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Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Sang RoyalCascade Sang Royal

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

396 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.92%


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:
'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

(Beer added by: mykie73 on 05-15-2009)
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

2009 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste and an acidic finish. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with some very nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 06:34:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 15:45:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a challenge lately to get through anything new, but I decided to let my family have a crack at a few things this weekend and pulled a sample off of each. Part of the " Random BBQ Event" at my in laws on 07/19/2009.
 
 
Appearance - Nice reddish brown color with a good head of light tan on top. Nice retention as well with sticky webbing up and down the sides of the glass.
 
Smell - lots of fruit at first, cherries, touches of sour apple tartness, rich with a mild sweetness that starts to billow up, light woody notes and a hint of grapes now as well hint at a wine barrel in its past
 
Taste - Nice sour bite right out in front, really impressive here. Vinegar and tart cherries, seamlessly woven in with a nice woody, earthy note. Hints of a mild sweetness come through mid palate, again rich, complex. Dry finish, puckering with the last drops of sour well on their way off the palate by the time this voyage ends.
 
Feel - Smooth, well carbonated medium feel. Prickly carbonation at times never lets it settled down and lets the flavor really start to pop.
 
Drinkability - Easy sipper here. A wonderful one to sit down and enjoy the night with. Flavors are bold, but not overwhelming and it leaves you with a sense of completion at the end that does not have you looking around for something else.
 
Overall - Very solid for the style. My favorite from Cascade to date. This was an excellent night cap for me and I really enjoyed it. Spot on for the style and the cherries are really used quite well. Would have to recommend this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 16:00:45 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 03:28:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 03:38:23 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Dave from bringing a bottle of this to our crazy sour tasting. I had this at Toronado, but I was stone crunk so all I remember is that it was awesome.

A - Tons of foam on this one - a nice couple fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and thick ring. Dark red/brown color that's very murky.

S - Dry red wine, port, overripe cherries, bretty funk, light oakiness, and a surprising touch of dank hoppiness. The combination of flavors is somewhat unprecedented for me but strangely compelling.

T - The taste is not quite as good, but still excellent. There's lots of red wine, cherries, light sweet port, smoky wood, and some strong sour and tart elements in the finish. There's no sense of the ABV in the taste at all.

M - Man - I must be in a cask mood, because I'm finding everything a little too overcarbonated for my liking. I'm getting some mounting warmness, but again it might be because of the mass quantities of sours consumed this evening. Nice dry finish and surprisingly clean.

D - This is another 750ml that I'd totally kill by myself. The only thing that gets out of control is the acidity, but otherwise this is amazing stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 02:51:09 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, thanks Dan for sharing!

Dark tan color with a reddish glint, transparent and frothy around the edges. Some apple butter, grape and slight balsamic traces in the aroma. Seems very similar to the La Folie vertical we had earlier.

Acetic sourness, grape and oak barrel notes, sour but still plenty drinkable. Crisp and clean, light funkiness that clears up quickly and doesn't linger. Abv is completely hidden. Overall a tasty Flanders Ale, pretty biting and sour for the style, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 06:59:21 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 01:50:20 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 03:23:31 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. The short-lived head left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled sour with dark cherries and red grape.

T - Great sour flavor punches you in the mouth with tart black cherry flavor. The is a very subtle caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and had a high pucker factor. A medium bodied sour ale.

O - This was fantastic. I've had 2 Cascade beers and both have been amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 00:32:59 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite the gusher; I actually lost a couple of ounces before I could react to the foam over. A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. As the head slowly subsides with a rocky, crag-riddled surface it leaves some nice fat lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark plum color that shows a hazy, rich red hue when it is held up to the light. The aroma is quite vinous and smells of dark fruit; notes of prunes, raisins, lots of black currant, as well as some bright cherry and berry notes (this last reminds me of blackberries, blueberries and mulberries). There is a backdrop of toasty oak in the nose as wellas a touch of toasted grain effect; some tannin, a spicy oak character and a hint of vanillin are noticeable. The nose on this beer is pretty nice, it is well integrated and rich smelling, though I could wish for a touch more complexity.

The beer tastes lightly tart up front. It has a palate fullness and heft to it, which a lively, effervescent carbonation tries to offset; it is actually a bit excessively carbonated, but the body of the beer still stands up to this excess quite well. A nice sourness can almost be bracing, it couples with a tannic bite towards the finish that makes this that much more puckering. Spicy oak and wood flavors play a more prominent role than they did in the nose, but the fruitiness is much more subdued in the flavor; this last is likely because this beer is quite dry tasting, with little residual sugars. Still the fruit notes are noticeable here and remind me of a dry, fruit forward red wine; notes of berry, dark-concentrated plum, tart currant flavors, some washed out cherry skin and even some port-like fruit notes are noticeable here. As the beer warms up the fruit does become more evident though. There is a tart bite from the acidity that is most lactic, but there also seemed to be a rounded acid influence from the fruit character. Especially after the beer settles down (from the initial carbonation level), the texture is lush and structed from the tannic influence, yet it is still quite drinkable; velvet-like and silky seem like apt adjectives for this brew. There is some spice character here as well and a bit of a biting note that is contributed by the rich fruit / malt character (sort of reminiscent of a spicy fruit skin flavor).

I like that this has a nice oak backbone to it; that and the tartness really helps to bring a suave balance to the jam-like, rich fruit character. I paired this beer with some fish tacos for the last 25cl and this brings out a peppery spiciness from the oak as well as more of the wood-like flavors, but what it really does is accentuate the rich fruit character that is in this beer. This is a really nice, rich, complex, layered beer that retains its ample drinkability. A fantastic beer, that I am quite happy to have polished a bottle off of.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:55:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky reddish brown color with a small fizzy light tan cap

S: Oak, tart cherries, some Earthiness and light booze.

T: Taste of sour cherries, oak, light bourbon, caramel and yeast but I did not pick up any dark fruits in this, perhaps some dark cherries in the mix with the unripe and red cherries

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a creamy but tart finish. A sherry, port wine feel to it

O: Good

Serving type: growler

01-08-2012 15:43:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 02/11/12 notes. Had at a local Cascade tasting. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, tart cherries, brett, wine, oak, fruity malts, and light vinegar. Really nice, sour nose, I love it.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, vinegar, oak, tannic, sour dark fruits, and wine. Not as sour as the nose, but still very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic body.

o - Overall a really nice sour, one of the better Cascade beers at the tasting in my opinion. Nose is very sour and full or dark fruits. Would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:38:02 | More by mdfb79
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Dyan's place the other night.

The beer pours a reddish brown color with impressive head retention and considerable lacing. There is a lot going on in this beer, as I pick up considerable sour, but with nuances of wine, cherry and grapes on the nose as well. The sour dominates on the palate, but this beer is quite vinuous, with a nice intermix of fruit and vanilla oak. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a long, sweet and sour finish. There's something of tingling carbonation presence as well, along with some noticeable tannins from the fruit. As is typical with Cascade beers, the alcohol is perfectly integrated into the flavor profile, and so the high alcohol in this beer is not very noticeable.

The sour component seemed to come through a bit more in bottle format than on tap, though either way, this is a very fine beer from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 15:19:35 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty red, not candy red color, but an earthy red, with some light brown mixed into it. Aroma was amazing, sour cherry, red ale, massive sourness in the nose that doesn't cover up the sour cherry aspect. Alcohol not to be noticed in the aroma, nor are there any vinegar notes, just splendid.

More and more waves of sour cherry and lactic tart notes. Amazing this is an abv of over 9.3%, at no point does it taste or smell anything like it would be around that level, big props. Didn't taste sweet, like I feared when I read this was partially aged in port barrels, the red wine barrels too aren't over the top, very nuanced red wine with red ale, but this is all about the cherry and sourness.

Hey these aren't cheap, but I'd order them over and over, as I plan to keep doing. Thought the carbonation was just right. Cascade is sooo underrated.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 17:27:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is ruby / garnet hued with a finger or more of lacing after a careful pour.

The aroma offers barnyard funk, oak, and sour cherries, vinegar, booze. Complex and intriguing...

Bold flavor and highly enjoyable. A lot of cherry flavor really shines through. Misc. dark fruits, oak, wine, wild yeast. Yeah baby. Acetic without being harsh. Again, complexities abound. A delightful sipper. One of the better brews by Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 01:20:58 | More by Huhzubendah
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

4.5/5/5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 09:23:19 | More by JohnGalt1
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 14:18:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 06:32:29 | More by HopHead84
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dirtylou

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2009 vintage) from the brewery; split

appearance: served in my delirium chalice, dark muddy garnet body, creamy tan lace with light retention

smell: tart cherry, lots of oak, vinous notes

taste: another Cascade classic - i'm not positive I could successfully pick this out from Sang Noire in a lineup, but that isnt a bad thing. A flood of tart cherry, lots of funky lactic yeast, big fruit vinous notes, defined oakyness, balsamic, dark fruit, rustic autumnal notes

mouthfeel: like all of the cascade beers, hides the booze well and stupidly drinkable

overall: great stuff, worth the price tag

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 23:36:13 | More by dirtylou
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a reddish brown with a half finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, subtle funk, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This one was tasted in series with the other Cascade brews and it was another continuation of solid brews. I really like how this one took all the aspects people have grown to expect from the style and make it shine. I really wish there would have been a fruit aspect going on. It would have helped out with the tart and sour dominance of this one. Definitely worth seeking out if you have not had it.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 10:48:30 | More by thagr81us
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the very generous yamar 18. Thanks Kevin!

One of *the* toughest corks to remove that I've come across followed by a huge pop, it pours a murky dark rusty brown with a +1 finger head of offwhite foam. It looks to have some good lacing.

The smell is hugely and nicely sour with lots of cherry tart and green apple goodness. Sticking my nose further in the glass, I'm getting some earthy malty notes and some light fruity sweetness. Peaking in and out, there's a definite note of the oak influence. Wow, this smells great!

The taste is big cherry and green apple sour with a touch of some malty or is it fruity? sweet tones, light earthy malt, a bigger oakiness than what was in the smell, a dash of vanilla here and there, with another big blast of the yummy sourness near and through the finish...it makes me smack my mouth in a very good way. I'm liking sipping on this puppy as it's so flavourful and the alcohol is a not noticeable at all.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation, it's a very smooth sipping American Wild Ale.

Drinkability? It's a big bottle but it's really so tasty and alcohol non obtrusive that it won't be a chore at all to finish. This is a super well made brew that fans of the style should hold in high regard. Thanks again, Kevin!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 15:38:18 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 06:52:18 | More by largadeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by John the other night. I preferred this over the version I had on tap.

Clear dark brown with reddish highlights, there a dense, light brown head with nice lacing. A gorgeous sour. There's a nice, bright raspberry/fruit vinaigrette with a rich fruit, mild cocoa. Quite New Belgium-like in some ways. Leather and earth are present as well. The palate opens quite sour with vinegar, apple cider and raspberry , very bright and tasty. The mid-palate has oak, leather and tannins, with grapes and grape skin tannins. The tannins linger on the finish. Medium in body, medium-light in body, this is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:18:32 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.