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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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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 1,447
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 663
Gots: 294 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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: 176 | Hads: 1,447
Photo of Fcolle2
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013

Pour dark brown, darker then expected, with a thick kahiki head. Aromas sweet red, rich black and sour tart cherries in the nose. Mild caramel oak and bourbon aroma in the nose. Taste has load of cherry flavor with black and sout red cherry flavors light bourbon, oak and vanilla.

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Photo of davey101
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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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 abeeronthebeach
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, dark, ruddy brown. Almost Rodenbach Grand Cru territory but not quite. Pink cream head.

S - Definite sweet bourbon on the nose.

T - Bourbon nips the palate. Bourbon, cherry and port are the main takeaways.

M - Dry. Letting the beer wash around the mouth provokes pucker.

O - I didn't particuarly like the flavours in this beer, but I did find it interesting so I gave it a higher overall score

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.77/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Dark see through brown. No head.
S - Sweet, tart, cherry, oak.
T - Tart, vinegar, wood, bourbon, sour.
M - Subdued carbonation. Background alcohol.
O - Tasty. Exceptional. Well done. I am not a sour guy...

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Photo of LittleDon
5/5  rDev +13.1%

An 8 oz pour at the Cascade Barrel house on 8/19/2014. As close to perfect as possible. It starts brown with a copious head, producing a good amount of lace. Aroma: sour fruit and oak, very Flemish red. Nicely complex flavor: cherries, prunes, oak, bourbon. Dry with a light to medium light body and low carbonation. Lower acidity and more dried fruit than the usual Flanders red. A must have.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Romulux delivers again, thanks!

Slightly hazy, deep brown with medium head. Soft cherries in the aroma, oak-y for sure. Quite sour and acetic-ally so, but fortunately not enough to deter me. Hint of bourbon and oak most definitely, with some sweetness as well.

Finishes dry and tannic, reminds me quite a bit of Rodenbach Grand Cru.

A quite good beer overall but seems likes it's not my type.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of spicelab
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3oz sample from Cascade Barrelhouse. Reviewed from notes.

Deep mahogany with a white head that holds as a ring.

Dusky cherries, raspberries, fruit tingles, leather and wood. Amazing brightness and acidity in the mouth.

Medium bodied with a rather biting astringent finish that twists your tongue. In a good way.

Brilliant. At once complex, delicious and approachable. Pretty seamless with no rough edges.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was lucky to be able to try the '07 '08 '09 '10 vertical last night.

appearance - dark red, amber, medium head, excellent retention

smell - complex notes of fruit and esters

taste - the 07 and 10 were very balanced, nice fruit characteristics on all, complex notes and bold flavors, various barrel notes, cherries, berries and some citrus, the 08 and 09 were significantly more sour and tart, the 08 was the most sour

mouthfeel - medium body, well carbonated, slightly dry

overall - great example of a sour/american wild ale, really nice to see the differences between the years, great beer

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Photo of RandyKemka
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Richard H..), 2012 vintage, poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a formerly corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Cascade Brewing Barrel House branded snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours a murky burgundy-tinged mahogany capped by a light beige one and half finger head. Excellent retention and significant lacing. Oak, light lactic sour, wisps of general dark fruitiness and berry-like accents. Opens with both sour and sweet cherries, plums, and cranberries. Very light brown sugar and molasses join in. Pleasant oaky accents throughout. Finishes with juicy cherry tart and sour, continued pleasant oak, and just a tiny hint of underlying bourbon notes. Lighter side of medium bodied; smooth with moderate carbonation. It's hard to find a brewery in the U.S. putting out better sours than Cascade and Sang Noir is one of their best. Truly exceptional.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark and deep brown color with a nice off white/tan head. Bubbles surge to the top of the beer and replenish the lovely head.

Aroma is wonderful, light sourness, lactic acid, cherries, currant, malt, and a sublte sweetness.

Flavor is wonderful, slight sweetness, malt, cherries, red fruits. Nice sour and smooth finish.

Medium in body.

Overall a very nice treat. Sourness is perfect. Not over done at all. All the flavors blend together just perfectly.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far this is my favorite Cascade - the blend of pinot and bourbon barrels creates a complex flavor unlike any I've had before. My hat's off to Cascade for producing what might just be my favorite sour beer.

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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 PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a dark brown with hints of red and. A little
Less then a finger of lightly browned head that dissapates quickly and leavs minimal lacing.

S: dark cherry skins and earthy oak, a nice tartness is evident, when I opened up the bottle I got a sour cherry aroma, notes like red wine, and a touch of raspberry. Smells delicious.

T: loads of very sour cherry, seriously tart, there is a touch if red wine characteristic going on here as well with some strong charred woody oak notes, I don't really get much burbon flavor but that's ok. Very tart and candyish like sweet tarts or pixie sticks

M: very tart medium body with medium creamy lush carbonation, a bit of a a lingering tart cherry skin/ light sour rasp mouth puckering aftertaste.

O: this beer is excellent, this is my second time having it, the first time I didn't really like it, I'm glad I gave it a revisit because it is phenomenal. Grab this if you can.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid pour yields a dense two finger head of tan head. Receiding it leaves some lacing. Murky deep reddish brown, but more brown. Very complex aroma brings cherries and vanilla along with light vinegar and damp woody must. Strangley cocoa too. The flavor is equally as complex if not more. Sweet vanilla and cherry open this up, followed by two distinct layers of sour. 1st a more lactic sour and 2nd a more acetic vinegar sour. There is alot going on here, I also get plenty of wet, woody barrel. The whiskey barrel is more prominent then the pinot, but maybe I am mistaking some cherry flavor for pinot barrel? Medium in body, but drying in the finish with a lingering cherry quality.
Overall sometimes less is more, this beer may be a bit much and could use a little less. The marrage of all the flavors is not seamless, but still works well. In any event I have really been wanting to try this for a long time, can't believe it made it to my market. Really, really enjoyed this.

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

2011 project poured at about 45 degrees into a teku.
Surprised by the dark marroon pour with lots of brownish head that leaves a bit of a ring around the edges.
Smells of tart cherry, grape must, bit of wood and the taste lines up in a similar way with a great complexity that is well balanced and non-puckering. Definitely some cherry and grape notes and a subdued oak backbone. Great carb .

Will happily drink this any time

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Photo of KDawg
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
3.52/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great share from Al, missed you today bud. 4 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 18th, 2012.

A - Dark brown coloring with slightly red hues. Virtually no head, retention, or lacing.

S - Natural and dominant cherry rinds. Light granny smith apple tartness, oak. Not too complex.

T - Quite sour with overripened cherry juice, vinegar, lime, and very lightly charred oak. Was this really in a whiskey barrel?

M - High carbonation, light body, pretty dry finish

D - I like this but im not blown away. The cherry is very natural and well done and reminds me of RR.

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Photo of jjdc
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sang is a beautiful cherry mahogany color on the pour. The nose is grenadine. Sang is more restrained sour-wise than the other Cascades I've tried -- and all the better for it. No need to grab for the Tums. The cherry and oak interlace perfectly and the bite of sour cherries is rounded out nicely by the malt. I had a Supplication last night, so it's interesting to compare the two. Supplication is more complex, but Sang is an excellent beer.

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Photo of JayPeso
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 project. First beer for me from Cascade based on high recommendations from fellow BAs. Very pleasant aroma and for the first half of the bottle could not stop from enjoying it before every taste. Loved the sweetness and sour cherries. Very easy to drink and the 9.8% snuck up on me. I'm so glad I had ordered more than one. Can't wait to try this brew again after some aging on my other bottles. Enjoyed it so much I burnt my dinner.

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Photo of stxSS07
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown, with a hint of red. Gorgeous. Smells of different fruits, however cherry jumps out and is the most potent. Tastes like a cherry blowpop, with the dry back end of a cherry blowpop as well. Very tart and sour and well put together. Fantastic taste. My only knock, is the carbonation. To me, this is over carbonated and would've been much nicer with a less carbonated, creamier mouthfeel. Still nice, but not what it could be. That being said, this is fantastic. Kind of one sided as far as the cherry goes, but I think that was the point. I'd trade for this again in a heartbeat.

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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.