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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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Reviews: 110 | Hads: 292
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 Pahn
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Think I picked this bottle up some time in 2010 and somehow never got around to opening it. Bottle says "8.06% ABV, 6.1 IBU" if that's a vintage identifier for you.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a one inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily and leaves no lacing. Pours a deep but translucent ruby red and leaves occasional dots and tight streaks of lacing.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, fruity undertones. With time, some beautifully vibrant red fruit notes come out. Lots of development here. Gets funkier, more savory, then more deeply fruity, etc.

Taste: Creamy and oaky up front, leading to a great lactic sour and cherry hit. Lots of acetic flavor that goes well with the oak. Pretty sour; sourness lingers long and mouthpuckeringly. Great leathery red wine flavors emerge.

This beer is straightforward and delicious. Just right amount of oak influence, lots of cherry, red wine, wild ale complexity without any real abrasiveness. I've gone on more sweeping American wild ale adventures than this one, but the ride is smooth and profoundly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Juicy, with a tart finish. Occasional sugariness, but not bad. Often quite succulent. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: Sang Rouge is an American wild ale after my own heart. While I could go even oakier, and would love some sour cherries thrown in, otherwise it hits all the right notes for me. Red wine-like, great mouthfeel, not too acidic, flavors not too disparate but still deep and complex. Could drink this beer every day, honestly.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pour equal parts dark brown and dark red. . . I was expecting more red, the liquid had no head. Aroma, fits the complex bill, lots going on here I could tell, made the '9 blend' description seem to come to life, plenty of tart and sour aroma, as well as cherry.

Can't tell, but a good fruit quotient of cherry and blackberry may have been used here, or at some point in one of the base beers used in the blend. Sourness holds up, not their most sour or greatest beer, but its definitely a damn good one. Acidic to the max. A little better than the kriek, this one isn't as sweet, this is even more sour cherry pie. As usual, the high alcohol is covered nicely.

Drank on tap at Beachwood's Sourfest '11.

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Photo of readbaron
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown with cherry red highlights. It's lightly carbonated - white foam that quickly fades to a ring.

Smell is good. Initially a lot of balsamic vinegar, but that mellows a bit, and red wine makes an appearance as do some fruits - cherry mostly - maybe some other dark fruits as well.

Taste is very good - It's sour, but more of a soft, nearly lactic sour, than a super sharp acetic sour. Balsamic is again present, as are cherries. I also get some red wine (grapes and oak), a bit of apple, and a hint of sweetness to balance out the tart. It's a complex and tasty beer.

Feel is nice - despite looking flat this one is well carbonated. It's got a soft, medium bodied feel.

Overall - another delicious Cascade sour. I do, however, prefer the fruits to this one.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL botttle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing out this treat.

Appearance: My pour has a dark burgundy color with a dark brown middle. The edges are noticeably transparent, and there is a frothy off-white collar.

Smell: There is a lot of balsamic vinegar in the nose. Sweet and sour cherries, some raisins, and some other general dark fruits.

Taste: The flavor is a lot more balanced. Nice sweet cherries start out. Some light malt hides in the back as the flavor turns tart. Sour cherries, red grapes, and some raisins all provide some nice fruit flavor. There is some balsamic tartness and a light funkiness toward the end.

Mouthfeel: The body has a sweet, full start and more of a tart and dry finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a softness that I don't see in too many wilds.

Overall: This feels like more of a Flanders Red to me, but I like it regardless of the sour style it is classified as.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage? Definitely been in my cellar for a while.

A: 1 finger tan head with decent retention. The beer is a dark garnet with good clarity

S: Notes of cherry and stonefruit. A whiff of strawberry.

T: Bracingly tart and quite oaky. Cherry and plum. Lemon finish.

M: Lingers forever. Nicely carbonated.

O: On a small pour, or the initial sips, I might not say that this is the best of Cascade's beers. However it has a subtlety to it that lends it better to a full glass (or more, as I look at the rest of the bottle..). Quite an excellent beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours red with a solid white head leaving good lace.

S: Cherries, some red apple, nice acid notes.

T: Red malt with oak, good acidity, slightly tannic. Sour pie cherries, just a tasty brew.

M: Medium acidity, some biting carbonation, tart.

O: A really good Flanders style ale. Very straightforward, direct flavours.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Of the four cascade brews I hav had this was definitely my favorite. This beer pours a nice red color win a pretty decent head. The ammonia acetic funky and slightly oaky. The flavor is more sour than I has expected and quite enjoyable there are also some oak hints in the flavor. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodies with good carbonation. Will definitely get more when it is available.

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Photo of Damico
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect aroma is sweet candi sugar with just a touch of funk! The color is amber with a red hue and light tan head. . The flavor of a crisp sour red ale that goes down smooth with no pucker. The body is a bit light but overall delicious. Cascade has hit another sour on the head!

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Photo of jdense
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cascade Barrel House, $6 for 8 oz. pour into snifter, 7.2.11.

Almost no head, though a bit of light brown head initially on pour, ultra quick dissipation. Deep dark reddish hue to body, no visible carbonation. Funky nose, a bit of horse blanket, sour pie cherries, a bit of floral hops. Taste is more sour than tart but both are quite present, the acidity was nicely balanced by cherryish sweetness and lengthy barrel aging. Mouthfeel is medium, lip smacking tart finish, little effervescence, some sweetness but not sticky. This is some funky shit, not for the first time sour/wild ale drinker, but certainly one of the best examples of the blender's art. Well done Ron!

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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 MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Shane (Hophead84) - thanks man! Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - A generous amount of lightly tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving minimal splotches of lace. Dark ruby red body with some transparency to it when held to the light.

S - Vanilla, pie crust and graham cracker malt, oak, lactic acidity, some balsamic vinegar, and herbal and dill notes that I occasionally get from barrels aged in oak for a long time. Is there actually fruit in this? There isn't any listed on the label, but I would be easily convinced there was fruit in here.

T - Taste is more balsamic vinegar with sour cherries and berry yogurt lactic notes. Lots of oak in the finish and not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Pretty sour stuff.

M - Smooth medium body, medium carbonation tingle, dry finish but with some residual sugars and stickiness. No noticeable alcohol which is pretty impressive.

D - Not quite as good as Sang Royal, but a very good Flanders style sour. Easy to drink and something I'd gladly have on any occasion. Another solid offering from Cascade.

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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 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 Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is ruby / garnet hued with a thin head and minimal lacing. The aroma brings some barnyard funk, oak, and sour cherries. The taste is bold and the beer is very enjoyable. A lot of cherry flavors really shine through. The beer has a healthy level of acidity, but isn't sharp or biting. Medium carbonation level with a lactic presence throughout, most notably in the finish. Overall, a really delicious wild ale that I would enjoy having again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike, this was a big want of mine. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish-amber color with a pinkish hue, one inch of fluffy white head, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, funk, oak, other dark fruits, lactic notes, and some vinegar. Smell is very sour and great; lots of tart cherries.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots and lots of tart cherries and sour dark fruits, followed by oak, lactic ntoes, funk, and vinegar. Very tart and enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this was a really great sour; another great one from Cascade. I lvoed the tart cherries and dark fruits that dominated this one, and would love to have it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe429 recently.

Beer is hazy with nearly no head, reddish in color but approaching brown. Minimal carbonation.

Nice aroma, lots of oak, mild tannic, cherry, bright acetic, nice lactic.

Beer tastes like awesome. The acid balanced with this late tartness and bright acetic. The lactic creaminess is nice as well. The body of the beer is great with a nice level of carbonation, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Truly great.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, huge thanks to rmalinowski4 for sending this bottle out my way in the Generosity BIF. This had been a long-time want. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a tawny-red color with a small tan head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brought forward quite a bit of earth and oak along with berry character and some leather. The flavor killed it with strong cherry and dark fruits plus oak and a brisk acidity. Nice leather presence there as it warmed. Heavy acidity came through in the feel, which had a medium body and fizzy carbonation with a really dry finish. Fantastically solid brew and one I was very glad to try. Cheers.

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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 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 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 roadhouse
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into a snifter and Duvel glass. Dregs of course to my Flanders Red brew. Got this on my trip to Portland March 2010.

Appearance is a dark red mahogany color with a nice head on top of it, really frothy looking, and it sticks around as well. Really nice lacing.

Aroma is perfect Flanders Red - cherry pie, a light touch of balsamic vinegar, and a light note of oak.

Taste is just as good - it starts out tart from the beginning with strong cherry pie then the oak comes on strong with the vinegar only slightly in there as it should be. Finishes dry and sour.

Mouthfeel is really creamy and retains a certain fullness to it that I like.

Overall a really amazing sour. It was good before but with an extra year on it, it's now even better. Cascade makes some of the best American Sours that I've had coming in only second to Russian River. I want more.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet red with a healthy dosing of sour cream looking head. Tiny bubbles surrounded by a few intermixed medium and large bubbles in light tan.

Aroma of sour cream, oak, sour cherry, strawberry and earth.

Taste of extremely sour Flanders ale. Plenty of sour cream, american oak, tart sour cherry, vinegar and tannic acid all throughout. Raspberry and strawberry hints also mixed into this. Unbelievably clean tasting and looking. Medium to high carbonation for the style but definitely not highly carbonated. I had a good cork pop but strongly prefer this over a similar monks flemish red as there is more sweetness and a more complex taste.

Medium body for the style, overall very good

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