Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 1,349
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 2.49%
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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

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."
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Photo of Donerik
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and turbid. Foams up and down quickly, acceptable for a sour. Sticky foam sticks to the glass as you drink but doesn't lace.

S: Lactic, Oak, I get light bourbon notes in the nose, fruitiness and sour funk.

T: Sour. Sour. Sour. The double red and red ferment well with their lactic culture. not much bourbon or cherry, but the fruit is apparent. I'm always amazed what fruit tastes like with the sugar fermented out.

M: pitch perfect. The active carbonation pops the firmly placed cork. The prickly carbonation carries the flavors.

O: Great. Worth the Hype. It would have been all 5s if the individual flavors had been more distinguishable. I am a fan of this. (677 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a murky amber and copper body. Aroma of apricot, raisin, oak, cherry and caramel. Flavor includes a perfect degree of sour dark fruit, oak, red wine, caramel and earthiness. When you drink this one really let it sit on your palate to enou the sour degree. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a brief review for an outstanding beer. It lives up to the hype and will always remain a must try. (413 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Barrel House goblet. 2011

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with a little orangy-red and a finger of light kakhi head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. WOW!!! Big juicy tart cherries, some malt vinegar and honeydew mellon, a little lemon and spice with some earthy funk and fresh hardwood. This stuff smells really, really good.

Taste. Sour and tart cherries and blackberries with some tanic wood, there's just a bit of caramel vanilla and some great tannic woodyness, especially in the finish. EDIT: 9.2%, are you fucking kidding me?? Dangerous stuff here.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with lively medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Very tasty beer that I found more complex than other Cascade offerings, but still (a little too) easy to drink. I need to get more of this! (783 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a teku glass.

Pour: Completely hazy deep, deep red with some murky brown aspects mixed in. A finger of light tan head appears and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Wow. I get tart cherries, tobacco, leather, vanilla, a light bourbon, and a hint of funk. What a combination - and it's incredible.

Taste: Even better than the nose. Tart cherry with no hint of sweetness. Instead, sweetness is provides by a nice tobacco caramel, mixed with some vanilla and leather. A lactic acidity provides an amazing bite without being cloying. An oakiness rounds out the flavors and incorporates them together. This is exquisite.

Mouthfeel: I know some people say Cascades can be overly sour, but I love how tart this is. Carbonation is on point. The barrel aging provides a buttery smoothness.

Overall: The merging of bourbon barrel and pinot barrels in the aging process of this beer produced a whole new kind of beast. I will absolutely seek this out again. (964 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

1 finger fine light brown head with good retention. Beer is a clear but dark reddish-brown clay. Lacing is patchy and spotty with good stick. Oily legs. Near perfect.

Nose is bright red fruit, wet wood, some light tartness, and a Brett/cobweb funkiness. Real light, crisp, and lively. Nice.

Opens red fruit tartness. Some vinegar and alcohol but its quickly overtaken by cherry sweetness. Smooths out nicely towards the middle with some creaminess. More red fruit tartness at the end giving way to Brett and a woody funkiness at the end. Great complexity and balance with the flavors. Finish is red fruit sweetness with a tart aftertaste. Very very good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some small bubbles in the mouth and goes down oily and slick. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Good body given what it is. Complements the flavors well.

I didn't know what to expect from this though Cascade has had a long history of making very solid fruit sours. This is no exception and in fact, may be the best of the bunch I've had yet. An incredible beer all around. (1,172 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2012 bottle, thanks to Josh for sharing! Long-time want of mine.

Ruby red pour with darkish brown hues. Bing cherries dominate the nose; bourbon is in the back seat adding complexity. Smell is seriously awesome.

Cherries and oak atop the sour base = deliciousness. Seriously, this is fantastic. Don't know what else to say except that I need a case of this stuff ASAP. (370 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2011 project) into a saison glass. Pours a murky ruby/amber/mahogany w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is sharply acidic, sour. Tart cherries, lactic acid, dry oak.

Taste is puckeringly sour and oaky. Tartness is crisp and refreshing, never overwhelming. Bourbon barrels are used exactly right—as an accent.

Mouthfeel is soft, but with a bite. Nice carbonation, dry finish.

Overall a bold, flavorful sour ale that comes together well. Great depth and complexity. (467 characters)

Photo of stxSS07
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First review in a while, but this deserved it. 750ml into a FFF's Teku. 2011 project.

A- Deep ruby red that borders on brown. High carbonation leaves a creamy off-white head that hangs around for the duration of my drinking. Leaves awesome lacing for a sour.

S- Explosive. Tart cherry notes pop immediately upon ripping the cork out, and continue to abuse my olfactory on my first sniff. Besides the delicious cherry bomb, I'm greeted with sweet malt (almost toasty), a bit of barrel (vanilla, slight oak...maybe that's where the toast comes from), and more tartness. Fantastic.

T- Again, big bright cherries pop on the front of the mouth followed by some acidic sourness. Tastes of sweet malt, oak, and vanilla lead to an almost buttery red wine-like finish. Insanely good.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation that really helps the flavors (especially the cherries) to jump out of the beer. I really can't overemphasize the way this brew "pops" on my palate.

O- One of the best sours (forget American wilds) that I've had. Takes the top spot for me in the Consecration category. Seek and destroy this beer. (1,115 characters)

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. (466 characters)

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

The inside of a barrel isn't a very nice place. It's dark and musty, full of nauseating fumes, and houses rogue bacteria and microscopic critters in every crevasse. In many cases, you're stuck in there with rotting, festering fruits. Despite all this, Sang Noir came out more than a year later looking pretty good; its tone is dark but not muddied and impressively maintains a bit of its garnet highlighting. Even some head too.

The aroma combines epic proportions of sweetness and tartness to create a bouquet of unparalleled complexity; it's rare to find this much of either, let alone both together in the same beer. Immediate impressions of berry gummies and candied cherries quickly turn tart and gradually evolve into a unique convolution of fruit, oak, bourbon, and pinot noir.

Saying that Sang Noir is like a candy factory crossed with a fruit orchard crossed with a winery is a huge injustice to an incredibly elaborate beer. But it's a good place to start when embarking on the near impossible task of describing the multiplicity of flavours that comprise this rich and mesmerizing offering.

I'm first impressed by just how mellow the beer drinks. High-alcohol, barrel-aged offerings tend to fall prey to one or the other of nauseating booziness, acidity that singes your throat, a woodiness that leaves splinters in your gums, or a tartness so severe in turns your lips inside out (assuming the whole thing comes together well enough so as to be palatable in the first place). But Sang Noir has all the intricacy without any of the intensity.

What's in the glass is mysterious and distinctive, the result of a very long and difficult process - it makes the Coca-Cola recipe seem easy to crack by comparison. Notes of maddeningly red cherries, vanilla cola, caramel, sarsaparilla, acidic lemon, purple plum, heavy wood and spices are melodiously woven together. Notably absent are any harsh alcohol notes (an impressive feat considering the whiskey barrels and the 9.5% of the beer itself).

Cascade Sang Noir ("black blood") indeed drinks like some kind of dark, mystical gospel. A beer this intricate and transcendental is the stuff of folkloric legends. Of course, given how difficult it is to find (and expensive to buy) it may only ever be fantasy for most people. For those of you fortunate enough to come across this dream beer, be sure to enjoy it with someone you really want to impress (i.e, your favourite person in the world). (2,457 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
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. (581 characters)

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

Drank while camping at Lake Naciemiento the night before the FW Invitational, a few beeradvocates and our girlfriends. Poured out with a lot more pink than I thought, small formation of head on it. Aroma, nice, cherry, wine, less barrel aroma than I was expecting originally.

Same with the taste, this had more in common with sang royal than it did vlad the impaler or bourbonic plague. A lot more red fruit and tangy sourness than barrel character. Would never even know that it had anywhere near 9% alcohol, thankfully they print it.

Found it to be much fruitier, lighter, more vibrant than Consecration. Consecration seems like so much darker, darker fruit. Currants v. cherries you know? Carbonation seemed perfect on this beer to deliver all its high points.

This is a pretty easy beer for me to really get into. Cherries, sourness, mild barrel character that is way in the background. (895 characters)

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

Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep copper with red highlights. Very cloudy appearance. Has two fingers of head that dissipates quickly.

N: Sour cherry, must, barnyard, lactic acid, toasted pie crust, concord grape and raspberry.

T: Lactic sourness, warheads and musty book upfront. A lot of flavors kick in mid-palate. Tart pie cherries, raspberry, a light breadiness, some barnyard and loads of Pinot Noir personality. Finishes with cherry Jolly Ranchers and Lemonheads along with big lactic notes.

M: Light bodied, tart and puckering.

O: Moderate-heavy sourness. Big cherry, raspberry, concord grape and lactic characteristics. Unfortunately there isn’t very much oak apparent and barely any bourbon. Just a hint in the throat if you’re really searching for it. Pinot Noir characteristics are there. A phenomenal Wild Ale and holds up with the best of them! (862 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish cola color with a reasonable brownish head. Not gonna lie, this looks like Dr. Pepper.

Smells fruity and tart--red wine, sour apples, berries, some oud bruin type ketchupy sweetness, whiskey on the finish. Predictably complex and enticing.

Flavor is lots of sour green apple, cherries and blackberries and other fruit, tart red wine. Whiskey is lighter than in the nose but still present. Extremely complex and pretty darn sour, also a decent sweetness to balance it out. Biggest single flavor I get is green apple. A beer with this much going on could easily be a big mess, and other Cascade experiments have been a little sloppier than this, but this beer is delicious and the complexity just makes me want more.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation but not over carbonated like Cascade beers sometimes are. Very drinkable, the complexity of the flavor just makes it more drinkable too.

Awesome beer overall, definitely the best beer that Cascade has bottled so far. I'd drink this all the damn time if I could.

9.3/10 (1,040 characters)

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

750ml bottle.

Pours dark crimson with a brownish tinge and a quarter inch head of bone. Erratic, short strands of lacing throughout the glass with a partial skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with red wine and cherries with hints of bourbon, chocolate, and light roast following through. Quite vineous and fruity with plenty of complex barrel character.

Medium bodied with a sharp-as-tacks mouthfeel. Slightly waxy but does not detract.

Sour stone fruit and red wine start the palate with a fairly intense lactic sourness attack quickly following through. The jowels do water with plenty of puckering tartness, but the beer falls short of throat burn. Hints of roast, chocolate, cherries, and bourbon linger.

Finishes with plenty of lactic sourness, soured fruit, and vineousity.

Wowza, what a beer. A real sour lovers specimen with plenty of intensity and complexity. Highly cellerable, for sure. (913 characters)

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

A: Poured a crimson color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Holy tart cherries!

T: Wow. Lock jaw all the way. Lots of tart cherries, some light dark cherry but a little bit of must and lacto

M: Well carbonated, extremely sour and medium body

O: Outstanding (272 characters)

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

A- the cork explodes out of the bottle suggesting that this will be a very carbonated beer, the pour is a dark amber with a red hue, small pink white head that sticks the whole time and some thin lace that sticks around.

S- astringent sour raspberries assault me the second the cork is launched to the ceiling. Light wood notes but mostly raspberry, cherry, red wine and a lactic sour aroma.

T- the foretaste is all sour berry and cherry, while after that a very light wood flavor comes through which brings in a very subtle smokiness followed by a red wine vinegar finish. Very sour, maybe the most sour wild I've had. Medium body.

O- I tried but failed to pick up bourbon but what I did get out of this beer was stunning and I might start touting this as the best sour I've ever had. (788 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle form Rutager, 750ml into a tulip.

Deep blood red, light tan head with good lace and nice retention. Nose is bourbon cherry pie, sharp acidity, oak and cherry pits. Harsh acidity, but the bourbon smooths things out. Taste has light bourbon, oak, an intense sour cherry blast, tart, acidic, and more cherry pits. Finishes sweetish, but tartness prevails. Rich, intense cherry character, and a lovely malt profile. Medium full feel, lasting finish. Awesome. (463 characters)

Photo of warnerry
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Tjohn241 at our local tasting last night from a 500ml swing-top growler. Served slightly chilled in my Darkness snifter. The growler gave a nice carbonation "pop" when we opened it.

A: Deep crimson red. Like the skin of a fresh cherry. Little to no head.

S: Wonderful sour cherry smell.

T: Cascade does not disappoint. Wondeful mix of cherry, sour and sweet flavors all in one.

M: Light bodied and refreshing.

O: I have only been let down by Cascade once, and this is not it. Another homerun. (508 characters)

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

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this tonite! Thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

vintage 2011 poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: brownish red bodied beer with small whitish cap. Spotty lace.

Smell: Big granny smith apples and tart cherries with mild vinegar. Oaky and earthy.

Taste: White grapes, green apples, tart cherries. The beer is on the high end of moderately tart with a hint of funk. Nice oaky barrel notes in this brew. Maybe even some mild vanilla sweetness from the oak and cherries flavors blending together in this beer. Big tart cherry finish. Nice complex brew!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is spot on and drinks super easy for almost 10%! Super Tart!

Overall: Tried four Cascades(Sang Nior, Sang Royal, The Vine & Kriek) at our tasting last night and this was the clear winner by a landslide! Its up there with one of the best sours that I have drank! (935 characters)

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

Shared a bottle with a friend of mine by a campfire on a cold summer night.

A: An interesting mixture of dark ruby red and brown. Decent head with considerable lacing.

S: Woah. Lots of sour lactic aromas going on here with a nice malty, fruity background. Just by the smell you can tell this is going to be a sipper.

T: At first you're hit with a puckering sourness that tickles the back of your tongue. The first two or three sips all I really got was lactic sour. After my palette got accustomed to the sourness, I was welcomed by gushing sour cherry flavors with an interesting malty background. Very nice.

M: Sour?!

O: A little pricey, but well worth it. I'm just getting into sours, and this one gave a nice interesting twist on how I perceive them. I've basically only had fruit lambics from Cantillon before this, and it was nice to see an almost brown ale aspect built into the sourness. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it. I look forward to trying other stuff from Cascade. (1,003 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 Project
Mini snifter

A: Dirty burnt amber red color. Faint layer of head. No lacing. Looks fairly still in the glass, but that might also have to do with the tiny glass.

S: Big dark sour cherry. Some of that red ale character. Hints of vanilla. Some of that dry oak. Tannic notes. Love that lactic sour coming through.

T: This is probably my favorite Cascade ever. Big tart Cherry sourness on the tip if the tongue. Mouth puckering for sure. Then you get some of that tannic oak dryness. Some of the red ale character: nuttiness and vanilla. Prickly carbonation. Dry finish with lingering sour.

M: medium bodied high carb (637 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Richard H..), 2012 vintage, poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes (164 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

my brother is a deadset champion for sharing this bottle with me. its one of those beers ive been after for years, but my travels or trades havent gotten me there. what a rare treat it is, wine and bourbon sharing the barrel influence of this burgundy sour beer accentuated with tart cherries. i would put this one on par with any of the russian river dark sours, and i think it needs to be mentioned in that breath. its almost purple in color, darkened to a rich ruby wine shade and showing about an inch of really light lace head. cherry is evident from first sip, tart pie style cherries in there mixing with the bacteria cultures and the wine tannins, its a really mouth watering nose. the whiskey part comes more towards the finish in this beer, more hot oak than vanilla, with just enough char to slow it down to be savored. the body isnt real big, but it doesnt need to be, the flavor complexities ride and appear one by one on the sour waves, which are dominated by lacto, but not entirely. some brett in here too i have to imagine, there is some funk in there with the acid. it warms up to show even more wine properties, pinot for sure. its usually tough for me to identify a grape varietal in a beer, especially from a barrel, but i think its unmistakable here. cherries never get sweet, even exacerbating the already extremely sour feel to this. carbonation is mellow, but more isnt wanted for. the process and the execution of this beer are both something to behold, it never shows its alcohol strength, and at room temperature sips like a fine glass of port or something. cant say enough about this one, a crown jewel in the increasingly crowded fruited sour world. (1,679 characters)

Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.