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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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171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 1,399
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 653
Gots: 280 | 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 JayPeso
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 project. First beer for me from Cascade based on high recommendations from fellow BAs. Very pleasant aroma and for the first half of the bottle could not stop from enjoying it before every taste. Loved the sweetness and sour cherries. Very easy to drink and the 9.8% snuck up on me. I'm so glad I had ordered more than one. Can't wait to try this brew again after some aging on my other bottles. Enjoyed it so much I burnt my dinner.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 Project
Mini snifter

A: Dirty burnt amber red color. Faint layer of head. No lacing. Looks fairly still in the glass, but that might also have to do with the tiny glass.

S: Big dark sour cherry. Some of that red ale character. Hints of vanilla. Some of that dry oak. Tannic notes. Love that lactic sour coming through.

T: This is probably my favorite Cascade ever. Big tart Cherry sourness on the tip if the tongue. Mouth puckering for sure. Then you get some of that tannic oak dryness. Some of the red ale character: nuttiness and vanilla. Prickly carbonation. Dry finish with lingering sour.

M: medium bodied high carb

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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 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 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 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 LeeryLeprechaun
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark and deep brown color with a nice off white/tan head. Bubbles surge to the top of the beer and replenish the lovely head.

Aroma is wonderful, light sourness, lactic acid, cherries, currant, malt, and a sublte sweetness.

Flavor is wonderful, slight sweetness, malt, cherries, red fruits. Nice sour and smooth finish.

Medium in body.

Overall a very nice treat. Sourness is perfect. Not over done at all. All the flavors blend together just perfectly.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep ruby, semi-clear off white head and not much carbonation.

S-Cherries, oak, funk, dark fruit, slight bourbon.

T-Starts with lots of cherries, some oak, slight bourbon, nice tartness that improves as it warms.

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O-Let this beer warm up. It becomes more sour and the balance improves. A solid sour.

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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.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml to a snifter, 2011 vintage. Got this for xmas from my sister in pdx last year, been staring at it in my fridge for 365 days, let's open this guy

Cork pops off very easily. Pours a dark ruby with two fingers of slightly burgundy foam. pretty high carbonation, ridiculous retention rate with great lacing. A little fizzy, but this is a really good looking beer

Smells of vinegar, tart cherries, sour apples and grape, wine, oak, leather, a tiny bit of bourbon and a ouch of alcohol. Really fun to smell

Taste is right with the nose, sour cherries and an assortment of other fruits- apple, peach, and grape with strong vinegar, oak, bourbon, wine, and alcohol. The taste sort of evolves as it goes over the palate

Feel is initial face puckering sour that neutralizes and turns a little sweet on the finish. Medium sticky body. Really easy to sip on

Overall one of the better Cascades I've had. Really great beer, glad I got another of last years vintage

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours very dark. Light really struggles to make its way through. Medium sized, bubbly, tan head. Webby lacing.

S-A substantial aroma of sour cherries. Hints of chocolate. Lots of oak. More wine barrel than bourbon barrel but both are noticeable. The cherries dominate.

T-The base blend of red ales in more prominent that I would have expected or wanted. It obviously funky and sour and such but it's finish is a bit too generic. Cherries are both sweet and sour. Not picking up much bourbon barrel, rather far more vinous character. Lacks complexity surprisingly. Just a bunch of cherries and sweetness.

M-Plenty of body. It's creamy but the bubbles are fairly aggressive. Dry, slightly tannic. A bit boozy.

O/D-It's tasty but it's not worth the cost and doesn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a murky amber and copper body. Aroma of apricot, raisin, oak, cherry and caramel. Flavor includes a perfect degree of sour dark fruit, oak, red wine, caramel and earthiness. When you drink this one really let it sit on your palate to enou the sour degree. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a brief review for an outstanding beer. It lives up to the hype and will always remain a must try.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Only a sliver of head which seems as if it would have been a light beige or off-white. The body is a muddy brown which has hints of purple. Light bourbon color when held up to the light. Some sheeting is left behind.

Nose- Lots of bourbon with hints of Pinot Noir. Fairly subdued when it comes to any sour notes. There is a little bit of grape, some cherry. The bourbon, however, is complex enough to make up for the lack of presence from the esters and lactic acid.

Taste- Kicks in where the nose fails. There are very dominant sour notes: cherry, strawberry, and tart apple are in the forefront. Linger includes bourbon (by far the non-sour note with the most presence), straw, slight funk that suggest ripe, stinky cheese, some grass, and light notes of Pinot Noir grapes. As it opens up, the funk of the flavor profile shows more and more presence. The bourbon begins to fade and the lactic acid and the Brett begin to take over. Lots of stone fruits- peach, apricot, and cherry. Very nice dry finish that is almost crisp.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a large amount of syrup to the texture. Nice amount of carbonation which fits the style. If it were effervescent in the vein of a Russian River or Cantillon, this would be incredible. There is a slight tingle.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Aging has made this a very accessible at this point in time. Four bucks for a 3 ounce pour is kind of steep but still reasonable for a one time taste.

Overall- Very good to almost great. Solid sour that is a must for sour fans

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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.

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

Cascade brewing Sang Noir 2011

Appearance: 4
Dark coffee brown with slight hints of red. Thin white head which quickly dissipates into thin rim. Mild lacing

Smell: 4.5
Sour funk with rocket candy, lemon, sour cherry. Pick up a slight oak notes from the barrel as well as you can imagine some bourbon notes. Good intensity of the aroma.

Taste: 4.5
Moderate sour funk with a good acidity across the pallet. Sour cherry flavor dominates. Backgorund ale base with slight malt provide contrasting sweetness. There's slight notes of barrel. Overall, good intensity of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate sourness with good acidity and sharp finish. Mild mod carbonation ; quite appropriate offering a slight cleansing of the pallet. Mild to moderate viscosity.

Overall: 4.5
A very enjoyable beer great use of cherries and barrel offers a nice complexity of flavors, Great moderately sour finish. Nice ale base. Very easy to drink.
Highly recommend.

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Photo of biegaman
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The inside of a barrel isn't a very nice place. It's dark and musty, full of nauseating fumes, and houses rogue bacteria and microscopic critters in every crevasse. In many cases, you're stuck in there with rotting, festering fruits. Despite all this, Sang Noir came out more than a year later looking pretty good; its tone is dark but not muddied and impressively maintains a bit of its garnet highlighting. Even some head too.

The aroma combines epic proportions of sweetness and tartness to create a bouquet of unparalleled complexity; it's rare to find this much of either, let alone both together in the same beer. Immediate impressions of berry gummies and candied cherries quickly turn tart and gradually evolve into a unique convolution of fruit, oak, bourbon, and pinot noir.

Saying that Sang Noir is like a candy factory crossed with a fruit orchard crossed with a winery is a huge injustice to an incredibly elaborate beer. But it's a good place to start when embarking on the near impossible task of describing the multiplicity of flavours that comprise this rich and mesmerizing offering.

I'm first impressed by just how mellow the beer drinks. High-alcohol, barrel-aged offerings tend to fall prey to one or the other of nauseating booziness, acidity that singes your throat, a woodiness that leaves splinters in your gums, or a tartness so severe in turns your lips inside out (assuming the whole thing comes together well enough so as to be palatable in the first place). But Sang Noir has all the intricacy without any of the intensity.

What's in the glass is mysterious and distinctive, the result of a very long and difficult process - it makes the Coca-Cola recipe seem easy to crack by comparison. Notes of maddeningly red cherries, vanilla cola, caramel, sarsaparilla, acidic lemon, purple plum, heavy wood and spices are melodiously woven together. Notably absent are any harsh alcohol notes (an impressive feat considering the whiskey barrels and the 9.5% of the beer itself).

Cascade Sang Noir ("black blood") indeed drinks like some kind of dark, mystical gospel. A beer this intricate and transcendental is the stuff of folkloric legends. Of course, given how difficult it is to find (and expensive to buy) it may only ever be fantasy for most people. For those of you fortunate enough to come across this dream beer, be sure to enjoy it with someone you really want to impress (i.e, your favourite person in the world).

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Photo of Treebs
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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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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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 5/5/13.

A- Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and a small off-white head.

S- The aroma is funky and sour. White grapes, tart cherries, fresh apple cider, and tart granny smith apples are all prevalent in the aroma. (My buddy who was drinking this with me jokingly said after smelling this "It smells like Jesus after he bathed in the Jordan."! Possibly the funniest thing I've ever heard in reference to the aroma of a beer!)

T- The flavor is nearly identical to the aroma with the super tart cherry and granny smith coming through as the primary flavors, and finishing with the apple cider and a dry, super sour finish.

M- The mouthfeel is near perfect for a sour, being light to medium bodied and moderate to high carbonation.

O- This is probably a top 2 sour for me to date! Absolutely superb, and hard to find flaws in unless you can't handle really tart/sour beers!

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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 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 ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red-black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, Brett and other sour and funky yeasts, lactic acid, caramel malts, a touch of brown sugar, and some other dark fruits.

T - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, caramel malts, Brett and other sour and funky yeasts, lactic acid, other dark fruits, brown sugar, a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour and warming finish.

D - Really nice sour beer. Great balance of sourness and barrel character.

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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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle form Rutager, 750ml into a tulip.

Deep blood red, light tan head with good lace and nice retention. Nose is bourbon cherry pie, sharp acidity, oak and cherry pits. Harsh acidity, but the bourbon smooths things out. Taste has light bourbon, oak, an intense sour cherry blast, tart, acidic, and more cherry pits. Finishes sweetish, but tartness prevails. Rich, intense cherry character, and a lovely malt profile. Medium full feel, lasting finish. Awesome.

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