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Cascade Sang Rouge - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 262
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 4.51%
Wants: 271
Gots: 50 | FT: 5
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: 105 | Hads: 262
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Damico
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (283 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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! (682 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (700 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -5%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark brown to burgundy color that produced a nice tan colored head that dissipated down to bubbles and froth.

(S)- A nice lactic dry oaky sour funk up front with some tart; almost sweet fruits behind that. Almost earthy too.

(T)- Sour! An obvious sour yet lactic character. Almost vinegar-like in a flanders sense of sour. Yet it has some dry acidic earthy fruits in there too. Really nice overall profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A good acidity and sour kick with earth. Almost feels crisp on the tongue due to the knockout punch combo of sour and acidity.

(D)- A solid to great wild ale. Everything you would and should expect for the style. A good sourness and fruit profiles. I appreciate that it almost veers towards an Oud Bruin or Flanders, but still very much stays in the wild category. Great stuff in my opinion. (957 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 750 ml/1pt., 9.4 fl. oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Deep, dark mahogany in appearance with a frothy, one-finger, khaki-colored crown. The head quickly faded to a thick, lasting collar. Streaks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

The aroma was amazingly complex. Lots of horse blanket mustiness and lactic-like sourness. The sourness was complimented by some sweet brown malts. Red wine notes came through front and center. Super oaky and woody. Fruity with indications of sour cherries.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was outstanding. There was a nice sweet, dark malt presence up front, which helped to balance out this tart and acidic wild ale. Barnyard funk came through strong. Super musty. Red wine and balsamic vinegar notes took over mid-palate. Lots of sour cherry flavor as well. The finish was super oaky, tannic and dry, with slight metallic notes. Refreshingly crisp and appetite whetting.

The mouthfeel was creamy and surprisingly full-bodied. Smooth and supple on the palate.

Cascade's Sang Rouge is intensely flavored yet remarkably well balanced. After trying many of the best American wild ales, I can honestly say that this ranks near the top. (1,244 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy red orange in appearance
S-smells lightly tart. Not very strong
T-wow is that sour. One of the most sour beers I've ever had. My lips are puckered. Suprise considering the smell
M-medium bodied and really sour
O-good beer, but definetly not for a full glass (264 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"This northwest Style Sour Red is a blend of barrels with up to 24 months of oak lactic fermentation and oak barrel aging. A hint of dark fruit, sour, oak and balsalmic funk aromas sweep over your taste buds like an incoming tide." -that's what the lable says and there's nothing in the flavor profile to say otherwise.

The Rouge pours with a somber ruby colored haze, allowing for a smoky diffused glow to emit. A blanket of dense, off-white foam forms before settling to a broken sheet across the surface. Lacy pockets of residual foam sticks to the glass for a very appealing display throughout the session.

Overtones of tartness abound, all taking the shape of cider, tart and ripe cherries, under-rippened berries, lemons and limes, along with a wine-like red grape scent. Still, a rich maltiness rides just behind with a hint of chocolate, sun kissed caramel, and grain. Yeasty notes bring about scents of earthy woods, oak, sandalwood, must, and a raw character that reminds me of oysters, just shying away from mushroom scents.

Fruity flavors command the fore palate with those cherry, grape, and lime notes. Plumbs and black raspberries also make their way into the vinous mix. Brown malts help to give a light chocolate and bread crust flavor before handing over the flavor procession to more earthy characteristics. Decaying woods of oak, earthen casks, and dry cider give a bridge from the fruity upstart to the dry, acidic, and tanic finish. Musty and minerally flavors further conjure the notion of shellfish, balsalmic, and brine.

Only moderately light early, the timid carbonation waits until the mid palate before deveoping into a subtle creaminess. Those fruit flavors and relatively still bubbles allow for a very wine-like experience on the front of the tongue. But the maltiness and carbonation give a fuller and richer middle that takes on a beer 'feel' in the middle before the tartness ushers in a dry and moderate astringency feel in the end.

With no mention of cherries in the description, the beer has a very Flander's red thread that begis with the nose and never reliquishes. So much tartness that circulate arround black cherries, along with a strong supportive brown malt influence, then finishing oaky, cidery, and refreshing... it might as well be a kriek.

Thanks Adamdc! (2,310 characters)

Photo of Swimsum
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to JustinA1 for opening this with myself and ThreeWiseMen about a week and a half ago. Poured into a snifter. Latest release.

Pours out a dark cherry wood color. Small off white/beige head emerges from the liquid and sits atop the beer. Head is foamy in texture. Eventually settles into a ring of bubbles around the glass. No lacing is left down the walls of the glass. The body is slightly murky when looking directly though the glass at eye level but looking down on the liquid, it is clear.

A very wonderful smell greats the nose here. A nice sourness followed by some oak and dark fruit (possibly currents or cherries). Finishes with a slight vinegar note every now and then.

The dark fruit and cherries come out first and foremost on this one. Oak follows up the fruitiness in the middle and finishes a bit tart. This taste absolutely wonderful and doesn't have an overpowering sour finish which is nice because it lets the other flavors shine though.

Medium bodied that goes down very smoothly. The finish is nice and tart but not mouth puckering by any means. Carbonation present at times but doesn't detract or add anything to the overall mouthfeel.

Another solid beer by Cascade. The fact that it isn't overpowering sour and the other flavors are allowed to come though really allow this to be enjoyed. Went down very quickly and easily. (1,364 characters)

Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.