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Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang RoyalCascade Sang Royal

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

434 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 581
Gots: 112 | FT: 6
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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-18-2011 18:54:14 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-19-2013 02:30:13 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

01-05-2013 11:11:56 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-08-2012 20:32:47 | More by imperialking
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-18-2013 01:27:58 | More by yourefragile
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-17-2013 17:23:07 | More by oriolesfan4
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-13-2013 06:41:28 | More by XmnwildX12
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

10-21-2013 21:52:47 | More by InspectorBob
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-18-2013 03:17:13 | More by duceswild
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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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John_M

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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 John_M
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -9.3%

10-16-2013 22:30:42 | More by mdaschaf
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

04-12-2014 04:11:37 | More by Gonzoillini
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

4.5/5/5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-18-2014 20:50:09 | More by Mebuzzard
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beertunes

Washington

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-11-2013 22:53:02 | More by beertunes
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-21-2013 06:34:21 | More by zestar
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dirtylou

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2%
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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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 11:57:51 | More by TurdFurgison
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-19-2013 15:19:27 | More by drummermattie02
Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.