Cascade Sang Rouge | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Sang RougeCascade Sang Rouge

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.06%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously called 'Mouton Rouge'...

"Aged up to 30 months in oak barrels, this ale is a blend of as many as nine lots of aged reds, resulting in a very deep, rich and complex sour."

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard on the palate from the vinegar and acid,lemon juice, but tasty with cherry,other dark sour fruits, creamy mouthfeel, 2009 version."Cuvee de Racoon"Dark reddish tinged colour.Long finish, would like more malt. Buffalo tasting. Funky interesting aroma.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John11486 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity, wood, and vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a shirt beige colored head that died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lactic acid and oak are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of lactic acid along with notes of sour vinegar and hints of oak and cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well balanced sour beer that does a good job at blending the sourness along with complex notes of vinegar, oak, and cherries.

Note: 2013 project

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"This northwest Style Sour Red is a blend of barrels with up to 24 months of oak lactic fermentation and oak barrel aging. A hint of dark fruit, sour, oak and balsalmic funk aromas sweep over your taste buds like an incoming tide." -that's what the lable says and there's nothing in the flavor profile to say otherwise.

The Rouge pours with a somber ruby colored haze, allowing for a smoky diffused glow to emit. A blanket of dense, off-white foam forms before settling to a broken sheet across the surface. Lacy pockets of residual foam sticks to the glass for a very appealing display throughout the session.

Overtones of tartness abound, all taking the shape of cider, tart and ripe cherries, under-rippened berries, lemons and limes, along with a wine-like red grape scent. Still, a rich maltiness rides just behind with a hint of chocolate, sun kissed caramel, and grain. Yeasty notes bring about scents of earthy woods, oak, sandalwood, must, and a raw character that reminds me of oysters, just shying away from mushroom scents.

Fruity flavors command the fore palate with those cherry, grape, and lime notes. Plumbs and black raspberries also make their way into the vinous mix. Brown malts help to give a light chocolate and bread crust flavor before handing over the flavor procession to more earthy characteristics. Decaying woods of oak, earthen casks, and dry cider give a bridge from the fruity upstart to the dry, acidic, and tanic finish. Musty and minerally flavors further conjure the notion of shellfish, balsalmic, and brine.

Only moderately light early, the timid carbonation waits until the mid palate before deveoping into a subtle creaminess. Those fruit flavors and relatively still bubbles allow for a very wine-like experience on the front of the tongue. But the maltiness and carbonation give a fuller and richer middle that takes on a beer 'feel' in the middle before the tartness ushers in a dry and moderate astringency feel in the end.

With no mention of cherries in the description, the beer has a very Flander's red thread that begis with the nose and never reliquishes. So much tartness that circulate arround black cherries, along with a strong supportive brown malt influence, then finishing oaky, cidery, and refreshing... it might as well be a kriek.

Thanks Adamdc!

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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 brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear reddish color ale with a nice thick bubbly head with good retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of sour oak notes with treat cherries and light acidic finish is quiet enjoyable. Taste is a very nice mix between some tart notes with definitive oak traces and a light acidic finish. Sour cherries notes are easily noticeable. Great complex sour from Cascades yet again though not necessarily different then some of there other beers.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, huge thanks to rmalinowski4 for sending this bottle out my way in the Generosity BIF. This had been a long-time want. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a tawny-red color with a small tan head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brought forward quite a bit of earth and oak along with berry character and some leather. The flavor killed it with strong cherry and dark fruits plus oak and a brisk acidity. Nice leather presence there as it warmed. Heavy acidity came through in the feel, which had a medium body and fizzy carbonation with a really dry finish. Fantastically solid brew and one I was very glad to try. Cheers.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Random tasting night with kbutler1 finishing with some cascade. Thanks Kevin for the nightcap!

Poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a light layer of khaki head. Color is a dark robust red, fairly brown.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, spices. A good amount of tartness here. Not funky, sour. I like it and am ready to get into this one.

Taste: I get a bit of brett here with some funk going on. A bit of horseblanket here with a hint of medicinal (very light). Sour, tart cherries. A nice tartness with this beer. Oak and spice notes blend in well. It is funky, but the sourness is more dominate and I enjoy that.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tart, refreshing. Light to medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry, but fairly clean.

Overall, one of the better wilds from cascade. This one is pretty drinkable. I like how the sourness out-does the funk. A nice offering from cascade.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, slight yeast chunked slight clear cola brown color.

Nose nice tart fruit, raisin, malt vinegar, nice sourness, light reddish malt, pretty good.

Taste brings quite a bit of sour, light malt vinegar, nice acid and hint of lactic, hint if reddish malt and brown sugar raisin, tart plum, slight sticky. Finish is drier but light phlemmy, bit more sour malts, acid, and dark fruit, and hint of bready malt.

Mouth is med bodied, almost no carb.

Overall quite nice, good blend of malt vinegar, tartness, fruit, acid, lactic, and hint of dry bready malt finish.

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Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes, got this from LarryG in a trade, enjoyed this about six weeks ago...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of rapidly falling mocha colored head. minimal head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries & leather, all fade a bit as this warms

T: Cherries & raspberries mix up front, along with grassyness. More of the same as this warms, the cherry really asserts itself, dryness, & some persimmons & figs hiding in the background, along with balsamic vinegar & & vanilla. Finishes dry with puckery & tart cherries

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation. Well put together, nice balance for all that is going on here

This is a world class offering IMO, so much going on here. This definitely makes me want to seek out more offerings from thse guys!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin ring of off-white/tan foam.

S: The nose is full of oak with some sour cherry notes. There is a touch of funk along with a mild vinegar aroma.

T: As you would expect from the nose, there's plenty of oak and tartness to the flavor. The fruit flavor is mild, but consists primarily of cherries which seem to have a sweet/sour component.

M: The body is medium with plenty of carbonation.

D: Another great offering from Cascade. These guys make some absolutely fantastic sour beers.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike, this was a big want of mine. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish-amber color with a pinkish hue, one inch of fluffy white head, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, funk, oak, other dark fruits, lactic notes, and some vinegar. Smell is very sour and great; lots of tart cherries.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots and lots of tart cherries and sour dark fruits, followed by oak, lactic ntoes, funk, and vinegar. Very tart and enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this was a really great sour; another great one from Cascade. I lvoed the tart cherries and dark fruits that dominated this one, and would love to have it again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -9%
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 Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is ruby / garnet hued with a thin head and minimal lacing. The aroma brings some barnyard funk, oak, and sour cherries. The taste is bold and the beer is very enjoyable. A lot of cherry flavors really shine through. The beer has a healthy level of acidity, but isn't sharp or biting. Medium carbonation level with a lactic presence throughout, most notably in the finish. Overall, a really delicious wild ale that I would enjoy having again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep ruby red. Yellowish cream head.

Smell - Light balsamic acidity. Cherries. Some oak.

Taste - Much stronger malt up front but it is overpowered rapidly by acetic sourness. Strong balsamic flavor. Gets oaky and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, oaky, vinous finish. The sourness becomes strongest right at the end.

Overall - Authentic oud bruin flavors with standard authentic pitfalls as well, in my opinion.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite dark. This is a very mature sour that isn't too tight at all. Opens nicely and gives a crisp and even sour character with fruit tones interjecting nicely. This is my first beer from Cascade, and it's quite good. An excellent way to start things off.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Shane (Hophead84) - thanks man! Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - A generous amount of lightly tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving minimal splotches of lace. Dark ruby red body with some transparency to it when held to the light.

S - Vanilla, pie crust and graham cracker malt, oak, lactic acidity, some balsamic vinegar, and herbal and dill notes that I occasionally get from barrels aged in oak for a long time. Is there actually fruit in this? There isn't any listed on the label, but I would be easily convinced there was fruit in here.

T - Taste is more balsamic vinegar with sour cherries and berry yogurt lactic notes. Lots of oak in the finish and not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Pretty sour stuff.

M - Smooth medium body, medium carbonation tingle, dry finish but with some residual sugars and stickiness. No noticeable alcohol which is pretty impressive.

D - Not quite as good as Sang Royal, but a very good Flanders style sour. Easy to drink and something I'd gladly have on any occasion. Another solid offering from Cascade.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe429 recently.

Beer is hazy with nearly no head, reddish in color but approaching brown. Minimal carbonation.

Nice aroma, lots of oak, mild tannic, cherry, bright acetic, nice lactic.

Beer tastes like awesome. The acid balanced with this late tartness and bright acetic. The lactic creaminess is nice as well. The body of the beer is great with a nice level of carbonation, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Truly great.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with brown highlights that had a thin head but it did leave some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was really oaky in character with acidic vinegar, slight cherries, and funky musty barrel notes. The taste was also really oaky but the cherries were more subtle on the palate alongside acidic citrus, slight vinegar, and bretty barrel accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, fruity, and tart finish. It drank really good but I honestly thought it was gonna be a little bit more sour than it actually was. The beer was still tasty and I was not dissapointed.

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Photo of aasher
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Courtesy of MordorMongo, thanks Scott!

This beer pours a light bodied dark amber with a slight beige lacing. The nose is light and tart with acetic sour and raspberry vinigrette. Shit. The flavors are light and acidic with cherry. It's pretty one dimensional. Fruity vinegar. It drinks lighter in body and finishes quickly. It's ok, definitely not worth the money. This was a big want but also a bit disappointment. I wanted more than a light bodied cherry, raspberry vinagrette.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit with a good mix of tartness. The flavor is oak, tannins and dark fruit. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of my favorite Cascade sours.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this to the weekend tasting.... Big Thanks Sammy!!

Pours with a fluffy tan head... the brew is deeeep red... a little lace as the head dies back.

Wow.. the nose is full of cherries.. nice oaky presence... mildly lactic presence... much less than the Sang Royale.

Flavor mirrors the nose with more of a wine barrel presence... good acetic acidity yet the fruits and the lite tannins are the main players.. Not nearly as punchy sour as the Royale... just bunches of cherries.. very pleasant.. finishes very fruity and pretty dry.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with really only a medium carbonation... I was expecting a lite body and bigger carbonation, but I'm not complaining...

Very nice, just not as good as I was hoping... the fruit is vibrant and wonderful.. but a bit more lactic qualities with some more barrel would bump up the score for me.

Thanks again Sam... and Sean :-)


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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter, last bottle in our Cascade tasting.

Pours a clear deep brownish amber with a foamy slightly off white head. Aroma is oaky and mild sour/tart from cherries and other dark fruit. Flavor reminds me of Consecration, but not as complex. Tart and sour cherries are most prominent flavor, but aren't overwhelming or too intense. The oak flavors are less strong than in the aroma. Medium bodied with higher carbonation, very pleasant overall but not that complex.

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