Sang Noir
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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From:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #22
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
98
Ranked #301
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 7.64%
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
1,610
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 30, 2022
Added:
Feb 20, 2010
Wants:
  644
Gots:
  341
SCORE
98
World-Class
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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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2016 vintage, on draft at the barrel house, 8 oz in snifter glass

Very dark brown in color, minimal head. Black cherry, blackberry, some dark malt, fairly sour in the finish. Medium bodied.
Apr 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2015 vintage

I really can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up this bottle at the the liquor store only to ultimately put it back down. I can never really justify picking it up, but today I saw it and figured, what the hell? It may be a bit old, but let’s see what it’s like

Pours a murky medium brown with a finger of light tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves no lacing

I know that Cascade is known for having highly acidic beers, and maybe it’s a product of its age, but this smells rather balanced and earthy. I’m picking up on aromas of dark cherry, brown sugar, tanniic red wine, sharp oak, cocoa powder, and brown bread

Well, so much for not being acidic. It’s an acid bomb in taste, but I quite like it. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting sour cherry, sharp oak, red wine vinegar, old leather, lemon juice, and brown bread. The swallow brings notes of red wine vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, black cherry, jammy blackberry, red wine vinegar, and sharp oak

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a tart and zest beer. Finishes dry and acidic

Oh man, I don’t know why I waited so long to pick this up. It’s such a fun beer. I gotta start picking up more Cascade stuff
Apr 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by Holderness from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Beerbom from California

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this last night. It’s holding up well even though it’s a 2016….still carbonated and very smooth. You can definitely get some barrel character when drinking.
Jan 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by cgrunin from Texas

Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Shmegmo from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A bit too tart in my opinion. I've had better sours and I wonder why this one outranks so many others. It got better as it warmed up, with more fruit and malt notes becoming present, although the bottle explicitly instructs to serve Sang Noir at 40 °F, where the tartness prevails. The beer was more brownish than red or black, contrary to what the name would suggest. Good but not spectacular.
Dec 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by desint from Belgium

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle at share. 2012 vintage. Mahogany, clear. Small bubbly head. Tart, fruity aroma, cherries. Taste follows with a nice blast of pucker, heavy cherries. Smooth, full, excellent.
Oct 14, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by kblomseth from California

Aug 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by Lucoli from New York

Aug 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.26 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by Montanabeerz from Montana

May 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by mattreitz49 from Florida

May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Apr 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by esktime from Ohio

Mar 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska

Feb 26, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by coda206 from Washington

Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by jheimbigner from Washington

4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2011 vintage drank on 2/11/2021

Pours a murky red/brown. Cherry jam, nose. Taste of cherry, some tatt cherry, jammy, and some flanders red. Minimal bourbon. Feel is light body with minimum to medium carb. Overall, excellent for 10 years.
Feb 12, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.46 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.58 by corm44 from New York

Dec 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Nov 29, 2020
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
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.
Nov 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Sep 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.59 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Sep 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by -Rick from Massachusetts

Sep 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Aug 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by motoxrdr21 from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.45 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Jun 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.46 by paresis from Massachusetts

Jun 14, 2020
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Reviewed by maitrega

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.73 by Hopelessly0 from California

Mar 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by TylerJ from Iowa

Mar 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.51 by Angerhaus from Rhode Island

Feb 11, 2020
Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1866 ratings