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
Ratings:
898
Reviews:
138
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
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552
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Ratings: 898 |  Reviews: 138
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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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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of rderedin
3.12/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a fan of sours but this was super tart and didn't taste much of the grapes.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is dark murky brown with creamy light brown head. Nose is sour, light red grape and malt olive. More bright dark berry behind. Taste is similar, very sour with a malty olive quality, loads or sour red grapes and light oak. Hint of lactic acid and vanilla underneath. Feel is ok, a hint grainy and extremely carbonated. Fairly dry finish and a touch oily.

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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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3.61/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 NorCalBeer
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kscaldef
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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