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Sang Noir | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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4.46/5
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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:
#169
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
1,738
pDev:
7.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
646
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 1,738 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of deebo
3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 on tap at brew pub. Ruddy chocolate brown with a few bubbles of tan head sticking to the snifter. Aromas of rich dark cherries, red wine and bourbon. Smells like a mouthful. Taste is quite sour. The sourness overpowers the flavors present. I get cherries and some woody bourbon but the sour acetic/citric acid notes overpower the rest. This takes away from my enjoyment. Mouthfeel is dry and and thin with a sour aftertaste.overall a sour buddy with a nice aroma that is overshadowed with sour.

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewinski1
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Larry for sharing! Poured dark red with a nice light tan head that has a slight pink hue.

The aroma is full of creamy cherry. A large whiff yields more tartness in the aroma, with slight hints of vinegar.

The taste starts out with creamy vanilla sweetness. There is a distinct sour cherry finish that has a bit of vinegar.

This is medium bodied. There is nice smooth carbonation.

This is pretty tasty. A nice balance of sweet and tartness.

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Photo of sholcomb1122
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid.

Sang Noir goes out pretty dark red almost faded black but more of a badly burnt brown color shifting towards red. An off white head that is short lived with no stick. Smell is pretty promising. A nice amount of oak underlined with some bourbon tomes and wet wood. Some small berry scent with some lactic funk rising up. Taste is tart, leading in with big wood, oak, small bourbon, dark cherry and a lot of lactic sourness in the end, perhaps too much. The beer pretty much stays neutral from cold to room temp. The feel is medium and has some bubbles. The lactic blast is felt when getting this down the gullet though. It causes heartburn, quite unsettling. This is tasty beer, yet a bit too bitey for me. a 3rd of the bottle was plenty.

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Photo of jolly_lynch
3.81/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TravisMason
3.82/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yourefragile
3.82/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last reviewer has half spot on, reminded me of RR Consecration, but much less better. Growler complements of Thorpe429 and Dr. Abmuh.

Pours a hazed, dark brown ruby with a transient, thin head of tan bubbles; not much lace or retention. Nose as dominated by vinegar and tannins, cherry, vanilla and light acetic notes. Red wine and cherry are forefront in flavor with an underlying acidity and oak with mild vanilla sweetness. Medium light body, soft carbonation, acidic finish; this was adequately sour and fruity but not on par with Consecration. Easier to obtain bottles are welcome, but I'll be too lazy to bother with ordering any based on this sample.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Dark amber with some brown, deep red, and purple - moderate size tan head, kind of creamy - keeps a nice ring, leaves some nice streaks and lacing

Smell: This is weird, of course - tons of wood - some red wine, some dry whiskey, some cherries, dark fruits - sour, tart, funky - a funky, medicine-like phenolic character - some cooked malts, but they are quite hidden under the barrel assault - booze

Taste: There's a lot that went into this beer, and it shows - amber malts as a base - tons of woody flavor, with red wine and a whiskey aftertaste - fruity, with mostly dark fruits, grapes, and some hints of cherries - very tart, moderately sour, acidic with some musty funk -booze and phenols

Mouthfeel: Full body, sticky with a residual dry tartness and a wet sourness, nice carbonation

Overall: A pretty intense sipper

There is so much going on in this beer, and I think this may actually be a flaw. This could use some simplicity. It's very sour, and very tasty, but a little crazy.

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Photo of M_chav
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrederickTatum
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thesoundandthefury
3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerTruck
3.86/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gosox8787
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked and caged bottle from the latest release. Chilled before opening. Split with a friend and served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty nice, one and a half to two finger beige with decent retention. Medium brown in color with some hints of amber and ruby throughout.

Aroma: First impression is really boozy. Sharp booze and bright cherry notes stand out. Definitely a touch of balsamic vinegar and some caramel and bourbon undertones. Pretty complex once the initial blast of alcohol wears off.

Taste: Big sweet and sour cherry notes upfront. Definitely very fruit forward. A touch of lactic sourness, but I think most of the tartness is directly from the cherry notes. Some underlying caramel and bourbon notes offer a nice counter. Unique and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated perfectly for the style. Easy to drink for the most part.

Overall, a really nice fruit forward American wild and one of the better Cascade beers I've had, although I find their sours unbalanced a lot of the time. This was definitely enjoyable, refreshing and complex, but the aroma was a bit much upfront. I like this, but I think there are more enjoyable sours for the price.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Cascade in a 2oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

A- Tiny white head, fades to a ringed one. Red-brown color with nice clarity.

S- Bourbon notes with heavy cherry influence. Sour, but not strong and acrid. Nice smelling beer.

T- Very sour and some bourbon, barrel-aged notes. Strong beer. Tasty.

M- Fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

O- Lovely beer. But not as amazing as the score would make it seem. Maybe I just need more.

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Photo of wiescins
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours very dark. Light really struggles to make its way through. Medium sized, bubbly, tan head. Webby lacing.

S-A substantial aroma of sour cherries. Hints of chocolate. Lots of oak. More wine barrel than bourbon barrel but both are noticeable. The cherries dominate.

T-The base blend of red ales in more prominent that I would have expected or wanted. It obviously funky and sour and such but it's finish is a bit too generic. Cherries are both sweet and sour. Not picking up much bourbon barrel, rather far more vinous character. Lacks complexity surprisingly. Just a bunch of cherries and sweetness.

M-Plenty of body. It's creamy but the bubbles are fairly aggressive. Dry, slightly tannic. A bit boozy.

O/D-It's tasty but it's not worth the cost and doesn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my new friend Larry for sharing. This one pours a dark cranberry color with a thin light pink head. Real nice color on this one.

The aroma has a nice dark cherry aroma with hints of vanilla and hint of oak. Nice balance between tart and sweet. Light and tart on the pallet. Nice sour cherries with a little bit of oaky finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall nice and refreshing. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sbrock22
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a dark opaque dirty brownish red color with a head that quickly disappears, and medium-light lacing.

Smell – Has a heavy sour cherry smell with a light touch of pinot, a stinky bourbon, and oak.

Taste – Sour, with a hint of pinot and cherries. No sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Tart, with medium carbonation. It kind of has a sour ‘burn’ to it. I can feel the 9%abv.

Drinkability – A decent wild ale, but a touch more sour than I like.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craytonic
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Drabmuh for sharing at a tasting.

Appearance: ruby-mahogany pour, decent head and lacing.

Smell: Cherries, oak, touch of vinegar. Very vinous and tannic.

Taste: Again, very vinous. Cherries and tons of oak with some nice tart/sourness. Everyone seemed to compare it to consecration but I would not put it on the same pedestal as I found the flavors slightly muddled.

Mouthfeel: full body, light carbonation

Overall: tasty but I was expecting much more from this one.

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Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 1,738 ratings
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