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Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir

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171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 1,396
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 22.9%
Wants: 655
Gots: 279 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 02-20-2010

"This deep, dark double red was aged over a year in Pinot and Whiskey barrels, then blended with a barrel of Bing cherries."
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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 1,396
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a cork & cage top. The label is clearly marked as being from the 2012 vintage. Enjoyed out of a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark garnet red with black cherry highlights and an overall hue that reminds me of the burgundy label as I get near the bottom and can't avoid turning the otherwise mostly clear liquid into murky mess from the sediment in the bottle. With the right angle, the light reflects off the glass and makes it look almost black. Atop the body sits a one finger head of effervescent looking foam that is a pinkish khaki tint to it.

Smell - A wonderful mix of aromas here--I get distinct tartness and a twinge of sour to come from the cherries, but also plenty of vinous notes of wine must as well as a nice tannic vanilla that I can only assume comes from the bourbon barrels. There is a pretty good showing from the wood itself, making for a super funky, musty aroma that is again held in check by the sweetness that is just enough to provide a balance.

Taste - Picking up right where the excellent aroma left off, there are obvious elements of acidity with the cherries and wild bacteria, but those are balanced quite well with sweeter vanilla and barrel flavors. Here, the characteristic of the wine barrels is much more at play than in the aroma, with those pinot notes evoking impressions of light cinnamon. There are also notes of persimmon and red plum adding to the depth of the taste. The bourbon is slightly lost in all this, but you can tell that it's presence is definitely enhancing the rest of the the same way a properly-salted meal will invoke all sorts of flavors without actually tasting directly like salt.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate to high carbonation and a gentle pucker on the tastebuds that finishes with a semi-dry feeling on the tongue.

Overall, just an awesome beer. It's hard not to say that it's my favorite from Cascade, but it's been awhile since I had the Apricot. Regardless, this is a fantastic beer that manages to be aggressively sour without being a tooth enamel-peeling chore to get through. An excellent balance of the acidity and sweetness.

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Photo of MrMoose916
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost looks like a deep dark red wine but more brown with a nice frothy head to it.

S: Oh yeah tons of cherries, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, you definitely get that barrel character. You know its going to be sour.

T: Cherries up front, followed by the dark fruit and almost bourbon like flavor. Definitely sour.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, semi dry finish.

O; Another well done beer by Cascade, if these weren't so expensive I'd buy them more often.

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Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Delicious and straight forward sour beer.

Pours a cloudy dark red beer. Forms very little foam at the top. Smell is yeasty, funky, sour. Taste is typical of Cascade Brewing: very sour and a bit over the top. This beer has to be shared, as all other Cascade beers. Body is medium thickness, and even though a couple glasses can be enjoyed, it is better to share this one. Keep anti-acid close by.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 28.99. 2014 vintage. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a muddy cherrywood tinged dull brown. Opaque other than some rosey highlights at the edges when viewed under the light. The finger and a half frothy, khaki head gradually fades to a milky haze and full collar that leaves a couple huge clouds of lace. Muddy as hell but strangely attractive.

Vibrant, robustly sour aroma. Sour cherry, barrel funk, wine, strong vinegar, earthy, caramel, wood shavings and some vague tart fruit. I can tell this will be quite a ride.

Flavors are an intense mixture of sweet and sour. Tart cherries, barrel funk, wine, raisin bread, soft bourbon, lemonade, near puckering lacto, earthy, funky, caramel and brown sugar. I think there's a bit of alcohol but the sour is so potent that it is difficult to tell. This is a boldly tasty flavor trip with tart cherries and funky barrel notes in the drivers seat.

Full, creamy feel with pleasingly faint carbonation. Funky notes of wine barrel and sour cherries linger in the long aftertaste.

Welcome to Georgia, Cascade! Sang Noir is a rather beastly sour and I dig it. It is so much fuller than most wild ales I've had and has a sweetness that may not balance the sourness but sure gives it a nice counterpoint. Arguably a bit pricey but I enjoyed the experience and will be trying more from Cascade.

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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cracked a bottle of this recently for my birthday. A truly superb beer that showcases the excellent balances of this brewery. Nicely tart, but with a depth of lush fruit and a firm backbone of barrel aging. The sour cherries in this are mouthwatering, and the bourbon adds such a nice complexity. A masterpiece.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the epitome of the perfect holy crap sour beer out there. The taste is amazing with the cherries really coming through, but not overpowering. The sour bite is strong, but enjoyable to the last drop.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 project poured into a 6oz curved glass. Initially this was going to be a gusher but I plugged and lost nothing.

A: Pours a rust brown. Nice deep red pinot character. Lovely frothy head. As far as sours go this is tits. This is exactly what a sour should look like.

S: Nice deep cherry character. Sweet but subtle tannin character. Little bit of chared barrels from the whiskey but so subtle.

T: What can I say? Deep cherry, tart raspberry, sweet booze from the bourbon but not a bourbon burn. The lactic component comes in during the finish with a lingering wood stickiness that just coats the roof of your mouth. Lovely. Not overly sour just the perfect amount.

M: Perfection. Start to finish. Goes down buttery. The carbonation is a little explosive at first but it really enhances the flavor profile. Just frothy clean finish. Some of Cascades can come off overly acidic and this blend is so enjoyable.

Overall: Cascade.. probably the most consistent sour producing brewery out there. I've had this in the past and prior I got more of a sour bomb with heavier lactic component. This is still amazing, hasn't changed much. This goes in the top 5 Flanders Reds I've ever had. Pairs amazingly with a cave aged gruyere.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A - Dark red, amber, medium head, excellent retention

S - Huge sour cherry presence with vinous notes of dark grape and plum. Oak is evident and light whisky notes.

T - Tastes of dark fruits, cherry and red wine are the major players here. The bourbon notes offer the perfect accompaniment. The bourbon and pinot barrels really tie this one together.

M - Medium body and high carbonation to it. Acedic body.

O - One of the best Sours I've ever had. Right there with Brute and Supplication. I was bummed at the price but it's definitely worth it if you like Sours.

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3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling

A - Pours deep garnet with one and a half fingers of creamy looking tan head. More head than I expect from the style, with pretty good retention before fading to a collar. Some decent lacing.

S - Big tart cherry aroma with a pretty substantial bourbon presence as well. Vanilla and oak, with some balsamic vinegar. Works surprisingly well. A bit of funk, but much more tartness.

T - Whoa, puckeringly sour initially, with a huge tart cherry presence and some balsamic vinegar. Bourbon notes come in after the initial sour punch fades a bit. The vanilla and oaky bourbon notes are somewhat subtle, but I think that is a good thing here. Some more oak on the finish, but not overly dry.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a little heavier than usual for the style but the flavor profile goes well with a bit of heft. Dry, but not overly so.

O - This is really tasty. The bourbon notes are very subtle, more apparent in the aroma than the taste, and the huge tart cherry aspect is great. Not much funk, but still quite complex.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.32/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Nice full red color.
Smelled great, lots of cherries and some minor bourbon notes. Tasted amazing, slight sourness and bourbon on the front with a more distinct sour and cherry notes rounding out the finish. Cherries throughout. Amazing, for sure the best American sour ive ever had.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.