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Cascade Noyaux - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

706 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 322
Gots: 139 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-22-2010

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
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Ratings: 706 | Reviews: 76
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Photo of standardcherry
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served into a snifter. Thanks for this one Tom!

A: Murky orange/brownish color. Thin white head that receded very quickly.
S: Citrus sourness. Burst of raspberries. Some oakiness, a touch of apricot and grapes. Tons of lactic acid.
T: Faint apricot and mango. Lots of raspberries and woody flavors. Slight vinous notes. Very sour!
M: Medium body with good carbonation. Very drinkable despite the sourness.
O: Excellent sour by Cascade. I've loved everything I've had by them so far. Highly recommended.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank before a Wolfpack football tailgate with James. This was one of the more unique colored beers. Has a cloudy orange/yellow/amber colored appearance and a very thin head of off white on it. It quickly vanishes away. The aroma comes close to being described as a fruit explosion. Plenty of that usual lactic sourness, always nicely done. Apricot is the heaviest, other fruit aromas take a back seat, but this one is plenty distinguishable from just the apricot sour they make. Oak is not absent in the aroma either.

Taste, this one does not disappoint, plenty of fruit character. Plenty of tart fruit notes (apricot) and sourness. Wheat? Some minor amount of cherry flavor with a stronger raspebrry presence in the mouthfeel. Throw in more and more citrus sourness and acidity. This is not a mild sour by any means. Carbonation is powerful. Hides the alcohol wonderfully.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.54/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this want! 750ml corked and caged bottle into Torst stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse layer of white bubble that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear peach and red tea. No lace, no legs. Pretty shabby.

Nose is slight tart raspberries, band-aid, oak and just a touch of funk. I guess I can kind of see the apricot presence but its very, very faint at best. Still, moderately aromatic and decent.

Opens tart raspberry and wine notes. More red fruit tartness in the middle with heavy acidity that climaxes towards the middle-end. Band-aid, oak and a mellow funk right at the end. Vinegary too. Finishes sour with a funky, Brett-y aftertaste. This one is almost over-the-top sour. Decent but very acidic.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, oily, and filmy in the mouth and goes down dry and prickly. Dry finish with a puckering aftertaste. Pretty good (though I like my sours a bit flat).

An ok beer overall but for what Cascade puts out, this isn't one of their better offerings. A bit flat and way too acidic and tart. I feel like the sour really covers all the complexities of the fruit they tried to use here. Where am I supposed to taste the toasted apricot seed meat? Cool to try but I wouldn't revisit this.

Photo of dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split

Served in hill farmstead stemware - pinkish orange body, fizzy white head with no lace. Extremely tart - unmistakably Cascade. Tart raspberry, apricot, sugar, highly acidic, sour apple, waves of vinous notes. I'm a Cascade fanboy, but fruit is my bag, baby. Dig this.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Medium white head and collar.

Smell - Raspberry. Wood. Sharp acidic aroma. Very acetic in nature.

Taste - Man it's sour. Intense acetic flavor. Raspberry. Pale malt. Wood and a sourness that gets into your nose.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Medium body. Medium low carbonation

Overall - It's intense. Good flavors, but really really sour.

Photo of thagr81us
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apricot, fruit, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, apricot, tart, sour, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I honestly did not know what to expect going into this one as I had heard of it, but not really paid it any attention. However, what I found was really quite excellent. The apricot notes in this one were really nice and very refreshing. This made it quite drinkable despite the major tart aspect going on. A really nice surprise that showed up at the tasting that evening that I wouldn’t mind trying again or seeing how it develops with a little time in a proper cellar.

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris (congrats) and Eric for the opportunity to try this beer!
Served in a small fluted tasting glass, quick review from notes.

Golden orange in color with a slight haziness, frothy white foam on the surface settles quickly and deposits some frothy flecks of seafoam lace in the glass.

Aroma is sharp with some acetic acid and raspberry aromas, an inkling of something toasted which may be attributed to the apricot kernels, hard to say.

Taste is also sharply sour with vinegary traces of acetic acid in the mix, fruity sour notes blending seedy raspberry into other indistinct sour fruit notes. Bright and crisp with a very acidic edge to it, Carbonation is moderate, and it finishes dry with some traces of wet wood in the aftertaste. Overall pretty nice, and a bit more complex that the standard fruited sour ales in their lineup.

Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy peach-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Lactic sourness, peach, almond, sweet fruity Belgian style yeast, berries and light fruits. Yum.

Taste. Sour red berries, a little vinegar, some fruity yeast, a bit of almond and peach. Nice. Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, low+ fine and slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall. One of the better tasting sours from Cascade imo. Really enjoying this one and wish I had bought several more bottles.

Photo of KDawg
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into a snifter. Pours a lovely medium gold color with a foamy head.

There is a lot of tart qualities to the aromas of navel oranges, green apples, tart pears and a nice touch of funk as well.

Medium/full bodied with a great feel and good tartness on the backend. The flavors of green apples, tart pears, and some funk balance very well together.

While this isn't their most sour beer, it's a damn good one. Very well balanced with a real good tartness to it as well.

Photo of Docer
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had on tap at their new barrel house... my new home!

- Light golden slightly cloudy color... almost a slight touch of ruby red to it.... nice silky head.. leaves a nice thin layer on top and some slight lace..

- Huge raspberry, sweet tartness... light golden grains, biscuit.. all around goodness....

- Taste is much the same as the smell.. just better as always... hard to beat an A with another A... lovely light currants, raspberry, sweetness.. awesome tart.. candy almost...

- Light bodied, very well carbonated... mouth watering goodness.

- Another huge win in the sour department.... this is up at the top of my favorite sours from them. I can't wait to see their lineup expand even more!

Photo of nataku00
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Project bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a reddish orange, hazy with barely half a finger of off white soapy head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar with no lacing. Not much carbonation visible.

Good amount of raspberry on the nose, fresh and sweet, a bit of apricot stone fruit lingers there along with a almond nut like aroma. Definitely sour though, with acetic acid along with lemon juice, and light earthy funk. Smells very good.

The standard Cascade sourness upfront, sharp acidity that fades quickly, mellowing into sweeter raspberry and light lemon. A touch of apricot sweetness before a dry finish with lingering tartness from the raspberry.

Light body with a slight prick of carbonation. Pretty tasty beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine like tasting glass. From the DC bottle share, much thanks! Vintage 2011.

A real nice looking brew. A very quick fast fading head unfortunately, it did appear to be pink. Body color is real unique, a sort of pink and real nice peach amber body which is also opaque.

Nose brings a light solid acid quality. Raspberry like fruit, peaches, cherries with a little bit of strawberry sensing smelling sweetness. Fruit angle really is complex and varied it seems quite impressive, big fruit basket quality to this.

Palate on first sip is very spritzy. Comfortable tartness in the mid palate, with lots of fruit and a super quick finish. Fruit angle matches the nose but more in the front of the palate. Mimosa and champagne like qualities with a good quenching quality, nit juicy.

Overall a real enjoyable Cascade brew, very enjoyable.

Photo of jegross2
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Noyaux from Cascade Brewing out of Portland, Oregon. This is an intentionally soured blonde ale aged in white port barrels with raspberries and apricot pits.

Score: 98

2011 project (2012 release) bottle served in a Goose Island Chicago Flag snifter and enjoyed on 02/23/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a thin amount of white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. No floaties; clean in appearance. 4/5

Smell: Apricots, sour raspberries and oak. A touch of vanilla and some peach notes too. A little plasticky funk too, but in a good way akin to how Cascade Strawberry smelled. 4.75/5

Taste: A nice medley of tart raspberries, tart apricot and peach. Lingering tart citrus zest and peach flavor. Nice tartness and growing pucker as it warms up. Faint oak too. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, low-medium carbonated. Super tart, nice pop on the palate. Dry and slightly sticky. Increasingly tart as it warms up. 5/5

Overall: This just might be Cascade's best beer. I enjoyed this more than Sang Royale and Sang Noir, which I absolutely adored. I love how tart and fruity this brew is.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark orange with some red hue. A small bubbly white heads that recedes quickly with no lacing.

Raspberry puree aroma with some strong lactic notes and some oak.

Again tons of jammy raspberry flavor. Don't get a ton of apricot although there is something fruity in addition to the raspberry I'm sensing. Sour lactic acid and drying oak on the end.

Medium body and carbonation.

In the vein of most other Cascades. Lactic sourness with fruit. Probably about middle of the road in terms of the Cascade fruit sours I've had. Some complexity is there, but raspberry overshadows some other flavor nuances. Still tasty.

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mild sour, some funk, nice blend of apricots and raspberries. The balance is rather good.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind BIF Beer #2

Super tart mouth puckering taste. Overpowering everything at first but still not unpleasant. Fruit flavors along with slight sweetness are revealed after becoming accustomed to the puckering.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Nothing super unique about this beer but nothing off-putting as well.

Almost no carbonation.

I had no idea what this was. I have had Noyaux twice in the last two months, and I don't remember it tasting like this at all. The other two bottles all had more carbonation than this one did, so we were thinking slight leakage maybe...

Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Belmont Station for the Puckerfest Cascade Event

a - pours a bright golden amber, one-inch white head with good retention and lacing, quite hazy

s - sour lemons, grapefruit and raspberries, light nuttiness and leather notes, also light oak barrel aromas on the nose

t - sour lemons dominate up front, raspberries show up on the midpalate with more tart citrus, very acidic, there is a light nuttiness, perhaps from the toasted Noyeaux, good deal of oak on the finish along with lingering lemon and raspberry flavors and some spices, alcohol is fairly well hidden

m - medium-to-light bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty dry on the finish, not much alcohol warming

d - very clean and refreshing on the palate, complexity is enough to keep it interesting, alcohol isn't ovewhelming, nor is the tartness/sourness

Very good stuff, but it probably took 3rd place at the event behind Sang Noir and Manhattan Transfer. Unique stuff that's different from anything else I've had.

Photo of brewtus
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Absolutely loved this, the apricot and raspberry work beautifully together. The fruit flavors are balanced perfectly, great color, plenty of tartness.

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer #2

When I pulled the cork there was absolutely no pop. As I pour the beer I'm not getting any bubbles to speak of. Right away I'm thinking this is an unblended lambic. The beer pours a light reddish amber color. The smell is tart and slightly funky with just a touch of lemon juice. The flavor follows with a strong vinegar and lemon sourness. There is just enough funk to but the tartness is the dominant flavor. The finish is really tart. The body is medium with a dry finish and no real carbonation. Overall I thought this was a good sour beer even without any carbonation. My guess is Doesjel from 3F.

The reveal: Cascade Noyaux

I totally missed the fruit in this one. The fact that it wasn't carbonated really threw me. I just had a bottle of this last week, and it was carbonated, so I'm not sure what happened. The good news was that the beer was still quite good, just a different experience. I was definitely fooled.

Photo of Etan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the recent release, into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours an apricot-like orange with a nice white head.

S: Nose is all funk and fruit. The noyaux is slightly sweet, yet also almost medicinal. The raspberries give the aroma an acidic edge. Plenty of oak and wet hay funk.

T: Puckering raspberry skin and apricot acidity, slight sweet raspberry flesh, drying oak, gamey brett, slightly nutty. Lactic and dry in the finish. Fruit lingers on the palate.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

O: This beer is a fruit bomb, and very sour. I really liked how the combination of raspberries and noyaux worked. Just a really great beer.

Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light burnt orange color with a small eggshell head that recedes quite rapidly to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin quite lactic and fruity. There are plenty of stone fruits and some lesser raspberry. The lactic acidity emerges more as it warms with some mild funkiness.

The tastes begin with some semi sweet and fairly tart raspberry fruitness with more emerging peach/apricot lighter fleshed fruits. There is some oak and a decent amount of sour and lactic yeast driven flavors that emerge more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is farily fruity and tart with a solid lactic presence.

Overall this was another very solid American Wild ale from Cascade but I think it may be a bit green right now. The lactic presence is pretty abrasive and may need some more time to mellow in the bottle for the flavors to develop. I feel these blonde based fruit beers are best at around 9 months in the bottle but maybe that is just me. I put these beers in a high regard so maybe I am alaways expecting too much after sampling all the best ones; not as spectacular as I was hoping for but still super solid.

Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project, 750ml bottle poured into Russian River Tulip

A: Cloudy-murky Orange / amber color body with two finger head that quickly disappears. Good amount of lacing. Warning* watch out when you open this bottle. It gushes a little bit. I lost about maybe an oz of beer

S: Smell-wise, it just smells like any other Cascade Sours. Citrous, yeast, funk, some bready malt. All normal (in a good way here).

T: WOW. Awesome. It's subtle but the "Noyaux" - whatever this is (I still can't quite figure out what it is after reading the description of what it is) really comes through nicely. It sort of rounds out the acidic sourness that is common in Cascade sours. This beer is definitely sour, but I would say it's not as acidic and sour as "the Vine". I get apricot, peach, citrus, sour grapes. After taste is bready malt. Very tart.

M: Medium to light body with lots of carbonation. Dry.

O: I think this is my 2nd favorite beer from Cascade (first one being Nightfall). Quite pricey though at $25 a bottle. Seek this one out!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to boralyl for getting this out my way. Served in a Cascade goblet. Pours a peach color with a light pinkish tint. The nose has aromas of raspberry and light apricot, along with a pretty heavy lactic presence. Flavor is quite pungent and very acidic. Mostly lactic, but a touch of acetic. Fruit character is fairly mild.

Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at at the Tree House bottle share back in December. Reviewed from my notes.

Super hazy peach Orange yeast chunks

N funk and sour fruit, peach or stone fruit like with light berry, lots of juicy fruit, a light malt, hint vinous and bit of oak

Taste sour fruit, stone fruit like with some raspberry, quite acidic, tart fruit bite, light bready yeast and almost chewy. Light oak flavors and barrel, dusty wood, hint vinous notes too. Finish is dry tart acidic. Delicious.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, quite tart, little flemmy, acidic bite.

Overall quite nice, a very good sour, great fruit and barrel flavors, etc.

Photo of jsm1289
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

well well well, we are at it again, this time with a delicious order of sours from Cascade.

although irrelevant to the beer review, the bottle i find to be quite sexy,

on to more pertinent topics

appearance- I rarely deduce anything from the appearance of the beer, nice reddish orange color, mildly hazy

smell- nice sour funky ness with a lot of raspberry notes, typical lambic notes, smells like it has some solid sweetness going on

taste- well definitely one of the best I have had in a while, full on delicious sour raspberry notes, followed by a soft, lingering sweetness. mouthfeel is superb, the sweetness stays on the palate and does a folk dance across my tongue, it really won't go away . nice singe at the front of the tongue upon sipping, sour notes and a clean sour bite hit you while the sweet raspberry flavors play around and hang around long after you swallow this excellent brew. I shall certainly be ordering more from Cascade.

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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.