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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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Reviews: 171
Hads: 1,395
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 22.9%
Wants: 656
Gots: 278 | FT: 25
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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 02-20-2010

"This deep, dark double red was aged over a year in Pinot and Whiskey barrels, then blended with a barrel of Bing cherries."
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Photo of spoony
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the barrel house into a snifter/tulip glass.

A-The beer arrives with a thin cap of foam. It is very dark underneath, and sort of a purplish ruby hue. The beer is still looking in the glass. The head leaves a stray chunk of lacing on the glass.

S-The smell is a fantastic vinous mixture of sour cherry, oak, vanilla, raisin, and earthy soil. It is very tart, but not acidic or overwhelming. Alcohol is not apparent at all. Very oud bruin like in character.

T-The taste, like the smell, is fantastic. The brew balances earthy, funky oak flavors with sweet, dried fruit (cherries, raisins, prunes), and a big dose or tart cherry sourness. No one flavor is overdone. This is also one of the more vinous beers I have tasted recently.

M-The feel is medium body with a crisp, chunky carbonation that fades quickly on the palate.

O-This is a great beer and easily the best wild/sour beer I have tried in a while. It is complex with a great balance of earthy, sweet, and sour flavors. The cherry character here is really well done. as it permeates the beer, but never overwhelms it. The mouthfeel comes closest of almost any American sour beer I have tried to matching the feel of the best Belgian sours.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a formerly corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Cascade Brewing Barrel House branded snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours a murky burgundy-tinged mahogany capped by a light beige one and half finger head. Excellent retention and significant lacing. Oak, light lactic sour, wisps of general dark fruitiness and berry-like accents. Opens with both sour and sweet cherries, plums, and cranberries. Very light brown sugar and molasses join in. Pleasant oaky accents throughout. Finishes with juicy cherry tart and sour, continued pleasant oak, and just a tiny hint of underlying bourbon notes. Lighter side of medium bodied; smooth with moderate carbonation. It's hard to find a brewery in the U.S. putting out better sours than Cascade and Sang Noir is one of their best. Truly exceptional.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poured a dark reddish brown in color with slight mahogany highlights and a nice finger worth of bubbly head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there definitely was plenty of dark fruity cherries in the aroma but had plenty of bourbany whiskey boozy notes, acidic citric notes, and lots of tart character to it.

T: the dark cherry character was even more apparent on the palate alongside the whiskey woody barrel flavor, lots of acidic tart notes and citrusy accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a fruity, acidic, mild oaky, whiskey boozy, citrusy, and sour finish that lingered on the palate.

O: definitely was exceptional all around and to me was really similar to the bourbonic plague. Really glad I got to taste this one. Peace to my boy beezler who brought this down to Socal.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pour dark brown, darker then expected, with a thick kahiki head. Aromas sweet red, rich black and sour tart cherries in the nose. Mild caramel oak and bourbon aroma in the nose. Taste has load of cherry flavor with black and sout red cherry flavors light bourbon, oak and vanilla.

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Photo of davey101
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Nice waves and trails of lacing.

S- Hello Granny Smith apples! Oak, some caramel and cherries.

T- Vinegar and super tart green apples. Cherries and oak are also present.

M- Medium body and high carbonation. This one will make you pucker!

O- 7.5/10 sour factor. This is a great sour with the big green apple aroma and taste and just enough sour to go with it.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 1" beige coloured head over deep mahogany liquid.

S: Cherries, sour funk and oak.

T: Oak, wine and whiskey upfront which gives way to sour cherries and a semi-sweet finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and the flavours are very complimentary. An excellent sour.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

. Pours a brownish-reddish color with a small white head. Aroma is of tart funk, lots of tart and sweet cherries, oak barrel and light vinegar. Taste is complex, sweet cherries, tart cherries, light lactic acid, funk, sourness, some oaky wood, and not much of a sign of the alcohol. Very complex sour, very well done.

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Photo of Jonada
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml 2011 project 9.2% ABV. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a deep red/amber brown color with about a finger of a very light tan head. When held up to light you can see lots of champagne like carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Head retention was strong with quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Lots of sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, stone fruits, oak, red wine. Some bourbon is present in the nose, but just barely.

Taste: Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, tobacco, red wine, black licorice. Aftertaste is a really interesting mix of bourbon, cherries and vanilla with some red wine character as well. Really complex. Sourness is on the lower end of high.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Despite the amount of visible carbonation in the glass, it feels much less noticeable in the mouth. Finishes dry with a slight gentle warming as it goes down.

Overall: One of the best sours (and best beers for that matter) I've had the pleasure of trying. This is an example of the art of barrel aging at it's finest. Despite the high price tag, I'll definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby colored with a deep ivory white head.

S: That awesome sour aroma that comes off a well made sour. Similar to sour apple and deep malt.

T: One of the best sours I've had. There is a pleasant sour flavor of sour apples and berries. There is subtle caramel malts in the background.

M: A tiny bit thin but very well carbonated.

O: Awesome sour beer. If you are fan of sours this is a must get.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 project poured at about 45 degrees into a teku.
Surprised by the dark marroon pour with lots of brownish head that leaves a bit of a ring around the edges.
Smells of tart cherry, grape must, bit of wood and the taste lines up in a similar way with a great complexity that is well balanced and non-puckering. Definitely some cherry and grape notes and a subdued oak backbone. Great carb .

Will happily drink this any time

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Sourfest 2009 at Brouwer's.

Pours a nice black/dark burgundy with a solid tan head and nice lacing. At first, cherry and grapes dominate the sweet aroma with hints of blackberry. But as it warmed, a great wood began to dominate. This was a nice sweet beer balanced incredibly well with the sourness. This had a little wild carbonation but a nice long sour finish. As this got warmer, the beer became more and more complex as various flavors came out. This was the highlight of Sourfest for me (and I sampled it three times throughout the day to make sure) and one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cracked a bottle of this recently for my birthday. A truly superb beer that showcases the excellent balances of this brewery. Nicely tart, but with a depth of lush fruit and a firm backbone of barrel aging. The sour cherries in this are mouthwatering, and the bourbon adds such a nice complexity. A masterpiece.

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Photo of jjdc
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sang is a beautiful cherry mahogany color on the pour. The nose is grenadine. Sang is more restrained sour-wise than the other Cascades I've tried -- and all the better for it. No need to grab for the Tums. The cherry and oak interlace perfectly and the bite of sour cherries is rounded out nicely by the malt. I had a Supplication last night, so it's interesting to compare the two. Supplication is more complex, but Sang is an excellent beer.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml 2012 bottle.

A: Dark red/purple/almost black. Foamy white head that lingered for a while.
S: Classic Cascade acidity. Tons of lactic acid, tart cherries, sweet malts and a slight bourbon finish. Smells amazing and very inviting.
T: Lots of lactic sourness with a bit of vinegary/vinous notes. Sweet and tart cherries, apples, followed by oak dryness and a bit of bourbon sweetness. Tastes almost like raspberries/blackberries as well. Super sour.
M: Great carbonation with a medium body. Finishes dry.
O: This is possibly my favorite from Cascade so far. Glad I shared it though, I think the sourness could get overwhelming if you drink the whole bottle. Excellent beer though, I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, a number of times, most recently at The Yard

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz chalice, rich dark garnet body, ~1" off-white head

smell: potent waves of tart cherry, bourbon, vinous oak notes

taste: one of the finest cascade offerings - layers and layers of tart and sweet bing cherries, diversified barrel aging provides notes of vinous pinot wood and richer bourbon, plum, chocolate. abv is really well masked

mouthfeel: tart, complex

overall: a great beer

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Photo of sweemzander
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for the bottle Jason!

(A)- Pours a deep deep burgundy red color with slight purple plum edges. Some good white froth formed but dissipated quickly.

(S)- Very ripe and vibrant acidic oak with ripe berry-like fruits. Quite jam-like with cherry, berries, and cassis fruits with some very subtle vanilla graham cracker oak on the finish as it opens up.

(T)- Quite the sour bomb! Very sour and acidic oak dryness but is balanced out very well with some serious jam-like dark fruits: blackberry, boysenberry, cherry, and cassis.

(M)- A great carbonation level amidst a very hefty sourness level. I love how juicy the fruits get in this with in combination with the nice presence of the dry oak really makes this so enjoyable.

(O)- A superb showing of what fruit, oak, and sourness can do together when blended expertly. So very sour, but so very good and welcomed with the incoming of warmer weather. Very easily my favorite Cascade to date!

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Photo of joefuzz
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Pours a very murky reddish purple brown color with a medium yellowish cream color. Scent is quite acidic at first. Very vinous with a good amount of cherries and chocolate. Sweet dark fruits with a bit of funk, not a whole lot though. I'm very impressed with the chocolate-covered cherry aroma with a nice tart twist on it. Some brandy aromas as well. Taste is a pleasant acidic tart chocolate flavor at first, which turn to sweet/tart cherry. Such complexity to this beer. I am blown away right now. Nice bourbon.brandy flavors with oak and cherry. Reminds me of a quad with some oaky sourness. Outstanding flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly dry with a sweet, puckering finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an amazing beer from a brewery that continues to produce amazing sour beers.

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Photo of jdense
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Raccoon Lodge 6.30.10, $5 teardrop glass.

1/2 finger tan head, good retention, reddish brown opaque body, trails of carbonation rising up side of glass, Nose is huge frickin' cherry hit up front, more sour than sweet, little if any hops, with oak notes becoming more prominent as the beer warmed. Taste is cherry domination, tart, funky, sweet, some oakiness, all in balance an incredibly complex tasting beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, not a lot of effervescence, not sticky despite the sweetness. Drinkability is high despite the ABV, just a crazy tasty beer. Thirty months of barrel aging, along with the sublime blending of Ron Gansberg, one of America's best Wile Ale brewers results in this truly amazing beer. An absolute must for aficionados of the style. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of codysjb
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Nice full red color.
Smelled great, lots of cherries and some minor bourbon notes. Tasted amazing, slight sourness and bourbon on the front with a more distinct sour and cherry notes rounding out the finish. Cherries throughout. Amazing, for sure the best American sour ive ever had.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Really looking forward to this one!

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue with a big haze and a finger of frothy tan foam. Not much lace or retention on the head, but overall quite attractive indeed.

Smell: an intoxicating combination of sweet malt, tart acid, tannic wood and unctuous cherries. Damn, I almost don't want to drink it. Simply wonderful.

Taste: a similar collection of flavors as in the aroma, but balanced in an entirely different and equally wonderful way. Tartness and greenish fruit flavor off the bat, subsiding into the sweeter malt and a big, roaming fresh cherry flavor underpinning it all. This beer is just stupendous. Hot damn tamale.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess.

Overall: for the sake of my wallet, I almost wish I'd never encountered this beer. I usually like cherry beers, but this manages to create a big and interesting natural cherry flavor without being candy-like at all. I'm gushing. This beer is great.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was lucky to be able to try the '07 '08 '09 '10 vertical last night.

appearance - dark red, amber, medium head, excellent retention

smell - complex notes of fruit and esters

taste - the 07 and 10 were very balanced, nice fruit characteristics on all, complex notes and bold flavors, various barrel notes, cherries, berries and some citrus, the 08 and 09 were significantly more sour and tart, the 08 was the most sour

mouthfeel - medium body, well carbonated, slightly dry

overall - great example of a sour/american wild ale, really nice to see the differences between the years, great beer

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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.