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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

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Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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Photo of zeledonia
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, picked up at a bottle shop in Seattle. Tasted 26 June 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep nutty brown color, fairly clear but with a faint yeast haze, even with a gentle pour. A more vigorous pour yields a yeast-clouded glass (and a slightly different taste). One finger of yellowish head, good retention and very nice lacing.

Smell is full of lovely tart cherries. It has a very pleasant fruity sour aroma, not acrid at at all. Full, balanced, and potent.

Taste is fantastic. A wonderful blend of sour cherries, with a touch of sweetness for balance, that gently flows into a slightly mouth-puckering straight-up sour. I love the transitions, as the cherries and light sweetness fade away, leaving the acidity and sour to come to the fore. A very, very tasty sour, and one of the best I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Mouthfeel is just as it should be. Solid but delicate, with the high alcohol providing some lift. Carbonation is medium-high, as it should be for a sour (IMO), and keeps things dancing on the palate.

This is simply an outstanding fruit sour. It has a hefty dose of sour, but it's not enamel-stripping, and the real highlight is the balance. One of the best that I've had, and I really can't think of how I would improve on it. Delicious.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 project, 9.2% ABV. $25 for the 750ml is not a price I pay too often for a beer anymore, but heard really good things, wanted to try it while it I could.

Pours hazy maroon, tan head. Retains well as a thick cap and leaves good lace.

Nice scent, pretty good strength, good mix of cherries and sourness, some caramelly notes, not getting any bourbon.

Big fresh, tart cherries, oak, vinegar, very solid balance of fruit sour and here. Some caramel malt and yeast coming through. Very fruit forward but a decent acidic/sour kick as well, Really no bourbon but pretty great nonetheless.

A little spritzy on the mouthfeel but overall it's good, nice balance/sourness is not overbearing, drinks extremely easy for the alcohol content, probably wouldn't guess this was over 6%.

Really, really good, but I do wish there was more bourbon presence as I was intrigued to see how that would blend with a big fruity sour. But great, intense cherries and nice sour kick here, not sure I'd want to pay for another bottle however.

** 10/12/14 - Tried another bottle of the same vintage at a tasting. Definitely nice bourbon presence coming through now. Adds some alcohol heat but mellows the sourness a bit and melds well.

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Photo of grover37
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 project. Slight gusher into oversized tulips. Real dark with light brown thick ring. Amazing nose with layers of complexity. Bright tart cherry, berries, red grape, oak, and strong sherry notes. Strong acidity up front with tart cherry and sweet figs then strong maltiness with dark caramel malts shining. Finishes with a drying tannic note. Medium bodied and medium high carb. Sharp acidity and tannins are the only drawback in the mouthful. Really nice to split a bottle of this and really enjoy the nuances.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown copper strawberry with an ephemeral off-white head which recedes to a razor thin ring.

S: Dark cherry flesh marries with cinnamon toast oak barrel. Pretty oaky, like you're smelling barrels on a winery tour.

T: Sourness covers a burst of cherry and subdued oak. Not really getting any bourbon.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Don't really taste any alcohol, impressive given the ABV.

O: Very nice. This is a good amount more sour and less barrel-y than I remember it on draft.

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Photo of Ri0
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 750 bottle into Teku.

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a 2 finger sandy head. Fair retention that fades into a thin ring and leaves behind some lacing.

S - Bold sour Bing cherry with some sweet jam notes. I also pick up notes of the wine from the barrels it was aged in, but almost no oak.

T - Stats off very tart Bing cherry and moves into a slighter jam sweetness. It will make you pucker as there tends to be small amounts of acid and vinegar. Again I can pick up some of the wine from the barrel aging, but detect almost no oak or wood. It's had to believe that this is 9.5% ABV as there is no alcohol.

M - Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Mouth puckering at the start and finish.

O - A great sour that I received in a trade. If you have a chance to acquire it, I recommend it to sour lovers. Thank you Bill.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
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 inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 Project
Mini snifter

A: Dirty burnt amber red color. Faint layer of head. No lacing. Looks fairly still in the glass, but that might also have to do with the tiny glass.

S: Big dark sour cherry. Some of that red ale character. Hints of vanilla. Some of that dry oak. Tannic notes. Love that lactic sour coming through.

T: This is probably my favorite Cascade ever. Big tart Cherry sourness on the tip if the tongue. Mouth puckering for sure. Then you get some of that tannic oak dryness. Some of the red ale character: nuttiness and vanilla. Prickly carbonation. Dry finish with lingering sour.

M: medium bodied high carb

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cascade Sang Noir
2011 Project

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice dark copper color with some amber notes. There is a 0.5 inch light ecru head that forms that is dense to medium dense that recedes quickly down to a thin film. The brew is nice. (4.5)

Aroma starts off with some nice tart notes. Slight vinegar notes with more of a tart fruitiness. There are some awesome cherry notes in the nose mixed in with the vinegar. Slightly sweet but also tart. Definitely some nice funk notes and some notes of oak. The Bourbon notes are slightly less noticeable than I would like. But the brew is still top notch in the nose department. (4.5)

Taste starts off with a sharp sharp tartness. It is mostly fruity but there is some slight vinegary notes to it. There are some nice woody notes and there is also some slight Bourbon notes. The bourbon notes offer some slight caramel notes and some vanilla on the background of the brew. The tartness definitely dominates the palette though with some nice cherry tartness and some slight sweetness. Nice wine notes as well with some slight acidity. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Very flavorful brew. (5.0)(4.5)

Overall this brew is a very good wild ale. The Cascade crew knows how to do them. There are some nice slight bourbon notes mixed in with intense tart notes. Great sour fruit with some slight vinegar and some nice cherry notes. There is a nice woody and tart finish with some nice wine acidity and tannin.(5.0)

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Photo of Phelps
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sang Noir is one of Cascade's best brews -- a blend of red ales aged in oak and bourbon barrels for a year before sitting on fresh Bing and sour pie cherries for six months. The beer's name translates to "black blood" -- an appropriate moniker when the brew's deep, almost-opaque maroon hue is taken into account.

Poured into a tulip, burnt orange edges lead into a quarter-inch head the color of brown sugar. Sweet stuff hits the nose first: Caramel, cola, cherry syrup. Tart cherries, sour green apple and lesser amounts of balsamic and oak mingle in the background.

Sang Noir's flavor hits like a sour slap to the dome, blending complex tartness with disparate food characters. At once, brown sugar, green apple, balsamic vinegar and milk chocolate can be detected. Swirling the medium-bodied brew about the mouth activates both moderate fizziness and high acidity, with the sharp bacteria gripping the tongue like tiny rock climbers. The swallow brings the oak -- a huge, vinous blast peppered with sour cherry, lemon and vinegar. Granny Smith apple peel and Bing cherries blend in the finish.

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Photo of draheim
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2011 project) into a saison glass. Pours a murky ruby/amber/mahogany w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is sharply acidic, sour. Tart cherries, lactic acid, dry oak.

Taste is puckeringly sour and oaky. Tartness is crisp and refreshing, never overwhelming. Bourbon barrels are used exactly right—as an accent.

Mouthfeel is soft, but with a bite. Nice carbonation, dry finish.

Overall a bold, flavorful sour ale that comes together well. Great depth and complexity.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, 2011 project, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a nice dark brown color, produces a small tan head that recedes to a collar, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells amazing, lush cherries, which smell both sweet and tart, lots of tart acidic notes. I'm also getting some grape and oak aromas, as well as a subtle but perfect sweet vanilla and bourbon aroma.

T- Surprisingly tart at first, nice bite of acidic tartness with loads of sour dark cherries and red wine. The finish melts into a delicious blend of plum, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon that last well into the finish. Alcohol is entirely undetectable.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is spot on, has a smooth, silky mouthfeel.

O- An incredible beer, the tart cherries and sweet malt and bourbon flavors work together perfectly, this was a real treat, very drinkable and complex.

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Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the 2012 vintage. 750 mL bottle. The body was mahogany with a tan/reddish head. A cap/film remained throughout.

The smell was bourbon and wood.

The taste was tart cherries. Wood and vanilla. Some brown sugar notes. Not harsh in any way. Not boozy but plenty of bourbon character. Well constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours rusty brown with a off white head dissipating into a ring with moderate lacing.

The sour cherries stand out in the aroma although it continuously changed as warmed. Lots of oak character as well along with just a kiss of bourbon and vanilla. As it warmed, more tannins came into play too

Flavors starts out with a big heaping of sour cherries. The bourbon is present throughout, but stays well in the background. Some oak, tannins and vanilla characteristics came out more as it warmed. The warmer it got the more the pinot and bourbon barrels asserted themselves.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Alcohol is very well hidden. Had I not known different, I would've pegged this at 6-7%

Been looking forward to trying this one for a while and it definitely lived up to expectations. One of the more complex sours I've had, every sip was something new and delicious. The evolution of it from slightly chilled to room temperature was also good as different elements shone through more at various temps. Absolutely phenomenal beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep slightly hazed garnet. Rich, very rich color. Head is minimal with a dull off-white collar. Retention is minimal. No lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, cherry juice, and some oak. Cherry flesh, skin, and some pit. Worn leather, mild touches of vinegar, vanilla, toffee, and an alcohol back. Big malts as well. Some hints of chocolate buried in the back. Mild spiciness and something that comes across like sweet cinnamon. Almost aspirin edge of bitterness. Big red wine.

Taste: Black cherry Warhead. Legit. Tart cherry flesh. Candy sweetness. Citric and mild acetic tartness. Tart builds as the beer warms. Big cherry push. Flesh and pits with some minor bourbon like qualities. Vanilla and toffee play well with the dark cherry. Some plum as well. Leathered fruit. Throwback to childhood and delicious Warheads. Tartness is aggressively drying, which is its own flavor. Nice layers of oak. Clean wood. So much acid and cherry goodness. Pinot adds a more complex layer of fruit. Some plum and blackberry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushes toward full with minimal carbonation. Puckering dryness.

Overall: Crazy fruit tart madness. Ballsy and complex. Nice.

One of the better wilds from Cascade. Lots going on. My mouth is a desert. Moisture is gone.

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Photo of brystmar
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2012 bottle, thanks to Josh for sharing! Long-time want of mine.

Ruby red pour with darkish brown hues. Bing cherries dominate the nose; bourbon is in the back seat adding complexity. Smell is seriously awesome.

Cherries and oak atop the sour base = deliciousness. Seriously, this is fantastic. Don't know what else to say except that I need a case of this stuff ASAP.

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Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2011 bottle.

Sang Noir has a great dark red color, more burgundy to dark brown, but lots of red hues, fairly opaque with a great offwhite head that rises about a finger high, lingers momentarily and then recedes into a solid layer of film atop the beer, just a touch of lacing is apparent. The aroma is rather subdued, but all the elements are wonderful, lots of dark tart fruit, plums, red apples, cherries and dark grapes lead to wood, just a hint of bourbon and even some chocolate notes, but I wish it popped more. The flavor is where this beer shines, perfect balance of tart fruit, acidic sourness, and smooth rich flavors. Tart cherries, apples and red grapes lead the way, not overly acidic but there is some vinegar, subtle bourbon, a nice hint of charred wood and it has a nice earthiness to it, almost like the pits or stems from the fruits are in there as well, such a great complex balance of flavors. Spot on body, nice a lively, but still being rather big and on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum that gives it a nice sipping quality.

Verdict: One of the best sours from Cascade, who is arguable the United State's premier sour maker. Such a great blend of rich deep flavors from the bourbon and tart fruit from the wine barrels.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thorpe, Humbard & Geist for this rarity.

Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head. Smell is a great mix of red wine and oak. Flavor follows the nose, great mix of sour and red wine flavors, pretty similar to Consecration. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer from Cascade, but not quite worthy of the high praise it has received.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Nice waves and trails of lacing.

S- Hello Granny Smith apples! Oak, some caramel and cherries.

T- Vinegar and super tart green apples. Cherries and oak are also present.

M- Medium body and high carbonation. This one will make you pucker!

O- 7.5/10 sour factor. This is a great sour with the big green apple aroma and taste and just enough sour to go with it.

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Photo of jdense
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Raccoon Lodge 6.30.10, $5 teardrop glass.

1/2 finger tan head, good retention, reddish brown opaque body, trails of carbonation rising up side of glass, Nose is huge frickin' cherry hit up front, more sour than sweet, little if any hops, with oak notes becoming more prominent as the beer warmed. Taste is cherry domination, tart, funky, sweet, some oakiness, all in balance an incredibly complex tasting beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, not a lot of effervescence, not sticky despite the sweetness. Drinkability is high despite the ABV, just a crazy tasty beer. Thirty months of barrel aging, along with the sublime blending of Ron Gansberg, one of America's best Wile Ale brewers results in this truly amazing beer. An absolute must for aficionados of the style. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Pours a very murky reddish purple brown color with a medium yellowish cream color. Scent is quite acidic at first. Very vinous with a good amount of cherries and chocolate. Sweet dark fruits with a bit of funk, not a whole lot though. I'm very impressed with the chocolate-covered cherry aroma with a nice tart twist on it. Some brandy aromas as well. Taste is a pleasant acidic tart chocolate flavor at first, which turn to sweet/tart cherry. Such complexity to this beer. I am blown away right now. Nice bourbon.brandy flavors with oak and cherry. Reminds me of a quad with some oaky sourness. Outstanding flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly dry with a sweet, puckering finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an amazing beer from a brewery that continues to produce amazing sour beers.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry bourbon sour deliciousness.this tastes like a sour old fashioned. This is the 2014 vintage. I would like to see what some more time (maybe a year or two) would do to it. Good work cascade.

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Photo of Etan
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. 2011 bottle.

A: Pours a rich-looking black-brown with a nice off-white head.

S: Really nice deep cherry aroma. Tart cherry and a bit of juicy sweetness, some mild notes of vinegar, plenty of drying tannins.

T: Moderately sour, very dry - tart cherry, mild brett notes meld well with slightly sweet malt notes from the base beer, granny smith, lots of vinous tannins.

M: Light-bodied with active yet fine carbonation. Really nice puckering dryness to the body as well.

O: This stuff is really tasty.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 1" beige coloured head over deep mahogany liquid.

S: Cherries, sour funk and oak.

T: Oak, wine and whiskey upfront which gives way to sour cherries and a semi-sweet finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and the flavours are very complimentary. An excellent sour.

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

A- the cork explodes out of the bottle suggesting that this will be a very carbonated beer, the pour is a dark amber with a red hue, small pink white head that sticks the whole time and some thin lace that sticks around.

S- astringent sour raspberries assault me the second the cork is launched to the ceiling. Light wood notes but mostly raspberry, cherry, red wine and a lactic sour aroma.

T- the foretaste is all sour berry and cherry, while after that a very light wood flavor comes through which brings in a very subtle smokiness followed by a red wine vinegar finish. Very sour, maybe the most sour wild I've had. Medium body.

O- I tried but failed to pick up bourbon but what I did get out of this beer was stunning and I might start touting this as the best sour I've ever had.

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Photo of deebo
3.76/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Cascade Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,668 ratings.
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