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Cascade Sang Royal | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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

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882
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
19.91%
 
 
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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 brystmar
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened with friends right after Sang Noir. Beautiful pour again; brownish red body and good head + lace. Tons of cherries, complimentary bourbon.

Sour fruit takes center stage; funky yeast accents the fruit. Mild earthy bitterness combines with the bourbon for a pleasant blend of flavors. Delicious. Mild bourbon coats your mouth for minutes after drinking. Distinctly different from Noir, but slightly below. Still fantastic.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

A: A port wine color (plummy and rich red) with very little head.

S: Cherries, port wine, oak and cranberries. That sourness makes itself known.

T: Red wine and port start off strong with cherries sliding in for the middle. An oakiness pervades, then lactic sourness makes it "pucker up" time.

M: This is one I loved sitting on my tongue. Smooth, dry and medium with medium carbonation.

O: This one runs a close second to the Bourbonic Plague I had. A terrific sour; one to be savored and sipped.

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

Pours a dark reddish brown. Some nice light white head. Smells oaky and tart. Lots of grape on the nose. Tastes sweet and tart. Lots and lots of grapes. The oak is very nice. A bit harsh but definitely solid. Very enjoyable but more sour than I normally enjoy

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours a murky dark ruby with a 2" tan head. Thick walls of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Dark fruits, cherry, vinegar, and a slight herbal/mint-like note.

T- Tart cherry, vinegar, very vinous flavors especially at the finish.

M- Medium body and high carbonation. Frothy and acidic.

O- 6/10 sour factor. Very good sour and the grapes give this beer sour a different and good flavor.

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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 paco1029384756
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a small fizzy light tan, short lived head.

Scent of dark fruit, sweet bourbon, oak, tart cherries, and a hint of cinnamon. Nice and balanced, not overly sweet or sour.

Taste of sour cherries, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, caramel and yeast. I didn't find this beer to be particularly complex, but it was damn good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a creamy finish.

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Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2009 Project, poured into a Cascade Brewing snifter glass.


The beer pours a dark burgundy color, purple and red hues, almost with cola brown, opaque and murky with a finger or so of bone colored head, very fizzy and loose that has low retention and leaves only a spot or two of lace behind. The aroma is very nice, lots of red wine, oak, sour grapes, vinegar, funk and must, very typical acetic Cascade sour quality here, stone fruits linger well. The flavors are right in line, plenty of red grape, red wine oakiness, dark malts, stone fruits, lemon citrus, aceticly sour as expected, light vinegar, but this really showcases the red grapes very well, and the age has mellowed this beer out quite well. The mouthfeel is nice, very crisp and dry, plenty of carbonation though it feels somewhat gentler than I anticipated, sharp finish that presents a good puckery feeling.

Verdict: A very nice sour beer from Cascade, certainly one of their finer endeavors, plenty of red wine, smooth and mellow in flavor, not too cripplingly sour, but with nice a pucker, very easy to drink, not too heavy despite the darker base and higher ABV. Definitely worthy of the accolades.

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

A: Deep brownish-red. Medium sized tan head which quickly faded into a fine skim. Some sludge settled to the bottom. Only a few hints of lacing.

S: Dark cherries, subtle red wine, and a general lactic sourness.

T: Like the nose this brew is dominated by dark cherries and a complementing vinous red wine character. More complexity comes through here. Nice light, fresh oak. Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Vinegar quietly creeps in towards the finish. Capped with just a bit of bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Subtle carbonation. Light sourness.

D: Really pleasant. Easy to drink as nothing is in excess here. A well crafted brew that is worthy of praise. Glad to see Cascade coming to philly any day now.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared thanks to raveskdr thanks Chris! 2009 vintage.

The look is great, it has a blueberry sort of dark purple look to the body with a ring of off white head, very inticing look.

The smell is nice, it has a very good dark fruit smell to it with a good tartness and certain Cabernet wine aroma as well. The oak makes a mark in the beer too, overall it is very deep and rounded off.

The taste leads with the signature sour cascade yeast hitting right away, with cocoa powder, red grapes, plums, other berry flavors, and some woody pulpy barrel tastes as well. A little flavor killing in the aftertaste rush of sour sort of nearly plastic flavor kills a little of the complexity you preview at the start of the taste.

The feel is nice and vinegary in its sour flavor and feel. Not a whole lot of carbonation and definite berry seed pucker.

Overall a nice beer, easy drinking for how sour it is, held up really nicely in a red wine kind of way, round and tangy!

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very similar to Sang Noir. Poured with slightest sliver of head which appears to almost be pure cotton white. The body ranges from a muddy brown to an intense burgundy that has light hints of a bourbon hue when held up to the light. A decent amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very vinous and sweet- really shows that it was aged in port barrels. Heavy amounts of cherry. Some notes are fairly basic cherry while some show tart qualities. Hints of stone fruits (peach and apricot) hide in the background.

Taste- Not as complex as Sang Noir but still quite delightful. The oak is much more muted and the bourbon of Sang Noir is replaced by more of a port or sherry character. Not quite as complex as Sang Noir either- this is very heavy on the cherries and cycles through different aspects of this note as I taste it. Most of the flavor profile is an interesting take on this one aspect. Notes of both red and white wine with lots of fleshy stone fruit. There is a slight bit of straw, funk, and grass on the scant linger. Some hint of stinky cheese as well. Very mild and well balanced with enough complexity to keep the palate interested.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Mild carbonation with a slight tingle. A bit of a dry finish but not completely dry.

Drinkability- Very accessible sour. No heat at all. 4.75 is pretty steep for a 3 ounce pour. 34 bucks for a 750 mL is fairly ridiculous as well. This was bought mostly as trade bait.

Overall- Very good, solid sour. Definitely worth a try if you can find a fairly cheap pour.

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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 Docer
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the Mouton Rouge on-tap, and bought a bottle of this which is supposed to be a slightly different, and older blend....

- I opened a bottle at their recommended temp that I had in my wine cooler... so it is overall slightly cloudy as the sediment is throughout.. it foamed over a bit, allowing me to discard some sediment. Fluffy ruby mocha head... nice steady even layer... this stuff is alive and well. A very red/brown murky cloudy color.

- Wonderful sour grape, currants, ripe apple.... oak, bread.... light plum and fig...

- Holy mother of Jesus this stuff is good.. awesome balanced sour, tart, and light nectar sweetness... background blackberry, raspberry.. currants... like a sweet pie hiding well behind tart ripened apple tartness... light breadiness.. this certainly turned out great with a year or so on it....

- Light tart watering palate with some slight dryness and puckering....

- Overall this is just damn fantastic.... my only slight complaint would be the amount of carbonation... I could use a little less as it would add much more to its drinkability.... for me a sour of this magnitude should drink more like a sparkling wine...

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

Huge thanks go out to unrivaled trader, JohnGalt1 for this bottle. Above and beyond tobes, thanks.

Pours a deep mury brown/red color with a nice off white head that lingers unusually well for the style and leaves ok lacing, good for the style.

Nose is full of lacto bite. Clear cherry and oak in the nose, some almost green appley presence as well, minimal vinegar.

Hmmm. This beer is alot like consecration...only better. Big tartness is melded with oak and cherry flavors, balanced extraordinarily well. There is some vinegar presence, but minimal compared to something flemish in nature, this is clearly a sour wild ale. The finish is bone dry and puckeringly tart. Aftertaste lingers with some flemish notes, cherry, and lacto sourness.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, high in carbonation and minimally viscous. Very dry and crisp on the finish.

Drinkability is really rather remarkable for the abv. Barely makes its presence known at all. The major lactic bite is there, keep in mind, but style wise, this is nearly as drinkable as they get.

Overall, yet another very impressive cascade wild ale. Really a wild ale with some slight flemish overtones. These guys are quickly becoming the under the radar authority on sour beers in the northwest, and rival the other west coast big boys with some of their offerings. It's too bad their stuff is so limited, because it really is a treat. Great beer.

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Photo of KeefD
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from kpruim01. Thanks man! Drinking this after a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

Pours a dark brown color of which no light passes through, small off white head and light lacing. Smell is tart, light funk, cherries, assorted citrus. Taste is extremely sour! Wow, I've not come across a more sour wild ale before. Tart, sour cherries are predominate, apple skins, lemon, berry, light vanilla and tannic oak. The sour in this is just unbelievable. Mouthpuckeringly dry finish. Medium bodied, very spritzy carbonation but calms down as it's swirled in the glass.

I just can't get over how sour this one is. It's going to take me along time to finish off this 750. But this is very tasty and unique and I'm very impressed with what I've had from Cascade so far.

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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 mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to iguenard for the bottle!
2009 Vintage, Poured Sep 2014

Pours a deep brown, ruby red color, hazy with a short-lived bubbly tan head with no lacing. Big tart nose here, loaded with sour cherries, lemon rind, a bit of funk. On the palate, the first sip assaults the sour taste buds on the back of ones tongue; it is an intense blast of vinegar! The flavor does transition nicely though, especially as the beer and my palate opens up and the subtleties come through, again, sour cherries, grape skins, oak, wet wood, and vinous notes. The body is medium and the carbonation keeps it light. This was a really interesting beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing like a $600 kitchen plumbing disaster to make me want to crack open a $20 beer. Sang Royal is the winner tonite - into the Duvel tulip this C&C 750 goes after a light to moderate pop off the top...

If it wasn't a bit cloudy and turbid it'd be next-nigh perfect. Beautiful light-ginger 1 ½-finger head with a chunky seam topping a body that's a cross between a true Dunkel color and a jar of that sour cherry nectar/juice you find at Whole Foods. It takes a while to pour - there's some viscosity here. Intriguing to see the least. Head retention is pretty solid...lacing is tight. Sparse visible carbonation has some ups.

The funk on this is quite mild and meshed with moderate to ample carbonation scent it is very clean indeed. Mild spritely sour cherry scent layered with milky sour brett and more of a pine than a vanilla oaky backbone.

Light enough on the calmer side of Funkytown to be in the gateway sour space but it has enough complexity to keep it interesting. Definitely a little bit of wine barrel booty in here with the nice, mild acidic goodness of sour cherries. Synergy is solid here - nothing's overpowering but this works in Beautiful Chemistry...even at colder temperatures.

Nothing offensive on the palate feel. Carbonation keeps it jumping and diffuses this fine offering to all the senses quickly. Light oakiness/balsa wood cuts any heaviness of the huge dollop of cherries going on. Finish is one of the most crisp for a sour I've encountered...especially for one with an exceptional amount of fruit.

This would make an excellent nightcap, but I'm having this early in the evening. Doesn't make it any worse; this is well-constructed while being exceptionally accessible. There's a little heft in there but it's some wicked good $#!+. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em.

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Photo of bobhits
2.96/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 Project

Pours a merky brown with red notes. Virtually zero carbonation. Medium to light body on the legs. Somewhat unsuspecting to see this over 10% given the body.

Cold this one really had a lot of grape juice and sour notes with some cherry's finishing it off. As it has warmed the red wine is really coming out more and it's rather interesting and complex.

Similar to the nose the flavor when cold is a lot of grape juice mixed with cherry sour. As it warms the wine elements come out more and create a really puckering and yet rich full plate experience. The wine and grape and cherry flavors never mix, they seem to fight the whole way through the beer. The result is what tastes like a blend of flavors that wasn't fully thought out. The flavors don't seem to reach a point where they complement eachother, but they create a rather full experience of puckering dry flavors from grapes and the more on the front but sugary notes from a cherry sour. The wine seems to take a huge impact on the middle of the experience.

I find myself struggling to finish this one. The up front flavor is fine, but the finish is somewhat unpleasant. I can't place where this beer went wrong for me and as a result i'm not sure who this was made for. I don't get enough red wine to say a wine fan would certainly want to try this. It isn't a cherry/flanders red as I know them. I want to say this is good if you like xyz, but this is just a unique experience.

I tend to give brewers crap for styles I dislike, and I have no issue saying a beer is bad even if to style. I also don't mind giving a brewer crap for a style I love just not working. My first thought on this one was to score it rather low, but there's something here. This was not just thrown together and it's clear that this was a well executed complex beer that just doesn't sit well with me.

I expect a lot of sour fans will like this one, but this isn't a beer I'd use to bring people into sours. Nor a beer I'd bring out to casual lovers. Given the ratings, I'd really hoped for a bit more but perhaps 2013 wasn't ideal, they certainly raised the abv from the listed amount for this one.

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Photo of rand
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass


This gorgeous looking, ember-red brew is one of the more compelling sour beers I've recently imbibed. Layered with complexity and seemingly disparate aspects, everything blends with a delicious singularity on the palate. The nose carries notes of cherries, oak and red wine vinegar, backed by a subtle undertone of grape jelly. The flavors are more tart-forward than the nose portends, but initial puckering sour quickly gives way to unripe berry sweetness and earthy oak. Suggestions of wine reveal themselves throughout the sip, but unlike many grape-infused concoctions, this one never loses is 'beer' foundation. Long finish with lingering notes of earthy oak and citrusy sour.

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

A: Opaque red with a nice tan head.

S: Cherries and sweet port wine.

T: Good and tart but not more so than cantillon blabaer. Still though, a good kick in the glands. Fairly dry but a hint of port sweetness. Clearly a tart sour driven beer though.

M: Thin like a wild should be.

D: Pretty damn good. Among the better American wild ales I've had.

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Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass. 2012 project. 10.12% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a very dark red brown color with less than a finger of a tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body dark and just barely translucent.

Smell: Sour cherry, red wine, oak, leather, tobacco, black currants.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Black currant, sour cherry, red wine, leather, lacto, toasted oak and some port like character and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Surprisingly light considering the ABV. Booze hidden really well for 10.12%.

Overall: Another great sour from Cascade. Lots of barrel character that works well with the base beer. Worth seeking out.

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Cascade Sang Royal from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.32 out of 5 based on 882 ratings.
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