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Sang Noir | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ccrida on 02-20-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#171
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
1,720
pDev:
7.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
647
Gots:
337
Trade:
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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemochas
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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 with a rounding, smooth, creamy carbonation, and a semi-dry tingly finish.

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Photo of Jmonah3
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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

Photo of thatsarealplane
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmurphy7
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emeyer
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alequine
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngusOg
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brendanjames
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
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. Black and red cherry, sour and sweet, with plum, grape, balsamic vinegar, and light caramel on the finish. Pretty sour (7+/10), especially when chilled, but it opens up as it warms. 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. Big, and worth the price of admission.

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4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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 mattboyer182
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
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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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbertsch
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
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 raspy22
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samdaddy
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A full sour- you can borderline chew this beer- loved it!

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Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 1,720 ratings
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