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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: 293
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 270
Gots: 61 | FT: 7
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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Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

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Photo of Swimsum
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Sang Rouge is a nice sour red ale that I was lucky enough to get a taste of. The beer was refreshing and balanced with a nice tannic oak edge with an aged balsamic vinegar acidity and sweetness. The malt flavors were subdued but the slightly bready and caramel flavors did contribute to the beer. I've had more complex and flavorful reds but this was very nice

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JustinA1 pulled this one out at a small tasting the other night. Thanks Justin!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Earthy brown body with caramel edges. Looks sort of oily. My pour didn't net much head, but a vigorous swirl produced a fluffy tan cap that showed hues of orange (from barrel-aging?). Decent head retention (following the swirl) and spotty lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries, lemonade, light balsamic notes, and hints of sweet, leafy vegetation. As the beer warmed, I also found candied orange. All in all enjoyable, but not very complex or intense.

Taste: Black cherries, lemon-lime, French bread, and a swirl of softer fruit flavors: honeydew melon for one. Finishes tart and funky, though the aftertaste brings in a decidedly earthy tone. Pretty balanced for a wild ale; the mellow(er) sourness allows a host of subtle flavors to shine through. Not on RR's level, but close.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with delicate, rolling carbonation and a tart, dry finish. Easier on the palate than most sours.

Drinkability: No enamel-peeling sourness here, although it still holds its own in the realm of sours. The added complexity makes it a very enjoyable sipper. If you haven't tried this one yet, track it down!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger off-white fine cream head with awesome retention. Beer is a clear dark purple-red. Lacing is thick and web-like with very good stick. An all-around beautiful beer.

S: Nose is pungent. Oak and a bouquet of sour prunes, plums, cherries, and raspberries. Slight hint of Brett in the back. Very appropriate and enticing but flavors are a bit muddled and not crisp.

T: Opens prunes and plum. Brett funkiness comes in towards the middle, emphasizing the dark fruit tartness and mixing it with barnyard and cobwebs. Sour grows as this one warms. Cherry and raspberry puree towards the end and actually sweetens on the finish with red fruit characteristics. Saliva enducing finish with a lingering puckering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Oily and thick in the mouth but very abrasive at the edges and tingly all the way down. Sticks to the palate. Messy and sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste.

D: This has to be one of Cascade's top 3 sours. Flavor is spot on and its one hell of an attractive brew. A little too heavy and muddled at times which is the only thing that takes away from it. Still though, definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a DFH tulip, pours a soapy brown head atop a dark, mahogany body. The head doesn't reemerge significantly upon agitation.

Aromas of sour cherries, some woody/oak notes, and a bit vinous in terms of revealing either Sangria or Pinot Noir. Refreshing aromas overall, though the intensity could improve slightly.

Exhibits a fine balance between oaky and tart, with cherry and balsamic mildly wafting throughout. I didn't taste the kind of funk other reviewers are getting, and the tartness is by no means domineering, so I wouldn't necessarily classify this as an American Wild Ale as much as a Flanders Red featuring a lot more dark fruits and oak than the more balsamic-oriented Flanders Reds such as Rodenbach (or even the dirty/earthy La Folie).

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant on the palate.

Overall, a smooth-drinking and well-balanced sour red. There is complexity here but it's subtle, and by no means a puckering experience that has me momentarily *grasping* onto the person next to me. The issue may be with the finish. Whatever. I'll drink me one or two more servings of this per session.

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Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes, got this from LarryG in a trade, enjoyed this about six weeks ago...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of rapidly falling mocha colored head. minimal head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries & leather, all fade a bit as this warms

T: Cherries & raspberries mix up front, along with grassyness. More of the same as this warms, the cherry really asserts itself, dryness, & some persimmons & figs hiding in the background, along with balsamic vinegar & & vanilla. Finishes dry with puckery & tart cherries

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation. Well put together, nice balance for all that is going on here

This is a world class offering IMO, so much going on here. This definitely makes me want to seek out more offerings from thse guys!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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.)

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of joefuzz
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of tjfinkle
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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