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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 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 DefenCorps
2.88/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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 ccrida
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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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 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 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 Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of BMMillsy
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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 scottfrie
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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 FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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 msubulldog25
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A teardrop glass ($5), early evening on Thurs 3/25. Sat at a booth in the Den, watching NCAA hoops and guys play video poker.

A: The cop-out would be to call an apricot-based beer 'apricot' in color, but it's just about the perfect description...guess I'll go with 'butterscotch' to aptly characterize the hazed orangeness roiling in the glass. Plenty of carbonation rises to a 1/2 finger of dense white cream. Head dwindles shortly, long drips of lace trail each sip.

S: Big and pungent, an earthy nose that shares its tart fruitiness liberally. Apricots, of course - then a bracing sting of woodsy mustiness that sweetens and mellows when given some time.

T: As brash a tartness as one could ask for: a tangy citrus-like squeeze from the start. A bit of Meyer lemon, a murky tartness (that sometimes seems more like raspberries or blackberries) of white grape and the requisite apricots. Sneaking nuttiness that speaks of the 'noyeaux'/apricot pits used in crafting this...a mellowing sugariness that balances the sourness. Wonderful blend, a joy to sip.

M: Crisp carbonation, refreshingly quenching in a way that only fresh-squeezed lemonade can mimic. Medium body that never builds as much as the higher gravity and yeastiness led me to suspect; stayed lively/springy. Cleaner finish, fine notes of 'barrel' smoothness the further into the glass I went.

D: For an 8.5% brew that smacks of all things tart and funky - well, it's pretty damn drinkable. The subtlest boozy glow, but really the test is how much 'wildness' one's palate can accept. The 10-12 oz. in this glass was plenty good in a short sitting, but I coulda/woulda/shoulda enjoyed another had I had more time to spare. Worth seeking.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this want! 750ml corked and caged bottle into Torst stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse layer of white bubble that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear peach and red tea. No lace, no legs. Pretty shabby.

Nose is slight tart raspberries, band-aid, oak and just a touch of funk. I guess I can kind of see the apricot presence but its very, very faint at best. Still, moderately aromatic and decent.

Opens tart raspberry and wine notes. More red fruit tartness in the middle with heavy acidity that climaxes towards the middle-end. Band-aid, oak and a mellow funk right at the end. Vinegary too. Finishes sour with a funky, Brett-y aftertaste. This one is almost over-the-top sour. Decent but very acidic.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, oily, and filmy in the mouth and goes down dry and prickly. Dry finish with a puckering aftertaste. Pretty good (though I like my sours a bit flat).

An ok beer overall but for what Cascade puts out, this isn't one of their better offerings. A bit flat and way too acidic and tart. I feel like the sour really covers all the complexities of the fruit they tried to use here. Where am I supposed to taste the toasted apricot seed meat? Cool to try but I wouldn't revisit this.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Belmont Station for the Puckerfest Cascade Event

a - pours a bright golden amber, one-inch white head with good retention and lacing, quite hazy

s - sour lemons, grapefruit and raspberries, light nuttiness and leather notes, also light oak barrel aromas on the nose

t - sour lemons dominate up front, raspberries show up on the midpalate with more tart citrus, very acidic, there is a light nuttiness, perhaps from the toasted Noyeaux, good deal of oak on the finish along with lingering lemon and raspberry flavors and some spices, alcohol is fairly well hidden

m - medium-to-light bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty dry on the finish, not much alcohol warming

d - very clean and refreshing on the palate, complexity is enough to keep it interesting, alcohol isn't ovewhelming, nor is the tartness/sourness

Very good stuff, but it probably took 3rd place at the event behind Sang Noir and Manhattan Transfer. Unique stuff that's different from anything else I've had.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Raccoon Lodge on St. Paddy's Day. Thanks to ramnuts for DDing. From notes, so pardon the brevity.

A: Pours a very murky glowing orange-amber body with a half-finger of off-white head, short retention, thin collar, no lacing.

S: Raspberry tartness, apricot, lactic sourness, citrus (orange, lemon), spice phenols, oak.

T: Tart raspberries up front, delivering an undercurrent of apricot. It segues neatly into lactic sourness balanced by white port sweetness, orange, lemon, and oak. The finish is dry, bringing out spices, some nuttiness.

M: Light-bodied. Low carbonation that is amply replaced by the acidic body, which creates a fairly clean finish.

D: I enjoyed this one. The market saturation of American Wilds is producing a lot of high-quality beers. This isn't in the top tier, but it's enjoyable enough to be in the next one.

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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 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 brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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