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Cascade Sang Noir | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir
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

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Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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 lordofstarside
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml to a snifter, 2011 vintage. Got this for xmas from my sister in pdx last year, been staring at it in my fridge for 365 days, let's open this guy

Cork pops off very easily. Pours a dark ruby with two fingers of slightly burgundy foam. pretty high carbonation, ridiculous retention rate with great lacing. A little fizzy, but this is a really good looking beer

Smells of vinegar, tart cherries, sour apples and grape, wine, oak, leather, a tiny bit of bourbon and a ouch of alcohol. Really fun to smell

Taste is right with the nose, sour cherries and an assortment of other fruits- apple, peach, and grape with strong vinegar, oak, bourbon, wine, and alcohol. The taste sort of evolves as it goes over the palate

Feel is initial face puckering sour that neutralizes and turns a little sweet on the finish. Medium sticky body. Really easy to sip on

Overall one of the better Cascades I've had. Really great beer, glad I got another of last years vintage

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Photo of mahak213
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"2011 Project" bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance- Dark red with brown hues sit below a bone colored head that stuck around for quite a while. Nice looking beer!

Smell- Cold, as requested by the bottle (40* F), I get lots of tart cherries and a lactic tartness, with a nice vinous quality behind it all. But as it warms up, the complexities come out. The sweetness of the bourbon comes in to play and the tartness is turned down just one notch. The cherries still come through to play with the oak notes. Awesome nose once warmed up, I wish I hadn't split this bottle so I could enjoy another glass!

Taste- Very tart up front, with a touch of 'pixie stick' candy sweetness. Cherries are present and are accented nicely by the very subtle bourbon notes. The bourbon and vanilla oak qualities bring this beer to the next level. It's barely there, lurking in the background, and just plays so well with the tart cherry note. Vinous notes seem to fade just a touch once it's warmed up. There's also a very mild funk present throughout the entire palate.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light and nicely carbonated

Overall- This one didn't come cheap, but I'd like to pick up another bottle. If you can get this one, I highly recommend doing so!

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Photo of JayPeso
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 project. First beer for me from Cascade based on high recommendations from fellow BAs. Very pleasant aroma and for the first half of the bottle could not stop from enjoying it before every taste. Loved the sweetness and sour cherries. Very easy to drink and the 9.8% snuck up on me. I'm so glad I had ordered more than one. Can't wait to try this brew again after some aging on my other bottles. Enjoyed it so much I burnt my dinner.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, 5 years old at consumption. Refrigerated for the majority of that time.

Deep vinous red color, with purple and brown hues. Nose has a strong fruit bouquet with soft oaky back notes. Dark fruits abound. Blackberry, black currant, plenty of sour cherries. No booziness left at all. Oak has softened into a slight undercurrent, adding a bit of complexity and just a hair of tannic dryness. Red wine vinegar. Fat malt body is substantial and chewy. A real wonder with age.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red brown with a small head. Residual bubbles persist. From the name Sang Noir, I expected this to be darker. It's really even more red than a a Flanders Red.

Smell - Awesome. Cherries all over initially. Great cherry aroma. As it warms, I get a lot of green apples, which normally wouldn't be appealing, but somehow works here. Bourbon around the edges of the aroma, but it's faint. The vanilla is more prominent. I don't get a lot of the wine in the nose.

Taste - Less exciting, but still quite good. The cherry flavor is still solid and it comes through as a nice lactic sourness. The sour apples don't come through in the flavor as much. The wine is present, especially in the finish, and it lends a creamy smooth feel to the finish, diminishing the acidity just a little bit. The barrel adds a nice dimension to it that I didn't get the first time I had it. There is enough malt presence to carry lighter notes of bourbon and vanilla, to a greater extent.

Mouthfeel - The sour fruit flavors is very clean up front with the wine cutting it at the end to cut the intensity of the sourness. After a bit, the pucker gets a shade too strong. The red wine flavors help.

Overall - This got much better as it warmed. When it's cold, it's all cherry flavor. As it warms, the wine comes out and the body becomes more appealing. Upon a second drink of this beer, I'm more an more impressed by its complexity. The barrels each add separate dimensions and the fruits are dynamic. Superb sour.

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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 jimmy82063
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really looking forward to this one! Poured into a wine glass.

A) Very nice ruby red thin head that quickly dissipates.

S) Very ripe cherries, one of the better smelling beers I've had!

T) Starts out nicely tart but midway through there is some sweetness from the cherries to balance out. Nice acidity at the end.

M) Carbonation is mild. Alcohol very well hidden.

Enjoyed this one alot!

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Photo of nataku00
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep slightly hazed garnet. Rich, very rich color. Head is minimal with a dull off-white collar. Retention is minimal. No lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, cherry juice, and some oak. Cherry flesh, skin, and some pit. Worn leather, mild touches of vinegar, vanilla, toffee, and an alcohol back. Big malts as well. Some hints of chocolate buried in the back. Mild spiciness and something that comes across like sweet cinnamon. Almost aspirin edge of bitterness. Big red wine.

Taste: Black cherry Warhead. Legit. Tart cherry flesh. Candy sweetness. Citric and mild acetic tartness. Tart builds as the beer warms. Big cherry push. Flesh and pits with some minor bourbon like qualities. Vanilla and toffee play well with the dark cherry. Some plum as well. Leathered fruit. Throwback to childhood and delicious Warheads. Tartness is aggressively drying, which is its own flavor. Nice layers of oak. Clean wood. So much acid and cherry goodness. Pinot adds a more complex layer of fruit. Some plum and blackberry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushes toward full with minimal carbonation. Puckering dryness.

Overall: Crazy fruit tart madness. Ballsy and complex. Nice.

One of the better wilds from Cascade. Lots going on. My mouth is a desert. Moisture is gone.

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Photo of Phelps
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sang Noir is one of Cascade's best brews -- a blend of red ales aged in oak and bourbon barrels for a year before sitting on fresh Bing and sour pie cherries for six months. The beer's name translates to "black blood" -- an appropriate moniker when the brew's deep, almost-opaque maroon hue is taken into account.

Poured into a tulip, burnt orange edges lead into a quarter-inch head the color of brown sugar. Sweet stuff hits the nose first: Caramel, cola, cherry syrup. Tart cherries, sour green apple and lesser amounts of balsamic and oak mingle in the background.

Sang Noir's flavor hits like a sour slap to the dome, blending complex tartness with disparate food characters. At once, brown sugar, green apple, balsamic vinegar and milk chocolate can be detected. Swirling the medium-bodied brew about the mouth activates both moderate fizziness and high acidity, with the sharp bacteria gripping the tongue like tiny rock climbers. The swallow brings the oak -- a huge, vinous blast peppered with sour cherry, lemon and vinegar. Granny Smith apple peel and Bing cherries blend in the finish.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/16/2010

On tap at the barrel house.

A: Deep crimson tinged brown with a mountainous light brown head, great retention and lacing.

S: Huge lactic sour cherry presence with vinous notes of dark grape and plum. Oak is evident, as is a light acetic quality. Light whisky notes and a touch of chocolate.

T: A moderate lactic sourness accompanies cherries, grapes, plums, and oak. Piquant and delicious. Light notes of chocolate are short lived. Great fruit presence, especially the cherries. I detect a touch of oak and whiskey. Excellent.

M: Upper medium body, upper moderate carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Overall: Awesome beer. Killer fruit presence combined with the wine and whiskey barrels. Drinks like a beer half its ABV. Highly recommended.

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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 Holland
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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 ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red-black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, Brett and other sour and funky yeasts, lactic acid, caramel malts, a touch of brown sugar, and some other dark fruits.

T - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, caramel malts, Brett and other sour and funky yeasts, lactic acid, other dark fruits, brown sugar, a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour and warming finish.

D - Really nice sour beer. Great balance of sourness and barrel character.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project, bought from the brewery online for $21

It pours a murky rusty colour, started off with over a finger head of foam but that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing left behind.

You can certainly smell the sour cherries and the oak barrel. Some slight note of vanilla there. My nose is happy.

Tart cherries up front in the taste, oak flavours not so much. Alcohol extremely well hidden when it comes to what sits and swirls in my mouth, some definite warming during and after the swallow. Sour, yeah, but not overly so. Very slight hint of a vinegar sourness so I don't *think* that heartburn will be an issue.

Very tasty from the get go; I opened it at near room temp to get all of the flavours rather than opening after pulling from the fridge.

A delightfully delicious Wild Ale that I wish had a bit less alcohol to make it even more drinkable; as is, it's still and an easy drop to tip back.

I'm very impressed with what Cascade has made here. They sure do know their s*it.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascade brewing Sang Noir 2011

Appearance: 4
Dark coffee brown with slight hints of red. Thin white head which quickly dissipates into thin rim. Mild lacing

Smell: 4.5
Sour funk with rocket candy, lemon, sour cherry. Pick up a slight oak notes from the barrel as well as you can imagine some bourbon notes. Good intensity of the aroma.

Taste: 4.5
Moderate sour funk with a good acidity across the pallet. Sour cherry flavor dominates. Backgorund ale base with slight malt provide contrasting sweetness. There's slight notes of barrel. Overall, good intensity of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate sourness with good acidity and sharp finish. Mild mod carbonation ; quite appropriate offering a slight cleansing of the pallet. Mild to moderate viscosity.

Overall: 4.5
A very enjoyable beer great use of cherries and barrel offers a nice complexity of flavors, Great moderately sour finish. Nice ale base. Very easy to drink.
Highly recommend.

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Photo of pfcorsar
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown into a snifter with a thin tan head. Aroma of cherries, oak, whiskey.

Pleasantly tart in the flavor. Taste mirrors the aroma, with a hint of vanilla, I’m assuming from the whiskey barrels.

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Photo of Ri0
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 750 bottle into Teku.

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a 2 finger sandy head. Fair retention that fades into a thin ring and leaves behind some lacing.

S - Bold sour Bing cherry with some sweet jam notes. I also pick up notes of the wine from the barrels it was aged in, but almost no oak.

T - Stats off very tart Bing cherry and moves into a slighter jam sweetness. It will make you pucker as there tends to be small amounts of acid and vinegar. Again I can pick up some of the wine from the barrel aging, but detect almost no oak or wood. It's had to believe that this is 9.5% ABV as there is no alcohol.

M - Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Mouth puckering at the start and finish.

O - A great sour that I received in a trade. If you have a chance to acquire it, I recommend it to sour lovers. Thank you Bill.

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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 scottfrie
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with sweet/sour cherry and wood aromas. Taste is the same and strikes a very nice balance between the sweet and sour flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour with some great cherry aromas and flavors that are nicely balanced.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Woodrow for this one!

A: Pours a reddish/brown/burgundy color with a foamy off-white head, about 1-2 inches in height. Nice head retention with some foamy lacing forming on the glass.

S: A nice acetic/vinegar aroma right away with some tannin aromas, cherries, oak, and a hint of vanilla. There is a slight hint of bourbon, but it is very faint compared to the tart/cherry aromas.

T: A much brighter explosion of cherries on the flavor profile. There is also some grape and a bit of plum. Slight oak and a bit of bourbon comes through. Nice tartness.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Nice tartness.

O: The first beer I have had from Cascade and I am a big fan. I look forward to trying their other beers in the future. Kinda dig the bourbon coming through underneath the sour/cherry flavor.

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark reddish brown color with a half finger of creamy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: The smell is dominated by tart red wine notes. I'm getting some cherries and oak as well, along with some soft vanilla notes.

Taste: This beer is rather complex, lots going on here. Quite tart on the tip of the tongue. MIld vinegar notes, but I'm getting more red wine and tart cherries. Mild notes from the bourbon and oak. The finish has more cherry than wine and is still quite tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with aggressively tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is an incredibly deep beer. I really enjoyed the wine notes along with the sourness. I'd definitely have more in the future.

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Photo of Damian
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt., 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2011 Project
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a deep, dark, slightly hazed, crimson-mahogany color. A super dense and creamy, tan colored head capped the liquid. Excellent retention. The head slowly faded to a resilient film. Streaks of drippy lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was outstanding. Sour cherry notes leapt out of the glass. The tartness was well matched by a stiff caramel malt backbone and a hefty dose of brown sugar sweetness. Fantastically well balanced. The nose was also quite oaky and vinous. A touch of bourbon-like booziness came through as well. Overall, remarkably deep, rich and robust.

The flavor profile was solid but a bit of a letdown compared to the aroma. Unlike the nose which displayed tremendous balance between the tart and sweet elements, the beer was incredibly sour and acidic on the palate and seemed to lack some complexity. Tannic, dry and very oaky in the center. A touch of bready malts were detectible. The beer finished super tart and dry with strong red wine, vinegar and acetic acid notes. As the liquid warmed, the vinegar aspect intensified.

For a 9.5% ABV beer, this beer kid its alcohol prowess remarkably well. The mouthfeel however was a touch thinner than I anticipated. Creamy and smooth with a slick, frothy effervescence.

This is a solid beer, but I felt that the aroma was far superior to the flavor. Because the cherry aspect was so fantastic and the tart/acidic quality seemed a bit overwhelming, I would strongly recommend drinking this sooner than later.

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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.41 out of 5 based on 1,593 ratings.
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