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Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 1,371
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 23.13%
Wants: 658
Gots: 269 | FT: 25
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

"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 Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cherry attack, following an invitation of funk and cherry in the aroma. A lasting head and spider lace. Above average mouthfeel. Mild acidity, its nothing compared to the sours we had today. A pretty perfect beer.Great and dangerous. drinkability.Liam's bottle, thanks!

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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 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.

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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.

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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 Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a clear looking reddish color with a foamy white head on top. The retention is thin and not much lacing. The beer has lots of carbonation. The smell of the beer is tart, oak and sour cherry aromas are subtle but definitely in there. The taste of it is also sour, some sharp cherry notes in the fading aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is clean and tart, nice high level of carbonation that dries the beer out. Overall it's a good brew. Not typically my style but it's a good brew.

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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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

The pour is a deep mahogany color with an off-white head. Smells of red wine, oak, and red wine vinegar, with a light balsamic character. Some dark fruit aromas are also present such as raisin, plum, and black cherry. Quite tart on the palate with good fruit notes of cherry and plum. The red wine character is strong and there is lots of tannic oak to it. Lactic tartness, a hint of red wine vinegar, and a mild leather note. Another good one from Cascade.

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark reddish brown color with a half finger of creamy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: The smell is dominated by tart red wine notes. I'm getting some cherries and oak as well, along with some soft vanilla notes.

Taste: This beer is rather complex, lots going on here. Quite tart on the tip of the tongue. MIld vinegar notes, but I'm getting more red wine and tart cherries. Mild notes from the bourbon and oak. The finish has more cherry than wine and is still quite tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with aggressively tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is an incredibly deep beer. I really enjoyed the wine notes along with the sourness. I'd definitely have more in the future.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev -7%
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-

12.23.14: Truncated impressions:

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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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 MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at John Laffler's last day at GI. Thanks to ChrisPro for ordering this for me. Served in a small pint glass.

A - Big tan foam settles to a thick collar and thin cap, leaving behind spots of lace. Hazy milk chocolate colored body.

S - Surprising balsamic note, considering Cascade is supposed to be an all-lacto souring program. Vinous, oaky, with light cherries, and a bit vegetal character as well. Some flavors from the base beer include caramel, nuts, chocolate, and licorice. Don't get a ton of whiskey to be honest.

T - The taste delivers a bit more of what I expected, with tart cherry, lactic sourness, and lots of oak. There's a mild dill and herb flavor that I sometimes get from beers with extended barrel-aging times. Again, red wine and balsamic vinegar and some of the sweet base malts round out the flavor profile. No alcohol presence at all.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, and moderate and gradually intensifying acidity. No alcohol heat that I can perceive, and unsurprisingly quite dry and tannin heavy.

D - A solid dark sour that's sufficiently complex, but doesn't really blow me away. I'd certainly have this again if offered, but I'd take Russian River's dark sours over this pretty much every time.

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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 mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Woodrow for this one!

A: Pours a reddish/brown/burgundy color with a foamy off-white head, about 1-2 inches in height. Nice head retention with some foamy lacing forming on the glass.

S: A nice acetic/vinegar aroma right away with some tannin aromas, cherries, oak, and a hint of vanilla. There is a slight hint of bourbon, but it is very faint compared to the tart/cherry aromas.

T: A much brighter explosion of cherries on the flavor profile. There is also some grape and a bit of plum. Slight oak and a bit of bourbon comes through. Nice tartness.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Nice tartness.

O: The first beer I have had from Cascade and I am a big fan. I look forward to trying their other beers in the future. Kinda dig the bourbon coming through underneath the sour/cherry flavor.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes a year ago. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears brown in color with a tan finger of head. The lacing is creamy with a full wall painted on the glass. Some lighter brown almost yellowish clarity is seen around the edges.

The brew smells fruity. Somewhat funky and earthy with plenty of cherry. So much earth that it almost covers up the minor medicinal cherry alcohol note that emerges more as it warms.

The flavor includes a medicinal sort of tart cherry mixed with earth. The barrel aging brings out a minor amount of vanilla that pairs very well with the cherry fruit character. Some raw and woody aftertaste is noticed when big sips are taken.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is somewhat effervescent yet meets everything expected of a fruited sour. I really enjoy tasting the barrel character in sours blended with the fruit addition. I would drink this 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 smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC, for the dc bottle share. From notes.

An amber to deep orange body, quite cloudy without much head presented.

Nose has a nice sense of mild fruit, that really goes to crab-apple territory. Highly dominating crab apples with a good tart sense. Not much else, but it's at least a good nose.

The crab-apple tartness does come off quite big in the palate but not overboard. There's some nice mild buttery mixing in the mid palate with the apple which hits really nicely. Some subtle funk notes come off on the finish also. Feel is about par for the course just a hint of wet but easy drinkability.

Overall it reminds me of a bit of apple butter character and a toned down Weyerbacher Riserva. Still decent even for a one tricky pony like sense.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid.

Sang Noir goes out pretty dark red almost faded black but more of a badly burnt brown color shifting towards red. An off white head that is short lived with no stick. Smell is pretty promising. A nice amount of oak underlined with some bourbon tomes and wet wood. Some small berry scent with some lactic funk rising up. Taste is tart, leading in with big wood, oak, small bourbon, dark cherry and a lot of lactic sourness in the end, perhaps too much. The beer pretty much stays neutral from cold to room temp. The feel is medium and has some bubbles. The lactic blast is felt when getting this down the gullet though. It causes heartburn, quite unsettling. This is tasty beer, yet a bit too bitey for me. a 3rd of the bottle was plenty.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red brown with a small head. Residual bubbles persist. From the name Sang Noir, I expected this to be darker. It's really even more red than a a Flanders Red.

Smell - Awesome. Cherries all over initially. Great cherry aroma. As it warms, I get a lot of green apples, which normally wouldn't be appealing, but somehow works here. Bourbon around the edges of the aroma, but it's faint. The vanilla is more prominent. I don't get a lot of the wine in the nose.

Taste - Less exciting, but still quite good. The cherry flavor is still solid and it comes through as a nice lactic sourness. The sour apples don't come through in the flavor as much. The wine is present, especially in the finish, and it lends a creamy smooth feel to the finish, diminishing the acidity just a little bit. The barrel adds a nice dimension to it that I didn't get the first time I had it. There is enough malt presence to carry lighter notes of bourbon and vanilla, to a greater extent.

Mouthfeel - The sour fruit flavors is very clean up front with the wine cutting it at the end to cut the intensity of the sourness. After a bit, the pucker gets a shade too strong. The red wine flavors help.

Overall - This got much better as it warmed. When it's cold, it's all cherry flavor. As it warms, the wine comes out and the body becomes more appealing. Upon a second drink of this beer, I'm more an more impressed by its complexity. The barrels each add separate dimensions and the fruits are dynamic. Superb sour.

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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 johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewandbbq for hooking me up with this bottle!
Pours a deep garnet brown with a huge tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves much lace on the way down. Smells of balsamic, cherries, lemon and funk. Light alcohol note and a touch of wood. The flavor is complex and varied. Up front I get some sweet cherries and a light sweet maltiness. Tart cherries, a bit of lactic acid and lemons destroy the sweetness in short order. Woody oak come in next with a bit of funk and vinegar and an ever increasing lactic tartness. The finish leaves a lingering sweet tart candy feel on my taste buds. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart chalky puckering mouthfeel. Very nice Flanders style ale very complex. Maybe I should have asked for more than one bottle!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cracked a bottle of this recently for my birthday. A truly superb beer that showcases the excellent balances of this brewery. Nicely tart, but with a depth of lush fruit and a firm backbone of barrel aging. The sour cherries in this are mouthwatering, and the bourbon adds such a nice complexity. A masterpiece.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/chestnut brown color with a half finger light beige head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Tart, vinous aroma with lots of dark fruit, funky bugs and earthy oak.  Whiskey is subtle but the red wine notes are huge.  Toasted oak and vanilla with grape, tart cherry and other dark berries.  Funky brett is prominent but not too strong because of the sweetness and barrel character.

Tart, puckering medium body with a strong red wine barrel presence. Dry toasted oak with subtle lactic funk and a ton of vinous sweet fruit.  Hints of grape, tart cherry and other dark berries provide the perfect amount of sweetness to counter the sourness.  Slight acidity but not harsh or solvent like.  Tart and dry with lingering acetic vinegar presence that leaves me drooling formore.  Decent amount of sourness but very well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

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