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Cascade Sang Rouge - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Sang RougeCascade Sang Rouge

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%

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 emmasdad


3.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, ruddy brown, with a little bit of quickly disappearing light brown head. Right off, on the nose, I get a ton of lactic acid, sour cherries and wood. On the palate, this one is hugely sour, with cherries, some dark fruits, a little oak and some sherry vinegar. I am not a huge sour guy, and this one was way too much.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 02:59:55 | More by emmasdad
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Random tasting night with kbutler1 finishing with some cascade. Thanks Kevin for the nightcap!

Poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a light layer of khaki head. Color is a dark robust red, fairly brown.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, spices. A good amount of tartness here. Not funky, sour. I like it and am ready to get into this one.

Taste: I get a bit of brett here with some funk going on. A bit of horseblanket here with a hint of medicinal (very light). Sour, tart cherries. A nice tartness with this beer. Oak and spice notes blend in well. It is funky, but the sourness is more dominate and I enjoy that.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tart, refreshing. Light to medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry, but fairly clean.

Overall, one of the better wilds from cascade. This one is pretty drinkable. I like how the sourness out-does the funk. A nice offering from cascade.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 02:10:28 | More by mothman
Photo of kbutler1


4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Thanks EliottJW! Pours a really dark reddish brown color with a nice tan head that laces the glass. A really nice sour, tart cherry flavor whafts from my glass along with some oaky notes. Hmm, a little puckery, I like it. Nice well carbonated light mouthfeel. Great taste of sweet, tart fruit with a touch of funk. Some earthy, oaky flavors that balance out the tartness. Ends rather cleanly with only a lingering brett type taste. No real alcohol notes present. This is a really good beer. Not really overally sour and puckering but a nice blend of sweet and sour. Might need to grab a few more from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 02:07:29 | More by kbutler1
Photo of domtronzero


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear ruby brown colored with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Very effervescent with lots of lacing.

S - Light lactic sourness. Sweet bready malts. Lite woody oak aroma.

F/M - Nice sour complex lactic sourness. Complex with a nice firm funk. Oaky flavors mix in quite well. Sweet bready malts, slight earthiness. Low bitterness but finishes very clean and dry. Light sour aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderately high prockly carbonation.

D - Good, refreshing and full flavored. Quite complex yet easy to put down.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 02:20:12 | More by domtronzero
Photo of Overlord


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Whole Foods in Irvine. Thanks beerman4!

Pours a dark brown with some red tinges. A light tan head. Smells like oak, cherries, and more than a little similar to New Belgium's La Folie.

Taste is bitingly acidic, but there's some sweet fruit here. Cherries and something else, actually. Kind of a general "berryness." Light acid dances on the tongue. Very refreshing.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. Good lively mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 08:46:52 | More by Overlord
Photo of billshmeinke


4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a champagne flute. Cork was so tight I had to use a wine bottle opener to get it out...weird.

Pours a deep amber/ruby body with a finger of off-white/beige 2 finger head. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells quite sour, some sour cherries, a hint of black currants and lactic sourness.

Tastes of sour cherries, some raisins and black currants and then a strong lactic sour taste. Some chalky yeast as well. Then a touch of oak and vanilla with a lasting lactic sour finish. Sourness is not over the top it seems quite right for the brew.

Mouthfeel is light and appropriately carbonated. Puckering from the sourness. Quite smooth despite the puckering sourness.

It goes down easy as hell. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:10:32 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of joefuzz

New York

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P- Poured into tulip pours dark red with a small almost soda like white head

S- Smells strongly of cherry and sour apple

T- Just as the smell lets on there is a strong taste of cherry and sour apples with a very tart bite the after taste mellows out with flavors of oak and almost plum tastes

M- Pretty thin but with good reason i feel if this beer was thicker it wouldn't be as balanced

D- I could drink this all night split the 750 with a friend and it left us both wanting more great beer

overall amazing but i would not suggest drinking anything after it really messed up my pallet with the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 22:37:48 | More by joefuzz
Photo of tjfinkle


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle poured into tulip

Appearance- Very dark amber with some light head

Smell - Tart, cranberry and vinegary, but not overpowering of vinegar

Taste - Again, this is tart and slightly vinegary, but the vinegar is not overpowering and is a positive contribution. There are also strong flavor of cranberries and a slight aftertaste of orange peel

Mouth- tart and slightly puckering

Drink- Very complex beer, but quite enjoyable once you break through the puckering tart flavors. The 8% alcohol is not overpowering however I feel that this beer could still use a little time. Overall I definitely recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 04:09:24 | More by tjfinkle
Photo of cpetrone84


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a clear dark plum colored liquid with a tan colored head.

S-notes of a sandy earth aroma, faint acidity and vinegar with lots of sweet cherries and plums.

T-sawdust, light vinegar, moderate level of acidity, tons of sweet dark cherries, hint of plum, barely a touch of booze. lots of sweetness balanced by a touch of brett with enough acidity to be very tasty.

M-very full bodied, chewy, soft on the palate, strong carbonation with a slighlty dry crisp finish.

D-this is a tasty and extremely drinkable beer, the flavors are big, a little one dimensional but has enough balance to be good.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 18:23:17 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to DaveJanssen for the chance to try this one.

4.0 A: Nearly clear dark amber color. Two fingers of light mocha colored creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average retention and only touches of lacing.

4.5 S: Nice aroma. Loads of tart cherry and oak. Secondarily there is a mild tannic astringency, vanilla, lactic acid, Balsalmic vinegar, currant, and figs. Very complex and very much in harmony.

4.0 T: Cherry is strongest flavor. Next is acetic acid, oak, tannins, plum and fig, dark grapes. Reasonably tart but only slightly sour if that makes sense.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Tart at start and finish. The problem is that this could be a lot more creamier.

4.0 D: Tasty brew. Definitely got the sour fix I was looking for. Mouthfeel could be a bit better, but the taste is pretty good and the nose is great.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:21:21 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of urwithdave


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into my ccb snifter.
A- pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A inch of tan head that recedes quickly. A lil bit of lacing left behind.

A- tart and kind of funky. Balsamic vinegar, cherries, and oak are present.

T- very tart with dark cherries leading the way. However, the oak is present from start to finish. There is also a slight vinegar presence. It isn't overbearing though. I really enjoy the tartness I'm getting. I was suprised to see that it's classified as a AWA, it really reminded me more of a flanders red.

M- lighter side of medium with a dry tart finish. The carbonation isn't nearly as high as other cascade offerings I have drank.

D- I could drink it all day long. I'm really falling in love with Cascade. I'm geeked up that they are distributing to FL!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:21:32 | More by urwithdave
Photo of Jmoore50


4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wondering why the reviews on this beer have been low lately. This was a great beer that really put Cascade on the top shelf for me.

The appearance is a dark dark ruby color with a dark brown heart. It has a head, but the carbonation is so crisp and the alcohol so high that there really is no chance. Light abv legs, but overall this looks like an average Flemish Brown.

The smell is intoxicating, and this was a 2008 bottling that has been just improving and improving since then. Great tart cherry smell with a lot of oak and barrel. It has some pedio and lacto tartness that stings the nostrils, but in a great way.

The beer is incredibly complex, and just everything about it is amazing. Great tart cherry flavor accompanied with lots and lots of barrel flavor that is awesome. The oak flavors in this have come out strong and present a very forward character, and it makes me wonder what this was aged in? Casks were my first answer because on the side of the bottle it says, "small barrels" but then again it could be just... small barrels.

Great tart mouthfeel that is backed by the smooth woody barrel flavor. I am saying it again, this beer is amazing. I could drink a few bottles of this, which makes it even that much more dangerous.


Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 22:35:44 | More by Jmoore50
Photo of augustgarage


3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as a Flanders Red Ale. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my White Birch flute/tulip.

Light cola colored body with brilliant cerise highlights. Very active, soapy beige head fizzes away to nearly nothing. Gossamer thin lacing.

Aroma is delicate - light cherry-ish esters, fresh-cut leather, and faint berry notes with a hint of Fruit Loops.

Tart palate entry, just short of bracing. Lightly vinuous, with a touch of tangerine, kumquat, and pinot gris. Faint tannins, moderately oaky, but as if fresh barrels were used (no char). The finish brings to mind cherries, wine grapes, young balsamic vinegar, and a bit of earth (or rather, dust).

Mildly astringent, light-bodied, with a spritzy level of carbonation (though mysteriously, as noted above, no head retention).

Very refreshing despite its shortcomings - no off notes, just lacking depth of flavor. Somewhat disappointing compared to the other offerings from this brewer (which range from good to great among those I've thus far sampled).

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 04:10:16 | More by augustgarage
Photo of albern


3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm parting company with the crowd on this one. First, this isn't really a wild ale as much as it is a Flemish sour red ale. Second, the beer in its own right is decent but far from brilliant. There isn't much of a reddish tint to the beer, more a amber mahogany color with a decent creamy off white head and some lacing as the beer settles. The nose is a touch too vinegary, but that's the story of the beer.

The taste is soury, reddish and mouth puckering, but there is an unpleasant vinegrette and just plain red vinegar taste to the beer that is over the top. Comparing this to Rodenbach which is maximally mouth puckering and sour, and comparing this to the Duchesse which is wildly complex between the sweet and sour, aged and new ales, this beer just doesn't measure up. It becomes more drinkable as it settles in, but it just is too much on the vinegar scale, not enough on the complexity and sourish scale for me. It's okay but go for Petrus, Rodenbach, Duchesse or a few other of genuine stock. Why settle here.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 23:10:17 | More by albern
Photo of jrallen34


3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting with agentzero...I drank this from a 750ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Pours a medium to dark brown with about two fingers of tope head, good lacing...The aroma is a little simple, tons of oak throughout a light tart finish...The taste is lots of vinegar and oak, its a nice combo but a little too oaky. This is not a wild ale, totally more like a flanders red....The feel is lighter, ok to drink, but a ittle limited.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 21:29:33 | More by jrallen34
Photo of AgentZero


3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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 -

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 21:23:30 | More by AgentZero
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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 :-)


Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 07:07:24 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Ryan011235


4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 01:18:17 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of hawks10


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 23:55:26 | More by hawks10
Photo of kfsv034


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 01:55:03 | More by kfsv034
Photo of Mora2000


4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 03:24:25 | More by Mora2000
Photo of JoeMayo


4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2010 17:58:21 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:32:41 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of ccrida


4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 02:22:45 | More by ccrida
Photo of muttyd


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 01:02:00 | More by muttyd
Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.