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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 304   ABV: 10.12%
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This NW style sour ale was made with various red ales that were aged in oak with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, then blended with red ales that were aged in Port and Pinot Noir barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
750ml corked and caged bottle bomb. This sucker was so pressurized, the cork blew the cage right off of the collar and I took a bath! I managed to salvage it for immediate drinking, and boy am I glad I did, because this beer rocks. The pour yields a deep, dark, garnet-mauve colored body, nice and cloudy, with a frothy, khaki colored head. Tattered, broken cobweb lacing coats the glass well. The aroma shows like an imperial Flemish red, with plenty of lactic tartness, semi-sweet cherry, vanilla laden oak, and a dark and fruity malt base. Deeper inhalation reveals the port wine character, residual black cherry and berry sweetness fighting their way through the lactic acidity. The flavor hits with a biting sourness up front, fermented cherry showing strong, transitioning into sweeter blackberry notes with loads of oak and worn leather, then diving right back into tart cherry and fine Balsamic vinegar on the finish. Itís a pretty intense roller coaster ride, going from sour to sweet and then sour again. The woody oak really concentrates on the finish, which lingers for a good while. Lively carbonation pushes everything along swiftly, the palate showing initially full and sweet, but ending up on the drier side. This is definitely the best Cascade sour Iíve had to date. Great beer......but fix the cage issue before someone loses an eye!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9613) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
BAD ASS BEER! Pours a reddish brown colo with an off white head. Aroma is wonderful. cherries, oak, aged balsamic vinegar and maybe a hint of vanilla. Flavor is tart, loaded with cherries, wood, some light sweetness. Just a wonderful flavor. Really a treat. Nice job Art!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10243) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours sparkling brown with an average, fizzy off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, hay, straw), average hop (herbs), average yeast (earth) with notes of plum, cherries, wine, and wood. Medium bodied, mineral texture, average carbonation, and a sour finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
750ml bottle. big thanks to kan for sharing this gem. pours murky red with off white pink head. nose is oak, vanilla, balsmic vinegar, sour cherry. a very la folie like nose. the flavors of sour cherry, balsamic, oak, vanilla, good but just not sour enough. creamy body - great texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2009
WTWBA, 2009. Red. Moderate carbonation. Sweet balsamic vinegar with real sour cherry flavor. Far from the most sour beer I have had, but good sourness flavor. Good complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2009
GABF 2009, Big sourness, cherry tartness, tart acidity, mouth-puckering tartness. Solid sour cherry aspect, nice mouthfeel, One of the largest lines @ GABF & rightfully so

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
elihapa (1529) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 30, 2009
9/28/09 notes: poured at GABF, sampled twice. Pours red-brown with almost no head. Aroma and flavors display overlying sourness, complemented subtly with tart cherry, strawberry, and cherry. Really wel balanced, finishing with apple cider vinegar. Good twang to this beer. My lasting impression is that Sang Royal is a handsome twist on a Flanders Red style, amped up Cascade style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
draft @ Uber - thick, dark red with heavy off-white head; resiny nose with rich mix of cherries, dark fruit, malts, oak; quite wine-like; mild fizz on the lips with sweet tartness from the cherries; lots going on here; tartness and sweetness balance out well; i think the port adds another level of richness not found in the Sang Noir

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
GABF 2009: between GABF sessions and Dr. Billís tasting, I think I drank more of this beer than any other over the GABF weekend. Pours a muddy reddish brown color with a full, fluffy light brown head. Nose is a nice, sweet, cherry vinious dark complex thing, i must say. Flavors pretty much reiterate that nose...sour cherry, dark malt complexities, clean as can be...tart as fuck and lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 WTWBA 2009. A very cherry sour aroma with the usual funky notes Iíd expect. The port comes through very mildly which was nice - I was worried it might overpower. Very similar flavor profiles. I have a bottle of this coming in trade and canít wait to spend a little more time with it!

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