Sang Du Chêne
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #576
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #6,084
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 5.54%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
50
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Photo of BerryKumquat
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A strong shade of golden yellow with a it of red color. An orange red.
S: Strong oak flavors.
T: A start into a rush of different ale flavors. It has a strong body but is not as defined. In some ways it is the opposite of the family whistle by Rustic Ales that has crisp edges but no body.
F: Very woody.
O: A very simple and good beer. Not a lot of fruit but a lot of wood.

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BerryKumquat from California, Sep 01, 2019
Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel snifter to a deep golden orange which is topped by a dense and rocky finger of slightly off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of a nice amount of sourness with some underlying sweetness. Slight wine barrel note along with a touch of sweet tarts. Slight spice and toasty oak notes as well.
T: Taste is nice and tart up front with some wine barrel notes, slight vanilla and creamyness. A little toasty oak, wine barrel comes in as well with some vinous notes. On the swallow there's some spice, creamy vanilla, and fruity sourness. Slight minerality on the finish as well.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent but it isn't excessively prickly while the beer has a slightly drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. It's interesting with the different barrel notes which all add a solid amount of complexity. The flavors play well together and are integrated well but it isn't super exciting to drink. Not super sour either which is nice. Worth a try if you can find it.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Aug 12, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015, which leads me to wonder if leaving these Cascade beers to age doesn't make them more acidic and hard to take in big doses.

Looks good, gold in color with a large fluffy head. Smell was a nice blend of oak, esters and cloves. You could also pick up some of the tart that was to come. Taste was veinous, with undertones of the triple noticable. I also got the barrels. Feel was a little harsh, very acidic and high carbonation.

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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada), Sep 22, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sour and acidity is dominant with some light sweet malt notes noticeable. Taste is mostly dominated by sour and acidity notes with some oak notes and some light sweet malt from the Tripel base. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. A little bit too acid for my taste which limits the amount of complexity that can be tasted.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Sep 12, 2018
Photo of Roustabout
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A glimpse, I guess, into the base beers of other Cascade Barrel gems. Surprisingly lowkey, but multifaceted as expected. Barely sour, letting the malt bill say its piece.

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Roustabout from District of Columbia, May 25, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle (@9.6% ABV), 2015 edition. A blend of sour blond and 'triple' ales in three different oak vessels, hence the name 'Blood of the Oak'.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather fizzy off-white head, which leaves some random blotchy lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of tart red berries, musty wood, dry vanilla beans, further acidic grape fruity notes, white wine vinegar, and a very minor earthy and grassy green hop bitterness. The taste is almost bracingly tart mixed fruit (apple, lemon, and generic berries), a semi-sweet vanillan woody essence, gritty and grainy pale malt, a subtle caramel thing, white wine lees, more plain vinegar, a hint of funky yeastiness, and more understated leafy, weedy, and grassy 'verdant' hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its put-upon frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, once I gave the ol' cognitive dissonance generator a gentle whack to get 'er firing on all cylinders. It finishes off-dry, the blended vino fruitiness, hovering tartness, and oaken orgy all lingering like they got no better place to go.

Overall - I do appreciate how this offering morphed over its lifespan, in that the initial heady tartness is eventually balanced by sugary fruit, malt, and wood alike. More complicated than complex, but that's all right, they did a bang-up job in integrating the near ten points of wowee sauce, and for that, we should all be grateful.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Sep 15, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

not quite as compelling as some of the other sang series beers, and almost seemingly a different base, a lighter golden sour rather than the more heavy and red winey sangs we have seen more commonly until now. this is bright and strong and sharp and sweet, with flavors of honey and frosted flakes on the front end with champagne tartness and chardonnay acidity, winey, but more oak than wine for me, as much s the element weasels its way to the fore. its pretty sour, bacterial first and funky things next, way clean though, and sort of over the top oak tannins that make this seem insanely mature but almost to a fault. peach and pear and apricot in the yeasts, but this tastes unfruited, and even the oak ha a wine taste, but i swear this is all neutral wood. subtle citrus, fluttery sourness, delicacy around, but a beer that i think pales in comparison overall to the other sang series beers, its just a little less intricate and unique, but its right tasty, and i am glad to see it flowing freely from the tap at goed zuur, the best new beer spot in denver...

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Photo of snaotheus
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017-05-07
750ml corked/caged bottle served in a pair of tulips. Left a significant amount in the bottle to prevent too much sediment in my beer. Bottle is 2015 reserve or something similar.

Pours hazy golden-white with a medium head and a very surprising carbonation presence -- pretty, fine, slow, but ample. Smell is tart, apricots, green grapes, lots of tart.

Taste is rich, tart -- again, green grapes and unripe stone fruit. Some moderate bitterness that tastes like fruit skins.

Mouthfeel is rich, but not sticky -- very pleasant. Overall, this is a quite good beer.

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2019-09-19
Another 2015 bottle. If anything, higher opinion than that described in the review above.

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snaotheus from Washington, May 08, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber, lightening towards the bottom of the glass, topped by a soft bubbly blanket.

Smell is oak, mature vinegar, grape, and grass.

Taste is aged dark cherry, grape, peach, and grapefruit with a nice showcase of various oak notes.

Acidic, might as well call it acetic sour, and semi-dry.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Mar 19, 2017
Sang Du Chêne from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 50 ratings