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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is very sour with some lacto and a light fruitiness (apple skins) that could be cherries but is pretty indistinct. Flavor is super super sour, like sucking on a sour lemon with a tart cherry finish. Tart, sour, and lactic. I would like more cherry. Good beer, a bit tart for me though.

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

750ml bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a medium to darker and hazy brownish color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of cherries, some funkiness, musty, lighter vinegar, and vanilla. Tastes of woodiness, vanilla, cherries, and some fruitiness. Nice sour finish. I liked this!

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Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at Cascade, poured into a snifter. Pours a deep garnet red with two fingers of head and oily lacing. Loads of tart cherries in the nose and a bit of funk. The taste follows suit, much more tart than I expected from the nose. There's definitely some notes of vinegar present. Like most of their beers, the alcohol is very well hidden. Lot's of stuff happening with this funky little brew. I recommend you try this one for yourself and let us know what you think. Cheers!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks (once again) to Dave (d0b) for bringing this bottle over to our sour/wild tasting. Poured from 750ml bottle into Bell's Tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown that's pretty mirky and has a tan head which about 1.5 fingers or so that sticks around for a long while. 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 here, but still a nice tingle on the palate. The finish isn't as dry as I expected but that doesn't bother me at all.

D - Easy to drink, but I don't know if I could polish off several glasses of this. Then again, this is the best Cascade offering I've had to date.

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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 koopa
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with AdamB84. Thanks for the opportunity to try this world class sour.

Appearance: Murky red brown body with a nice 2 finger reddish beige crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Some tart cherry notes, tart apple notes, grape skin notes, a touch of vinegar, and a hint of oak.

Taste: Fairly tart up front with a nice amount of sourness throughout. Loads of cherry flavor, some green apple, and a hint of vinegar. YUM!

Mouthfeel: Spot on in my opinion. Medium to medium-lite body with perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable considering the style and abv.

Very nicely done! Tastes like a well done Flanders Red to me...

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Photo of thecheapies
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2009 Project. Without further ado, I bring you Cascade Sang Royal.

Prying the cork out was a serious bitch. Pours exceptionally dark for a wild ale. Deep burgundy red-brown with a collared ring of beige foam. Man, can I get started with the aroma? Because, the sour whiff is just carrying off of this one.

A big oaky and sour aroma on this one. All sorts of refermented wine barrel drudge and bad grapes and wild yeasts. Brightly sour nose with lots of evident aromatic tannins, some acetic qualities, and a wild mushroom-y funk. Hints of blue cheese. Some twisted citrus with notes of unripe lemon, clump hay, tart raspberry, some leather, blackberry, red currant, and light tobacco. The malts aren't completely shot, either. As it warms, I get hints of contorted grains.

Oak, sour grapes, sour raspberries, acetic sour, tart currant, vinous notes, unripe lemon, mushroom, blackberry, pomegranate seed, rhubarb, blue cheese, tobacco leaf, and finishing alcohol. Super complex, just like the nose. I can't get over the journey that this beer takes me on. Has all of the satisfying vinegary sweetness of a real-deal Flemish Red with that smacking tartness and funky bliss of an American Wild Ale. So wine-like and almost savory in a way that it brings out the umami behind the tartness. Lots of tannins support the sour with mouth-drying bitterness; the only kind of bitterness that a beer of this style should offer. Weighty body masks its heaviness. After all these years, the carbonation still gives it a little pop--just like the pop the cork gave when I finally forced it free.

An excellent wild ale from one of the most impressive small-time breweries that I've come across. Lovin' Cascade from all the way out in Pittsburgh, PA. Somebody get in touch with me about a Kriek. I'm sold on these guys.

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Photo of Floydster
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery with Ron and Curtis, thanks again for the awesome hospitality guys, reviewed from notes, color is a dark ruby red color, one inch bubbly white head, decent retention, some light lacing, aroma consists of cherries, port, vinegar, various malts, lacto, caramel, wet oak, black currants, chardonnay, and sour apples, flavor starts off with cherry and wine-like flavors, more of the same in the middle, finish has a creamy fruit taste but finishes dry with wood, tart and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderately carbonate, could have drank the whole bottle as the alcohol was masked and it had a light feel, quenching stuff, glad we got to sample this as I was seriously eyeing it the day before at Bailey's, would like to drink again, recommended

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

Thanks to Sam for this one. 2009 vintage. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a decanter and then into a HF flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark, clear mahogany. Lacing is patchy and thick with moderate cling. Decent but not great.

Nose is sweet crushed red fruit, vinegar, oak, and a distinct mustiness. Appetizing but not overly aromatic.

Opens sweet cherry, vinegar, vanilla, and a building tartness that peaks towards the middle. More red fruit and some creeping woodiness at the end. Finish is vinegar tartness. Aftertaste is cherry skin. Surprising how much of the fruit shows through the vinegar tartness. Great sweet undertones. Really solid.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Spicy and slightly abrasive in the mouth and warm and oily going down. Messy finish with a filmy aftertaste. Decent but the way this hides the alcohol gives it bonus points.

Cascade is one of the most underrated makers of Wild Ales in America in my opinion and this beer is no exception. Wasn't a huge fan at the beginning but this kept growing on me and growing on me. Age has mellowed this one out but hasn't robbed it of any complexity or flavor. A very solid beer.

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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 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 snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015-02-14
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.

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

750ml bottle from the fridge.

Pours murky maroon with with a mahogany hue. A fleeting spritz of white lively bubbles dissapeared almost instantly upon stopping the pour. Zero head or lacing thoughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sour cherries, vineous malt, and wet blanket. Hints of balsamic, red wine, toasted oak, and tannic must follow through.

Medium bodied with a mildly prickly mouthfeel. Sticky and a bit coarse.

Ripe cherries and bright acids start the palate. Vinegar-spritzed malt with vineous undertones follow though. Mildly funky with shades of oaky tannins, burnt pineapple, and caramelized cherry pits. Plenty sour and authentic.

Finishes with a lingering kiss of puckerness, deep red fruits, and oaky funk.

Wowza, great beer. I thought Cascade had peaked with the Apricot but this red is top-notch.
With beers like this coming out from Cascade, my cravings for Russian River are being subdued.

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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 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 jaasen64
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into HF sherry glass. 2009 Project. Thanks Lymph for sending us this!

A- Pours a dark purplish brown, not much of a head with a thin ring that forms around the edge of the glass. Decent consistent carbonation.

S- Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, cherries, a bit of oak, faint hint of port, balanced malts, some funk. Fairly aromatic.

T- Vinous Cabernet grapes, some light funk sourness, well balanced port and Pinot noir characteristics. Finishes lightly tart with a nice grape cherry lasting aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, hides abv very well, easy drinking.

O- This is a fantastic sour from Cascade that has a great balance between malts and sourness. The barrel complements the beer nicely. A little bit overrated but easily one of the better sours in the US.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice bright red color with touches of a honey color thrown in. Really nice looking. A half finger of white head.

S: Nice mix of tart lacto and cherries. The barrel is evident and the idea of using a port barrel to brew a wild ale frankly blew my mine. A little bit of oak in the way back.

T: Nice tartness right up front. The combination of the port barrel and cherries really does work well together. With the tartness there this was a beer that stood out in am impressive field.

M: This is one of the thickest wilds I have ever had and it was still a really enjoyable sipper.

D:Insanely drinkable. No hint of the ABV at all. We drank a few of their sours and they were all fairly big and none of them even gave you a hint as to their strength. Sharing the bottle made the $20 price tag more bearable.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 project. Teku glass.

A: Pours a deep burgundy with hints of brown, an inch of burnt cream colored head which recedes moderately quickly to a sturdy ring. Excellent clarity, very good retention, and a few streaks of lacing.

S: A gorgeous marriage of lactic sourness up front, moderate funk, and a hint of red wine and red fruit and barrel spice.

T: Mouth puckeringly sour, at a medium-high level which stretches out through the finish. Notes of juicy fruit, funk, bright red wine, with a little oak and vanilla on the finish which really brings the flavors together. Clean flavors overall.

M: Fizzy, Pop Rock-like carbonation with medium-light body. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

O: Excellent. Very drinkable, and I think on par with Sang Noir and other of the better Cascade BA sours.

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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 draheim
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2012 project) into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany w/ a 1/2-finger khaki head.

Aroma is sour cranberries, grapes, oak and vanilla. Sort of like a Flanders oud bruin.

Taste is tart, vinous and woody. Red wine, oak, tannins (a word I don't use often). Just the faintest suggestion of bitter dark chocolate. A touch more acidic than I prefer, but there's a really nice balance between sour and sweet. The oak barrel character is really dominant here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall a complex, well-built beer. Glad I finally found a bottle of this.

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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 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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Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.32 out of 5 based on 875 ratings.
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