Cascade Noyaux - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 321
Gots: 150 | FT: 11
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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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
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.

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 harrymel
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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 MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Auracom
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
2.88/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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 Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

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

Bought two bottles of this...may need to buy more. Pours a cloudy reddish-pinkish-orange color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Very nice-looking beer. Scent is wonderful. Good amount of acidic stone fruit and fresh raspberry. Wow, such ripe fruit aromas. Raspberries are more in the nose than any apricot (or other fruit) aromas. Wine-like aromas...chardonnay. Taste is immediately reminiscent of a dry chardonnay...but with a ton of raspberry flavor. The raspberry flavor is not forced or out of place though. Very fresh and complimentary to the flavor. Acidic, but only for the sake of great fruit flavor. This beer sure does have some great fruit flavor. Mainly raspberries, but as it warms up, you get apricots, nectarines, plumots, and a hint of strawberry. Oaky, wine-like finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat dry, and puckering in the finish. Drinkability is very high. Almost 9% ABV is non-existent in the aroma or taste...possibly there in the mouthfeel. Maybe a slight warming sensation. Overall, Cascade is just killing it with the sour genre. Never had a bas sour beer from them. I will continue to support this brewery if they continue to put out delicious gems like this one. I'm hesitant to age my other bottle, considering how tasty the fruit profile is right now.

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 brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an orangy hue and a thin, whitish head. A thin bead rings the glass with a few streaks of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with soured fruit and bright acid. Tannic, tart apricot pits with appleskins and a hint of raspberry. A bit tropical with hints of grapeskins and peaches.

Medium bodied with a sharp, crisp mouthfeel. Puckering and a bit perky in the jowels.

Sour, tart orange fruits with aspirin-dusted peach and apricot pits start the palate. Vineous and quite sour with loads of under-ripe fruit and lemon-pulp following through.

Finishes with a lingering soured fruit assault, jowel-watering and puckering in nature, with a pithy intensity.

One of Cascade's more intense beers. Very nice but some funky brett would really blow this one out of the water.

Photo of stealth
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange/apricot colored beer, murky (like the other Cascade brews I've had), with no head (it dissipates rapidly). Lots of carbonation bubbles while you drink. Very sour, fruity aroma. Just take a whiff and you know your palate is going to be working hard. A taste presents a hard blast of sour and fruity tartness. Very well balanced beer with tons of flavor. Some sours get hard to drink as you work through a bottle because the sourness builds and builds and your mouth just gets tired, but this beer is extremely drinkable and a 750ml didn't wear me out. Zero hints of the alcohol in this brew. I thought this had lots of prickly carbonation, really tickled my tongue as I drank it.

Overall, if you like sours, you will want to try this. Absolutely delicious beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased online from the Brewery.

It's an orange coloured brew , cloudy, small head of foam that shrinks but doesn't go away totally. The little bit of foam still does leave some nice lacing behind and, oh, I see the beer's entry has the name spelled wrong. It's Noyaux. Update to be sent.

The smell, well, it's just heavenly. Big apricots, almost as big raspberries, the aroma you get from oak barrel aging...sourness supreme but I suspect, the taste won't be way over the top.

Apricot sourness, raspberry sourness, woody notes..man, this is one hell of an American Wild. Every new sip seems to kill the previous sip and this is one example(of many) of why certain brews *should* be bottled in the 750ml format. 8.94% abv? It doesn't drink that strong at all; this is dangerously drinkable.

Medium bodied, lightish to moderate carbonation(lightish on the front, moderate on the back end), the mouthfeel is just right for the style.

To sum things up, Noyaux may be the best Cascade brew I've had the pleasure of drinking and none that I've had came close to disappointing me. A BIG thumbs up to Cascade's brewing efforts!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of boMD
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of enjoying this twice during Zwickelmania, once poured by Ron Gansberg right from the Zwickel at Cascade Brewing, the second was off the tap at Saraveza. Also enjoyed a couple times during Puckerfest over the summer and a little once the new Barrel House opened.

Pours a golden/orang-ish with a thick, fluffy, white head. Aroma of sour berry fruits, lactic-like yeast, and surprisingly, a very noticeable almond-like note from the apricot nut. Dry palate, very sour and puckering and very astringent. The raspberry lent towards fruit tones, but didn't stand out as raspberry. The Noyeaux made an appearance towards the finish.

Photo of ccrida
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the barrel house, Noyeaux is a hazy dark peach with a small white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is mostly on the sweet side, some raspberry, but with a nice little funkiness on the tail end.

Taste is great, a nicely balanced level of pucker really plays well with the robust raspberry flavor, with a nice wash of white port on the finish. This is super tasty, a really drastic improvement over when it first came out (1+ years IIRC). I'm surprised how much the raspberry has come out, with the port mellowing, and the overall complexity increasing drastically. I could personally stand a stronger pucker factor, but I like my sours to the extreme, and this is still a great beer. I'm not sure how much I'm getting for the extremely manually intensive toasted apricot nuts though.

Mouthfeel is on the slick side, lighter bodied, nice, fine carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is an amazing beer.

Photo of Shanonbanana
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draught at Cascade Barrel House in a snifter.

A- Cloudy orange colour, reminiscent of apricots. No head to speak of, yet with light lacing throughout.

S- Barnyardy up front, like freshly harvested hay. The tartness of raspberries immediately follows.

T- Just as expected from the smell, a strong tart flavour of raspberry hits the tongue initially. The requisite, yet lovely, bitterness of a sour coats the tongue while an unexpected sweetness of raspberry puree rounds out the finish.

M- Light-medium body, with an effervescence which stays constant throughout.

D- A perfect companion on a hot evening; what I fondly refer to as a porch-sipping beer. Simply a pleasure to drink.

Photo of djbreezy
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Barrel House in Portland, OR. Served in a snifter.

appearance - glowing orange, some elegant lacing that spottily hangs around, opaque

smell - raspberry, apricot, oak, fruity

taste - tart, citrus, raspberry grape, funk, sweet, sour

mouthfeel - fairly smooth, well carbonated

drinkability - truly an amazing AWA, complex and enjoyable

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!

Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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