To celebrate the Kings Stanley Cup Victory, I cracked open a bottle of Cascade Brewing Sang Noir. This brew is a Northwest style sour ale aged in bourbon and Pinot Noir barrels for 12- 24 months then blended with barrel aged Bing and Sour Pie cherries. This one is a pretty rare find in the LA area, but I have to thank Jeff at Buzz for getting some of these bad boys.
The pour is a cloudy dark cherry brown with pretty much no head or lace. This beer has a very distinctive aroma, with a blend of dark cherries and vinegar with a nice oaky undertone and just a hint of bourbon. It’s got a medium body with a lively amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with a quick note of sweet cherries that jumps to a sour vinegar that transitions to a dark cherry and finishes with a dry oaky bourbon flavor and notes of cherry. The aftertaste is dry with oak and cherry notes and a hint of red wine.
Overall this has to be one of my favorite sour ales. The play between the cherries and oak makes for very enjoyable beer. If you ever see this one in the wild, you should definitely consider picking it up because this is a great example of a world-class sour.
|Rating||5 out of 5|
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