Cascade Sang Noir | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir
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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:
1,674
Reviews:
214
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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641
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338
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Ratings: 1,674 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of Gobzilla
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poured a dark reddish brown in color with slight mahogany highlights and a nice finger worth of bubbly head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there definitely was plenty of dark fruity cherries in the aroma but had plenty of bourbany whiskey boozy notes, acidic citric notes, and lots of tart character to it.

T: the dark cherry character was even more apparent on the palate alongside the whiskey woody barrel flavor, lots of acidic tart notes and citrusy accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a fruity, acidic, mild oaky, whiskey boozy, citrusy, and sour finish that lingered on the palate.

O: definitely was exceptional all around and to me was really similar to the bourbonic plague. Really glad I got to taste this one. Peace to my boy beezler who brought this down to Socal.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of liamt07
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle form Rutager, 750ml into a tulip.

Deep blood red, light tan head with good lace and nice retention. Nose is bourbon cherry pie, sharp acidity, oak and cherry pits. Harsh acidity, but the bourbon smooths things out. Taste has light bourbon, oak, an intense sour cherry blast, tart, acidic, and more cherry pits. Finishes sweetish, but tartness prevails. Rich, intense cherry character, and a lovely malt profile. Medium full feel, lasting finish. Awesome.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleJ
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Nichols33
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cracked a bottle of this recently for my birthday. A truly superb beer that showcases the excellent balances of this brewery. Nicely tart, but with a depth of lush fruit and a firm backbone of barrel aging. The sour cherries in this are mouthwatering, and the bourbon adds such a nice complexity. A masterpiece.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had cellared and saved one of these from 2012 project. Just outstanding beer from Cascade. Complex and appealing from the beginning as a dark Belgian like sour...but then it begins to open up in the glass as the air hits it...and explodes as it warms a bit to release all the buried flavors temporarily hidden by the chill. There are so many flavors here that both leap away from the whole but also never fail to compliment the whole. This beer really needs to sit a bit in a big snifter or chalice style glass to really reveal itself. The experience is way more than worth the wait.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Really looking forward to this one!

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue with a big haze and a finger of frothy tan foam. Not much lace or retention on the head, but overall quite attractive indeed.

Smell: an intoxicating combination of sweet malt, tart acid, tannic wood and unctuous cherries. Damn, I almost don't want to drink it. Simply wonderful.

Taste: a similar collection of flavors as in the aroma, but balanced in an entirely different and equally wonderful way. Tartness and greenish fruit flavor off the bat, subsiding into the sweeter malt and a big, roaming fresh cherry flavor underpinning it all. This beer is just stupendous. Hot damn tamale.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess.

Overall: for the sake of my wallet, I almost wish I'd never encountered this beer. I usually like cherry beers, but this manages to create a big and interesting natural cherry flavor without being candy-like at all. I'm gushing. This beer is great.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid.

Sang Noir goes out pretty dark red almost faded black but more of a badly burnt brown color shifting towards red. An off white head that is short lived with no stick. Smell is pretty promising. A nice amount of oak underlined with some bourbon tomes and wet wood. Some small berry scent with some lactic funk rising up. Taste is tart, leading in with big wood, oak, small bourbon, dark cherry and a lot of lactic sourness in the end, perhaps too much. The beer pretty much stays neutral from cold to room temp. The feel is medium and has some bubbles. The lactic blast is felt when getting this down the gullet though. It causes heartburn, quite unsettling. This is tasty beer, yet a bit too bitey for me. a 3rd of the bottle was plenty.

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

The inside of a barrel isn't a very nice place. It's dark and musty, full of nauseating fumes, and houses rogue bacteria and microscopic critters in every crevasse. In many cases, you're stuck in there with rotting, festering fruits. Despite all this, Sang Noir came out more than a year later looking pretty good; its tone is dark but not muddied and impressively maintains a bit of its garnet highlighting. Even some head too.

The aroma combines epic proportions of sweetness and tartness to create a bouquet of unparalleled complexity; it's rare to find this much of either, let alone both together in the same beer. Immediate impressions of berry gummies and candied cherries quickly turn tart and gradually evolve into a unique convolution of fruit, oak, bourbon, and pinot noir.

Saying that Sang Noir is like a candy factory crossed with a fruit orchard crossed with a winery is a huge injustice to an incredibly elaborate beer. But it's a good place to start when embarking on the near impossible task of describing the multiplicity of flavours that comprise this rich and mesmerizing offering.

I'm first impressed by just how mellow the beer drinks. High-alcohol, barrel-aged offerings tend to fall prey to one or the other of nauseating booziness, acidity that singes your throat, a woodiness that leaves splinters in your gums, or a tartness so severe in turns your lips inside out (assuming the whole thing comes together well enough so as to be palatable in the first place). But Sang Noir has all the intricacy without any of the intensity.

What's in the glass is mysterious and distinctive, the result of a very long and difficult process - it makes the Coca-Cola recipe seem easy to crack by comparison. Notes of maddeningly red cherries, vanilla cola, caramel, sarsaparilla, acidic lemon, purple plum, heavy wood and spices are melodiously woven together. Notably absent are any harsh alcohol notes (an impressive feat considering the whiskey barrels and the 9.5% of the beer itself).

Cascade Sang Noir ("black blood") indeed drinks like some kind of dark, mystical gospel. A beer this intricate and transcendental is the stuff of folkloric legends. Of course, given how difficult it is to find (and expensive to buy) it may only ever be fantasy for most people. For those of you fortunate enough to come across this dream beer, be sure to enjoy it with someone you really want to impress (i.e, your favourite person in the world).

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Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of John_M
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the barrel house today.

The beer pours a darkish red amber color with fairly decent head retention and minimal lacing. One really gets a considerable amount of wine on the aroma profile, with some dark fruits and vanilla as well. On the palate, this beer is just delicious. I get a considerable amount of pinot noir, with very light sour, sweet grapes, chocolate and juniper berries. Mouthfeel is medium to full, with a long, soft, mouthfilling finish. Drinkability is amazing in this beer, and frankly flat out dangerous. Where is the 9.5% alcohol? It's completely undetectable in this excellent beer.

I'm not a big sour fan, but after sampling this stunner, I found myself saying something I've never said before with a sour beer... "may I please have another?" This is an amazingly good, complex and extremely well made beer. Impressive!

Edit from 12/13/10 visit to the barrel room. Was told that they are now out of the 2009 edition, but had just put on the 2010 version. While fairly comparable to the 2009 version, the fresh 2010 version comes across as a bit more acidic and sour. There's still more than enough going on for me to enjoy this excellent beer, but as I'm not a huge sour fan, I found myself longing for the 2009 version (which I thought showed a bit more fruit and vanilla, and was not quite as sour). Regardless, there's no doubting that this is one fine beer from the folks at Cascade.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.82/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last reviewer has half spot on, reminded me of RR Consecration, but much less better. Growler complements of Thorpe429 and Dr. Abmuh.

Pours a hazed, dark brown ruby with a transient, thin head of tan bubbles; not much lace or retention. Nose as dominated by vinegar and tannins, cherry, vanilla and light acetic notes. Red wine and cherry are forefront in flavor with an underlying acidity and oak with mild vanilla sweetness. Medium light body, soft carbonation, acidic finish; this was adequately sour and fruity but not on par with Consecration. Easier to obtain bottles are welcome, but I'll be too lazy to bother with ordering any based on this sample.

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Photo of KAF
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a brownish body with minimal head and lace. Tart, vinous aroma with notes of oak/wood and sweet and sour cherries. The beer is light and easy to drink and somehow, seemingly simultaneously has notes of sweet and sour cherry, tartness and a woodiness to the beer that helps smooth things out. A well-balanced and enjoyable sipper that lived up to the hype and was a pleasure to imbibe by this admittedly not "much of a sour guy" guy.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the epitome of the perfect holy crap sour beer out there. The taste is amazing with the cherries really coming through, but not overpowering. The sour bite is strong, but enjoyable to the last drop.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NickThePyro
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,674 ratings.
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