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Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 1,362
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 2.49%
Wants: 657
Gots: 267 | 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

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: 1,362
Photo of Murrhey
3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Cascade in a 2oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

A- Tiny white head, fades to a ringed one. Red-brown color with nice clarity.

S- Bourbon notes with heavy cherry influence. Sour, but not strong and acrid. Nice smelling beer.

T- Very sour and some bourbon, barrel-aged notes. Strong beer. Tasty.

M- Fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

O- Lovely beer. But not as amazing as the score would make it seem. Maybe I just need more. (442 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish cola color with a reasonable brownish head. Not gonna lie, this looks like Dr. Pepper.

Smells fruity and tart--red wine, sour apples, berries, some oud bruin type ketchupy sweetness, whiskey on the finish. Predictably complex and enticing.

Flavor is lots of sour green apple, cherries and blackberries and other fruit, tart red wine. Whiskey is lighter than in the nose but still present. Extremely complex and pretty darn sour, also a decent sweetness to balance it out. Biggest single flavor I get is green apple. A beer with this much going on could easily be a big mess, and other Cascade experiments have been a little sloppier than this, but this beer is delicious and the complexity just makes me want more.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation but not over carbonated like Cascade beers sometimes are. Very drinkable, the complexity of the flavor just makes it more drinkable too.

Awesome beer overall, definitely the best beer that Cascade has bottled so far. I'd drink this all the damn time if I could.

9.3/10 (1,040 characters)

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. (323 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,244 characters)

Photo of dbc5
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Southern Tier Pumking Tulip.

A: Somewhat "dirty" looking browish/ruby red with a pillowy 2 finger head from a moderately vigorous pour. Head recedes but leaves a nice frothy ring around the glass that sticks around.

S: Smells tart and slightly sweet. Definitely picking up the cherries in the nose, as well as some apple and vinegar aromas. It is very subtle, but I'm picking up light hints of bourbon as well.

T: Sweet up front with a great cherry presence. The initial cherry sweetness gives way to a tart, dry finish. Slight vinegar. This one leans more to the tart and acidic side as opposed to the funky side, although some minor funk is present. Again, picking up some slight bourbon character in the form of toffee/caramel mid swallow.

M: Moderate carbonation. Given the sweetness and overall "size" of this beer, it is unsurprising that it feels a bit thicker in the mouth than some other sours.

O: Great sour. Certainly among the better I've had the pleasure of enjoying. There are some interesting complexities to it that aren't found in many other wilds. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (598 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy reddish with minimal head, plenty of lacing. The nose is full of red apples, cherries, oak, vinegar, and pithy character. Taste is very tart up front with plenty of acidic character with oaky notes. The finish is plenty sour with an adition of some earthy character. Mouthfeel is heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, nice unique brew with plenty of tartness and fruity character. (405 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cascade Sang Noir
2011 Project

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice dark copper color with some amber notes. There is a 0.5 inch light ecru head that forms that is dense to medium dense that recedes quickly down to a thin film. The brew is nice. (4.5)

Aroma starts off with some nice tart notes. Slight vinegar notes with more of a tart fruitiness. There are some awesome cherry notes in the nose mixed in with the vinegar. Slightly sweet but also tart. Definitely some nice funk notes and some notes of oak. The Bourbon notes are slightly less noticeable than I would like. But the brew is still top notch in the nose department. (4.5)

Taste starts off with a sharp sharp tartness. It is mostly fruity but there is some slight vinegary notes to it. There are some nice woody notes and there is also some slight Bourbon notes. The bourbon notes offer some slight caramel notes and some vanilla on the background of the brew. The tartness definitely dominates the palette though with some nice cherry tartness and some slight sweetness. Nice wine notes as well with some slight acidity. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Very flavorful brew. (5.0)(4.5)

Overall this brew is a very good wild ale. The Cascade crew knows how to do them. There are some nice slight bourbon notes mixed in with intense tart notes. Great sour fruit with some slight vinegar and some nice cherry notes. There is a nice woody and tart finish with some nice wine acidity and tannin.(5.0) (1,495 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewandbbq for hooking me up with this bottle!
Pours a deep garnet brown with a huge tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves much lace on the way down. Smells of balsamic, cherries, lemon and funk. Light alcohol note and a touch of wood. The flavor is complex and varied. Up front I get some sweet cherries and a light sweet maltiness. Tart cherries, a bit of lactic acid and lemons destroy the sweetness in short order. Woody oak come in next with a bit of funk and vinegar and an ever increasing lactic tartness. The finish leaves a lingering sweet tart candy feel on my taste buds. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart chalky puckering mouthfeel. Very nice Flanders style ale very complex. Maybe I should have asked for more than one bottle! (788 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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a dark opaque dirty brownish red color with a head that quickly disappears, and medium-light lacing.

Smell – Has a heavy sour cherry smell with a light touch of pinot, a stinky bourbon, and oak.

Taste – Sour, with a hint of pinot and cherries. No sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Tart, with medium carbonation. It kind of has a sour ‘burn’ to it. I can feel the 9%abv.

Drinkability – A decent wild ale, but a touch more sour than I like. (464 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 Etan
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. 2011 bottle.

A: Pours a rich-looking black-brown with a nice off-white head.

S: Really nice deep cherry aroma. Tart cherry and a bit of juicy sweetness, some mild notes of vinegar, plenty of drying tannins.

T: Moderately sour, very dry - tart cherry, mild brett notes meld well with slightly sweet malt notes from the base beer, granny smith, lots of vinous tannins.

M: Light-bodied with active yet fine carbonation. Really nice puckering dryness to the body as well.

O: This stuff is really tasty. (540 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 notchucknorris
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep chestnut color with ruby highlights. A huge foamy mocha colored head takes a while to go down and leaves huge streaks of lace.

S: Smells absolutely amazing. It's all there, from the cherries to the bourbon to the pinot barrel. I pick up a trace of bourbon first, then a big whiff of ripe red cherries and caramel. Some definite wine barrel as well.

T: A nice lactic sourness upfront that's chock full of sour cherries, cherry pit and vanilla. A touch of bourbon before a finish that's long and ever changing. Pinot noir barrel, red delicious apple and some tannins on the finish. So freakin good. (616 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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 (340 characters)

Photo of Donerik
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and turbid. Foams up and down quickly, acceptable for a sour. Sticky foam sticks to the glass as you drink but doesn't lace.

S: Lactic, Oak, I get light bourbon notes in the nose, fruitiness and sour funk.

T: Sour. Sour. Sour. The double red and red ferment well with their lactic culture. not much bourbon or cherry, but the fruit is apparent. I'm always amazed what fruit tastes like with the sugar fermented out.

M: pitch perfect. The active carbonation pops the firmly placed cork. The prickly carbonation carries the flavors.

O: Great. Worth the Hype. It would have been all 5s if the individual flavors had been more distinguishable. I am a fan of this. (677 characters)

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. (711 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a teku glass.

Pour: Completely hazy deep, deep red with some murky brown aspects mixed in. A finger of light tan head appears and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Wow. I get tart cherries, tobacco, leather, vanilla, a light bourbon, and a hint of funk. What a combination - and it's incredible.

Taste: Even better than the nose. Tart cherry with no hint of sweetness. Instead, sweetness is provides by a nice tobacco caramel, mixed with some vanilla and leather. A lactic acidity provides an amazing bite without being cloying. An oakiness rounds out the flavors and incorporates them together. This is exquisite.

Mouthfeel: I know some people say Cascades can be overly sour, but I love how tart this is. Carbonation is on point. The barrel aging provides a buttery smoothness.

Overall: The merging of bourbon barrel and pinot barrels in the aging process of this beer produced a whole new kind of beast. I will absolutely seek this out again. (964 characters)

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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown copper strawberry with an ephemeral off-white head which recedes to a razor thin ring.

S: Dark cherry flesh marries with cinnamon toast oak barrel. Pretty oaky, like you're smelling barrels on a winery tour.

T: Sourness covers a burst of cherry and subdued oak. Not really getting any bourbon.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Don't really taste any alcohol, impressive given the ABV.

O: Very nice. This is a good amount more sour and less barrel-y than I remember it on draft. (516 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my new friend Larry for sharing. This one pours a dark cranberry color with a thin light pink head. Real nice color on this one.

The aroma has a nice dark cherry aroma with hints of vanilla and hint of oak. Nice balance between tart and sweet. Light and tart on the pallet. Nice sour cherries with a little bit of oaky finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall nice and refreshing. Very enjoyable. (429 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Larry for sharing! Poured dark red with a nice light tan head that has a slight pink hue.

The aroma is full of creamy cherry. A large whiff yields more tartness in the aroma, with slight hints of vinegar.

The taste starts out with creamy vanilla sweetness. There is a distinct sour cherry finish that has a bit of vinegar.

This is medium bodied. There is nice smooth carbonation.

This is pretty tasty. A nice balance of sweet and tartness. (453 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Dark amber with some brown, deep red, and purple - moderate size tan head, kind of creamy - keeps a nice ring, leaves some nice streaks and lacing

Smell: This is weird, of course - tons of wood - some red wine, some dry whiskey, some cherries, dark fruits - sour, tart, funky - a funky, medicine-like phenolic character - some cooked malts, but they are quite hidden under the barrel assault - booze

Taste: There's a lot that went into this beer, and it shows - amber malts as a base - tons of woody flavor, with red wine and a whiskey aftertaste - fruity, with mostly dark fruits, grapes, and some hints of cherries - very tart, moderately sour, acidic with some musty funk -booze and phenols

Mouthfeel: Full body, sticky with a residual dry tartness and a wet sourness, nice carbonation

Overall: A pretty intense sipper

There is so much going on in this beer, and I think this may actually be a flaw. This could use some simplicity. It's very sour, and very tasty, but a little crazy. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep slightly hazed garnet. Rich, very rich color. Head is minimal with a dull off-white collar. Retention is minimal. No lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, cherry juice, and some oak. Cherry flesh, skin, and some pit. Worn leather, mild touches of vinegar, vanilla, toffee, and an alcohol back. Big malts as well. Some hints of chocolate buried in the back. Mild spiciness and something that comes across like sweet cinnamon. Almost aspirin edge of bitterness. Big red wine.

Taste: Black cherry Warhead. Legit. Tart cherry flesh. Candy sweetness. Citric and mild acetic tartness. Tart builds as the beer warms. Big cherry push. Flesh and pits with some minor bourbon like qualities. Vanilla and toffee play well with the dark cherry. Some plum as well. Leathered fruit. Throwback to childhood and delicious Warheads. Tartness is aggressively drying, which is its own flavor. Nice layers of oak. Clean wood. So much acid and cherry goodness. Pinot adds a more complex layer of fruit. Some plum and blackberry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushes toward full with minimal carbonation. Puckering dryness.

Overall: Crazy fruit tart madness. Ballsy and complex. Nice.

One of the better wilds from Cascade. Lots going on. My mouth is a desert. Moisture is gone. (1,257 characters)

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