Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 1,351
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 6.8%
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Gots: 268 | FT: 26
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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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Photo of Zombiekiller916
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle poured in a Lost Abbey teku

A- pours a reddish brown with a inch and a half head and minimal lacing

S- Tart cherries, acidicness, and some oak are present.

T- Up front is tart cherries. The back is balsamic vinegar, cherry and oak

M- Sourness, cherries, and low carbonation.

O- This is really good sour. Pleasant to drink. Worth the price. (362 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2011 project) into a saison glass. Pours a murky ruby/amber/mahogany w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is sharply acidic, sour. Tart cherries, lactic acid, dry oak.

Taste is puckeringly sour and oaky. Tartness is crisp and refreshing, never overwhelming. Bourbon barrels are used exactly right—as an accent.

Mouthfeel is soft, but with a bite. Nice carbonation, dry finish.

Overall a bold, flavorful sour ale that comes together well. Great depth and complexity. (467 characters)

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! (1,481 characters)

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 (381 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich dark deep ruby/garnet with a nice almost two finger wood tannin hue that fades to leave a thick, dense blanket and nice side lacing.

S - BIG aromas of grapeskin and wood followed by wonderful bing cherries. Tons of great cherry notes, nice and sour with some light funk.

T - Burst of sour cherries up front followed by tart vinegary wine notes (cause after all, vinegar is wine). That wood comes through great, the alcohol isnt too noticeable and the finish is a light flemmy throat type deal. Stuff is tasty. What brings it over the top is that light subtle bourbon notes. Absolutely wonderful.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice, the tart and sourness really pop with the lower carbonation. Very nice.

O - Overall this is a stellar wild ale/sour. The whiskey really adds something nice to this. The only downfall is how damn expensive this bottle is. That all said, its delicious, absolutely delicious. (992 characters)

Photo of stxSS07
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First review in a while, but this deserved it. 750ml into a FFF's Teku. 2011 project.

A- Deep ruby red that borders on brown. High carbonation leaves a creamy off-white head that hangs around for the duration of my drinking. Leaves awesome lacing for a sour.

S- Explosive. Tart cherry notes pop immediately upon ripping the cork out, and continue to abuse my olfactory on my first sniff. Besides the delicious cherry bomb, I'm greeted with sweet malt (almost toasty), a bit of barrel (vanilla, slight oak...maybe that's where the toast comes from), and more tartness. Fantastic.

T- Again, big bright cherries pop on the front of the mouth followed by some acidic sourness. Tastes of sweet malt, oak, and vanilla lead to an almost buttery red wine-like finish. Insanely good.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation that really helps the flavors (especially the cherries) to jump out of the beer. I really can't overemphasize the way this brew "pops" on my palate.

O- One of the best sours (forget American wilds) that I've had. Takes the top spot for me in the Consecration category. Seek and destroy this beer. (1,115 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky brown with a thin tan head that halos around the glass perimeter. There is some streaky, sparse lacing and an easily regenerable head. The nose is of strong cherries, oak, and acetone. The beer's sweet aroma is balanced by the beer's intense tartness. Also, knowing that the beer sat in bourbon barrels helps you detect the deep, caramelized wood sugars behind the sour cherries.
The taste is sour and sweet with a hint of cherries and bourbon. It's very drinkable and has a rich, malty backbone to balance out the beer's initially tart mouthfeel. The aftertaste is strictly tart cherries. Overall, this beer is excellent and worth trying...However, it's tough to justify $27 for any beer that you would consume regularly. (746 characters)

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. (854 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as a part of my 27th birthday evening! Big thanks goes out to dprouty who sent me this one in a recent! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku. Poured a dark ruby red-orange with a half finger light tan that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, tart, sour, wood, fruit, vinegar, and subtle raspberry. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, sour, tart, tart cherry, and very subtle vinegar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one definitely brought quite a bit of pucker power to the party. The aroma was pretty nicely balanced which made it really enjoyable and easy to drink. Really glad I got to enjoy this one, even it was a full bottle. An absolute must try for any sour fan out there. (865 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A - Dark red, amber, medium head, excellent retention

S - Huge sour cherry presence with vinous notes of dark grape and plum. Oak is evident and light whisky notes.

T - Tastes of dark fruits, cherry and red wine are the major players here. The bourbon notes offer the perfect accompaniment. The bourbon and pinot barrels really tie this one together.

M - Medium body and high carbonation to it. Acedic body.

O - One of the best Sours I've ever had. Right there with Brute and Supplication. I was bummed at the price but it's definitely worth it if you like Sours. (581 characters)

Photo of RandyKemka
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark redish brown with light highlights.

Smell: Very nice cherry. Deep, profound fruit smell

Taste: Sour and lots of cherry up front, heavy sourness, then a creamy sourness and oak finish.

Consistent flavor throughout, but delicious. Grapefruit pith, cherry, heavy sourness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very tart. Good carbonation with a very pleasant feel.

Overall: I love this sour. It has lots of oak, and a solid fruit flavor. A winner. And a beer that I can justify paying the $25 a bottle for. (519 characters)

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. (466 characters)

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

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this tonite! Thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

vintage 2011 poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: brownish red bodied beer with small whitish cap. Spotty lace.

Smell: Big granny smith apples and tart cherries with mild vinegar. Oaky and earthy.

Taste: White grapes, green apples, tart cherries. The beer is on the high end of moderately tart with a hint of funk. Nice oaky barrel notes in this brew. Maybe even some mild vanilla sweetness from the oak and cherries flavors blending together in this beer. Big tart cherry finish. Nice complex brew!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is spot on and drinks super easy for almost 10%! Super Tart!

Overall: Tried four Cascades(Sang Nior, Sang Royal, The Vine & Kriek) at our tasting last night and this was the clear winner by a landslide! Its up there with one of the best sours that I have drank! (935 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split 3 ways.

Appearance: Careful pour, yields a mild white froth. Pours a dark brown with light highlights. Some lacing streaks.

Smell: Ripe black raspberry or cherry. Deep, profound fruit smell, rounded out with some sweet hard candy. Serious Pinot noir aroma. My friend thinks it smells stale, but I love it.

Taste: Sour and acidic as hell, like a Russian River sour. Lots of cherry and Pinot up front, heavy sourness, then a creamy lactic sourness and oak finish.

Consistent flavor throughout, but delicious. Grapefruit pith, cherry, heavy sourness. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very tart. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I love Cascade sours, and this is no exception. Lactic sourness, lots of oak, and a solid fruit flavor. A winner, as usual. (771 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 Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with the wife and friends.

A - Pours ruby red, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Big sour cherries & oak on the nose, followed by some tangy/tart acidity. Pretty one-dimensional, but it does what it says, double Flanders it definitely what I would call this one.

T - The sour cherries bombard the palate followed closely by the oak. Initially, the flavor is super-tart but after a few sips, it settles down a bit. Lots of oak and some slight dark fruity notes too, but mostly cherries. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Finish is cherry pie.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, tart oak'd finish.

O - A really nice American Wild that we destroyed in minutes (between 4 of us). I have a couple bottles left, so I'm excited to see how this will progress with some age. Right now, good stuff and right up there with some of the best Flanders-esque beers. (866 characters)

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. (852 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oversized-wine glass. 2011 Project.

A: Dark red / mahogany colored murky body. Bubbly head that turns thin quickly. Tons of carbonation raising to top. Very lively and inviting.

S: Funky yeast to start turns to a hefty woody oak aroma with intense notes of dark wine underneath. With all these complex smells I still detect a big sweet malt body. Smells as if a cherry is right in front me. Well-balanced.

T/M: Tangy sour taste jumps out the glass mixed with a tingling bubbly sensation from the carbonation. Sweet&sour juice mouthfeel like bitting a lemon&lime. Just enough sour burn to satisfy my wild yeast craving. Only knock is the overbearing sweetness takes away from enjoying more oak.

O: Well worth the money at $22/bottle. Well-balanced is an understatement. The huge sour presence is complimented by a strong oak taste and subdued by a subtle cherry sweetness. As far as style similar to Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere, expect a bit more malt body in this one. (981 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this one with me and others at NEBCO; as of right now, my 75th Top 100 tick.

A: Hazy orange-brown body with a 1/2" cap of fine, frothy tan head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Pure acidity. Lactic + acetic acids are prominent, with the cherry fruitiness playing a nice supporting role. Sharp, tart, and awesome.

T: Sweet and sour, with the bourbon showing up right away along with cherry skin. Solid sourness follows close behind. Long, tart, delicious finish. Luscious, long-lasting aftertaste that was still pleasing 15 minutes later. Terrific.

M: Creamy, frothy, smooth. Outstanding.

O: Yet another incredible sour from Cascade. I love how aggressive their beers are without sacrificing too much complexity.

Cheers! (778 characters)

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

Shared a bottle with a friend of mine by a campfire on a cold summer night.

A: An interesting mixture of dark ruby red and brown. Decent head with considerable lacing.

S: Woah. Lots of sour lactic aromas going on here with a nice malty, fruity background. Just by the smell you can tell this is going to be a sipper.

T: At first you're hit with a puckering sourness that tickles the back of your tongue. The first two or three sips all I really got was lactic sour. After my palette got accustomed to the sourness, I was welcomed by gushing sour cherry flavors with an interesting malty background. Very nice.

M: Sour?!

O: A little pricey, but well worth it. I'm just getting into sours, and this one gave a nice interesting twist on how I perceive them. I've basically only had fruit lambics from Cantillon before this, and it was nice to see an almost brown ale aspect built into the sourness. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it. I look forward to trying other stuff from Cascade. (1,003 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 Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Barrel House goblet. 2011

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with a little orangy-red and a finger of light kakhi head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. WOW!!! Big juicy tart cherries, some malt vinegar and honeydew mellon, a little lemon and spice with some earthy funk and fresh hardwood. This stuff smells really, really good.

Taste. Sour and tart cherries and blackberries with some tanic wood, there's just a bit of caramel vanilla and some great tannic woodyness, especially in the finish. EDIT: 9.2%, are you fucking kidding me?? Dangerous stuff here.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with lively medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Very tasty beer that I found more complex than other Cascade offerings, but still (a little too) easy to drink. I need to get more of this! (783 characters)

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

this was the 2011 version. Poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a dark red color with a small head.

Very tart aromas strike right off the bat backed up by notes of sour cherries, funk, dark red fruits and a touch of leather. Very aromatic and sour at the same time.

Wonderful medium bodied feel that is extremely tart and sour. This is mouth puckering with flavors of sour cherries, leather and loads of dark red fruits.

This is one of the best flemish styled reds that I've had. A wonderful beer that encapsulates what a sour is all about. (542 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes and thanks a lot to Chico1985 for sharing this. Really been wanting to try this for a while.

A- Dark cranberry red body with a foamy light pink cap. Retention compares to most Wild Ales, quick fizz out. A good web of lace from the ring.

S- Somewhat like raspberries somehow but that seems to be the case with a lot of fruit lambics, even if they are cherry. Cherry comes too with wood and sour notes as well.

T- Cherry fruits and acetic/vinegar up front. This acetic flavor builds with each sip adding a characteristic I like. Oak can be felt but I am left searching for Bourbon.

MF- Silky moderate and acidic oily body. Pretty heavy sourness in the finish with a smooth feel overall.

Big sour cherry fruit bomb with a barrel but not Bourbon backing. Comparable to Cantillon or Russian River. (817 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

- 2012 vintage, 750 mL bottle poured into mini flight glass at Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)
- Courtesy of random guys that brought in the bottle, on 15-Jun-12.
Sourness = High / Vinegar = Low
Only a taster, but I definitely got the bing cherries and the Pinot barrel. I believe it was more crisp and sour, but less vinegary than Supplication.

- 2012 vintage, 750 mL bottle poured into Hangar 24 Barrelroll snifter glass on 6-Apr-14.
Very old bruin-like in both aroma and flavor. Deep oak tannins with both the red wine and bourbon influences up front. Nice bing cherry flavors, but surprisingly the high sourness mellowed out and overtaken by the mellow acetone increase, which some might find off putting but it's all good to me. This reminds me of a mixture of Supplication and Cuvee de Tomme. Overall, another Cascade sour you can't go wrong with. Below is a list of the Cascade sours I've tried ranked in order of preference.

Sang Noir
Apricot
Vlad the Imp Aler
The Vine
Blueberry (993 characters)

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