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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: 165
Hads: 1,360
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 2.49%
Wants: 654
Gots: 268 | FT: 26
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

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."
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Reviews: 165 | Hads: 1,360
Photo of Axnjxn
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle into a tulip

extremely dark red color with an inch thick off white head. smell big on tart , sour cherries. taste is extremely sour at first and it lasts throughout... cherry presence is big. mouth puckering. one of cascade's sourest offerings..excellent. quite carbonated and a medium mouthfeel.

overall fans of lip puckering sourness will love this. recommended. (378 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1353rd Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter
750ml C/C

2011 Project

Thanks to Corregidore for sharing

App- Looking at this beer was like looking at a flowing bloodshot. Deep deep crimson and auburn colors with only a quick receding off white head. Maybe a few bubbles around the edges

Smell- The vinegar and oak gets me at first. As it settles and warms a little bit the other cherry notes come out with a certain tart vs. sour note and a bit more of a sweet note vs. malty as well. The red ale seems really hidden.

Taste- A very nice sour. The cherries are incredible layered and textured with only traces of the booze coming into play. The malts from the red ale tend to amp up the flavor of the oak a bit.

Mouth- A bit of a thicker body than I was hoping for with a solid medium body and a medium carbonation. Residual vinegar and cherry wine like notes.

Drink- It was very tasty. Glad I have a bottle to sit on for a bit to let flavors meld a little bit. (963 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of the 2011 Project was opened on 6.4.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, almost muddy brown with a fizzy dark tan head that fades quickly to the edges.

S - Tart cherries, dark fruit.

T - Tart Cherries again and lots of it. Some slight booze in the background.

D - Good carbonation and a medium to light body. So tart it is hard to taste much else.

O - Good cherry tartness. So nice and lovely. (395 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/10, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from a Brooklyn snifter.
Sang noir 2011

a - brew poured a ruby plum with a thin fizzy purple cream colored head. The head was gone quick leaving sparse bubbling on the surface of the glass.

s - oak and tart sour cherries. Sells really nice, very candy like.

t - ZING. My mouth is puckered. Sour grapes with a hint of tropical fruit and sweet tarts. Really nicely well balanced.

m - puckeringly sour, but smooth and rich.

o - overall a really nice sour. Extremely well balanced blend of puckering sour bugs, tart cherries, sweetness, and calming oak. Tart and tangy but bearable.

bottle (662 characters)

Photo of femALEist
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the City Beer Store.
Sang Noir by Cascade Brewing is a barrel aged sour brewed with cherries and 8% abv. It poured a pitch red dark brown with a hint of black. It smelled of cherries, Brett and sweet malts. It tasted sweet and sour with cherry goodness, malt and oak notes. It was my favorite of the bunch, but I am a fan of Cascade and any sours, so I'm partial. (382 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thorpe, Humbard & Geist for this rarity.

Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head. Smell is a great mix of red wine and oak. Flavor follows the nose, great mix of sour and red wine flavors, pretty similar to Consecration. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer from Cascade, but not quite worthy of the high praise it has received. (396 characters)

Photo of alysmith4
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my first wild ales, and one that I will not forget! It definitely leaned towards the sour side, but was well-balanced and not too puckery. The appearance and taste were both outstanding. Poured a dark red/brown color, with a decent amount of head. Lacing lasted until the last sip, and really helped capture the aromas. Worth trying if you can manage to find. (366 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, dark, ruddy brown. Almost Rodenbach Grand Cru territory but not quite. Pink cream head.

S - Definite sweet bourbon on the nose.

T - Bourbon nips the palate. Bourbon, cherry and port are the main takeaways.

M - Dry. Letting the beer wash around the mouth provokes pucker.

O - I didn't particuarly like the flavours in this beer, but I did find it interesting so I gave it a higher overall score (407 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a cork & cage top. The label is clearly marked as being from the 2012 vintage. Enjoyed out of a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark garnet red with black cherry highlights and an overall hue that reminds me of the burgundy label as I get near the bottom and can't avoid turning the otherwise mostly clear liquid into murky mess from the sediment in the bottle. With the right angle, the light reflects off the glass and makes it look almost black. Atop the body sits a one finger head of effervescent looking foam that is a pinkish khaki tint to it.

Smell - A wonderful mix of aromas here--I get distinct tartness and a twinge of sour to come from the cherries, but also plenty of vinous notes of wine must as well as a nice tannic vanilla that I can only assume comes from the bourbon barrels. There is a pretty good showing from the wood itself, making for a super funky, musty aroma that is again held in check by the sweetness that is just enough to provide a balance.

Taste - Picking up right where the excellent aroma left off, there are obvious elements of acidity with the cherries and wild bacteria, but those are balanced quite well with sweeter vanilla and barrel flavors. Here, the characteristic of the wine barrels is much more at play than in the aroma, with those pinot notes evoking impressions of light cinnamon. There are also notes of persimmon and red plum adding to the depth of the taste. The bourbon is slightly lost in all this, but you can tell that it's presence is definitely enhancing the rest of the the same way a properly-salted meal will invoke all sorts of flavors without actually tasting directly like salt.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate to high carbonation and a gentle pucker on the tastebuds that finishes with a semi-dry feeling on the tongue.

Overall, just an awesome beer. It's hard not to say that it's my favorite from Cascade, but it's been awhile since I had the Apricot. Regardless, this is a fantastic beer that manages to be aggressively sour without being a tooth enamel-peeling chore to get through. An excellent balance of the acidity and sweetness. (2,181 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to barleywinefiend for snagging this longtime want and getting it to drabmuh and I, thus setting up the Cascade sour tasting. Served in a Cascade Barrel House goblet.

Pours a mostly-clear crimson color with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Thin collar throughout. Really a nice color.

The nose starts out with plenty of red-wine notes and lactic acid on the first pour when it's quite cold. As it warms, the cherry starts to come out along with a touch of oak. I'm not sure if whiskey-barrel portions are still used in the blend, as I don't get much of that. (Side note: I wish that were stronger, as adding a bit of Bourbonic to a shot glass of this made it even better.)

The flavor takes the components to the next level, creating a more-complete beer. The red-wine notes are still strong and work really well with the acidity from the lacto. The cherries complement those characteristics perfectly. A bit of oak in the background rounds things out. The Pinot and light oak tannins combine beautifully with the acidity to produce a fantastic mouthfeel. Light with good carbonation and a brisk, acidic finish.

Overall, a really solid beer. I had waited a long time to be able to grab this one, and it delivered. At the same time, I think it could have been a truly great beer with a bit more whiskey character in the blend, sort of a Cherry Adam from the Wood with red wine and acidity. Still, a very nice beer that I would love to have again. (1,487 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half inch light beige head on a dark red/ brownish body.

Tart cherry/apple aromas.

Nice tart cherry aftertaste. Would give it a 7.5 on the sour scale.

Really digging the small bubble carbonation, suits it well.

Yum yum, the cherries hit the spot on a hot ass day. One of the better sors ive had in awhile. Thanks egrace84. (327 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2011 bottle.

Sang Noir has a great dark red color, more burgundy to dark brown, but lots of red hues, fairly opaque with a great offwhite head that rises about a finger high, lingers momentarily and then recedes into a solid layer of film atop the beer, just a touch of lacing is apparent. The aroma is rather subdued, but all the elements are wonderful, lots of dark tart fruit, plums, red apples, cherries and dark grapes lead to wood, just a hint of bourbon and even some chocolate notes, but I wish it popped more. The flavor is where this beer shines, perfect balance of tart fruit, acidic sourness, and smooth rich flavors. Tart cherries, apples and red grapes lead the way, not overly acidic but there is some vinegar, subtle bourbon, a nice hint of charred wood and it has a nice earthiness to it, almost like the pits or stems from the fruits are in there as well, such a great complex balance of flavors. Spot on body, nice a lively, but still being rather big and on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum that gives it a nice sipping quality.

Verdict: One of the best sours from Cascade, who is arguable the United State's premier sour maker. Such a great blend of rich deep flavors from the bourbon and tart fruit from the wine barrels. (1,260 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is ruby to copper colored with a small, quickly vanishing head. The aroma brings sour cherries, bourbon, oak. Smells tart. The flavor carries more oak and is tannic in nature. The bourbon is there, but cherries and a tart sourness are the primary flavors. Acetic finish with some alcohol presence. Similar to Russian River Consecration, a beer of which I am very fond. Very tasty. Overall, I am very glad to have tried this. (433 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

04AUG12 - on draft at barrel house.

Pretty purple ale with some light pink surface bubbles. Up front in the nose for me are the bing cherries and pinot notes. Nice and full bodied with a hint of ink and cassis. Some hints of alcohol and oak alongside leather and sweat. I like the already. The flavor carries more of the grape than I'd anticipated - refined, plummy and juicy. A bit of booze (maybe whiskey..) comes through just in the back end, but as an accent and overture - really nice. Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb. I like this beer - just ordered four bottles. (577 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,620 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #4 top beer on the "Top Beers - American Wild Ale" list, top 5 beer on a competitive list, awesome.

Growler shared at a local tasting, this beer is very reminiscent of Consecration from Russian River, perhaps not as heavy but my first and last thought was very consecrtation like.

Beer is dark brown / amber hazy with a thin lazy head of tan small bubbles, no lacing, some carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is cherry, sweet, no bourbon, oak, some wine. Lactic, tannic, mild vanillic, and mild acetic acid nose.

Strong beer, thin to medium in body, sweet mildly up front with a winy, oaky, finish, decent throughout. Great beer but not Earth shattering. (693 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to Darrell (durwoodx), thanks for sharing! 2011 vintage.

The look is nice, it has a deep crimson look to it, very small ring of white head. Inviting look.

Smell is good, but not great to me. I get the cherries, a bit of oak, and then a hefty amount of funky cheese. For me it really has a ton of blue cheese/Camembert cheese to me, doesn't pop with lambic or wild smells but not bad.

The taste has a huge rush of sour cherry and vanilla/chocolate swirl ice cream, huge vinegar rush a t the back of the flavor that opens to a sweet corn type flavor. A ni mid flavor spiciness evolves with each sip which is nice, the flavor doesn't linger other than a vinegar type tartness that is palate numbing in some ways, feel is carbonated and decently bodied, I dig it.

This beer is good, had next to other beers in the style and it was better in many ways. Nice. (880 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Woodrow for this one!

A: Pours a reddish/brown/burgundy color with a foamy off-white head, about 1-2 inches in height. Nice head retention with some foamy lacing forming on the glass.

S: A nice acetic/vinegar aroma right away with some tannin aromas, cherries, oak, and a hint of vanilla. There is a slight hint of bourbon, but it is very faint compared to the tart/cherry aromas.

T: A much brighter explosion of cherries on the flavor profile. There is also some grape and a bit of plum. Slight oak and a bit of bourbon comes through. Nice tartness.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Nice tartness.

O: The first beer I have had from Cascade and I am a big fan. I look forward to trying their other beers in the future. Kinda dig the bourbon coming through underneath the sour/cherry flavor. (830 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. “2011 Project.”

A: Pours a deep dark mahogany color with barely any light brown fizzy active head. Just the faintest collar stuck around the edge of the glass after the head disappeared. No or almost no lace.
S: Very musty and oak-dominate nose, but there is a nice amount of “red” fruits and tannic cherry pits. The nose is rich and complex, with layers of greasy oak, faint whisky, musty attic, vinous red wine, caramel, juicy cherry, and a hint of powdery chocolate.
T: Exceptionally smooth and rich flavors of greasy oak and sweet cherry, damp musty basement, slightly tart red berries, red wine barrel and greasy caramel. The finish has hints of spicy, and the aftertaste is drying with gritty, cleaning tannins.
M: Full bodied with a smooth and greasy mouthfeel overall, but the finish is drying and tannic. The tartness is also very prominent but not overly acidic, vinegary or harsh at all. Very easy to drink as the tartness gives away to sweet sugariness and dryness in the finish.
O: One of the better sours I’ve had in recent memory. This is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink for being so complex and tart. The greasy oak and slick, sweet, cherry flavors come through perfectly. (1,237 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with sweet/sour cherry and wood aromas. Taste is the same and strikes a very nice balance between the sweet and sour flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour with some great cherry aromas and flavors that are nicely balanced. (538 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 750 bottle into Teku.

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a 2 finger sandy head. Fair retention that fades into a thin ring and leaves behind some lacing.

S - Bold sour Bing cherry with some sweet jam notes. I also pick up notes of the wine from the barrels it was aged in, but almost no oak.

T - Stats off very tart Bing cherry and moves into a slighter jam sweetness. It will make you pucker as there tends to be small amounts of acid and vinegar. Again I can pick up some of the wine from the barrel aging, but detect almost no oak or wood. It's had to believe that this is 9.5% ABV as there is no alcohol.

M - Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Mouth puckering at the start and finish.

O - A great sour that I received in a trade. If you have a chance to acquire it, I recommend it to sour lovers. Thank you Bill. (857 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red brown with a small head. Residual bubbles persist. From the name Sang Noir, I expected this to be darker. It's really even more red than a a Flanders Red.

Smell - Awesome. Cherries all over initially. Great cherry aroma. As it warms, I get a lot of green apples, which normally wouldn't be appealing, but somehow works here. Bourbon around the edges of the aroma, but it's faint. The vanilla is more prominent. I don't get a lot of the wine in the nose.

Taste - Less exciting, but still quite good. The cherry flavor is still solid and it comes through as a nice lactic sourness. The sour apples don't come through in the flavor as much. The wine is present, especially in the finish, and it lends a creamy smooth feel to the finish, diminishing the acidity just a little bit. The barrel adds a nice dimension to it that I didn't get the first time I had it. There is enough malt presence to carry lighter notes of bourbon and vanilla, to a greater extent.

Mouthfeel - The sour fruit flavors is very clean up front with the wine cutting it at the end to cut the intensity of the sourness. After a bit, the pucker gets a shade too strong. The red wine flavors help.

Overall - This got much better as it warmed. When it's cold, it's all cherry flavor. As it warms, the wine comes out and the body becomes more appealing. Upon a second drink of this beer, I'm more an more impressed by its complexity. The barrels each add separate dimensions and the fruits are dynamic. Superb sour. (1,544 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really looking forward to this one! Poured into a wine glass.

A) Very nice ruby red thin head that quickly dissipates.

S) Very ripe cherries, one of the better smelling beers I've had!

T) Starts out nicely tart but midway through there is some sweetness from the cherries to balance out. Nice acidity at the end.

M) Carbonation is mild. Alcohol very well hidden.

Enjoyed this one alot! (391 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2011 project released in 2012. Beer pours a dark murky red with some light browns with a finger of loose foamy head that quickly dissipated with some heavy lacing.

Sour cherry, tart but sweet fruit, red wine vinegar, light caramel sugar, vanilla and earthy wood funk. A bit of almond nutty as it warms. Smells like a great dessert with the fruit and sugar and nutty aromas.

Sharp acetic acid sourness upfront, mellowing to tart cherries, sweet red fruit and vanilla. Sweeter mid tongue, caramel and molasses mingling with red berry and cherry. Earthy funk and almond on the very dry finish, with lingering sweet cherry.

Medium body with a bit of mild but sharp carbonation stinging the tongue. Really deep and flavorful beer that really attacks your taste buds. (800 characters)

Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.