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Cascade 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): 9.50%

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
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
1,598
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
21.77%
 
 
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650
Gots:
329
For Trade:
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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 1,598
Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of HattedClassic
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice and interestingly colored head that dissipates quickly. The head seems to have a tan with purple hue, which is pretty interesting and unique. The beer itself is beautiful and strongly resembles a nice pinot with its brown and purple hues. The beer is obviously hard to see through because of the coloring but the texture is pretty nice.

The smell and taste are both fantastic. The smell and taste both contain a nice dose of dark cherry tart, pinot noir berry fruitiness, and a bit of whiskey. The pinot noir note seems to come out more in the smell while sacrificing the whiskey; unlike the taste, where the whiskey is a bit stronger but still gets lost in the dark cherry notes. The dark cherry notes dominate the taste along with the tartness and is supplemented by the barrel aging.

The feel is pretty good. It's a lighter bodied beer but it has a bit of heft to it that gives it a nice smooth body and keeps it from being watery. The strong tingling carbonation is nice and actually makes the tartness easier to tolerate.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer worth getting even if it is a little pricey. While the tart notes are a bit stronger than the other beers from this brewery, it is still an easy to drink beer. Go for it.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark red with a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a while

S: Lots of cherry and oak up front, with hints of the bourbon and vinous wine notes. Some lighter tart notes. Very lightly sweet as well, most likely from the vanilla notes from the bourbon barrels

T: Starts off with some moderate tart notes that are held in check by the firm oaky notes and sweet cherries. Some bourbon, vanilla, and grape notes pop up shortly after the tartness. Tannins and vinous notes show up next, followed by moderate alcoholic esters. Finishes with lingering tartness and oak notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An extremely complex and intricate beer that really touches on all aspects. Cherries, bourbon, vinous wine notes, and oak really all stand out and show off in their own ways. This is a beer you need to check out, even with the price tag, especially if you're into sours

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Photo of dleigh
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Super complex--hard to know how to figure out this one. I've had this beer several times now, and I've always enjoyed, but it's been difficult wrapping my head around it. Excellent smell of sweet cherry, acetic acid (maybe? something sour and vinegary) and a nice funk. Tastes tart and sour with a hint of bitterness. Very well put together. Refreshing. Different.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cherries own the nose and kick off the taste, but the bourbon subtly moves in and then some wine flavors at the finish.

Very tart, and very dry but there's a little bit of stickiness in the finish. This is a lot of very rich, sour beer. It's pretty busy, but very tasty.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
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 LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -19%
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 anteatr23
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark grape colored with minimal head. Smells of cherry juice, sour and some funk. Taste follows the nose, but sweet, fruity, dry, plenty of a sour pucker. Not really getting much of the whiskey at all. Still, really enjoyable sour. Would drink it again, but man this might be the most expensive beer I've ever bought. Not sure what justifies the price of a $50 bottle...

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Photo of danh53
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark cherry notes with dark berries and red wine. Expected it to be sweeter. It's almost too tart in a way that detracts from the flavors. Great, full mouth feel and whiskey barrel character. I'd be happy to try this again, but I won't be purchasing another bottle at this price point.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a recent tasting and it was extremely solid! The double barrel aging on this beer gives it some very unique and wonderful flavors! Very complex beer!

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Project 750, poured to tulip.

Pours a rich, dark garnet. One finger of head immediately dissipates to just a light ring.

Aroma has a bit of horsey funk, straw, dank wood and cherry

Flavor is amazing cherry, earth, old oak, plum and tartness. Barrel does not over power the fruit and yeast notes, wine more noticeable than bourbon. The fairly high abv entirely masked.

Moderate body with slight astringency.

I've liked every thing I've tried from Cascade, but Sang Noir is a cut above the rest. Complex and subtle barrel elements light up the wonderful tartness and cherry. Color is exquisite. Drinks a per cent or two lower than the abv actually is, so be careful.

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Photo of parris
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
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 mschrei
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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 OompaMentor
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Sours are an acquired taste. The beer pours with lots of carbonation leading to a great looking beer and the smell is very nice with the bourbon and cherries the taste did not sit well because of the carbonation "fizzing" on the palate.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry bourbon sour deliciousness.this tastes like a sour old fashioned. This is the 2014 vintage. I would like to see what some more time (maybe a year or two) would do to it. Good work cascade.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comparing this 3 Floyd's Pear Bear this sour is much more balanced. Although there is no head, the beer aged in wine and bourbon barrels for two years with cherries is utterly amazing. Please grab a bottle if available in your area. It is a dark red-purple, plum color that tastes of a general cherry pie tartness and sourness. Give it a shot.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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 rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red brown and pink pour. Thin off white head. Aroma was dark cherry, red wine, less bourbon than a comparable beer of theirs, vlad the impaler.

Taste leans more towards their fruitier beers. More sour and fruit than bourbon and oak. Its still there, its a complex beer even though Cascade's sours have all had that similar lacto clean sour profile. This is a real good beer and one of the best in the Cascade profile, if you liked vlad but want it less boozy and more fruity and sour, this is your jam.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of BillRoth
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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 brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Zach136
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer - muddy brown body no head.

Aroma and flavors of vanilla, oak, dark fruit wine, cherries with mild but present acetic acid. Not vinegary but enough soft lactic acid to keep it puckering.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 28.99. 2014 vintage. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a muddy cherrywood tinged dull brown. Opaque other than some rosey highlights at the edges when viewed under the light. The finger and a half frothy, khaki head gradually fades to a milky haze and full collar that leaves a couple huge clouds of lace. Muddy as hell but strangely attractive.

Vibrant, robustly sour aroma. Sour cherry, barrel funk, wine, strong vinegar, earthy, caramel, wood shavings and some vague tart fruit. I can tell this will be quite a ride.

Flavors are an intense mixture of sweet and sour. Tart cherries, barrel funk, wine, raisin bread, soft bourbon, lemonade, near puckering lacto, earthy, funky, caramel and brown sugar. I think there's a bit of alcohol but the sour is so potent that it is difficult to tell. This is a boldly tasty flavor trip with tart cherries and funky barrel notes in the drivers seat.

Full, creamy feel with pleasingly faint carbonation. Funky notes of wine barrel and sour cherries linger in the long aftertaste.

Welcome to Georgia, Cascade! Sang Noir is a rather beastly sour and I dig it. It is so much fuller than most wild ales I've had and has a sweetness that may not balance the sourness but sure gives it a nice counterpoint. Arguably a bit pricey but I enjoyed the experience and will be trying more from Cascade.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.41 out of 5 based on 1,598 ratings.
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