Sang Noir
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #21
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
99
Ranked #226
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 7.61%
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
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Notes: Sang Noir is a blend of imperial spiced red ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels with Bing cherries for up to two years. Pouring a deep mahogany brown, this Northwest sour ale features rich flavors of dark roast malts, bourbon, black cherries and port wine.
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A cloudy dark maroon colour with a one finger tanned head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Cherry, mixed berries, acetone, oak, wood, with slight balsamic notes.

Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, caramel, oak, wood, mixed berries, grape-y vinous, with very light notes of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.

Overall: Not getting much bourbon, but there was an enjoyable complexity about this beer with a good blend of fruit and wood. At 9.9% abv, the alcohol was well hidden. This was definitely one of the better Cascade beers I’ve tried.

Saturday at 09:33 AM
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No sure how I haven't reviewed this one yet. 2011 vintage pulled from the cellar
Pours a small bubble off-white head, bubbles are prob more from the pour than the carb, a bit of lacing, some decent legs as well, very dark molasses brown color

nose is still very complex, fair amount of cherry up front, mild sweet bing cherry with a candy coating, red wine notes with that, plenty of dark fruit in general, with tartness and a little sour funk, not super funky, but also some Brett like Farmhouse funk and bacteria souring, light vanilla barrel with a flash of bourbon

Taste is also complex, lots of sweet cherry, tart cherry as well, fair amount of tartness, with sourness and souring bacteria, a little Farmhouse Brett like funk, juicy cherry and some tart grape skin, maybe a bit of cranberry as well, quite sour in general, light vanilla and toasted oak, with also a very light bourbon like character but barely anything there, Burgandy red wine, sweet almost syrupy, with a touch of alcohol late, fair acidity in general, tart flemmy finish, tart cherry and dark fruit lingering

Mouth is med to fuller bod, big acidity and sourness, flemmy finish, light alcohol warmth

Overall a great fun sour beer with loads of dark fruits, cherry, cranberry, red wine and grape skin, bourbon is very very light but I assume third fourth fifth or something fill barrel as it's mostly just for rounding and souring the beer, wine was nice though, and big sourness was nice

Jul 01, 2020
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maitrega

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I echo what everyone else has said about the beer. For me, its the taste of a very ripe purple mirabelle plum but brandy-like, with that farmhouse sour Belgian ale bouche at the same time. The bourbon barrel must impart the brady quality to beer. The smell reminds me of a tart mirabelle, not a ripe one and prepares you for the sourness. Dark blood "Sang Noir" sums up the color. This is not a beginner's beer. I am smoking a Montecristo No. 2 and the combination is sublime. Not sure if its the cigar or there is a hint of aged tobacco leaf in the beer flavor profile? I have some venison backstraps to cook and I think I am going to serve this with it! I'll update.

May 26, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to get this for a while, and corona stay at home time seemed like a good time.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Deep brownish garnet color with brief head and lacing. Smell and laste of dark tart cherries. Rich red wine, oak, sour berries and a pleasant earthiness. Brighter fruit flavors as it warms, strawberry, lime. Excellent with meat and cheese. Definitely mellows as you drink it. Great beer!

Apr 02, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

5 oz pour on tap. This is a complex beer. Very sour and dry. Leather, cherries, oak, tobacco, deep red wine, vanilla, and bourbon are some of the prominent flavors. Not all that funky. Glad to dry it but wouldn't want to drop $30 on a bottle. 5 oz is enough for me.

Jan 09, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage; drank 10/29/15 @ Fischman's.

Opaque purple appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Raspberry jam & a hint of smoke in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Raspberry jam, tart cherry & a hint of smoke up front; a slightly tart bite on the finish.

Palatable but very flavorful; delicious. Among the best fruit beers I've ever had.

Sep 08, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Caged and corked bottle. 2014 Project Vintage.
Dark brown colored body, with a cherry red hut when black lit. Slight tan fizzy head disappears quickly. No lacing.
Aroma of dark cherry fruit, along with oak barrel, with some bourbon barrel and a vinous wine barrel. The main aroma character is woody and dark cherry fruit.
Taste is sour, with a complex mix of what was in the aroma, plus a dark malt that almost goes to chocolate. Full of dark cherry, dark wine (port), and oak bourbon barrel. The end is rather dry, with the rich malt trailing off.
Medium plus mouth feel, and not quite a tooth scraper (because the sour is tempered by the malt). Good carbonation, with bubbles rising to feed a very thin ring.
The presentation color on this is striking and not often encountered, with the dark cherry combining with the dark brown. Smell and flavors are layered and many, but well blended in the end. In many ways this drinks like a dark red wine, but more sour. The higher ABV% is well hidden.

May 08, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours essentially like a wine - deep purple, no head, very mild carbonation. Aroma is predominantly a gentle, dry red wine tannin with notes of wet oak, macerated dark cherries & some very subtle bourbon caramel that adds depth. The notes were right on but I felt it could have been a bit more expressive.

Taste begins with a tingling, tart cordial cherry that quite delicious - more oak tannin & earthy dark grape skin provide more of that wine flavor. The bourbon is subtle and borderline elusive, but it is there and adds a soft boozey heat. It isn’t over-tart like so many sours, and offers a few layers. Excellent.

Nov 19, 2018
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Maybe this will grow on me but initial impression is too tart and acidic. I prefer a duchess de bourgeouene or however TF its spelled. I guess I'm a sour rookie.

Oct 12, 2018
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

10oz pour into a snifter
On tap at the Pour House Channelside, Tampa, FL
Vintage 2016
Drank several months ago, but review was live at time of consumption.

A: Very dark red, almost brown (although it is quite dark in here). 1 fingers width of tan lacing with decent retention and tons of lacing. 4.75

S: Sweet, lots of oak, caramel malts, subtle tart. Nice aroma but not huge. 4.25

T: Taste is truly lovely. Tons of dark fruit, nice balancing tartness, oaky. Fantastic mix of sour and sweet dark fruits. Some caramel sweetness. Fantastic. 4.75

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, ABV exceptionally well masked with excellent drinkability. 5

O: Wonderful beer. Exceptionally done. 4.75

Sep 07, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed after a nice rest in the cellar. Complex melange of aromas and taste - sour mash, oak, vinous grapes, dark fruit, puckering green apple and candied fruit.

Fruit acids, wine tannins, oak, bourbon starches and sugars - pleasantly tart and incredibly smooth. Hints of a well made manhattan.

No heat or zap from the ABV. Easy to drink and enjoy; nowhere near enamel stripping or harsh. A true beauty.

Sep 04, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with an amber tinge when held to the light, topped with 4 fingers of orangey beige head.

Smells sour of balsamic vinegar, funk, earthy, heather, leather, and slightly fruity of cherries and dates.

Sour smoothness. Sour of lemons, balsamic vinegar, lightened by an absent or phantom sweetness, cherries, funk, cellar, leather and peat.

Medium, acidic and dry body with a smooth, foamy, and light feel to it.

2015 Project. Got in Rochester, NY, drinking in New Hamburg, ON, July 28th, 2018. Excellent for the style!

Jul 29, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color with a very murky complexion. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim. I'm smelling tart cherries, either Merlot or Cabernet, and just a suggestion of the sweet bourbon. I'm tasting massively tart cherries, Merlot, and a touch of bourbon. The mouth is very viscous and smooth, which is very unique for a wild ale.

Jun 16, 2018
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Roustabout from District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full and barrely and lovely. Lacto tartness hides the booze beautifully. Blended such that neither the vinous nor the bourbon-y taste wins out. Closer to a classic Flanders Red than expected. Oh boy.

May 25, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark purple to brown with a small white head. It has medium low carbonation. The beer smells of dark grapes, black cherry, port, bourbon, and cinnamon. It tastes of dark grape skins, black cherry, port, bourbon, and cinnamon. It has a full body, with good complexity. This is s great sour from Cascade.

Apr 07, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a stemmed wine glass. Purchased in Attleboro MA.

Pours a muddy hazy brown body with an off white head that reduces to a single layer with some spotty lacing.

Aromas are lactic with dark fruits with some oak. Taste is pretty sour with cherries and dark fruits, lactic sourness, slightly acetic, sherry, definitely sweet, plums, brown sugar. Finish is tannic. Medium body with medium low carbonation.

Mar 05, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Upon entering the pearly gates and making myself at home, just after I wake up and saunter to the kitchen for breakfast, I imagine this is what Miranda Kerr would be juicing me. A bouquet of super dark fruit and red wine for days are met by a perfect lip puckering punch. Does Raul say hallelujah for Sang Noir? I think he does.

Jan 05, 2018
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Robomunky from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good God. I'm not even a big sour drinker but every time I put Cascade in my face I'm filled with joy. Had this minutes before A Cantillon Kriek. No contest, this wins.

Jan 02, 2018
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a very thin carbonated head that goes away almost instantly. There is no head retention or lacing. Big sour aroma with wine and a lot of dark fruits. Big sour taste. Wine, raisins, plums. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Dec 25, 2017
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Chcshammonde from California

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a huge beer, it was incredibly thick and heavy on the palate, which is why I knocked a few points off the feel, as it was way too heavy for a sour. That said, it was well executed. You can taste all of the elements involved. The spiced red ale base blends together well with the bourbon and wine barrels. The sour bite comes on strong with the finish.

Dec 24, 2017
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a sour guy
Bomber $27
Pours dark red little head, fizzy
Smells fruity
Tastes of wine, wood, and sour cherries, not getting the bourbon.
The sour is in the fruit which is good.
Thin mouthfeel.
Overall a very enjoyable sour and well put together.

Dec 22, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Brewberry Bar in Paris, France. Poured in a 12.5cl tasting glass. Well well, the balance of this beer is amazing the wine notes and bourbon notes mellows quite well and go along the dark berries sourness of the ale with wonder. Amazing beer.

Dec 11, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark garnet with a creamy, persistent tan-mauve blanket that lifts at the collar, leaving a bumpy ring of lace on the glass.

The nose, wow. Amazing, rich caramel. Deep, dark cherry. The peppery oak of bourbon brings vanilla and an almost fudgy, marshmallow aroma.

Taste is perfectly tart cherry with charred oak, spicy bourbon and a minimal sour sting paired with some heat and a rounding, smooth, creamy carbonation with a semi-dry, tingly finish.

Oct 18, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle:
Pours a deep burgundy. Head has a lightly purple to red hue to the beige creamy froth, and provides a bunch of lacing.

Nose is sour with a vinegar and lemon aspect. Sour cherry comes secondarily, ahead of a light vanilla note. Bourbon isn’t really coming to me, though.

A light malt and tartness opens, but the sour (cherry to crab apple) leading, lightly vinegary notes come fast. These fade and a dark cherry gets a chance to be noticed. Warmth mellows the sourness and a semblance of cherry soda exists in the background. I’m thinking maybe a little vanilla from the barrel helps here, but the tartness still keeps a shroud over this flavor.

Wanted more complexity and some bourbon character. A decent sour, nonetheless.

Oct 15, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky reddish brown with no head. Hints of gold in the light.

The nose is complex cherry, and the taste follows, with black and red cherry, plum, grape, balsamic vinegar, and light caramel. The taste is pretty sour (7+/10), especially when chilled, but it opens up as it warms. Big cherry flavor. Subtle bourbon and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is slick but smooth. Borderline teeth-achingly sour until your palate adjusts, but reigned in by the barreling.

Overall, 9+/ 10. A wide range of cherry and dark fruit flavors, masked a bit initially by sour lemon that drops off and morphs as it approaches room temperature. Worth the price of admission.

Sep 09, 2017
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