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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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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 770
Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to moose3285 for rectifying the fact that I've never had any Cascade before. This showed up in an epic trade as an extra...no, you stay away from moose. He's mine. 750ML bottle brought to a tasting with friends.

The bottle open up with a semi-sonic boom! as the cork comes out, almost under its own power. Pour is a nice blond color, hazy but not gritty. Nose has a lovely tartness, along with a bunch of light, summery fruit. That's what I like to get out of a sour up front.

Noyaux has to be one of my favorite sours. The blonde ale base is light & refreshing, & is complemented by what I believed to be a lovely peach flavor (I was later corrected - apricot - nice, whatever it is). Great oakiness mid-palate, & another darker, but quiet, fruit taste that I'm going to interpret as the port barrels &/or raspberries. Long, lingering tart finish that's bright & shiny. Another sour that I could have plenty of.

Well, this was just lovely. I'd be pleased to find this in my glass any day or night. Maybe this Cascade thing will grow on me. Excellent, excellent beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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 John_M
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel room the other day. Another one of their special releases for OBF week.

The beer pours the color of apricots with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable apricot, vanilla, wine and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but I'm impressed by the amount of flavor I get in this beer. The sour is also a bit more pronounced on the palate, and I get some salt intermixed with the wine flavor and light raspberry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a long, sour, apricot flavored finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though the amount of sour I'm getting wears on me after a bit.

In retrospect, probably should have had this beer before the bourbonic plague. Regardless, this was another exceptional beer from Cascade.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

An 8 oz. pour at the Cascade Barrel room on 8/19/2014. The second of four beers I had while at the Barrel room (first being Sang Noir). Golden with a tinge of red. Clear. Very similar to Sang Noir, despite the lighter color. More acidic and lighter bodied. Nice play between the fruit sweetness, cherry sourness, and oak acidity. Light body and low carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
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 GuzzLah
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy yellow-light orange with an ephemeral white head. No lace. Light bubbles.

S - nice aroma of raspberry, lacto, mild oak, faint almond and faint floral.

T - is just like the aroma with a robust sourness. Moderate lacto presence, but not cheesy.

M - light-medium body. Low-medium carbonation. Mouth watering sour finish with a long sustain.

O - this is a really nice raspberry sour. The raspberry flavor isn't huge like NG Rasperry Tart, but there is just enough to compliment the puckering sourness. Another great beer from Cascade.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to stoad for providing me with a sample of this at Woodshop.

A: The pour is a hazy, light burnt orange color with minimal head formation.

S: The nose is nice and fruity with plenty of raspberries and apricots, it would seem. There's a nice lactic acidity and some mild funkiness.

T: There's an interesting sweetness to the beer that I didn't expect from the nose. The apricots and raspberry flavors seem to pop up again along with quite a nice sourness.

M: The beer has a medium body and low carbonation lending this one a slick mouthfeel.

D: Cascade really makes some great sour beers and this is no exception. A fantastic wild ale that I hope to try again at some point.

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Photo of harrymel
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project
ABV 8.94%

A pink hued golden ale with a loose surface of grey-white foam. Smells of raspberries, bits of marzipan, and a little oak - really reminds me of Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. Some hints of almond. Taste is crazy sour - ripping my enamel sour! Raspberries are in there, but fuck, this is SOUR. Some acetic quality, but tons of lemon, and hints of apricot in the back end. Thin beer with low carb and a dry finish, but the tartness makes me salivate Pavlovian style. Crazy beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark tangerine color with a bit of white head while fizzles out quickly to a still surface. No lacing or retention.

S: Raspberry in the forefront, with moderate oaky and spice notes, apricot, lactic acid, and orange. I love the interplay of the two fruits with the oak. Despite the name, I get more raspberry than apricot, but either way it's very nice.

T: Moderate sourness up front and throughout the sip, apricot is more forward here, light barrel, finishing with the same lactic sourness.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O: Tasty stuff, in the style of Cascade's other sour beers. I like the combination of fruit, and the barrel treatment adds a nice element. Sourness is a bit fatiguing and can limit the drinkability.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.22.13
2011 Project

A - Pours a clear reddish-orange with a fizzy than head that fades almost instantly.

S - Very tart and acidic. Some raspberry.

T - Super puckering tart with a mild raspberry finish. Tastes wonderful.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O -Super acidic and tart but nice raspberry flavors do show up.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some berry, apricot, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a super tart and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some fantastic flavors that make it a treat to drink.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Raccoon Lodge 3.25.10 poured into teardrop glass $5.00.

One finger frothy white head, medium dissipation with some lacing present throughout. Pink grapefruit colored cloudy body, a bit of visible carbonation. The nose is dominated by the raspberries, a bit of raisins from the port barrels, pinto pony horse blanket. Taste is the trademark Cascade Sour, berries up front healthy wallop of funk a bit of mango with a dry roasted finish from the yeast and apricot pits. Mouthfeel is light, very dry, astringent. Drinkability is dangerous at this ABV, perfect for a hot summer afternoon. Very tasty, another winner from Cascade, home of America's best sour beers.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the fall 2012 release
5oz Pinocchio's mini snifter

A: Pours cloudy grapefruit purée like. Not a lot of head but good carbonation. Streaming up from bottom. Lots of tiny bubbles rising up.

S: Awesome nose here. Really fruity and tart. Getting lots of those raspberries initially. Digging in you do pull some apricot as well. Some mild oak, but the fruit really is center stage and extremely pleasant with the funkiness going on.

T: Really tart up front. Get that raspberry. Big tart fruit. Plus some sweetness from apricot. The ABV is extremely well hidden. This is a dangerous drink at 8.5%. The mid palate the sourness isn't as cloying and you do pull some of that oak character. This leads into the bone dry close. Very similar to white wine.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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 dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of KDawg
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Tree House Brewery, I think this was brought by the Stone rep... Reviewed from notes:

A - Poured in to my Tree House glass a clear berry juice hue with a thin white head that faded to leave light wisps.

S - Wow, okay. Nice raspberry here along with good barrel notes and some faint wood. Quite enticing.

T - Sour raspberries, wonderful wooden barrels. This is super, super tart! Very faint vanilla and vinous notes.

M - Crisp, tart, light, and sour. What more could one want?

O - Overall, this was an awesome beer. Super stoked I got to try it. Big fan of cascade beers and I love raspberry so I knew this would be solid. Wish I had another one!

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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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A teardrop glass ($5), early evening on Thurs 3/25. Sat at a booth in the Den, watching NCAA hoops and guys play video poker.

A: The cop-out would be to call an apricot-based beer 'apricot' in color, but it's just about the perfect description...guess I'll go with 'butterscotch' to aptly characterize the hazed orangeness roiling in the glass. Plenty of carbonation rises to a 1/2 finger of dense white cream. Head dwindles shortly, long drips of lace trail each sip.

S: Big and pungent, an earthy nose that shares its tart fruitiness liberally. Apricots, of course - then a bracing sting of woodsy mustiness that sweetens and mellows when given some time.

T: As brash a tartness as one could ask for: a tangy citrus-like squeeze from the start. A bit of Meyer lemon, a murky tartness (that sometimes seems more like raspberries or blackberries) of white grape and the requisite apricots. Sneaking nuttiness that speaks of the 'noyeaux'/apricot pits used in crafting this...a mellowing sugariness that balances the sourness. Wonderful blend, a joy to sip.

M: Crisp carbonation, refreshingly quenching in a way that only fresh-squeezed lemonade can mimic. Medium body that never builds as much as the higher gravity and yeastiness led me to suspect; stayed lively/springy. Cleaner finish, fine notes of 'barrel' smoothness the further into the glass I went.

D: For an 8.5% brew that smacks of all things tart and funky - well, it's pretty damn drinkable. The subtlest boozy glow, but really the test is how much 'wildness' one's palate can accept. The 10-12 oz. in this glass was plenty good in a short sitting, but I coulda/woulda/shoulda enjoyed another had I had more time to spare. Worth seeking.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!!!

reviewed from notes on 11/21/12.

poured into a Cascade snifter/tulip hybrid glass.

Appearance: medium orange / peach bodied beer with a thin white head that drops down to cap.

Smell: really tart berries and vinegary notes seem to dominate. Its getting my palate ready for a sour bomb!

Taste: this beer is on the high end of a moderately sour beer. Its also got a big vinegary presence to it. Hint of berries, not much peach to speak of... a nice oak note. Its got influences of ripe melons and its pithy. Maybe even some stone fruits for good measure!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer almost a medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation levels. Super tart with a semi dry finish.

Overall: This is a really awesome Cascade sour! I am definately a fan of Cascade Sours! They have done this beer right as expected!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Growler opened by stoad at Woodshop 5.0. I heard this was poured at The Raccoon Lodge during Zwickelmania and I was dying to try it. Thanks for the opportunity. It appears dark cloudy orange.

The aroma is an amalgamation of various fruits, including oranges, apricots, peaches, raspberries, and white grapes. The sour character is lactic with earthy and light musty notes.

The flavor is of slightly tart apricots, raspberries, oranges, and white grapes, with a light acidity and a fairly clean lactic sourness. A slight musty quality is evident. Sweetness is at a moderate level and I notice a faint nuttiness. Carbonation was very low, but the acidity adds some texture. Another unique and enjoyable beer from Cascade.

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