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Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir

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1,219 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 603
Gots: 245 | 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:
"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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5/5  rDev +11.9%

ejfreed, Oct 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

misterranger, Oct 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

N3ptune, Oct 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

ObiWanKushnobi, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

CJS, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt., 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2011 Project
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a deep, dark, slightly hazed, crimson-mahogany color. A super dense and creamy, tan colored head capped the liquid. Excellent retention. The head slowly faded to a resilient film. Streaks of drippy lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was outstanding. Sour cherry notes leapt out of the glass. The tartness was well matched by a stiff caramel malt backbone and a hefty dose of brown sugar sweetness. Fantastically well balanced. The nose was also quite oaky and vinous. A touch of bourbon-like booziness came through as well. Overall, remarkably deep, rich and robust.

The flavor profile was solid but a bit of a letdown compared to the aroma. Unlike the nose which displayed tremendous balance between the tart and sweet elements, the beer was incredibly sour and acidic on the palate and seemed to lack some complexity. Tannic, dry and very oaky in the center. A touch of bready malts were detectible. The beer finished super tart and dry with strong red wine, vinegar and acetic acid notes. As the liquid warmed, the vinegar aspect intensified.

For a 9.5% ABV beer, this beer kid its alcohol prowess remarkably well. The mouthfeel however was a touch thinner than I anticipated. Creamy and smooth with a slick, frothy effervescence.

This is a solid beer, but I felt that the aroma was far superior to the flavor. Because the cherry aspect was so fantastic and the tart/acidic quality seemed a bit overwhelming, I would strongly recommend drinking this sooner than later.

Damian, Oct 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

cfrobrew, Oct 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

gator79, Oct 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

MrRockstar, Oct 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

brycevolk, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

gpawned, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. 2011 bottle.

A: Pours a rich-looking black-brown with a nice off-white head.

S: Really nice deep cherry aroma. Tart cherry and a bit of juicy sweetness, some mild notes of vinegar, plenty of drying tannins.

T: Moderately sour, very dry - tart cherry, mild brett notes meld well with slightly sweet malt notes from the base beer, granny smith, lots of vinous tannins.

M: Light-bodied with active yet fine carbonation. Really nice puckering dryness to the body as well.

O: This stuff is really tasty.

Etan, Oct 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

jacobalindsey, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

baklo, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Channel10Geuze, Oct 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

epistate, Oct 10, 2012
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1/5  rDev -77.6%

XRAIG, Oct 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

3Hops, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BeerHunter76, Oct 08, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark reddish brown color with a half finger of creamy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: The smell is dominated by tart red wine notes. I'm getting some cherries and oak as well, along with some soft vanilla notes.

Taste: This beer is rather complex, lots going on here. Quite tart on the tip of the tongue. MIld vinegar notes, but I'm getting more red wine and tart cherries. Mild notes from the bourbon and oak. The finish has more cherry than wine and is still quite tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with aggressively tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is an incredibly deep beer. I really enjoyed the wine notes along with the sourness. I'd definitely have more in the future.

oline73, Oct 07, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

notchucknorris, Oct 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

jheezee, Oct 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

dunix, Oct 03, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL. Pours full haze deep ruby brune. Wispy tan foam. Nose is apple cider vinegar, small red apple, apple skin. Taste is sharply lactic, big red wine barrel, Flemish red all the way. Very sharp and clean. Oerbier Reserva like. Loves. Palate is very sharp and lactic. Becomes sharper and sharper on the palate. Wow. 9/8/2012 6/4/9/5/15=3.9

tarheels86, Oct 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

shoyoroll, Oct 02, 2012
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
99 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.