Cascade Sang Noir | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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 cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes and thanks a lot to Chico1985 for sharing this. Really been wanting to try this for a while.

A- Dark cranberry red body with a foamy light pink cap. Retention compares to most Wild Ales, quick fizz out. A good web of lace from the ring.

S- Somewhat like raspberries somehow but that seems to be the case with a lot of fruit lambics, even if they are cherry. Cherry comes too with wood and sour notes as well.

T- Cherry fruits and acetic/vinegar up front. This acetic flavor builds with each sip adding a characteristic I like. Oak can be felt but I am left searching for Bourbon.

MF- Silky moderate and acidic oily body. Pretty heavy sourness in the finish with a smooth feel overall.

Big sour cherry fruit bomb with a barrel but not Bourbon backing. Comparable to Cantillon or Russian River.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of the 2011 Project was opened on 6.4.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, almost muddy brown with a fizzy dark tan head that fades quickly to the edges.

S - Tart cherries, dark fruit.

T - Tart Cherries again and lots of it. Some slight booze in the background.

D - Good carbonation and a medium to light body. So tart it is hard to taste much else.

O - Good cherry tartness. So nice and lovely.

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

Drank while camping at Lake Naciemiento the night before the FW Invitational, a few beeradvocates and our girlfriends. Poured out with a lot more pink than I thought, small formation of head on it. Aroma, nice, cherry, wine, less barrel aroma than I was expecting originally.

Same with the taste, this had more in common with sang royal than it did vlad the impaler or bourbonic plague. A lot more red fruit and tangy sourness than barrel character. Would never even know that it had anywhere near 9% alcohol, thankfully they print it.

Found it to be much fruitier, lighter, more vibrant than Consecration. Consecration seems like so much darker, darker fruit. Currants v. cherries you know? Carbonation seemed perfect on this beer to deliver all its high points.

This is a pretty easy beer for me to really get into. Cherries, sourness, mild barrel character that is way in the background.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Leathery brown-ruby with pink film that trails.
Big sour woody nose with balsamic and pomegranate hits.
Deep red fruit - currant, sour raspberry - with hints of chocolate, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and cherry stone.
Tart finish and lean linger.
Lt-medium, dry, a bit of cream, no trace of heat.

Lots of complexity. Wood and cherry are down in the mix, making it that much more harmonious. Well-integrated sour - if not quite magical.

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Photo of claspada
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy brown color with gorgeous ruby red highlights and a decent size off-white head that recedes at a normal pace; moderate carbonation bubbles continue to rise with sticky khaki lacing along the edges as it recedes.

Aromas begin with tart dark fruits, vinous red wine, tart cherries and oak. As it warms you get some of the base beer with a toasted bready almost caramel maltiness and some granny smith apples. Really smells like a caramel covered apple more and more as it warms.

The tastes begin with lightly sour dark fruits, light vinous berries, oaky wood and ever emerging earthy notes. While there is no real bourbon flavor you get some vanilla and butterscotch flavors associated with the toasted bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation to it. Finish is slightly acedic and dry overall.

Overall this was a super surprise for me in a good way. I was intially hesitant on this beer because I am not a fan of cherries in beer, but I think more and more that it is that artifical cherry flavor associated with some Krieks or beers like Mad Elf. This has real dark sour cherry fruit flavors, mixed with the oak induced bourbon and vinous flavors which complement each other quite well. Not as stellar as Sang Royal but a slouch my no means.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep ruby, semi-clear off white head and not much carbonation.

S-Cherries, oak, funk, dark fruit, slight bourbon.

T-Starts with lots of cherries, some oak, slight bourbon, nice tartness that improves as it warms.

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O-Let this beer warm up. It becomes more sour and the balance improves. A solid sour.

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Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Barrel House goblet. 2011

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with a little orangy-red and a finger of light kakhi head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. WOW!!! Big juicy tart cherries, some malt vinegar and honeydew mellon, a little lemon and spice with some earthy funk and fresh hardwood. This stuff smells really, really good.

Taste. Sour and tart cherries and blackberries with some tanic wood, there's just a bit of caramel vanilla and some great tannic woodyness, especially in the finish. EDIT: 9.2%, are you fucking kidding me?? Dangerous stuff here.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with lively medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Very tasty beer that I found more complex than other Cascade offerings, but still (a little too) easy to drink. I need to get more of this!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/10, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from a Brooklyn snifter.
Sang noir 2011

a - brew poured a ruby plum with a thin fizzy purple cream colored head. The head was gone quick leaving sparse bubbling on the surface of the glass.

s - oak and tart sour cherries. Sells really nice, very candy like.

t - ZING. My mouth is puckered. Sour grapes with a hint of tropical fruit and sweet tarts. Really nicely well balanced.

m - puckeringly sour, but smooth and rich.

o - overall a really nice sour. Extremely well balanced blend of puckering sour bugs, tart cherries, sweetness, and calming oak. Tart and tangy but bearable.

bottle

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Photo of ccrida
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the lodge, served in a cervoise, Sang Noir with a small tan collar.

Smell is gorgeous. Bright lacto and dark malts bring a very nice sweet tarts aroma that is just amazing.

Taste is great as well, very complex and a pleasant different from many of their other wild ales due to the dark malts. Big sourness, cherries, chocolate and lime tonic water.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick, sliding down like an oyster but with nice carbonation with swished. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is insanely good. This is their best beer I've had yet. I'm a big fan of sour darks, and this one really kills it. The intense flavor hides the strong ABV, making this one potentially very dangerous.

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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 project. I think I got this as a gift from my brother in law. This is the first higher-strength beer I've ever had from Cascade, whose brews are always good but never quite so good as to warrant their price.

Cork comes out very easily and the beer pours with precious little carbonation. Pours very dark and still, resembling a flat oud bruin.

Smells tart and bourbony, with bacterial sour cherry nodes smoothed out by oaky vanilla. Not picking up anything vinous, but overall it's a nice aroma with great balance and decent complexity.

The flavor is more complex, and rather more tart. Bracingly acidic yeast starts things out, which is still a bit of a kick in the teeth even after 2+ years of aging. The middle is fruitier, with strong notes of sour fruit and lively red wine. The vanilla oakiness of the aroma is only present here at the very end of the sip and in the aftertaste, with the finish serving as a firm, if indirect, balance to the bracing start.

Overall, a beer of high character and complexity. One of the better truly puckerking sours I've come across in quite some time.

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

on-tap, a number of times, most recently at The Yard

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz chalice, rich dark garnet body, ~1" off-white head

smell: potent waves of tart cherry, bourbon, vinous oak notes

taste: one of the finest cascade offerings - layers and layers of tart and sweet bing cherries, diversified barrel aging provides notes of vinous pinot wood and richer bourbon, plum, chocolate. abv is really well masked

mouthfeel: tart, complex

overall: a great beer

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Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky reddish brown with two fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: lots going on here. Sweet candy sugar, tart fruits, some slight whiskey notes, and some oak as well.

T: loads of tart and sour cherry flavors on the palate. There are some lightly funky flavors as well, but mostly tons of sour flavors.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and fairly dry.

O: a good beer overall. I wish the flavor was as complex as the aroma, but it's still quite good.

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

Pours a brownish body which sounds plain but is anything but. Strong blackberries, currants and cherries are accentuated in the flavor and the aroma very nicely. Body is quite lively and tartness isn't overdone but felt. First time trying these guys and i will come back for sure.

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Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling

A - Pours deep garnet with one and a half fingers of creamy looking tan head. More head than I expect from the style, with pretty good retention before fading to a collar. Some decent lacing.

S - Big tart cherry aroma with a pretty substantial bourbon presence as well. Vanilla and oak, with some balsamic vinegar. Works surprisingly well. A bit of funk, but much more tartness.

T - Whoa, puckeringly sour initially, with a huge tart cherry presence and some balsamic vinegar. Bourbon notes come in after the initial sour punch fades a bit. The vanilla and oaky bourbon notes are somewhat subtle, but I think that is a good thing here. Some more oak on the finish, but not overly dry.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a little heavier than usual for the style but the flavor profile goes well with a bit of heft. Dry, but not overly so.

O - This is really tasty. The bourbon notes are very subtle, more apparent in the aroma than the taste, and the huge tart cherry aspect is great. Not much funk, but still quite complex.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. “2011 Project.”

A: Pours a deep dark mahogany color with barely any light brown fizzy active head. Just the faintest collar stuck around the edge of the glass after the head disappeared. No or almost no lace.
S: Very musty and oak-dominate nose, but there is a nice amount of “red” fruits and tannic cherry pits. The nose is rich and complex, with layers of greasy oak, faint whisky, musty attic, vinous red wine, caramel, juicy cherry, and a hint of powdery chocolate.
T: Exceptionally smooth and rich flavors of greasy oak and sweet cherry, damp musty basement, slightly tart red berries, red wine barrel and greasy caramel. The finish has hints of spicy, and the aftertaste is drying with gritty, cleaning tannins.
M: Full bodied with a smooth and greasy mouthfeel overall, but the finish is drying and tannic. The tartness is also very prominent but not overly acidic, vinegary or harsh at all. Very easy to drink as the tartness gives away to sweet sugariness and dryness in the finish.
O: One of the better sours I’ve had in recent memory. This is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink for being so complex and tart. The greasy oak and slick, sweet, cherry flavors come through perfectly.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as a part of my 27th birthday evening! Big thanks goes out to dprouty who sent me this one in a recent! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku. Poured a dark ruby red-orange with a half finger light tan that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, tart, sour, wood, fruit, vinegar, and subtle raspberry. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, sour, tart, tart cherry, and very subtle vinegar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one definitely brought quite a bit of pucker power to the party. The aroma was pretty nicely balanced which made it really enjoyable and easy to drink. Really glad I got to enjoy this one, even it was a full bottle. An absolute must try for any sour fan out there.

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Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty ruby color that turns brown around the edges. The tan colored head is short and airy, settles into a light ring.

The aroma starts off tart from the oak wine barrel. The bourbon barrel then comes through to mellow out the sharp acidic notes. All the while, the cherries provide a nice fruitiness to the brew and another layer of sourness. Complex and enjoyable.

The taste is of super tart cherries and lemon sourness. The wine barrel is strong providing a healthy oak flavor as well as some white grape. Some earthy caramel and vanilla notes from the bourbon but that doesn't hold a candle to the sourness. Not a huge sour fan but I can drink this as a change up.

The feel is light with fairly soft carbonation. Sweet, sour, and tart on the palate with a big dry finish. I am good for a glass but the dryness might get to me.

A very well made sour, just wish I was more of a fan of the style so you can probably bump my grade up a notch.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

3.75 A: Pours a deep plum color. Some yeasties hanging out at the bottom of the glass. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a half finger of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Well, this definitely has some cherries in it. Big, bold, beautiful cherries. Tart and delicious. I'm not detecting much bourbon at this point, but the barrel itself is quite present lending a soft tannic woodiness. Not much funk as this more showcases tartness and sour punches. Nice acetic acidity. Toastiness, mixed berries, sour plum, and a touch of lemon.

3.75 T: This pretty much mirrors the nose. Big, bold cherry. Moderate sour tanginess with plenty of tartness. Lemon, plum, black and blueberries. Toastiness, touch of neutral maltiness. Bit of earthy funk.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness. Super smooth with a tart finish.

4.00 D: Very good beer. Didn't get much bourbon, but that's probably a good thing since it didn't need any other flavors.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The funk and booze really meld well together here. I would say the wine barrel is more prevalent than the whiskey barrel because of the funkiness and tartness both both are perceptible. Not mouth puckering but sour.

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

Medium tart cherry flavor to this beer. Tart has just the right depth to it. Flavor is unique. Nice sipper of a sour; couldn't see downing this too fast. Enjoyable.

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Photo of stortore
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

759 ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2014 edition, had 11/12/16, a few days after purchasing.

Pours a deep ruby, somewhat opaque, with a half inch head and some loose lacing. A thin ring of foam follows down the glass. The smell is sour, tart, cherries, some wine, some malt and yeast. light plums. The taste has a good amount of tartness, some sourness, cherries, malt, wine- more as it warms, oak, light bourbon, plums, purple grapes. Smooth, pretty full bodied for the style, well carbonated.

Great flavor, deep and layered. The cherries are prominent, there's a good amount of wine barrel, but not much bourbon barrel. Loved this, but was not as blown away as I expected. It has a really high price point, so, alas, this will probably be my only purchase. You should definitely try this one, though.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this one with me and others at NEBCO; as of right now, my 75th Top 100 tick.

A: Hazy orange-brown body with a 1/2" cap of fine, frothy tan head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Pure acidity. Lactic + acetic acids are prominent, with the cherry fruitiness playing a nice supporting role. Sharp, tart, and awesome.

T: Sweet and sour, with the bourbon showing up right away along with cherry skin. Solid sourness follows close behind. Long, tart, delicious finish. Luscious, long-lasting aftertaste that was still pleasing 15 minutes later. Terrific.

M: Creamy, frothy, smooth. Outstanding.

O: Yet another incredible sour from Cascade. I love how aggressive their beers are without sacrificing too much complexity.

Cheers!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep chestnut color with ruby highlights. A huge foamy mocha colored head takes a while to go down and leaves huge streaks of lace.

S: Smells absolutely amazing. It's all there, from the cherries to the bourbon to the pinot barrel. I pick up a trace of bourbon first, then a big whiff of ripe red cherries and caramel. Some definite wine barrel as well.

T: A nice lactic sourness upfront that's chock full of sour cherries, cherry pit and vanilla. A touch of bourbon before a finish that's long and ever changing. Pinot noir barrel, red delicious apple and some tannins on the finish. So freakin good.

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

A: dark brown but still translucent on the sides where some ruby color is visible. Head is small, tan, and dissipates quickly.

S: very tart smelling with some cherry and blackberry coming through.

T: a slight sweetness cuts the delicious sourness. Cherry and berry tastes are present. Only deliciousness in the taste.

M: a bit thicker than I would prefer, but the carbonation was on. Body was just slightly too heavy for the style.

O: excellent, would have again. I'm still not a huge fan of very dark sours, but this one didn't display any roasted notes to me. Only real downside was it may be more delicious if it were 7% ABV instead of nearly 10%. $22 per 750ml from the brewery.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1353rd Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter
750ml C/C

2011 Project

Thanks to Corregidore for sharing

App- Looking at this beer was like looking at a flowing bloodshot. Deep deep crimson and auburn colors with only a quick receding off white head. Maybe a few bubbles around the edges

Smell- The vinegar and oak gets me at first. As it settles and warms a little bit the other cherry notes come out with a certain tart vs. sour note and a bit more of a sweet note vs. malty as well. The red ale seems really hidden.

Taste- A very nice sour. The cherries are incredible layered and textured with only traces of the booze coming into play. The malts from the red ale tend to amp up the flavor of the oak a bit.

Mouth- A bit of a thicker body than I was hoping for with a solid medium body and a medium carbonation. Residual vinegar and cherry wine like notes.

Drink- It was very tasty. Glad I have a bottle to sit on for a bit to let flavors meld a little bit.

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