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Cascade Noyaux - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 758
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 2.32%
Wants: 322
Gots: 149 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,541 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (802 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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... (571 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a beautiful golden sunset hue. Upon pouring, the is a quarter inch of head but this immediately vanishes with a violent hiss.

The aroma offers apricots, white wine, oak, tart and sour notes, sour cherries.

Absolutely delicious beer. Apricots dominate the fruit aspect of Noyaux, leaving the raspberries in the distance. Nice marriage of oak barrels, wine, and apricots. Sufficiently tart yet soft and light on the palate, even despite the nearly 9% abv.

Overall, this was delightful. A terrific beer from Cascade. (528 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%

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. (408 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/20/2010

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. (733 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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! (397 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened at a tasting 1/26/2012.

Pours a light apricot color with only a hint of pink, very nice but doesn't look like a raspberry sour.

Smells bright and very acidic, apricots and other light fruit, hints of raspberries, butter, and nuts.

Taste is similar, very bright and very sour, some apricots, more raspberry than in the nose, some of the same butter and nut flavors I got from the nose, hints of malty spice in the finish. Fruit is definitely present but doesn't dominate. Delicious sour.

Good carbonation, pretty drinkable despite the high acidity.

Excellent sour, my second favorite Cascade after Sang Noir. Maybe the most sour Cascade beer too.

9.2/10 (665 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark burnt orange in color with slight reddish highlights and a thin bubbly head that left little wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of raspberry fruit were noticeable upfront in the aroma with nice funky character, a bit of acidic notes in a good way, signs of apricot, mild vinous barrel coming through and hints of citrus.

T: the apricot fruit character was more apparent on the palate alongside great raspberry fruit flavor, oaky wood accents, good vinous barrel notes, a touch of vanilla, subtle apple and acidic tart qualities. Mmmmm

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a fruity, vinous, woody, acidic, mild sweet, slightly funky and tart finish.

O: exceptional beer all the way around and definitely glad I have more to crack open at my dispose. Geeahh!! (830 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
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! (1,127 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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! (661 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (936 characters)

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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.