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Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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1,167 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 586
Gots: 247 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

nas4atu, Sep 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ADTaber, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

rumorsofsurf, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

klipper, Sep 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

strongaf, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

BeerThursdays, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown, with a hint of red. Gorgeous. Smells of different fruits, however cherry jumps out and is the most potent. Tastes like a cherry blowpop, with the dry back end of a cherry blowpop as well. Very tart and sour and well put together. Fantastic taste. My only knock, is the carbonation. To me, this is over carbonated and would've been much nicer with a less carbonated, creamier mouthfeel. Still nice, but not what it could be. That being said, this is fantastic. Kind of one sided as far as the cherry goes, but I think that was the point. I'd trade for this again in a heartbeat.

1Adam12, Sep 07, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked and caged bottle from the latest release. Chilled before opening. Split with a friend and served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty nice, one and a half to two finger beige with decent retention. Medium brown in color with some hints of amber and ruby throughout.

Aroma: First impression is really boozy. Sharp booze and bright cherry notes stand out. Definitely a touch of balsamic vinegar and some caramel and bourbon undertones. Pretty complex once the initial blast of alcohol wears off.

Taste: Big sweet and sour cherry notes upfront. Definitely very fruit forward. A touch of lactic sourness, but I think most of the tartness is directly from the cherry notes. Some underlying caramel and bourbon notes offer a nice counter. Unique and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated perfectly for the style. Easy to drink for the most part.

Overall, a really nice fruit forward American wild and one of the better Cascade beers I've had, although I find their sours unbalanced a lot of the time. This was definitely enjoyable, refreshing and complex, but the aroma was a bit much upfront. I like this, but I think there are more enjoyable sours for the price.

Gosox8787, Sep 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

silentjay, Sep 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Boz12, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

roblund, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

djrn2, Sep 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ste5venla, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

kaelingirl, Aug 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

SLUGLIFE, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

phingdong, Aug 27, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sang Noir is one of Cascade's best brews -- a blend of red ales aged in oak and bourbon barrels for a year before sitting on fresh Bing and sour pie cherries for six months. The beer's name translates to "black blood" -- an appropriate moniker when the brew's deep, almost-opaque maroon hue is taken into account.

Poured into a tulip, burnt orange edges lead into a quarter-inch head the color of brown sugar. Sweet stuff hits the nose first: Caramel, cola, cherry syrup. Tart cherries, sour green apple and lesser amounts of balsamic and oak mingle in the background.

Sang Noir's flavor hits like a sour slap to the dome, blending complex tartness with disparate food characters. At once, brown sugar, green apple, balsamic vinegar and milk chocolate can be detected. Swirling the medium-bodied brew about the mouth activates both moderate fizziness and high acidity, with the sharp bacteria gripping the tongue like tiny rock climbers. The swallow brings the oak -- a huge, vinous blast peppered with sour cherry, lemon and vinegar. Granny Smith apple peel and Bing cherries blend in the finish.

Phelps, Aug 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

jjheinrichs, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Callmecoon, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Romulux delivers again, thanks!

Slightly hazy, deep brown with medium head. Soft cherries in the aroma, oak-y for sure. Quite sour and acetic-ally so, but fortunately not enough to deter me. Hint of bourbon and oak most definitely, with some sweetness as well.

Finishes dry and tannic, reminds me quite a bit of Rodenbach Grand Cru.

A quite good beer overall but seems likes it's not my type.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

tewaris, Aug 25, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, now that I live in VA, I was finally able to have some Cascade bottles delivered to my new apartment! I have been waiting some time to try this one. 750 ml bottle from the 2011 project poured into a red wine glass...

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown, ruby color that is more deep than a burgundy color. A very slight head forms about half of a finger thick and slightly off white in color. Slightly muddled in color but is clear around the edges of the glass.

S - Tart cherries and lactic acid come out first. There are some nice vinous qualities coming forth as well. A nice funk and some wet oak come through as well. The bourbon is hard to detect, but the pinot barrels come through strongly.

T - Tart, sweet cherries and other fruits come first. There's some slight vinegar and balsamic qualities, but the cherry and vinous flavors slightly overpower it. Brett, dry oak and some lactic funk come next. The warmer the beer gets, the more the bourbon flavors come out and give a subtle warmth to the flavor profile. The sour and sweet are very well balanced here and make for a really first class wild ale.

M - Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Puckers the mouth and is a bit prickly on the tongue. Slight dryness on the finish.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It easily is one of the better Wild Ales I have had. The sweetnees and the sourness balance very well given everything that is going on in the beer. Can't wait to have some more!

KAP1356, Aug 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

beast464, Aug 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

dtx00, Aug 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Mark000, Aug 22, 2012
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
99 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.