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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:
1,595
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
21.77%
 
 
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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 1,595
Photo of OrangeMen
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Project
No bottling date, but bought in late 2016

Appearance- Pours a deep dark mahogany color, ruby red highlights, fairly transparent when held to light. Finger thick, soapy, off-white colored head. Small amount of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Tart cherries, blackberries, grapeskins, mildly sour fruit notes. Soft oak, earthy and funky, vinous wine notes. Very mild bourbon notes and some hints of vanilla.

Taste- Juicy, tart cherries, berries, sour fruits. Rich malty and fruity sweetness balances tartness. Vinous, red wine notes, oaky, earthy. Soft, sweet bourbon, vanilla. Finishes w/ slight acidity and crisp tart fruitiness.

Feel- Medium bodied, crisp tartness but not overly sour, has a balancing sweetness throughout. Crisp, clean carbonation, palate cleansing.

Overall- Beer shows such a bold tartness and sweetness, yet excellently balanced and restrained. Wine and bourbon barrels come through with such a soft touch, neither overpowering eachother or the beer, but adding such depth and complexity. An excellently crafted beer.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: very light head, mahogany in color with tints of blood red

Smell: sour funk, cherry and a strong barrel presence

Taste: sour up front with a sweet cherry flavor, from there it develops into an barrel with sour cherry taste

Feel: great tartness, super smooth leather, medium body

Overall: an excellent beer, we'll worth the money... one of the best sours I've had

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Portland, OR

A: The beer is hazy dark mahogany red in color. It poured with a dense off white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wine, bourbon, and cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has favors of Bing cherries along with notes of white wine and hints of bourbon.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't nearly as sour and tart compared to most of the other beers from the brewery and has more of a balance between all of the flavors. It hides its alcohol very well.

Note: 2015 vintage

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a nice large pink foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of intense cherry notes with plenty of oak and tart/acidic notes are also discernable. Taste is also a mix of oak and tart cherry notes with very little residual sugar notes, some acidic flavours are also perceptible. Body si full for style with good carbonation. Very enjoyable take of the style but I would prefer a bit less acidity.

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Photo of Moose90
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep dark ruby red hue, almost black even, very dark.

S — Tart cherries, vinous red wine, nice bourbon character, sour.

T — Barrel forward with notes of whiskey and red wine balanced with some fresh pie cherries and vanilla.

M — Medium bodied, semisweet finish.

O — Very well done overall, lots of layers.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a deep, dark red with a fingers worth of head that lingers for a bit

S: Lots of cherry and oak initially. I got hints of the bourbon and vinous wine notes with 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 tartness that is balanced out by the oak bourbon and cherries. This is absolutely magnificent to drink. Each sip left me wanting more.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very complex and intricate beer that touches on everything the label states. Subtle bourbon and oaky notes finish with cherries and tartness. Absolutely fantastic and one of those beer that I'll remember the experience for quite some time.

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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 _RL_
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite dark for a wild ale. Smells fairly strongly of booziness. The taste is quite sour but has a nice blend of the bourbon and wine, although too much bourbon for my taste. The feel is a bit too thick and even sticky. The main problem is the taste is quite overwhelming so a bottle should be split among several people - very much a sipper. Still, an interesting wild ale, especially if you really like the style.

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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 ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small snifter pour at Haymaker.

A- Auburn liquid with a light khaki head. Streaks of film and lace. 4.75

S- Smells like tart cherries with hints of dark malt. Bold cherry is cool. 4.25

T- Sour/tart pulpy cherries. Caramelized sugar and bready, almost chocolatey malts. Hints of vanilla and truly an orchard type of funk. 4.25

M- Tart approaching aggressively sour, but never hits that enamel-peeling quality. Some prickliness and almost vinegar qualities before a dry and vinous finish. 4

Something I've wanted to try for ages. A $13 pour still seems better than a $40 bottle. Good stuff.

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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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