Cascade Sang Noir - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.43/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-26-2012 15:24:42 | More by Alieniloquium
4.9/5 rDev +9.4%
On draught at the lodge, served in a cervoise, Sang Noir with a small tan collar.
Smell is gorgeous. Bright lacto and dark malts bring a very nice sweet tarts aroma that is just amazing.
Taste is great as well, very complex and a pleasant different from many of their other wild ales due to the dark malts. Big sourness, cherries, chocolate and lime tonic water.
Mouthfeel is oily and slick, sliding down like an oyster but with nice carbonation with swished. Medium bodied.
Drinkability is insanely good. This is their best beer I've had yet. I'm a big fan of sour darks, and this one really kills it. The intense flavor hides the strong ABV, making this one potentially very dangerous.
02-20-2010 20:12:09 | More by ccrida
4.75/5 rDev +6%
Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Really looking forward to this one!
Appearance: rich, dark amber hue with a big haze and a finger of frothy tan foam. Not much lace or retention on the head, but overall quite attractive indeed.
Smell: an intoxicating combination of sweet malt, tart acid, tannic wood and unctuous cherries. Damn, I almost don't want to drink it. Simply wonderful.
Taste: a similar collection of flavors as in the aroma, but balanced in an entirely different and equally wonderful way. Tartness and greenish fruit flavor off the bat, subsiding into the sweeter malt and a big, roaming fresh cherry flavor underpinning it all. This beer is just stupendous. Hot damn tamale.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess.
Overall: for the sake of my wallet, I almost wish I'd never encountered this beer. I usually like cherry beers, but this manages to create a big and interesting natural cherry flavor without being candy-like at all. I'm gushing. This beer is great.
09-22-2012 03:07:55 | More by flagmantho
4.43/5 rDev -1.1%
2011 Project, bought from the brewery online for $21
It pours a murky rusty colour, started off with over a finger head of foam but that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing left behind.
You can certainly smell the sour cherries and the oak barrel. Some slight note of vanilla there. My nose is happy.
Tart cherries up front in the taste, oak flavours not so much. Alcohol extremely well hidden when it comes to what sits and swirls in my mouth, some definite warming during and after the swallow. Sour, yeah, but not overly so. Very slight hint of a vinegar sourness so I don't *think* that heartburn will be an issue.
Very tasty from the get go; I opened it at near room temp to get all of the flavours rather than opening after pulling from the fridge.
A delightfully delicious Wild Ale that I wish had a bit less alcohol to make it even more drinkable; as is, it's still and an easy drop to tip back.
I'm very impressed with what Cascade has made here. They sure do know their s*it.
06-11-2012 23:22:21 | More by Bitterbill
4.13/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
07-10-2012 11:01:11 | More by thagr81us
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a ruddy brown color with gorgeous ruby red highlights and a decent size off-white head that recedes at a normal pace; moderate carbonation bubbles continue to rise with sticky khaki lacing along the edges as it recedes.
Aromas begin with tart dark fruits, vinous red wine, tart cherries and oak. As it warms you get some of the base beer with a toasted bready almost caramel maltiness and some granny smith apples. Really smells like a caramel covered apple more and more as it warms.
The tastes begin with lightly sour dark fruits, light vinous berries, oaky wood and ever emerging earthy notes. While there is no real bourbon flavor you get some vanilla and butterscotch flavors associated with the toasted bourbon barrel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation to it. Finish is slightly acedic and dry overall.
Overall this was a super surprise for me in a good way. I was intially hesitant on this beer because I am not a fan of cherries in beer, but I think more and more that it is that artifical cherry flavor associated with some Krieks or beers like Mad Elf. This has real dark sour cherry fruit flavors, mixed with the oak induced bourbon and vinous flavors which complement each other quite well. Not as stellar as Sang Royal but a slouch my no means.
08-15-2012 20:54:22 | More by claspada
4.38/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
07-05-2012 00:19:18 | More by Duff27
4.6/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
07-03-2012 21:37:04 | More by Gobzilla
4.7/5 rDev +4.9%
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!
05-06-2013 16:54:44 | More by sweemzander
4.3/5 rDev -4%
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.
12-28-2013 13:24:09 | More by Axnjxn
Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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