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Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 832
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 20.6%
Wants: 572
Gots: 192 | FT: 15
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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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color that is slightly hazy, with dark ruby hints around the edges. There is about a half finger of dark tan head that reduces pretty quickly, leaving a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Big currant scents on the nose. Also black cherries, oak, very light funk, a bit of lemony sourness and vinegar. Seems like this one is going to be fairly sour.

Taste: I get a lot of black cherries and currants up front. Hints of oak and a good deal of sourness on the back end. Lots of vinegar notes. Finish is oak, sourness and currant intermingling.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of spritzy carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Not my favorite of the night, as it does turn a bit more sour as I'd like to see. I would definitely have it again though.

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Photo of Airyk12
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving good lacing down the glass.

Smells of cherries and lactic acid, with some port and oak in there as it warms. Crazy tart and funky.

Amazing flavor, with so many flavors. Immediate flavors of cherries and lactic acid lead to wine flavor, with port and some oak. Again, crazy tart but not undrinkable. Perfectly funky.

Not the smoothest beer, but with the flavors and all that funkiness, it doesn't need to be. Full of body and flavor.

A true American Wild. So much flavor, and so much funkiness without being overwhelming. Such a great beer. Cascade once again proves that they know the style and how to make it great. A truly amazing beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage at the Barrel Room

A: small tan head with an edge of grey rapidly dissipates to a ring of medium bubbles. Murky red color.

S: Port and cherry aromas are detectable from a distance. Lactic tang, a bit of apple. A little bit of wood. Some whiffs of funk when swirling. Wish the Barrel House served their beers in glasses better suited to assessing aroma.

T: Woody and earthy, lots of lactic. Hard to pick out specifics, but there's lots of dark fruit and some wine notes.

M: Well carbonated, medium body. Good linger. Some mild astringency.

O: Rich, complex and tasty, although the flavors sort of blur together making it hard to pick out the details. Quite enjoyable, though.

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Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of two bottles acquired at the brewery release last Sunday. The story goes that the brewers realized one day that they had cellared more cases of this fantastic beer than they could hope to drink, and so decided to share some with us. Servus!

A: Cloudy & dark with hints of purple and brown. Khaki head - semi vigorous pour reveals very fine bubbles settles into 1/2 inch head

S: Nice and sour! Funky musty sour that makes your mouth water. Are you sure there is no brett in this?

M: Medium body. Big lacto on the front with caramel finish. Sour cherry and figs.

D: Could drink this all night.

Another winner from Cascade. Looking forward to trying it again in a year or so.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thank you Scott for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pale blush red color. Some off white bubbles and foam.

(S)- A dry oaky funky vinous vinegar-like funk with fruits.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A funky fruit and almost vinegar-like oaky bite at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Tart, but mostly possesses a dry oaky funk.

(D)- A solid wild with some nice complexities I enjoyed very much. I continue to look forward to trying more of Cascades' sours.

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Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle courtesy of Marcus. Thanks! I brought this to a nice little BA get together and it was cracked first, so this is a totally clean palate review!

The beer certainly is a "royal" shade of red. Some brown as well as orange highlights around the edges. The beer looks great in terms of color and has a white head at first, but the head dies quickly and there's little lace. Still, we're off to a great start!

The smell is heaven. Some lacto jumps out right off the bat, giving lemon and apple skin impressions. Then the cherries take over and add tartness while displaying both balance and some earthy depths. The oak from the barrel rounds out a solid nose. Think a fruity cherry sour almost bordering on Flanders territory but with less vinegar.

The taste continues the experience with great balance and depth. There's a nice sour note that makes me happy and gives me my fix without needing dental work due to enamel removal. Some brown sugar is also present in the taste, then the sweetness and sour fades into oak. There's some mild tannic tastes and just a hint of vanillin. This is just suculent and perhaps one of the best sours for a red wine drinker. That's the impression I'm left with, and this is a winner!

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation and a nice, dry, sour finish. This beer was heaven on earth! One of the better sours I've had recently and one I'm sure I'll never have again. That's OK, there will always be the memories :)

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Photo of fear025
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:There's only harsh sourness in the aroma with not too many additional notes.

Appearance:Murky reddish brown.

Taste:This one is more sour than the Vlad the ImpAler that I just tried. It's very similar in flavor though. There's just a ton of sour flavor to this beer without much else.

Mouthfeel:The body is light to medium, with some harsh astringency that hits the back of my throat.

Drinkability:This is another great sour from Cascade. Tons of great sour flavor, and an exciting beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

jampics2 brought this to a tasting, so happy to try it (thanks Bobby!). At first I thought it was the Sang Rouge but no, this is the Royal! The label states "a big NW style 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". Sounds good.

Against preconceptions this wasn't a gusher, the cork came out with no loss of beer. We all got nice pours of this one, dark amber color with a dark frothy foam comprised of large wet looking bubbtles.

This smells very fruit-like, cherries for sure but also some dark fruit like raisins or figs, maybe blackberries. Vinous and lactic, it smells like it's gonna give a little sour kick.

It does taste sour, but it's not aggressive, more like a tart bite at first. The aftertaste has more sour nature but seems really accessible. Nice fruit flavors, the cherries are sweet and tart, and I swear I get some other berries too. Very nice, and maybe a little oak is in there too, but you have to search for it mainly because the other flavors are so prevalent.

Nice carbonation for a beer that's spent so long in barrels, the cherries added even more to the beer it seems. I liked it a lot, and it seemed everyone else did too. The bottle was drained very quickly.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Or perhaps "corraled" would be the better verb; 4 fingers of foam erupt atop the rusty red body. This settles down to a denser skim that's constantly fed with a vigorous stream of visual carbonation.

Loads of sour cherry in the nose. Sweeter aromas of oak and white chocolate. Seems a red wine barrel must have been one of the aging vessels. A touch musty.

Big sour taste up front before picking up a bit of sweetness from the cherries and a rich, sweet port presence midswallow. Rather musty for a moment. The steady stream of carbonation whips the beer up into an almost thick consistency for a while before it abruptly changes gears; it's puckeringly tart and dry in the finish.

Overall impression: Yet another excellent offering from the king of American wild ales.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice amber hue small thin head no retention or lace.

S: Red wine, oak, and tart cherries

T: Tart red wine notes, with fresh oakey goodness. Dark red cherries, dark fruit, and pure awesomeness.

M: Medium in body smooth, tasty great.

D: Good I love cascade.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened at a recent tasting by Nathan or Mike, I don't know which one. Beer is ruby red and kind of hazy with a weak head and moderate to low carbonation, no lacing, looks fine.

Beer is wonderfully sour and bright with a mild brett character but some lactic and acetic with a nice funk.

This beer has a really big body. Surprising for a sour beer, its got some nice carb too. Its acetic sour with a mild lactic note. Funk is moderate. Tastes great. I love him.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beers from this brewery, sometimes very, very good. I applaud the eforts to make the sour beers, and I think they are mostly successful, and I'm mostly happy to support them. That being said, these beers are quite pricey- in the realm of the better Cantillon brews, and as much as I like the Cascade sours, I think they miss the mark set by leaders in the category like Cantillon, Russian River, and the best from Lost Abbey (although they are even more wildly expensive, albeit better). In short, although I enjoyed this beer but think its a bit overrated, especially for the price. I certainly wouldn't go out of your way to trade anything rare for this. On to the beer itself: Pours a somewhat muddy, reddish-brown with a nice head that sticks around. Smells creamy and tart, with big lactic notes followed by fresh, ripe cherries. Quite lovely in the nose. The taste falls just short of the nice aroma. Similar to start, with very tart lactic notes and vibrant cherries, but the finish is somewhat watery and woody. The mouthfeel is alternately tart and oaky and soft and smooth. Nice to try once.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a small fizzy light tan, short lived head.

Scent of dark fruit, sweet bourbon, oak, tart cherries, and a hint of cinnamon. Nice and balanced, not overly sweet or sour.

Taste of sour cherries, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, caramel and yeast. I didn't find this beer to be particularly complex, but it was damn good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a creamy finish.

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Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of WriterLJBerg poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, deep mahogany that shows faint ruby tints around the edges. There's a huge frothy beige head with hints of pink in it and a very rocky bottom fed by bubbles throughout. The retention is fantastic with a thick cap and sheets of lacing.

Aroma is fantastic with layers of smells - brown sugar, tart cherries, oak, light earthy funk. Very sweet with the sourness only a complement in the nose, not dominant.

The taste is just as complex and just as good. Initial brown sugar and sweet tart cherry flavors stick around throughout with a sweet malt backbone. The finish is where the sweetness starts to lessen as the barrel character takes over with some port and spicy, dry oak.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and highly carbonated, almost effervescent, which keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying.

I'm a big fan of wild ales that don't have overpowering sour/funky components. This fits the bill perfectly and I really enjoyed the huge cherry character. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.31/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of many bottles sent to me by "Batman & Robin" while I was incapacitated at home. Thanks guys.

Into my Ommegang Anniversary glass. A turbid, rusty brown color. Just a bit of greasy sheen on the airy, low-clinging, khaki-ish colored head.

Smell is a mix of soaking wood chips, red wine vinegar, & pickle juice. Somewhat medicinal. It could of been better. The fruit was there, but besides some pits & skins, it wasn't the dominate smell.

It tasted like it spent too long in the barrel. More tannins then even some harsher red wines I've had. Incredibly oaky. Too much oak really. Lemons. Very tart, edgy lemons. Grape/cherry/apple skins. It tasted like cherries too, yes. Throat clenching, acidic cherries. A sweet & sour mix, mostly focusing on the briny, sour bitterness, & not so much on any ripe fruit that I was hoping for.

Feel was all wood. Dry to the point you need a lager chaser. Carbonation was pretty sturdy, but it didn't need much to cut the muddy body.

I guess I was expecting something "juicier". Dry, tart, & sour is good combination at times, but all the puckering made my enjoyment of it minimal. Though once it became warmer & fell a bit flat, it was actually somewhat easier to enjoy.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. It was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

The beer pours a murky brown color with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit with some tart cherries. The flavor is oak, tartness and cherries. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brownish-red. Medium sized tan head which quickly faded into a fine skim. Some sludge settled to the bottom. Only a few hints of lacing.

S: Dark cherries, subtle red wine, and a general lactic sourness.

T: Like the nose this brew is dominated by dark cherries and a complementing vinous red wine character. More complexity comes through here. Nice light, fresh oak. Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Vinegar quietly creeps in towards the finish. Capped with just a bit of bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Subtle carbonation. Light sourness.

D: Really pleasant. Easy to drink as nothing is in excess here. A well crafted brew that is worthy of praise. Glad to see Cascade coming to philly any day now.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at the brewpub in October 2009. Thanks to ramnuts for driving me out there!

I had Mouton Rouge on tap twice, and I can attest that this is not the bottled Mouton Rouge, despite what the description says. It is a different beer.

A: Pours a murky maroon body with some slight edge penetration and a faint glow against the light. The head is three fingers of fluffy, light tan head; it recedes over a minute or two and leaves a thick collar with scattered film on top of the brew. Some lacing during sips, but nothing that sticks.

S: Cherries, including a tannic bitterness that reminds me of oak and cherry skins, lactic sourness, and red wine.

T: The blend of cherries and vinous qualities gives this beer a supple, organic touch that is nicely contrasted by oak and lactic sourness. It's oaky throughout, which is unusual for me as I tend to pick up tannins in the finish. Light brown sugar sweetness, which lets the emphasis be placed on the fruit and sourness. Great taste, one of the better Flanders Reds I've tried.

M: Prickly, dry finish that is accentuated by the lightest acetic burn. The flavor is more lactic, though. I find this balance perfect, as acetic beers tend to coat the tongue after a while and ruin the palate with residue. This effect does happen with Sang Royal, but not until the last third of the bottle.

D: This is incredibly drinkable, as evidenced by the fact that I can drink a full bottle of it myself. And the price (<$20) is a bargain next to Russian River sours. I'm quite happy to have gotten this and will buy more Cascade in the future.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this at a recent tasting.

Poured a semi-dark reddish rust color with a nice white head. Pretty good legs as it goes down. The aroma is relatively strong in the vinegar department and backed up by some very nice oak and cherry notes. The flavor is loaded with cherries, oak, a bit of earth, and plenty of lactic acid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very nice carbonation level and drying mouthfeel. Drinkability is superb--one of the best sours I've had in some time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry red with electric apricot edges and Champagnesque carbonation. The pastel gold head was large to start and looks like bubble bath as it deflates. The lack of a firmly creamy cap, and the fact that it leaves almost nothing of itself on the glass, is partially offset by great looking beer.

The aroma is an outstanding combination of cherries, berries, oak staves and lactic funk. If the beer's flavor is anywhere close to being as deep and as complex as its nose, look the hell out.

Raccoon Lodge and Brewpub Cascade Sang Royal is amazing beer that is kept from being even more amazing by a disappointing mouthfeel (see below). Whatever combination of blending and aging and cherry maceration went on, it worked out splendidly in the end.

The use of lactobacillus qualifies CSR as an American wild ale (per the BA description), but don't pop the cork expecting Brettanomyces horse blanket funk. Given the fruit vinegar vibe, it's more along the lines of a Flanders red ale.

110 pounds of Northwest Bing cherries should have added some sweetness, but the beer is tart, tangy, puckery and drying. Other flavors include a perfect amount of oak barrel woodiness, a red grape quality from the port barrels, lemon juice and cider vinegar. Sorry, but that description doesn't do this brew justice. Simply put... it rocks the house!

Given the style, the ABV and the barrel aging, appearance and mouthfeel deserve some slack. Besides, the initially fizzy carbonation settles down before too long and there's an underlying slickness that keeps things from feeling too light. Also, the cap never fades completely and there's some glass decoration in the end.

Cascade Sang Royal (Royal Blood) is an outstanding effort from a brewery that probably isn't very widely known outside of the Pacific NW. If you have any interest in beer of this sort, do whatever it takes to locate a bottle. Thanks a million to BKIII for sending me this one... just because he's a helluva generous guy.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had and shared numerous bottles of this over the last 6 months.. reviewed from a few sets of paper notes.

foamy lite tan head.. the brew is deep amber with beautiful ruby highlites.. surprising lace..

nose is tart and vinous (?) .. blackberry and sweet cherry skin.. pretty lactic... mild acetic qualities.... a bit of oak to add to an incredibly complex aroma..

a bit more vinegar than the aroma.. cherry essence is really brought out by some mild caramel sweetness... the big sour player is the lactic aging.. vinous qualities reminiscent of dry red wine.. pinot maybe.. pretty oaky about halfway through and all the way to the dry finish... nice fruity essence lingers on the palate forever.. medium body with abundant carbonation helps cut through the mouthfeel maybe a tad much... Drinkability is amazing.. soooo complex and leaving me want more... another sip.. another glass.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of oak and slightly sweet cherry with a tart finish is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by oak with some nice cherry notes and some clear tart notes and some balanced acidity with a lingering sweetness which may or may not originate form the port barrel used. Body is quite full with great carbonation. I must admit to being totally shock by the quality of beers form this brewery which I will have to keep seeking again in the future.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store.

a - pours a deep brownish ruby color with a big, nearly 2-inch light brown head, head is very active and has very good retention, moderate lacing, very cloudy

s - big sour cherry aroma mixed with an earthy funkiness, caramel and oak aromas add depth along with notes of port presumably from the port barrels in which this spent 6 months

t - as others have noted, the lactic sourness really cuts right down your tongue, big sour cherry flavor, like the aroma, lighter notes of caramel and oak add add a nice backbone of sweetness to the intense sourness, very earthy, you can really taste the cherries in this as opposed to some sours with cherry additions that taste syrupy and almost fake, not much alcohol evident despite the almost 9% abv

m - a little light-bodied, kind of disappears from the palate a bit fast, medium-to-high carbonation, quite dry on the finish, not much by way of alcohol warming

d - big drinkability points for the complexity of the flavors, definitely not a boring beer, the sourness definitely wears on the palate though, that said, I'll have no problem polishing off this 750 with a little help from the wife

Wow, this is a really, really good beer. It's right there with RR Supplication in my book, and it may even surpass it. As this is my first offering from Cascade, I'm really looking forward to picking up some of their other bottles.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at our Cascade tasting on 12/11/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is dark reddish brown with a one inch off white head. Retention is good and scattered lacing can be perceived.

The aroma is malty with vibrant cherries and an upper moderate level of vinegar. The nose is earthy with notes of wet wood and moderate lactic sourness.

The flavor is tart cherries and cherry skins with a decent acetic presence. The beer opens up with a dash of sweetness, but this dries out midpalate with the arrival of damp earthen wood. There's a low tannic quality here as well.

This is the fourth bottle I've opened, and I honestly enjoyed the others a bit more. I highly doubt it's faded with the small amount of age that's on it, but the cherry was somewhat muted in this bottle. It could have been the environment, distractions, or my palate. It also could have just been this bottle. Either way, I think 3 of the 4 bottles warranted a 4.5 so I'll fault the beer just a hair because of this bottle.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at City Beer Store last week, consumed on Thanksgiving day with dessert, shared with a few family members. Surprisingly, it went over very well.

Dark brown in the glass with ruby red highlights, this is one incredibly turbid beer. The bottle gushed a bit upon being uncorked, and poured with a thick three-finger head that fizzled away like soda until it hit a steady half-inch cap, which retained for the entire hour or so I sipped on my glass.

A funky cherry aroma greets the nose immediately, tart and ripe, both cherry skin and flesh. A wallop of lactic sourness backs it, and as it warms I get a trace of damp earth.

The taste is very lactic and biting up front, green apple and a ton of fresh sour cherries dominating the flavor. The fruit component is awesome. I get a hint of dark malts, but the lactic sourness and fruit flavor are incredibly pervasive. Acetic acids are pretty reserved here; this is all about the sharp lactic sourness, not unlike Russian River's Supplication. Crisp, medium in body but surprisingly refreshing and easy to drink. The finish is mildly tannic, vinous, and quite dry, making me think of a mellow pinot noir (that's gone sour) with a lingering flavor of cherry skin.

This brewery seems to get better with each new beer, this being by far the best I've had from them so far.

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Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.