Cascade Sang Royal | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang RoyalCascade Sang Royal
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
cascadebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#323
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
907
pDev:
7.53%
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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the very generous yamar 18. Thanks Kevin!

One of *the* toughest corks to remove that I've come across followed by a huge pop, it pours a murky dark rusty brown with a +1 finger head of offwhite foam. It looks to have some good lacing.

The smell is hugely and nicely sour with lots of cherry tart and green apple goodness. Sticking my nose further in the glass, I'm getting some earthy malty notes and some light fruity sweetness. Peaking in and out, there's a definite note of the oak influence. Wow, this smells great!

The taste is big cherry and green apple sour with a touch of some malty or is it fruity? sweet tones, light earthy malt, a bigger oakiness than what was in the smell, a dash of vanilla here and there, with another big blast of the yummy sourness near and through the finish...it makes me smack my mouth in a very good way. I'm liking sipping on this puppy as it's so flavourful and the alcohol is a not noticeable at all.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation, it's a very smooth sipping American Wild Ale.

Drinkability? It's a big bottle but it's really so tasty and alcohol non obtrusive that it won't be a chore at all to finish. This is a super well made brew that fans of the style should hold in high regard. Thanks again, Kevin!

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Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite the gusher; I actually lost a couple of ounces before I could react to the foam over. A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. As the head slowly subsides with a rocky, crag-riddled surface it leaves some nice fat lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark plum color that shows a hazy, rich red hue when it is held up to the light. The aroma is quite vinous and smells of dark fruit; notes of prunes, raisins, lots of black currant, as well as some bright cherry and berry notes (this last reminds me of blackberries, blueberries and mulberries). There is a backdrop of toasty oak in the nose as wellas a touch of toasted grain effect; some tannin, a spicy oak character and a hint of vanillin are noticeable. The nose on this beer is pretty nice, it is well integrated and rich smelling, though I could wish for a touch more complexity.

The beer tastes lightly tart up front. It has a palate fullness and heft to it, which a lively, effervescent carbonation tries to offset; it is actually a bit excessively carbonated, but the body of the beer still stands up to this excess quite well. A nice sourness can almost be bracing, it couples with a tannic bite towards the finish that makes this that much more puckering. Spicy oak and wood flavors play a more prominent role than they did in the nose, but the fruitiness is much more subdued in the flavor; this last is likely because this beer is quite dry tasting, with little residual sugars. Still the fruit notes are noticeable here and remind me of a dry, fruit forward red wine; notes of berry, dark-concentrated plum, tart currant flavors, some washed out cherry skin and even some port-like fruit notes are noticeable here. As the beer warms up the fruit does become more evident though. There is a tart bite from the acidity that is most lactic, but there also seemed to be a rounded acid influence from the fruit character. Especially after the beer settles down (from the initial carbonation level), the texture is lush and structed from the tannic influence, yet it is still quite drinkable; velvet-like and silky seem like apt adjectives for this brew. There is some spice character here as well and a bit of a biting note that is contributed by the rich fruit / malt character (sort of reminiscent of a spicy fruit skin flavor).

I like that this has a nice oak backbone to it; that and the tartness really helps to bring a suave balance to the jam-like, rich fruit character. I paired this beer with some fish tacos for the last 25cl and this brings out a peppery spiciness from the oak as well as more of the wood-like flavors, but what it really does is accentuate the rich fruit character that is in this beer. This is a really nice, rich, complex, layered beer that retains its ample drinkability. A fantastic beer, that I am quite happy to have polished a bottle off of.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had and shared numerous bottles of this over the last 6 months.. reviewed from a few sets of paper notes.

foamy lite tan head.. the brew is deep amber with beautiful ruby highlites.. surprising lace..

nose is tart and vinous (?) .. blackberry and sweet cherry skin.. pretty lactic... mild acetic qualities.... a bit of oak to add to an incredibly complex aroma..

a bit more vinegar than the aroma.. cherry essence is really brought out by some mild caramel sweetness... the big sour player is the lactic aging.. vinous qualities reminiscent of dry red wine.. pinot maybe.. pretty oaky about halfway through and all the way to the dry finish... nice fruity essence lingers on the palate forever.. medium body with abundant carbonation helps cut through the mouthfeel maybe a tad much... Drinkability is amazing.. soooo complex and leaving me want more... another sip.. another glass.

4.5/5/5/4/4.5

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -3%

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

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thank you Scott for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pale blush red color. Some off white bubbles and foam.

(S)- A dry oaky funky vinous vinegar-like funk with fruits.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A funky fruit and almost vinegar-like oaky bite at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Tart, but mostly possesses a dry oaky funk.

(D)- A solid wild with some nice complexities I enjoyed very much. I continue to look forward to trying more of Cascades' sours.

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Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jschott75
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jbaker67
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at our Cascade tasting on 12/11/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is dark reddish brown with a one inch off white head. Retention is good and scattered lacing can be perceived.

The aroma is malty with vibrant cherries and an upper moderate level of vinegar. The nose is earthy with notes of wet wood and moderate lactic sourness.

The flavor is tart cherries and cherry skins with a decent acetic presence. The beer opens up with a dash of sweetness, but this dries out midpalate with the arrival of damp earthen wood. There's a low tannic quality here as well.

This is the fourth bottle I've opened, and I honestly enjoyed the others a bit more. I highly doubt it's faded with the small amount of age that's on it, but the cherry was somewhat muted in this bottle. It could have been the environment, distractions, or my palate. It also could have just been this bottle. Either way, I think 3 of the 4 bottles warranted a 4.5 so I'll fault the beer just a hair because of this bottle.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TX-Badger
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.

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Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev -8.7%

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

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

Photo of n2185
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to duff27 for sharing this tonite! Thanks duff!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

vintage 2011 poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: muddy and murky brown bodied beer with a small tan cap. Lace is spotty.

Smell: huge vinegar. light oak and funk. Has a cough drop menthol type note.

Taste: Sour grapes and hints of cherries. Moderate pucker factor. It has some vinegar, oak, earthy, minimal funkiness. Got a little bit of sweetness from dark fruits to add some balance.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied sour with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is done well. It is hard to believe this sour is almost 10%; it drinks like its 6% and the alcohol is hardly detected. So drinkable!

Overall: I bumped the overall score because the taste is closer to 4.25. This beer is almost like a sour and a wine blended together. Interesting sour!

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Photo of bylerteck
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage at the Barrel Room

A: small tan head with an edge of grey rapidly dissipates to a ring of medium bubbles. Murky red color.

S: Port and cherry aromas are detectable from a distance. Lactic tang, a bit of apple. A little bit of wood. Some whiffs of funk when swirling. Wish the Barrel House served their beers in glasses better suited to assessing aroma.

T: Woody and earthy, lots of lactic. Hard to pick out specifics, but there's lots of dark fruit and some wine notes.

M: Well carbonated, medium body. Good linger. Some mild astringency.

O: Rich, complex and tasty, although the flavors sort of blur together making it hard to pick out the details. Quite enjoyable, though.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by John the other night. I preferred this over the version I had on tap.

Clear dark brown with reddish highlights, there a dense, light brown head with nice lacing. A gorgeous sour. There's a nice, bright raspberry/fruit vinaigrette with a rich fruit, mild cocoa. Quite New Belgium-like in some ways. Leather and earth are present as well. The palate opens quite sour with vinegar, apple cider and raspberry , very bright and tasty. The mid-palate has oak, leather and tannins, with grapes and grape skin tannins. The tannins linger on the finish. Medium in body, medium-light in body, this is excellent.

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Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 907 ratings
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