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Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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."

Added by ccrida on 02-20-2010

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +2.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -0.5%
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%
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%
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 -6.6%
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 -1.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +6.3%
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%
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%
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 -2%
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 +1.6%
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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Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cherry attack, following an invitation of funk and cherry in the aroma. A lasting head and spider lace. Above average mouthfeel. Mild acidity, its nothing compared to the sours we had today. A pretty perfect beer.Great and dangerous. drinkability.Liam's bottle, thanks!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC, for the dc bottle share. From notes.

An amber to deep orange body, quite cloudy without much head presented.

Nose has a nice sense of mild fruit, that really goes to crab-apple territory. Highly dominating crab apples with a good tart sense. Not much else, but it's at least a good nose.

The crab-apple tartness does come off quite big in the palate but not overboard. There's some nice mild buttery mixing in the mid palate with the apple which hits really nicely. Some subtle funk notes come off on the finish also. Feel is about par for the course just a hint of wet but easy drinkability.

Overall it reminds me of a bit of apple butter character and a toned down Weyerbacher Riserva. Still decent even for a one tricky pony like sense.

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Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty ruby color that turns brown around the edges. The tan colored head is short and airy, settles into a light ring.

The aroma starts off tart from the oak wine barrel. The bourbon barrel then comes through to mellow out the sharp acidic notes. All the while, the cherries provide a nice fruitiness to the brew and another layer of sourness. Complex and enjoyable.

The taste is of super tart cherries and lemon sourness. The wine barrel is strong providing a healthy oak flavor as well as some white grape. Some earthy caramel and vanilla notes from the bourbon but that doesn't hold a candle to the sourness. Not a huge sour fan but I can drink this as a change up.

The feel is light with fairly soft carbonation. Sweet, sour, and tart on the palate with a big dry finish. I am good for a glass but the dryness might get to me.

A very well made sour, just wish I was more of a fan of the style so you can probably bump my grade up a notch.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a clear looking reddish color with a foamy white head on top. The retention is thin and not much lacing. The beer has lots of carbonation. The smell of the beer is tart, oak and sour cherry aromas are subtle but definitely in there. The taste of it is also sour, some sharp cherry notes in the fading aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is clean and tart, nice high level of carbonation that dries the beer out. Overall it's a good brew. Not typically my style but it's a good brew.

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Photo of Philousa
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown that appears clear and cranberry red against the light. Head is thick khaki and looks silky, with some sticking on the glass. Cherries, strawberries, and vinegar dominate the nose with hints of oak and dark chocolate. This smells rich. Vinegar dominates the palate from start to finish. Cherry, red currant, and pomegranate make an appearance as well. The sourness doesn't make you pucker much and the bitterness is lasting and warm, fading slowly. There is some oak in there that is apparent to anyone drinking, but its not overpowering like many oak aged beers tend to be. Feel is slightly watery with a balance finish tending towards dry.

This beer is really balanced in flavors with the vinegar sourness and lasting bitterness sticking their necks out among the other flavors. The oakiness is there but not over the top. In addition, I can't detect the high ABV at all and the buzz comes slowly, as this is a sipper. I was strangely underwhelmed, but then I realized it's because there is no one stand out feature due to the balance nature. I wouldn't age this too long, as the oak will fade completely.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby colored with a deep ivory white head.

S: That awesome sour aroma that comes off a well made sour. Similar to sour apple and deep malt.

T: One of the best sours I've had. There is a pleasant sour flavor of sour apples and berries. There is subtle caramel malts in the background.

M: A tiny bit thin but very well carbonated.

O: Awesome sour beer. If you are fan of sours this is a must get.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.89/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of codysjb
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of dbc5
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.