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Cascade Noyaux - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 770
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 22.4%
Wants: 311
Gots: 152 | FT: 12
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.88/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the Barrel House yesterday.

Amber with a dense, white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is lactic and sour with a moderate acetic character. Plenty of berry character is present. Nice. The palate opens fatty, rancid, greasy with a blend of raspberries, cherries and blackberries. Mildly buttery, this is oily and greasy. Poor IMO.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the barrel room.

A: Reddened clay color with a scattering of lace and leftover lace.

N: Cherries, raspberries, lactic acid, oak, black peppercorn. Hints of acetone and vinegar. Some dried apricot in here.

T: Starts out very sweet and them moves to explicit sour. It’s the patented Cascade sweet-tart effect.

M: Sticky, carbonated, and medium bodied.

O: Pretty good and definitely enjoyable - a cut above some of their other offerings. That said, you couldn’t get me to pay the asking price for a bottle.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Raccoon Lodge on St. Paddy's Day. Thanks to ramnuts for DDing. From notes, so pardon the brevity.

A: Pours a very murky glowing orange-amber body with a half-finger of off-white head, short retention, thin collar, no lacing.

S: Raspberry tartness, apricot, lactic sourness, citrus (orange, lemon), spice phenols, oak.

T: Tart raspberries up front, delivering an undercurrent of apricot. It segues neatly into lactic sourness balanced by white port sweetness, orange, lemon, and oak. The finish is dry, bringing out spices, some nuttiness.

M: Light-bodied. Low carbonation that is amply replaced by the acidic body, which creates a fairly clean finish.

D: I enjoyed this one. The market saturation of American Wilds is producing a lot of high-quality beers. This isn't in the top tier, but it's enjoyable enough to be in the next one.

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Photo of Auracom
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cascade's barrel house. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Medium amber golden. Light eggshell head with a hint of cherry. Good lacing.

S - Raspberries, apricot marmalade, lightly nutty, floral. Pretty jammy for any sour and more reminiscent of a red wine in that regard.

T - Plentiful raspberries again - but not like a straight framboise. Less almond here, with a hint of balsamic vinegar. Tannic oak element shows up into the finish.

M - Light body, high and appropriate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - Not as hugely rich as I'd hoped. The fruit blend here is nicer in the aroma and is a bit more restrained in the taste.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by someone at Zwanze Day. Chris? Ryan? Served in a Zwanze tulip.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thick collar and some wisp, but minimal lacework. Hazy peach-flesh body.

S - Super fruity, with loads of tropical funk, raspberry, stone fruits, and lactic acidity. Quite sweet, but with an undercurrent of fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt.

T - The taste is initially quite similar, but then yields to a surprising intense acidity and sourness that seems vaguely disconnected from the the sweet and fruity raspberry and stone fruit flavors. A bit bipolar.

M - Smooth, medium body mid-palate, with lower carbonation. Very dry and tannic in the finish, with a surprising note of alcohol warmth and fairly intense acidity.

D - A solid beer, and one I'd drink again, but not my favorite Cascade offering. The acidity seems oddly disconnected from the extremely fruity and sweet flavor; perhaps a bit more time developing in the bottle with improve things.

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Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow color with a small, very lightly off-white colored head.

S: The aroma is quite funky and sour offering up notes of apricot and floral qualities.

T: Taste is more of the same. Fairly aggressive sourness, tart apricot, lemon, floral notes, just a hint of berries and some light oakiness.

M: Body is on the lighter side as is the carbonation. Aggressive sour tartness without anything to balance it out.

O: Had this one immediately following a Sang Noir, so the comparisons are inevitable. Noyaux had a better nose to it, but Sang Noir tasted better, offering up more fruit and a better balance. Overall, a nice beer, but not one that I think I'd want a whole bottle of.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy yellow with almost no head. The nose is somewhat musty with a huge dose of earthiness, with tons of apricot and oak. Taste is very tart up front with a nice amount of sweetness. Oak is a little lighter on the taste than the nose. Cherry, apricot, and oak come through the strongest. Overall, very nice with to a of flavor.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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...

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours like a can of seltzer would with a loose white head that fades as quickly as it forms without lacing. The body appears to be a cloudy, dull, rusty amber with a nose reminiscent of vinegar, berries (in this case raspberries and cherries) and no distinct notes of toasted noyaux. The beer drinks with a lot more fruit forward sweetness than expected followed by a tart, dry, yet sweet palate washing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, and semi-sweet. It's definitely one of the most drinkable sours I've had since figaro. I'd recommend trying this beer, it's at least worth a try.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75cl bottle of the 2011 vintage, generously extra'd my way by Patrick. Thanks a lot. Opened up at Dustin's place on 24 August, poured into an unlabeled snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden brown colour, with an offwhite head that isn't particularly large or fluffy but is there momentarily, and disappears. No lacing to speak of.

Smells very, very, very sour. In a good way, but not like Beatification. Very lactic rather than acidic. Not much of the fruits here, just a mellow mixture of apricot and maybe raspberry. No cherries here. It just smells extremely lactic and it is awesome. I would have liked more fruits in the nose though.

It also tastes extremely sour. Mouthpuckeringly so. Its got a slight, sweet underlying fruity malt backbone that attempts to balance out the lactic acidity, but in a way it does not accomplish this. Yet, this beer is very sour in a good way. I think the flavour on this has passed it by over the past 2 years.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied brew, awesome carbonation, feels great swishing it around in my mouth with the subsequent mouthpuckering. Clears off my palate very quickly and was perfect for the tasting. No booziness or heat here at all.

Ended up being very sour, not particularly complex and that is probably due to its age. I don't know how it was cellared since 2011, but it is delightfully sour and worked well as a palate cleanser in a pinch. I get the sense that this beer used to be more than this though, and would probably recommend trying this beer fresh.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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 snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 thagr81us
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%

2013 Project. 9.94% ABV. 750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a darker shade of orange with a pinkish hue. About a finger of an off white head settles to a thick ring and patches of a fine coating. Body is hazy with some small yeast chunks at a the bottom and light visible carbonation.

Smell: Raspberry, lactic acidity, oak, peach/apricot, strawberry, slight red wine character.

Taste: Medium/high clean lactic sourness. Raspberry, tart citrus, oak, more red berries with a pale malt backbone and very slight nuttiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium assertive carbonation. Finishes tart with some residual sweetness, but the carbonation prevents it from being cloying. Surprisingly refreshing for almost 10%.

Overall: Another good one from Cascade and well worth seeking out. However, as is typical for them, this is a more clean and fruit forward sour, so don't go in expecting something funky.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange pink body with a quickly receeding white head.

Tart and tangy fruitiness on the nose. Raspberries more specifically.

Makes ya pucker, at least on the first few sips. Fruits pop out, peach and apricot perhaps, raspberry sour. I'd give this a 6.5 on the sour scale.

Medium biting carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Really like this one, per usual with Cascade. Thanks a bunch 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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Photo of kevanb
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Cascade Barrel Room snifter

The beer pours a light amber color, touches of apricot color as well as garnet and light burgundy. Fairly hazy complexion with a half finger of fizzy white head that dissipates immediately and leaves no lace behind. The aroma is quite puckering and sour with funk, oak, wine character with nice rugged apricot with some prickly raspberry and strawberry. The beer is quite sour and lactic, lots of funk and oak, predominant raspberry and apricot fruit with some sweet strawberry and white grape. The body is very lively and puckering, lots of carbonation and that mildly abrasive at the finish which has a nice creaminess to it.

Verdict: A very pleasant sour from Cascade, which is no surprise. It has quite a nice fruit profile and the wine influence is a great subtle touch. The complexity is there and the balance is nice, but this is a fairly aggressively sour brew that isn't really all that delicate.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1804th review on BA
Bottle to Cascade snifter
750 ml c/c

2013 vintage

Thanks Jazz.

App- Out of the bottle I really wasn't sure what color this would be. I figured more pinkish orange for some reason. Was a little surprised by the solid orange with some yellow highlights. A very nice long lasting 1-1/2 finger head was there. For a sour BA beer a ton of cling. Quite beautiful.

Smell- When I brought this one up for a smell, I was a little let down. A bit one dimensions. Standard Cascade-sequel nose with some oak and yeast and sour. Small fruit aromas.

Taste- I was surprised at this one when first opening and letting sit. A first sip was more oak and vinegar and took some time for the fruits to come out. As it warmed a citrus flavor and tartness came in. More oak barrel shown through and lingered for a bit.

Mouth- Between the appearance and the feel of this beer it was only off on the flavor a little bit. The fluffy and creamy aspects of this made it a superb beer on the tongue. A big medium body with a lower carbonation made this drink really well.

Drink- It was a good beer. A tad $$$ for what it was. I am glad I got my hands on a bottle since I missed this one when I was at cascade last year.

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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.