Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.33/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt., 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip
The beer poured a deep, dark, slightly hazed, crimson-mahogany color. A super dense and creamy, tan colored head capped the liquid. Excellent retention. The head slowly faded to a resilient film. Streaks of drippy lacing cascaded down the glass.
The aroma was outstanding. Sour cherry notes leapt out of the glass. The tartness was well matched by a stiff caramel malt backbone and a hefty dose of brown sugar sweetness. Fantastically well balanced. The nose was also quite oaky and vinous. A touch of bourbon-like booziness came through as well. Overall, remarkably deep, rich and robust.
The flavor profile was solid but a bit of a letdown compared to the aroma. Unlike the nose which displayed tremendous balance between the tart and sweet elements, the beer was incredibly sour and acidic on the palate and seemed to lack some complexity. Tannic, dry and very oaky in the center. A touch of bready malts were detectible. The beer finished super tart and dry with strong red wine, vinegar and acetic acid notes. As the liquid warmed, the vinegar aspect intensified.
For a 9.5% ABV beer, this beer kid its alcohol prowess remarkably well. The mouthfeel however was a touch thinner than I anticipated. Creamy and smooth with a slick, frothy effervescence.
This is a solid beer, but I felt that the aroma was far superior to the flavor. Because the cherry aspect was so fantastic and the tart/acidic quality seemed a bit overwhelming, I would strongly recommend drinking this sooner than later.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2012 22:12:00 | More by Damian
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