Cascade Sang Rouge - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-12-2010 00:31:42 | More by DefenCorps
4/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
04-11-2010 21:23:38 | More by Arbitrator
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
04-10-2010 03:22:34 | More by vacax
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
04-02-2010 22:57:35 | More by Reagan1984
3.83/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
04-01-2010 15:06:16 | More by sisuspeed
4.47/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
03-30-2010 23:58:31 | More by dogfishlove120
4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
03-29-2010 02:23:26 | More by ChrisPro
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
03-28-2010 00:10:18 | More by Douglas14
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
03-17-2010 16:58:42 | More by MASPuros
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
03-15-2010 03:04:26 | More by steeltown71
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
03-15-2010 01:19:23 | More by yourefragile
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
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
03-12-2010 02:52:32 | More by djbreezy
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
03-11-2010 22:59:15 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
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!
03-08-2010 00:28:18 | More by SShelly
4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
02-25-2010 20:18:59 | More by Docer
Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.