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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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Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
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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 RuckusDu
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Project into Duvel tulip

A - The one finger head came quick and went quick. Maybe some slight tan in the head but mostly white. Body is very dark and definitely on the red side.

S - Cherries and tartness are very strong. Really quite amazing even though it is so simple. I am getting some raspberry as well. Fruity and sour and strong.

T - There is funk all the way through but it is mellow. Some good cherries and raspberries as in the scent. The acidicy is nicely balanced with just slight sweetness of the berries. Again, simple, and the flavor matches the scent quite well.

M - The drying bitterness takes over on this one though it is nicely carbonated.

O - Quite good. Not overly sweet and a great sourness to it.

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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 srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky, color of cooked dark brown sugar, small off white head, leaves to disk fast. Not much cling.

S - Funk is all I get out of it. But, it's lively and fresh.

T - Beautiful. Sour, funky, bright, pleasant.

M - Medium body, great carb, balance is well played so that the sour funkiness calms down by finish.

D - Very easy to drink , especially at that ABV!

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Photo of Fux
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Medium retention, leaves a thin film on top of the beer.

S: Smell is lactic, oaky. Fruity, mainly grapes and other dark fruits.

T: Sharp attack, sour, but not harsh. Some funk, blue cheese, also oak and red wine in there.

M: Good carbonation. Medium bodied.

O: Nice red ale. Got a nice complexity and nice balance between the tartness and oak sweetness.

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Photo of shleepy
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into tulip glass.

A: On the lighter side of chocolate brown. Small off-white head. Oily residue floating on top.

S: Ooh, very promising. Pungent oak, chocolate, citrus... wide array of flavors that comes off as almost spiced. Some brett funk in there, as well.

T: Sourness that sticks through the aftertaste. Also - mocha and berries. Not much true cherry flavor is noticeable, but the overall effect is similar to Red Poppy Ale or Supplication. Quite good - especially after a disappointing tasting of The Vine.

M: Notable acidity, with which the light-medium carbonation goes well. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, for which the high alcohol content is probably to blame. An interesting balance.

O: I've probably tasted better stuff by Cascade, but this is still a fine example of their work. Very pleasurable beer, and one of the best non-kriek cherry beers.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage
9.345%
bottle, 750mL, corked

A: Black with hints of red. Tiny head. Nothing to get excited about.
S: Acetic acid. Lactic acid. Toasty. Oaky. Promising aroma.
T: Sharp sourness in front of tongue. Cherries. Biscuits. Dark chocolate. Dry finish. Great balance of toasted malts with fruity acids.
M: Medium carbonation. Dry, but plenty of acid and alcohol to balance. Mouth puckering in the finish.
O: I like this one. Very complex and drinkable. The cherries might not have center stage, but the show is good without them. Reminds me of Lost Abbey's Red Poppy, but sharper in lactic acidity.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork'n'cage of the 2009 project, poured into an Old Engine Oil tulip. Huge thanks to Dan for sharing this sour treat.

A: Clear deep crimson body with a half inch of creamy off-white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Pure, intense lactic sourness, with a hint of grape skin. Very, very acidic. I love it.

T: Starts out sour, then opens up into some nice grape juice sweetness, and finally closes out with intense, pure, puckering tartness. Awesome.

M: Fairly light body with late-arriving carbonation. Ok.

O: This isn't the beer for you if you want delicacy and complexity, but if you love straight tongue-ripping sourness, then seek it out. Terrific stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is ruby / garnet hued with a finger or more of lacing after a careful pour.

The aroma offers barnyard funk, oak, and sour cherries, vinegar, booze. Complex and intriguing...

Bold flavor and highly enjoyable. A lot of cherry flavor really shines through. Misc. dark fruits, oak, wine, wild yeast. Yeah baby. Acetic without being harsh. Again, complexities abound. A delightful sipper. One of the better brews by Cascade.

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Photo of PerHops
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle poured into a snifter. Murky dark brown color with a slight reddish tint with a thin tan head that leaves generous lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears to be moderate. This one starts off smelling FUNKY! Really earthy, barnyard smell, tobacco, oak, pepper, a hint of fruit. Initially offensive, but opens up into all kinds of interesting aromas. Starts off with a tart cherry flavor, mouth puckering, definite oak presence with some white pepper, blue cheese, red wine vinegar, followed by a medium dry finish. As it warms up dark fruit and chocolate start to emerge an increase in intensity. A lot of wine presence in this beer. There are so many layers to the flavor and mouthfeel it is hard to wrap your head around, but it is pretty fun to try to figure it out. Very happy I got the chance to get a bottle of this and would love to revisit.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, thanks Dan for sharing!

Dark brown color with a reddish glint, transparent and frothy around the edges. Some apple butter, grape and slight balsamic traces in the aroma. Seems very similar to the La Folie vertical we had earlier.

Acetic sourness, grape and oak barrel notes, sour but still plenty drinkable. Crisp and clean, light funkiness that clears up quickly and doesn't linger. Abv is completely hidden. Overall a tasty Flanders Ale, pretty biting and sour for the style, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 02/11/12 notes. Had at a local Cascade tasting. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, tart cherries, brett, wine, oak, fruity malts, and light vinegar. Really nice, sour nose, I love it.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, vinegar, oak, tannic, sour dark fruits, and wine. Not as sour as the nose, but still very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic body.

o - Overall a really nice sour, one of the better Cascade beers at the tasting in my opinion. Nose is very sour and full or dark fruits. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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

2009 Vintage poured into a sniffer.

A: From initial opening of the bottle foam slowly filled the top of the bottle and poked out of the bottle spout. Oddly when pouring there is not much head, and what head is there faded fast. The beer looks like a dark murky brown with a light white film of head.

S: The first smell of this beer is so crazy, you can tell from the first sniff this baby is going to be sour. Major influences of the wine barrels and wine grapes in the nose. A touch of sour cherries in the nose too.

T: Such a complex sour, from one taste its tarty, the next its very sour, the next you think you might of took a sip of wine.

M: This had a very good mouth, left my mouth feeling very soured.

O: This bad boy is a rough sour, just the way I like it. I am going to see how long I can save this one. I dare say this one may be better then what comes out of RR.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the southsound tasting.

A Pours a nice ruby color topped off with a small off white head.

S Lots of brett barnyard funk with a tart cherry note present.

T Lots of cherry with a more subdued sourness then many other sours out there. A bit of a hint of lemon zest as well to keep things interesting.

M Lots of carbonation on a light but full body which is perfect for the style.

Overall a very good wild ale that was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From South Sound tasting notes:

Poured a ruddy brownish-red with a small eggshell head. Powerful, tart cherry aroma mixed with oak and slight funk.

Lots of carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Less puckering than the aroma would indicate, with sour cherry, lemon, malty oak, and hints of dark fruit. Lingering tartness on the finish.

Very tasty and not as boozy as the ABV would indicate.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky reddish brown color with a small fizzy light tan cap

S: Oak, tart cherries, some Earthiness and light booze.

T: Taste of sour cherries, oak, light bourbon, caramel and yeast but I did not pick up any dark fruits in this, perhaps some dark cherries in the mix with the unripe and red cherries

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a creamy but tart finish. A sherry, port wine feel to it

O: Good

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Cascade.

Trace of white head, deep hazy brown body, some lace.

Decadent oud bruin nose. Sweet and port-like.

Rich tart taste, sweet brown sugar, caramel, and loads of fruit.

Bright, almost foamy champagne.

Outstanding, rich and decadent. Bought a bottle, expensive as it was.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty red, not candy red color, but an earthy red, with some light brown mixed into it. Aroma was amazing, sour cherry, red ale, massive sourness in the nose that doesn't cover up the sour cherry aspect. Alcohol not to be noticed in the aroma, nor are there any vinegar notes, just splendid.

More and more waves of sour cherry and lactic tart notes. Amazing this is an abv of over 9.3%, at no point does it taste or smell anything like it would be around that level, big props. Didn't taste sweet, like I feared when I read this was partially aged in port barrels, the red wine barrels too aren't over the top, very nuanced red wine with red ale, but this is all about the cherry and sourness.

Hey these aren't cheap, but I'd order them over and over, as I plan to keep doing. Thought the carbonation was just right. Cascade is sooo underrated.

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Photo of Verecund
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

December 9, 2011. This is the third time I've had the "2009 Project," so I figured it was high time to review it.

Pours a dark purplish crimson with a half finger of off-mauve head. Fine sticky lacing.

Very tart on the nose with strong red wine and sour cherry aromas. It's easy to throw around "red wine" when describing a dark sour, but this features a bright cherry, vinous tartness alongside lactic sourness. Minor balsamic, acetic acidity, but it doesn't distract.

Drier on the palate, but still imminently tasty, featuring lactic acid, maraschino cherry, cherry pit, and a good bit of oak. It's fine chilled, but really opens as it warms (and the metallic notes fall out). Cabernet Sauvignon grape, a milky sourness, and balsamic vinegar create a nice blend of sour, tart, and fruit. Dry and tannic finish.

The first time I had this I wasn't blown away, but the last two times it's grown on me. Very acidic, this is one of the most drinkable and nuanced "dark" American sours on the market. An oenophile's beer.

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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 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 AleWatcher
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes.
shared by Dunt (or the BA formerly known as Dunt)

Murky hazy brownish muddy reddish color.

Awesome nose-- sour cherries, raspberries, with bigtime oak and earth notes. Definately some funk in there too-- and not bright sunshiney day hay funk-- a deep ominous scary earthy funk that fucking rocks.

All those notes translate beautifully to the taste. Some what sweet up front that leads into a great sour/tart note at the back end.

The body is quite good too-- good firm carbonation, smooth medium/light body with a solid cheek-puckering sourness.

Really quite good. This is my favorite from Cascade-- aside from Apricot, of course!

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Photo of biggied
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown that's pretty mirky and has a tan head which about 1.5 fingers. Some lacing is evident and a bubbly ring stays behind as well with some fizz bubble here and there. Really nice to look at.

S - Fruity tartness, dark fruit such as plums or raisins. A nice meld of both tart and sweet here. Neither overpowers the other in terms of nose, which makes for a nice combo. I don't get a lot of oak notes here even though it was barrel-aged for quite some time.

T - Tastes like it smells. A mix of sour apples, cherries, lemon citrus, along with some sweet raisins and plums. There are some oak notes here that also contribute to the overall balance of this beer. Really a great meld of flavors.

M - A little too much carbonation for me. The finish isn't as dry as I expected but that doesn't bother me at all.

D - Easy to drink and very tasty.

O - Definitely ordering more of these, very good

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