Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 601
Gots: 250 | FT: 22
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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Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of kevanb
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2011 bottle.

Sang Noir has a great dark red color, more burgundy to dark brown, but lots of red hues, fairly opaque with a great offwhite head that rises about a finger high, lingers momentarily and then recedes into a solid layer of film atop the beer, just a touch of lacing is apparent. The aroma is rather subdued, but all the elements are wonderful, lots of dark tart fruit, plums, red apples, cherries and dark grapes lead to wood, just a hint of bourbon and even some chocolate notes, but I wish it popped more. The flavor is where this beer shines, perfect balance of tart fruit, acidic sourness, and smooth rich flavors. Tart cherries, apples and red grapes lead the way, not overly acidic but there is some vinegar, subtle bourbon, a nice hint of charred wood and it has a nice earthiness to it, almost like the pits or stems from the fruits are in there as well, such a great complex balance of flavors. Spot on body, nice a lively, but still being rather big and on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum that gives it a nice sipping quality.

Verdict: One of the best sours from Cascade, who is arguable the United State's premier sour maker. Such a great blend of rich deep flavors from the bourbon and tart fruit from the wine barrels.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of mahak213
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"2011 Project" bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance- Dark red with brown hues sit below a bone colored head that stuck around for quite a while. Nice looking beer!

Smell- Cold, as requested by the bottle (40* F), I get lots of tart cherries and a lactic tartness, with a nice vinous quality behind it all. But as it warms up, the complexities come out. The sweetness of the bourbon comes in to play and the tartness is turned down just one notch. The cherries still come through to play with the oak notes. Awesome nose once warmed up, I wish I hadn't split this bottle so I could enjoy another glass!

Taste- Very tart up front, with a touch of 'pixie stick' candy sweetness. Cherries are present and are accented nicely by the very subtle bourbon notes. The bourbon and vanilla oak qualities bring this beer to the next level. It's barely there, lurking in the background, and just plays so well with the tart cherry note. Vinous notes seem to fade just a touch once it's warmed up. There's also a very mild funk present throughout the entire palate.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light and nicely carbonated

Overall- This one didn't come cheap, but I'd like to pick up another bottle. If you can get this one, I highly recommend doing so!

Photo of huskermike12
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of harrymel
4.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Holland
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of PerHops
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Geuzedad
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of zeledonia
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, picked up at a bottle shop in Seattle. Tasted 26 June 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep nutty brown color, fairly clear but with a faint yeast haze, even with a gentle pour. A more vigorous pour yields a yeast-clouded glass (and a slightly different taste). One finger of yellowish head, good retention and very nice lacing.

Smell is full of lovely tart cherries. It has a very pleasant fruity sour aroma, not acrid at at all. Full, balanced, and potent.

Taste is fantastic. A wonderful blend of sour cherries, with a touch of sweetness for balance, that gently flows into a slightly mouth-puckering straight-up sour. I love the transitions, as the cherries and light sweetness fade away, leaving the acidity and sour to come to the fore. A very, very tasty sour, and one of the best I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Mouthfeel is just as it should be. Solid but delicate, with the high alcohol providing some lift. Carbonation is medium-high, as it should be for a sour (IMO), and keeps things dancing on the palate.

This is simply an outstanding fruit sour. It has a hefty dose of sour, but it's not enamel-stripping, and the real highlight is the balance. One of the best that I've had, and I really can't think of how I would improve on it. Delicious.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a dark brown with hints of red and. A little
Less then a finger of lightly browned head that dissapates quickly and leavs minimal lacing.

S: dark cherry skins and earthy oak, a nice tartness is evident, when I opened up the bottle I got a sour cherry aroma, notes like red wine, and a touch of raspberry. Smells delicious.

T: loads of very sour cherry, seriously tart, there is a touch if red wine characteristic going on here as well with some strong charred woody oak notes, I don't really get much burbon flavor but that's ok. Very tart and candyish like sweet tarts or pixie sticks

M: very tart medium body with medium creamy lush carbonation, a bit of a a lingering tart cherry skin/ light sour rasp mouth puckering aftertaste.

O: this beer is excellent, this is my second time having it, the first time I didn't really like it, I'm glad I gave it a revisit because it is phenomenal. Grab this if you can.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/10, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from a Brooklyn snifter.
Sang noir 2011

a - brew poured a ruby plum with a thin fizzy purple cream colored head. The head was gone quick leaving sparse bubbling on the surface of the glass.

s - oak and tart sour cherries. Sells really nice, very candy like.

t - ZING. My mouth is puckered. Sour grapes with a hint of tropical fruit and sweet tarts. Really nicely well balanced.

m - puckeringly sour, but smooth and rich.

o - overall a really nice sour. Extremely well balanced blend of puckering sour bugs, tart cherries, sweetness, and calming oak. Tart and tangy but bearable.

bottle

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

A- the cork explodes out of the bottle suggesting that this will be a very carbonated beer, the pour is a dark amber with a red hue, small pink white head that sticks the whole time and some thin lace that sticks around.

S- astringent sour raspberries assault me the second the cork is launched to the ceiling. Light wood notes but mostly raspberry, cherry, red wine and a lactic sour aroma.

T- the foretaste is all sour berry and cherry, while after that a very light wood flavor comes through which brings in a very subtle smokiness followed by a red wine vinegar finish. Very sour, maybe the most sour wild I've had. Medium body.

O- I tried but failed to pick up bourbon but what I did get out of this beer was stunning and I might start touting this as the best sour I've ever had.

Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of fehrminator
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cascade Barrel Room in Portland, OR.

Pours a deep, deep red hue with a gorgeous gradient of haze through the glass. Head is a fine, bubbly ring of white. Body is solid, as you'd expect for a beer of this size. I just love the colour and the partial hazing. It looks amazing.

Complex aroma: big oak characters, mingled with true acidity, pinot noir and cherries. Lactic bite comes through to brighten it: despite all of the oak and vinous characters, it feels light overall. Lovely stuff.

Light acidity on the entry gets smoothed by a creamy sweetness, although the acid keeps popping up throughout the palate. Mid-palate has some more vinous and oak notes along with true fresh cherry characters, before a move to rubbed spices and cinnamon on the finish. Wow. Such complexity. The feel is suitably light and crisp.

The only down side is that this is a powerfully acidic brew after a while, and you feel it: you couldn't drink more than one without it starting to hurt. But oh god, is this good. It's so damn good.

Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
99 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.