Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,252
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 KevinDiana
4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tewaris
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

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy reddish with minimal head, plenty of lacing. The nose is full of red apples, cherries, oak, vinegar, and pithy character. Taste is very tart up front with plenty of acidic character with oaky notes. The finish is plenty sour with an adition of some earthy character. Mouthfeel is heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, nice unique brew with plenty of tartness and fruity character.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cherry attack, following an invitation of funk and cherry in the aroma. A lasting head and spider lace. Above average mouthfeel. Mild acidity, its nothing compared to the sours we had today. A pretty perfect beer.Great and dangerous. drinkability.Liam's bottle, thanks!

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 StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Leathery brown-ruby with pink film that trails.
Big sour woody nose with balsamic and pomegranate hits.
Deep red fruit - currant, sour raspberry - with hints of chocolate, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and cherry stone.
Tart finish and lean linger.
Lt-medium, dry, a bit of cream, no trace of heat.

Lots of complexity. Wood and cherry are down in the mix, making it that much more harmonious. Well-integrated sour - if not quite magical.

Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with the wife and friends.

A - Pours ruby red, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Big sour cherries & oak on the nose, followed by some tangy/tart acidity. Pretty one-dimensional, but it does what it says, double Flanders it definitely what I would call this one.

T - The sour cherries bombard the palate followed closely by the oak. Initially, the flavor is super-tart but after a few sips, it settles down a bit. Lots of oak and some slight dark fruity notes too, but mostly cherries. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Finish is cherry pie.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, tart oak'd finish.

O - A really nice American Wild that we destroyed in minutes (between 4 of us). I have a couple bottles left, so I'm excited to see how this will progress with some age. Right now, good stuff and right up there with some of the best Flanders-esque beers.

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4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes a year ago. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears brown in color with a tan finger of head. The lacing is creamy with a full wall painted on the glass. Some lighter brown almost yellowish clarity is seen around the edges.

The brew smells fruity. Somewhat funky and earthy with plenty of cherry. So much earth that it almost covers up the minor medicinal cherry alcohol note that emerges more as it warms.

The flavor includes a medicinal sort of tart cherry mixed with earth. The barrel aging brings out a minor amount of vanilla that pairs very well with the cherry fruit character. Some raw and woody aftertaste is noticed when big sips are taken.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is somewhat effervescent yet meets everything expected of a fruited sour. I really enjoy tasting the barrel character in sours blended with the fruit addition. I would drink this again.

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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.

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4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewandbbq for hooking me up with this bottle!
Pours a deep garnet brown with a huge tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves much lace on the way down. Smells of balsamic, cherries, lemon and funk. Light alcohol note and a touch of wood. The flavor is complex and varied. Up front I get some sweet cherries and a light sweet maltiness. Tart cherries, a bit of lactic acid and lemons destroy the sweetness in short order. Woody oak come in next with a bit of funk and vinegar and an ever increasing lactic tartness. The finish leaves a lingering sweet tart candy feel on my taste buds. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart chalky puckering mouthfeel. Very nice Flanders style ale very complex. Maybe I should have asked for more than one bottle!

Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split 3 ways.

Appearance: Careful pour, yields a mild white froth. Pours a dark brown with light highlights. Some lacing streaks.

Smell: Ripe black raspberry or cherry. Deep, profound fruit smell, rounded out with some sweet hard candy. Serious Pinot noir aroma. My friend thinks it smells stale, but I love it.

Taste: Sour and acidic as hell, like a Russian River sour. Lots of cherry and Pinot up front, heavy sourness, then a creamy lactic sourness and oak finish.

Consistent flavor throughout, but delicious. Grapefruit pith, cherry, heavy sourness. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very tart. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I love Cascade sours, and this is no exception. Lactic sourness, lots of oak, and a solid fruit flavor. A winner, as usual.

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4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown glass bottle with appealing label design and unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a cork purchased from Cascade and served cold into a tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

Reviewed live as a sour ale per the label. Expectations are sky high; this is currently #91 on the Top 250 and Cascade is a wonderful brewery. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Has one of the richest complexions I've ever seen. Bubbly. Fairly creamy. Decently thick. Retains very well - for ~10 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides as it recedes.

BODY: Dark rich sanguine red. Exquisite.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks exactly as it should.

AROMA: Subtle hints of vanilla and oak. Pie crust. Cherry pie. Sour cherries. I could use more tartness from the cherry, but it's nice as-is. Dampened oak. Cream.

A pleasant aroma of average strength. Sourness is mild - at best a 4/10 in terms of intensity. Seems sterile and clinical, and evokes only pure lactobacillus - no true wild or spontaneous bacteria (i.e. lambicus).

TASTE: Sour cherries dominate - and boy is the sourness and tartness ramped up compared to the aroma - easily a 7-8/10, with plenty of lactobacillus bacterial pucker. Oak is present throughout, lending it a guiding cohesion. A bit of subtle vanilla does come through, but no bourbon; I'd never pick up on any bourbon character if I tried this blind. Some vinegary characteristics. Toastiness. Barrel sugars.

The base beers were well-selected; I get some nice acetic character reminiscent of Rodenbach and rich red malt characteristics.

The cherry pie flavour is wonderful, and is the highlight of the beer for me.

Impeccably balanced. This tastes like a gestalt whole, but it's not without room for improvement: more sourness and tartness, richer white oak, and more of a true wild taste would help.

No alcohol or off-notes come through. A minority of drinkers may find the cherry slightly medicinal, but I love it.

TEXTURE: Full-bodied, surprisingly thick for a sour - evoking pie crust, smooth, wet, slightly overcarbonated, damp, oddly refreshing, and rich. It's smacky and acidic on the palate. To its credit, this is one of the few truly puckering beers I've had.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: 9.5% ABV is high for a sour, but it's hardly noticeable here. I get too lost in the flavours to notice it. Great as this beer is, it isn't worth its high pricetag more than once. I'd recommend that every beer enthusiast try this once, but while excellent it isn't world-class, and it isn't substantially better than something like New Belgium's La Folie or Rodenbach's Grand Cru (offerings which are half the price of this one and much more widely available). The pie crust and sour cherry work together brilliantly, lending this fantastic brew some incredible harmony. But there's room for improvement still.

Low A-

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Just a great overall beer. An incredible beer in the style with amazing sourness and a great overall flavour profile. Wonderfully acetic.

High A-

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4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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

Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by pmoney. Served in a FFF teku.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to at thin ring that leaves some soapy lace behind.

S: Tart cherries with some light hints of bourbon. Sharp vinegar aspect to it with a oak barrel as well. Medium sweetness from malts run across the nose.

T: Cherry pie filling with tart cherry skins. Lactic sourness with some zingy vinegar notes. Sweet barrel finish with a combination of oak, vanilla and light bourbon.

M: Medium to light bodied, alcohol is well hidden with a zingy finish.

O: Sort of like a black cherry warhead in a sense with a less intense sour pucker. Zingy and tart with some sweetness from the barrel. Nice beer.

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4.16/5  rDev -6.9%

Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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