Cascade Sang Rouge - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang RougeCascade Sang Rouge

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 245
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 271
Gots: 44 | FT: 5
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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: 100 | Hads: 245
Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into New Belgium snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color with a thin, dark brown head that quickly faded into a dense fuzzy film that had great retention and lasted forever. A few spots of soapy lacing were left down the glass.
S: Notes of sour and tart cherry pits and skin. Really good smelling with cherries all the way.
T: Big notes of sour cherries, woody oak, and balsamic vinegar in the finish. A bit rough around the edges, but still great. Fairly acidic.
M: Touch of tannins cling to my mouth. Medium body which a pretty good shot of sourness.
D: Really very good. A bit acidic at times but oh so drinkable. (631 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and paired with some homemade pizza on a blizzard night

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice - muddy brown body, garnet highlights, creamy beige head with strong retention

smell: tart cherry, big oak notes, balsamic, wild yeast, vinous notes

taste: nice wild ale - tart cherries, sharp woody traits from the oak, nice acidity, raspberry balsamic, vinous, cocoa. Solid beer - wish i had access to this brewery (soon i suspect)

mouthfeel: acidic, tart, nice carbonation

drinkability: good (519 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice ruddy brown tight off white head. Light retention and some nice chunks of lace.

S: Light red wine notes hints of currants and black cherries. Subtle oak as well.

T: Mild oak and hint of tartness. Black cherries and currants. Hints of under ripe raspberry with a bit of red wine goodness.

M: Medium in body, light carbonation

D: These guys do no wrong. The US needs more breweries that do this. (413 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to victory4me for surprising us at a recent tasting by pulling this one out of the beer fridge. Definitely a surprise. Poured it into a tulip glass.

The color is absolutely insane. Deep, rich ruby throughout, with only slight lightening around the edges of the glass. There is a big fluffy white head that is well retained. As the beer level recedes, abstract laced patterns adorn the glass on all sides.

The aroma is complex. Cherries, balsamic vinegar, a nice tartness, and some well balanced funkiness. I would say this is right up there with some of the really well-regarded American sours as far as aroma. The flavor brings on dark fruits, more pronounced balsamic notes, and extremely tart sour cherries. The funk is less evident here than it was in the aroma.

There is a mouth-puckering quality to the sourness as soon as it hits the palate. Good carbonation in a medium body hits the mark for a dark sour. Sang Rouge is very well rounded, deeply complex, and far from one-dimensional. I would put it up against most non-special release sours made in the US, without a doubt. (1,092 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours like coca-cola, decent retention and lacing

Smell: A bit subdued, some tart cherries, oak, leather, and sangria. Slightly sour, but not overly so

Taste: Again, a bit subdued, some tart cherries, oak, leather, balsamic vinegar, and sangria. I wish it had at least a touch of funk.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, perhaps a bit more thin than I would like

Drinkability: Drinks very easily, although could use a bit more flavor/intensity to bump up the score to the 4.4-4.6 range; there seem to be some tannins adding to this component

By american standards, a great beer, but not my favorite Cascade sour (or flanders red, I would put it behind la folie and many foreign offerings.) (701 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the barrel room today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is not as pronounced as expected (given the description on the menu), with some light vanilla, berries and wine. The flavor profile is intriguing, with a light sour component, light vanilla, more wine, light butterscotch and fruit cocktail. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the 8% alcohol completely indiscernible. It's really amazing how light on its feet this beer is.

Not bad, but not among the best beers I sampled at Cascade today. (622 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with brown highlights that had a thin head but it did leave some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was really oaky in character with acidic vinegar, slight cherries, and funky musty barrel notes. The taste was also really oaky but the cherries were more subtle on the palate alongside acidic citrus, slight vinegar, and bretty barrel accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, fruity, and tart finish. It drank really good but I honestly thought it was gonna be a little bit more sour than it actually was. The beer was still tasty and I was not dissapointed. (650 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.42/5  rDev +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. (429 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (710 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of tjfinkle
4.42/5  rDev +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. (629 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
4.42/5  rDev +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!!! (804 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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). (1,023 characters)

Photo of albern
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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 - (687 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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 :-)

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,430 characters)

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