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
Ratings:
1,672
Reviews:
214
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
Wants:
641
Gots:
338
For Trade:
30
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Ratings: 1,672 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of kash2112
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mpontiakos
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nhmp105
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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 seangibbs60
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Msussman328
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -7.2%
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 Beer-A-Lot
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +3.4%
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 buking21
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Burgh1328
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Snig623
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FreshZ
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
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 nvbrew
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of msumike89
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,672 ratings.
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