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Cascade Noyaux | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade NoyauxCascade Noyaux
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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This one-of-a-kind NW sour is a blend of Belgian strong blondes aged in white port barrels with raspberries, then blended with select barrels of strong blondes that were aged on the toasted meat from the apricot nut, or Noyeaux.

13 IBU

Added by womencantsail on 02-22-2010

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark pink color with a small white head that dissipated quickly.
Sweet fruit aroma. Some sourness. A little bit of oak.
Tart first, then raspberry and apricot. Lingering sweetness.
Both tart and sweet.
An excellent beer, on the pricey side.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Project; 9.29% ABV

A: Pours an orange-red color with hues of pink and yellow. A fingers worth of head fades quickly to a tiny cap that makes a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Lactic sour notes, raspberry, apricot noyaux (think almond or more of a nutty note), oak, general fruitiness from the base beers, some white wine sweetness, and a very light undertone of the Belgian yeast rounds things out. Extremely complex

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some lactic tart notes and goes into the raspberry and nutty noyaux before picking up some of the base fruitiness and lightly sweet and vinous white wine notes. Oak present throughout. Finishes with more of the raspberry and lingering vinous wine notes. Again, extremely complex

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and tingling

O: An incredibly complex and delicious beer, especially if you're a fan of raspberries and white wine. The noyaux stands out a little over the raspberries, but helps more in rounding out the acidity and sweetness than contributing to the overall flavor profile. This one is a must-try if you don't mind shelling out the $30-35 for 750 mL

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

A: A clear ice tea brown/orange with a filmy off-white layer that makes a ring around the glass. Thready lacing.

S: Raspberries, apricot, pineapple, funk. A bit of oakyness from the aging.

T: Tart and lightly nutty. Raspberry strong with an oak presence. A strong sour punch on the finish.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Another stellar entry I'm privileged to enjoy, albeit a 2 ounce pour. You just want more of this stuff.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very attractive vibrant pink with a medium sized head. The The aroma presents classic citric sourness, with a nice amount of tart raspberry, as well as some nutty notes. The flavor starts with a full throated yell of sourness, which does mellow itself as the beer warms. The raspberry is also clearly present, as is the apricot pit flavor, that vaguely nutty tone I associate with real maraschino liqueur. There are some other complimentary fruit flavors present, some peach and bright cherry, some lemon juice, and some grapefruit as well. These are minor players that show up more as the beer ages. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and Belgian like. Overall this was a lovely sour experience - worth the price for a special treat.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful glowing orange. Light head/lacing.

Pungent funk and acidity, oak presence, sharp lemon peel.

Fresh peach and lemon, oak, sour grape.

Mouthfeel medium carbonation, strong acidity, ABV is mellow.

Really good. New go-to. Drinking too fast to give a decent review.

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Photo of lowers87
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Has a look of the fall season, a light maple.
Smell: Acidic, citrus, faint tangerine, grapefruit
Taste: Very acidic, has a distinct bite, not quite overpowering, obviously a sour
Feel: Can't really taste how strong it is, not heavy, but not quite an easy drink.
Overall: Not a sour fan, but this is not bad. Definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 picked up from the brewery on a trip to Portland. Pours a clear amber. The color approximate rose gold with a ecru head that dissipates fairly quickly and feature tight small bubbles. The aroma is very fruity. The interplay of raspberry and apricot give the impression of pineapple, although the pineapple scent could be yeast derived. The raspberries are prominent, but not as much as a traditional framboise. Mild funky yeast derived flavor as well that is well integrated and keeps from taking center stage.

The flavor is similarly fruit forward. The raspberries shine with an earthy funky hay background. Lactic acid presence is medium and refrains from being overwhelmingly sour or tannic. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very dry finish. Alcohol warmth and sweetness helps create the sensation that the beer isn't too dry or thin. Alcohol sweetness interplays well with the fruit to create the impression of fruit derived sweet flavors, but cleans up well with a fairly dry finish.

I enjoyed several other beers when visiting the brewery some time ago. I'm glad to see their bottles hold up well with some careful cellar aging. Cascade shows itself as a great example of wild and sour beer brewing. I only wish I had easier access to their beers.

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Photo of VDubDJ
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Project enjoyed 3/6/16. Poured into a stemmed-Teku glass from a 750mL corked and caged bottle. Weighs in at 9.4% ABV

Look: Gorgeous color! Dark-rich amber color bordering on light red. No doubt from the raspberries added. Poured about a quarter to a half an inch of bright white head that dissipates a bit into lacing on the glass. Nice effervescence is evident and definitely fits the style.

Smell: Sour berries and oak. Definitely picking up raspberry there. Perhaps a hint of vinegar which isn't uncommon for this style of beer.

Taste: Bright raspberry and sour notes right up front. Super fruity for sure on this one, but it's not all sour. This one has some great oak character that rounds out the sour with some bitterness. Some toastiness in there too that isn't from the barrel, must be from those roasted apricot pits.

Feel: Bubbly and refreshing beer on the tongue, even for it being nearly 10% ABV. Medium-body and mouthfeel and although it appears to be very effervescent it's only moderately carbonated.

Overall: A very enjoyable sour from Cascade. One of the prettier-looking sours I've had as it leaves a really nice lacing as I drink it down. If it weren't backed up with some bitter oak and roasted-apricot pit notes it might be too sour.

3.75/5

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle, @9.29% ABV, from the '2014 Project'. So this thing has apricot pits in it?

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, sediment-strewn medium copper amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, kind of foamy, and mostly just creamy dirty white head, which leaves some low-lying storm front lace around the glass as things slowly melt away.

It smells of zesty underripe raspberries, sour white cheesy funk, grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, un-fruity apricot, a touch of wet oak stave, lemon suckers, and a very subtle earthy, musty, and lightly perfumed floral hop bitterness. The taste is rather tart, but still creamed raspberries, some lesser apricot/peach zinginess, steady cheesy and musty funk, a vanilla-laced vinous woodiness, more besieged bready and grainy pale malt, and a sense of musty and floral hops that have taken a half-day at the last possible moment.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and once in a while playful frothiness, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and more or less smooth - the inoffensive milkiness of the souring component going a long way here. It finishes just a bit off-dry - some fruity and malty esters providing a last gasp in the face of the lingering and complex tart 'n sour rain.

Overall, a very well-made, and engaging sour ale - the dual fruit adjuncts not yer typical run of the mill additions either. Someone at this brewery has a predilection for old-school European liqueurs (Noyaux, really?), or something. Whatever, this is really, really good, but hardly repeat worthy - not at ~45 bucks a pop around here.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber in color with moderate haze and a light red hue. Aromas of ripe raspberries, caramel, vanilla and the apricot comes out as it warms. Taste has lots of raspberry and apricot with a lactic sour finish with hints of vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is light crisp refreshing and the sour lasts for a while in the palate.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow.. what a sour.. beautiful color, look, smell.. the combo of rasp and apricot is a pure winner for me.. really really solid beer.. hate that it is 32 a bottle but def worth it to try once..

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Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap in a tulip at the barrel house. This is the 2014 Noyaux.

Appearance: rich copper hue with a light haze and a thin layer of frothy eggshell foam. Very attractive indeed.

Smell: nicely sour with a dash of caramel and toast. I like it.

Taste: a good sourness with a light caramel and subtle raspberry flavor. The apricot element doesn't jump out at me, but it's still a very nice sour indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a very subtle and satisfying sour. Wonderful.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 2013 project, cellared well for a year. 2 finger very light cream head good lacing and full cap that lasts. Color is clear honey with lots of champagne like bubbles. Smell is phenomenal! As soon as cork pops it fills the area with Gueze like aromas. The taste is very powerful, big and complex with Granny Smith apples, cherry, raspberries, slight citrusy and possible apricot. Lots going on here! Aftertaste is full of tart funkiness. As it warms the sourness is more pronounced. I can’t quite get any barrel age flavors to come through but I’m sure they are there. Overall this is an intense full flavored sour that I shall try and get every year from now on. I just got 2014 project and I’m extremely exited to try it soon! 4.90

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Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fizzy white cap. 3-4 minute retention. Leaves no lacing. Body is a vibrant copper. No yeast is visible.

Sm: Powdered sugar covered raspberries come to mind. Lactobacillus injects high acidity and moderate (5/10 sourness). Raspberries are present, bit get overshadowed by the apricot. Leather, faint oak.

T: Sourness is much more potent in the taste, coming in at about a 7-8/10 in terms of intensity. Lactobacillus shines, reigning supreme in the bacteria profile.

Apricot blends beautifully with the berries, but neither is as expressive or vivid or would be ideal. Balance is excellent. Adequately intricate, but the reticence of the oak is an oversight. The fairly neutral blond malt backbone is perfect for letting the bacterial sourness take center stage.

Mf: Acidic. Soft, refreshing, light to medium-bodied, smooth, wet. Has that bacterial sourness I love in a sour, but not so much that it's puckering. Powdery. Overall presence on the palate is stellar.

Complements the taste well.

O: Delicious, drinkable, divine. Another stellar brew from one of the USA's best producers.

High B

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool amalgamation of all kinds of colors in this one. Orange, pink and amber. Tiny white head on it. Aroma is a plethora of fruits. Apricot, then some berry. Taste is plenty sour and juicy as fudge.

Mouthfeel brings out some cherry to accompany the berry and apricot flavors. There's some acidity, but when you're dealing with fruits of this nature that are so juicy, its not distracting at all. One of my favorite Cascade beers.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project -
Pours a gorgeous golden/orange/pink color with sparking head. Aroma of sour apple, apricot, nuts, FUNK, light raspberry. Taste is right on with the aroma Quite sour / tart. From my understanding Cascade does not use brett or pedio, but you could have fooled me with this one, unless it was picked up from the barrel flora. This could also be due to the 3 years it has spent in the bottle (bottled in 2012), as I have not had a later vintage but comparing to other Cascade sours, it is way more sour and funky in a very good way. SUPER complex. I am just getting over a cold and am probably missing some things but even so Noyaux is like a Grateful Dead concert in my mouth, and I would not say that about many beers. I Really like the Sangs (Noir/Rouge), but the complexity of this is on DEFCON 5. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than expected but totally works. I am having a REALLY hard time finding anything wrong with this experience. A+ Cascade.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best beer Cascade makes. Definitely one of the best. Cool appearance for this beer, you get all those orange/amber/yellow colors to it, super thin head that is somewhere between white and beige.

The aroma is super fruity, apricot and raspberry meld very nicely with this one. Usual lactic sour aromas. Apricot comes through the most. But it is easily distinguishable from the apricot that seems to be their flagship of the sour program.

Taste is legit, still plenty of fruit character, sourness is ample and actually comes off more complex than most Cascade beers. A smidge of cherry seems to creep in, although that could just be the oak mixing with everything playing tricks on me mind. Citrus notes too. Hides alcohol like you're underage. Carbonation, high.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015-09-05
750ml corked/caged bottle. Took my sample in a tulip. It was a gusher -- I hate that. It's been resting in the fridge for nearly a week, so it shouldn't have been agitation. This is the 2013 project -- didn't notice any other dates, but didn't look.

Pours a nice mostly clear golden amber color with a medium head that doesn't seem to be fading. It's supported by plenty of fine streamers of carbonation. Smell is tart -- very apricotty or unripe peachy.

Taste is tart, sweet-tart characteristic that is heavy on the stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall, very nice beer. Happy to be drinking this.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 project

Appearance: A bit of a gusher, but a quick pour got things under control; the beer pours amber and cloudy and, like many a gusher, the head is impressive initially but in this case it doesn't last; still, plenty of lacing action

Smell: Acetic tartness dominates and it is hard to cut through it to get to the fruit; clearly, it is fruity but the raspberry is not distinctive; generally smells more like currants

Taste: Apricot and berry/currant tones, up front, with a lactic character forward; quite acetic through the middle, with the oak adding a woody character in the finish; the tartness really lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation (great in a beer as sour as this)

Overall: Not among the best of the Cascade beers I have tried but pretty dang close

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Photo of Neorebel
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very close friend shared this unique opportunity to taste this as he visited the west coast some time ago. What I experienced, I cannot articulate in such a way to truly do this proper justice, but I will provide the details I can. Cascade Noyeaux has a gorgeous dark crimson color to it, topped by a billowy head of pure white foam. Although quite sharp and lactic, the aroma to my nose contained a wide range of bright fruit esters as well. My initial reaction was that as the only sour beer to be in this high ABV tier, the heat and body were noticeable but not nearly as impactful as I expected. So much subtlety to dissect from the overall taste, but the major elements I enjoyed were a wine-like raspberry, an herbal element, toasted nutty caramel flavor, and a 'creamy' lactose in the finish. The oak-barreled essence was present in the background as well, if I focused on finding it. What a plethora of flavors existing in a harmonious whole we have here. A delicacy among beers and ultimately I'm in awe of Cascade as a brewer - this was my first creation of theirs.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yum yum yum. Fruity, sour, perfect balance of wood, malt sweetness, and tartness. Fruit is not the dominant flavor note but a perfect supplementary player propping up the base of the beer.

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Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL (2013 project) into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber w/ a 1-finger head that settles to a thin film and collar. Bubbles are fine and soft, as is often seen with ales fermented with wild yeast.

Aroma is both tart and sweet, grainy and fruity. Great blend of contrasting elements in relatively equal amounts.

Taste is puckeringly tart, crisp. Green apples, sweet ripe berries, bready wild yeast. Again, great balance of different flavors gives this one nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with high carbonation that keeps it a little prickly.

Overall a very nice sour from Cascade, glad to have finally tracked down a bottle.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bruery Coppervesary.
SOLID!!! The nose hints at the berries and lactic, but the flavor really comes through and delivers. Each sip brings a different note. Funk, sour apple, raspberry, peach, and some yeast, and breadiness...but mainly tart/sour berry and peach. Brilliant.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Huge alcohol ester smell. Underneath that, you get raspberry. The taste is where it's at on this. Hits you right in the corner of the jaw. Short finish. Makes you want to keep drinking it.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I snagged this before they shut down online sales. This beer is pristine and smooth. Delectable tart raspberries with some hints of oak here and there. Some lemon tartness adds into the mix, and some earthy notes come through as well. I should've bought more of this beer...

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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.