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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."

Added by Docer on 02-25-2010

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

750ml bottle thanks to Jedwards, appreciate it! I split this with a buddy and we were both surprised at the quality after drainpouring a bourbonic plague a couple weeks back. Nice dark red, almost brown. Has a very nice smell like funk, sour and cherries? The taste is a nice sour red almost like a flander's red but not too sour. Nice stuff, I'd buy this again if it weren't so costly.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
8.06% ABV, Serve at 45-50 F

Thanks, yet again, to Sweemzander for another tick! He's bustin' out the big guns!

A - Dark ruby brown looks almost black in the tulip. It's topped by a loose tan head. Low retention and spotty lace are left behind.

S - Lactic sour aroma with a beautifully complimentary oak wood scent in the background. Light vinegar sourness and smooth brown malt accompany.

T - Aside from the intrusive off-flavor that lingers in the back and plagues the brew, the malt profile and vinegar sourness are pretty nice in this one. Mellow amber malts. Flanders Red-like.

M - Good mild level of sourness and moderately high carbonation with a touch of lactic acidity.

O - Strong acid/sour profile towards the end of the sample but the off-flavor that lingers in the taste really kills what's going for this brew.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into a snifter and Duvel glass. Dregs of course to my Flanders Red brew. Got this on my trip to Portland March 2010.

Appearance is a dark red mahogany color with a nice head on top of it, really frothy looking, and it sticks around as well. Really nice lacing.

Aroma is perfect Flanders Red - cherry pie, a light touch of balsamic vinegar, and a light note of oak.

Taste is just as good - it starts out tart from the beginning with strong cherry pie then the oak comes on strong with the vinegar only slightly in there as it should be. Finishes dry and sour.

Mouthfeel is really creamy and retains a certain fullness to it that I like.

Overall a really amazing sour. It was good before but with an extra year on it, it's now even better. Cascade makes some of the best American Sours that I've had coming in only second to Russian River. I want more.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet red with a healthy dosing of sour cream looking head. Tiny bubbles surrounded by a few intermixed medium and large bubbles in light tan.

Aroma of sour cream, oak, sour cherry, strawberry and earth.

Taste of extremely sour Flanders ale. Plenty of sour cream, american oak, tart sour cherry, vinegar and tannic acid all throughout. Raspberry and strawberry hints also mixed into this. Unbelievably clean tasting and looking. Medium to high carbonation for the style but definitely not highly carbonated. I had a good cork pop but strongly prefer this over a similar monks flemish red as there is more sweetness and a more complex taste.

Medium body for the style, overall very good

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to sweemzander for busting out another big boy from the endless cellar. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Dark blood red nearing plum purple. Small amount of beige head leaves soapy lace.

S: Nice tart cherry nose. Hint of booze and barrel wood. Not a lot of funk like most wilds.

T: The flavor is filled with the most vinus cherry flavor I think I've ever encountered. Like fresh tart cherries along with the vines and green leaves. I can even taste the dirt. Strange but good. Modest wild funk and a trace of barrel.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: Well this was probably the least impressive of all the cascade beers I've tried. Good but nothing worth seeking out again.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark brown to burgundy color that produced a nice tan colored head that dissipated down to bubbles and froth.

(S)- A nice lactic dry oaky sour funk up front with some tart; almost sweet fruits behind that. Almost earthy too.

(T)- Sour! An obvious sour yet lactic character. Almost vinegar-like in a flanders sense of sour. Yet it has some dry acidic earthy fruits in there too. Really nice overall profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A good acidity and sour kick with earth. Almost feels crisp on the tongue due to the knockout punch combo of sour and acidity.

(D)- A solid to great wild ale. Everything you would and should expect for the style. A good sourness and fruit profiles. I appreciate that it almost veers towards an Oud Bruin or Flanders, but still very much stays in the wild category. Great stuff in my opinion.

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Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 750 ml/1pt., 9.4 fl. oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Deep, dark mahogany in appearance with a frothy, one-finger, khaki-colored crown. The head quickly faded to a thick, lasting collar. Streaks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

The aroma was amazingly complex. Lots of horse blanket mustiness and lactic-like sourness. The sourness was complimented by some sweet brown malts. Red wine notes came through front and center. Super oaky and woody. Fruity with indications of sour cherries.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was outstanding. There was a nice sweet, dark malt presence up front, which helped to balance out this tart and acidic wild ale. Barnyard funk came through strong. Super musty. Red wine and balsamic vinegar notes took over mid-palate. Lots of sour cherry flavor as well. The finish was super oaky, tannic and dry, with slight metallic notes. Refreshingly crisp and appetite whetting.

The mouthfeel was creamy and surprisingly full-bodied. Smooth and supple on the palate.

Cascade's Sang Rouge is intensely flavored yet remarkably well balanced. After trying many of the best American wild ales, I can honestly say that this ranks near the top.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy red orange in appearance
S-smells lightly tart. Not very strong
T-wow is that sour. One of the most sour beers I've ever had. My lips are puckered. Suprise considering the smell
M-medium bodied and really sour
O-good beer, but definetly not for a full glass

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

A big thanks to JustinA1 for opening this with myself and ThreeWiseMen about a week and a half ago. Poured into a snifter. Latest release.

Pours out a dark cherry wood color. Small off white/beige head emerges from the liquid and sits atop the beer. Head is foamy in texture. Eventually settles into a ring of bubbles around the glass. No lacing is left down the walls of the glass. The body is slightly murky when looking directly though the glass at eye level but looking down on the liquid, it is clear.

A very wonderful smell greats the nose here. A nice sourness followed by some oak and dark fruit (possibly currents or cherries). Finishes with a slight vinegar note every now and then.

The dark fruit and cherries come out first and foremost on this one. Oak follows up the fruitiness in the middle and finishes a bit tart. This taste absolutely wonderful and doesn't have an overpowering sour finish which is nice because it lets the other flavors shine though.

Medium bodied that goes down very smoothly. The finish is nice and tart but not mouth puckering by any means. Carbonation present at times but doesn't detract or add anything to the overall mouthfeel.

Another solid beer by Cascade. The fact that it isn't overpowering sour and the other flavors are allowed to come though really allow this to be enjoyed. Went down very quickly and easily.

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Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Sang Rouge is a nice sour red ale that I was lucky enough to get a taste of. The beer was refreshing and balanced with a nice tannic oak edge with an aged balsamic vinegar acidity and sweetness. The malt flavors were subdued but the slightly bready and caramel flavors did contribute to the beer. I've had more complex and flavorful reds but this was very nice

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JustinA1 pulled this one out at a small tasting the other night. Thanks Justin!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Earthy brown body with caramel edges. Looks sort of oily. My pour didn't net much head, but a vigorous swirl produced a fluffy tan cap that showed hues of orange (from barrel-aging?). Decent head retention (following the swirl) and spotty lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries, lemonade, light balsamic notes, and hints of sweet, leafy vegetation. As the beer warmed, I also found candied orange. All in all enjoyable, but not very complex or intense.

Taste: Black cherries, lemon-lime, French bread, and a swirl of softer fruit flavors: honeydew melon for one. Finishes tart and funky, though the aftertaste brings in a decidedly earthy tone. Pretty balanced for a wild ale; the mellow(er) sourness allows a host of subtle flavors to shine through. Not on RR's level, but close.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with delicate, rolling carbonation and a tart, dry finish. Easier on the palate than most sours.

Drinkability: No enamel-peeling sourness here, although it still holds its own in the realm of sours. The added complexity makes it a very enjoyable sipper. If you haven't tried this one yet, track it down!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger off-white fine cream head with awesome retention. Beer is a clear dark purple-red. Lacing is thick and web-like with very good stick. An all-around beautiful beer.

S: Nose is pungent. Oak and a bouquet of sour prunes, plums, cherries, and raspberries. Slight hint of Brett in the back. Very appropriate and enticing but flavors are a bit muddled and not crisp.

T: Opens prunes and plum. Brett funkiness comes in towards the middle, emphasizing the dark fruit tartness and mixing it with barnyard and cobwebs. Sour grows as this one warms. Cherry and raspberry puree towards the end and actually sweetens on the finish with red fruit characteristics. Saliva enducing finish with a lingering puckering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Oily and thick in the mouth but very abrasive at the edges and tingly all the way down. Sticks to the palate. Messy and sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste.

D: This has to be one of Cascade's top 3 sours. Flavor is spot on and its one hell of an attractive brew. A little too heavy and muddled at times which is the only thing that takes away from it. Still though, definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a DFH tulip, pours a soapy brown head atop a dark, mahogany body. The head doesn't reemerge significantly upon agitation.

Aromas of sour cherries, some woody/oak notes, and a bit vinous in terms of revealing either Sangria or Pinot Noir. Refreshing aromas overall, though the intensity could improve slightly.

Exhibits a fine balance between oaky and tart, with cherry and balsamic mildly wafting throughout. I didn't taste the kind of funk other reviewers are getting, and the tartness is by no means domineering, so I wouldn't necessarily classify this as an American Wild Ale as much as a Flanders Red featuring a lot more dark fruits and oak than the more balsamic-oriented Flanders Reds such as Rodenbach (or even the dirty/earthy La Folie).

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant on the palate.

Overall, a smooth-drinking and well-balanced sour red. There is complexity here but it's subtle, and by no means a puckering experience that has me momentarily *grasping* onto the person next to me. The issue may be with the finish. Whatever. I'll drink me one or two more servings of this per session.

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

750ml bottle into New Belgium snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color with a thin, dark brown head that quickly faded into a dense fuzzy film that had great retention and lasted forever. A few spots of soapy lacing were left down the glass.
S: Notes of sour and tart cherry pits and skin. Really good smelling with cherries all the way.
T: Big notes of sour cherries, woody oak, and balsamic vinegar in the finish. A bit rough around the edges, but still great. Fairly acidic.
M: Touch of tannins cling to my mouth. Medium body which a pretty good shot of sourness.
D: Really very good. A bit acidic at times but oh so drinkable.

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

750ml bottle, split and paired with some homemade pizza on a blizzard night

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice - muddy brown body, garnet highlights, creamy beige head with strong retention

smell: tart cherry, big oak notes, balsamic, wild yeast, vinous notes

taste: nice wild ale - tart cherries, sharp woody traits from the oak, nice acidity, raspberry balsamic, vinous, cocoa. Solid beer - wish i had access to this brewery (soon i suspect)

mouthfeel: acidic, tart, nice carbonation

drinkability: good

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice ruddy brown tight off white head. Light retention and some nice chunks of lace.

S: Light red wine notes hints of currants and black cherries. Subtle oak as well.

T: Mild oak and hint of tartness. Black cherries and currants. Hints of under ripe raspberry with a bit of red wine goodness.

M: Medium in body, light carbonation

D: These guys do no wrong. The US needs more breweries that do this.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to victory4me for surprising us at a recent tasting by pulling this one out of the beer fridge. Definitely a surprise. Poured it into a tulip glass.

The color is absolutely insane. Deep, rich ruby throughout, with only slight lightening around the edges of the glass. There is a big fluffy white head that is well retained. As the beer level recedes, abstract laced patterns adorn the glass on all sides.

The aroma is complex. Cherries, balsamic vinegar, a nice tartness, and some well balanced funkiness. I would say this is right up there with some of the really well-regarded American sours as far as aroma. The flavor brings on dark fruits, more pronounced balsamic notes, and extremely tart sour cherries. The funk is less evident here than it was in the aroma.

There is a mouth-puckering quality to the sourness as soon as it hits the palate. Good carbonation in a medium body hits the mark for a dark sour. Sang Rouge is very well rounded, deeply complex, and far from one-dimensional. I would put it up against most non-special release sours made in the US, without a doubt.

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

Appearance: Pours like coca-cola, decent retention and lacing

Smell: A bit subdued, some tart cherries, oak, leather, and sangria. Slightly sour, but not overly so

Taste: Again, a bit subdued, some tart cherries, oak, leather, balsamic vinegar, and sangria. I wish it had at least a touch of funk.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, perhaps a bit more thin than I would like

Drinkability: Drinks very easily, although could use a bit more flavor/intensity to bump up the score to the 4.4-4.6 range; there seem to be some tannins adding to this component

By american standards, a great beer, but not my favorite Cascade sour (or flanders red, I would put it behind la folie and many foreign offerings.)

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

On tap at the barrel room today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is not as pronounced as expected (given the description on the menu), with some light vanilla, berries and wine. The flavor profile is intriguing, with a light sour component, light vanilla, more wine, light butterscotch and fruit cocktail. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the 8% alcohol completely indiscernible. It's really amazing how light on its feet this beer is.

Not bad, but not among the best beers I sampled at Cascade today.

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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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Cascade Sang Rouge from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.23 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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