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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

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4.42
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7.69%
 
 
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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a cork & cage top. The label is clearly marked as being from the 2012 vintage. Enjoyed out of a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark garnet red with black cherry highlights and an overall hue that reminds me of the burgundy label as I get near the bottom and can't avoid turning the otherwise mostly clear liquid into murky mess from the sediment in the bottle. With the right angle, the light reflects off the glass and makes it look almost black. Atop the body sits a one finger head of effervescent looking foam that is a pinkish khaki tint to it.

Smell - A wonderful mix of aromas here--I get distinct tartness and a twinge of sour to come from the cherries, but also plenty of vinous notes of wine must as well as a nice tannic vanilla that I can only assume comes from the bourbon barrels. There is a pretty good showing from the wood itself, making for a super funky, musty aroma that is again held in check by the sweetness that is just enough to provide a balance.

Taste - Picking up right where the excellent aroma left off, there are obvious elements of acidity with the cherries and wild bacteria, but those are balanced quite well with sweeter vanilla and barrel flavors. Here, the characteristic of the wine barrels is much more at play than in the aroma, with those pinot notes evoking impressions of light cinnamon. There are also notes of persimmon and red plum adding to the depth of the taste. The bourbon is slightly lost in all this, but you can tell that it's presence is definitely enhancing the rest of the the same way a properly-salted meal will invoke all sorts of flavors without actually tasting directly like salt.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate to high carbonation and a gentle pucker on the tastebuds that finishes with a semi-dry feeling on the tongue.

Overall, just an awesome beer. It's hard not to say that it's my favorite from Cascade, but it's been awhile since I had the Apricot. Regardless, this is a fantastic beer that manages to be aggressively sour without being a tooth enamel-peeling chore to get through. An excellent balance of the acidity and sweetness.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Only a sliver of head which seems as if it would have been a light beige or off-white. The body is a muddy brown which has hints of purple. Light bourbon color when held up to the light. Some sheeting is left behind.

Nose- Lots of bourbon with hints of Pinot Noir. Fairly subdued when it comes to any sour notes. There is a little bit of grape, some cherry. The bourbon, however, is complex enough to make up for the lack of presence from the esters and lactic acid.

Taste- Kicks in where the nose fails. There are very dominant sour notes: cherry, strawberry, and tart apple are in the forefront. Linger includes bourbon (by far the non-sour note with the most presence), straw, slight funk that suggest ripe, stinky cheese, some grass, and light notes of Pinot Noir grapes. As it opens up, the funk of the flavor profile shows more and more presence. The bourbon begins to fade and the lactic acid and the Brett begin to take over. Lots of stone fruits- peach, apricot, and cherry. Very nice dry finish that is almost crisp.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a large amount of syrup to the texture. Nice amount of carbonation which fits the style. If it were effervescent in the vein of a Russian River or Cantillon, this would be incredible. There is a slight tingle.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Aging has made this a very accessible at this point in time. Four bucks for a 3 ounce pour is kind of steep but still reasonable for a one time taste.

Overall- Very good to almost great. Solid sour that is a must for sour fans

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Photo of cfrances33
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a teku glass.

Pour: Completely hazy deep, deep red with some murky brown aspects mixed in. A finger of light tan head appears and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Wow. I get tart cherries, tobacco, leather, vanilla, a light bourbon, and a hint of funk. What a combination - and it's incredible.

Taste: Even better than the nose. Tart cherry with no hint of sweetness. Instead, sweetness is provides by a nice tobacco caramel, mixed with some vanilla and leather. A lactic acidity provides an amazing bite without being cloying. An oakiness rounds out the flavors and incorporates them together. This is exquisite.

Mouthfeel: I know some people say Cascades can be overly sour, but I love how tart this is. Carbonation is on point. The barrel aging provides a buttery smoothness.

Overall: The merging of bourbon barrel and pinot barrels in the aging process of this beer produced a whole new kind of beast. I will absolutely seek this out again.

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Photo of parris
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Maroon in color, like grape juice

Grapes, raisin and molasses on the nose. Definitely a nice sour punch too.

Prunes, espresso, vinegar for flavor

Medium body

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Photo of Treebs
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by pmoney. Served in a FFF teku.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to at thin ring that leaves some soapy lace behind.

S: Tart cherries with some light hints of bourbon. Sharp vinegar aspect to it with a oak barrel as well. Medium sweetness from malts run across the nose.

T: Cherry pie filling with tart cherry skins. Lactic sourness with some zingy vinegar notes. Sweet barrel finish with a combination of oak, vanilla and light bourbon.

M: Medium to light bodied, alcohol is well hidden with a zingy finish.

O: Sort of like a black cherry warhead in a sense with a less intense sour pucker. Zingy and tart with some sweetness from the barrel. Nice beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my all time favorite Cascade beer. This was so well balanced. Lots of barrel character as expected with tons of cherries and wine. The mouthfeel was great and this one will clearly do great with age.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, now that I live in VA, I was finally able to have some Cascade bottles delivered to my new apartment! I have been waiting some time to try this one. 750 ml bottle from the 2011 project poured into a red wine glass...

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown, ruby color that is more deep than a burgundy color. A very slight head forms about half of a finger thick and slightly off white in color. Slightly muddled in color but is clear around the edges of the glass.

S - Tart cherries and lactic acid come out first. There are some nice vinous qualities coming forth as well. A nice funk and some wet oak come through as well. The bourbon is hard to detect, but the pinot barrels come through strongly.

T - Tart, sweet cherries and other fruits come first. There's some slight vinegar and balsamic qualities, but the cherry and vinous flavors slightly overpower it. Brett, dry oak and some lactic funk come next. The warmer the beer gets, the more the bourbon flavors come out and give a subtle warmth to the flavor profile. The sour and sweet are very well balanced here and make for a really first class wild ale.

M - Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Puckers the mouth and is a bit prickly on the tongue. Slight dryness on the finish.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It easily is one of the better Wild Ales I have had. The sweetnees and the sourness balance very well given everything that is going on in the beer. Can't wait to have some more!

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Photo of Docer
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had on tap at their new barrel house...

- Nice off-white bubbly head that stuck around a bit... over a nice reddish ruby colored brew... lacing all over the place..

- Nice fruity tart sourness.. currants.. light oak and bitterness... slight sweetness..

- Damn fine brew.. period. Currants galore.. not a hint of hot alcohol.. sweet grape, blackberry, fig.. plumb.. oak.. tart tart tart....

- Light bodied, perfect carbonation... mouth watering.

- One of the best sours I have had.. better than the others in the Sang series I think... though very close to the Sang Royale.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: very light head, mahogany in color with tints of blood red

Smell: sour funk, cherry and a strong barrel presence

Taste: sour up front with a sweet cherry flavor, from there it develops into an barrel with sour cherry taste

Feel: great tartness, super smooth leather, medium body

Overall: an excellent beer, we'll worth the money... one of the best sours I've had

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Photo of nataku00
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2011 project released in 2012. Beer pours a dark murky red with some light browns with a finger of loose foamy head that quickly dissipated with some heavy lacing.

Sour cherry, tart but sweet fruit, red wine vinegar, light caramel sugar, vanilla and earthy wood funk. A bit of almond nutty as it warms. Smells like a great dessert with the fruit and sugar and nutty aromas.

Sharp acetic acid sourness upfront, mellowing to tart cherries, sweet red fruit and vanilla. Sweeter mid tongue, caramel and molasses mingling with red berry and cherry. Earthy funk and almond on the very dry finish, with lingering sweet cherry.

Medium body with a bit of mild but sharp carbonation stinging the tongue. Really deep and flavorful beer that really attacks your taste buds.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mighty nice beer here, fresh cherries shining through, super natural tasting, no cough syrup, a bit of barrel influence as well, cleanly sour, no harsh/acetone action. Hard to get behind the pricing, but the juice is good, to be sure.

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Photo of craytonic
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Drabmuh for sharing at a tasting.

Appearance: ruby-mahogany pour, decent head and lacing.

Smell: Cherries, oak, touch of vinegar. Very vinous and tannic.

Taste: Again, very vinous. Cherries and tons of oak with some nice tart/sourness. Everyone seemed to compare it to consecration but I would not put it on the same pedestal as I found the flavors slightly muddled.

Mouthfeel: full body, light carbonation

Overall: tasty but I was expecting much more from this one.

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Photo of mschrei
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super tasty beer. Red brown colors with constant lacing. A tart cherry smell indicative of the taste. Barrel and wine present as well for sure, and the alcohol is NOT hidden at all. Very good.

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Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split 3 ways.

Appearance: Careful pour, yields a mild white froth. Pours a dark brown with light highlights. Some lacing streaks.

Smell: Ripe black raspberry or cherry. Deep, profound fruit smell, rounded out with some sweet hard candy. Serious Pinot noir aroma. My friend thinks it smells stale, but I love it.

Taste: Sour and acidic as hell, like a Russian River sour. Lots of cherry and Pinot up front, heavy sourness, then a creamy lactic sourness and oak finish.

Consistent flavor throughout, but delicious. Grapefruit pith, cherry, heavy sourness. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very tart. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I love Cascade sours, and this is no exception. Lactic sourness, lots of oak, and a solid fruit flavor. A winner, as usual.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my new friend Larry for sharing. This one pours a dark cranberry color with a thin light pink head. Real nice color on this one.

The aroma has a nice dark cherry aroma with hints of vanilla and hint of oak. Nice balance between tart and sweet. Light and tart on the pallet. Nice sour cherries with a little bit of oaky finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall nice and refreshing. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013

Pour dark brown, darker then expected, with a thick kahiki head. Aromas sweet red, rich black and sour tart cherries in the nose. Mild caramel oak and bourbon aroma in the nose. Taste has load of cherry flavor with black and sout red cherry flavors light bourbon, oak and vanilla.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml 2012 bottle.

A: Dark red/purple/almost black. Foamy white head that lingered for a while.
S: Classic Cascade acidity. Tons of lactic acid, tart cherries, sweet malts and a slight bourbon finish. Smells amazing and very inviting.
T: Lots of lactic sourness with a bit of vinegary/vinous notes. Sweet and tart cherries, apples, followed by oak dryness and a bit of bourbon sweetness. Tastes almost like raspberries/blackberries as well. Super sour.
M: Great carbonation with a medium body. Finishes dry.
O: This is possibly my favorite from Cascade so far. Glad I shared it though, I think the sourness could get overwhelming if you drink the whole bottle. Excellent beer though, I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Sourfest 2009 at Brouwer's.

Pours a nice black/dark burgundy with a solid tan head and nice lacing. At first, cherry and grapes dominate the sweet aroma with hints of blackberry. But as it warmed, a great wood began to dominate. This was a nice sweet beer balanced incredibly well with the sourness. This had a little wild carbonation but a nice long sour finish. As this got warmer, the beer became more and more complex as various flavors came out. This was the highlight of Sourfest for me (and I sampled it three times throughout the day to make sure) and one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of rand
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked bottle to tulip glass

Rich mahogany in color, almost cola like, this Sang Noir gives off a rich, complex and unique aroma, given the style. The typical lactic punch in the nose is toned down, replaced by notes of ripe berries and grapes. Red wine-like nose.

The flavors are even more complex with deep notes of oak and cherries and an almost chocolaty/carob-y aspect. A little more sour than the nose, this is still more complex and oaky than puckering-ly sour. Booze is noted, but not overwhelming given the 10% ABV. Medium finish that closes a lot like red wine, with tannins and oaky residuals lingering between sips.

Probably the best beer from Cascade. I had this a year ago or so, and did a quick rating - relaxing with my own bottle seems to be an even more satisfying experience.

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Photo of dbc5
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Southern Tier Pumking Tulip.

A: Somewhat "dirty" looking browish/ruby red with a pillowy 2 finger head from a moderately vigorous pour. Head recedes but leaves a nice frothy ring around the glass that sticks around.

S: Smells tart and slightly sweet. Definitely picking up the cherries in the nose, as well as some apple and vinegar aromas. It is very subtle, but I'm picking up light hints of bourbon as well.

T: Sweet up front with a great cherry presence. The initial cherry sweetness gives way to a tart, dry finish. Slight vinegar. This one leans more to the tart and acidic side as opposed to the funky side, although some minor funk is present. Again, picking up some slight bourbon character in the form of toffee/caramel mid swallow.

M: Moderate carbonation. Given the sweetness and overall "size" of this beer, it is unsurprising that it feels a bit thicker in the mouth than some other sours.

O: Great sour. Certainly among the better I've had the pleasure of enjoying. There are some interesting complexities to it that aren't found in many other wilds.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked and caged bottle from the latest release. Chilled before opening. Split with a friend and served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty nice, one and a half to two finger beige with decent retention. Medium brown in color with some hints of amber and ruby throughout.

Aroma: First impression is really boozy. Sharp booze and bright cherry notes stand out. Definitely a touch of balsamic vinegar and some caramel and bourbon undertones. Pretty complex once the initial blast of alcohol wears off.

Taste: Big sweet and sour cherry notes upfront. Definitely very fruit forward. A touch of lactic sourness, but I think most of the tartness is directly from the cherry notes. Some underlying caramel and bourbon notes offer a nice counter. Unique and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated perfectly for the style. Easy to drink for the most part.

Overall, a really nice fruit forward American wild and one of the better Cascade beers I've had, although I find their sours unbalanced a lot of the time. This was definitely enjoyable, refreshing and complex, but the aroma was a bit much upfront. I like this, but I think there are more enjoyable sours for the price.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Edition -- Draft, Oct. 2015

A: Malts mixed with vinous qualities and slightly oaky make for an almost woody vinegar aroma.

A: Deep brown and totally opaque with just a touch of head.

T: Lots of vinous flavors from the wine barrel, a tad woody mixed with cherries. Slight soy sauce presence as from autolyzed yeast.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. No noticeable alcoholic warmth, which is impressive for such a strong beer.

O: Solid, but the 2012 batch has a slight soy sauce note is already present and will (most likely) become more pervasive as the beer ages.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Cascade in a 2oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

A- Tiny white head, fades to a ringed one. Red-brown color with nice clarity.

S- Bourbon notes with heavy cherry influence. Sour, but not strong and acrid. Nice smelling beer.

T- Very sour and some bourbon, barrel-aged notes. Strong beer. Tasty.

M- Fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

O- Lovely beer. But not as amazing as the score would make it seem. Maybe I just need more.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project bottle into a big red wine glass.

Appearance is reddish brown with a light head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is cherry, sour, and a bit of the whiskey barrel.

The taste is amazing, and I doubt I'm up to fully describing it. It's tart and it's got the cherries. Both the wine barrel and the bourbon barrel come through, neither one dominating. It's not sweet, but there's just enough sweetness to keep this from being a pucker-fest. The bourbon influence is there, like a bass line in a rock song ... it makes its presence felt, but in the background, not the foreground. The pinot noir barrels keep this from being a bourbon heavy brew. Great blend of flavors, and a remarkable beer.

I can't remember what I paid for this (at the brewery, several months ago), but this is totally worth it. Next time I'm in Portland, I'm looking for more.

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

By far this is my favorite Cascade - the blend of pinot and bourbon barrels creates a complex flavor unlike any I've had before. My hat's off to Cascade for producing what might just be my favorite sour beer.

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