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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 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 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 JoEBoBpr
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cascade Brewing Noyaux
2011 Project

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice deep and dark orange color with some nice amber hues. There is a nice half-inch white head that form and is quite lively, receding quickly to a thin ring around the glass. (4.0)

Aroma starts with some nice tart notes. Fruit sourness mostly. Apricot sweetness and sourness comes through the nose with intense raspberry notes. Nice and fruity with some slight wood notes. There is some awesome mild sweetness in the nose as well. (4.5)

The flavor starts with sharp fruity tartness. Big apricot and raspberry notes that are tart and sharp but also have a nice sugary sweetness on the back end. There is a nice woody oak note to the flavor as well, slightly earthy. This brew has an amazing sour fruit flavors with some nice fruit notes and a great woody balance. Mouthfeel is light to medium with complex flavors but a clean and crisp finish that is also dry. (5.0)(4.5)

I have yet to be disappointed by Cascade. Quickly climbing my favorite brewers list. There is a great combination of flavors with some nice woody notes. This is an amazing brew with mix of raspberry and apricot flavors. (5.0)

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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 WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2011 Project, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot color, produces a thin white head, has nice retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Lots of raspberries and skins, as it warms the noyaux aroma really comes out, which has a really interesting sweet, almost almond-ey character.

T- Sharp lactic acidity, lots of fresh raspberry and a hint of apricot, the noyaux is nicely present again, with some sweetness and almond flavors, it's really interesting and unique.

M- Medium-bodied, I wouldn't have guessed this was 9%, has a sharp acidity with a dry and tannic finish.

O- A damn delicious beer, so far I haven't had anything from Cascade that wasn't excellent, and this is up there with Sang Noir with my favorites from them, the use of noyaux is really awesome and unlike any other beer I've had before, this is a really great beer.

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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 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 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 DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Docer
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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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 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 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 sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of stealth
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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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 jbwimer
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 brewtus
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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 djbreezy
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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