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Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Sang RoyalCascade Sang Royal

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

396 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 396
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.92%


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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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brownish-red. Medium sized tan head which quickly faded into a fine skim. Some sludge settled to the bottom. Only a few hints of lacing.

S: Dark cherries, subtle red wine, and a general lactic sourness.

T: Like the nose this brew is dominated by dark cherries and a complementing vinous red wine character. More complexity comes through here. Nice light, fresh oak. Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Vinegar quietly creeps in towards the finish. Capped with just a bit of bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Subtle carbonation. Light sourness.

D: Really pleasant. Easy to drink as nothing is in excess here. A well crafted brew that is worthy of praise. Glad to see Cascade coming to philly any day now.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 14:25:25 | More by callmemickey
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Arbitrator

California

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at the brewpub in October 2009. Thanks to ramnuts for driving me out there!

I had Mouton Rouge on tap twice, and I can attest that this is not the bottled Mouton Rouge, despite what the description says. It is a different beer.

A: Pours a murky maroon body with some slight edge penetration and a faint glow against the light. The head is three fingers of fluffy, light tan head; it recedes over a minute or two and leaves a thick collar with scattered film on top of the brew. Some lacing during sips, but nothing that sticks.

S: Cherries, including a tannic bitterness that reminds me of oak and cherry skins, lactic sourness, and red wine.

T: The blend of cherries and vinous qualities gives this beer a supple, organic touch that is nicely contrasted by oak and lactic sourness. It's oaky throughout, which is unusual for me as I tend to pick up tannins in the finish. Light brown sugar sweetness, which lets the emphasis be placed on the fruit and sourness. Great taste, one of the better Flanders Reds I've tried.

M: Prickly, dry finish that is accentuated by the lightest acetic burn. The flavor is more lactic, though. I find this balance perfect, as acetic beers tend to coat the tongue after a while and ruin the palate with residue. This effect does happen with Sang Royal, but not until the last third of the bottle.

D: This is incredibly drinkable, as evidenced by the fact that I can drink a full bottle of it myself. And the price (<$20) is a bargain next to Russian River sours. I'm quite happy to have gotten this and will buy more Cascade in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 21:51:10 | More by Arbitrator
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 03:38:23 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 15:45:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 03:28:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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WeisGuy

New York

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store.

a - pours a deep brownish ruby color with a big, nearly 2-inch light brown head, head is very active and has very good retention, moderate lacing, very cloudy

s - big sour cherry aroma mixed with an earthy funkiness, caramel and oak aromas add depth along with notes of port presumably from the port barrels in which this spent 6 months

t - as others have noted, the lactic sourness really cuts right down your tongue, big sour cherry flavor, like the aroma, lighter notes of caramel and oak add add a nice backbone of sweetness to the intense sourness, very earthy, you can really taste the cherries in this as opposed to some sours with cherry additions that taste syrupy and almost fake, not much alcohol evident despite the almost 9% abv

m - a little light-bodied, kind of disappears from the palate a bit fast, medium-to-high carbonation, quite dry on the finish, not much by way of alcohol warming

d - big drinkability points for the complexity of the flavors, definitely not a boring beer, the sourness definitely wears on the palate though, that said, I'll have no problem polishing off this 750 with a little help from the wife

Wow, this is a really, really good beer. It's right there with RR Supplication in my book, and it may even surpass it. As this is my first offering from Cascade, I'm really looking forward to picking up some of their other bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 04:19:00 | More by WeisGuy
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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 06:52:18 | More by largadeer
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 01:55:13 | More by KeefD
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Docer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 23:20:58 | More by Docer
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 02:38:51 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the fridge.

Pours murky maroon with with a mahogany hue. A fleeting spritz of white lively bubbles dissapeared almost instantly upon stopping the pour. Zero head or lacing thoughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sour cherries, vineous malt, and wet blanket. Hints of balsamic, red wine, toasted oak, and tannic must follow through.

Medium bodied with a mildly prickly mouthfeel. Sticky and a bit coarse.

Ripe cherries and bright acids start the palate. Vinegar-spritzed malt with vineous undertones follow though. Mildly funky with shades of oaky tannins, burnt pineapple, and caramelized cherry pits. Plenty sour and authentic.

Finishes with a lingering kiss of puckerness, deep red fruits, and oaky funk.

Wowza, great beer. I thought Cascade had peaked with the Apricot but this red is top-notch.
With beers like this coming out from Cascade, my cravings for Russian River are being subdued.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 00:43:58 | More by brewandbbq
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks (once again) to Dave (d0b) for bringing this bottle over to our sour/wild tasting. Poured from 750ml bottle into Bell's Tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown that's pretty mirky and has a tan head which about 1.5 fingers or so that sticks around for a long while. Some lacing is evident and a bubbly ring stays behind as well with some fizz bubble here and there. Really nice to look at.

S - Fruity tartness, dark fruit such as plums or raisins. A nice meld of both tart and sweet here. Neither overpowers the other in terms of nose, which makes for a nice combo. I don't get a lot of oak notes here even though it was barrel-aged for quite some time.

T - Tastes like it smells. A mix of sour apples, cherries, lemon citrus, along with some sweet raisins and plums. There are some oak notes here that also contribute to the overall balance of this beer. Really a great meld of flavors.

M - A little too much carbonation for me here, but still a nice tingle on the palate. The finish isn't as dry as I expected but that doesn't bother me at all.

D - Easy to drink, but I don't know if I could polish off several glasses of this. Then again, this is the best Cascade offering I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 16:02:19 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 02:51:09 | More by MasterSki
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 15:38:18 | More by Bitterbill
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koopa

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with AdamB84. Thanks for the opportunity to try this world class sour.

Appearance: Murky red brown body with a nice 2 finger reddish beige crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Some tart cherry notes, tart apple notes, grape skin notes, a touch of vinegar, and a hint of oak.

Taste: Fairly tart up front with a nice amount of sourness throughout. Loads of cherry flavor, some green apple, and a hint of vinegar. YUM!

Mouthfeel: Spot on in my opinion. Medium to medium-lite body with perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable considering the style and abv.

Very nicely done! Tastes like a well done Flanders Red to me...

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 18:51:49 | More by koopa
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a medium to darker and hazy brownish color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of cherries, some funkiness, musty, lighter vinegar, and vanilla. Tastes of woodiness, vanilla, cherries, and some fruitiness. Nice sour finish. I liked this!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 00:55:07 | More by hopdog
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 16:00:45 | More by mikesgroove
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is very sour with some lacto and a light fruitiness (apple skins) that could be cherries but is pretty indistinct. Flavor is super super sour, like sucking on a sour lemon with a tart cherry finish. Tart, sour, and lactic. I would like more cherry. Good beer, a bit tart for me though.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 18:13:13 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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aerozeppl

New York

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice bright red color with touches of a honey color thrown in. Really nice looking. A half finger of white head.

S: Nice mix of tart lacto and cherries. The barrel is evident and the idea of using a port barrel to brew a wild ale frankly blew my mine. A little bit of oak in the way back.

T: Nice tartness right up front. The combination of the port barrel and cherries really does work well together. With the tartness there this was a beer that stood out in am impressive field.

M: This is one of the thickest wilds I have ever had and it was still a really enjoyable sipper.

D:Insanely drinkable. No hint of the ABV at all. We drank a few of their sours and they were all fairly big and none of them even gave you a hint as to their strength. Sharing the bottle made the $20 price tag more bearable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 22:08:13 | More by aerozeppl
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -2%
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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Floydster

California

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery with Ron and Curtis, thanks again for the awesome hospitality guys, reviewed from notes, color is a dark ruby red color, one inch bubbly white head, decent retention, some light lacing, aroma consists of cherries, port, vinegar, various malts, lacto, caramel, wet oak, black currants, chardonnay, and sour apples, flavor starts off with cherry and wine-like flavors, more of the same in the middle, finish has a creamy fruit taste but finishes dry with wood, tart and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderately carbonate, could have drank the whole bottle as the alcohol was masked and it had a light feel, quenching stuff, glad we got to sample this as I was seriously eyeing it the day before at Bailey's, would like to drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:34:06 | More by Floydster
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 00:18:14 | More by rhinos00
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drseamus

New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 23:46:31 | More by drseamus
Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
98 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.