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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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1,046 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 560
Gots: 234 | 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:
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."

(Beer added by: ccrida on 02-20-2010)
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mhksuccess

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-06-2014 17:03:56 | More by mhksuccess
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matt2591

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-04-2014 15:37:13 | More by matt2591
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Ant4711

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-03-2014 13:23:39 | More by Ant4711
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-02-2014 03:36:35 | More by tobelerone
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-01-2014 02:23:39 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-01-2014 01:51:25 | More by DrBier
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Mplsmetro57

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

06-30-2014 17:45:07 | More by Mplsmetro57
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

06-30-2014 17:06:54 | More by lonewolfcry
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Liondiscs

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-30-2014 13:31:51 | More by Liondiscs
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blckout20

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-29-2014 17:37:46 | More by blckout20
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MCImes

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-29-2014 17:03:58 | More by MCImes
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jmich24

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

06-29-2014 05:11:58 | More by jmich24
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Lucnifter

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-29-2014 04:21:52 | More by Lucnifter
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

my brother is a deadset champion for sharing this bottle with me. its one of those beers ive been after for years, but my travels or trades havent gotten me there. what a rare treat it is, wine and bourbon sharing the barrel influence of this burgundy sour beer accentuated with tart cherries. i would put this one on par with any of the russian river dark sours, and i think it needs to be mentioned in that breath. its almost purple in color, darkened to a rich ruby wine shade and showing about an inch of really light lace head. cherry is evident from first sip, tart pie style cherries in there mixing with the bacteria cultures and the wine tannins, its a really mouth watering nose. the whiskey part comes more towards the finish in this beer, more hot oak than vanilla, with just enough char to slow it down to be savored. the body isnt real big, but it doesnt need to be, the flavor complexities ride and appear one by one on the sour waves, which are dominated by lacto, but not entirely. some brett in here too i have to imagine, there is some funk in there with the acid. it warms up to show even more wine properties, pinot for sure. its usually tough for me to identify a grape varietal in a beer, especially from a barrel, but i think its unmistakable here. cherries never get sweet, even exacerbating the already extremely sour feel to this. carbonation is mellow, but more isnt wanted for. the process and the execution of this beer are both something to behold, it never shows its alcohol strength, and at room temperature sips like a fine glass of port or something. cant say enough about this one, a crown jewel in the increasingly crowded fruited sour world.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 15:56:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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BAsbill

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

06-28-2014 05:53:56 | More by BAsbill
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HitchSlap

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

06-28-2014 02:14:31 | More by HitchSlap
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Dagsy

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-26-2014 22:39:08 | More by Dagsy
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-26-2014 22:34:58 | More by dataylor21
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sammyg832

Arizona

5/5  rDev +11.6%

06-26-2014 21:46:19 | More by sammyg832
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atorres

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-26-2014 03:53:55 | More by atorres
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TBlightning

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-26-2014 02:35:56 | More by TBlightning
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timothydown

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

06-25-2014 23:27:23 | More by timothydown
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

5/5  rDev +11.6%

06-25-2014 21:52:46 | More by Sir_Goatman
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-25-2014 14:34:58 | More by Rifugium
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
99 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.