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Cascade Sang Royal | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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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862
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
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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 Gushue3
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HuskinPDX for this bottle and a very fast trade.

A
Real big coca cola looking head that has some great retention. The body is really dark red with a brownish tint. Some lacing left around the glass

S
sour funk and not too pungent. Very light scent.

T
big sour taste with sweet and tart cherries as well as some subtle barrel wood tastes. Becomes sweeter as it sits in my glass and im getting some grape-ish tastes.

M
lighter mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

O
Really nice stuff from Cascade and I'm definitely turning to the funky side.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color that is slightly hazy, with dark ruby hints around the edges. There is about a half finger of dark tan head that reduces pretty quickly, leaving a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Big currant scents on the nose. Also black cherries, oak, very light funk, a bit of lemony sourness and vinegar. Seems like this one is going to be fairly sour.

Taste: I get a lot of black cherries and currants up front. Hints of oak and a good deal of sourness on the back end. Lots of vinegar notes. Finish is oak, sourness and currant intermingling.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of spritzy carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Not my favorite of the night, as it does turn a bit more sour as I'd like to see. I would definitely have it again though.

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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 PEBKAC
3.31/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of many bottles sent to me by "Batman & Robin" while I was incapacitated at home. Thanks guys.

Into my Ommegang Anniversary glass. A turbid, rusty brown color. Just a bit of greasy sheen on the airy, low-clinging, khaki-ish colored head.

Smell is a mix of soaking wood chips, red wine vinegar, & pickle juice. Somewhat medicinal. It could of been better. The fruit was there, but besides some pits & skins, it wasn't the dominate smell.

It tasted like it spent too long in the barrel. More tannins then even some harsher red wines I've had. Incredibly oaky. Too much oak really. Lemons. Very tart, edgy lemons. Grape/cherry/apple skins. It tasted like cherries too, yes. Throat clenching, acidic cherries. A sweet & sour mix, mostly focusing on the briny, sour bitterness, & not so much on any ripe fruit that I was hoping for.

Feel was all wood. Dry to the point you need a lager chaser. Carbonation was pretty sturdy, but it didn't need much to cut the muddy body.

I guess I was expecting something "juicier". Dry, tart, & sour is good combination at times, but all the puckering made my enjoyment of it minimal. Though once it became warmer & fell a bit flat, it was actually somewhat easier to enjoy.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2009 Project

Interesting ale for sure. Kind of reminded me of a flanders red with plums and dates, along with a little lactic acid. Was definitely interesting, though I don’t know if I’d call it a winner. It could have been the supplication I had prior to this skewing my thoughts, so I’ll certainly have to revisit, but I just felt as though it was a little flat and not very complex. Don’t get me wrong, the flavor was decent, but it never evolved as it warmed and stayed somewhat muted.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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 Sarlacc83
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from the brewery.

A: Deep purple bordering on a shade of midnight. Very thin berry colored foam. Slides off glass.

N: Red and green grape. Lactic acid as expected. Currants and plums. Fair amount of acetone and glue. More sharp lactic acid and some leather from the pinot barrels.

T: Tons of sharp lactic acid. Leather and currants. Sweet tarts, lemon,and sour clementine. Plums and vinous grapes. Some tannins.

M: Oily and slick, as is the Cascade norm. Alcohol is light.

O: Don’t know how much this has benefited from extended aging in the barrel. Puckeringly sour and lacking dimension. Meh. It doesn’t taste bad, but it no beauty, either.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev -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!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

a: its a murky mix of light brown, ruby red, and dark burnt caramel. it had a really fizzy 1 finger tan head (like a soda) that fades almost immediately. right now its just a film on the side of the glass

s: apple cider vinegar, dark sour concord grapes, sweet molasses. finishes with a nice smell of port - you really can pick that up, which is nice. its an aroma that makes your mouth water

t: there is an insane initial blast of sourness that is an intense mix of like vinegar, soured grapes, and something acidic. it is immediately smoothed out though with a nice port sweetness - its crazy how well the sourness is immediately given away to a rich silky sweet grape like flavor. there is a nice vanilla presence in here as well with a nice oak finish. this is genuinely really good. its not so much a balance here, as a perfect transition of flavors inside your mouth

m: its an interesting combination of a nice smooth mouthfeel with a large amount of carbonation. mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter side (carbonation helps that). finishes a bit dry

o: what can i say? its delicious. a crazy perfect transition of flavors in here that works so well. punch of sour and a nice port wine finish. so glad i tried

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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 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 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 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 phichifiji00
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage brewed with grapes, poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium brown with red hue, 1 finger of tan head, moderate lacing.

Smell: earthy, grape, funky, sour cherries, pinot noir, a hint of brett.

Taste: red wine vinegar, sour cherries, tart, oak, a little vanilla, sweet tarts.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, crisp, tart, acidic.

Overall: A tasty beer. Good amount of sour, very complex, very drinkable. The pinot is very prevalent. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled 2009. Pour is what I would expect from an Oud Bruin. Auburn with faint reddish highlights. Pour into a tulip yields a significant and creamy looking beige head. Very nice delivery. Sweet tart aroma is subdued and somewhat woody. Not as complex as Marron Acidife, or the exemplary Haandbaak, but still very nice. Taste is also more subdued than I expected, but still very tart and puckering. Cherries do not make their presence known. Somewhat similar to Consecration. Mouthfeel is very smooth, very creamy. Bottle was gone in no time. Overall, a very nice beer, and a top eschelon competitor for beers in the Flanders style. Price point, like Marron Acidife, is a bit steep, but there is no denying the deliciousness and quality of this beer. A welcom luxury.

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

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.25.15

A: 4 Pours a hazy, reddish-brown with a tow-inch, light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: 4.5 Aroma starts with a good amount of funk but it quickly gives way to chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and a touch of cinnamon. These aromas are rather mild and compliment the funk and light vinegar rather than dominate the way a dark sour might.

T: 4.5 The flavors are a very nice balance of sweet and sour with similar characteristics from the nose, but a bit more muted. Unlike the nose, fresh fruit shines on the palate, adding cherry, raspberry, figs, and vinous grapes. As the beer warms, some of the darker flavors (vanilla, tobacco, oak) start to come through. The finish is a touch bitter and tannic.

M: 4.5 Nice body and carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Not much to complain about here.

O: 4.5 This is a superb beer: easy drinking yet complex. The really striking thing here is how different the aroma is from the flavor, yet somehow both come together in a balanced and interesting way.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of fear025
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:There's only harsh sourness in the aroma with not too many additional notes.

Appearance:Murky reddish brown.

Taste:This one is more sour than the Vlad the ImpAler that I just tried. It's very similar in flavor though. There's just a ton of sour flavor to this beer without much else.

Mouthfeel:The body is light to medium, with some harsh astringency that hits the back of my throat.

Drinkability:This is another great sour from Cascade. Tons of great sour flavor, and an exciting beer.

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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 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 DiabolikDUB
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom and poured into a 12oz. Snifter glass.

Pours a dense burgundy with a frothy, light reddish-tan head that slowly dissipates into a medium ring around the glass. Aroma is tart cherry and cranberry and maybe a big of sour funk/yeast. This beer is fairly tart with cherry and cranberry, flight bitterness and is most certainly mouth puckeringly sour. Its a light, crisp effervescent beer and is extremely drinkable and gets a bit hotter as you sip it.

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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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Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.
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