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Cascade Sang Rouge - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang RougeCascade Sang Rouge

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 274
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 204 | Reviews: 93
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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit with a good mix of tartness. The flavor is oak, tannins and dark fruit. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of my favorite Cascade sours.

Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Sang Rouge is a nice sour red ale that I was lucky enough to get a taste of. The beer was refreshing and balanced with a nice tannic oak edge with an aged balsamic vinegar acidity and sweetness. The malt flavors were subdued but the slightly bready and caramel flavors did contribute to the beer. I've had more complex and flavorful reds but this was very nice

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as a Flanders Red Ale. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my White Birch flute/tulip.

Light cola colored body with brilliant cerise highlights. Very active, soapy beige head fizzes away to nearly nothing. Gossamer thin lacing.

Aroma is delicate - light cherry-ish esters, fresh-cut leather, and faint berry notes with a hint of Fruit Loops.

Tart palate entry, just short of bracing. Lightly vinuous, with a touch of tangerine, kumquat, and pinot gris. Faint tannins, moderately oaky, but as if fresh barrels were used (no char). The finish brings to mind cherries, wine grapes, young balsamic vinegar, and a bit of earth (or rather, dust).

Mildly astringent, light-bodied, with a spritzy level of carbonation (though mysteriously, as noted above, no head retention).

Very refreshing despite its shortcomings - no off notes, just lacking depth of flavor. Somewhat disappointing compared to the other offerings from this brewer (which range from good to great among those I've thus far sampled).

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger off-white fine cream head with awesome retention. Beer is a clear dark purple-red. Lacing is thick and web-like with very good stick. An all-around beautiful beer.

S: Nose is pungent. Oak and a bouquet of sour prunes, plums, cherries, and raspberries. Slight hint of Brett in the back. Very appropriate and enticing but flavors are a bit muddled and not crisp.

T: Opens prunes and plum. Brett funkiness comes in towards the middle, emphasizing the dark fruit tartness and mixing it with barnyard and cobwebs. Sour grows as this one warms. Cherry and raspberry puree towards the end and actually sweetens on the finish with red fruit characteristics. Saliva enducing finish with a lingering puckering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Oily and thick in the mouth but very abrasive at the edges and tingly all the way down. Sticks to the palate. Messy and sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste.

D: This has to be one of Cascade's top 3 sours. Flavor is spot on and its one hell of an attractive brew. A little too heavy and muddled at times which is the only thing that takes away from it. Still though, definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and paired with some homemade pizza on a blizzard night

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice - muddy brown body, garnet highlights, creamy beige head with strong retention

smell: tart cherry, big oak notes, balsamic, wild yeast, vinous notes

taste: nice wild ale - tart cherries, sharp woody traits from the oak, nice acidity, raspberry balsamic, vinous, cocoa. Solid beer - wish i had access to this brewery (soon i suspect)

mouthfeel: acidic, tart, nice carbonation

drinkability: good

Photo of MASPuros
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 750ml bottle at the Verdugo in tulip glass.

A: Dark orange/reddish color with a small head. Nice bubble action in the glass

S: Sweet and sour cherries ... oak, vinegar, some dark fruits. I like the sweet and sour smell alot.

T: Sour vinegary taste upfront followed by a nice light sweetness in the background. Slight oak flavor as well.

M: Coats mouth well and plenty of carbonation that dances on the tongue.

D: This went down way to easy ... when I reached for another pour it was gone.

Overall, sourness didn't bombard my taste buds but I really enjoyed the sweet and sour tastes from this one. Must try for you sour lovers!

Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by chswimmer on BA. Labeled as Sang Rouge, but I understand this also goes by "Mouton Rouge." Why the hell would you name a beer after that awful movie? Nicole Kidman is ugly.

Pours deep dark red with a fading off-white head.

Aroma is great and sour with cherries, red wine, and other dark fruits.

Flavor is also very good with cherry, vinegar, red wine, and a little spice. Medium sourness level.

Nice acidity on the palate with medium body, but just a little watery on the finish.

Drinkable and good overall, but I didn't think it was quite as good as others thought it was.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes, got this from LarryG in a trade, enjoyed this about six weeks ago...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of rapidly falling mocha colored head. minimal head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries & leather, all fade a bit as this warms

T: Cherries & raspberries mix up front, along with grassyness. More of the same as this warms, the cherry really asserts itself, dryness, & some persimmons & figs hiding in the background, along with balsamic vinegar & & vanilla. Finishes dry with puckery & tart cherries

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation. Well put together, nice balance for all that is going on here

This is a world class offering IMO, so much going on here. This definitely makes me want to seek out more offerings from thse guys!

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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?

Photo of Damico
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect aroma is sweet candi sugar with just a touch of funk! The color is amber with a red hue and light tan head. . The flavor of a crisp sour red ale that goes down smooth with no pucker. The body is a bit light but overall delicious. Cascade has hit another sour on the head!

Photo of steeltown71
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful looking beer...please throw some light behind this and take a look. Smell is fruit-forward - cherry, raspberry, cranberry. Taste - tart but not overwhelming on the sour notes. Smooth oak on the finish. Acidic bite is more subdued than many sours.

This is undoubtedly one of the best new world wilds. It's tough to match RR but this is pretty close.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear reddish color ale with a nice thick bubbly head with good retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of sour oak notes with treat cherries and light acidic finish is quiet enjoyable. Taste is a very nice mix between some tart notes with definitive oak traces and a light acidic finish. Sour cherries notes are easily noticeable. Great complex sour from Cascades yet again though not necessarily different then some of there other beers.

Photo of Docer
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Snagged a couple 750ml bottles at Beaumont Market..

- Rich dark red and molasses brown ale... somewhat clear and fizzed up nicely... but quickly fizzled to a bubbling cider of sorts. If an category gets slightly lower marks.. it is this one.. though it still looks fantastic for the style.

- Where do I start? Perfect fresh sourness and fruity tartness up front... and a wonderful background of black currants, subtle sweet qualities... and oak. I do think the pinot noir shows a little on this one, but more so the oak.

- This stuff is the nectar of the gods. I can't get over Cascades sours... this one is much like their usual Mouton Rouge, and their bottled Sang Noir last year. Huge dark currants in the flavors, oak, sourness... I don't much have the vocabulary for this one. Grapes, black cherries... oak. Perfection as usual from them.

- Light bodied, bubbly watery... sour zingy mouth watering.... overall very good, and just the perfect carbonation.

- Must be my most favorite from Cascade so far, though I haven't had some of their more rare goodies as of late. I am thinking I liked the Sang Royal just a tad better than this one... though very close.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
8.06% ABV, Serve at 45-50 F

Thanks, yet again, to Sweemzander for another tick! He's bustin' out the big guns!

A - Dark ruby brown looks almost black in the tulip. It's topped by a loose tan head. Low retention and spotty lace are left behind.

S - Lactic sour aroma with a beautifully complimentary oak wood scent in the background. Light vinegar sourness and smooth brown malt accompany.

T - Aside from the intrusive off-flavor that lingers in the back and plagues the brew, the malt profile and vinegar sourness are pretty nice in this one. Mellow amber malts. Flanders Red-like.

M - Good mild level of sourness and moderately high carbonation with a touch of lactic acidity.

O - Strong acid/sour profile towards the end of the sample but the off-flavor that lingers in the taste really kills what's going for this brew.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this to the weekend tasting.... Big Thanks Sammy!!

Pours with a fluffy tan head... the brew is deeeep red... a little lace as the head dies back.

Wow.. the nose is full of cherries.. nice oaky presence... mildly lactic presence... much less than the Sang Royale.

Flavor mirrors the nose with more of a wine barrel presence... good acetic acidity yet the fruits and the lite tannins are the main players.. Not nearly as punchy sour as the Royale... just bunches of cherries.. very pleasant.. finishes very fruity and pretty dry.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with really only a medium carbonation... I was expecting a lite body and bigger carbonation, but I'm not complaining...

Very nice, just not as good as I was hoping... the fruit is vibrant and wonderful.. but a bit more lactic qualities with some more barrel would bump up the score for me.

Thanks again Sam... and Sean :-)

4/4/4.5/3.5/4

Photo of vacax
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a copper head a finger thick. Aroma has cherry skins, mildly tart, lactic, is vinous. Tastes of cherries, moderately sour with some acetic notes, caramel, earth, leather. Body is medium and silky with smooth carbonation. Lovely feel on this beer and pretty tasty stuff.

Photo of dogfishlove120
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather dark brown and red rust in color, with an off white somewhat red tinted lacing. The aroma is pungent with sour cherries, cola and a very faint note of vinegar. The initial taste is phenomenal, sour with a sweet finish. Extremely slight and barely noticeable medicinal flavor (possibly from the cherries). Very sour, the abv is masked nicely.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to victory4me for surprising us at a recent tasting by pulling this one out of the beer fridge. Definitely a surprise. Poured it into a tulip glass.

The color is absolutely insane. Deep, rich ruby throughout, with only slight lightening around the edges of the glass. There is a big fluffy white head that is well retained. As the beer level recedes, abstract laced patterns adorn the glass on all sides.

The aroma is complex. Cherries, balsamic vinegar, a nice tartness, and some well balanced funkiness. I would say this is right up there with some of the really well-regarded American sours as far as aroma. The flavor brings on dark fruits, more pronounced balsamic notes, and extremely tart sour cherries. The funk is less evident here than it was in the aroma.

There is a mouth-puckering quality to the sourness as soon as it hits the palate. Good carbonation in a medium body hits the mark for a dark sour. Sang Rouge is very well rounded, deeply complex, and far from one-dimensional. I would put it up against most non-special release sours made in the US, without a doubt.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep dark burgundy color, one-finger tan head with good retention and lacing, a bit hazy

s - lot of funkiness in the nose, musty, sour cherry and lemon, lighter vinegar notes

t - sweet red cherry and oak up front with a considerable tartness exploding on the midpalate with lots of sour raspberry and lemon flavors lingering, finish is a lighter lingering tartness with notes of oak and funk mixing well with black cherry cola flavors

m - medium-bodied, on the higher side of carbonation, very active in the mouth, fairly tart on the finish with lighter sweetness

d - the complexity keeps it interesting through the whole bottle and the tartness and sourness are not overpowering, good for the style

Another great sour from Cascade -- I'd put it just behind the Sang Royale. Well worth the $18-20 price tag for a special occasion beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to DaveJanssen for the chance to try this one.

4.0 A: Nearly clear dark amber color. Two fingers of light mocha colored creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average retention and only touches of lacing.

4.5 S: Nice aroma. Loads of tart cherry and oak. Secondarily there is a mild tannic astringency, vanilla, lactic acid, Balsalmic vinegar, currant, and figs. Very complex and very much in harmony.

4.0 T: Cherry is strongest flavor. Next is acetic acid, oak, tannins, plum and fig, dark grapes. Reasonably tart but only slightly sour if that makes sense.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Tart at start and finish. The problem is that this could be a lot more creamier.

4.0 D: Tasty brew. Definitely got the sour fix I was looking for. Mouthfeel could be a bit better, but the taste is pretty good and the nose is great.

Photo of ebin6
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark red with a porous head which recedes, leaving a slight carbonation pool in the center

S - Sharp, citrusy, fruity nose. Almost a cherry smell to it

T - A heavier taste in some ways for a sour. Tasted like cherries, but not in a medicinal way

M - Carbonation in appearance does not disappoint. Hits all the spots; literally eye-opening when swirled

D - Drank entire bottle and it did not let up!

Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised; this will be added to the sour rotation for sure

Photo of ChrisPro
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft for Sourfest 2009 at Brouwer's for SBW.

Pours a dark amber brown and light head. There's a great sour cherry aroma and nicely balanced wood aroma.

Flavor is great tart cherry with touch of caramel.

A bit fizzy, but otherwise clean. Much more complex as it warmed. This is another great one from Cascade.

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Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.