Cascade 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): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by ccrida on 02-20-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,686
Reviews:
218
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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Photo of MatthewHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +2.3%
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 +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andrewcinco
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first a very welcoming sour, tart flavor, defenitly get the wine flavor, just starting to review so I'll keep em short and simple. Let's say for the price it's worth it. Its exactly what it states to the T, you get all of those flavors from it. A very light head on this guy, dark dark red almost brown in color.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of edthehead
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't get a chance to have many sours aged in bourbon barrels, not to mention the addition of cherries. This beer was dark, and had a wonderful barrel and cherry tone to it on the nose and palate, and the mouth feel was good. The only mark against it is that it had very little head and very little head retention. I know this style isn't known for that, but a little bit more would have been nice. Highly recommend, highly under rated.

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Photo of FyreStorm
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of DrederickTatum
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chefbigjon
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of asull238
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.29/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of wiescins
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,686 ratings.
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