1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
99
world-class

882 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 882
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Cascade Sang Noir Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150  | next › last »
Ratings: 882 | Reviews: 148 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of staggerlee024
staggerlee024

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on Tap at the Barrel House

A - Pours a deep dark crimson red with a thin lacing. One could get lost in the dark red colors.

S - Smells of dark fruits, sweet cherries and acetic tartness. Pinot and bourbon are present but faint.

T - Oh yeah. This is where it really takes off. Tastes of dark fruits, cherry and red wine are the major players here. The bourbon notes offer the perfect accompaniment. There is the standard cascade lactic sour bite. Possibly more subdued that some of their others, however. The bourbon and pinot barrels really tie this one together.

M - Medium body with a decent carbonation. Sour.

O - This beer will not disappoint. Absolutely fantastic sour ale. Similar to the RR consecration but better. The pinot and bourbon barrels add a unique and charming character to this beer. I have had the pleasure of tasting a 4 year vertical and this one really changes with age. Word is that they will be bottling later this spring. You will want to get several bottles - some for now and some for a few years down the road. One of, if not the, best sour ale made in America today.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 15:35:17 | More by staggerlee024
Photo of spicelab
spicelab

Australia

4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3oz sample from Cascade Barrelhouse. Reviewed from notes.

Deep mahogany with a white head that holds as a ring.

Dusky cherries, raspberries, fruit tingles, leather and wood. Amazing brightness and acidity in the mouth.

Medium bodied with a rather biting astringent finish that twists your tongue. In a good way.

Brilliant. At once complex, delicious and approachable. Pretty seamless with no rough edges.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 05:27:57 | More by spicelab
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/11/12 notes. Big big thanks to drabmuh and Thorpe429 for sharing a growler of this one. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a reddish brown color with one to two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, funk, wine, tart cherroes, oak, tannic, acedic notes. Smell has no real bourbon to it, but it's nice and sour which I love.

t - Tastes of oak, lightly sour dark fruits, light wine, earthy notes, and light bourbon. Taste is not as sour or funky as the nose; a step down for me.

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

o - Overall a very good wild ale, probably one of the better ones I've had from Cascade. Has an awesome sour nose to it, though I didn't get much bourbon at all. Would love to have it again.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2012 03:16:05 | More by mdfb79
Photo of craytonic
craytonic

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Drabmuh for sharing at a tasting.

Appearance: ruby-mahogany pour, decent head and lacing.

Smell: Cherries, oak, touch of vinegar. Very vinous and tannic.

Taste: Again, very vinous. Cherries and tons of oak with some nice tart/sourness. Everyone seemed to compare it to consecration but I would not put it on the same pedestal as I found the flavors slightly muddled.

Mouthfeel: full body, light carbonation

Overall: tasty but I was expecting much more from this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:34:34 | More by craytonic
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #4 top beer on the "Top Beers - American Wild Ale" list, top 5 beer on a competitive list, awesome.

Growler shared at a local tasting, this beer is very reminiscent of Consecration from Russian River, perhaps not as heavy but my first and last thought was very consecrtation like.

Beer is dark brown / amber hazy with a thin lazy head of tan small bubbles, no lacing, some carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is cherry, sweet, no bourbon, oak, some wine. Lactic, tannic, mild vanillic, and mild acetic acid nose.

Strong beer, thin to medium in body, sweet mildly up front with a winy, oaky, finish, decent throughout. Great beer but not Earth shattering.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2012 17:13:48 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to barleywinefiend for snagging this longtime want and getting it to drabmuh and I, thus setting up the Cascade sour tasting. Served in a Cascade Barrel House goblet.

Pours a mostly-clear crimson color with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Thin collar throughout. Really a nice color.

The nose starts out with plenty of red-wine notes and lactic acid on the first pour when it's quite cold. As it warms, the cherry starts to come out along with a touch of oak. I'm not sure if whiskey-barrel portions are still used in the blend, as I don't get much of that. (Side note: I wish that were stronger, as adding a bit of Bourbonic to a shot glass of this made it even better.)

The flavor takes the components to the next level, creating a more-complete beer. The red-wine notes are still strong and work really well with the acidity from the lacto. The cherries complement those characteristics perfectly. A bit of oak in the background rounds things out. The Pinot and light oak tannins combine beautifully with the acidity to produce a fantastic mouthfeel. Light with good carbonation and a brisk, acidic finish.

Overall, a really solid beer. I had waited a long time to be able to grab this one, and it delivered. At the same time, I think it could have been a truly great beer with a bit more whiskey character in the blend, sort of a Cherry Adam from the Wood with red wine and acidity. Still, a very nice beer that I would love to have again.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2012 16:29:34 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is ruby to copper colored with a small, quickly vanishing head. The aroma brings sour cherries, bourbon, oak. Smells tart. The flavor carries more oak and is tannic in nature. The bourbon is there, but cherries and a tart sourness are the primary flavors. Acetic finish with some alcohol presence. Similar to Russian River Consecration, a beer of which I am very fond. Very tasty. Overall, I am very glad to have tried this.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2012 22:26:34 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of starrdogg
starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thorpe, Humbard & Geist for this rarity.

Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head. Smell is a great mix of red wine and oak. Flavor follows the nose, great mix of sour and red wine flavors, pretty similar to Consecration. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer from Cascade, but not quite worthy of the high praise it has received.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2012 22:19:29 | More by starrdogg
Photo of barleywinefiend
barleywinefiend

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 05:28:59 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of camil1mj
camil1mj

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-20-2012 17:59:02 | More by camil1mj
Photo of djbreezy
djbreezy

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 00:57:49 | More by djbreezy
Photo of kitty66
kitty66

Washington

4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this near the opening of the barrel house. Amazing that this beauty was part of the supporting cast, they really brought out the big guns for the new brewpub.

Blended gets a bad vibe, but this ruby lady puts that notion to rest. Cab / Oak / Whiskey / Beer / Sour / Cherries ; these are all nice things delivered into one single glass. Who would complain ?

Delicious beverage - cannot really be called a beer anymore as it has taken on the characteristics of much more than just that.

Rock on Cascade - thanks Biscuit for the great barrel bevs !

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 03:27:58 | More by kitty66
Photo of HopHead84
HopHead84

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/16/2010

On tap at the barrel house.

A: Deep crimson tinged brown with a mountainous light brown head, great retention and lacing.

S: Huge lactic sour cherry presence with vinous notes of dark grape and plum. Oak is evident, as is a light acetic quality. Light whisky notes and a touch of chocolate.

T: A moderate lactic sourness accompanies cherries, grapes, plums, and oak. Piquant and delicious. Light notes of chocolate are short lived. Great fruit presence, especially the cherries. I detect a touch of oak and whiskey. Excellent.

M: Upper medium body, upper moderate carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Overall: Awesome beer. Killer fruit presence combined with the wine and whiskey barrels. Drinks like a beer half its ABV. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 19:32:09 | More by HopHead84
Photo of johnmichaelsen
johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the barrel house today.

The beer pours a darkish red amber color with fairly decent head retention and minimal lacing. One really gets a considerable amount of wine on the aroma profile, with some dark fruits and vanilla as well. On the palate, this beer is just delicious. I get a considerable amount of pinot noir, with very light sour, sweet grapes, chocolate and juniper berries. Mouthfeel is medium to full, with a long, soft, mouthfilling finish. Drinkability is amazing in this beer, and frankly flat out dangerous. Where is the 9.5% alcohol? It's completely undetectable in this excellent beer.

I'm not a big sour fan, but after sampling this stunner, I found myself saying something I've never said before with a sour beer... "may I please have another?" This is an amazingly good, complex and extremely well made beer. Impressive!

Edit from 12/13/10 visit to the barrel room. Was told that they are now out of the 2009 edition, but had just put on the 2010 version. While fairly comparable to the 2009 version, the fresh 2010 version comes across as a bit more acidic and sour. There's still more than enough going on for me to enjoy this excellent beer, but as I'm not a huge sour fan, I found myself longing for the 2009 version (which I thought showed a bit more fruit and vanilla, and was not quite as sour). Regardless, there's no doubting that this is one fine beer from the folks at Cascade.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 00:54:30 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Shanonbanana
Shanonbanana

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap in a snifter at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House

A- Deep red mahogany colour with a hint of chestnut around the edges. Light cream coloured head which dissipated almost immediately.

S- A strong aroma of cherries hits the nose initially. A sharp hint of whiskey rounds out the scent.

T- The taste opens with sour cherries, accompanied by rich grape flavours, likely from the pinot noir barrels. Alcohol presents itself lightly in the finish in the form of whiskey. A yeasty twinge indicative of a sour Belgian continues throughout.

M- Lightly carbonated, light body - lighter than the colour indicates.

D- I could drink this over and over and would still want more. It would be especially excellent on a hot day...with the sound of a mandolin being gently strummed and the slow, steady creak of a well-used rocking chair on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 04:02:08 | More by Shanonbanana
Photo of Docer
Docer

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had on tap at their new barrel house...

- Nice off-white bubbly head that stuck around a bit... over a nice reddish ruby colored brew... lacing all over the place..

- Nice fruity tart sourness.. currants.. light oak and bitterness... slight sweetness..

- Damn fine brew.. period. Currants galore.. not a hint of hot alcohol.. sweet grape, blackberry, fig.. plumb.. oak.. tart tart tart....

- Light bodied, perfect carbonation... mouth watering.

- One of the best sours I have had.. better than the others in the Sang series I think... though very close to the Sang Royale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 20:30:40 | More by Docer
Photo of WeisGuy
WeisGuy

New York

4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 05:25:35 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of elliot23
elliot23

Montana

4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at the Belmont Station.

A. Darkness, far darker than I had expected. Real deep ruby with a brown and gold hue in there at certain times. Wasn't expecting this color. Pretty cool looking sour. Nice lacing off-white head.

N. The nose is strong of Brett, oak and dark malty sugars. A lot going on here. Sour cherry and tartness really dominates here in addition to other dark berries.

T. Wow! This one is tart in the most perfect way. Full flavors of sour cherries, currants, yeast and some barnyard funk. Oak barrels, a little chocolate and bitterness on the back end. Amazingly complex all the way through. I'm sure that I am missing something here... Oh yeah, I don't notice the high ABV at all.

M. A perfect amount of carbonation. Sour, sweet, and highly refreshing. A medium bodied beer that was well enjoyed. Wait, this beer was 10%?! One of the easiest to drink beers of that high of ABV ever.

D. I was sad when it was all over. Wish this one was bottled. One of the best wilds I have ever had. And one of the best beers I have ever had for that matter. Fantastic beer from a great brewery!

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 05:08:08 | More by elliot23
Photo of ChrisPro
ChrisPro

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Sourfest 2009 at Brouwer's.

Pours a nice black/dark burgundy with a solid tan head and nice lacing. At first, cherry and grapes dominate the sweet aroma with hints of blackberry. But as it warmed, a great wood began to dominate. This was a nice sweet beer balanced incredibly well with the sourness. This had a little wild carbonation but a nice long sour finish. As this got warmer, the beer became more and more complex as various flavors came out. This was the highlight of Sourfest for me (and I sampled it three times throughout the day to make sure) and one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 01:07:35 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of jdense
jdense

Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Raccoon Lodge 6.30.10, $5 teardrop glass.

1/2 finger tan head, good retention, reddish brown opaque body, trails of carbonation rising up side of glass, Nose is huge frickin' cherry hit up front, more sour than sweet, little if any hops, with oak notes becoming more prominent as the beer warmed. Taste is cherry domination, tart, funky, sweet, some oakiness, all in balance an incredibly complex tasting beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, not a lot of effervescence, not sticky despite the sweetness. Drinkability is high despite the ABV, just a crazy tasty beer. Thirty months of barrel aging, along with the sublime blending of Ron Gansberg, one of America's best Wile Ale brewers results in this truly amazing beer. An absolute must for aficionados of the style. Very highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 18:17:44 | More by jdense
Photo of femALEist
femALEist

California

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the City Beer Store.
Sang Noir by Cascade Brewing is a barrel aged sour brewed with cherries and 8% abv. It poured a pitch red dark brown with a hint of black. It smelled of cherries, Brett and sweet malts. It tasted sweet and sour with cherry goodness, malt and oak notes. It was my favorite of the bunch, but I am a fan of Cascade and any sours, so I'm partial.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 18:44:52 | More by femALEist
Photo of somabeer
somabeer

California

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass at Toronado. It's a very dark ruby red almost opaque with pink head, little lacing. Smells heavy of dark fruits. The Taste is delicious, very tart. It has lots of chery, fig and raisin flavors but is not sweet at all, mixes in well with the wood flavor from the barrels. The mouth feel is very pleasant, with just enough carbonation to make this go down smoothly. It's crazy how smooth this beer is for 10% abv

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 08:41:05 | More by somabeer
Photo of ccrida
ccrida

Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the lodge, served in a cervoise, Sang Noir with a small tan collar.

Smell is gorgeous. Bright lacto and dark malts bring a very nice sweet tarts aroma that is just amazing.

Taste is great as well, very complex and a pleasant different from many of their other wild ales due to the dark malts. Big sourness, cherries, chocolate and lime tonic water.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick, sliding down like an oyster but with nice carbonation with swished. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is insanely good. This is their best beer I've had yet. I'm a big fan of sour darks, and this one really kills it. The intense flavor hides the strong ABV, making this one potentially very dangerous.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 20:12:09 | More by ccrida
« first ‹ prev | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150  | next › last »
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
99 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.