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Cascade Sang Rouge - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 262
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 272
Gots: 50 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.06% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 02-25-2010

Previously called 'Mouton Rouge'...

"Aged up to 30 months in oak barrels, this ale is a blend of as many as nine lots of aged reds, resulting in a very deep, rich and complex sour."
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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 262
Photo of brother_rebus
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep dark red. Not purple. Ringed head. Few bubbles. Deep red fruit smell; pomegranate and caramelized raspberry. Thickk loike drinking Prussian wolfsblood. Slight oakiness to it. Bitter more towards the middle and ending. Well fizzed for a nice latent effect. Overall probably the best cascade I've tried. Top notch. (317 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 project. 8.4% ABV. 750ml bottle poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark red/brown color with less than a finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Body is relatively clear when held to light with mild visible carbonation.

Smell: Red grape, sour cherry, black currant, really oaky, lacto and hints of earth and tobacco.

Taste: Lots of dark fruit character. Black currants, raisin, red wine, oak, slight breadiness, prune and hints of tobacco and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium to high gentle carbonation. Finishes mostly dry with a mild warming alcohol sensation.

Overall: One of my favorite offerings from Cascade. Lots of barrel character and complexity. Would definitely get again. (759 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a blackberry color with an inch of ecru foam; strands and dots of lacing hang around

Smell: Raspberry, black cherry, tobacco, oak and red wine grapes

Taste: Raspberry and black cherry, up front, with the lactic and acetic sour and oak flavors building; oak, tobacco, and fruit in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; nice and puckery

Overall: The balance between the fruit, sour and funk flavors is a real ace in the hole for this beer (486 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep deep red. Brick red. Head is khaki but drops out almost immediately. No lacing or cap. A vague notion of a collar sits at the edge. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Citric acid dark fruit. Cherry in abundance. Some cranberry and even a hint of old raspberry. Musty damp funk that's typical for Cascade. Damp and musty. Touches of stone and earth. Slightly sweet malt base. A touch of caramelization. Deeply acetic. Vinegar with a ton of oak barrel. The tartness runs the gamut adding a sharp citric bite on top of everything. Old fruit. Some serious leather with a deep push of red wine and red grapes. Soft hints of cocoa laced in the back.

Taste: Tons of citric acid right up front. Pushes acetic - vinegar. The vinegar increases a touch as the beer warms. Leans toward balsamic. Tons of sour cherry flesh, skin, and juice. Damp and musty wood and basement. Carries a soft powdery yeast. Some grass and a touch of hay. Cranberry and even more cherry. Lemon juice. A solid push of leather. Soft cocoa nuts run through the back,. Slightly vinous. Malts offer a touch of caramelized sweetness coupled a small bready element. Woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mildly slick initial sip. Incredibly wet with a high astringency. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: It's Cascade. It's good.

Impressively tart with a nice blend of dark fruit and red wine. It's not earth shattering but it's another quality sour from Cascade. (1,448 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/1/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Dark, dark red - almost black from a distance, but upon inspection it's a dark garnet - pours with a medium sized, light tan head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Some serious fruit aromas, which is interesting considering I don't think they actually added fruit - berries, with dark cherries, black cherries - tart - rich funk, with some musty, lactic barrel funk, some acidity as well - hints of lemon - lots of wood - some substantial red wine-like aromas - very complex

T: Dark fruits, wine, and sour - dark fruits, grapes, black cherries - tannins - tart and some damp sourness - musty, wet, woody, lactic sour - some sharp acidic sour as well, but mostly damp, wet funk (typical for Cascade) - strong oak flavor - some cooked, caramelized malts - caramel sweetness - finishhes with lingering tart acidity and a light touch of heat

M: Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation, lingering tart

O: Das it, sang

This has some deep, rich, fruity and woody flavors. There is a lot going on here, and it's a bit to damp, but it's very interesting, to say the least. A nice sipper. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at Cascade - in a snifter.

Pours a deep brown with healthy head that quickly fades and sticky lacing. There's candy sugar in the nose, as well as sweet fruits, sour lemons and some barnyard funk. The taste follows suit, tart - sour & funky. The carbonation is low here. Sour, tart and funky. Another great beer by the guys who seem to own sours right now. The alcohol too is well hidden. Give this one a shot, you'll be glad you did. Cheers! (459 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dirty ruby red. A big sour smell, with hints of red wine. The taste is quite sour, and the wine is very present. This is not my favorite Cascade, it lacks the fruit taste I enjoy in their other beers, but it is still a great sour. (241 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

sometimes you get a wild hare and split a 65 dollar bottle of beer with your brother... I know we overpaid, but the liquid here is epic. as good or better than the other sang beers, and aged real well (2013 edition). its a deep and complex blend, the color of red wine with the same intense tannic acidity and full bodied structure, this is as red winey as beer has been in my experience, certainly without adding fruit. surprised how much head is on this for what it is, I like that a lot, especially in wild ale. the sourness stings the nostrils and makes the palate water like crazy, and the first sip does the same thing, as soon as I swallow it my palate waters for another sip, then another, and another. flavors are real complex here, licorice, black cherry, cabernet, raspberry, lemons, tobacco, musky wet oak, vanilla, even cardamom for a second. its layered and well integrated, and the mouthfeel is astonishing. its fuller bodied, insanely dry for how fruity it is, and piled high with lactic acidity fighting with oak mellowness. it also has a certain creaminess to it, never before seen in a wild ale, richness without the sugar. it needs nothing at all to be perfect, this is one of the best wild ales of all time. a very very pleasurable and indeed regal drinking experience. if you find one and you like this sort of thing, you will not regret this bottle. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 project

Poured into a snifter from a cork and cage bottle.

Pours a deep dark rusty reddish/brown color with a white frothy head that dissipates rapidly. No visible lacing around the glass, but a thin layer of head stays around the outside of the glass.

Smells of lactobacillus, over ripened grapes.

Tastes of tart over ripened cranberry, bing cherry, and over ripened grapes, but the. Has a nice oaky, dry finish. Unreal.

Mouthfeel is perfection for a wild ale. Nice and sour on the palate with a pleasant prickliness that lingers and then a beautiful dryness takes over the mouth. Delicious!

Overall a rock solid sour ale. I bought one to age and I can't wait to try it a few years from now.

Cheers! (713 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse.

Pours a dark brown-purple body, minimal one finger white head with no retention or lacing. Looks lightly carbonated. Smells of oak, tannins, cherry, dark fruit, raisins, red wine, hay, a bit of leather. Nice complexity. Flavour is similarly complex; quite tart and acidic; tannins, oak, leather, dark fruit, red wine, funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lower in carbonation but appropriately so. The acidity is strong here. Overall, a nice complex and acidic AWA. It would be hard to drink more than a 1/3 of the bottle on your own. (571 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours brown with two fingers of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: candy sugar with sweet and tart cherry aromas following. Sour lemon notes following before some must and funk barnyard aromas.

T: lots of tart, sour, and funky flavors going on here. Lemons, tart cherries, acetic vinegar, must hay, and others. Complex but tasty. The finish is tart and clean.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery but could use a bit more carbonation.

O: a very tasty beer. Sour, tart, funky, and complex. (561 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a shirt beige colored head that died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lactic acid and oak are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of lactic acid along with notes of sour vinegar and hints of oak and cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well balanced sour beer that does a good job at blending the sourness along with complex notes of vinegar, oak, and cherries.

Note: 2013 project

Serving type: bottle (679 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep ruby red. Yellowish cream head.

Smell - Light balsamic acidity. Cherries. Some oak.

Taste - Much stronger malt up front but it is overpowered rapidly by acetic sourness. Strong balsamic flavor. Gets oaky and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, oaky, vinous finish. The sourness becomes strongest right at the end.

Overall - Authentic oud bruin flavors with standard authentic pitfalls as well, in my opinion. (489 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle split 3 ways

A: Red tinted mahogany with a thin lashing of head. Some legs.

N: ripe grapes, lactic acide, some strawberry, cherry, and oak. Wine barrel is evident.

M: Sour lactic acid and sweet tarts. There's an ample amount of the aforementioned fruits, but this has the same base level taste of the other Cascade sours.

M: It's on the lighter side, though it's still heavier than I like and has an oiliness about it.

O: Typical Cascade sour. Nothing special, but it's not off putting to drink, either. (522 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John11486 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity, wood, and vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (497 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite dark. This is a very mature sour that isn't too tight at all. Opens nicely and gives a crisp and even sour character with fruit tones interjecting nicely. This is my first beer from Cascade, and it's quite good. An excellent way to start things off. (261 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, it's been in my "cellar" for a while. I've had this before but never while in a position to review it.

Hand cork came out surprisingly easy, around one finger width of off-white head from a pretty quick pour. The best way to describe the color of this one would have to be a dark garnet hue. Retention is surprisingly good despite the age and there is some lacing as well. The head is really smooth and creamy looking. Nice to look at and hold to the light.

Quite complex in the aroma. Red wine vinegar is the main attraction, but there's also a substantial amount of raspberry, cherry, vanilla and oak. It smells very "bright".

Even though this is classified as an American Wild Ale, it always reminds me a bit more of a stronger Flanders Red, which I must admit is a style that I'm not that wild about. With that said, this is a very good tasting sour. The vinegar isn't all that apparent which is the main thing that turns me off to the style. A lot of fruit flavors - the big one I get is cranberry, but cherry and raspberry are there too. There's a woody undertone with a slight vanilla hint which rounds things out very well.

Mouthfeel is very good, a nice medium feel with a good carbonation level. Overall this is a winner. It's been about a year since I've had this beer and I've only ever had it shortly after release. I have to say I think the age has done a lot for it, it seems to be better than I remember and I'm really enjoying how it's drinking right now. I'd recommend two years on it. No oxidation on this bottle and no alcohol presence at all. (1,581 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Courtesy of MordorMongo, thanks Scott!

This beer pours a light bodied dark amber with a slight beige lacing. The nose is light and tart with acetic sour and raspberry vinigrette. Shit. The flavors are light and acidic with cherry. It's pretty one dimensional. Fruity vinegar. It drinks lighter in body and finishes quickly. It's ok, definitely not worth the money. This was a big want but also a bit disappointment. I wanted more than a light bodied cherry, raspberry vinagrette. (480 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by BRoss242! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, funk, tart, and tart cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, funk, tart, and tart cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I was really happy to see this one show up at the tasting as it was quite enjoyable and fairly refreshing to boot. It was really well balanced with a little favoritism to the tart aspect. Cascade has been doing really good things with their sours and this one is no exception. If you have tried this one, you already know. If not, what the Hell are you waiting for? (889 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, slight yeast chunked slight clear cola brown color.

Nose nice tart fruit, raisin, malt vinegar, nice sourness, light reddish malt, pretty good.

Taste brings quite a bit of sour, light malt vinegar, nice acid and hint of lactic, hint if reddish malt and brown sugar raisin, tart plum, slight sticky. Finish is drier but light phlemmy, bit more sour malts, acid, and dark fruit, and hint of bready malt.

Mouth is med bodied, almost no carb.

Overall quite nice, good blend of malt vinegar, tartness, fruit, acid, lactic, and hint of dry bready malt finish. (575 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard on the palate from the vinegar and acid,lemon juice, but tasty with cherry,other dark sour fruits, creamy mouthfeel, 2009 version."Cuvee de Racoon"Dark reddish tinged colour.Long finish, would like more malt. Buffalo tasting. Funky interesting aroma. (255 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Think I picked this bottle up some time in 2010 and somehow never got around to opening it. Bottle says "8.06% ABV, 6.1 IBU" if that's a vintage identifier for you.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a one inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily and leaves no lacing. Pours a deep but translucent ruby red and leaves occasional dots and tight streaks of lacing.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, fruity undertones. With time, some beautifully vibrant red fruit notes come out. Lots of development here. Gets funkier, more savory, then more deeply fruity, etc.

Taste: Creamy and oaky up front, leading to a great lactic sour and cherry hit. Lots of acetic flavor that goes well with the oak. Pretty sour; sourness lingers long and mouthpuckeringly. Great leathery red wine flavors emerge.

This beer is straightforward and delicious. Just right amount of oak influence, lots of cherry, red wine, wild ale complexity without any real abrasiveness. I've gone on more sweeping American wild ale adventures than this one, but the ride is smooth and profoundly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Juicy, with a tart finish. Occasional sugariness, but not bad. Often quite succulent. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: Sang Rouge is an American wild ale after my own heart. While I could go even oakier, and would love some sour cherries thrown in, otherwise it hits all the right notes for me. Red wine-like, great mouthfeel, not too acidic, flavors not too disparate but still deep and complex. Could drink this beer every day, honestly. (1,565 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

shared by imperialking to a tasting.

Murky brownish red with a tan head. Decent legs and lace. Average retention. The legs have some bright red cherry hues that appear in a swirl.

The nose is oaky, dark and woody. No big bright cherrry, raspberry, or other fresh fruit notes that make me scream in excitement. This was opened side by side with Sang Royal, and of the two, this is the less sour.

It isn't bad, but it isn't something I would want to trade for (or even order directly from Racoon Lodge with their CRAZY shipping prices!).

Certainly good enough to enjoy a glass if some one else brings it! It's certainly drinkable, but I just want more sourness.... (688 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pour equal parts dark brown and dark red. . . I was expecting more red, the liquid had no head. Aroma, fits the complex bill, lots going on here I could tell, made the '9 blend' description seem to come to life, plenty of tart and sour aroma, as well as cherry.

Can't tell, but a good fruit quotient of cherry and blackberry may have been used here, or at some point in one of the base beers used in the blend. Sourness holds up, not their most sour or greatest beer, but its definitely a damn good one. Acidic to the max. A little better than the kriek, this one isn't as sweet, this is even more sour cherry pie. As usual, the high alcohol is covered nicely.

Drank on tap at Beachwood's Sourfest '11. (706 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown with cherry red highlights. It's lightly carbonated - white foam that quickly fades to a ring.

Smell is good. Initially a lot of balsamic vinegar, but that mellows a bit, and red wine makes an appearance as do some fruits - cherry mostly - maybe some other dark fruits as well.

Taste is very good - It's sour, but more of a soft, nearly lactic sour, than a super sharp acetic sour. Balsamic is again present, as are cherries. I also get some red wine (grapes and oak), a bit of apple, and a hint of sweetness to balance out the tart. It's a complex and tasty beer.

Feel is nice - despite looking flat this one is well carbonated. It's got a soft, medium bodied feel.

Overall - another delicious Cascade sour. I do, however, prefer the fruits to this one. (781 characters)

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Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.