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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.35%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
'Malt Beverage with Cherries Added and Aged in Oak Barrels'
8.87% ABV (2009)
9.35% ABV (2011)
"Sang Royal is a big NW Style Sour Red Ale that spends over six months of lactic fermentation and aging in oak wine barrels. Sang Royal is from select stock that is matured an additional six months in Port barrels and refermented on Bing Cherries." - label text

"This Northwest style sour red is a bottled version of our popular Mouton Rouge. This blend of barrels, with up to 16 months of oak barrel lactic fermentation and oak barrel aging, features dark fruit, sour, oak and funk flavors that sweep over your taste buds like an incoming tide." - Raccoon Lodge website

Added by mykie73 on 05-15-2009

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened at a recent tasting by Nathan or Mike, I don't know which one. Beer is ruby red and kind of hazy with a weak head and moderate to low carbonation, no lacing, looks fine.

Beer is wonderfully sour and bright with a mild brett character but some lactic and acetic with a nice funk.

This beer has a really big body. Surprising for a sour beer, its got some nice carb too. Its acetic sour with a mild lactic note. Funk is moderate. Tastes great. I love him.

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Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle courtesy of Marcus. Thanks! I brought this to a nice little BA get together and it was cracked first, so this is a totally clean palate review!

The beer certainly is a "royal" shade of red. Some brown as well as orange highlights around the edges. The beer looks great in terms of color and has a white head at first, but the head dies quickly and there's little lace. Still, we're off to a great start!

The smell is heaven. Some lacto jumps out right off the bat, giving lemon and apple skin impressions. Then the cherries take over and add tartness while displaying both balance and some earthy depths. The oak from the barrel rounds out a solid nose. Think a fruity cherry sour almost bordering on Flanders territory but with less vinegar.

The taste continues the experience with great balance and depth. There's a nice sour note that makes me happy and gives me my fix without needing dental work due to enamel removal. Some brown sugar is also present in the taste, then the sweetness and sour fades into oak. There's some mild tannic tastes and just a hint of vanillin. This is just suculent and perhaps one of the best sours for a red wine drinker. That's the impression I'm left with, and this is a winner!

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation and a nice, dry, sour finish. This beer was heaven on earth! One of the better sours I've had recently and one I'm sure I'll never have again. That's OK, there will always be the memories :)

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Photo of doughanson78
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a snifter.

A: Brownish in color with light red hints. One and a half finger tan head with alright retention and hardly no lacing.

S: Big tart cherries, light sour apples. Some wine qualities. Light oak. Some funkiness.

T: A touch sweet to start. Then huge tart cherries with a light sour apple flavor. Get some light wine and oak.

M: Light body. Higher carbonation. Crisp and very dry.

O: Very good sour. Very tart. Alcohol is non existent, except when your friend won't drink his half and you have to drink the whole thing.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of LAp
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory, beer shared with friends about a year ago. Very sour and refreshing, with notes of cherries, vinegar, oak and lambic funk. We had this beer between two imperial stouts, and it was an excellent decision.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2009 vintage) from the brewery; split

appearance: served in my delirium chalice, dark muddy garnet body, creamy tan lace with light retention

smell: tart cherry, lots of oak, vinous notes

taste: another Cascade classic - i'm not positive I could successfully pick this out from Sang Noire in a lineup, but that isnt a bad thing. A flood of tart cherry, lots of funky lactic yeast, big fruit vinous notes, defined oakyness, balsamic, dark fruit, rustic autumnal notes

mouthfeel: like all of the cascade beers, hides the booze well and stupidly drinkable

overall: great stuff, worth the price tag

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Photo of mykie73
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update, at time, I was comparing this to consecration batch one.
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Did not know much about this beer besides it was a blend of different sour reds and then had cherries added to it.

A dark reddish brown with no lacing. See-through, can see that there is a lot of carbonation from looking at glass.

S tart cherries, oak notes, and wine/port funk.

T Wow! citrus, wine, with cherries, oak and port on the back end. tart at first and then sour on finish. enjoyable! Reminds me a lot of the Consecration. In fact I like it better than the consecration and it is a bit better of a value. Smoother and less acidic that the Consecration. Amazing blend.

M) Excellent. Consistent to what a sour should be. Makes me pucker up.

D) underhyped like all of their beers. Could be my favorite from them. Really looking forward to aging this bad boy. would choose this over Consecration and it's cheaper.

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Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009

Appearance. Pours an incredibly deep red-brown with half a finger of creamy light tan head.

Smell. Dark cherries, some woody funk, some sour fruits. Smells good.

Taste. Sour cherries, and lots of 'em. Tartness is there, and a little wood and leather. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-strong, fine and lively carbonation.

Overall. Just a fantastic sour. I love this brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a challenge lately to get through anything new, but I decided to let my family have a crack at a few things this weekend and pulled a sample off of each. Part of the " Random BBQ Event" at my in laws on 07/19/2009.
 
 
Appearance - Nice reddish brown color with a good head of light tan on top. Nice retention as well with sticky webbing up and down the sides of the glass.
 
Smell - lots of fruit at first, cherries, touches of sour apple tartness, rich with a mild sweetness that starts to billow up, light woody notes and a hint of grapes now as well hint at a wine barrel in its past
 
Taste - Nice sour bite right out in front, really impressive here. Vinegar and tart cherries, seamlessly woven in with a nice woody, earthy note. Hints of a mild sweetness come through mid palate, again rich, complex. Dry finish, puckering with the last drops of sour well on their way off the palate by the time this voyage ends.
 
Feel - Smooth, well carbonated medium feel. Prickly carbonation at times never lets it settled down and lets the flavor really start to pop.
 
Drinkability - Easy sipper here. A wonderful one to sit down and enjoy the night with. Flavors are bold, but not overwhelming and it leaves you with a sense of completion at the end that does not have you looking around for something else.
 
Overall - Very solid for the style. My favorite from Cascade to date. This was an excellent night cap for me and I really enjoyed it. Spot on for the style and the cherries are really used quite well. Would have to recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

appearance: Quite dark ruby red. Nice head on the pour. Messy lacing. Legs that linger.
smell: Deep nose with tart cherries, dark fruitiness with a edge of tamed funk.
taste: Not quite up to the nose but damn good. Lots going on, the funk is not quite as tamed here. Some vinegar notes.
overall: Quite an amazing brew. Lots going on. Alcohol is damn near non-existent.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at the brewpub in October 2009. Thanks to ramnuts for driving me out there!

I had Mouton Rouge on tap twice, and I can attest that this is not the bottled Mouton Rouge, despite what the description says. It is a different beer.

A: Pours a murky maroon body with some slight edge penetration and a faint glow against the light. The head is three fingers of fluffy, light tan head; it recedes over a minute or two and leaves a thick collar with scattered film on top of the brew. Some lacing during sips, but nothing that sticks.

S: Cherries, including a tannic bitterness that reminds me of oak and cherry skins, lactic sourness, and red wine.

T: The blend of cherries and vinous qualities gives this beer a supple, organic touch that is nicely contrasted by oak and lactic sourness. It's oaky throughout, which is unusual for me as I tend to pick up tannins in the finish. Light brown sugar sweetness, which lets the emphasis be placed on the fruit and sourness. Great taste, one of the better Flanders Reds I've tried.

M: Prickly, dry finish that is accentuated by the lightest acetic burn. The flavor is more lactic, though. I find this balance perfect, as acetic beers tend to coat the tongue after a while and ruin the palate with residue. This effect does happen with Sang Royal, but not until the last third of the bottle.

D: This is incredibly drinkable, as evidenced by the fact that I can drink a full bottle of it myself. And the price (<$20) is a bargain next to Russian River sours. I'm quite happy to have gotten this and will buy more Cascade in the future.

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Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks chewy!

I am beginning to strongly suspect that I did, indeed, get a bad bottle of Cascade's The Vine. Because I am hard pressed to explain how a brewery that produced this beer could also have made the decidedly unimpressive substance I had last night.

Pours a dark reddish with a big light tan head. Looks good in the light, a great head, particularly for the ABV.

Smells like tart cherries, wood/tannin, and has a great acidic vinegar bite to the aroma. The taste is just marvelous, with a sweet undercurrent of berries and cherries, along with a decidedly oak-y/wood-sy sour backbone. Really melds well, and just a pleasure on the palate. There's some sour apple/unripe pear notes to it, along with a dash of lemon vinegar.

The beer that immediately comes to mind is Consecration, and frankly, it tastes like a cross between Red Poppy and Consecration. This is perhaps a sweeter beer, although the mouthfeel is quite dry.

Just a phenomenal brew.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage brewed with grapes. Pours a muddy brown color with a hint of red. Nice, frothy white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very funky with a TON of red grape aroma. Lots of oak and acidic characteristics as well. Lovely blend of funk, tart, and grape in the nose. Taste is amazing with complex barrel flavors . Tons of delicious oak flavors with cherry and red grape. Very acidic and sour with mouth-puckering finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very tart finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, Cascade never has disappointed me, and this is definitely the most complex beer I've had from them. Top notch.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store.

a - pours a deep brownish ruby color with a big, nearly 2-inch light brown head, head is very active and has very good retention, moderate lacing, very cloudy

s - big sour cherry aroma mixed with an earthy funkiness, caramel and oak aromas add depth along with notes of port presumably from the port barrels in which this spent 6 months

t - as others have noted, the lactic sourness really cuts right down your tongue, big sour cherry flavor, like the aroma, lighter notes of caramel and oak add add a nice backbone of sweetness to the intense sourness, very earthy, you can really taste the cherries in this as opposed to some sours with cherry additions that taste syrupy and almost fake, not much alcohol evident despite the almost 9% abv

m - a little light-bodied, kind of disappears from the palate a bit fast, medium-to-high carbonation, quite dry on the finish, not much by way of alcohol warming

d - big drinkability points for the complexity of the flavors, definitely not a boring beer, the sourness definitely wears on the palate though, that said, I'll have no problem polishing off this 750 with a little help from the wife

Wow, this is a really, really good beer. It's right there with RR Supplication in my book, and it may even surpass it. As this is my first offering from Cascade, I'm really looking forward to picking up some of their other bottles.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Or perhaps "corraled" would be the better verb; 4 fingers of foam erupt atop the rusty red body. This settles down to a denser skim that's constantly fed with a vigorous stream of visual carbonation.

Loads of sour cherry in the nose. Sweeter aromas of oak and white chocolate. Seems a red wine barrel must have been one of the aging vessels. A touch musty.

Big sour taste up front before picking up a bit of sweetness from the cherries and a rich, sweet port presence midswallow. Rather musty for a moment. The steady stream of carbonation whips the beer up into an almost thick consistency for a while before it abruptly changes gears; it's puckeringly tart and dry in the finish.

Overall impression: Yet another excellent offering from the king of American wild ales.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09 bottle

A - Dark brown with reddish tint and light golden accents. Off white head

S - Cherry, lots of cab sav barrels, tartness, lactic acid, and lemon peel. Really good and lots of tartness as this picks up.

T - Tartness up front, lots of cab barrel, cherries, lots of lemon peel and slight lactic acid throughout. Great flavor of the dark wine and fruit contrasted with a sharp tartness.

M - Highly carbonated with a dry finish.

O - Really good beer with lots of cherry, cab sav, and tart lactic acid bite. I really enjoyed this one and would be curious to see how it compares to a fresher bottler

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

i really dont miss the whiskey element from the sang noir, and think the port wine is way more complimentary to the cherries, which are puckery and juicy and enormous in aroma and taste. dark red brew, looks like cloudy red wine, but with a lively head that settles in time. sharply lactic nose, with hints of lemon and virgin oak, new and sweet, which merges with the cherry very well. the wine has a dessert like character for sure in the nose, like a red wine reduction in a pan. concentrated grape and tannic aromatics, very intense, very mouthwatering. the flavor is equally intense, with the oak and grape intensity marrying beautifully with the cherries. way more sour than other cascade beers that i can remember, maybe one of the most sour beers ive ever had. where this whiskey put vanilla and booze into the sang noir, this royal maintains its fruitiness all the way though, and the sourness is rightly more exposed. beautiful balance, wildly complex, titillatingly sour, luxurious in feel, and frankly one of the more unique beers in the world. every bit as good as consecration, although i have never had the two side by side. stupendously good, even a standout by the already lofty cascade standards. wow, just wow.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this at a recent tasting.

Poured a semi-dark reddish rust color with a nice white head. Pretty good legs as it goes down. The aroma is relatively strong in the vinegar department and backed up by some very nice oak and cherry notes. The flavor is loaded with cherries, oak, a bit of earth, and plenty of lactic acid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very nice carbonation level and drying mouthfeel. Drinkability is superb--one of the best sours I've had in some time.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) purchased online at CraftCity.com, "2012 Project," poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'09 Project

Pours murky reddish color with a small red-tinged head that dissipating quickly.

Smells wonderful. Lots of the grape aroma comes through although smells more like a medium bodied red as opposed to something incredibly dry. Some strong tart cherry, oak and some other dark fruits as well.

Wonderfully complex taste. This disappeared from my glass very quickly, but even in that short time frame, every sip was different. At some times, I could have sworn I picked up a glass of wine and at others, the intense sourness shone through.

Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels.

Fantastic and am going to have to resist the temptation of popping my other one too soon. Very complex flavors throughout and sometimes wickedly sour, which is a trait I like.

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Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle
2009 project
Served in a tulip

The bottle opened with a loud pop and the beer poured a deep, dark crimson-mahogany color. A small, light tan cap of bubbly froth topped the liquid. Good lasting strength on the head. Patchy drops of lacing trickled down sides of glass.

The aroma was outstanding. Super tart and moderately funky with a pleasant, fruity sweetness. Sour cherries and raspberries were most apparent. Red wine notes also came through strong. Seeing as the beer was first aged in oak with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes then later blended with red ales that had been aged in Port and Pinot Noir barrels, this came as no surprise. Lots of balsamic vinegar and lactic acid. Strong notes of oak developed as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was quite interesting as well. Similar to the nose in many regards, yet a bit more tart and dry. Sweet-ish malts were noticeable up front. Tart cherries were detectible, though more so in the aroma. Balsamic vinegar and lactic acid notes appeared in the center. Like the nose, the flavor profile had a strong red wine-like quality. Touch of brett. Lots of oak. The oakiness carried into the crisp, dry and tannic finish. Slight metallic notes were detectible as well.

The mouthfeel was rich and frothy with an aggressive, large bubbled effervescence. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down a bit and the liquid turned smoother and creamier.

Overall, this is a remarkably interesting and eminently drinkable beer. Definitely one of the best American wild ales that I have sampled to date. Do whatever you can to get your hands on the 2009 (original) vintage.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.
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