Cerise Nouveau - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.19/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
02-10-2013 20:30:36 | More by tectactoe
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-26-2013 06:30:51 | More by standardcherry
3.99/5 rDev -1.7%
750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware
"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.
05-06-2013 02:07:06 | More by dirtylou
4.18/5 rDev +3%
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.
06-16-2014 20:20:46 | More by Alieniloquium
British Columbia (Canada)
4.19/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
02-18-2013 01:38:36 | More by Rutager
4/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-08-2014 18:20:28 | More by rlee1390
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-09-2012 23:17:39 | More by Etan
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Cerise Nouveau 2012 Project
A: Wine color. It looks like carbonated Cabernet ^^ One finger head.
S: Typical Cascade sours aroma, cherries, citrus, some sweetness, funk, jam
T: It's not as strong, but you can definitely get the cherries. Sour, tart, oak, funk.
M: Perfect amount of carbonation, dry finish.
O: I am very biased since I happen to enjoy all (most) Cascade sours and this one was no exception. Bing cherries aren't very dominant in the aroma or taste (although it definitely dominates in the appearance). Recommended but there are better sours by Cascade (like Noyaux, Sang Noir, Nightfall blackberry, etc.)
Edit: I let the beer warm a bit and it tasted a whole lot better. Bing cherries can be tasted more and it adds more flavor and tartness. I adjustd my scores to give a 4.5 average.
12-05-2012 04:00:35 | More by sukwonee
3.35/5 rDev -17.5%
Big thanks to boralyl for getting this out my way. Served in a Cascade goblet. Pours a very dark red, looking almost exactly like red wine. The nose similarly has a lot of red-wine-type character. Some tannins along with mild cherry. Flavor is earthy and slightly fruity. Very low carbonation, and only a moderate amount of acidity.
12-16-2012 20:02:23 | More by Thorpe429
Cerise Nouveau from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.