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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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110 Reviews
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Reviews: 110
Hads: 292
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 270
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, ruddy brown, with a little bit of quickly disappearing light brown head. Right off, on the nose, I get a ton of lactic acid, sour cherries and wood. On the palate, this one is hugely sour, with cherries, some dark fruits, a little oak and some sherry vinegar. I am not a huge sour guy, and this one was way too much.

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Photo of aasher
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of albern
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm parting company with the crowd on this one. First, this isn't really a wild ale as much as it is a Flemish sour red ale. Second, the beer in its own right is decent but far from brilliant. There isn't much of a reddish tint to the beer, more a amber mahogany color with a decent creamy off white head and some lacing as the beer settles. The nose is a touch too vinegary, but that's the story of the beer.

The taste is soury, reddish and mouth puckering, but there is an unpleasant vinegrette and just plain red vinegar taste to the beer that is over the top. Comparing this to Rodenbach which is maximally mouth puckering and sour, and comparing this to the Duchesse which is wildly complex between the sweet and sour, aged and new ales, this beer just doesn't measure up. It becomes more drinkable as it settles in, but it just is too much on the vinegar scale, not enough on the complexity and sourish scale for me. It's okay but go for Petrus, Rodenbach, Duchesse or a few other of genuine stock. Why settle here.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
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....

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -14%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle sent to me by user mashmaster. thanks tom! drank from my duvel tulip.

A- the pour yields a murky and almost opaque dark brown colored body with a very small off white head that quickly becomes no more than a crown. a few random and tiny spots get left on the sides of my glass.

S- the nose starts off with some tart cherries and oaken barrel. after that i get some balsamic vinegar notes and other lactic tartness. no trace of barnyard funk, which is odd.

T- the taste starts out with more of the tart cherries that i could smell. traces of the barrel move in behind that and add some dryness. im still not picking up any trace of the brett induced funk which i find odd. balsamic vinegar and other lactic notes.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is a solid medium as well. nicely sour without being too puckering.

D- i liked this beer alot, but is not my favorite of the style. greatfull that i was traded one, but overall i think the amount that it took to obtain this wasnt really worth the hassle.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
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).

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, Sang Rouge displays a clear, crushed, red grape body with a thin ring of foam on top. Little trails of lacing. Beautiful color.

On the nose is a strong wave of vinegar followed by strong, sour, cherries. Maybe more like cranberries. Some oakiness is present as well, but mostly cranberries. Not overly complex, somewhat one dimensional.

A good amount of sour, vinegar-laced cranberries ride over the tongue and are eventually smoothed out by subtle barrel notes. Bits of cherries and grapes. Oak and slight vinegar on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, sour, a little bit tart and fairly dry. Small, tiny carbonation. Pretty good body for a wild.

This is a fairly drinkable brew, but a bit on the vinegary side for me with some faint ketchup at times. However, the cherry/cranberry mix flavor is tasty and the sour kick is quite good. ABV is well masked.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty enjoyable American wild. Lots of sour fruit and the barrel came out nicely in the aroma and the taste. The only short comings for me were that it didn't seem as complex as other wilds I've had and the vinegar harshness was a bit much on this one for me. However, I will definitely seek out more Cascade brews in the future, because this was still a good showing.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
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 jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting with agentzero...I drank this from a 750ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Pours a medium to dark brown with about two fingers of tope head, good lacing...The aroma is a little simple, tons of oak throughout a light tart finish...The taste is lots of vinegar and oak, its a nice combo but a little too oaky. This is not a wild ale, totally more like a flanders red....The feel is lighter, ok to drink, but a ittle limited.

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Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle "shared" at the Jackie O's One Funky Afternoon. Someone had opened the bottle, poured a small bit for himself, then without saying a word plopped it on our table and walked out. We waited about 45 minutes wondering if he was going to return. Finally we decided it was in the best interest of the beer to drink it. Thanks mystery BA! My first Cascade, this was a nice compliment to all the JO's sours.

Red in color with a small greyish head with dark spice hues to it.

Lots of funk in the aroma. Tart cherry and attic/dusty must.

Both sweet and puckering with mild cinnamon flavors. A nice tasting sour.

Good strong carbonation. I would be happy to try this again with a more fresh palate, as I imagine my score could only go up.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, rusty looking brown color with a small, one finger off white head that dissipated and left a msall ring around the edges with no lacing.

S - A very present but subtle sweetness and tartness with a lot of oak. The aroma to this appears to be a bit muted, some fruit and vinegar influence.

T - This is a sour bomb, or at least it is much much more sour than I would have guessed off the nose. Get a great vinegar influence and a nice mute oak taste. This tastes a bit more like a flander's red than a wild ale. The sweetness is nice but does not become too sugary like many tart beers, and the sour dominates througout the drink.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D -

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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sang Rouge pours a hazy deep ruby color with about one finger of tan head. The head reduces down pretty quickly and the lacing is decent.

Smell: Oak and lemony acidity are quite prevalent immediately. I also get tart cherries and vinegar. This smells sour in a pleasantly complex way.

Taste: Oak and lactic acidity along with tart cherries show up first. Perhaps some slight vanilla as well, as well as some vinegar notes. It's probably a bit more sour than Sang Royal and without the darker fruit notes, but still I liked both beers about the same.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer was light bodied with a moderate amount of spritzy carbonation. Pretty good feel. Overall, I enjoyed the beer a great deal. I found the lactic sourness enjoyable, but could have done with a bit less of it. Still, great effort by Cascade...I would like to get ahold of a bottle of this at some point.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to sweemzander for busting out another big boy from the endless cellar. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Dark blood red nearing plum purple. Small amount of beige head leaves soapy lace.

S: Nice tart cherry nose. Hint of booze and barrel wood. Not a lot of funk like most wilds.

T: The flavor is filled with the most vinus cherry flavor I think I've ever encountered. Like fresh tart cherries along with the vines and green leaves. I can even taste the dirt. Strange but good. Modest wild funk and a trace of barrel.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: Well this was probably the least impressive of all the cascade beers I've tried. Good but nothing worth seeking out again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from Whole Foods in downtown PDX. Thanks for driving me there, Frank!

A: Pours a clear, but very dark, maroon body with ruby highlights. An aggressive pour produces an inch of fluffy, light beige head that retains quite well and collapses evenly into islands of broken film on top of the brew.

S: Just by smell alone you can tell this is a Flanders. Lactic sourness, cherry skins, cranberries, grapes (tart dark berries, basically). Oak, and a hint of balsamic vinegar.

T: I enjoy the more pronounced lactic sourness (as opposed to acetic sourness, which I really don't enjoy in the Rodenbach interpretations) of this beer. It's tart and sour right up front, with cherry and cranberry flavors paving the way. There's a mild cherry skin bitterness and leather flavor that is neatly offset with a touch of brown sugar or caramel. Tannins are quite pronounced in the finish, and their astringency is accentuated with a touch of balsamic vinegar.

M: The slight bite of the finish is about the only drawback here. Its emphasis on lactic sourness cleans the palate well, as does the ample carbonation. I find myself smacking my lips after the occasional sip, enjoying the puckering and flavorful nuances of the beer.

D: They're starting to push into Russian River territory on the prices, which is fairly acceptable because they're starting to approach Russian River quality. I'm a man in sour heaven now that these things are being distributed down to the Bay Area. Cascade is one to watch.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Jedwards, appreciate it! I split this with a buddy and we were both surprised at the quality after drainpouring a bourbonic plague a couple weeks back. Nice dark red, almost brown. Has a very nice smell like funk, sour and cherries? The taste is a nice sour red almost like a flander's red but not too sour. Nice stuff, I'd buy this again if it weren't so costly.

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Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Nathan.

The pour is absolutely gorgeous, deep crimson with a dense tan head with great retention and lacing. The nose has plenty of cherry character, not as explosive as the Kriek, with leather and oak to go with brown sugar. Has this really been aged 24 months? Wow. The palate opens with a clean lactic sourness, with plenty of cherries, and some leather and chocolate, more cocoa like. Acidity is low, though I do get some acetic character. Palate is solid, this medium bodied beer has moderate carbonation and finished drying with some vanilla. Plenty of vanilla oak in this beer,this is enjoyable. My review might suck, but my scores reflect my opinion.

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Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.