Cascade Sang Rouge - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 245
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 270
Gots: 44 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 750 ml/1pt., 9.4 fl. oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Deep, dark mahogany in appearance with a frothy, one-finger, khaki-colored crown. The head quickly faded to a thick, lasting collar. Streaks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

The aroma was amazingly complex. Lots of horse blanket mustiness and lactic-like sourness. The sourness was complimented by some sweet brown malts. Red wine notes came through front and center. Super oaky and woody. Fruity with indications of sour cherries.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was outstanding. There was a nice sweet, dark malt presence up front, which helped to balance out this tart and acidic wild ale. Barnyard funk came through strong. Super musty. Red wine and balsamic vinegar notes took over mid-palate. Lots of sour cherry flavor as well. The finish was super oaky, tannic and dry, with slight metallic notes. Refreshingly crisp and appetite whetting.

The mouthfeel was creamy and surprisingly full-bodied. Smooth and supple on the palate.

Cascade's Sang Rouge is intensely flavored yet remarkably well balanced. After trying many of the best American wild ales, I can honestly say that this ranks near the top. (1,244 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into a snifter and Duvel glass. Dregs of course to my Flanders Red brew. Got this on my trip to Portland March 2010.

Appearance is a dark red mahogany color with a nice head on top of it, really frothy looking, and it sticks around as well. Really nice lacing.

Aroma is perfect Flanders Red - cherry pie, a light touch of balsamic vinegar, and a light note of oak.

Taste is just as good - it starts out tart from the beginning with strong cherry pie then the oak comes on strong with the vinegar only slightly in there as it should be. Finishes dry and sour.

Mouthfeel is really creamy and retains a certain fullness to it that I like.

Overall a really amazing sour. It was good before but with an extra year on it, it's now even better. Cascade makes some of the best American Sours that I've had coming in only second to Russian River. I want more. (871 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (1,168 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 joefuzz
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P- Poured into tulip pours dark red with a small almost soda like white head

S- Smells strongly of cherry and sour apple

T- Just as the smell lets on there is a strong taste of cherry and sour apples with a very tart bite the after taste mellows out with flavors of oak and almost plum tastes

M- Pretty thin but with good reason i feel if this beer was thicker it wouldn't be as balanced

D- I could drink this all night split the 750 with a friend and it left us both wanting more great beer

overall amazing but i would not suggest drinking anything after it really messed up my pallet with the flavor. (607 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Also know as Mouton Rouge.

Pours a woody mahogany with a nice tan head that settles to a thin cover. Light lace along the glass.

Nose has plums, tart cherries, red wine grapes, oak, candied figs, caramel and musty barnyard funk.

Taste is a nice blend of sour wild cherries, dark pitted fruits, dark candies, red wine, wood and sweet fruity malts.

Body is full yet crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated with a dry, acidic finish.

Really well done Flanders Style sour. Cascade is making some of the best wild ales in the world. (532 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Of the four cascade brews I hav had this was definitely my favorite. This beer pours a nice red color win a pretty decent head. The ammonia acetic funky and slightly oaky. The flavor is more sour than I has expected and quite enjoyable there are also some oak hints in the flavor. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodies with good carbonation. Will definitely get more when it is available. (390 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750mL bottle

appearance - looks brown/dark cherry in color, good lacing

smell - smell of fruit, oak, cherry, wine

taste - the taste echoes the nose except that it is much more vibrant and flavorful, very complex and deep in flavor...and best of all, quite sour

mouthfeel - carbonation up front, medium body, and smooth finish

drinkability - delicious and complex, could easily go through the bottle if that were my goal (440 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (313 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 russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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! (783 characters)

Photo of dogfishlove120
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wondering why the reviews on this beer have been low lately. This was a great beer that really put Cascade on the top shelf for me.

The appearance is a dark dark ruby color with a dark brown heart. It has a head, but the carbonation is so crisp and the alcohol so high that there really is no chance. Light abv legs, but overall this looks like an average Flemish Brown.

The smell is intoxicating, and this was a 2008 bottling that has been just improving and improving since then. Great tart cherry smell with a lot of oak and barrel. It has some pedio and lacto tartness that stings the nostrils, but in a great way.

The beer is incredibly complex, and just everything about it is amazing. Great tart cherry flavor accompanied with lots and lots of barrel flavor that is awesome. The oak flavors in this have come out strong and present a very forward character, and it makes me wonder what this was aged in? Casks were my first answer because on the side of the bottle it says, "small barrels" but then again it could be just... small barrels.

Great tart mouthfeel that is backed by the smooth woody barrel flavor. I am saying it again, this beer is amazing. I could drink a few bottles of this, which makes it even that much more dangerous.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a champagne flute. Cork was so tight I had to use a wine bottle opener to get it out...weird.

Pours a deep amber/ruby body with a finger of off-white/beige 2 finger head. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells quite sour, some sour cherries, a hint of black currants and lactic sourness.

Tastes of sour cherries, some raisins and black currants and then a strong lactic sour taste. Some chalky yeast as well. Then a touch of oak and vanilla with a lasting lactic sour finish. Sourness is not over the top it seems quite right for the brew.

Mouthfeel is light and appropriately carbonated. Puckering from the sourness. Quite smooth despite the puckering sourness.

It goes down easy as hell. Delicious! (710 characters)

Photo of MASPuros
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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! (640 characters)

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

Chilled bottle poured into tulip

Appearance- Very dark amber with some light head

Smell - Tart, cranberry and vinegary, but not overpowering of vinegar

Taste - Again, this is tart and slightly vinegary, but the vinegar is not overpowering and is a positive contribution. There are also strong flavor of cranberries and a slight aftertaste of orange peel

Mouth- tart and slightly puckering

Drink- Very complex beer, but quite enjoyable once you break through the puckering tart flavors. The 8% alcohol is not overpowering however I feel that this beer could still use a little time. Overall I definitely recommend this beer. (629 characters)

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

750 ml bottle poured into my ccb snifter.
A- pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A inch of tan head that recedes quickly. A lil bit of lacing left behind.

A- tart and kind of funky. Balsamic vinegar, cherries, and oak are present.

T- very tart with dark cherries leading the way. However, the oak is present from start to finish. There is also a slight vinegar presence. It isn't overbearing though. I really enjoy the tartness I'm getting. I was suprised to see that it's classified as a AWA, it really reminded me more of a flanders red.

M- lighter side of medium with a dry tart finish. The carbonation isn't nearly as high as other cascade offerings I have drank.

D- I could drink it all day long. I'm really falling in love with Cascade. I'm geeked up that they are distributing to FL!!! (804 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike, this was a big want of mine. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish-amber color with a pinkish hue, one inch of fluffy white head, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, funk, oak, other dark fruits, lactic notes, and some vinegar. Smell is very sour and great; lots of tart cherries.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots and lots of tart cherries and sour dark fruits, followed by oak, lactic ntoes, funk, and vinegar. Very tart and enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this was a really great sour; another great one from Cascade. I lvoed the tart cherries and dark fruits that dominated this one, and would love to have it again. (753 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice ruddy brown tight off white head. Light retention and some nice chunks of lace.

S: Light red wine notes hints of currants and black cherries. Subtle oak as well.

T: Mild oak and hint of tartness. Black cherries and currants. Hints of under ripe raspberry with a bit of red wine goodness.

M: Medium in body, light carbonation

D: These guys do no wrong. The US needs more breweries that do this. (413 characters)

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter, last bottle in our Cascade tasting.

Pours a clear deep brownish amber with a foamy slightly off white head. Aroma is oaky and mild sour/tart from cherries and other dark fruit. Flavor reminds me of Consecration, but not as complex. Tart and sour cherries are most prominent flavor, but aren't overwhelming or too intense. The oak flavors are less strong than in the aroma. Medium bodied with higher carbonation, very pleasant overall but not that complex. (493 characters)

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

Bought at Whole Foods in Irvine. Thanks beerman4!

Pours a dark brown with some red tinges. A light tan head. Smells like oak, cherries, and more than a little similar to New Belgium's La Folie.

Taste is bitingly acidic, but there's some sweet fruit here. Cherries and something else, actually. Kind of a general "berryness." Light acid dances on the tongue. Very refreshing.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. Good lively mouthfeel. (429 characters)

Photo of Damico
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (283 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 sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark brown to burgundy color that produced a nice tan colored head that dissipated down to bubbles and froth.

(S)- A nice lactic dry oaky sour funk up front with some tart; almost sweet fruits behind that. Almost earthy too.

(T)- Sour! An obvious sour yet lactic character. Almost vinegar-like in a flanders sense of sour. Yet it has some dry acidic earthy fruits in there too. Really nice overall profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A good acidity and sour kick with earth. Almost feels crisp on the tongue due to the knockout punch combo of sour and acidity.

(D)- A solid to great wild ale. Everything you would and should expect for the style. A good sourness and fruit profiles. I appreciate that it almost veers towards an Oud Bruin or Flanders, but still very much stays in the wild category. Great stuff in my opinion. (957 characters)

Photo of steeltown71
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (370 characters)

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