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Cascade Sang NoirCascade Sang Noir

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This deep, dark double red was aged over a year in Pinot and Whiskey barrels, then blended with a barrel of Bing cherries."

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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 justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep copper with red highlights. Very cloudy appearance. Has two fingers of head that dissipates quickly.

N: Sour cherry, must, barnyard, lactic acid, toasted pie crust, concord grape and raspberry.

T: Lactic sourness, warheads and musty book upfront. A lot of flavors kick in mid-palate. Tart pie cherries, raspberry, a light breadiness, some barnyard and loads of Pinot Noir personality. Finishes with cherry Jolly Ranchers and Lemonheads along with big lactic notes.

M: Light bodied, tart and puckering.

O: Moderate-heavy sourness. Big cherry, raspberry, concord grape and lactic characteristics. Unfortunately there isn’t very much oak apparent and barely any bourbon. Just a hint in the throat if you’re really searching for it. Pinot Noir characteristics are there. A phenomenal Wild Ale and holds up with the best of them!

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Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish cola color with a reasonable brownish head. Not gonna lie, this looks like Dr. Pepper.

Smells fruity and tart--red wine, sour apples, berries, some oud bruin type ketchupy sweetness, whiskey on the finish. Predictably complex and enticing.

Flavor is lots of sour green apple, cherries and blackberries and other fruit, tart red wine. Whiskey is lighter than in the nose but still present. Extremely complex and pretty darn sour, also a decent sweetness to balance it out. Biggest single flavor I get is green apple. A beer with this much going on could easily be a big mess, and other Cascade experiments have been a little sloppier than this, but this beer is delicious and the complexity just makes me want more.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation but not over carbonated like Cascade beers sometimes are. Very drinkable, the complexity of the flavor just makes it more drinkable too.

Awesome beer overall, definitely the best beer that Cascade has bottled so far. I'd drink this all the damn time if I could.


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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 brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours dark crimson with a brownish tinge and a quarter inch head of bone. Erratic, short strands of lacing throughout the glass with a partial skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with red wine and cherries with hints of bourbon, chocolate, and light roast following through. Quite vineous and fruity with plenty of complex barrel character.

Medium bodied with a sharp-as-tacks mouthfeel. Slightly waxy but does not detract.

Sour stone fruit and red wine start the palate with a fairly intense lactic sourness attack quickly following through. The jowels do water with plenty of puckering tartness, but the beer falls short of throat burn. Hints of roast, chocolate, cherries, and bourbon linger.

Finishes with plenty of lactic sourness, soured fruit, and vineousity.

Wowza, what a beer. A real sour lovers specimen with plenty of intensity and complexity. Highly cellerable, for sure.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a crimson color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Holy tart cherries!

T: Wow. Lock jaw all the way. Lots of tart cherries, some light dark cherry but a little bit of must and lacto

M: Well carbonated, extremely sour and medium body

O: Outstanding

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Photo of Tschnab
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- the cork explodes out of the bottle suggesting that this will be a very carbonated beer, the pour is a dark amber with a red hue, small pink white head that sticks the whole time and some thin lace that sticks around.

S- astringent sour raspberries assault me the second the cork is launched to the ceiling. Light wood notes but mostly raspberry, cherry, red wine and a lactic sour aroma.

T- the foretaste is all sour berry and cherry, while after that a very light wood flavor comes through which brings in a very subtle smokiness followed by a red wine vinegar finish. Very sour, maybe the most sour wild I've had. Medium body.

O- I tried but failed to pick up bourbon but what I did get out of this beer was stunning and I might start touting this as the best sour I've ever had.

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Photo of MrMoose916
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost looks like a deep dark red wine but more brown with a nice frothy head to it.

S: Oh yeah tons of cherries, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, you definitely get that barrel character. You know its going to be sour.

T: Cherries up front, followed by the dark fruit and almost bourbon like flavor. Definitely sour.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, semi dry finish.

O; Another well done beer by Cascade, if these weren't so expensive I'd buy them more often.

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Photo of biegaman
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The inside of a barrel isn't a very nice place. It's dark and musty, full of nauseating fumes, and houses rogue bacteria and microscopic critters in every crevasse. In many cases, you're stuck in there with rotting, festering fruits. Despite all this, Sang Noir came out more than a year later looking pretty good; its tone is dark but not muddied and impressively maintains a bit of its garnet highlighting. Even some head too.

The aroma combines epic proportions of sweetness and tartness to create a bouquet of unparalleled complexity; it's rare to find this much of either, let alone both together in the same beer. Immediate impressions of berry gummies and candied cherries quickly turn tart and gradually evolve into a unique convolution of fruit, oak, bourbon, and pinot noir.

Saying that Sang Noir is like a candy factory crossed with a fruit orchard crossed with a winery is a huge injustice to an incredibly elaborate beer. But it's a good place to start when embarking on the near impossible task of describing the multiplicity of flavours that comprise this rich and mesmerizing offering.

I'm first impressed by just how mellow the beer drinks. High-alcohol, barrel-aged offerings tend to fall prey to one or the other of nauseating booziness, acidity that singes your throat, a woodiness that leaves splinters in your gums, or a tartness so severe in turns your lips inside out (assuming the whole thing comes together well enough so as to be palatable in the first place). But Sang Noir has all the intricacy without any of the intensity.

What's in the glass is mysterious and distinctive, the result of a very long and difficult process - it makes the Coca-Cola recipe seem easy to crack by comparison. Notes of maddeningly red cherries, vanilla cola, caramel, sarsaparilla, acidic lemon, purple plum, heavy wood and spices are melodiously woven together. Notably absent are any harsh alcohol notes (an impressive feat considering the whiskey barrels and the 9.5% of the beer itself).

Cascade Sang Noir ("black blood") indeed drinks like some kind of dark, mystical gospel. A beer this intricate and transcendental is the stuff of folkloric legends. Of course, given how difficult it is to find (and expensive to buy) it may only ever be fantasy for most people. For those of you fortunate enough to come across this dream beer, be sure to enjoy it with someone you really want to impress (i.e, your favourite person in the world).

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
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 brystmar
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2012 bottle, thanks to Josh for sharing! Long-time want of mine.

Ruby red pour with darkish brown hues. Bing cherries dominate the nose; bourbon is in the back seat adding complexity. Smell is seriously awesome.

Cherries and oak atop the sour base = deliciousness. Seriously, this is fantastic. Don't know what else to say except that I need a case of this stuff ASAP.

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Photo of draheim
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2011 project) into a saison glass. Pours a murky ruby/amber/mahogany w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is sharply acidic, sour. Tart cherries, lactic acid, dry oak.

Taste is puckeringly sour and oaky. Tartness is crisp and refreshing, never overwhelming. Bourbon barrels are used exactly right—as an accent.

Mouthfeel is soft, but with a bite. Nice carbonation, dry finish.

Overall a bold, flavorful sour ale that comes together well. Great depth and complexity.

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Photo of stxSS07
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First review in a while, but this deserved it. 750ml into a FFF's Teku. 2011 project.

A- Deep ruby red that borders on brown. High carbonation leaves a creamy off-white head that hangs around for the duration of my drinking. Leaves awesome lacing for a sour.

S- Explosive. Tart cherry notes pop immediately upon ripping the cork out, and continue to abuse my olfactory on my first sniff. Besides the delicious cherry bomb, I'm greeted with sweet malt (almost toasty), a bit of barrel (vanilla, slight oak...maybe that's where the toast comes from), and more tartness. Fantastic.

T- Again, big bright cherries pop on the front of the mouth followed by some acidic sourness. Tastes of sweet malt, oak, and vanilla lead to an almost buttery red wine-like finish. Insanely good.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation that really helps the flavors (especially the cherries) to jump out of the beer. I really can't overemphasize the way this brew "pops" on my palate.

O- One of the best sours (forget American wilds) that I've had. Takes the top spot for me in the Consecration category. Seek and destroy this beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

1 finger fine light brown head with good retention. Beer is a clear but dark reddish-brown clay. Lacing is patchy and spotty with good stick. Oily legs. Near perfect.

Nose is bright red fruit, wet wood, some light tartness, and a Brett/cobweb funkiness. Real light, crisp, and lively. Nice.

Opens red fruit tartness. Some vinegar and alcohol but its quickly overtaken by cherry sweetness. Smooths out nicely towards the middle with some creaminess. More red fruit tartness at the end giving way to Brett and a woody funkiness at the end. Great complexity and balance with the flavors. Finish is red fruit sweetness with a tart aftertaste. Very very good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some small bubbles in the mouth and goes down oily and slick. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Good body given what it is. Complements the flavors well.

I didn't know what to expect from this though Cascade has had a long history of making very solid fruit sours. This is no exception and in fact, may be the best of the bunch I've had yet. An incredible beer all around.

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Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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 cfrances33
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Donerik
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and turbid. Foams up and down quickly, acceptable for a sour. Sticky foam sticks to the glass as you drink but doesn't lace.

S: Lactic, Oak, I get light bourbon notes in the nose, fruitiness and sour funk.

T: Sour. Sour. Sour. The double red and red ferment well with their lactic culture. not much bourbon or cherry, but the fruit is apparent. I'm always amazed what fruit tastes like with the sugar fermented out.

M: pitch perfect. The active carbonation pops the firmly placed cork. The prickly carbonation carries the flavors.

O: Great. Worth the Hype. It would have been all 5s if the individual flavors had been more distinguishable. I am a fan of this.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a murky amber and copper body. Aroma of apricot, raisin, oak, cherry and caramel. Flavor includes a perfect degree of sour dark fruit, oak, red wine, caramel and earthiness. When you drink this one really let it sit on your palate to enou the sour degree. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a brief review for an outstanding beer. It lives up to the hype and will always remain a must try.

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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 Rollzroyce21
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

- 2012 vintage, 750 mL bottle poured into mini flight glass at Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach)
- Courtesy of random guys that brought in the bottle, on 15-Jun-12.
Sourness = High / Vinegar = Low
Only a taster, but I definitely got the bing cherries and the Pinot barrel. I believe it was more crisp and sour, but less vinegary than Supplication.

- 2012 vintage, 750 mL bottle poured into Hangar 24 Barrelroll snifter glass on 6-Apr-14.
Very old bruin-like in both aroma and flavor. Deep oak tannins with both the red wine and bourbon influences up front. Nice bing cherry flavors, but surprisingly the high sourness mellowed out and overtaken by the mellow acetone increase, which some might find off putting but it's all good to me. This reminds me of a mixture of Supplication and Cuvee de Tomme. Overall, another Cascade sour you can't go wrong with. Below is a list of the Cascade sours I've tried ranked in order of preference.

Sang Noir
Vlad the Imp Aler
The Vine

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Photo of spicelab
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3oz sample from Cascade Barrelhouse. Reviewed from notes.

Deep mahogany with a white head that holds as a ring.

Dusky cherries, raspberries, fruit tingles, leather and wood. Amazing brightness and acidity in the mouth.

Medium bodied with a rather biting astringent finish that twists your tongue. In a good way.

Brilliant. At once complex, delicious and approachable. Pretty seamless with no rough edges.

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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 One2Remeber
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oversized-wine glass. 2011 Project.

A: Dark red / mahogany colored murky body. Bubbly head that turns thin quickly. Tons of carbonation raising to top. Very lively and inviting.

S: Funky yeast to start turns to a hefty woody oak aroma with intense notes of dark wine underneath. With all these complex smells I still detect a big sweet malt body. Smells as if a cherry is right in front me. Well-balanced.

T/M: Tangy sour taste jumps out the glass mixed with a tingling bubbly sensation from the carbonation. Sweet&sour juice mouthfeel like bitting a lemon&lime. Just enough sour burn to satisfy my wild yeast craving. Only knock is the overbearing sweetness takes away from enjoying more oak.

O: Well worth the money at $22/bottle. Well-balanced is an understatement. The huge sour presence is complimented by a strong oak taste and subdued by a subtle cherry sweetness. As far as style similar to Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere, expect a bit more malt body in this one.

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Photo of John_M
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the barrel house today.

The beer pours a darkish red amber color with fairly decent head retention and minimal lacing. One really gets a considerable amount of wine on the aroma profile, with some dark fruits and vanilla as well. On the palate, this beer is just delicious. I get a considerable amount of pinot noir, with very light sour, sweet grapes, chocolate and juniper berries. Mouthfeel is medium to full, with a long, soft, mouthfilling finish. Drinkability is amazing in this beer, and frankly flat out dangerous. Where is the 9.5% alcohol? It's completely undetectable in this excellent beer.

I'm not a big sour fan, but after sampling this stunner, I found myself saying something I've never said before with a sour beer... "may I please have another?" This is an amazingly good, complex and extremely well made beer. Impressive!

Edit from 12/13/10 visit to the barrel room. Was told that they are now out of the 2009 edition, but had just put on the 2010 version. While fairly comparable to the 2009 version, the fresh 2010 version comes across as a bit more acidic and sour. There's still more than enough going on for me to enjoy this excellent beer, but as I'm not a huge sour fan, I found myself longing for the 2009 version (which I thought showed a bit more fruit and vanilla, and was not quite as sour). Regardless, there's no doubting that this is one fine beer from the folks at Cascade.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown copper strawberry with an ephemeral off-white head which recedes to a razor thin ring.

S: Dark cherry flesh marries with cinnamon toast oak barrel. Pretty oaky, like you're smelling barrels on a winery tour.

T: Sourness covers a burst of cherry and subdued oak. Not really getting any bourbon.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Don't really taste any alcohol, impressive given the ABV.

O: Very nice. This is a good amount more sour and less barrel-y than I remember it on draft.

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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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