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Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 827
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 5.81%
Wants: 580
Gots: 191 | FT: 15
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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 Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks chewy!

I am beginning to strongly suspect that I did, indeed, get a bad bottle of Cascade's The Vine. Because I am hard pressed to explain how a brewery that produced this beer could also have made the decidedly unimpressive substance I had last night.

Pours a dark reddish with a big light tan head. Looks good in the light, a great head, particularly for the ABV.

Smells like tart cherries, wood/tannin, and has a great acidic vinegar bite to the aroma. The taste is just marvelous, with a sweet undercurrent of berries and cherries, along with a decidedly oak-y/wood-sy sour backbone. Really melds well, and just a pleasure on the palate. There's some sour apple/unripe pear notes to it, along with a dash of lemon vinegar.

The beer that immediately comes to mind is Consecration, and frankly, it tastes like a cross between Red Poppy and Consecration. This is perhaps a sweeter beer, although the mouthfeel is quite dry.

Just a phenomenal brew. (960 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage brewed with grapes. Pours a muddy brown color with a hint of red. Nice, frothy white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very funky with a TON of red grape aroma. Lots of oak and acidic characteristics as well. Lovely blend of funk, tart, and grape in the nose. Taste is amazing with complex barrel flavors . Tons of delicious oak flavors with cherry and red grape. Very acidic and sour with mouth-puckering finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very tart finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, Cascade never has disappointed me, and this is definitely the most complex beer I've had from them. Top notch. (628 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (607 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

i really dont miss the whiskey element from the sang noir, and think the port wine is way more complimentary to the cherries, which are puckery and juicy and enormous in aroma and taste. dark red brew, looks like cloudy red wine, but with a lively head that settles in time. sharply lactic nose, with hints of lemon and virgin oak, new and sweet, which merges with the cherry very well. the wine has a dessert like character for sure in the nose, like a red wine reduction in a pan. concentrated grape and tannic aromatics, very intense, very mouthwatering. the flavor is equally intense, with the oak and grape intensity marrying beautifully with the cherries. way more sour than other cascade beers that i can remember, maybe one of the most sour beers ive ever had. where this whiskey put vanilla and booze into the sang noir, this royal maintains its fruitiness all the way though, and the sourness is rightly more exposed. beautiful balance, wildly complex, titillatingly sour, luxurious in feel, and frankly one of the more unique beers in the world. every bit as good as consecration, although i have never had the two side by side. stupendously good, even a standout by the already lofty cascade standards. wow, just wow. (1,229 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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 (163 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'09 Project

Pours murky reddish color with a small red-tinged head that dissipating quickly.

Smells wonderful. Lots of the grape aroma comes through although smells more like a medium bodied red as opposed to something incredibly dry. Some strong tart cherry, oak and some other dark fruits as well.

Wonderfully complex taste. This disappeared from my glass very quickly, but even in that short time frame, every sip was different. At some times, I could have sworn I picked up a glass of wine and at others, the intense sourness shone through.

Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels.

Fantastic and am going to have to resist the temptation of popping my other one too soon. Very complex flavors throughout and sometimes wickedly sour, which is a trait I like. (775 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle
2009 project
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. (1,677 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 Project

Appearance: Blackberry colored with a rocky ecru head; plenty of lacing hangs around

Smell: Woody and lactic, with Port, Cabernet, blackberry, cherry and fig

Taste: Fruity and lactic, with cherry, blackberry, red wine grapes and a hint of fig; the funk and woody flavors build through the middle; tart and dry on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: Unbelievable how fruity this remains six years later; a tremendous achievement (509 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Airyk12
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving good lacing down the glass.

Smells of cherries and lactic acid, with some port and oak in there as it warms. Crazy tart and funky.

Amazing flavor, with so many flavors. Immediate flavors of cherries and lactic acid lead to wine flavor, with port and some oak. Again, crazy tart but not undrinkable. Perfectly funky.

Not the smoothest beer, but with the flavors and all that funkiness, it doesn't need to be. Full of body and flavor.

A true American Wild. So much flavor, and so much funkiness without being overwhelming. Such a great beer. Cascade once again proves that they know the style and how to make it great. A truly amazing beer. (719 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (2,130 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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... (1,159 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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 (907 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

a: its a murky mix of light brown, ruby red, and dark burnt caramel. it had a really fizzy 1 finger tan head (like a soda) that fades almost immediately. right now its just a film on the side of the glass

s: apple cider vinegar, dark sour concord grapes, sweet molasses. finishes with a nice smell of port - you really can pick that up, which is nice. its an aroma that makes your mouth water

t: there is an insane initial blast of sourness that is an intense mix of like vinegar, soured grapes, and something acidic. it is immediately smoothed out though with a nice port sweetness - its crazy how well the sourness is immediately given away to a rich silky sweet grape like flavor. there is a nice vanilla presence in here as well with a nice oak finish. this is genuinely really good. its not so much a balance here, as a perfect transition of flavors inside your mouth

m: its an interesting combination of a nice smooth mouthfeel with a large amount of carbonation. mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter side (carbonation helps that). finishes a bit dry

o: what can i say? its delicious. a crazy perfect transition of flavors in here that works so well. punch of sour and a nice port wine finish. so glad i tried (1,232 characters)

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Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.