Sang Royal
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #50
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
97
Ranked #462
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.53%
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
945
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
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Notes: Malt Beverage with Cherries Added and Aged in Oak Barrels

A blend of double red ales aged in oak barrels and foudres for up to 22 months with Pinot Noir grapes from Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley wine region. The most regal in our series of “Sang” projects, Sang Royal captures complex notes of summer berry fruit, plum, oak and spice, with a vibrant acidity and soft tannic structure.
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance -The wild ale poured a deep red color, that was almost maroon, with a white head topping the pour.

Smell - The nose was huge tart red grapes with little hint of the booziness to come.

Taste - At the front, the beer was hugely sour. I thought I might not be able to finish this one without Prilosec. However, the profile softens to be almost like a port. As the beer warmed, it mellowed to allow detection of sweetness toward the back.

Mouthfeel - The body allowed the taste profile to longer because it was a chewy sour.

Overall - I am not often able to finish a sour on my own. I finished a full pour of this one.

Apr 11, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L : The dark red and brown color.
S: Soft and subtle grape notes with wood notes.
T: Very soft grape notes similar to a wine.
F: Very light and fragile.
O: A very light, fragile

Apr 08, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber copper color with a thin head.
Sour intense aroma with notes of cherries, port wine, red fruits, bourbon and wood.
Quite tart flavor with notes of wood, lemon, horse sweat, white wine, green apples, acid lactic and some dark fruits. Quite dry aftertaste with an acid finish.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very complex Sour with lots of cherries, barrel, funky and wine notes. Quite tart.

Mar 25, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muddy, ruddy brown with a fizzy tan head that’s quick to dissipate into a thin crown. Sparse lacing.

Red wine, cherries and cleaning solvent in the nose. A hint of vanilla and oak below.

Super tart cherry face slap taste. Very Flanders-like with strong oak and some vinegar. A bit more of the solvent from the nose. A hint of vanilla again. Semi-dry finish. A little funk shows as it warms. Maybe even a hint of chocolate malt.

Medium bodied with a nice slickness and moderate carbonation.

There’s a lot of great aspects to this beer. The taste has a lot more depth than the cherry-wallop it starts with let on. I would have preferred a little more balance from the start. People into extreme beers will love this. 2017 vintage.

Nov 17, 2018
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught
Brewer's Fork
Boston

Deep dark brown pour with lot's of wood, cherry, sweet funk. Restrained tartness with lot's of fruit. Marzipan and vanilla. Drinks like it's 4% but still has appropriate body.

Apr 26, 2017
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beyond the layered oak barrels, the sour character evokes a good Flemish brown like La Folie. Notes of nut, caramel, and cherry create the canvas; while the nuanced oak provides the cherry on top. The flavor profile is similarly brilliant. Initial flavors of tart cherry and caramel pop nicely - lacto is very well executed. Caramel trails off into the oaky finish, along with vanilla and coconut. The hints of deep, dark fruit from port barrels end up being the X Factor, giving it insane depth in the process. This isn't some brute force sour, that's for sure. It feels shockingly crisp and light on the palate, with a liveliness that utterly belies it's 8.4%. Shame it's so pricey, because it's unbelievably stunning...

4.32/5: Who needs monster sourness when you showcase barrels this effectively?

Mar 01, 2017
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dabeerbuddha from Canada (ON)

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer from Cask served about 10degrees C.
Rich and deep reddish burgundy colour. Light reddish tan head. Aroma of red wine an oak barrels. Tasted of dark cherries, vanilla and oak with moderate sourness. Soft and relatively light body. Infinitely drinkable if it were not for the 10.1 ABV which it hide exceedingly well. Very much enjoyed.

Oct 22, 2016
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amano_h from Oregon

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of oak, and sour cherries. Coming off the heels of drinking a 13% ABV Oud Bruin, this smells deceptively like an Oud Bruin, but the big matted red "Cascade" label is laughing at me and telling me I'm wrong. Upon second whiff, there's also hints of dark fruit, vanilla, and sweet wine; all signs point to a barrel-aged sour.

Huge flavors of sour red berries and oak inundate the tongue upon first sip. Secondary flavors pretty much mirror the aroma, with subtle hints of raisins, figs, port wine, and vanilla as well. The flavor profile turns slightly more intense as the beer warms up as darker flavors of tobacco and earth come out to play.

Medium-bodied and spirited in terms of carbonation. Despite the high ABV, the brew finishes very crisp and dry with no signs of an alcohol burn (or maybe I'm that drunk?). Overall the flavor profile reminds me a lot of Russian River Brewing Company's Consecration, if it were supercharged/further aged in oak barrels.

Oct 17, 2016
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metter98 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Portland, OR

A: The beer is hazy dark red in color. It poured with a thick collar consisting of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Pinot Noir wine are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, and has additional hints of port wine in the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a lot more a lot like a red wine than a beer, but it has a lighter body and some sourness.

Note: 2015 vintage, live barrel

Serving type: on-tap

Oct 01, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at Bar Gernika. Perfect cap to the evening. The blend works perfectly to bring a multitude of aromas and flavors into the mix. Heady fruity aroma, wine like overtones, velvety smooth. Sip and enjoy!

Aug 11, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(From notes.) Had it in a snifter at the Cascade Barrel House in Portland, Oregon. A well rounded sour with a bright and pleasing fruity smell and taste. This is a beer that can convert you to sours!

Jul 20, 2016
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells very much like Sang Noir, dominated by cherry but with more oak present.

Taste diverges as the Port barrel gives a much sweeter booziness. Drinks very smooth, not nearly as tart as the other versions.

Jun 28, 2016
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spoony from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (2012 Project) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated May 18, 2016.

A-The beer is dark brown with purple highlights. It is almost opaque. The head is roughly one finger tall and brown in color. The foam fades quickly to a film and collar that hangs around the glass for a bit.

S-Lots of grape aroma and tart cherry too. Almost jammy with the fruit. I also sniff some balsamic vinegar, cranberry tartness and a raspy hint of oak. The beer is quite sour but cleaner and less funky than I would have anticipated. Really nice.

T-Wow, this stuff is good. Lots of vinous fruit notes on the opening, but then the barrels kick in and I taste wave after wave of flavor. Juicy red wine grape, cherry, cranberry, and vinous oak notes with a mild funkiness make for a nice sipping beer. The finish is hugely sour and it pulls hard at my glands but never overwhelms the fruit.

M-The beer is pretty robust for the style with a chunky, moderate amount of carbonation.

O-What a great beer. Cascade really nails the fruit v. barrel v. acidity v. funkiness on this one. I would buy this again despite the steep price tag.

Jun 23, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown color with minimal dark ivory almost tan head. Oak, funk, tartness, and red wine notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes tart and dry with plenty of red wine notes.

Jun 21, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery, Portland.
Chestnut with tan ring. 4
Intoxicating sweet spiced port barrel nose. 4.5
Toasty brown malts, barrel, some barnyard and sweet earthy dried cranberry end. 4.25
Round, crisp, light. 4

Deep, round, complex - perfect apertif. Barrel adds Banyul character. More superior quality from Cascade. 4.25

Jun 20, 2016
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bobhits from Kentucky

2.96/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 Project

Pours a merky brown with red notes. Virtually zero carbonation. Medium to light body on the legs. Somewhat unsuspecting to see this over 10% given the body.

Cold this one really had a lot of grape juice and sour notes with some cherry's finishing it off. As it has warmed the red wine is really coming out more and it's rather interesting and complex.

Similar to the nose the flavor when cold is a lot of grape juice mixed with cherry sour. As it warms the wine elements come out more and create a really puckering and yet rich full plate experience. The wine and grape and cherry flavors never mix, they seem to fight the whole way through the beer. The result is what tastes like a blend of flavors that wasn't fully thought out. The flavors don't seem to reach a point where they complement eachother, but they create a rather full experience of puckering dry flavors from grapes and the more on the front but sugary notes from a cherry sour. The wine seems to take a huge impact on the middle of the experience.

I find myself struggling to finish this one. The up front flavor is fine, but the finish is somewhat unpleasant. I can't place where this beer went wrong for me and as a result i'm not sure who this was made for. I don't get enough red wine to say a wine fan would certainly want to try this. It isn't a cherry/flanders red as I know them. I want to say this is good if you like xyz, but this is just a unique experience.

I tend to give brewers crap for styles I dislike, and I have no issue saying a beer is bad even if to style. I also don't mind giving a brewer crap for a style I love just not working. My first thought on this one was to score it rather low, but there's something here. This was not just thrown together and it's clear that this was a well executed complex beer that just doesn't sit well with me.

I expect a lot of sour fans will like this one, but this isn't a beer I'd use to bring people into sours. Nor a beer I'd bring out to casual lovers. Given the ratings, I'd really hoped for a bit more but perhaps 2013 wasn't ideal, they certainly raised the abv from the listed amount for this one.

May 28, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

A: A port wine color (plummy and rich red) with very little head.

S: Cherries, port wine, oak and cranberries. That sourness makes itself known.

T: Red wine and port start off strong with cherries sliding in for the middle. An oakiness pervades, then lactic sourness makes it "pucker up" time.

M: This is one I loved sitting on my tongue. Smooth, dry and medium with medium carbonation.

O: This one runs a close second to the Bourbonic Plague I had. A terrific sour; one to be savored and sipped.

Apr 22, 2016
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LAp from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Pours an auburn-brown with an almost nonexistent head that rapidly fades leaving no lacing. Nose is Flanders-Red through and through - lactic acid funk, tart cranberry and sour cherry, with the slightest hint of oak. It's hard not to expect the balsalmic here, given just how truly akin to a Flanders Red this is, and perhaps a hint of that vinegar lingers on the backend. The palate follows the nose: sour cranberry and cherry, with clean lactic acid and oaky undertones. Mouthfeel lands squarely in the medium-thin category, and complements this beer tremendously. Overall, a masterfully crafted sour.

Mar 26, 2016
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flavour has lots going on; oak, funk, red grape, dark berries, some lactic flavours. Fairly sour and the finish is very dry. The red wine and port barrels certainly leave their mark. Full bodied with moderately high carbonation, leaves the mouth extremely dry. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mar 05, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty red color with some earth tones to it. 1/3" head quickly hits the bricks.

Aroma was an amazing wave of sour bing cherry, oak, lactic sourness, clean, no off notes, no alcohol noticeable, well done.

Taste just drops sour cherry and oak like its a lambic, its nowhere near as complex as that but it has a nice funk from the port barrels that brings out some complexity beyond your normal wild ale. Some red wine like notes dealing with the oak. Carbonation on point. I like a lot of Cascade beers, they aren't cheap, but this might be their best one they've ever made, just a phenomenal beer and the elite 1st tier level of American wild ales.

Jan 28, 2016
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chefbigjon from Arizona

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Version

Very intense flavorful complex deep red sour. So much red wine barrel, fruit. Very balanced flavors but extremely aggressive. Paired well with a bone in ribeye. World class.

Sep 24, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 Project

Appearance: Blackberry colored with a rocky ecru head; plenty of lacing hangs around

Smell: Woody and lactic, with Port, Cabernet, blackberry, cherry and fig

Taste: Fruity and lactic, with cherry, blackberry, red wine grapes and a hint of fig; the funk and woody flavors build through the middle; tart and dry on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: Unbelievable how fruity this remains six years later; a tremendous achievement

Aug 07, 2015
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Mantooth from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at Cascade, poured into a snifter. Pours a deep garnet red with two fingers of head and oily lacing. Loads of tart cherries in the nose and a bit of funk. The taste follows suit, much more tart than I expected from the nose. There's definitely some notes of vinegar present. Like most of their beers, the alcohol is very well hidden. Lot's of stuff happening with this funky little brew. I recommend you try this one for yourself and let us know what you think. Cheers!

Jul 27, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a dark purple-brown body, one finger white head with good retention. Nice lacing and moderately sized film that sticks around a while. Smells of cherries, dark fruit, acetic acid, oak, raisins, fig. Quite acidic. Flavour is similarly acidic; lots of oak, a moderate contribution of cherry and dark fruit, not quite a true Kriek but the cherries are here to supplement the acidity and oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the thinner side of the spectrum, good carbonation, hefty dose of acetic acid makes it a bit tough to scarf down. Overall, a very sour ale with a nice cherry presence.

Jun 26, 2015
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draheim from Washington

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2012 project) into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany w/ a 1/2-finger khaki head.

Aroma is sour cranberries, grapes, oak and vanilla. Sort of like a Flanders oud bruin.

Taste is tart, vinous and woody. Red wine, oak, tannins (a word I don't use often). Just the faintest suggestion of bitter dark chocolate. A touch more acidic than I prefer, but there's a really nice balance between sour and sweet. The oak barrel character is really dominant here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall a complex, well-built beer. Glad I finally found a bottle of this.

May 24, 2015
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 945 ratings