Sang Rouge
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #177
Ranked #1,314
4.26 | pDev: 8.69%
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Sang RougeSang Rouge
Notes: Previously called 'Mouton Rouge'...

Sang Rouge is a blend of sour red ales aged in select red wine barrels and oak puncheons for up to 24 months. Highlighting the depth and complexity of our base red ale without the influence of additional fruits or spices, Sang Rouge serves as the foundation of our “Sang” series. This rare project features notes of roasted malts, dried currants, aged red wine and toasted oak
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Photo of Lucular
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Very complex aroma and flavor: red wine, tart cherry, oak, leather, vanilla, brown sugar, and plum. It is slightly sweeter than I would prefer but not cloying. Excellent beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass to a deep brown with a slight reddish hue that is topped by a finger of dense off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of cherries, oak, vanilla, a nice blast of sourness and a hit of funk.
T: Taste is nice and sour on the front end with some sour cherry flavors, hint of vanilla, light funk, and a decent amount of oak and a hint of chocolate. Swallow is more sourness and cherry flavor with some lingering funk
M: This beer has a medium body with effervescent carbonation that is just a little prickly. The acidity makes this one have a fairly dry finish.
O: Overall this is an awesome beer with some great flavors and complexity. Definitely one to be sipped and savored. It tastes a lot like Rodenbach which is not a knock at all but Rodenbach does come in at a much friendlier price point. Worth a try if you can afford it and like the style. Otherwise just drink a Rodenbach.

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep crimson mahogany body pours from the corked 750ml to a snifter. Small nutty tan cap falls down slowly to a foamy wide ring around the edges. Spotty lace remains on the glass after sipping.

S- Sour lactic and pedio bugs lead the aroma with a very vinous, red dark wine grape feel. Wet and smooth oak woodiness. Cherry, raspberry, mostly lactic lemon and slight acetic. Slight nutty, tannin and even toasty hints.

T- Again a whole ton of vinous properties with intense sour grapes as well as more general dark fruits and even a bit of raisin and dried figs. Nutty, toast and sour sour lactic acid and a hint of vinaigrette. Tart apple skins come to mind as well.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a big oily slickness and low carbonation. Intensely sour finish.

Sour as hell Cascade bacteria with red and brown flavors all around and plenty of dark vinous fruits to keep things interesting.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle served in a tulip. I don't see a date.

Pours very dark, reddish tinge with a pretty smallish head. Smell is kind of gorgeous. Rich, tart, and fruity.

Taste is not as awesome as the aroma. Tart, dark, maybe plum skin.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, pretty good beer, pretty great aroma.

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Photo of Moose90
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep dark ruby brown hue with a khaki head.

S — Smell is pungent and layered with waves of barrel character.

T — Dark fruits, sour cherries, bourbon, oak, red wine.

M — Medium bodied with a dry and acetic finish.

O — Very very well done if not overdone, great.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at a tasting. Dark ruby pour, thin tan head. Smells like vinegar, grapes, oak and vanilla. The taste is very sour, with notes of vinegar, apple cider, vanilla and oak.Medium body with a sour cherry aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with reddish hues and beige head. Aroma is fruity and acetic. Taste starts sour up-front, acetic, dry, fruity, slightly bitter on the finish. Light body with high effervescence. Really sour, dry, acetic beer. Quite good but a bit difficult to drink.

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Photo of deaddear
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2013 Project, poured aggressively into a wide-bodied wine glass.

A: Less than a finger of light brown head settles down quickly and lacing disappears in a matter of minutes. Color of dried blood. Allows some tomato-red light in at the edges.

S: Cherries, lemon, wood, funk; little bit of prosecco?

T: Very sour cherry and wood, lemongrass and spice, extremely dry finish. Some cola-like flavors.

M: Some playful carbonation. Tiny bit on the thin side for the style, maybe average.

O: This one is stripped down, less complex, less sweet than a fruit-laced version of the style. Wet oak, sour cherries, and a hearty dry finish.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beautiful crimson drink was a sight to be seen. A celebration calls for a sour or a stout and I pulled out my best sour. Tasted in a snifter. Poured the rest in a goddamn mug.

Look: blood red. Almost black, minimal light.

Smell: light wood, cherries, candy yams (this was different, but very pleasant)

Taste: unapologetically tart, in your goddamn face twang of citrus and grapefruit with a stone fruit and candy apple finish that got sweeter as it warmed. Slight barrel nuances really rounded out the tartness into an earthy note as beer developed.

Mouthfeel was thick and voluptuous. Ideal mouth feel for a sour.

Paired this with shrimp, prosciutto and spinach Parmigiano reggiano Alfredo that I cooked up for my lady. Perfect pairing. I feel like this sour would go well with good Parmesan or any fruity cheese and salty crackers if you don't plan on cooking a feast.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Red and brown. No head. Aroma was a complex array of red ales, oak, lactic sourness, cherry. As questionable as the appearance was, the aroma was the complete opposite as it was highly impressive.

Imparted dark cherry and blackberry, although I don't know if either of those were actually added to this beer. Sourness is prolly a 6.5 on a 10 pt scale. Very acidic. Cherry seems to kick it the hardest. ABV easy to cover with all those red malts and barrels. Well done display of what a red ale can be.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A great ruby brown appearance leads in to a nose full of lactic acidity and tart red berries and a deep, barnyard burnt aroma.

The flavor is initially sharp, but as it warms and you let it develop in your mouth(let your mouth adjust to the sharp acidity) a delightful candied cherry undertone emerges. Of course on top of this lies a cornucopia of tart flavors, from lemon pith to grapefruit to green grape skins.

The mouthfeel is on point! Almost palate stripping with a full body that coats with a lasting aftertaste that you can enjoy well after the beer is gone.

This is an a class american sour that I'd put up there with similar candidates like consecration and james and Julie, it hits all the right notes and is unapologetically mouth puckering. This might be more vulgar than European sours, but as a no holds barred american sour, it definitely holds it's own.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown (24) pour with dark khaki head; cap disappeared quickly; better than spotty lace; excellent clarity under cap. Tarty, funky Brett/fruity nose; some earthiness with lite wet horse blanket round out the aromas. Flavor of sour cherries up front with lite acidity; gentle oak flavor which shows up more in the mouthfeel; some horsiness but mostly sour cherries in the finish. The mouthfeel has a dryness from the oak without being overly drying; moderate lite carbonation. Overall, an excellent balance of complex sour fruit, oak and barnyard flavors. Light and so easy to drink. Outstanding.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purple, tinges of brown. Light lacing.

Grape, apple, light oakiness, dark fruits, cherry.

Dark cherries, sour apple, sweetness. Blackberries.

Low carbonation, dense syrupy mouthfeel.


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Photo of Stolenface1
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown/red with tan head which falls somewhat quickly but leaves a ring around the glass on surface of the beer. Good lacing as I drink.Aroma of dark fruits, oak, lactic, slight funk, vanilla flavor follows aroma with added leather and tobacco notes, green apple, and a slight mineral from the barrel. The feel is medium with somewhat high carbonation.. perfect combo imo. Overall a great American version of a Flanders red/brown with what seems like an extra pedio bite. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle - the '2013 Project', at 8.4% - part of an awesome (and expensive) new product line available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some rearing sea beast profile lace in places around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of sour red wine vinegar, grainy oak staves (wood and dried vanilla beans), a small earthy funkiness, cherry menthol, musty chewing tobacco, aged lemon juice, and a subtle bready pale malt. The taste is evenly tart red wine lees, mixed black fruit (raspberry, blackberry, and cherry), a milky sourness, gritty barrel notes - more besotted wood and charred caramel/vanilla - lightly toasted brown malts, lemon vinegar, and a wan earthiness, that could be of either yeast or hop in design.

The bubbles are quite active in their probing and exploring, fizzy and frothy nature, the body a decent middleweight, and not particularly smooth, as the acetic acid kind of swirls about a little too much for that. It finishes off-dry, the base malt making a stand, while the sour, tart, woody, and faintly boozy esters howl and cackle like it was last Saturday night.

Overall, a genuinely tasty and engaging version of this broad style, and bordering dangerously on Flanders Red Ale territory. The sour and tart essences are duly represented, but with a commendable attendant fruitiness, rendering this one actually rather drinkable, despite the elevated dose of the ol' goofy juice.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 oz tulip straight from the factory at Raccoon Lodge. Pours a deep brown with ruby tints. Brown bubbles reflected a soapy rainbow color. Honestly, not much to look at. Smells of cherries, raspberry, and rich wet rotted wood. The beer fumes acidity and oaky earthiness. Taste is rich with strawberry sweetness up front but quickly covers up the sweetness with white and balsamic vinegars and pinot grigio and pear wine like flavors. The feel is tangy and puckering leaving a long salty finish almost like eating sour candy. This is a nice take one the Flanders red style beer. Almost a mix of a lambic and a Flanders. Pretty darn tasty. A little on the sour side, but nice and well rounded with lots of delicious oak and earthiness.

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Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle. Black13 sent this to me a couple years ago, cheers man!

Pours a deep brown with some really nice deep rooby tonez when held to the light. Topped with half a finger of khaki head that quickly fades to a collar.

Huge oak and classic sour brown ale nose. some cherries and dark fruits with some nice barrel funk and some sweet malts coming through. Taste is a nice medium sour, oak and dark cherries, light sweetness that's perfect with the level of sour and no alcohol whatsoever. Medium+ body, low+ fine and smooth carbonation. Fantastic.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep dark red. Not purple. Ringed head. Few bubbles. Deep red fruit smell; pomegranate and caramelized raspberry. Thickk loike drinking Prussian wolfsblood. Slight oakiness to it. Bitter more towards the middle and ending. Well fizzed for a nice latent effect. Overall probably the best cascade I've tried. Top notch.

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Photo of Jonada
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 project. 8.4% ABV. 750ml bottle poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark red/brown color with less than a finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Body is relatively clear when held to light with mild visible carbonation.

Smell: Red grape, sour cherry, black currant, really oaky, lacto and hints of earth and tobacco.

Taste: Lots of dark fruit character. Black currants, raisin, red wine, oak, slight breadiness, prune and hints of tobacco and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium to high gentle carbonation. Finishes mostly dry with a mild warming alcohol sensation.

Overall: One of my favorite offerings from Cascade. Lots of barrel character and complexity. Would definitely get again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a blackberry color with an inch of ecru foam; strands and dots of lacing hang around

Smell: Raspberry, black cherry, tobacco, oak and red wine grapes

Taste: Raspberry and black cherry, up front, with the lactic and acetic sour and oak flavors building; oak, tobacco, and fruit in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; nice and puckery

Overall: The balance between the fruit, sour and funk flavors is a real ace in the hole for this beer

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep deep red. Brick red. Head is khaki but drops out almost immediately. No lacing or cap. A vague notion of a collar sits at the edge. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Citric acid dark fruit. Cherry in abundance. Some cranberry and even a hint of old raspberry. Musty damp funk that's typical for Cascade. Damp and musty. Touches of stone and earth. Slightly sweet malt base. A touch of caramelization. Deeply acetic. Vinegar with a ton of oak barrel. The tartness runs the gamut adding a sharp citric bite on top of everything. Old fruit. Some serious leather with a deep push of red wine and red grapes. Soft hints of cocoa laced in the back.

Taste: Tons of citric acid right up front. Pushes acetic - vinegar. The vinegar increases a touch as the beer warms. Leans toward balsamic. Tons of sour cherry flesh, skin, and juice. Damp and musty wood and basement. Carries a soft powdery yeast. Some grass and a touch of hay. Cranberry and even more cherry. Lemon juice. A solid push of leather. Soft cocoa nuts run through the back,. Slightly vinous. Malts offer a touch of caramelized sweetness coupled a small bready element. Woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mildly slick initial sip. Incredibly wet with a high astringency. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: It's Cascade. It's good.

Impressively tart with a nice blend of dark fruit and red wine. It's not earth shattering but it's another quality sour from Cascade.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/1/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Dark, dark red - almost black from a distance, but upon inspection it's a dark garnet - pours with a medium sized, light tan head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Some serious fruit aromas, which is interesting considering I don't think they actually added fruit - berries, with dark cherries, black cherries - tart - rich funk, with some musty, lactic barrel funk, some acidity as well - hints of lemon - lots of wood - some substantial red wine-like aromas - very complex

T: Dark fruits, wine, and sour - dark fruits, grapes, black cherries - tannins - tart and some damp sourness - musty, wet, woody, lactic sour - some sharp acidic sour as well, but mostly damp, wet funk (typical for Cascade) - strong oak flavor - some cooked, caramelized malts - caramel sweetness - finishhes with lingering tart acidity and a light touch of heat

M: Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation, lingering tart

O: Das it, sang

This has some deep, rich, fruity and woody flavors. There is a lot going on here, and it's a bit to damp, but it's very interesting, to say the least. A nice sipper.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at Cascade - in a snifter.

Pours a deep brown with healthy head that quickly fades and sticky lacing. There's candy sugar in the nose, as well as sweet fruits, sour lemons and some barnyard funk. The taste follows suit, tart - sour & funky. The carbonation is low here. Sour, tart and funky. Another great beer by the guys who seem to own sours right now. The alcohol too is well hidden. Give this one a shot, you'll be glad you did. Cheers!

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Photo of -Rick
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dirty ruby red. A big sour smell, with hints of red wine. The taste is quite sour, and the wine is very present. This is not my favorite Cascade, it lacks the fruit taste I enjoy in their other beers, but it is still a great sour.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

sometimes you get a wild hare and split a 65 dollar bottle of beer with your brother... I know we overpaid, but the liquid here is epic. as good or better than the other sang beers, and aged real well (2013 edition). its a deep and complex blend, the color of red wine with the same intense tannic acidity and full bodied structure, this is as red winey as beer has been in my experience, certainly without adding fruit. surprised how much head is on this for what it is, I like that a lot, especially in wild ale. the sourness stings the nostrils and makes the palate water like crazy, and the first sip does the same thing, as soon as I swallow it my palate waters for another sip, then another, and another. flavors are real complex here, licorice, black cherry, cabernet, raspberry, lemons, tobacco, musky wet oak, vanilla, even cardamom for a second. its layered and well integrated, and the mouthfeel is astonishing. its fuller bodied, insanely dry for how fruity it is, and piled high with lactic acidity fighting with oak mellowness. it also has a certain creaminess to it, never before seen in a wild ale, richness without the sugar. it needs nothing at all to be perfect, this is one of the best wild ales of all time. a very very pleasurable and indeed regal drinking experience. if you find one and you like this sort of thing, you will not regret this bottle.

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Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 382 ratings