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Cascade Sang Rouge - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 303
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 270
Gots: 62 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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: 113 | Hads: 303
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Red and brown. No head. Aroma was a complex array of red ales, oak, lactic sourness, cherry. As questionable as the appearance was, the aroma was the complete opposite as it was highly impressive.

Imparted dark cherry and blackberry, although I don't know if either of those were actually added to this beer. Sourness is prolly a 6.5 on a 10 pt scale. Very acidic. Cherry seems to kick it the hardest. ABV easy to cover with all those red malts and barrels. Well done display of what a red ale can be.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A great ruby brown appearance leads in to a nose full of lactic acidity and tart red berries and a deep, barnyard burnt aroma.

The flavor is initially sharp, but as it warms and you let it develop in your mouth(let your mouth adjust to the sharp acidity) a delightful candied cherry undertone emerges. Of course on top of this lies a cornucopia of tart flavors, from lemon pith to grapefruit to green grape skins.

The mouthfeel is on point! Almost palate stripping with a full body that coats with a lasting aftertaste that you can enjoy well after the beer is gone.

This is an a class american sour that I'd put up there with similar candidates like consecration and james and Julie, it hits all the right notes and is unapologetically mouth puckering. This might be more vulgar than European sours, but as a no holds barred american sour, it definitely holds it's own.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown (24) pour with dark khaki head; cap disappeared quickly; better than spotty lace; excellent clarity under cap. Tarty, funky Brett/fruity nose; some earthiness with lite wet horse blanket round out the aromas. Flavor of sour cherries up front with lite acidity; gentle oak flavor which shows up more in the mouthfeel; some horsiness but mostly sour cherries in the finish. The mouthfeel has a dryness from the oak without being overly drying; moderate lite carbonation. Overall, an excellent balance of complex sour fruit, oak and barnyard flavors. Light and so easy to drink. Outstanding.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purple, tinges of brown. Light lacing.

Grape, apple, light oakiness, dark fruits, cherry.

Dark cherries, sour apple, sweetness. Blackberries.

Low carbonation, dense syrupy mouthfeel.


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Photo of Stolenface1
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/red with tan head which falls somewhat quickly but leaves a ring around the glass on surface of the beer. Good lacing as I drink.Aroma of dark fruits, oak, lactic, slight funk, vanilla flavor follows aroma with added leather and tobacco notes, green apple, and a slight mineral from the barrel. The feel is medium with somewhat high carbonation.. perfect combo imo. Overall a great American version of a Flanders red/brown with what seems like an extra pedio bite. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle - the '2013 Project', at 8.4% - part of an awesome (and expensive) new product line available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some rearing sea beast profile lace in places around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of sour red wine vinegar, grainy oak staves (wood and dried vanilla beans), a small earthy funkiness, cherry menthol, musty chewing tobacco, aged lemon juice, and a subtle bready pale malt. The taste is evenly tart red wine lees, mixed black fruit (raspberry, blackberry, and cherry), a milky sourness, gritty barrel notes - more besotted wood and charred caramel/vanilla - lightly toasted brown malts, lemon vinegar, and a wan earthiness, that could be of either yeast or hop in design.

The bubbles are quite active in their probing and exploring, fizzy and frothy nature, the body a decent middleweight, and not particularly smooth, as the acetic acid kind of swirls about a little too much for that. It finishes off-dry, the base malt making a stand, while the sour, tart, woody, and faintly boozy esters howl and cackle like it was last Saturday night.

Overall, a genuinely tasty and engaging version of this broad style, and bordering dangerously on Flanders Red Ale territory. The sour and tart essences are duly represented, but with a commendable attendant fruitiness, rendering this one actually rather drinkable, despite the elevated dose of the ol' goofy juice.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 oz tulip straight from the factory at Raccoon Lodge. Pours a deep brown with ruby tints. Brown bubbles reflected a soapy rainbow color. Honestly, not much to look at. Smells of cherries, raspberry, and rich wet rotted wood. The beer fumes acidity and oaky earthiness. Taste is rich with strawberry sweetness up front but quickly covers up the sweetness with white and balsamic vinegars and pinot grigio and pear wine like flavors. The feel is tangy and puckering leaving a long salty finish almost like eating sour candy. This is a nice take one the Flanders red style beer. Almost a mix of a lambic and a Flanders. Pretty darn tasty. A little on the sour side, but nice and well rounded with lots of delicious oak and earthiness.

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Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle. Black13 sent this to me a couple years ago, cheers man!

Pours a deep brown with some really nice deep rooby tonez when held to the light. Topped with half a finger of khaki head that quickly fades to a collar.

Huge oak and classic sour brown ale nose. some cherries and dark fruits with some nice barrel funk and some sweet malts coming through. Taste is a nice medium sour, oak and dark cherries, light sweetness that's perfect with the level of sour and no alcohol whatsoever. Medium+ body, low+ fine and smooth carbonation. Fantastic.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of -Rick
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
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.


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Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.