Cascade Sang Royal - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 590
Gots: 193 | FT: 13
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 Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
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!!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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 TurdFurgison
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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 claspada
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
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 dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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 DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by John the other night. I preferred this over the version I had on tap.

Clear dark brown with reddish highlights, there a dense, light brown head with nice lacing. A gorgeous sour. There's a nice, bright raspberry/fruit vinaigrette with a rich fruit, mild cocoa. Quite New Belgium-like in some ways. Leather and earth are present as well. The palate opens quite sour with vinegar, apple cider and raspberry , very bright and tasty. The mid-palate has oak, leather and tannins, with grapes and grape skin tannins. The tannins linger on the finish. Medium in body, medium-light in body, this is excellent.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a reddish brown with a half finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, subtle funk, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This one was tasted in series with the other Cascade brews and it was another continuation of solid brews. I really like how this one took all the aspects people have grown to expect from the style and make it shine. I really wish there would have been a fruit aspect going on. It would have helped out with the tart and sour dominance of this one. Definitely worth seeking out if you have not had it.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is dark murky brown with creamy light brown head. Nose is sour, light red grape and malt olive. More bright dark berry behind. Taste is similar, very sour with a malty olive quality, loads or sour red grapes and light oak. Hint of lactic acid and vanilla underneath. Feel is ok, a hint grainy and extremely carbonated. Fairly dry finish and a touch oily.

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thank you Scott for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pale blush red color. Some off white bubbles and foam.

(S)- A dry oaky funky vinous vinegar-like funk with fruits.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A funky fruit and almost vinegar-like oaky bite at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Tart, but mostly possesses a dry oaky funk.

(D)- A solid wild with some nice complexities I enjoyed very much. I continue to look forward to trying more of Cascades' sours.

Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of WriterLJBerg poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, deep mahogany that shows faint ruby tints around the edges. There's a huge frothy beige head with hints of pink in it and a very rocky bottom fed by bubbles throughout. The retention is fantastic with a thick cap and sheets of lacing.

Aroma is fantastic with layers of smells - brown sugar, tart cherries, oak, light earthy funk. Very sweet with the sourness only a complement in the nose, not dominant.

The taste is just as complex and just as good. Initial brown sugar and sweet tart cherry flavors stick around throughout with a sweet malt backbone. The finish is where the sweetness starts to lessen as the barrel character takes over with some port and spicy, dry oak.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and highly carbonated, almost effervescent, which keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying.

I'm a big fan of wild ales that don't have overpowering sour/funky components. This fits the bill perfectly and I really enjoyed the huge cherry character. Wonderful stuff.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More wine-like than sour, but I like it still. Lactic Pinot.

Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork'n'cage of the 2009 project, poured into an Old Engine Oil tulip. Huge thanks to Dan for sharing this sour treat.

A: Clear deep crimson body with a half inch of creamy off-white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Pure, intense lactic sourness, with a hint of grape skin. Very, very acidic. I love it.

T: Starts out sour, then opens up into some nice grape juice sweetness, and finally closes out with intense, pure, puckering tartness. Awesome.

M: Fairly light body with late-arriving carbonation. Ok.

O: This isn't the beer for you if you want delicacy and complexity, but if you love straight tongue-ripping sourness, then seek it out. Terrific stuff.

Cheers!

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to duff27 for sharing this tonite! Thanks duff!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

vintage 2011 poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: muddy and murky brown bodied beer with a small tan cap. Lace is spotty.

Smell: huge vinegar. light oak and funk. Has a cough drop menthol type note.

Taste: Sour grapes and hints of cherries. Moderate pucker factor. It has some vinegar, oak, earthy, minimal funkiness. Got a little bit of sweetness from dark fruits to add some balance.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied sour with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is done well. It is hard to believe this sour is almost 10%; it drinks like its 6% and the alcohol is hardly detected. So drinkable!

Overall: I bumped the overall score because the taste is closer to 4.25. This beer is almost like a sour and a wine blended together. Interesting sour!

Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

738th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
750 ML C/C

Clusterfork7
Unsure year
Unsure BA who brought this

App- When it comes down to it, this has a rouge type of color, a little red, a little pink, a little purple. A few staggling bubbles were all that poured.

Smell- Much more dry than I was anticipating. A nice oaky, fruity, tart, tannin note.

Taste- A nice sour beer with that oaky, grape, barrel note. Much like the nose it was a bit dry.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level.

Drink- I was very excited to see this and try some. It was one I tried to trade for but never could land. I liked the cherry aspect very much. A nice dry sour with some layers and some tart flavors.

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009

Appearance. Pours an incredibly deep red-brown with half a finger of creamy light tan head.

Smell. Dark cherries, some woody funk, some sour fruits. Smells good.

Taste. Sour cherries, and lots of 'em. Tartness is there, and a little wood and leather. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-strong, fine and lively carbonation.

Overall. Just a fantastic sour. I love this brewery.

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 barrel project poured into snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of dark brown head that quickly faded to a lasting film and thick collar that lasted the whole beer through. A few spots of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Musty notes of red fruits and vinous red wine. I get hints of cranberry, current, port, candied dates, and raisins. Mild leather and maybe some brown sugar.
T: Full robust flavor. Red berries and musty wine barrel dominate. Hints of cranberry juice, currents and red grape are noticeable, with sweet hints of port, dates, and greasy oak in the finish. The aftertaste is full of port, raisins, slight leather, earth, and blueberries. Very mellow and integrated flavors with a complex barrel profile. Acidity is moderate with a tart pedio bite.
M: Full body, greasy and thick mouthfeel, with a drying tart bite and soft, low carbonation.
O: Didn't know what to expect after waiting so long to open this. It is fantastic. Definitely reminds me of consecration. Complex and robust flavors. Really smooth and delicious.

Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice amber hue small thin head no retention or lace.

S: Red wine, oak, and tart cherries

T: Tart red wine notes, with fresh oakey goodness. Dark red cherries, dark fruit, and pure awesomeness.

M: Medium in body smooth, tasty great.

D: Good I love cascade.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of Sean9689
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky, color of cooked dark brown sugar, small off white head, leaves to disk fast. Not much cling.

S - Funk is all I get out of it. But, it's lively and fresh.

T - Beautiful. Sour, funky, bright, pleasant.

M - Medium body, great carb, balance is well played so that the sour funkiness calms down by finish.

D - Very easy to drink , especially at that ABV!

Photo of thecheapies
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2009 Project. Without further ado, I bring you Cascade Sang Royal.

Prying the cork out was a serious bitch. Pours exceptionally dark for a wild ale. Deep burgundy red-brown with a collared ring of beige foam. Man, can I get started with the aroma? Because, the sour whiff is just carrying off of this one.

A big oaky and sour aroma on this one. All sorts of refermented wine barrel drudge and bad grapes and wild yeasts. Brightly sour nose with lots of evident aromatic tannins, some acetic qualities, and a wild mushroom-y funk. Hints of blue cheese. Some twisted citrus with notes of unripe lemon, clump hay, tart raspberry, some leather, blackberry, red currant, and light tobacco. The malts aren't completely shot, either. As it warms, I get hints of contorted grains.

Oak, sour grapes, sour raspberries, acetic sour, tart currant, vinous notes, unripe lemon, mushroom, blackberry, pomegranate seed, rhubarb, blue cheese, tobacco leaf, and finishing alcohol. Super complex, just like the nose. I can't get over the journey that this beer takes me on. Has all of the satisfying vinegary sweetness of a real-deal Flemish Red with that smacking tartness and funky bliss of an American Wild Ale. So wine-like and almost savory in a way that it brings out the umami behind the tartness. Lots of tannins support the sour with mouth-drying bitterness; the only kind of bitterness that a beer of this style should offer. Weighty body masks its heaviness. After all these years, the carbonation still gives it a little pop--just like the pop the cork gave when I finally forced it free.

An excellent wild ale from one of the most impressive small-time breweries that I've come across. Lovin' Cascade from all the way out in Pittsburgh, PA. Somebody get in touch with me about a Kriek. I'm sold on these guys.

Photo of koopa
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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...

Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.