Sang Royal
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Wild Ale
Ranked #49
Ranked #463
4.38 | pDev: 7.53%
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Sang RoyalSang Royal
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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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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craytonic from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky ruby-brown with decent head and lacing

Smell: vinegar, oak, cherry, brown sugar

Taste: Slightly earthy, oak, tart cherries with pits, vinegar, brown sugar

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, medium carbonation

Overall: tasty, but I feel most of the darker wilds from this brewer tend to be slightly muddled.

Feb 15, 2012
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funkel81 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.7%

May 24, 2014
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itsiilegal from California

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Jun 03, 2013
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BigIslandfarmer from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 26, 2017
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rhinos00 from Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mykie73 for sending this my way. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

A- Pours a murky, amberish color. Fingers width of tan head that quickly fizzles away into a thin ring.

S- Lots of sour cherries and grape skins. There is a nice oak barrel presence along with a vinous, port-like quality. The aromas really go well together.

T- Simply fantastic! Lots of complexity going on here. Cherries and tannins abound with a strong, sour oak barrel presence. The port barrel aging added a nice vinous, sweetness to it. A little bit of lemon and citrus gave off the perfect amount of acidity.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

D- The sweetness of this beer really tamed the sourness, making this beer extremely drinkable. At nearly 9% abv, this beer is lethal. Putting away a 750 mL bottle is no easy feat for a sour, but is easily achievable with this one.

Overall, many have compared this to Consecration. Having it on tap just the other night, I have to concur. The only difference I noted was that this was a little sweeter and balanced, where as Consecration has a little bit more sourness. I also think the wine qualities came through little bit more in Consecration. Still, this is just as good, if not better.

Jun 29, 2009
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mantissa from Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.7%

Dec 23, 2011
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Eighty from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Jun 13, 2013
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themayorkoch from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Feb 09, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle split between a pair of large snifters. Don't see a date anywhere, but the label says 2012 project.

Pours dark ruby-brown, little head, not much carbonation. Fairly opaque. Smell is very tart, very fruity -- blackberry or something similar.

Taste follows the smell. Fruity and very tart. More dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is mild and nice. Overall, good beer.

Feb 15, 2015
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage on tap at the barrel house.

Poured into a Cascade glass.

A - Deep dark brownish read with some tan bubbles forming a nice ring around the edge. They linger the whole time.

S - Sour cherries, nice funk, but muted.

T - Here come sthe funk, sourness really is dominate.

D - Nice Carbonation, medium body.

O - This is your sour.

Aug 08, 2011
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TubaDan from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Oct 19, 2014
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DoubleDaisyCutter from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 19, 2017
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Gonzoillini from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Apr 12, 2014
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dunix from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Mar 19, 2014
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McNazz from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 21, 2015
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mikeyv35 from New York

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 04/29/12
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glass: SH Large Tulip

Pours a brown mahoghany in color w/ ruby red hues w/ a thin 1/3 finger off-white head that left good lacing. Aromas of grape skins, vinegar, cocoa, and wet dog/wet socks. The flavor was mouth puckering sour cherry and grapoes up front, leading into vinegar, and finishing w/ mild cocoa and mild funky wet dog. Thin to medium bodied and lush due to adequate carbonation levels. Brew finishes pretty dry. Easy to drink if you can get past your teeth hurting after a glass.

Overall, nice brew from Cascade again! I thoroughly enjoyed the cocoa malt background in the finish of this wild ale.

Jun 09, 2012
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tetu from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Nov 03, 2014
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MarshallBirdhouse from South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Dec 11, 2014
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beefandbean22 from Oregon

5/5  rDev +14.2%

Nov 19, 2011
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leschkie from California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

May 04, 2012
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capnamerica from Arkansas

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 20, 2015
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Bilco from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 03, 2016
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tjcamm from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 29, 2016
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Cynic-ale from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Aug 13, 2014
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 945 ratings