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Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 831
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 20.55%
Wants: 576
Gots: 193 | 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 artoolemomo
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very similar to Sang Noir. Poured with slightest sliver of head which appears to almost be pure cotton white. The body ranges from a muddy brown to an intense burgundy that has light hints of a bourbon hue when held up to the light. A decent amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very vinous and sweet- really shows that it was aged in port barrels. Heavy amounts of cherry. Some notes are fairly basic cherry while some show tart qualities. Hints of stone fruits (peach and apricot) hide in the background.

Taste- Not as complex as Sang Noir but still quite delightful. The oak is much more muted and the bourbon of Sang Noir is replaced by more of a port or sherry character. Not quite as complex as Sang Noir either- this is very heavy on the cherries and cycles through different aspects of this note as I taste it. Most of the flavor profile is an interesting take on this one aspect. Notes of both red and white wine with lots of fleshy stone fruit. There is a slight bit of straw, funk, and grass on the scant linger. Some hint of stinky cheese as well. Very mild and well balanced with enough complexity to keep the palate interested.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Mild carbonation with a slight tingle. A bit of a dry finish but not completely dry.

Drinkability- Very accessible sour. No heat at all. 4.75 is pretty steep for a 3 ounce pour. 34 bucks for a 750 mL is fairly ridiculous as well. This was bought mostly as trade bait.

Overall- Very good, solid sour. Definitely worth a try if you can find a fairly cheap pour.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a snifter.

A: Brownish in color with light red hints. One and a half finger tan head with alright retention and hardly no lacing.

S: Big tart cherries, light sour apples. Some wine qualities. Light oak. Some funkiness.

T: A touch sweet to start. Then huge tart cherries with a light sour apple flavor. Get some light wine and oak.

M: Light body. Higher carbonation. Crisp and very dry.

O: Very good sour. Very tart. Alcohol is non existent, except when your friend won't drink his half and you have to drink the whole thing.

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Photo of Docer
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the Mouton Rouge on-tap, and bought a bottle of this which is supposed to be a slightly different, and older blend....

- I opened a bottle at their recommended temp that I had in my wine cooler... so it is overall slightly cloudy as the sediment is throughout.. it foamed over a bit, allowing me to discard some sediment. Fluffy ruby mocha head... nice steady even layer... this stuff is alive and well. A very red/brown murky cloudy color.

- Wonderful sour grape, currants, ripe apple.... oak, bread.... light plum and fig...

- Holy mother of Jesus this stuff is good.. awesome balanced sour, tart, and light nectar sweetness... background blackberry, raspberry.. currants... like a sweet pie hiding well behind tart ripened apple tartness... light breadiness.. this certainly turned out great with a year or so on it....

- Light tart watering palate with some slight dryness and puckering....

- Overall this is just damn fantastic.... my only slight complaint would be the amount of carbonation... I could use a little less as it would add much more to its drinkability.... for me a sour of this magnitude should drink more like a sparkling wine...

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

appearance: Quite dark ruby red. Nice head on the pour. Messy lacing. Legs that linger.
smell: Deep nose with tart cherries, dark fruitiness with a edge of tamed funk.
taste: Not quite up to the nose but damn good. Lots going on, the funk is not quite as tamed here. Some vinegar notes.
overall: Quite an amazing brew. Lots going on. Alcohol is damn near non-existent.

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Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky ruby-brown with decent head and lacing

Smell: vinegar, oak, cherry, brown sugar

Taste: Slightly earthy, oak, tart cherries with pits, vinegar, brown sugar

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, medium carbonation

Overall: tasty, but I feel most of the darker wilds from this brewer tend to be slightly muddled.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to unrivaled trader, JohnGalt1 for this bottle. Above and beyond tobes, thanks.

Pours a deep mury brown/red color with a nice off white head that lingers unusually well for the style and leaves ok lacing, good for the style.

Nose is full of lacto bite. Clear cherry and oak in the nose, some almost green appley presence as well, minimal vinegar.

Hmmm. This beer is alot like consecration...only better. Big tartness is melded with oak and cherry flavors, balanced extraordinarily well. There is some vinegar presence, but minimal compared to something flemish in nature, this is clearly a sour wild ale. The finish is bone dry and puckeringly tart. Aftertaste lingers with some flemish notes, cherry, and lacto sourness.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, high in carbonation and minimally viscous. Very dry and crisp on the finish.

Drinkability is really rather remarkable for the abv. Barely makes its presence known at all. The major lactic bite is there, keep in mind, but style wise, this is nearly as drinkable as they get.

Overall, yet another very impressive cascade wild ale. Really a wild ale with some slight flemish overtones. These guys are quickly becoming the under the radar authority on sour beers in the northwest, and rival the other west coast big boys with some of their offerings. It's too bad their stuff is so limited, because it really is a treat. Great beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2009 Project, poured into a Cascade Brewing snifter glass.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, purple and red hues, almost with cola brown, opaque and murky with a finger or so of bone colored head, very fizzy and loose that has low retention and leaves only a spot or two of lace behind. The aroma is very nice, lots of red wine, oak, sour grapes, vinegar, funk and must, very typical acetic Cascade sour quality here, stone fruits linger well. The flavors are right in line, plenty of red grape, red wine oakiness, dark malts, stone fruits, lemon citrus, aceticly sour as expected, light vinegar, but this really showcases the red grapes very well, and the age has mellowed this beer out quite well. The mouthfeel is nice, very crisp and dry, plenty of carbonation though it feels somewhat gentler than I anticipated, sharp finish that presents a good puckery feeling.

Verdict: A very nice sour beer from Cascade, certainly one of their finer endeavors, plenty of red wine, smooth and mellow in flavor, not too cripplingly sour, but with nice a pucker, very easy to drink, not too heavy despite the darker base and higher ABV. Definitely worthy of the accolades.

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Photo of KeefD
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from kpruim01. Thanks man! Drinking this after a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

Pours a dark brown color of which no light passes through, small off white head and light lacing. Smell is tart, light funk, cherries, assorted citrus. Taste is extremely sour! Wow, I've not come across a more sour wild ale before. Tart, sour cherries are predominate, apple skins, lemon, berry, light vanilla and tannic oak. The sour in this is just unbelievable. Mouthpuckeringly dry finish. Medium bodied, very spritzy carbonation but calms down as it's swirled in the glass.

I just can't get over how sour this one is. It's going to take me along time to finish off this 750. But this is very tasty and unique and I'm very impressed with what I've had from Cascade so far.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing like a $600 kitchen plumbing disaster to make me want to crack open a $20 beer. Sang Royal is the winner tonite - into the Duvel tulip this C&C 750 goes after a light to moderate pop off the top...

If it wasn't a bit cloudy and turbid it'd be next-nigh perfect. Beautiful light-ginger 1 ½-finger head with a chunky seam topping a body that's a cross between a true Dunkel color and a jar of that sour cherry nectar/juice you find at Whole Foods. It takes a while to pour - there's some viscosity here. Intriguing to see the least. Head retention is pretty solid...lacing is tight. Sparse visible carbonation has some ups.

The funk on this is quite mild and meshed with moderate to ample carbonation scent it is very clean indeed. Mild spritely sour cherry scent layered with milky sour brett and more of a pine than a vanilla oaky backbone.

Light enough on the calmer side of Funkytown to be in the gateway sour space but it has enough complexity to keep it interesting. Definitely a little bit of wine barrel booty in here with the nice, mild acidic goodness of sour cherries. Synergy is solid here - nothing's overpowering but this works in Beautiful Chemistry...even at colder temperatures.

Nothing offensive on the palate feel. Carbonation keeps it jumping and diffuses this fine offering to all the senses quickly. Light oakiness/balsa wood cuts any heaviness of the huge dollop of cherries going on. Finish is one of the most crisp for a sour I've encountered...especially for one with an exceptional amount of fruit.

This would make an excellent nightcap, but I'm having this early in the evening. Doesn't make it any worse; this is well-constructed while being exceptionally accessible. There's a little heft in there but it's some wicked good $#!+. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em.

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Photo of drseamus
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque red with a nice tan head.

S: Cherries and sweet port wine.

T: Good and tart but not more so than cantillon blabaer. Still though, a good kick in the glands. Fairly dry but a hint of port sweetness. Clearly a tart sour driven beer though.

M: Thin like a wild should be.

D: Pretty damn good. Among the better American wild ales I've had.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Project into Duvel tulip

A - The one finger head came quick and went quick. Maybe some slight tan in the head but mostly white. Body is very dark and definitely on the red side.

S - Cherries and tartness are very strong. Really quite amazing even though it is so simple. I am getting some raspberry as well. Fruity and sour and strong.

T - There is funk all the way through but it is mellow. Some good cherries and raspberries as in the scent. The acidicy is nicely balanced with just slight sweetness of the berries. Again, simple, and the flavor matches the scent quite well.

M - The drying bitterness takes over on this one though it is nicely carbonated.

O - Quite good. Not overly sweet and a great sourness to it.

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Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass. 2012 project. 10.12% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a very dark red brown color with less than a finger of a tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body dark and just barely translucent.

Smell: Sour cherry, red wine, oak, leather, tobacco, black currants.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Black currant, sour cherry, red wine, leather, lacto, toasted oak and some port like character and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Surprisingly light considering the ABV. Booze hidden really well for 10.12%.

Overall: Another great sour from Cascade. Lots of barrel character that works well with the base beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this very cool named beer at Martys today for about twenty dollars. Poured in to a wine glass, color was darker than expected; almost an opaque strawberry brown, with a full finger of white head. Nose is of tart cherries, berries and more vinous fruits. Sourness in the taste is not too overpowering, in fact it is fairly gentle on the palate. As expected, body is light and crisp. Drinkability is very good, though this beer will sneak up on you, so be careful. This is a damn good offering from Cascade. They are definitely gaining momentum with their beers.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09 bottle

A - Dark brown with reddish tint and light golden accents. Off white head

S - Cherry, lots of cab sav barrels, tartness, lactic acid, and lemon peel. Really good and lots of tartness as this picks up.

T - Tartness up front, lots of cab barrel, cherries, lots of lemon peel and slight lactic acid throughout. Great flavor of the dark wine and fruit contrasted with a sharp tartness.

M - Highly carbonated with a dry finish.

O - Really good beer with lots of cherry, cab sav, and tart lactic acid bite. I really enjoyed this one and would be curious to see how it compares to a fresher bottler

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Photo of rand
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass

This gorgeous looking, ember-red brew is one of the more compelling sour beers I've recently imbibed. Layered with complexity and seemingly disparate aspects, everything blends with a delicious singularity on the palate. The nose carries notes of cherries, oak and red wine vinegar, backed by a subtle undertone of grape jelly. The flavors are more tart-forward than the nose portends, but initial puckering sour quickly gives way to unripe berry sweetness and earthy oak. Suggestions of wine reveal themselves throughout the sip, but unlike many grape-infused concoctions, this one never loses is 'beer' foundation. Long finish with lingering notes of earthy oak and citrusy sour.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to iguenard for the bottle!
2009 Vintage, Poured Sep 2014

Pours a deep brown, ruby red color, hazy with a short-lived bubbly tan head with no lacing. Big tart nose here, loaded with sour cherries, lemon rind, a bit of funk. On the palate, the first sip assaults the sour taste buds on the back of ones tongue; it is an intense blast of vinegar! The flavor does transition nicely though, especially as the beer and my palate opens up and the subtleties come through, again, sour cherries, grape skins, oak, wet wood, and vinous notes. The body is medium and the carbonation keeps it light. This was a really interesting beer.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Version

Very intense flavorful complex deep red sour. So much red wine barrel, fruit. Very balanced flavors but extremely aggressive. Paired well with a bone in ribeye. World class.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HuskinPDX for this bottle and a very fast trade.

Real big coca cola looking head that has some great retention. The body is really dark red with a brownish tint. Some lacing left around the glass

sour funk and not too pungent. Very light scent.

big sour taste with sweet and tart cherries as well as some subtle barrel wood tastes. Becomes sweeter as it sits in my glass and im getting some grape-ish tastes.

lighter mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

Really nice stuff from Cascade and I'm definitely turning to the funky side.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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 zaphodchak
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Cascade.

Trace of white head, deep hazy brown body, some lace.

Decadent oud bruin nose. Sweet and port-like.

Rich tart taste, sweet brown sugar, caramel, and loads of fruit.

Bright, almost foamy champagne.

Outstanding, rich and decadent. Bought a bottle, expensive as it was.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.31/5  rDev -23.6%
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 taylor714914
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2009 Project

Interesting ale for sure. Kind of reminded me of a flanders red with plums and dates, along with a little lactic acid. Was definitely interesting, though I don’t know if I’d call it a winner. It could have been the supplication I had prior to this skewing my thoughts, so I’ll certainly have to revisit, but I just felt as though it was a little flat and not very complex. Don’t get me wrong, the flavor was decent, but it never evolved as it warmed and stayed somewhat muted.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mykie73 for sending this my way. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

A- Pours a murky, amberish color. Fingers width of tan head that quickly fizzles away into a thin ring.

S- Lots of sour cherries and grape skins. There is a nice oak barrel presence along with a vinous, port-like quality. The aromas really go well together.

T- Simply fantastic! Lots of complexity going on here. Cherries and tannins abound with a strong, sour oak barrel presence. The port barrel aging added a nice vinous, sweetness to it. A little bit of lemon and citrus gave off the perfect amount of acidity.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

D- The sweetness of this beer really tamed the sourness, making this beer extremely drinkable. At nearly 9% abv, this beer is lethal. Putting away a 750 mL bottle is no easy feat for a sour, but is easily achievable with this one.

Overall, many have compared this to Consecration. Having it on tap just the other night, I have to concur. The only difference I noted was that this was a little sweeter and balanced, where as Consecration has a little bit more sourness. I also think the wine qualities came through little bit more in Consecration. Still, this is just as good, if not better.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) purchased online at CraftCity.com, "2012 Project," poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

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