Cascade Sang Noir | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This deep, dark double red was aged over a year in Pinot and Whiskey barrels, then blended with a barrel of Bing cherries."

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Photo of DaverCS
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fizzy ruby-cola color with no head retention into a Barrelworks Teku glass. This beer is the 2014 project, consumed on 4/18/2017.

Aroma is an intense concentration of lactic acid, funk, shoe leather, and rubber. Very acidic smelling. I couldn’t say specifically that I get cherries, but a pleasant tart berry character does come into the aroma. It is masked by the intense funk, which is to be expected after two years barrel aging and three years bottle conditioning. I do get a touch of oak and a bourbon-like sweetness that transitions into a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Taste is a delicious and forward sour. High levels of lactic acid, but the sourness is not so extreme it ruins the beer. The sourness is akin to that of pure lemon juice; it dries the mouth out. Red wine and oak notes are more prevalent than the bourbon in regards to the barrel character as the beer warms. Bourbon is more identifiable when the beer is a bit chilled. More of the leather and rubber character. Tart cherries and sour raspberries are identifiable in the fruited spectrum. Mid-sip a sweetness does emerge, which could be the Bing cherries or perhaps the bourbon. Truthfully, each sip is unique.

Colder, the beer has many flavor profiles that remind me of Russian River consecration but with a more intense flavor and more bourbon influence. However, as the beer warms, it transitions into something totally different, making it hard to review. I must address price. This beer is expensive (33$), so I must review it as such. I think the beer is overpriced by about 10$; I value it in the low 20 dollar range. I understand the time and cost associated, but this is just my opinion on overall value. It is an excellent sour without a doubt. This beer should be paired with food due to its potency. However, the food should be an accompaniment not something that overshadows the beer. A simple pan seared filet or even oven roasted pork chop would work excellent. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has balsamic vinegar, plums, tart fruits, some caramel malt in the background. Taste is sour up-front, acetic and astringent, some wood notes and the wine also comes through. Medium body and carbonation, quite dry and acidic. A great flanders style ale with complex flavors.

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Photo of morimech
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a combination of a nice Burgundy and fine bourbon that somehow works in a sour. So many breweries attempt a dark sour beer, but very few execute as well as this beer. Very complex aroma and flavor.

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Photo of gatornation
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Cola color with a slim tan head. Smell is wine and fruit with wood and musk Taste is funky fruity with a mix of fruits and vinous ,notes , Tart cherries mix with berries and some dark fruit that mix more with the wine barrel then the whiskey but it is blended very, Quite tasty.

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Photo of stortore
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

759 ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2014 edition, had 11/12/16, a few days after purchasing.

Pours a deep ruby, somewhat opaque, with a half inch head and some loose lacing. A thin ring of foam follows down the glass. The smell is sour, tart, cherries, some wine, some malt and yeast. light plums. The taste has a good amount of tartness, some sourness, cherries, malt, wine- more as it warms, oak, light bourbon, plums, purple grapes. Smooth, pretty full bodied for the style, well carbonated.

Great flavor, deep and layered. The cherries are prominent, there's a good amount of wine barrel, but not much bourbon barrel. Loved this, but was not as blown away as I expected. It has a really high price point, so, alas, this will probably be my only purchase. You should definitely try this one, though.

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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 project. I think I got this as a gift from my brother in law. This is the first higher-strength beer I've ever had from Cascade, whose brews are always good but never quite so good as to warrant their price.

Cork comes out very easily and the beer pours with precious little carbonation. Pours very dark and still, resembling a flat oud bruin.

Smells tart and bourbony, with bacterial sour cherry nodes smoothed out by oaky vanilla. Not picking up anything vinous, but overall it's a nice aroma with great balance and decent complexity.

The flavor is more complex, and rather more tart. Bracingly acidic yeast starts things out, which is still a bit of a kick in the teeth even after 2+ years of aging. The middle is fruitier, with strong notes of sour fruit and lively red wine. The vanilla oakiness of the aroma is only present here at the very end of the sip and in the aftertaste, with the finish serving as a firm, if indirect, balance to the bracing start.

Overall, a beer of high character and complexity. One of the better truly puckerking sours I've come across in quite some time.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The funk and booze really meld well together here. I would say the wine barrel is more prevalent than the whiskey barrel because of the funkiness and tartness both both are perceptible. Not mouth puckering but sour.

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Photo of Mineo
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark mahogany color. Pretty much a perfect balance of wine and bourbon barrels, with a natural-tasting cherry flavor being led by above-moderate tartness and gentle carbonation, at a perfect level to allow for the enjoyment of juicy cherry, bourbon-y malt, and generally all-around pleasant flavors.

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Photo of LAp
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer, arguably the standout of our mini-Cascade tasting (though apples-and oranges relative to Framblanc). An incredibly nuanced sour that blended elements of impressive wine and whisky barrel aging with a delicious red-fruit base beer. Tons of dark fruit, from cherry, to blackberry alongside elegantly understated sour.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Project
No bottling date, but bought in late 2016

Appearance- Pours a deep dark mahogany color, ruby red highlights, fairly transparent when held to light. Finger thick, soapy, off-white colored head. Small amount of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Tart cherries, blackberries, grapeskins, mildly sour fruit notes. Soft oak, earthy and funky, vinous wine notes. Very mild bourbon notes and some hints of vanilla.

Taste- Juicy, tart cherries, berries, sour fruits. Rich malty and fruity sweetness balances tartness. Vinous, red wine notes, oaky, earthy. Soft, sweet bourbon, vanilla. Finishes w/ slight acidity and crisp tart fruitiness.

Feel- Medium bodied, crisp tartness but not overly sour, has a balancing sweetness throughout. Crisp, clean carbonation, palate cleansing.

Overall- Beer shows such a bold tartness and sweetness, yet excellently balanced and restrained. Wine and bourbon barrels come through with such a soft touch, neither overpowering eachother or the beer, but adding such depth and complexity. An excellently crafted beer.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: very light head, mahogany in color with tints of blood red

Smell: sour funk, cherry and a strong barrel presence

Taste: sour up front with a sweet cherry flavor, from there it develops into an barrel with sour cherry taste

Feel: great tartness, super smooth leather, medium body

Overall: an excellent beer, we'll worth the money... one of the best sours I've had

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Portland, OR

A: The beer is hazy dark mahogany red in color. It poured with a dense off white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wine, bourbon, and cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has favors of Bing cherries along with notes of white wine and hints of bourbon.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't nearly as sour and tart compared to most of the other beers from the brewery and has more of a balance between all of the flavors. It hides its alcohol very well.

Note: 2015 vintage

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a nice large pink foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of intense cherry notes with plenty of oak and tart/acidic notes are also discernable. Taste is also a mix of oak and tart cherry notes with very little residual sugar notes, some acidic flavours are also perceptible. Body si full for style with good carbonation. Very enjoyable take of the style but I would prefer a bit less acidity.

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Photo of Moose90
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep dark ruby red hue, almost black even, very dark.

S — Tart cherries, vinous red wine, nice bourbon character, sour.

T — Barrel forward with notes of whiskey and red wine balanced with some fresh pie cherries and vanilla.

M — Medium bodied, semisweet finish.

O — Very well done overall, lots of layers.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a deep, dark red with a fingers worth of head that lingers for a bit

S: Lots of cherry and oak initially. I got hints of the bourbon and vinous wine notes with some lighter tart notes. Very lightly sweet as well, most likely from the vanilla notes from the bourbon barrels

T: Starts off with some moderate tartness that is balanced out by the oak bourbon and cherries. This is absolutely magnificent to drink. Each sip left me wanting more.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very complex and intricate beer that touches on everything the label states. Subtle bourbon and oaky notes finish with cherries and tartness. Absolutely fantastic and one of those beer that I'll remember the experience for quite some time.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, 5 years old at consumption. Refrigerated for the majority of that time.

Deep vinous red color, with purple and brown hues. Nose has a strong fruit bouquet with soft oaky back notes. Dark fruits abound. Blackberry, black currant, plenty of sour cherries. No booziness left at all. Oak has softened into a slight undercurrent, adding a bit of complexity and just a hair of tannic dryness. Red wine vinegar. Fat malt body is substantial and chewy. A real wonder with age.

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Photo of _RL_
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite dark for a wild ale. Smells fairly strongly of booziness. The taste is quite sour but has a nice blend of the bourbon and wine, although too much bourbon for my taste. The feel is a bit too thick and even sticky. The main problem is the taste is quite overwhelming so a bottle should be split among several people - very much a sipper. Still, an interesting wild ale, especially if you really like the style.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project bottle into a big red wine glass.

Appearance is reddish brown with a light head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is cherry, sour, and a bit of the whiskey barrel.

The taste is amazing, and I doubt I'm up to fully describing it. It's tart and it's got the cherries. Both the wine barrel and the bourbon barrel come through, neither one dominating. It's not sweet, but there's just enough sweetness to keep this from being a pucker-fest. The bourbon influence is there, like a bass line in a rock song ... it makes its presence felt, but in the background, not the foreground. The pinot noir barrels keep this from being a bourbon heavy brew. Great blend of flavors, and a remarkable beer.

I can't remember what I paid for this (at the brewery, several months ago), but this is totally worth it. Next time I'm in Portland, I'm looking for more.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small snifter pour at Haymaker.

A- Auburn liquid with a light khaki head. Streaks of film and lace. 4.75

S- Smells like tart cherries with hints of dark malt. Bold cherry is cool. 4.25

T- Sour/tart pulpy cherries. Caramelized sugar and bready, almost chocolatey malts. Hints of vanilla and truly an orchard type of funk. 4.25

M- Tart approaching aggressively sour, but never hits that enamel-peeling quality. Some prickliness and almost vinegar qualities before a dry and vinous finish. 4

Something I've wanted to try for ages. A $13 pour still seems better than a $40 bottle. Good stuff.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cascade brewpub: 2014 version at 9.8% ABV in July 2016.
Sour aroma with sour cherries and vague dark dried fruits. Nice complexity.
Lovely dark ruby body with a lasting off-white head that leaves a draping of sticky lacing on the snifter.
Moderate tartness. More cherry in the taste than the aroma.

Overall: excellent version of the style.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice and interestingly colored head that dissipates quickly. The head seems to have a tan with purple hue, which is pretty interesting and unique. The beer itself is beautiful and strongly resembles a nice pinot with its brown and purple hues. The beer is obviously hard to see through because of the coloring but the texture is pretty nice.

The smell and taste are both fantastic. The smell and taste both contain a nice dose of dark cherry tart, pinot noir berry fruitiness, and a bit of whiskey. The pinot noir note seems to come out more in the smell while sacrificing the whiskey; unlike the taste, where the whiskey is a bit stronger but still gets lost in the dark cherry notes. The dark cherry notes dominate the taste along with the tartness and is supplemented by the barrel aging.

The feel is pretty good. It's a lighter bodied beer but it has a bit of heft to it that gives it a nice smooth body and keeps it from being watery. The strong tingling carbonation is nice and actually makes the tartness easier to tolerate.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer worth getting even if it is a little pricey. While the tart notes are a bit stronger than the other beers from this brewery, it is still an easy to drink beer. Go for it.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark red with a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a while

S: Lots of cherry and oak up front, with hints of the bourbon and vinous wine notes. Some lighter tart notes. Very lightly sweet as well, most likely from the vanilla notes from the bourbon barrels

T: Starts off with some moderate tart notes that are held in check by the firm oaky notes and sweet cherries. Some bourbon, vanilla, and grape notes pop up shortly after the tartness. Tannins and vinous notes show up next, followed by moderate alcoholic esters. Finishes with lingering tartness and oak notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An extremely complex and intricate beer that really touches on all aspects. Cherries, bourbon, vinous wine notes, and oak really all stand out and show off in their own ways. This is a beer you need to check out, even with the price tag, especially if you're into sours

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Photo of dleigh
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Super complex--hard to know how to figure out this one. I've had this beer several times now, and I've always enjoyed, but it's been difficult wrapping my head around it. Excellent smell of sweet cherry, acetic acid (maybe? something sour and vinegary) and a nice funk. Tastes tart and sour with a hint of bitterness. Very well put together. Refreshing. Different.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cherries own the nose and kick off the taste, but the bourbon subtly moves in and then some wine flavors at the finish.

Very tart, and very dry but there's a little bit of stickiness in the finish. This is a lot of very rich, sour beer. It's pretty busy, but very tasty.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a brownish body with minimal head and lace. Tart, vinous aroma with notes of oak/wood and sweet and sour cherries. The beer is light and easy to drink and somehow, seemingly simultaneously has notes of sweet and sour cherry, tartness and a woodiness to the beer that helps smooth things out. A well-balanced and enjoyable sipper that lived up to the hype and was a pleasure to imbibe by this admittedly not "much of a sour guy" guy.

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