Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 577
Gots: 154 | FT: 11
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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Photo of HopHead84
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.

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ShanePB
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009
Served into a snifter

A: Dark ruby amber colored body, hazy and cloudy with no head to speak of. Absolutely no lace or retention bubbles of any kind. Appears almost flat?

S: Merlot grapes, oak, an acidic sourness akin to lemon, and tons of red wine qualities. Could be almost a Pinot Noir type of aroma as well. Touch of sweetness here too.

T: Big sourness at the front with plenty of grapes and red fruits to complement it. The woody, oak flavors and the malts give this a sturdy backbone and balance out the sweet, sour flavors really well.

M: Carbonation is moderate, not overly done like most Wild Ales but this is far from flat. Not too dry or sweet in the linger either.

Simply put, this was awesome. We had this side-by-side with a fresher 2011 Sang Noir and it completely blew it away. Different aging and fruits, I know, but still.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 Project, which I guess means 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep red. Small off-white head with wisps.

Smell - Very acidic. Slightly acetic. Cherry. Lots of red wine.

Taste - Cherry sourness. Remarkably clean sour flavor. Tons of red wine. Acetic acid seems to be gone here. Nice red wine flavor, although the variety is indiscernible to my crap palate. Very tart.

Mouthfeel - It's a sipper of a sour. Very tart and medium heavy.

Overall - Really nice combination of flavors. Better than the sum of its parts for sure. Cascade always seems to have the ability to make a beer that you know is good, but you can't pick out exactly why it's so good.

Photo of JohnGalt1
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

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage on tap at the barrel house.

Poured into a Cascade glass.

A - Deep dark brownish read with some tan bubbles forming a nice ring around the edge. They linger the whole time.

S - Sour cherries, nice funk, but muted.

T - Here come sthe funk, sourness really is dominate.

D - Nice Carbonation, medium body.

O - This is your sour.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Photo of dirtylou
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

Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of claspada
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Graciously provided by hoppymcgee in our last trade. Bottle says 2009 Project, Ale aged in oak barrels WITH GRAPES NOT CHERRIES like the above description says (cherries were the 2010 edition); also it has an ABV of 9.345.

Pours a dark hazy brown color with amber hues when held up to the light. A small one inch khaki head with nice soapy bubbles that quickly recedes leaving spotting lacing.

The aromas begin with immediate sourness apple grape skins and light caramel maltiness. Then you get some nice dark fruitiness from presumably the port barrels as well as some nice tannic oak aromas as well. As it warms you get more of the Brett characteristics with a distinct solid earthiness and lesser vinegar and wet hay. Light cocoa notes also become present as it continues to warm to room temperature.

The tastes totally trump the nose with a huge burst of dark vinous fruits and some nice dark berry sourness as well. Then you get the lesser and lighter dark cherry fruitiness as well as a copious amount of wet and earthy oakiness. There is a nice dark caramel base that supports the Brett sourness and other dark berry flavors. As with the nose, as it warms you get more of the underlying dark maltiness highlighted by light powdered cocoa and dark chocolate notes which I have yet to experience or enjoy in a sour.

The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and tart but fuller bodied than other sours I have experienced recently. The ABV is no where to be seen, so well integrated and blended; truly a magnificent blended ale.

Overall this beer is epic and I could not be happier. This is like a more complex, Marron Acidife which I also loved. The Port and Cabernet Barrels have really influenced this beer well beyond my expectations. The dark caramel malts are such a great canvas for the Brett yeast and the dark vinous Port and Cabernet barrel-aging. I imagine I enjoyed this beer more than I would have the straight Port aging/Cherry version which either preceded or followed this version. Amazing, probably top 3 sours ales I have ever had to date.

Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light tan half inch head. Leaves collar and speckles of lacing. Dark red/brown body.

Tart smelling but not over powering by any means. Some grape aromas.

Grape presence is definitely there, highest aspect of this beer. I'd give it a 6.5 out of 10 on the sour scale. Wouldn't guess the ABV as high as it actually is.

Adequately carbonated. Medium thin mouthfeel.

Enjoyed this one a bunch, the grapeyness was very prevalent...could see wine drinkers highly enjoying this. Thanks a bunch crushedvol!

Photo of kscaldef
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bsuedekum
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; poured a brownish red in color with a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely was able to get a whiff of the pinot nior grapes which was accompanied with a good amount of wine barrel character, a tad of brett, some vinegar notes and a nice aroma of oak.

T: The pinot nior grapes blended quite well with the vinegar wine barrel flavors with good oaky accentss and nice cherry notes that gave it a nice amount of sweetness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, bretty funky, oaky, and tart finish.

D: this brew was just drinking fantastic and have to say it is one of my favorite blends from the cascade brewery. Good job!!

Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.