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Cascade Noyaux - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 785
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.89%
Wants: 311
Gots: 155 | FT: 13
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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 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 pedio, but you could have fooled me with this one, unless it was picked up from the barrel flora or they just use a really potent strain of lacto. 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

another gem from cascade, although i dont really know what i was expecting with peach nut. it certainly doesnt taste anything like peaches, and is in fact rather nutty and sweet, almost like and almond, while the tartness of fresh raspberries add to the tartness of an already very lactic sour beer, and the port wine adds a rich booze kick and thicker texture. to call this complex is a gross understatement, but unlike the sangs, this one doesnt resolve quite as well i dont think. the fruit seems intense, i find myself looking for the peach nut, which i dont even know what that is supposed to taste like, so im assessing it weirdly. i need to learn to relax on analysis and just drink a beer i dont understand. the fruit is great, raspberries are subtle, but bring the best out of the barrel treatment. the alcohol is a little sharp in the finish, but its a nice cut to the fruity sweetness. the grain seems heavier in this one too, fuller bodied and more dense. white port is not something i am real familiar with, but i still taste red grape here, maybe a skinless wine, not sure, but its a neat twist on the palate. as a beer on the whole this is genius, but its not a real good one to dissect, being foreign to the main ingredient. a touch more carbonation would lift it a little, but i like the slow unwrapping of it all. cascade is no doubt one of the best in the world at these inventive wild beers. maybe below my expectations, but those may have been ignorantly founded. beautiful beer, worthy of its high praise and then some.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage, on-tap at the brewery, served in a snifter.

A: The body is a shade lighter than iced tea with a fuzzy off-white colored head.
S: I get scents of dry and woody oak followed by stone fruit, apricots, and faint raspberry. Very dry, earthy, and fruity smelling.
T: Apricot and earthy, spicy, woody oak up front, followed by a hint of vanilla and fresh raspberry in the finish. The finish is nutty and full of stone fruits, especially peach. The aftertaste is very juicy, almost tropical. Drying and juicy aftertaste. Slight honey.
M: Medium-full body, soft and fluffy carbonation, good drying tartness but no harsh bite at all. Very smooth and drinkable.
O: Cascade does not cease to amaze me. Apricot, raspberry, and oak blend expertly well. I could drink this all day erry day.

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Photo of Jonada
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%

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 Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

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Photo of brewtus
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Shared at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. Pours a funky reddish brown color with fluffy white head on top that sticks around a bit for a sour brew. Beautiful aroma of apricots and strawberries, some definite vinegar and acidic notes to go with it. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly with juicy raspberries and tart apricots, and some expected sour vinegar flavors to go along. The body is juicy and finishes dry, with medium carbonation. This is easily the best sour I’ve had from Cascade, who has been a mixed bag for me. My two favorite fruits in a sour come together beautifully here.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of jbaker67
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a touch of gold a thin white head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has a good amount of oak and apricot with a bit of sour red fruits and light acid. Flavor starts with more raspberry and sourness with a bit of apricot towards the finish and an acid note that grows throughout.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.