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Cascade Noyaux - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 765
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 316
Gots: 153 | 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 emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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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 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 jvillefan
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The head is a lacy ivory white head that disappears quickly. The body is a light beautiful pink tinged orange color.

S: A rich aroma of berries and funk. There tart comes off potently and blends perfectly with the essence coming from the berries.

T: Sweet and tart at the same time. The berries add a pleasant flavor and the souring yeast is very obvious and delicious. In the background of the beer there is a creaminess that finishes the beer nicely. Well blended and perfectly balanced.

M: A little thin body but great carbonation.

O: Graet sour. On of my favorite. Well worth actively seeking out.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a cloudy dark apricot orange. Subtle white froth
(S)- Big acidity meets subtle oak and vibrant oaky fruits
(T)- Vibrant oaky fruits meets potent acidity. Great showing of oak. The triple base is subtle, but in conjunction with how sexy the fruits show in this, it creates a dynamic flavor profile
(M)- Great carbonation level meets a great balance. Almost sweet/jammy fruits meets an oaky acidity and funk
(O)- Possibly one of my most favorites from Cascade. Would enjoy them MUCH more often if they werent so damned expensive

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Noyaux from Cascade Brewing out of Portland, Oregon. This is an intentionally soured blonde ale aged in white port barrels with raspberries and apricot pits.

Score: 98

2011 project (2012 release) bottle served in a Goose Island Chicago Flag snifter and enjoyed on 02/23/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a thin amount of white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. No floaties; clean in appearance. 4/5

Smell: Apricots, sour raspberries and oak. A touch of vanilla and some peach notes too. A little plasticky funk too, but in a good way akin to how Cascade Strawberry smelled. 4.75/5

Taste: A nice medley of tart raspberries, tart apricot and peach. Lingering tart citrus zest and peach flavor. Nice tartness and growing pucker as it warms up. Faint oak too. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, low-medium carbonated. Super tart, nice pop on the palate. Dry and slightly sticky. Increasingly tart as it warms up. 5/5

Overall: This just might be Cascade's best beer. I enjoyed this more than Sang Royale and Sang Noir, which I absolutely adored. I love how tart and fruity this brew is.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apricot, fruit, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, apricot, tart, sour, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I honestly did not know what to expect going into this one as I had heard of it, but not really paid it any attention. However, what I found was really quite excellent. The apricot notes in this one were really nice and very refreshing. This made it quite drinkable despite the major tart aspect going on. A really nice surprise that showed up at the tasting that evening that I wouldn’t mind trying again or seeing how it develops with a little time in a proper cellar.

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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 Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy peach-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Lactic sourness, peach, almond, sweet fruity Belgian style yeast, berries and light fruits. Yum.

Taste. Sour red berries, a little vinegar, some fruity yeast, a bit of almond and peach. Nice. Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, low+ fine and slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall. One of the better tasting sours from Cascade imo. Really enjoying this one and wish I had bought several more bottles.

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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 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 jsm1289
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

well well well, we are at it again, this time with a delicious order of sours from Cascade.

although irrelevant to the beer review, the bottle i find to be quite sexy,

on to more pertinent topics

appearance- I rarely deduce anything from the appearance of the beer, nice reddish orange color, mildly hazy

smell- nice sour funky ness with a lot of raspberry notes, typical lambic notes, smells like it has some solid sweetness going on

taste- well definitely one of the best I have had in a while, full on delicious sour raspberry notes, followed by a soft, lingering sweetness. mouthfeel is superb, the sweetness stays on the palate and does a folk dance across my tongue, it really won't go away . nice singe at the front of the tongue upon sipping, sour notes and a clean sour bite hit you while the sweet raspberry flavors play around and hang around long after you swallow this excellent brew. I shall certainly be ordering more from Cascade.

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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 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 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 Gobzilla
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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!!

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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 AlexFields
4.46/5  rDev +3%
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.


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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 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 notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark apricot color. A thin white head oes down quickly.

S: Oak, raspberries, raspberry skin, apricot skin, some lactic sourness and some faint almond paste. Smells pretty fantastic.

T: Raspberry jam, apricot flesh, some tart mango, a good dash of lactic sourness without ever becoming too sour, tart plum and some oak. Really good stuff.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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 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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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.