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Cerise Nouveau - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sarlacc83 on 11-15-2012)
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Reviews by Auracom:
Photo of Auracom
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cascade's barrel house. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - I haven't seen this depth of color in a sour since St. Lamnivus more than a year ago. Blood-red wine coloring with a pink ring of foam. Still has good lacing.

S - Well ripened cherry, more sweet than sour with that aged fruit character. Underneath are red wine grapes, oak, and maybe a touch of acidity.

T - Further Bing cherries and oak barrel. Straight to the point.

M - Light-medium body, high and appropriate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - For want of more complexity, I'm not blown away. They really got the cherry component right though, without letting it go too tart. Shocked this is 9.25%, really no hint of that anywhere in the nose or drink.

Auracom, Dec 05, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cracked open during a tasting - thanks to whomever brought this one along. Pours a ruby color, dark-red and almost brown in some spots with a thin ring of slightly-pink head topping this one off and leaving no noticeable lacing along the sides. The aroma is very pleasant, cherry-oak flavors clash and mingle quite well, leading way to a bigger collage of berries; tart, sour, and sweet all at once. Moderate berries and grapes on the nose, as well, though the cherries are clearly the start of the show here, as expected (...CERISE, fucking duh). The oaky aroma definitely gets stronger as this one gets a little warmer.

But surprisingly enough, the oak is much more subdued on the palate, which is mildly upsetting. It's definitely there, but certainly plays tertiary to many of the other flavors. Fruits are the heaviest thing here - ripe cherries, green apples, berries; very, very sour and tart, nearly puckering. The tartness lasts for quite a while before it settles down and mellows out into a fruit-laden sweetness. There's a very light wet-wood flavor on the tail end - again, I wish this oak character was a bit stronger, I think it would work well with the sour cherries. Some cork flavors in the finish as well, feigning a slightly mild funky flavor... Was this brewed with brett yeast? I didn't think so, but this faint funky flavor tells me otherwise. Thin-medium body with a medium amount of carbonation.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit, although I am very partial to cherries - one of my favorite fruits. Nice tartness, good sour elements, and an oak aroma that I wish came out a bit more on the palate. Light funk at the end ties everything together. I'd love to have this one again.

tectactoe, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Dbrulet, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of standardcherry
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with a friend. Poured into a red solo cup (was the only thing at hand).

A: Dark red/brownish color. Tiny white head as we poured.
S: Tons of sour cherries, oak, some grape and funk. Smells great.
T: Quite sour but probably lower than other Cascade beers. Wood tannins, wine-like flavors, sour cherries, slight vinegar-like flavor.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Carbonation was not bad but I would have liked a bit more.
O: Great beer but definitely not Cascade's best. Still worth trying in my opinion.

standardcherry, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

dogfishandi, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -1.7%

acurtis, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ste5venla, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

switzer, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware

from notes

"This NW style sour ale is the Cerise Nouveau of cherry beers. It's a blend of red ales aged in oak barrels for up to eight months, then aged on fresh Bing cherries for an additional three months. "

Dark. More sweet than sour, really. Balsamic. Layers and layers of cherries - nowhere near as complex as sang noir/rouge/royal. In the endless array of fruit-forward Cascade beers, this wasnt one of the better ones.

dirtylou, May 06, 2013
Photo of leschkie
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

leschkie, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Bright blood red. No head. Just a few stray bubbles.

Smell - Wow, cherries. Cherry pie sweet and tart aroma. Malty and kinda musty.

Taste - More sour, but it's mostly sour cherry sourness. Less sweet than the smell suggests. Musty and grainy malts more prominent. Sour, but it dies down with the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium heavy, even a little syrupy.

Overall - Excellent cherry flavor. If you're into the intense fruit beers, this is good stuff.

Alieniloquium, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recently purchased bottle from the Raccoon Lodge, drank with daftcaskbc.

Appearance. Pours a deep maroon with barely a skim of head.

Smell. Sour cherries! There's a little light yeast, red grape, and a good amount of wood.

Taste. Quite sour, tart cherries, lots of tannic wood and some dry yeast.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, low carbonation.

Overall. Sour and nicely fruity with lots of wood. Nothing wrong with that!

Rutager, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

LotsofLupulin, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

largadeer, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Eighty
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Eighty, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby in the glass, not much carbonation.

S-Cherries, lots of them. Caramel, the red ale base is present and there is a slight oak note.

T-Nice sour notes and cherries, oak is there and once again a bit of the red ale base comes through.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A good sour, the red ale base added some depth to the beer but nothing spectacular.

rlee1390, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.7%

mendvicdog, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Mahlik
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Mahlik, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

oline73, Aug 30, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

wethorseblanket, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of Etan
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml from the recent release, into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark mahogany-purple with a nice reddish head.

S: Lots of red wine notes in the nose, along with sweet cherry flesh, some light acidity and horsey brett, and a bit of caramel maltiness.

T: Overripe dark cherries, very light and fruity acetic tartness, tannic and vinous, a slight note of roast in the finish.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with very light carbonation. Somewhat dry.

O: I was surprised at how light the sourness is considering this is from Cascade. Although it's not as complex as some other offerings from them, it's very drinkable and tasty.

Etan, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bstyle, May 08, 2013
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Cerise Nouveau from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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