Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.13/5 rDev -7.6%
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
4.13/5 rDev -7.6%
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
10-02-2012 16:01:44 | More by tarheels86
4.14/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
05-11-2013 12:57:36 | More by Treebs
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours a pretty ruby color that turns brown around the edges. The tan colored head is short and airy, settles into a light ring.
The aroma starts off tart from the oak wine barrel. The bourbon barrel then comes through to mellow out the sharp acidic notes. All the while, the cherries provide a nice fruitiness to the brew and another layer of sourness. Complex and enjoyable.
The taste is of super tart cherries and lemon sourness. The wine barrel is strong providing a healthy oak flavor as well as some white grape. Some earthy caramel and vanilla notes from the bourbon but that doesn't hold a candle to the sourness. Not a huge sour fan but I can drink this as a change up.
The feel is light with fairly soft carbonation. Sweet, sour, and tart on the palate with a big dry finish. I am good for a glass but the dryness might get to me.
A very well made sour, just wish I was more of a fan of the style so you can probably bump my grade up a notch.
03-10-2013 00:14:05 | More by Gmann
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
A: Murky brown with small beige head.
S: Biscuits. Cherry pie. Wood. Cellar. Vanilla. Hazelnuts.
T: Balanced acidity with acetic acid given a bit more prominence. Some biscuity sweetness.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation.
O: An exquisite biscuity Flanders in the style of Red Poppy. also some great flavor contribution from barrels, improving drinkability. You would never guess this had 9.2% alcohol if it wasn't written on the bottle.
06-09-2012 05:31:02 | More by jibbyvonjibb
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
A: Almost clear dark reddish brown. Very translucent. Forms a thin, whitish head. Leaves some very light lacing.
S: The aroma is rather odd. Oak and apple with some musty basement and dust.
T: The taste is nothing like the aroma. Slightly sour, tart cherries. Apple juice. Some very mild oak and a touch of vinegar. However, there is a mild sweetness that brings balance to the tartness.
M: Medium bodied, lower carbonation. Tart, but balanced.
O: Thankfully the aroma is nothing like the flavor, because I enjoyed the flavor a lot more than the aroma. Ended up being a very enjoyable brew.
11-27-2012 03:12:17 | More by Florida9
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
A solid pour yields a dense two finger head of tan head. Receiding it leaves some lacing. Murky deep reddish brown, but more brown. Very complex aroma brings cherries and vanilla along with light vinegar and damp woody must. Strangley cocoa too. The flavor is equally as complex if not more. Sweet vanilla and cherry open this up, followed by two distinct layers of sour. 1st a more lactic sour and 2nd a more acetic vinegar sour. There is alot going on here, I also get plenty of wet, woody barrel. The whiskey barrel is more prominent then the pinot, but maybe I am mistaking some cherry flavor for pinot barrel? Medium in body, but drying in the finish with a lingering cherry quality.
Overall sometimes less is more, this beer may be a bit much and could use a little less. The marrage of all the flavors is not seamless, but still works well. In any event I have really been wanting to try this for a long time, can't believe it made it to my market. Really, really enjoyed this.
06-19-2012 01:55:18 | More by pmlondrigan
4.19/5 rDev -6.3%
This beer poured out as a clear looking reddish color with a foamy white head on top. The retention is thin and not much lacing. The beer has lots of carbonation. The smell of the beer is tart, oak and sour cherry aromas are subtle but definitely in there. The taste of it is also sour, some sharp cherry notes in the fading aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is clean and tart, nice high level of carbonation that dries the beer out. Overall it's a good brew. Not typically my style but it's a good brew.
02-16-2013 19:46:08 | More by Knapp85
4.2/5 rDev -6%
Bottle shared at John Laffler's last day at GI. Thanks to ChrisPro for ordering this for me. Served in a small pint glass.
A - Big tan foam settles to a thick collar and thin cap, leaving behind spots of lace. Hazy milk chocolate colored body.
S - Surprising balsamic note, considering Cascade is supposed to be an all-lacto souring program. Vinous, oaky, with light cherries, and a bit vegetal character as well. Some flavors from the base beer include caramel, nuts, chocolate, and licorice. Don't get a ton of whiskey to be honest.
T - The taste delivers a bit more of what I expected, with tart cherry, lactic sourness, and lots of oak. There's a mild dill and herb flavor that I sometimes get from beers with extended barrel-aging times. Again, red wine and balsamic vinegar and some of the sweet base malts round out the flavor profile. No alcohol presence at all.
M - Medium body, lower carbonation, and moderate and gradually intensifying acidity. No alcohol heat that I can perceive, and unsurprisingly quite dry and tannin heavy.
D - A solid dark sour that's sufficiently complex, but doesn't really blow me away. I'd certainly have this again if offered, but I'd take Russian River's dark sours over this pretty much every time.
01-18-2013 18:41:04 | More by MasterSki
4.2/5 rDev -6%
Pours a dark brown that appears clear and cranberry red against the light. Head is thick khaki and looks silky, with some sticking on the glass. Cherries, strawberries, and vinegar dominate the nose with hints of oak and dark chocolate. This smells rich. Vinegar dominates the palate from start to finish. Cherry, red currant, and pomegranate make an appearance as well. The sourness doesn't make you pucker much and the bitterness is lasting and warm, fading slowly. There is some oak in there that is apparent to anyone drinking, but its not overpowering like many oak aged beers tend to be. Feel is slightly watery with a balance finish tending towards dry.
This beer is really balanced in flavors with the vinegar sourness and lasting bitterness sticking their necks out among the other flavors. The oakiness is there but not over the top. In addition, I can't detect the high ABV at all and the buzz comes slowly, as this is a sipper. I was strangely underwhelmed, but then I realized it's because there is no one stand out feature due to the balance nature. I wouldn't age this too long, as the oak will fade completely.
02-12-2013 18:12:17 | More by Philousa
4.23/5 rDev -5.4%
Reviewed from notes and thanks a lot to Chico1985 for sharing this. Really been wanting to try this for a while.
A- Dark cranberry red body with a foamy light pink cap. Retention compares to most Wild Ales, quick fizz out. A good web of lace from the ring.
S- Somewhat like raspberries somehow but that seems to be the case with a lot of fruit lambics, even if they are cherry. Cherry comes too with wood and sour notes as well.
T- Cherry fruits and acetic/vinegar up front. This acetic flavor builds with each sip adding a characteristic I like. Oak can be felt but I am left searching for Bourbon.
MF- Silky moderate and acidic oily body. Pretty heavy sourness in the finish with a smooth feel overall.
Big sour cherry fruit bomb with a barrel but not Bourbon backing. Comparable to Cantillon or Russian River.
06-20-2012 01:44:20 | More by cbutova
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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