Sang Noir | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Sang NoirSang Noir
BA SCORE
4.46/5
1,718 Ratings
Sang NoirSang Noir
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:
1,718
pDev:
7.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
647
Gots:
337
Trade:
29
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Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cherry attack, following an invitation of funk and cherry in the aroma. A lasting head and spider lace. Above average mouthfeel. Mild acidity, its nothing compared to the sours we had today. A pretty perfect beer.Great and dangerous. drinkability.Liam's bottle, thanks!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a murky amber and copper body. Aroma of apricot, raisin, oak, cherry and caramel. Flavor includes a perfect degree of sour dark fruit, oak, red wine, caramel and earthiness. When you drink this one really let it sit on your palate to enou the sour degree. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a brief review for an outstanding beer. It lives up to the hype and will always remain a must try.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with sweet/sour cherry and wood aromas. Taste is the same and strikes a very nice balance between the sweet and sour flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour with some great cherry aromas and flavors that are nicely balanced.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

my brother is a deadset champion for sharing this bottle with me. its one of those beers ive been after for years, but my travels or trades havent gotten me there. what a rare treat it is, wine and bourbon sharing the barrel influence of this burgundy sour beer accentuated with tart cherries. i would put this one on par with any of the russian river dark sours, and i think it needs to be mentioned in that breath. its almost purple in color, darkened to a rich ruby wine shade and showing about an inch of really light lace head. cherry is evident from first sip, tart pie style cherries in there mixing with the bacteria cultures and the wine tannins, its a really mouth watering nose. the whiskey part comes more towards the finish in this beer, more hot oak than vanilla, with just enough char to slow it down to be savored. the body isnt real big, but it doesnt need to be, the flavor complexities ride and appear one by one on the sour waves, which are dominated by lacto, but not entirely. some brett in here too i have to imagine, there is some funk in there with the acid. it warms up to show even more wine properties, pinot for sure. its usually tough for me to identify a grape varietal in a beer, especially from a barrel, but i think its unmistakable here. cherries never get sweet, even exacerbating the already extremely sour feel to this. carbonation is mellow, but more isnt wanted for. the process and the execution of this beer are both something to behold, it never shows its alcohol strength, and at room temperature sips like a fine glass of port or something. cant say enough about this one, a crown jewel in the increasingly crowded fruited sour world.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a clear looking reddish color with a foamy white head on top. The retention is thin and not much lacing. The beer has lots of carbonation. The smell of the beer is tart, oak and sour cherry aromas are subtle but definitely in there. The taste of it is also sour, some sharp cherry notes in the fading aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is clean and tart, nice high level of carbonation that dries the beer out. Overall it's a good brew. Not typically my style but it's a good brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
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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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 kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown glass bottle with appealing label design and unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a cork purchased from Cascade and served cold into a tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

Reviewed live as a sour ale per the label. Expectations are sky high; this is currently #91 on the Top 250 and Cascade is a wonderful brewery. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Has one of the richest complexions I've ever seen. Bubbly. Fairly creamy. Decently thick. Retains very well - for ~10 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides as it recedes.

BODY: Dark rich sanguine red. Exquisite.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks exactly as it should.

AROMA: Subtle hints of vanilla and oak. Pie crust. Cherry pie. Sour cherries. I could use more tartness from the cherry, but it's nice as-is. Dampened oak. Cream.

A pleasant aroma of average strength. Sourness is mild - at best a 4/10 in terms of intensity. Seems sterile and clinical, and evokes only pure lactobacillus - no true wild or spontaneous bacteria (i.e. lambicus).

TASTE: Sour cherries dominate - and boy is the sourness and tartness ramped up compared to the aroma - easily a 7-8/10, with plenty of lactobacillus bacterial pucker. Oak is present throughout, lending it a guiding cohesion. A bit of subtle vanilla does come through, but no bourbon; I'd never pick up on any bourbon character if I tried this blind. Some vinegary characteristics. Toastiness. Barrel sugars.

The base beers were well-selected; I get some nice acetic character reminiscent of Rodenbach and rich red malt characteristics.

The cherry pie flavour is wonderful, and is the highlight of the beer for me.

Impeccably balanced. This tastes like a gestalt whole, but it's not without room for improvement: more sourness and tartness, richer white oak, and more of a true wild taste would help.

No alcohol or off-notes come through. A minority of drinkers may find the cherry slightly medicinal, but I love it.

TEXTURE: Full-bodied, surprisingly thick for a sour - evoking pie crust, smooth, wet, slightly overcarbonated, damp, oddly refreshing, and rich. It's smacky and acidic on the palate. To its credit, this is one of the few truly puckering beers I've had.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: 9.5% ABV is high for a sour, but it's hardly noticeable here. I get too lost in the flavours to notice it. Great as this beer is, it isn't worth its high pricetag more than once. I'd recommend that every beer enthusiast try this once, but while excellent it isn't world-class, and it isn't substantially better than something like New Belgium's La Folie or Rodenbach's Grand Cru (offerings which are half the price of this one and much more widely available). The pie crust and sour cherry work together brilliantly, lending this fantastic brew some incredible harmony. But there's room for improvement still.

Low A-

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Just a great overall beer. An incredible beer in the style with amazing sourness and a great overall flavour profile. Wonderfully acetic.

High A-

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby color verging on brown with a frothy head that leaves some streaky lacing

Smell: Red wine, lactic tones and cherry; oak and Bourbon tones underneath

Taste: Lactic cherry and red wine tones, at the outset, with the Bourbon, oak and vanilla building through the middle; nice blend of vinous and whiskey tones through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Complexity in spades here; among the best beers brewed by Cascade if not the best

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark reddish brown color with a half finger of creamy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: The smell is dominated by tart red wine notes. I'm getting some cherries and oak as well, along with some soft vanilla notes.

Taste: This beer is rather complex, lots going on here. Quite tart on the tip of the tongue. MIld vinegar notes, but I'm getting more red wine and tart cherries. Mild notes from the bourbon and oak. The finish has more cherry than wine and is still quite tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with aggressively tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is an incredibly deep beer. I really enjoyed the wine notes along with the sourness. I'd definitely have more in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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