Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.63/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-25-2012 02:55:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.48/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-24-2012 01:14:06 | More by warnerry
4.33/5 rDev -3.3%
A 750ml bottle poured in a Lost Abbey teku
A- pours a reddish brown with a inch and a half head and minimal lacing
S- Tart cherries, acidicness, and some oak are present.
T- Up front is tart cherries. The back is balsamic vinegar, cherry and oak
M- Sourness, cherries, and low carbonation.
O- This is really good sour. Pleasant to drink. Worth the price.
07-21-2012 03:17:39 | More by Zombiekiller916
4.53/5 rDev +1.1%
750mL (2011 project) into a saison glass. Pours a murky ruby/amber/mahogany w/ a 1-finger head.
Aroma is sharply acidic, sour. Tart cherries, lactic acid, dry oak.
Taste is puckeringly sour and oaky. Tartness is crisp and refreshing, never overwhelming. Bourbon barrels are used exactly right—as an accent.
Mouthfeel is soft, but with a bite. Nice carbonation, dry finish.
Overall a bold, flavorful sour ale that comes together well. Great depth and complexity.
07-20-2012 04:52:42 | More by draheim
4.6/5 rDev +2.7%
2011 Project. 750 ml into a tulip glass. Served around cellar temperature.
A - Dark red body that is pretty damn murky. Two finger high dirty tan head formed and settled down to a thin cap with nice edging. Really thick lacing with crazy retention. Really gorgeous looking beer.
S - I don't mean this in a bad way whatsoever but the aroma reminds me of a cherry infused bourbon, only much much better and milder. Fresh and natural tart cherries lead into warming oak tannins and vanilla. A bit of cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish. Its so complex, layered, and delicious while remaining mild and light. The whisky barrels are noticeable and the pinot barrels seem to just accent and calm down the sourness of the cherries with a bit of vinous red wine notes. Seriously one of the best aromas I have found in a wild ale.
T - Tart and vibrant cherries, oak, vanilla, and cinnamon. A light sour finish with some acetic and vinegar notes that you'll find in a flanders oud bruin. Not as complex or amazing as the nose, but extremely delicious and refreshing. Mouth feel is medium and coating with light carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.
O - I found their Kriek too be enjoyable, but a bit simple. This just puts that beer to absolute shame. What an amazing use of cherries. I think I prefer this to any Belgian kriek or even fruit lambic that I have tried as the whiskey and pinot barrel notes are just so smooth and seem to compliment the bing cherries. World class beer for sure!
07-17-2012 03:10:16 | More by davey101
4.73/5 rDev +5.6%
Pours a murky brownish red with a small tan head.
Smells of cherries with a huge red wine presence
Tast is mind blowing huge tart cherries up with some plum that mellows out to a nice whiskey/wine barrel aftertaste with a sight alcohol burn
Mouthfeel is slightly thick like a good red wine except carbonated...very nice
Overall another amazing cascade beer...worth every penny
07-17-2012 00:01:05 | More by joefuzz
4.78/5 rDev +6.7%
Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a nice rich dark deep ruby/garnet with a nice almost two finger wood tannin hue that fades to leave a thick, dense blanket and nice side lacing.
S - BIG aromas of grapeskin and wood followed by wonderful bing cherries. Tons of great cherry notes, nice and sour with some light funk.
T - Burst of sour cherries up front followed by tart vinegary wine notes (cause after all, vinegar is wine). That wood comes through great, the alcohol isnt too noticeable and the finish is a light flemmy throat type deal. Stuff is tasty. What brings it over the top is that light subtle bourbon notes. Absolutely wonderful.
M - Mouthfeel is really nice, the tart and sourness really pop with the lower carbonation. Very nice.
O - Overall this is a stellar wild ale/sour. The whiskey really adds something nice to this. The only downfall is how damn expensive this bottle is. That all said, its delicious, absolutely delicious.
07-15-2012 18:57:05 | More by rudzud
4.53/5 rDev +1.1%
First review in a while, but this deserved it. 750ml into a FFF's Teku. 2011 project.
A- Deep ruby red that borders on brown. High carbonation leaves a creamy off-white head that hangs around for the duration of my drinking. Leaves awesome lacing for a sour.
S- Explosive. Tart cherry notes pop immediately upon ripping the cork out, and continue to abuse my olfactory on my first sniff. Besides the delicious cherry bomb, I'm greeted with sweet malt (almost toasty), a bit of barrel (vanilla, slight oak...maybe that's where the toast comes from), and more tartness. Fantastic.
T- Again, big bright cherries pop on the front of the mouth followed by some acidic sourness. Tastes of sweet malt, oak, and vanilla lead to an almost buttery red wine-like finish. Insanely good.
M- Medium bodied with high carbonation that really helps the flavors (especially the cherries) to jump out of the beer. I really can't overemphasize the way this brew "pops" on my palate.
O- One of the best sours (forget American wilds) that I've had. Takes the top spot for me in the Consecration category. Seek and destroy this beer.
07-15-2012 05:43:44 | More by stxSS07
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
07-15-2012 02:14:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.6/5 rDev +2.7%
750 ml bottle, 2011 project, poured into a tulip glass.
A- Pours a nice dark brown color, produces a small tan head that recedes to a collar, leaves some spotty lacing.
S- Smells amazing, lush cherries, which smell both sweet and tart, lots of tart acidic notes. I'm also getting some grape and oak aromas, as well as a subtle but perfect sweet vanilla and bourbon aroma.
T- Surprisingly tart at first, nice bite of acidic tartness with loads of sour dark cherries and red wine. The finish melts into a delicious blend of plum, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon that last well into the finish. Alcohol is entirely undetectable.
M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is spot on, has a smooth, silky mouthfeel.
O- An incredible beer, the tart cherries and sweet malt and bourbon flavors work together perfectly, this was a real treat, very drinkable and complex.
07-14-2012 07:50:26 | More by WillCarrera
4.13/5 rDev -7.8%
Enjoyed as a part of my 27th birthday evening! Big thanks goes out to dprouty who sent me this one in a recent! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku. Poured a dark ruby red-orange with a half finger light tan that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, tart, sour, wood, fruit, vinegar, and subtle raspberry. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, sour, tart, tart cherry, and very subtle vinegar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one definitely brought quite a bit of pucker power to the party. The aroma was pretty nicely balanced which made it really enjoyable and easy to drink. Really glad I got to enjoy this one, even it was a full bottle. An absolute must try for any sour fan out there.
07-10-2012 11:01:11 | More by thagr81us
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
A - Dark red, amber, medium head, excellent retention
S - Huge sour cherry presence with vinous notes of dark grape and plum. Oak is evident and light whisky notes.
T - Tastes of dark fruits, cherry and red wine are the major players here. The bourbon notes offer the perfect accompaniment. The bourbon and pinot barrels really tie this one together.
M - Medium body and high carbonation to it. Acedic body.
O - One of the best Sours I've ever had. Right there with Brute and Supplication. I was bummed at the price but it's definitely worth it if you like Sours.
07-07-2012 00:32:18 | More by SkiBum22
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