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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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1,057 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,057
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 559
Gots: 233 | FT: 24
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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:23:25 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

12-16-2012 22:16:28 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:07:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.7%

09-03-2012 04:03:05 | More by djrn2
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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
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-01-2013 00:29:54 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.7%

09-03-2012 05:51:14 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 02:32:32 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

02-11-2012 22:27:47 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-26-2012 02:09:10 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-26-2012 02:36:46 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-07-2013 01:44:12 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:43:58 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-09-2013 22:58:08 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-20-2012 03:36:18 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 19:46:08 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

10-08-2013 02:44:04 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

08-15-2012 18:52:35 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -33%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 18:39:17 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

03-26-2013 20:12:51 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

01-13-2013 03:52:03 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

10-21-2013 13:50:50 | More by Jason
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 18:41:04 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

03-25-2014 19:03:22 | More by Kegatron
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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
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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
99 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.