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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
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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 279
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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:
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."

(Beer added by: Docer on 02-25-2010)
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Photo of JoeMayo
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown, with a ruby-red hue around the edges. A fluffy amber-tan head forms and quickly fades, leaving lacing down the glass and only re-appearing when agitated.

S- Nice and tart on the nose. Definate sour cherry notes, black cherry, lactic sourness, some sweet oakiness, and just a hint of acetic acid.

T- Again, very tart, but very complex. Again, the sour and sweet cherries come through, along with the typical sour-apple lactic acid flavor, but there's also some dark, juicy plum, some oak, a hint of vanilla, mild notes of balsamic and cider vinegar, and just a little bit of funk. As it warms, a nice sour raspberry flavor emerges at the very end of the finish.

M- Nice body with a super-dry finish.

D- Really pleasant to sip on. A beer meant for savoring.

JoeMayo, May 18, 2010
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.

WeisGuy, May 13, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle that I've cellared since release (4~6 months?), poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Sang Rouge is a dark but bright burgundy with a light sand head leaving decent lace.

Smell is cherries, a hint of soap, lavender, acidic. Served at cellar temp, it opened up nicely, gaining strength as it breathed.

Taste is pretty good, not overly sour, a bit phenolic, nice bright acid though, with the cherry well integrated with the sweetness of the malt. Pretty standard raccoon flanders, the cherry is not to overt due to the natural tastes of the malt and esters. Very vinous.

Mouthfeel is slick, dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is good, I love flander's red, this is another good one from raccoon. Drinking these on draught often enough though makes some of these uniquely labeled bottling seem redundant though. Great with food as well as on it's on.

ccrida, May 07, 2010
Photo of muttyd
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown/copper pour with a thin white head that fades to a faint ring. Great lacing as I swirl it around the glass.

S - Barnyard funk, sour cherries, and oak.

T - Sour cherries, over ripe apples/pears, woody/oak flavors up front. Balsamic vinegar sharpness also present, but not in an unpleasant way. Sour astringency in the finish.

M - Leathery on the tongue with medium carbonation. Coats the mouth very well. Mouth watering.

D - Can't put this one down.

muttyd, May 06, 2010
Photo of ebin6
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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

ebin6, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

rye726, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

nickd717, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

DefenCorps, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Arbitrator, Apr 11, 2010
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.

vacax, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my journey into the world of Wild Ales. Having fun and learning a lot. Pours with a wispy, short lived light tan head that forms and fades immediately. Brown/amber beer with a twinge of reddish color. But in no way a red colored beer. No lacing at all.

Aroma is musty, earthy very slight stone fruit notes. The oak is front and center as well. Many use the work funk, this is more musty to me. Like you are walking through a damp stone cellar.

Flavor is quite nice. Initial tart burst says hello and certainly has some cherry character. After this there is a wonderful blend of wood/oak flavors along with some nice malt tones. These two mix back and forth. Not quite full vinegar, but certainly a sense of that. The thing I am learning to love on the wild ales is this roasted nut flavor that I get when considering the aftertaste. It's there at the end and lingers nicely for you. I just love that.

Champagne light body with more of a pin point character. Clearly acidic in nature. Refreshing.

I am really enjoying this beer and think they did a marvelous job of showcasing the Oak notes in this beer. After enjoying the first portion of the bottle for the review, I then enjoyed some nice cheese with the 2nd part of the bottle. The combination was fantastic. That is how to enjoy this beer. Kicks it up another notch.

Reagan1984, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

sisuspeed, Apr 01, 2010
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.

dogfishlove120, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of ChrisPro
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

ChrisPro, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Douglas14
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an incredibly dark brown-red color. Lots of dark ruby hues around the edges. The smell is definitely sour with lots of dark fruitiness. It smells almost like consecration, much less sourness in the nose though. Very lactic. The taste follows the nose. It has a great sourness with a sugary-sweet fruitiness that I've found in all Cascade sours. Maybe some acetobacter, but also great lactic sourness. One of the best Cascades I've had. Not sure if it's residual sweetness or just the fruit-juiciness that makes it way different than other sours that finish straight dry. It does finish dry but it's different. Awesome beer.

Douglas14, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of MASPuros
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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!

MASPuros, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of steeltown71
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

steeltown71, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

yourefragile, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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

djbreezy, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin ring of off-white/tan foam.

S: The nose is full of oak with some sour cherry notes. There is a touch of funk along with a mild vinegar aroma.

T: As you would expect from the nose, there's plenty of oak and tartness to the flavor. The fruit flavor is mild, but consists primarily of cherries which seem to have a sweet/sour component.

M: The body is medium with plenty of carbonation.

D: Another great offering from Cascade. These guys make some absolutely fantastic sour beers.

womencantsail, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped a bottle at the surly goat.

Pours a dark amber red, with nice bright white poofy head, decent clarity, nice ruby highlights.

Aroma is fresh dark fruit with a light tartness, becomes more tart as it warms.

Flavor is smooth tartness, with a balanced sweet on the back of the throat, not overly sweet, very well balanced, excellent carbonation, med-light body, very very drinkable, definetly enjoyed this more as it warmed, oak and currants really come to the front after breathing for a while, really enjoy the complexity of this.

Another great offering from cascade!

SShelly, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Docer
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Docer, Feb 25, 2010
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Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.