Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.2/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
12-31-2011 18:30:19 | More by zaphodchak
4.8/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
12-25-2011 17:27:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
December 9, 2011. This is the third time I've had the "2009 Project," so I figured it was high time to review it.
Pours a dark purplish crimson with a half finger of off-mauve head. Fine sticky lacing.
Very tart on the nose with strong red wine and sour cherry aromas. It's easy to throw around "red wine" when describing a dark sour, but this features a bright cherry, vinous tartness alongside lactic sourness. Minor balsamic, acetic acidity, but it doesn't distract.
Drier on the palate, but still imminently tasty, featuring lactic acid, maraschino cherry, cherry pit, and a good bit of oak. It's fine chilled, but really opens as it warms (and the metallic notes fall out). Cabernet Sauvignon grape, a milky sourness, and balsamic vinegar create a nice blend of sour, tart, and fruit. Dry and tannic finish.
The first time I had this I wasn't blown away, but the last two times it's grown on me. Very acidic, this is one of the most drinkable and nuanced "dark" American sours on the market. An oenophile's beer.
12-10-2011 02:54:05 | More by Verecund
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle
Served in a tulip
The bottle opened with a loud pop and the beer poured a deep, dark crimson-mahogany color. A small, light tan cap of bubbly froth topped the liquid. Good lasting strength on the head. Patchy drops of lacing trickled down sides of glass.
The aroma was outstanding. Super tart and moderately funky with a pleasant, fruity sweetness. Sour cherries and raspberries were most apparent. Red wine notes also came through strong. Seeing as the beer was first aged in oak with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes then later blended with red ales that had been aged in Port and Pinot Noir barrels, this came as no surprise. Lots of balsamic vinegar and lactic acid. Strong notes of oak developed as the beer warmed.
The flavor profile was quite interesting as well. Similar to the nose in many regards, yet a bit more tart and dry. Sweet-ish malts were noticeable up front. Tart cherries were detectible, though more so in the aroma. Balsamic vinegar and lactic acid notes appeared in the center. Like the nose, the flavor profile had a strong red wine-like quality. Touch of brett. Lots of oak. The oakiness carried into the crisp, dry and tannic finish. Slight metallic notes were detectible as well.
The mouthfeel was rich and frothy with an aggressive, large bubbled effervescence. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down a bit and the liquid turned smoother and creamier.
Overall, this is a remarkably interesting and eminently drinkable beer. Definitely one of the best American wild ales that I have sampled to date. Do whatever you can to get your hands on the 2009 (original) vintage.
12-05-2011 02:42:10 | More by Damian
Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.