Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 1,371
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 23.13%
Wants: 658
Gots: 269 | FT: 25
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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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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid pour yields a dense two finger head of tan head. Receiding it leaves some lacing. Murky deep reddish brown, but more brown. Very complex aroma brings cherries and vanilla along with light vinegar and damp woody must. Strangley cocoa too. The flavor is equally as complex if not more. Sweet vanilla and cherry open this up, followed by two distinct layers of sour. 1st a more lactic sour and 2nd a more acetic vinegar sour. There is alot going on here, I also get plenty of wet, woody barrel. The whiskey barrel is more prominent then the pinot, but maybe I am mistaking some cherry flavor for pinot barrel? Medium in body, but drying in the finish with a lingering cherry quality.
Overall sometimes less is more, this beer may be a bit much and could use a little less. The marrage of all the flavors is not seamless, but still works well. In any event I have really been wanting to try this for a long time, can't believe it made it to my market. Really, really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 project, 9.2% ABV. $25 for the 750ml is not a price I pay too often for a beer anymore, but heard really good things, wanted to try it while it I could.

Pours hazy maroon, tan head. Retains well as a thick cap and leaves good lace.

Nice scent, pretty good strength, good mix of cherries and sourness, some caramelly notes, not getting any bourbon.

Big fresh, tart cherries, oak, vinegar, very solid balance of fruit sour and here. Some caramel malt and yeast coming through. Very fruit forward but a decent acidic/sour kick as well, Really no bourbon but pretty great nonetheless.

A little spritzy on the mouthfeel but overall it's good, nice balance/sourness is not overbearing, drinks extremely easy for the alcohol content, probably wouldn't guess this was over 6%.

Really, really good, but I do wish there was more bourbon presence as I was intrigued to see how that would blend with a big fruity sour. But great, intense cherries and nice sour kick here, not sure I'd want to pay for another bottle however.

** 10/12/14 - Tried another bottle of the same vintage at a tasting. Definitely nice bourbon presence coming through now. Adds some alcohol heat but mellows the sourness a bit and melds well.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1353rd Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter
750ml C/C

2011 Project

Thanks to Corregidore for sharing

App- Looking at this beer was like looking at a flowing bloodshot. Deep deep crimson and auburn colors with only a quick receding off white head. Maybe a few bubbles around the edges

Smell- The vinegar and oak gets me at first. As it settles and warms a little bit the other cherry notes come out with a certain tart vs. sour note and a bit more of a sweet note vs. malty as well. The red ale seems really hidden.

Taste- A very nice sour. The cherries are incredible layered and textured with only traces of the booze coming into play. The malts from the red ale tend to amp up the flavor of the oak a bit.

Mouth- A bit of a thicker body than I was hoping for with a solid medium body and a medium carbonation. Residual vinegar and cherry wine like notes.

Drink- It was very tasty. Glad I have a bottle to sit on for a bit to let flavors meld a little bit.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours rusty brown with a off white head dissipating into a ring with moderate lacing.

The sour cherries stand out in the aroma although it continuously changed as warmed. Lots of oak character as well along with just a kiss of bourbon and vanilla. As it warmed, more tannins came into play too

Flavors starts out with a big heaping of sour cherries. The bourbon is present throughout, but stays well in the background. Some oak, tannins and vanilla characteristics came out more as it warmed. The warmer it got the more the pinot and bourbon barrels asserted themselves.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Alcohol is very well hidden. Had I not known different, I would've pegged this at 6-7%

Been looking forward to trying this one for a while and it definitely lived up to expectations. One of the more complex sours I've had, every sip was something new and delicious. The evolution of it from slightly chilled to room temperature was also good as different elements shone through more at various temps. Absolutely phenomenal beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project, bought from the brewery online for $21

It pours a murky rusty colour, started off with over a finger head of foam but that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing left behind.

You can certainly smell the sour cherries and the oak barrel. Some slight note of vanilla there. My nose is happy.

Tart cherries up front in the taste, oak flavours not so much. Alcohol extremely well hidden when it comes to what sits and swirls in my mouth, some definite warming during and after the swallow. Sour, yeah, but not overly so. Very slight hint of a vinegar sourness so I don't *think* that heartburn will be an issue.

Very tasty from the get go; I opened it at near room temp to get all of the flavours rather than opening after pulling from the fridge.

A delightfully delicious Wild Ale that I wish had a bit less alcohol to make it even more drinkable; as is, it's still and an easy drop to tip back.

I'm very impressed with what Cascade has made here. They sure do know their s*it.

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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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of the 2011 Project was opened on 6.4.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, almost muddy brown with a fizzy dark tan head that fades quickly to the edges.

S - Tart cherries, dark fruit.

T - Tart Cherries again and lots of it. Some slight booze in the background.

D - Good carbonation and a medium to light body. So tart it is hard to taste much else.

O - Good cherry tartness. So nice and lovely.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown with small beige head.
S: Biscuits. Cherry pie. Wood. Cellar. Vanilla. Hazelnuts.
T: Balanced acidity with acetic acid given a bit more prominence. Some biscuity sweetness.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation.
O: An exquisite biscuity Flanders in the style of Red Poppy. also some great flavor contribution from barrels, improving drinkability. You would never guess this had 9.2% alcohol if it wasn't written on the bottle.

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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with sweet/sour cherry and wood aromas. Taste is the same and strikes a very nice balance between the sweet and sour flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour with some great cherry aromas and flavors that are nicely balanced.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 1" beige coloured head over deep mahogany liquid.

S: Cherries, sour funk and oak.

T: Oak, wine and whiskey upfront which gives way to sour cherries and a semi-sweet finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and the flavours are very complimentary. An excellent sour.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Pours a very murky reddish purple brown color with a medium yellowish cream color. Scent is quite acidic at first. Very vinous with a good amount of cherries and chocolate. Sweet dark fruits with a bit of funk, not a whole lot though. I'm very impressed with the chocolate-covered cherry aroma with a nice tart twist on it. Some brandy aromas as well. Taste is a pleasant acidic tart chocolate flavor at first, which turn to sweet/tart cherry. Such complexity to this beer. I am blown away right now. Nice bourbon.brandy flavors with oak and cherry. Reminds me of a quad with some oaky sourness. Outstanding flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly dry with a sweet, puckering finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an amazing beer from a brewery that continues to produce amazing sour beers.

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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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.01/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Jason.

Clear crimson body with a head that crackles away quickly. Smells strongly of bourbon and acetic acid, with an unpleasant metallic note that dissipates as the beer warms up. Vinegar seems dominant over the typical Cascade lacto character. Cherries are barely present on the nose. The palate is similar, very bourbon-heavy and rather sweet, with milder vinous notes and a hint of cherry. Stomach-churning acidity is pervasive and makes this beer a chore to drink after 2 or 3 oz. Pretty harsh and unrefined stuff, but not bad.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, a number of times, most recently at The Yard

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz chalice, rich dark garnet body, ~1" off-white head

smell: potent waves of tart cherry, bourbon, vinous oak notes

taste: one of the finest cascade offerings - layers and layers of tart and sweet bing cherries, diversified barrel aging provides notes of vinous pinot wood and richer bourbon, plum, chocolate. abv is really well masked

mouthfeel: tart, complex

overall: a great beer

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Photo of yourefragile
3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last reviewer has half spot on, reminded me of RR Consecration, but much less better. Growler complements of Thorpe429 and Dr. Abmuh.

Pours a hazed, dark brown ruby with a transient, thin head of tan bubbles; not much lace or retention. Nose as dominated by vinegar and tannins, cherry, vanilla and light acetic notes. Red wine and cherry are forefront in flavor with an underlying acidity and oak with mild vanilla sweetness. Medium light body, soft carbonation, acidic finish; this was adequately sour and fruity but not on par with Consecration. Easier to obtain bottles are welcome, but I'll be too lazy to bother with ordering any based on this sample.

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last reviewer was spot on when he said it reminded him of RR Consecration, but better.

Amazingly bright and lively nose of bing and sour cherries, pinot noir, slight hint of bourbon, horse blanket, Brett funk, and a vague but pleasant spiciness.

The flavor is intensely sour cherry and pinot, with subtle, and beautifully integrated support from the bourbon barrel aging. More dark fruits emerge as this nectar is sipped, and there is the same delicate spiciness that was in the aroma. There is a gluhkriek quality to this wild beauty that is softer, and more complex than any spiced kriek I've ever tasted, and an immediacy to the flavor that few beers can emulate.

I'm off to my gourmet beer shop tomorrow to buy them out on this happy birthday weekend.

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Photo of staggerlee024
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.97/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.32/5  rDev -2%
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.

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97 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.