, at a medium-high level which stretches out through the finish. Notes of juicy fruit, funk, bright red wine, with a little oak and vanilla on the finish which really brings the flavors together. Clean flavors overall.

M: Fizzy, Pop Rock-like carbonation with medium-light body. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

O: Excellent. Very drinkable, and I think on par with Sang Noir and other of the better Cascade BA sours.

Photo of thecheapies
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2009 Project. Without further ado, I bring you Cascade Sang Royal.

Prying the cork out was a serious bitch. Pours exceptionally dark for a wild ale. Deep burgundy red-brown with a collared ring of beige foam. Man, can I get started with the aroma? Because, the sour whiff is just carrying off of this one.

A big oaky and sour aroma on this one. All sorts of refermented wine barrel drudge and bad grapes and wild yeasts. Brightly sour nose with lots of evident aromatic tannins, some acetic qualities, and a wild mushroom-y funk. Hints of blue cheese. Some twisted citrus with notes of unripe lemon, clump hay, tart raspberry, some leather, blackberry, red currant, and light tobacco. The malts aren't completely shot, either. As it warms, I get hints of contorted grains.

Oak, sour grapes, sour raspberries, acetic sour, tart currant, vinous notes, unripe lemon, mushroom, blackberry, pomegranate seed, rhubarb, blue cheese, tobacco leaf, and finishing alcohol. Super complex, just like the nose. I can't get over the journey that this beer takes me on. Has all of the satisfying vinegary sweetness of a real-deal Flemish Red with that smacking tartness and funky bliss of an American Wild Ale. So wine-like and almost savory in a way that it brings out the umami behind the tartness. Lots of tannins support the sour with mouth-drying bitterness; the only kind of bitterness that a beer of this style should offer. Weighty body masks its heaviness. After all these years, the carbonation still gives it a little pop--just like the pop the cork gave when I finally forced it free.

An excellent wild ale from one of the most impressive small-time breweries that I've come across. Lovin' Cascade from all the way out in Pittsburgh, PA. Somebody get in touch with me about a Kriek. I'm sold on these guys.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared thanks to raveskdr thanks Chris! 2009 vintage.

The look is great, it has a blueberry sort of dark purple look to the body with a ring of off white head, very inticing look.

The smell is nice, it has a very good dark fruit smell to it with a good tartness and certain Cabernet wine aroma as well. The oak makes a mark in the beer too, overall it is very deep and rounded off.

The taste leads with the signature sour cascade yeast hitting right away, with cocoa powder, red grapes, plums, other berry flavors, and some woody pulpy barrel tastes as well. A little flavor killing in the aftertaste rush of sour sort of nearly plastic flavor kills a little of the complexity you preview at the start of the taste.

The feel is nice and vinegary in its sour flavor and feel. Not a whole lot of carbonation and definite berry seed pucker.

Overall a nice beer, easy drinking for how sour it is, held up really nicely in a red wine kind of way, round and tangy!

Photo of oline73
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy reddish dark brown with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour. Smell is a bit funky with some vinegar and tart wine. The taste is rather sour, I'm getting vinegar and berries. There is some dark funk in the finis. The wine notes are layered nicely. Quite complex.

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Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.