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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:
339
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,738 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaverCS
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fizzy ruby-cola color with no head retention into a Barrelworks Teku glass. This beer is the 2014 project, consumed on 4/18/2017.

Aroma is an intense concentration of lactic acid, funk, shoe leather, and rubber. Very acidic smelling. I couldn’t say specifically that I get cherries, but a pleasant tart berry character does come into the aroma. It is masked by the intense funk, which is to be expected after two years barrel aging and three years bottle conditioning. I do get a touch of oak and a bourbon-like sweetness that transitions into a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Taste is a delicious and forward sour. High levels of lactic acid, but the sourness is not so extreme it ruins the beer. The sourness is akin to that of pure lemon juice; it dries the mouth out. Red wine and oak notes are more prevalent than the bourbon in regards to the barrel character as the beer warms. Bourbon is more identifiable when the beer is a bit chilled. More of the leather and rubber character. Tart cherries and sour raspberries are identifiable in the fruited spectrum. Mid-sip a sweetness does emerge, which could be the Bing cherries or perhaps the bourbon. Truthfully, each sip is unique.

Colder, the beer has many flavor profiles that remind me of Russian River consecration but with a more intense flavor and more bourbon influence. However, as the beer warms, it transitions into something totally different, making it hard to review. I must address price. This beer is expensive (33$), so I must review it as such. I think the beer is overpriced by about 10$; I value it in the low 20 dollar range. I understand the time and cost associated, but this is just my opinion on overall value. It is an excellent sour without a doubt. This beer should be paired with food due to its potency. However, the food should be an accompaniment not something that overshadows the beer. A simple pan seared filet or even oven roasted pork chop would work excellent. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of Hudson2508
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crobinso
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has balsamic vinegar, plums, tart fruits, some caramel malt in the background. Taste is sour up-front, acetic and astringent, some wood notes and the wine also comes through. Medium body and carbonation, quite dry and acidic. A great flanders style ale with complex flavors.

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Photo of heddar33
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kontraband
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Allurex
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 5EKF
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Virby44
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhamilyJewels
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a combination of a nice Burgundy and fine bourbon that somehow works in a sour. So many breweries attempt a dark sour beer, but very few execute as well as this beer. Very complex aroma and flavor.

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Photo of gatornation
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Cola color with a slim tan head. Smell is wine and fruit with wood and musk Taste is funky fruity with a mix of fruits and vinous ,notes , Tart cherries mix with berries and some dark fruit that mix more with the wine barrel then the whiskey but it is blended very, Quite tasty.

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Photo of mrchrisray
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noles9585
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cooper925
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stortore
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

759 ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2014 edition, had 11/12/16, a few days after purchasing.

Pours a deep ruby, somewhat opaque, with a half inch head and some loose lacing. A thin ring of foam follows down the glass. The smell is sour, tart, cherries, some wine, some malt and yeast. light plums. The taste has a good amount of tartness, some sourness, cherries, malt, wine- more as it warms, oak, light bourbon, plums, purple grapes. Smooth, pretty full bodied for the style, well carbonated.

Great flavor, deep and layered. The cherries are prominent, there's a good amount of wine barrel, but not much bourbon barrel. Loved this, but was not as blown away as I expected. It has a really high price point, so, alas, this will probably be my only purchase. You should definitely try this one, though.

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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 project. I think I got this as a gift from my brother in law. This is the first higher-strength beer I've ever had from Cascade, whose brews are always good but never quite so good as to warrant their price.

Cork comes out very easily and the beer pours with precious little carbonation. Pours very dark and still, resembling a flat oud bruin.

Smells tart and bourbony, with bacterial sour cherry nodes smoothed out by oaky vanilla. Not picking up anything vinous, but overall it's a nice aroma with great balance and decent complexity.

The flavor is more complex, and rather more tart. Bracingly acidic yeast starts things out, which is still a bit of a kick in the teeth even after 2+ years of aging. The middle is fruitier, with strong notes of sour fruit and lively red wine. The vanilla oakiness of the aroma is only present here at the very end of the sip and in the aftertaste, with the finish serving as a firm, if indirect, balance to the bracing start.

Overall, a beer of high character and complexity. One of the better truly puckerking sours I've come across in quite some time.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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