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): 9.30%

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:
#188
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
1,762
pDev:
7.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,762 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of cmurphy7
3.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emeyer
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alequine
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngusOg
4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brendanjames
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky reddish brown with no head. Hints of gold in the light.

The nose is complex cherry. Black and red cherry, sour and sweet, with plum, grape, balsamic vinegar, and light caramel on the finish. Pretty sour (7+/10), especially when chilled, but it opens up as it warms. Subtle bourbon and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is slick but smooth. Borderline teeth-achingly sour until your palate adjusts, but reigned in by the barreling.

Overall, 9+/ 10. A wide range of cherry and dark fruit flavors, masked a bit initially by sour lemon that drops off and morphs as it approaches room temperature. Big, and worth the price of admission.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The beer brings to mind blood red wine.

Smell - The nose is rich in the vein of a red wine.

Taste - At The front is rich red wine, sour apple, A little spice, and the booze. The rich flavors carry towrd the back with a warm red grape sensation. Overall profile never seems to fade.

Mouthfeel - For a sour, this linger nicely with the profile.

Overall - This may be my favorite sour.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle (2015 Project, @9.9% ABV) - part of a few new Cascade offerings to recently arrive around here.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark ruby brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy tan head, which leaves some mountaintop snowpack lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sour cherries, vanilla-accented wet wood, musty red wine, grainy and bready pale malt, aged lemons, artisanal vinegar, and a further reduced brown sugar sweetness. The taste is incredibly tart lemon, cherry and blackberry fruity notes, gritty and bready caramel malt, red balsamic wine vinegar, a subtle barrel stave woodiness, crushed red grapes, and a mild earthiness that I cannot quite attribute to the presence of hops.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and sort of smooth, that is once my tongue's cognitive dissonance generator finally kicks in. It finishes trending dry and still moderately sour, yet with a scrappy, raging before the dying of the light malt, vanilla, and fruit offset.

Overall - holy shivering shit-bots, is this an intense and pleasantly surprising concoction, one that is both one-sided and complex at the same time. Not yet mentioned is the just south of 10 points of alcohol that are essentially AWOL in the experience. 'Black Blood' is a suitable enough moniker here, though I am having trouble explaining exactly why.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbertsch
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. A LOT happening, but it comes together well. Cherry, oak, red grape, balsamic vinegar, blackberry, lemon, more. The bourbon is incredibly restrained, just a bit in the finish. Quite astringent. Fairly sour. A winner.

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Photo of raspy22
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samdaddy
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A full sour- you can borderline chew this beer- loved it!

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Photo of anvindr
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnlatona
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sbrock22
3.96/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrsockless
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It looks like vinegar. It smells like FANCY vinegar - like the stuff from that store that only sells olive oil and vinegars from barrels at the mall. You take a sip - your tongue goes into shock, and your lips turn into a cat's @$$#*@&, But the taste turns, and suddenly it's good... Really good. You go back for another sip to make sure. Then another, and another. Pretty soon you're scouring liquor store shelves for it, but all you can find are their Apricot or Raspberry stuff. The guy at the liquor store tells you, 'it be like that'. I guess 'it do'.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!
Ok now for details lol
Love this sour ages in the red wine barrels. It is absolutely perfect for a hot summer day which is what I had it on today.

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Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 1,762 ratings