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Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 1,362
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 2.49%
Wants: 657
Gots: 267 | 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

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."
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Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling

A - Pours deep garnet with one and a half fingers of creamy looking tan head. More head than I expect from the style, with pretty good retention before fading to a collar. Some decent lacing.

S - Big tart cherry aroma with a pretty substantial bourbon presence as well. Vanilla and oak, with some balsamic vinegar. Works surprisingly well. A bit of funk, but much more tartness.

T - Whoa, puckeringly sour initially, with a huge tart cherry presence and some balsamic vinegar. Bourbon notes come in after the initial sour punch fades a bit. The vanilla and oaky bourbon notes are somewhat subtle, but I think that is a good thing here. Some more oak on the finish, but not overly dry.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a little heavier than usual for the style but the flavor profile goes well with a bit of heft. Dry, but not overly so.

O - This is really tasty. The bourbon notes are very subtle, more apparent in the aroma than the taste, and the huge tart cherry aspect is great. Not much funk, but still quite complex. (1,030 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this one with me and others at NEBCO; as of right now, my 75th Top 100 tick.

A: Hazy orange-brown body with a 1/2" cap of fine, frothy tan head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Pure acidity. Lactic + acetic acids are prominent, with the cherry fruitiness playing a nice supporting role. Sharp, tart, and awesome.

T: Sweet and sour, with the bourbon showing up right away along with cherry skin. Solid sourness follows close behind. Long, tart, delicious finish. Luscious, long-lasting aftertaste that was still pleasing 15 minutes later. Terrific.

M: Creamy, frothy, smooth. Outstanding.

O: Yet another incredible sour from Cascade. I love how aggressive their beers are without sacrificing too much complexity.

Cheers! (778 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty ruby color that turns brown around the edges. The tan colored head is short and airy, settles into a light ring.

The aroma starts off tart from the oak wine barrel. The bourbon barrel then comes through to mellow out the sharp acidic notes. All the while, the cherries provide a nice fruitiness to the brew and another layer of sourness. Complex and enjoyable.

The taste is of super tart cherries and lemon sourness. The wine barrel is strong providing a healthy oak flavor as well as some white grape. Some earthy caramel and vanilla notes from the bourbon but that doesn't hold a candle to the sourness. Not a huge sour fan but I can drink this as a change up.

The feel is light with fairly soft carbonation. Sweet, sour, and tart on the palate with a big dry finish. I am good for a glass but the dryness might get to me.

A very well made sour, just wish I was more of a fan of the style so you can probably bump my grade up a notch. (955 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Barrel House goblet. 2011

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with a little orangy-red and a finger of light kakhi head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. WOW!!! Big juicy tart cherries, some malt vinegar and honeydew mellon, a little lemon and spice with some earthy funk and fresh hardwood. This stuff smells really, really good.

Taste. Sour and tart cherries and blackberries with some tanic wood, there's just a bit of caramel vanilla and some great tannic woodyness, especially in the finish. EDIT: 9.2%, are you fucking kidding me?? Dangerous stuff here.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with lively medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Very tasty beer that I found more complex than other Cascade offerings, but still (a little too) easy to drink. I need to get more of this! (783 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Leathery brown-ruby with pink film that trails.
Big sour woody nose with balsamic and pomegranate hits.
Deep red fruit - currant, sour raspberry - with hints of chocolate, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and cherry stone.
Tart finish and lean linger.
Lt-medium, dry, a bit of cream, no trace of heat.

Lots of complexity. Wood and cherry are down in the mix, making it that much more harmonious. Well-integrated sour - if not quite magical. (470 characters)

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. (963 characters)

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

A: dark brown but still translucent on the sides where some ruby color is visible. Head is small, tan, and dissipates quickly.

S: very tart smelling with some cherry and blackberry coming through.

T: a slight sweetness cuts the delicious sourness. Cherry and berry tastes are present. Only deliciousness in the taste.

M: a bit thicker than I would prefer, but the carbonation was on. Body was just slightly too heavy for the style.

O: excellent, would have again. I'm still not a huge fan of very dark sours, but this one didn't display any roasted notes to me. Only real downside was it may be more delicious if it were 7% ABV instead of nearly 10%. $22 per 750ml from the brewery. (690 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

Pours a brownish body which sounds plain but is anything but. Strong blackberries, currants and cherries are accentuated in the flavor and the aroma very nicely. Body is quite lively and tartness isn't overdone but felt. First time trying these guys and i will come back for sure. (302 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep ruby, semi-clear off white head and not much carbonation.

S-Cherries, oak, funk, dark fruit, slight bourbon.

T-Starts with lots of cherries, some oak, slight bourbon, nice tartness that improves as it warms.

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O-Let this beer warm up. It becomes more sour and the balance improves. A solid sour. (343 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

3.75 A: Pours a deep plum color. Some yeasties hanging out at the bottom of the glass. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a half finger of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Well, this definitely has some cherries in it. Big, bold, beautiful cherries. Tart and delicious. I'm not detecting much bourbon at this point, but the barrel itself is quite present lending a soft tannic woodiness. Not much funk as this more showcases tartness and sour punches. Nice acetic acidity. Toastiness, mixed berries, sour plum, and a touch of lemon.

3.75 T: This pretty much mirrors the nose. Big, bold cherry. Moderate sour tanginess with plenty of tartness. Lemon, plum, black and blueberries. Toastiness, touch of neutral maltiness. Bit of earthy funk.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness. Super smooth with a tart finish.

4.00 D: Very good beer. Didn't get much bourbon, but that's probably a good thing since it didn't need any other flavors. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost clear dark reddish brown. Very translucent. Forms a thin, whitish head. Leaves some very light lacing.

S: The aroma is rather odd. Oak and apple with some musty basement and dust.

T: The taste is nothing like the aroma. Slightly sour, tart cherries. Apple juice. Some very mild oak and a touch of vinegar. However, there is a mild sweetness that brings balance to the tartness.

M: Medium bodied, lower carbonation. Tart, but balanced.

O: Thankfully the aroma is nothing like the flavor, because I enjoyed the flavor a lot more than the aroma. Ended up being a very enjoyable brew. (598 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep chestnut color with ruby highlights. A huge foamy mocha colored head takes a while to go down and leaves huge streaks of lace.

S: Smells absolutely amazing. It's all there, from the cherries to the bourbon to the pinot barrel. I pick up a trace of bourbon first, then a big whiff of ripe red cherries and caramel. Some definite wine barrel as well.

T: A nice lactic sourness upfront that's chock full of sour cherries, cherry pit and vanilla. A touch of bourbon before a finish that's long and ever changing. Pinot noir barrel, red delicious apple and some tannins on the finish. So freakin good. (616 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with the wife and friends.

A - Pours ruby red, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Big sour cherries & oak on the nose, followed by some tangy/tart acidity. Pretty one-dimensional, but it does what it says, double Flanders it definitely what I would call this one.

T - The sour cherries bombard the palate followed closely by the oak. Initially, the flavor is super-tart but after a few sips, it settles down a bit. Lots of oak and some slight dark fruity notes too, but mostly cherries. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Finish is cherry pie.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, tart oak'd finish.

O - A really nice American Wild that we destroyed in minutes (between 4 of us). I have a couple bottles left, so I'm excited to see how this will progress with some age. Right now, good stuff and right up there with some of the best Flanders-esque beers. (866 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy reddish with minimal head, plenty of lacing. The nose is full of red apples, cherries, oak, vinegar, and pithy character. Taste is very tart up front with plenty of acidic character with oaky notes. The finish is plenty sour with an adition of some earthy character. Mouthfeel is heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, nice unique brew with plenty of tartness and fruity character. (405 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

04AUG12 - on draft at barrel house.

Pretty purple ale with some light pink surface bubbles. Up front in the nose for me are the bing cherries and pinot notes. Nice and full bodied with a hint of ink and cassis. Some hints of alcohol and oak alongside leather and sweat. I like the already. The flavor carries more of the grape than I'd anticipated - refined, plummy and juicy. A bit of booze (maybe whiskey..) comes through just in the back end, but as an accent and overture - really nice. Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb. I like this beer - just ordered four bottles. (577 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red-black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, Brett and other sour and funky yeasts, lactic acid, caramel malts, a touch of brown sugar, and some other dark fruits.

T - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, caramel malts, Brett and other sour and funky yeasts, lactic acid, other dark fruits, brown sugar, a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour and warming finish.

D - Really nice sour beer. Great balance of sourness and barrel character. (559 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky brown with a thin tan head that halos around the glass perimeter. There is some streaky, sparse lacing and an easily regenerable head. The nose is of strong cherries, oak, and acetone. The beer's sweet aroma is balanced by the beer's intense tartness. Also, knowing that the beer sat in bourbon barrels helps you detect the deep, caramelized wood sugars behind the sour cherries.
The taste is sour and sweet with a hint of cherries and bourbon. It's very drinkable and has a rich, malty backbone to balance out the beer's initially tart mouthfeel. The aftertaste is strictly tart cherries. Overall, this beer is excellent and worth trying...However, it's tough to justify $27 for any beer that you would consume regularly. (746 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky reddish brown with two fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: lots going on here. Sweet candy sugar, tart fruits, some slight whiskey notes, and some oak as well.

T: loads of tart and sour cherry flavors on the palate. There are some lightly funky flavors as well, but mostly tons of sour flavors.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and fairly dry.

O: a good beer overall. I wish the flavor was as complex as the aroma, but it's still quite good. (526 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

- 2012 vintage, 750 mL bottle poured into mini flight glass at Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)
- Courtesy of random guys that brought in the bottle, on 15-Jun-12.
Sourness = High / Vinegar = Low
Only a taster, but I definitely got the bing cherries and the Pinot barrel. I believe it was more crisp and sour, but less vinegary than Supplication.

- 2012 vintage, 750 mL bottle poured into Hangar 24 Barrelroll snifter glass on 6-Apr-14.
Very old bruin-like in both aroma and flavor. Deep oak tannins with both the red wine and bourbon influences up front. Nice bing cherry flavors, but surprisingly the high sourness mellowed out and overtaken by the mellow acetone increase, which some might find off putting but it's all good to me. This reminds me of a mixture of Supplication and Cuvee de Tomme. Overall, another Cascade sour you can't go wrong with. Below is a list of the Cascade sours I've tried ranked in order of preference.

Sang Noir
Apricot
Vlad the Imp Aler
The Vine
Blueberry (993 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep copper with red highlights. Very cloudy appearance. Has two fingers of head that dissipates quickly.

N: Sour cherry, must, barnyard, lactic acid, toasted pie crust, concord grape and raspberry.

T: Lactic sourness, warheads and musty book upfront. A lot of flavors kick in mid-palate. Tart pie cherries, raspberry, a light breadiness, some barnyard and loads of Pinot Noir personality. Finishes with cherry Jolly Ranchers and Lemonheads along with big lactic notes.

M: Light bodied, tart and puckering.

O: Moderate-heavy sourness. Big cherry, raspberry, concord grape and lactic characteristics. Unfortunately there isn’t very much oak apparent and barely any bourbon. Just a hint in the throat if you’re really searching for it. Pinot Noir characteristics are there. A phenomenal Wild Ale and holds up with the best of them! (862 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

1 finger fine light brown head with good retention. Beer is a clear but dark reddish-brown clay. Lacing is patchy and spotty with good stick. Oily legs. Near perfect.

Nose is bright red fruit, wet wood, some light tartness, and a Brett/cobweb funkiness. Real light, crisp, and lively. Nice.

Opens red fruit tartness. Some vinegar and alcohol but its quickly overtaken by cherry sweetness. Smooths out nicely towards the middle with some creaminess. More red fruit tartness at the end giving way to Brett and a woody funkiness at the end. Great complexity and balance with the flavors. Finish is red fruit sweetness with a tart aftertaste. Very very good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some small bubbles in the mouth and goes down oily and slick. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Good body given what it is. Complements the flavors well.

I didn't know what to expect from this though Cascade has had a long history of making very solid fruit sours. This is no exception and in fact, may be the best of the bunch I've had yet. An incredible beer all around. (1,172 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby colored with a deep ivory white head.

S: That awesome sour aroma that comes off a well made sour. Similar to sour apple and deep malt.

T: One of the best sours I've had. There is a pleasant sour flavor of sour apples and berries. There is subtle caramel malts in the background.

M: A tiny bit thin but very well carbonated.

O: Awesome sour beer. If you are fan of sours this is a must get. (406 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 Project
Mini snifter

A: Dirty burnt amber red color. Faint layer of head. No lacing. Looks fairly still in the glass, but that might also have to do with the tiny glass.

S: Big dark sour cherry. Some of that red ale character. Hints of vanilla. Some of that dry oak. Tannic notes. Love that lactic sour coming through.

T: This is probably my favorite Cascade ever. Big tart Cherry sourness on the tip if the tongue. Mouth puckering for sure. Then you get some of that tannic oak dryness. Some of the red ale character: nuttiness and vanilla. Prickly carbonation. Dry finish with lingering sour.

M: medium bodied high carb (637 characters)

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