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Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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1,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 559
Gots: 233 | FT: 24
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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Gmann

New York

4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 00:14:05 | More by Gmann
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atrocity

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

04-17-2014 17:33:35 | More by atrocity
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 13:24:09 | More by Axnjxn
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

12-29-2013 17:21:10 | More by KevinGordon
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-26-2012 01:22:13 | More by eawolff99
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-09-2014 20:23:48 | More by Griffith
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 19:39:05 | More by VelvetExtract
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Holland

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown but still translucent on the sides where some ruby color is visible. Head is small, tan, and dissipates quickly.

S: very tart smelling with some cherry and blackberry coming through.

T: a slight sweetness cuts the delicious sourness. Cherry and berry tastes are present. Only deliciousness in the taste.

M: a bit thicker than I would prefer, but the carbonation was on. Body was just slightly too heavy for the style.

O: excellent, would have again. I'm still not a huge fan of very dark sours, but this one didn't display any roasted notes to me. Only real downside was it may be more delicious if it were 7% ABV instead of nearly 10%. $22 per 750ml from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 15:50:54 | More by Holland
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-28-2013 06:42:35 | More by twelveinches
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

06-02-2013 19:27:14 | More by jaxon53
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strongaf

Washington

5/5  rDev +11.6%

09-07-2012 07:30:10 | More by strongaf
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:15:45 | More by Sean9689
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-01-2012 16:59:51 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Florida9

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 03:12:17 | More by Florida9
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

12-11-2013 19:49:50 | More by kscaldef
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 02:08:42 | More by AlexFields
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harrymel

Washington

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

04AUG12 - on draft at barrel house.

Pretty purple ale with some light pink surface bubbles. Up front in the nose for me are the bing cherries and pinot notes. Nice and full bodied with a hint of ink and cassis. Some hints of alcohol and oak alongside leather and sweat. I like the already. The flavor carries more of the grape than I'd anticipated - refined, plummy and juicy. A bit of booze (maybe whiskey..) comes through just in the back end, but as an accent and overture - really nice. Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb. I like this beer - just ordered four bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 06:16:35 | More by harrymel
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cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/10, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from a Brooklyn snifter.
Sang noir 2011

a - brew poured a ruby plum with a thin fizzy purple cream colored head. The head was gone quick leaving sparse bubbling on the surface of the glass.

s - oak and tart sour cherries. Sells really nice, very candy like.

t - ZING. My mouth is puckered. Sour grapes with a hint of tropical fruit and sweet tarts. Really nicely well balanced.

m - puckeringly sour, but smooth and rich.

o - overall a really nice sour. Extremely well balanced blend of puckering sour bugs, tart cherries, sweetness, and calming oak. Tart and tangy but bearable.

bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:39:55 | More by cosmicevan
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6%

03-07-2014 19:04:11 | More by BMart
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warnerry

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling

A - Pours deep garnet with one and a half fingers of creamy looking tan head. More head than I expect from the style, with pretty good retention before fading to a collar. Some decent lacing.

S - Big tart cherry aroma with a pretty substantial bourbon presence as well. Vanilla and oak, with some balsamic vinegar. Works surprisingly well. A bit of funk, but much more tartness.

T - Whoa, puckeringly sour initially, with a huge tart cherry presence and some balsamic vinegar. Bourbon notes come in after the initial sour punch fades a bit. The vanilla and oaky bourbon notes are somewhat subtle, but I think that is a good thing here. Some more oak on the finish, but not overly dry.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a little heavier than usual for the style but the flavor profile goes well with a bit of heft. Dry, but not overly so.

O - This is really tasty. The bourbon notes are very subtle, more apparent in the aroma than the taste, and the huge tart cherry aspect is great. Not much funk, but still quite complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:14:06 | More by warnerry
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ngeunit1

California

4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:27:06 | More by ngeunit1
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StJamesGate

New York

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Leathery brown-ruby with pink film that trails.
Big sour woody nose with balsamic and pomegranate hits.
Deep red fruit - currant, sour raspberry - with hints of chocolate, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and cherry stone.
Tart finish and lean linger.
Lt-medium, dry, a bit of cream, no trace of heat.

Lots of complexity. Wood and cherry are down in the mix, making it that much more harmonious. Well-integrated sour - if not quite magical.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 18:49:30 | More by StJamesGate
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -27.5%

08-12-2013 19:22:04 | More by tom10101
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6%

02-16-2014 02:48:33 | More by williamjbauer
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -27.5%

04-13-2014 19:23:25 | More by thegerm87
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
99 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.