Cascade Drie Zwarte Pieten Sang Noir | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Translation: Three Black Peters Black Blood

2008 Holiday Ale Festival program notes:
Bigger than a traditional Red this Double Red is a blend of several barrel aged beers. Portions of the beer were aged in Pinot Noir and Whiskey barrels. Fresh Bing Blood Cherries were added to a portion and refermented in the barrel for three months before being added to the blend.

Added by Dubbercody on 12-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Floydster:
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery with Ron and Curtis, thanks again for the awesome hospitality guys, straight from the barrel once again, reviewed from notes, color is a medium brown with dark red edges, minimal off white head with no retention, no lacing, aroma consists of bourbon, strong cherries, port wine, caramel, lemons, oak, tobacco, and earthiness, flavor starts off with a big bourbon flavor, some roasted vanilla and sourness in the middle, finish has a tarty fruit flavor, nice acidity compared to their others and I think the booze helps bring some of that out, warm, tart, slightly sweet, and fruity mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, could have drank a bit more of this, a little boozier compared to their other brews, still pretty drinkable considering, would like to drink again, recommended

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Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickd717
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer, a leftover from their My Sour Valentine event. Sheeeeit man, this is a damn good beer, my favorite Cascade yet probably.

Dark reddish-brown color with absolutely jack squat for a head. Looks pretty flat.

Aroma is fresh tart blackberries and other fruits, somewhat vinous. Really smells good.

Flavor is even better, with loads of fresh blackberries, currants, black cherries, red wine, and other dark fruit notes. Mildly sweet with an average level of tartness.

Great smooth palate with medium acidity and a really long finish. Carbonation is low, but this is not a big deal as it somehow works pretty well with this beer.

Extremely drinkable at 9.5%. Overall a really excellent beer. Great tartness level and really complex flavor.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Sourfest 2009 at Brouwer's.

Pours a nice black/dark burgundy with a solid tan head and nice lacing. At first, cherry and grapes dominate the sweet aroma with hints of blackberry. But as it warmed, a great wood began to dominate. This was a nice sweet beer balanced incredibly well with the sourness. This had a little wild carbonation but a nice long sour finish. As this got warmer, the beer became more and more complex as various flavors came out.

This was the highlight of Sourfest for me (and I sampled it three times throughout the day to make sure) and one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Uber the other night. This was one of their special New Year's eve beers.

The beer pours a reddish amber color, with very good head retention and lacing. This beer is really more red in color then anything else, looking more like brewed cherry juice. The nose is equally complex and interesting, consisting of a huge aroma of cherry cider, apple vinegar and light vanilla. It's pretty clear just from the nose, that there's going to be some sour in this one. On the palate, the first thing I notice is how light on its feet this beer is for a 9.5% beer. Otherwise, the beer has some vinegar, cherry and wine flavors. The Uber had on a keg of the Abbaye du Bon Chien this evening, and I confess it's the first thing I thought of when I tried this beer. The sang noir has many of the same characteristics, and I'm sure would be an absolute hit for those who love sour style beers. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with at most a medium bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability is OK, but as is often the case with beers like this, the sour component started to wear on me after a while.

An interesting and impressive beer, if not exactly my cup of tea.

The 2009 version was on tap at the holiday ale festival, and if anything was superior to the 2008 version I had last year. There was more fruit and more of a winey flavor to this beer then I recalled from last year. While the 2008 was very good, I feel the 2009 is considerably better, and so I have adjusted my review scores accordingly. Would still love to try this beer side by side with the BFM bon chien. Yes, it really is that good.

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Photo of ccrida
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the brewpub, enjoyed while chatting with the ever generous and friendly Ron, Curtis, and Art from Raccoon. Sang Noir is a hazy, ruddy brown with a small white collar that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is pungent cherries, sharp caramel and lacto, a nice sweetness, impressive depth, and overall just very nice.

Taste is great, big BSDA fruitiness countered by loads of lactic tartness, with cherry and a hint of whiskey notes providing added depth. Very clean, with the seltzer like dryness that all of their sours exhibit, and tends to homogenize them with age. Still, it's got some distinguishing complexity now and is very good.

Mouthfeel is very light and dry, with a nice foamy carbonation when you swish it around.

Drinkability is very high, fantastic taste and acidity totally masks the dangerous ABV. Factor in the reasonable price and the hits just keep rolling out of Cascade.

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Photo of Dubbercody
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holiday Ale Festival Portland 2008.

MY FAVORITE beer at the festival, and that is saying quite a lot with such and impressive line up. Lovely sour aroma swiftly climbs out of the glass and smacks you a bout. First taste hits your mouth and makes the eyes crinkle up with the tart flavor. After a few sips you really get to delve into the complexity of the flavors and the beautiful bouquet really opens up for you. Incredible beer.

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Photo of jdense
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 2009 HAF, multiple taste including full mug, tasted both '08 and '09 vintages.

Dark red/almost purple body with pinkish head, slow dissipation with nice lacking. Cherries, funk and horse blanket on the tastebuds. Quintessential tangy dry finish. I thought the '08 had a bit more lactic funk, but both vintages were extremely tasty. Nice carbonation leads to pleasing mouthfeel. For fans of sour beers, this is the epitome of American interpretations of the style. Worth seeking out, as good as it gets. I don't give out 5.0 rating in any category very often, but this is the real deal. Outstanding.

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Cascade Drie Zwarte Pieten Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 9 ratings