Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.78/5 rDev +6.7%
Reviewed from notes from 5/5/13.
A- Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and a small off-white head.
S- The aroma is funky and sour. White grapes, tart cherries, fresh apple cider, and tart granny smith apples are all prevalent in the aroma. (My buddy who was drinking this with me jokingly said after smelling this "It smells like Jesus after he bathed in the Jordan."! Possibly the funniest thing I've ever heard in reference to the aroma of a beer!)
T- The flavor is nearly identical to the aroma with the super tart cherry and granny smith coming through as the primary flavors, and finishing with the apple cider and a dry, super sour finish.
M- The mouthfeel is near perfect for a sour, being light to medium bodied and moderate to high carbonation.
O- This is probably a top 2 sour for me to date! Absolutely superb, and hard to find flaws in unless you can't handle really tart/sour beers!
05-09-2013 04:53:35 | More by SadMachine
4.7/5 rDev +4.9%
750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for the bottle Jason!
(A)- Pours a deep deep burgundy red color with slight purple plum edges. Some good white froth formed but dissipated quickly.
(S)- Very ripe and vibrant acidic oak with ripe berry-like fruits. Quite jam-like with cherry, berries, and cassis fruits with some very subtle vanilla graham cracker oak on the finish as it opens up.
(T)- Quite the sour bomb! Very sour and acidic oak dryness but is balanced out very well with some serious jam-like dark fruits: blackberry, boysenberry, cherry, and cassis.
(M)- A great carbonation level amidst a very hefty sourness level. I love how juicy the fruits get in this with in combination with the nice presence of the dry oak really makes this so enjoyable.
(O)- A superb showing of what fruit, oak, and sourness can do together when blended expertly. So very sour, but so very good and welcomed with the incoming of warmer weather. Very easily my favorite Cascade to date!
05-06-2013 16:54:44 | More by sweemzander
4.53/5 rDev +1.1%
750ml 2011 project 9.2% ABV. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass
Appearance: Pours a deep red/amber brown color with about a finger of a very light tan head. When held up to light you can see lots of champagne like carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Head retention was strong with quite a bit of lacing.
Smell: Lots of sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, stone fruits, oak, red wine. Some bourbon is present in the nose, but just barely. If I didn't know better, I might mistake this for a Flanders Red.
Taste: Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, tobacco, red wine, black licorice. Aftertaste is a really interesting mix of bourbon, cherries and vanilla with some red wine character as well. Really complex. Sourness is on the lower end of high.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Despite the amount of visible carbonation in the glass, it feels much less noticeable in the mouth. Finishes dry with a slight gentle warming as it goes down.
Overall: One of the best sours (and best beers for that matter) I've had the pleasure of trying. This is an example of the art of barrel aging at it's finest. Despite the high price tag, I'll definitely seek this out again.
05-04-2013 21:55:36 | More by Jonada
4.44/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
04-26-2013 01:27:06 | More by ngeunit1
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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