Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.4/5 rDev 0%
Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.
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.
07-01-2012 06:34:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
02-14-2010 03:38:23 | More by Thorpe429
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
01-17-2010 15:45:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-23-2009 16:00:45 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
12-27-2009 03:28:18 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
02-19-2012 06:59:21 | More by emerge077
4.4/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-06-2011 00:32:59 | More by zeff80
4.38/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-01-2009 06:52:18 | More by largadeer
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-02-2009 02:51:09 | More by MasterSki
4.47/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
09-18-2010 01:50:20 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
05-19-2010 03:23:31 | More by Mora2000
Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.