Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.36/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 07:15:59 | More by LambicPentameter
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
99 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.