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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:
#169
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
1,732
pDev:
7.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 1,732 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of JohnnyHopps
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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Photo of wordemupg
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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Photo of anvindr
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnlatona
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sbrock22
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrsockless
5/5  rDev +12.1%
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
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!
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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Photo of farrago
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour barely kicks up enough dusting to cover the surface, quickly evaporates without leaving any lacing behind. The liquid is a brownish red hue which yellows at the rims, the bubbles are extremely fine and almost rise in sheets. Very balanced nose with a hint of oak toast and caramel, the cherry scents resonate for some time without it ever seeming like a one trick pony, lemony, mildly doughy, underlying kick from an earth to vinegar element, very nice in how it harmonizes diverse elements to the point you prefer to enjoy them as one than parse out. Medium-bodied, soft pétillance, sour right from the first sip and here there’s a more feral edge to it, yeast, animal fur and quinine. The cherries hit you most upfront then knit back in whereas it’s the opposite for the oak with a lot of cream and vanillin accents at the end, particularly after it’s warmed some. Mixes in white grape to white raisin as well as fig. Resonates for a long time after the swallow. Good to see a beer that can use oak but dial it back so it’s not clumsily overt. A glass or two is all you need and best consumed in quiet over a period of time. (2015 Project)

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Photo of maximum12
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML bottle picked up at a store closing for half off - which is where these bombers out to be price-wise, & I’d buy them much more often. 2014 bottling split with my wife.

The pour looks brown until held up to the sun & is instantly light-struck, rendering the beer undrinkable. And reddish. No sediment, which surprises me. Smells like a nice pinot with a sharp shot of cherries. Nice.

Sang Noir should be put in six pack cans. Hits the tongue with a tart zip, edged with balsamic vinegar & tart, tasty cherries. Acidic wine & fresh oak contribute before a low, rumbling lick of bourbon makes it’s presence known with authority. Too many bourbon-barrel “wilds” end up all wild, with the beasties devouring any hint of barrel, which is not the case here. Fuller mouthfeel that many wilds, & so easy to sip.

I’d wager this would be a hit with wine lovers, beach bums, bourbon sippers, & all manner of people who like tasty stuff - if it were reasonably priced. The balance of beer & barrel is excellent, as is the beer.

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Photo of MatthewGrapeHead
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

On draft at the Cascade Barrel House in Portland. Almost everything at the Cascade Barrel House was tremendous, but this was the clear winner. One of the most complex flavor profiles I have ever had, but it isn't muddled. Cascade bottles are expensive, but this one is definitely worth the price tag.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage bottling, 9.9%. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red/light brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sweet/sour/tangy cherries, raisin, plum, raspberry, blackberry, currant, red grape, lemon, lime, green apple, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown sugar, caramel, and bread; with light notes of leathery funk, red wine vinegar, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with amazing balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, cherries, wine/bourbon barrels, and dark/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sweet/sour/tangy cherries, raisin, plum, raspberry, blackberry, currant, red grape, lemon, lime, green apple, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown sugar, caramel, and bread; with light notes of leathery funk, red wine vinegar, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness; light yeast/oak spiciness and fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of sweet/sour cherries, raisin, plum, raspberry, blackberry, currant, red grape, lemon, lime, green apple, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown sugar, caramel, bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, cherries, wine/bourbon barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness balance, and minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/sourness and yeast/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/acidic, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is amazing. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.9%. Overall this is an insane fruited Flanders red ale style! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, cherries, wine/bourbon barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink with the balanced lactic/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced complexity from all flavors. A highly amazing offering, and world class fruited sour ale. One of the best I’ve ever had.

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

Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 1,732 ratings
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