Sang Noir
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #20
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4.47 | pDev: 7.38%
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Sang NoirSang Noir
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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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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.

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Photo of rypkr
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.

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Photo of zac16125
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

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Photo of ManapuaMan
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
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!

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of Roustabout
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
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.

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Photo of Robomunky
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
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.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
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.

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Photo of gcasher
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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

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.

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Photo of mkh012
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The beer brings to mind blood red wine.

Smell - The nose is rich in the vein of a red wine.

Taste - At The front is rich red wine, sour apple, A little spice, and the booze. The rich flavors carry towrd the back with a warm red grape sensation. Overall profile never seems to fade.

Mouthfeel - For a sour, this linger nicely with the profile.

Overall - This may be my favorite sour.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle (2015 Project, @9.9% ABV) - part of a few new Cascade offerings to recently arrive around here.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark ruby brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy tan head, which leaves some mountaintop snowpack lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sour cherries, vanilla-accented wet wood, musty red wine, grainy and bready pale malt, aged lemons, artisanal vinegar, and a further reduced brown sugar sweetness. The taste is incredibly tart lemon, cherry and blackberry fruity notes, gritty and bready caramel malt, red balsamic wine vinegar, a subtle barrel stave woodiness, crushed red grapes, and a mild earthiness that I cannot quite attribute to the presence of hops.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and sort of smooth, that is once my tongue's cognitive dissonance generator finally kicks in. It finishes trending dry and still moderately sour, yet with a scrappy, raging before the dying of the light malt, vanilla, and fruit offset.

Overall - holy shivering shit-bots, is this an intense and pleasantly surprising concoction, one that is both one-sided and complex at the same time. Not yet mentioned is the just south of 10 points of alcohol that are essentially AWOL in the experience. 'Black Blood' is a suitable enough moniker here, though I am having trouble explaining exactly why.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. A LOT happening, but it comes together well. Cherry, oak, red grape, balsamic vinegar, blackberry, lemon, more. The bourbon is incredibly restrained, just a bit in the finish. Quite astringent. Fairly sour. A winner.

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Photo of mrsockless
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It looks like vinegar. It smells like FANCY vinegar - like the stuff from that store that only sells olive oil and vinegars from barrels at the mall. You take a sip - your tongue goes into shock, and your lips turn into a cat's @$$#*@&, But the taste turns, and suddenly it's good... Really good. You go back for another sip to make sure. Then another, and another. Pretty soon you're scouring liquor store shelves for it, but all you can find are their Apricot or Raspberry stuff. The guy at the liquor store tells you, 'it be like that'. I guess 'it do'.

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok now for details lol
Love this sour ages in the red wine barrels. It is absolutely perfect for a hot summer day which is what I had it on today.

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