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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:
#186
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
1,734
pDev:
7.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For the price, definitely not worth it, way to 1 dimensional almost boonesfarmish. Hopefully, I spent $25 on a lesser bottle, otherwise I do think this should be $5-$8 a bomber. Honestly, I had 5 or 6 better beers on tap in their tap room while trying their flights.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
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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3.01/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Jason.

Clear crimson body with a head that crackles away quickly. Smells strongly of bourbon and acetic acid, with an unpleasant metallic note that dissipates as the beer warms up. Vinegar seems dominant over the typical Cascade lacto character. Cherries are barely present on the nose. The palate is similar, very bourbon-heavy and rather sweet, with milder vinous notes and a hint of cherry. Stomach-churning acidity is pervasive and makes this beer a chore to drink after 2 or 3 oz. Pretty harsh and unrefined stuff, but not bad.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mothman
3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cascade brewpub: 2014 version at 9.8% ABV in July 2016.
Sour aroma with sour cherries and vague dark dried fruits. Nice complexity.
Lovely dark ruby body with a lasting off-white head that leaves a draping of sticky lacing on the snifter.
Moderate tartness. More cherry in the taste than the aroma.

Overall: excellent version of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to barleywinefiend for snagging this longtime want and getting it to drabmuh and I, thus setting up the Cascade sour tasting. Served in a Cascade Barrel House goblet.

Pours a mostly-clear crimson color with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Thin collar throughout. Really a nice color.

The nose starts out with plenty of red-wine notes and lactic acid on the first pour when it's quite cold. As it warms, the cherry starts to come out along with a touch of oak. I'm not sure if whiskey-barrel portions are still used in the blend, as I don't get much of that. (Side note: I wish that were stronger, as adding a bit of Bourbonic to a shot glass of this made it even better.)

The flavor takes the components to the next level, creating a more-complete beer. The red-wine notes are still strong and work really well with the acidity from the lacto. The cherries complement those characteristics perfectly. A bit of oak in the background rounds things out. The Pinot and light oak tannins combine beautifully with the acidity to produce a fantastic mouthfeel. Light with good carbonation and a brisk, acidic finish.

Overall, a really solid beer. I had waited a long time to be able to grab this one, and it delivered. At the same time, I think it could have been a truly great beer with a bit more whiskey character in the blend, sort of a Cherry Adam from the Wood with red wine and acidity. Still, a very nice beer that I would love to have again.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has balsamic vinegar, plums, tart fruits, some caramel malt in the background. Taste is sour up-front, acetic and astringent, some wood notes and the wine also comes through. Medium body and carbonation, quite dry and acidic. A great flanders style ale with complex flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.74/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of smithj4
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 1,734 ratings
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