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 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 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 Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle split 3 ways

A: Red tinted mahogany with a thin lashing of head. Some legs.

N: ripe grapes, lactic acide, some strawberry, cherry, and oak. Wine barrel is evident.

M: Sour lactic acid and sweet tarts. There's an ample amount of the aforementioned fruits, but this has the same base level taste of the other Cascade sours.

M: It's on the lighter side, though it's still heavier than I like and has an oiliness about it.

O: Typical Cascade sour. Nothing special, but it's not off putting to drink, either.

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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 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 Bubba83
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, it's been in my "cellar" for a while. I've had this before but never while in a position to review it.

Hand cork came out surprisingly easy, around one finger width of off-white head from a pretty quick pour. The best way to describe the color of this one would have to be a dark garnet hue. Retention is surprisingly good despite the age and there is some lacing as well. The head is really smooth and creamy looking. Nice to look at and hold to the light.

Quite complex in the aroma. Red wine vinegar is the main attraction, but there's also a substantial amount of raspberry, cherry, vanilla and oak. It smells very "bright".

Even though this is classified as an American Wild Ale, it always reminds me a bit more of a stronger Flanders Red, which I must admit is a style that I'm not that wild about. With that said, this is a very good tasting sour. The vinegar isn't all that apparent which is the main thing that turns me off to the style. A lot of fruit flavors - the big one I get is cranberry, but cherry and raspberry are there too. There's a woody undertone with a slight vanilla hint which rounds things out very well.

Mouthfeel is very good, a nice medium feel with a good carbonation level. Overall this is a winner. It's been about a year since I've had this beer and I've only ever had it shortly after release. I have to say I think the age has done a lot for it, it seems to be better than I remember and I'm really enjoying how it's drinking right now. I'd recommend two years on it. No oxidation on this bottle and no alcohol presence at all.

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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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by BRoss242! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, funk, tart, and tart cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, funk, tart, and tart cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I was really happy to see this one show up at the tasting as it was quite enjoyable and fairly refreshing to boot. It was really well balanced with a little favoritism to the tart aspect. Cascade has been doing really good things with their sours and this one is no exception. If you have tried this one, you already know. If not, what the Hell are you waiting for?

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

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Think I picked this bottle up some time in 2010 and somehow never got around to opening it. Bottle says "8.06% ABV, 6.1 IBU" if that's a vintage identifier for you.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a one inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily and leaves no lacing. Pours a deep but translucent ruby red and leaves occasional dots and tight streaks of lacing.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, fruity undertones. With time, some beautifully vibrant red fruit notes come out. Lots of development here. Gets funkier, more savory, then more deeply fruity, etc.

Taste: Creamy and oaky up front, leading to a great lactic sour and cherry hit. Lots of acetic flavor that goes well with the oak. Pretty sour; sourness lingers long and mouthpuckeringly. Great leathery red wine flavors emerge.

This beer is straightforward and delicious. Just right amount of oak influence, lots of cherry, red wine, wild ale complexity without any real abrasiveness. I've gone on more sweeping American wild ale adventures than this one, but the ride is smooth and profoundly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Juicy, with a tart finish. Occasional sugariness, but not bad. Often quite succulent. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: Sang Rouge is an American wild ale after my own heart. While I could go even oakier, and would love some sour cherries thrown in, otherwise it hits all the right notes for me. Red wine-like, great mouthfeel, not too acidic, flavors not too disparate but still deep and complex. Could drink this beer every day, honestly.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

shared by imperialking to a tasting.

Murky brownish red with a tan head. Decent legs and lace. Average retention. The legs have some bright red cherry hues that appear in a swirl.

The nose is oaky, dark and woody. No big bright cherrry, raspberry, or other fresh fruit notes that make me scream in excitement. This was opened side by side with Sang Royal, and of the two, this is the less sour.

It isn't bad, but it isn't something I would want to trade for (or even order directly from Racoon Lodge with their CRAZY shipping prices!).

Certainly good enough to enjoy a glass if some one else brings it! It's certainly drinkable, but I just want more sourness....

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

A pour equal parts dark brown and dark red. . . I was expecting more red, the liquid had no head. Aroma, fits the complex bill, lots going on here I could tell, made the '9 blend' description seem to come to life, plenty of tart and sour aroma, as well as cherry.

Can't tell, but a good fruit quotient of cherry and blackberry may have been used here, or at some point in one of the base beers used in the blend. Sourness holds up, not their most sour or greatest beer, but its definitely a damn good one. Acidic to the max. A little better than the kriek, this one isn't as sweet, this is even more sour cherry pie. As usual, the high alcohol is covered nicely.

Drank on tap at Beachwood's Sourfest '11.

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

Pours out a dark brown with cherry red highlights. It's lightly carbonated - white foam that quickly fades to a ring.

Smell is good. Initially a lot of balsamic vinegar, but that mellows a bit, and red wine makes an appearance as do some fruits - cherry mostly - maybe some other dark fruits as well.

Taste is very good - It's sour, but more of a soft, nearly lactic sour, than a super sharp acetic sour. Balsamic is again present, as are cherries. I also get some red wine (grapes and oak), a bit of apple, and a hint of sweetness to balance out the tart. It's a complex and tasty beer.

Feel is nice - despite looking flat this one is well carbonated. It's got a soft, medium bodied feel.

Overall - another delicious Cascade sour. I do, however, prefer the fruits to this one.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL botttle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing out this treat.

Appearance: My pour has a dark burgundy color with a dark brown middle. The edges are noticeably transparent, and there is a frothy off-white collar.

Smell: There is a lot of balsamic vinegar in the nose. Sweet and sour cherries, some raisins, and some other general dark fruits.

Taste: The flavor is a lot more balanced. Nice sweet cherries start out. Some light malt hides in the back as the flavor turns tart. Sour cherries, red grapes, and some raisins all provide some nice fruit flavor. There is some balsamic tartness and a light funkiness toward the end.

Mouthfeel: The body has a sweet, full start and more of a tart and dry finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a softness that I don't see in too many wilds.

Overall: This feels like more of a Flanders Red to me, but I like it regardless of the sour style it is classified as.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage? Definitely been in my cellar for a while.

A: 1 finger tan head with decent retention. The beer is a dark garnet with good clarity

S: Notes of cherry and stonefruit. A whiff of strawberry.

T: Bracingly tart and quite oaky. Cherry and plum. Lemon finish.

M: Lingers forever. Nicely carbonated.

O: On a small pour, or the initial sips, I might not say that this is the best of Cascade's beers. However it has a subtlety to it that lends it better to a full glass (or more, as I look at the rest of the bottle..). Quite an excellent beer.

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

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours red with a solid white head leaving good lace.

S: Cherries, some red apple, nice acid notes.

T: Red malt with oak, good acidity, slightly tannic. Sour pie cherries, just a tasty brew.

M: Medium acidity, some biting carbonation, tart.

O: A really good Flanders style ale. Very straightforward, direct flavours.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Of the four cascade brews I hav had this was definitely my favorite. This beer pours a nice red color win a pretty decent head. The ammonia acetic funky and slightly oaky. The flavor is more sour than I has expected and quite enjoyable there are also some oak hints in the flavor. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodies with good carbonation. Will definitely get more when it is available.

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

The perfect aroma is sweet candi sugar with just a touch of funk! The color is amber with a red hue and light tan head. . The flavor of a crisp sour red ale that goes down smooth with no pucker. The body is a bit light but overall delicious. Cascade has hit another sour on the head!

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

On tap at Cascade Barrel House, $6 for 8 oz. pour into snifter, 7.2.11.

Almost no head, though a bit of light brown head initially on pour, ultra quick dissipation. Deep dark reddish hue to body, no visible carbonation. Funky nose, a bit of horse blanket, sour pie cherries, a bit of floral hops. Taste is more sour than tart but both are quite present, the acidity was nicely balanced by cherryish sweetness and lengthy barrel aging. Mouthfeel is medium, lip smacking tart finish, little effervescence, some sweetness but not sticky. This is some funky shit, not for the first time sour/wild ale drinker, but certainly one of the best examples of the blender's art. Well done Ron!

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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sang Rouge pours a hazy deep ruby color with about one finger of tan head. The head reduces down pretty quickly and the lacing is decent.

Smell: Oak and lemony acidity are quite prevalent immediately. I also get tart cherries and vinegar. This smells sour in a pleasantly complex way.

Taste: Oak and lactic acidity along with tart cherries show up first. Perhaps some slight vanilla as well, as well as some vinegar notes. It's probably a bit more sour than Sang Royal and without the darker fruit notes, but still I liked both beers about the same.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer was light bodied with a moderate amount of spritzy carbonation. Pretty good feel. Overall, I enjoyed the beer a great deal. I found the lactic sourness enjoyable, but could have done with a bit less of it. Still, great effort by Cascade...I would like to get ahold of a bottle of this at some point.

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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 jwinship83
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle sent to me by user mashmaster. thanks tom! drank from my duvel tulip.

A- the pour yields a murky and almost opaque dark brown colored body with a very small off white head that quickly becomes no more than a crown. a few random and tiny spots get left on the sides of my glass.

S- the nose starts off with some tart cherries and oaken barrel. after that i get some balsamic vinegar notes and other lactic tartness. no trace of barnyard funk, which is odd.

T- the taste starts out with more of the tart cherries that i could smell. traces of the barrel move in behind that and add some dryness. im still not picking up any trace of the brett induced funk which i find odd. balsamic vinegar and other lactic notes.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is a solid medium as well. nicely sour without being too puckering.

D- i liked this beer alot, but is not my favorite of the style. greatfull that i was traded one, but overall i think the amount that it took to obtain this wasnt really worth the hassle.

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Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle "shared" at the Jackie O's One Funky Afternoon. Someone had opened the bottle, poured a small bit for himself, then without saying a word plopped it on our table and walked out. We waited about 45 minutes wondering if he was going to return. Finally we decided it was in the best interest of the beer to drink it. Thanks mystery BA! My first Cascade, this was a nice compliment to all the JO's sours.

Red in color with a small greyish head with dark spice hues to it.

Lots of funk in the aroma. Tart cherry and attic/dusty must.

Both sweet and puckering with mild cinnamon flavors. A nice tasting sour.

Good strong carbonation. I would be happy to try this again with a more fresh palate, as I imagine my score could only go up.

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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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