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Cascade Sang Noir | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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."

Added by ccrida on 02-20-2010

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Reviews: 187 | Ratings: 1,510
Photo of danh53
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark cherry notes with dark berries and red wine. Expected it to be sweeter. It's almost too tart in a way that detracts from the flavors. Great, full mouth feel and whiskey barrel character. I'd be happy to try this again, but I won't be purchasing another bottle at this price point.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mighty nice beer here, fresh cherries shining through, super natural tasting, no cough syrup, a bit of barrel influence as well, cleanly sour, no harsh/acetone action. Hard to get behind the pricing, but the juice is good, to be sure.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a recent tasting and it was extremely solid! The double barrel aging on this beer gives it some very unique and wonderful flavors! Very complex beer!

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Project 750, poured to tulip.

Pours a rich, dark garnet. One finger of head immediately dissipates to just a light ring.

Aroma has a bit of horsey funk, straw, dank wood and cherry

Flavor is amazing cherry, earth, old oak, plum and tartness. Barrel does not over power the fruit and yeast notes, wine more noticeable than bourbon. The fairly high abv entirely masked.

Moderate body with slight astringency.

I've liked every thing I've tried from Cascade, but Sang Noir is a cut above the rest. Complex and subtle barrel elements light up the wonderful tartness and cherry. Color is exquisite. Drinks a per cent or two lower than the abv actually is, so be careful.

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Photo of parris
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Maroon in color, like grape juice

Grapes, raisin and molasses on the nose. Definitely a nice sour punch too.

Prunes, espresso, vinegar for flavor

Medium body

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Photo of mschrei
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super tasty beer. Red brown colors with constant lacing. A tart cherry smell indicative of the taste. Barrel and wine present as well for sure, and the alcohol is NOT hidden at all. Very good.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Sours are an acquired taste. The beer pours with lots of carbonation leading to a great looking beer and the smell is very nice with the bourbon and cherries the taste did not sit well because of the carbonation "fizzing" on the palate.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry bourbon sour deliciousness.this tastes like a sour old fashioned. This is the 2014 vintage. I would like to see what some more time (maybe a year or two) would do to it. Good work cascade.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comparing this 3 Floyd's Pear Bear this sour is much more balanced. Although there is no head, the beer aged in wine and bourbon barrels for two years with cherries is utterly amazing. Please grab a bottle if available in your area. It is a dark red-purple, plum color that tastes of a general cherry pie tartness and sourness. Give it a shot.

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

This is by far my all time favorite Cascade beer. This was so well balanced. Lots of barrel character as expected with tons of cherries and wine. The mouthfeel was great and this one will clearly do great with age.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red brown and pink pour. Thin off white head. Aroma was dark cherry, red wine, less bourbon than a comparable beer of theirs, vlad the impaler.

Taste leans more towards their fruitier beers. More sour and fruit than bourbon and oak. Its still there, its a complex beer even though Cascade's sours have all had that similar lacto clean sour profile. This is a real good beer and one of the best in the Cascade profile, if you liked vlad but want it less boozy and more fruity and sour, this is your jam.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far this is my favorite Cascade - the blend of pinot and bourbon barrels creates a complex flavor unlike any I've had before. My hat's off to Cascade for producing what might just be my favorite sour beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had cellared and saved one of these from 2012 project. Just outstanding beer from Cascade. Complex and appealing from the beginning as a dark Belgian like sour...but then it begins to open up in the glass as the air hits it...and explodes as it warms a bit to release all the buried flavors temporarily hidden by the chill. There are so many flavors here that both leap away from the whole but also never fail to compliment the whole. This beer really needs to sit a bit in a big snifter or chalice style glass to really reveal itself. The experience is way more than worth the wait.

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Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby color verging on brown with a frothy head that leaves some streaky lacing

Smell: Red wine, lactic tones and cherry; oak and Bourbon tones underneath

Taste: Lactic cherry and red wine tones, at the outset, with the Bourbon, oak and vanilla building through the middle; nice blend of vinous and whiskey tones through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Complexity in spades here; among the best beers brewed by Cascade if not the best

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Photo of Zach136
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer - muddy brown body no head.

Aroma and flavors of vanilla, oak, dark fruit wine, cherries with mild but present acetic acid. Not vinegary but enough soft lactic acid to keep it puckering.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium tart cherry flavor to this beer. Tart has just the right depth to it. Flavor is unique. Nice sipper of a sour; couldn't see downing this too fast. Enjoyable.

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Photo of pfcorsar
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown into a snifter with a thin tan head. Aroma of cherries, oak, whiskey.

Pleasantly tart in the flavor. Taste mirrors the aroma, with a hint of vanilla, I’m assuming from the whiskey barrels.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013

Pour dark brown, darker then expected, with a thick kahiki head. Aromas sweet red, rich black and sour tart cherries in the nose. Mild caramel oak and bourbon aroma in the nose. Taste has load of cherry flavor with black and sout red cherry flavors light bourbon, oak and vanilla.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Edition -- Draft, Oct. 2015

A: Malts mixed with vinous qualities and slightly oaky make for an almost woody vinegar aroma.

A: Deep brown and totally opaque with just a touch of head.

T: Lots of vinous flavors from the wine barrel, a tad woody mixed with cherries. Slight soy sauce presence as from autolyzed yeast.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. No noticeable alcoholic warmth, which is impressive for such a strong beer.

O: Solid, but the 2012 batch has a slight soy sauce note is already present and will (most likely) become more pervasive as the beer ages.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. “2011 Project.”

A: Pours a deep dark mahogany color with barely any light brown fizzy active head. Just the faintest collar stuck around the edge of the glass after the head disappeared. No or almost no lace.
S: Very musty and oak-dominate nose, but there is a nice amount of “red” fruits and tannic cherry pits. The nose is rich and complex, with layers of greasy oak, faint whisky, musty attic, vinous red wine, caramel, juicy cherry, and a hint of powdery chocolate.
T: Exceptionally smooth and rich flavors of greasy oak and sweet cherry, damp musty basement, slightly tart red berries, red wine barrel and greasy caramel. The finish has hints of spicy, and the aftertaste is drying with gritty, cleaning tannins.
M: Full bodied with a smooth and greasy mouthfeel overall, but the finish is drying and tannic. The tartness is also very prominent but not overly acidic, vinegary or harsh at all. Very easy to drink as the tartness gives away to sweet sugariness and dryness in the finish.
O: One of the better sours I’ve had in recent memory. This is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink for being so complex and tart. The greasy oak and slick, sweet, cherry flavors come through perfectly.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown glass bottle with appealing label design and unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a cork purchased from Cascade and served cold into a tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

Reviewed live as a sour ale per the label. Expectations are sky high; this is currently #91 on the Top 250 and Cascade is a wonderful brewery. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Has one of the richest complexions I've ever seen. Bubbly. Fairly creamy. Decently thick. Retains very well - for ~10 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides as it recedes.

BODY: Dark rich sanguine red. Exquisite.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks exactly as it should.

AROMA: Subtle hints of vanilla and oak. Pie crust. Cherry pie. Sour cherries. I could use more tartness from the cherry, but it's nice as-is. Dampened oak. Cream.

A pleasant aroma of average strength. Sourness is mild - at best a 4/10 in terms of intensity. Seems sterile and clinical, and evokes only pure lactobacillus - no true wild or spontaneous bacteria (i.e. lambicus).

TASTE: Sour cherries dominate - and boy is the sourness and tartness ramped up compared to the aroma - easily a 7-8/10, with plenty of lactobacillus bacterial pucker. Oak is present throughout, lending it a guiding cohesion. A bit of subtle vanilla does come through, but no bourbon; I'd never pick up on any bourbon character if I tried this blind. Some vinegary characteristics. Toastiness. Barrel sugars.

The base beers were well-selected; I get some nice acetic character reminiscent of Rodenbach and rich red malt characteristics.

The cherry pie flavour is wonderful, and is the highlight of the beer for me.

Impeccably balanced. This tastes like a gestalt whole, but it's not without room for improvement: more sourness and tartness, richer white oak, and more of a true wild taste would help.

No alcohol or off-notes come through. A minority of drinkers may find the cherry slightly medicinal, but I love it.

TEXTURE: Full-bodied, surprisingly thick for a sour - evoking pie crust, smooth, wet, slightly overcarbonated, damp, oddly refreshing, and rich. It's smacky and acidic on the palate. To its credit, this is one of the few truly puckering beers I've had.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: 9.5% ABV is high for a sour, but it's hardly noticeable here. I get too lost in the flavours to notice it. Great as this beer is, it isn't worth its high pricetag more than once. I'd recommend that every beer enthusiast try this once, but while excellent it isn't world-class, and it isn't substantially better than something like New Belgium's La Folie or Rodenbach's Grand Cru (offerings which are half the price of this one and much more widely available). The pie crust and sour cherry work together brilliantly, lending this fantastic brew some incredible harmony. But there's room for improvement still.

Low A-

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Just a great overall beer. An incredible beer in the style with amazing sourness and a great overall flavour profile. Wonderfully acetic.

High A-

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3.76/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 on tap at brew pub. Ruddy chocolate brown with a few bubbles of tan head sticking to the snifter. Aromas of rich dark cherries, red wine and bourbon. Smells like a mouthful. Taste is quite sour. The sourness overpowers the flavors present. I get cherries and some woody bourbon but the sour acetic/citric acid notes overpower the rest. This takes away from my enjoyment. Mouthfeel is dry and and thin with a sour aftertaste.overall a sour buddy with a nice aroma that is overshadowed with sour.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.