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Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 602
Gots: 245 | FT: 24
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:
8 IBU
"This deep, dark double red was aged over a year in Pinot and Whiskey barrels, then blended with a barrel of Bing cherries."

(Beer added by: ccrida on 02-20-2010)
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Photo of WeisGuy
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Belmont Station 7/14 for the Puckerfest Cascade event

a - dark brown color with a violet hue, half-inch ivory head with light retention and lacing, fairly cloudy

s - big tart dark fruit aroma, black cherry, blackberry, current, light oak and tannic hints

t - as with the aroma, the taste is dominated by multiple levels of intensely tart dark fruit, black cherry and current flavors are prominent, light sweetness from the fruit balances out the tartness a bit, as does a light dirty sock funkiness, lactic acid permeates the entire taste with oak notes rounding out the flavor nicely, a little heat is detectable on the finish, but the 9.5% abv is remarkably absent in the taste

m - medium-bodied, with carbonation on the lower side, fairly tart and dry finish but there is a light sweetness to make the beer a little easier on the palate

d - incredibly drinkable for a 9.5% sour ale, flavors are very complex and interesting, the booze is very well hidden and the tartness is prominent but balanced out relatively well with the light sweetness

Awesome stuff that I feel quite lucky to have tried a couple snifters of at Belmont Station. I'm more and more impressed with Cascade every beer I have. This was the standout of the evening with the other two beers at the event, Noyeaux and the Manhattan Transfer, also showing very, very well.

WeisGuy, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of zeledonia
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, picked up at a bottle shop in Seattle. Tasted 26 June 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep nutty brown color, fairly clear but with a faint yeast haze, even with a gentle pour. A more vigorous pour yields a yeast-clouded glass (and a slightly different taste). One finger of yellowish head, good retention and very nice lacing.

Smell is full of lovely tart cherries. It has a very pleasant fruity sour aroma, not acrid at at all. Full, balanced, and potent.

Taste is fantastic. A wonderful blend of sour cherries, with a touch of sweetness for balance, that gently flows into a slightly mouth-puckering straight-up sour. I love the transitions, as the cherries and light sweetness fade away, leaving the acidity and sour to come to the fore. A very, very tasty sour, and one of the best I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Mouthfeel is just as it should be. Solid but delicate, with the high alcohol providing some lift. Carbonation is medium-high, as it should be for a sour (IMO), and keeps things dancing on the palate.

This is simply an outstanding fruit sour. It has a hefty dose of sour, but it's not enamel-stripping, and the real highlight is the balance. One of the best that I've had, and I really can't think of how I would improve on it. Delicious.

zeledonia, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of jcb7472
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%

jcb7472, Oct 11, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +7.4%

Kimchi270, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 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.

putonyourwalkingshoes, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark and deep brown color with a nice off white/tan head. Bubbles surge to the top of the beer and replenish the lovely head.

Aroma is wonderful, light sourness, lactic acid, cherries, currant, malt, and a sublte sweetness.

Flavor is wonderful, slight sweetness, malt, cherries, red fruits. Nice sour and smooth finish.

Medium in body.

Overall a very nice treat. Sourness is perfect. Not over done at all. All the flavors blend together just perfectly.

LeeryLeprechaun, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of SadMachine
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 5/5/13.

A- Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and a small off-white head.

S- The aroma is funky and sour. White grapes, tart cherries, fresh apple cider, and tart granny smith apples are all prevalent in the aroma. (My buddy who was drinking this with me jokingly said after smelling this "It smells like Jesus after he bathed in the Jordan."! Possibly the funniest thing I've ever heard in reference to the aroma of a beer!)

T- The flavor is nearly identical to the aroma with the super tart cherry and granny smith coming through as the primary flavors, and finishing with the apple cider and a dry, super sour finish.

M- The mouthfeel is near perfect for a sour, being light to medium bodied and moderate to high carbonation.

O- This is probably a top 2 sour for me to date! Absolutely superb, and hard to find flaws in unless you can't handle really tart/sour beers!

SadMachine, May 09, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich dark deep ruby/garnet with a nice almost two finger wood tannin hue that fades to leave a thick, dense blanket and nice side lacing.

S - BIG aromas of grapeskin and wood followed by wonderful bing cherries. Tons of great cherry notes, nice and sour with some light funk.

T - Burst of sour cherries up front followed by tart vinegary wine notes (cause after all, vinegar is wine). That wood comes through great, the alcohol isnt too noticeable and the finish is a light flemmy throat type deal. Stuff is tasty. What brings it over the top is that light subtle bourbon notes. Absolutely wonderful.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice, the tart and sourness really pop with the lower carbonation. Very nice.

O - Overall this is a stellar wild ale/sour. The whiskey really adds something nice to this. The only downfall is how damn expensive this bottle is. That all said, its delicious, absolutely delicious.

rudzud, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of djbreezy
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was lucky to be able to try the '07 '08 '09 '10 vertical last night.

appearance - dark red, amber, medium head, excellent retention

smell - complex notes of fruit and esters

taste - the 07 and 10 were very balanced, nice fruit characteristics on all, complex notes and bold flavors, various barrel notes, cherries, berries and some citrus, the 08 and 09 were significantly more sour and tart, the 08 was the most sour

mouthfeel - medium body, well carbonated, slightly dry

overall - great example of a sour/american wild ale, really nice to see the differences between the years, great beer

djbreezy, Dec 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

gregmoscetti, Feb 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Edvice04, Apr 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Prospero, Feb 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

jaminjohnson, Oct 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

dogfishandi, Jul 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Scottg650, Jul 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

williamjbauer, Feb 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01001111, Jul 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

jpbebeau, May 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

kslsc400, Jun 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

JasonSiedman, Feb 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

JonnyBeers, Jan 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Simply one of the best beers I've had.

Magbas, Nov 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

AlexChillton, Dec 08, 2013
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
99 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.