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Cascade Sang Rouge - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 276
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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Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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 -

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 :-)


Photo of Ryan011235
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 5/28/10

The color is a dark shade of ruby brown which is apparent around the edges & much darker in center of the glass. Pours a negligible amount of foam; in short order it is a skim covering not even the whole of the beer. No retention; no lacing. Small bits of sediment float to the bottom.

The aroma is tart & sour with a bit of funk. All three components are distinct in their qualities: the tartness is apparent in dark cherries & a touch of ripe apple; the sourness is imparted by lactic acid; the funk is less prominent but has an musty, earthy bent - I imagine from the oak barrel aging.

The mustiness briefly leads off, moving quickly to the peripheries to allow the more robust tart & sour flavors to have their way. Tart dark cherries run the game with a penchant for dryness. Sweetness is at a minimum. The lactic acid really brings out the sourness which compounds over time. Interestingly enough, lacking are oak tones; possibly they are overwhelmed.

Sang Rouge is basically medium bodied with reasonably low carbonation - it's tart enough to not need any assist from prickly carbonation. The finish is moderately puckering & dry, overall. Funky, tart cherries & lacto linger on the finish.

I really enjoyed this one. Obviously it's a slow drinker. It's tasty enough & is pretty well-integrated for such a potently tart & sour beer. I'd certainly give it another shot. Recommended.

Photo of hawks10
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip...no idea what the age of this beer is, acquired in a BIF...

Pours a dark brown, mahogany, lots of ruby highlights in this beer especially when held up to the light. Two fingers of very light tan head forms and dissipates fairly quickly, leaves a tiny bit of lacing...

Loads of sour cherries, tart dark fruit, figs and red grapes...a good amount of oaky/woodiness comes out along with a nice musty and funky aroma...very nice...

Flavor starts like the nose indicated it would. Tart and sour black cherries with some other dark fruits, the cherries are definitely the most prominent. Very reminiscent of a dry tart red wine. A nice amount of sweet oak takes a little of the bit out of the bite out of the lactic acidity...mildly funky, a musty/leathery mix with some vinegar tastes as well...

Medium bodied with a drying/astringent effect, a lot of the oak lingers through the finish, adding to an already dry finish...

I'm digging my first beer from Cascade, wish I had a buddy over to split this 750 though, a bit too much just for myself tonight...looking forward to a couple other Cascades brews I have coming in a trade...

Photo of kfsv034
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark red with a brownish tinge with a minimal creamy white head that dissipates quickly leaving just a ring around the edge

S- sour fruits, cherry or black cherry maybe some plum or raisin and a bit of oak

T - Follows the noise sour cherry with some darker fruits present, sour apple, dry oak flavors, bits of vanilla. Becomes more and more sour as it warms up.

M - Medium Body

D - very easy to drink, at 8.0 the alcohol doesnt stand out I had a full glass and wish i could have had more

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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 JoeMayo
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ccrida
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of muttyd
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of ebin6
4.23/5  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

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of vacax
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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 Reagan1984
4.12/5  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.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of dogfishlove120
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Douglas14
4.32/5  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.

Photo of MASPuros
4.42/5  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!

Photo of steeltown71
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
4.42/5  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.

Photo of djbreezy
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.