Cascade Noyaux
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #39
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #387
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 6.82%
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
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Cascade NoyauxCascade Noyaux
Notes: 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 CraigDeMoss
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottling into Grimm tulip.

Poured a beautiful deep, translucent orange with a finger or two worth of head. Little to no lacing.

Smells great. Big, sour citrus notes, not much beyond that. Warmed up to a spruce pine tone. Solid

The taste is where it comes together, super refreshing with a mellow apricot complementing the tart berry affront. Hints at oak and white grape for me

Effervescent, borderline champagne feel, soon sidelined by the spunk and funk of yeast cultures.

Very complex, surprisingly. good on a sunny late spring/early summer afternoon. Will most definitely have another. Delicious!

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Photo of andrewsaputo
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange and extremely fizzy to start most likely because it’s a 2013 project. Aroma is fruity and tangy. Taste is complex with hints of raspberry and apricot lined with the barrel. Sour ending and oaky finish.

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Photo of Roustabout
3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The closest I've come to loving a soda-adjacent sour (this was the "Frutopian" Noyaux, suggesting an awareness of this). The tangerine pumps up the Runts quotient.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.17/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a reddish color ale with a small bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of vinegary notes with some raspberry and acidic notes is quite intense. Taste is a mix of vinegary notes with strong acidic content, some raspberry and light berry notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. There is some sign of a great beer but it is buried under a ton acidity and come close to resembling to vinegar.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shiny clear amber with a creamy off-white collar.

Smell is acidic, seedy raspberry, rose and rosé.

Taste is also raspberry dominant, sour and sharp, with oak, but the apricot is not very present.

Thin, slick yet crisp and roundly dry.

2015 vintage

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2014 Project (9.29% ABV). Served in a MadTree Teku, the beer pours an amber/orange/reddish color with about an inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like raspberries, apricot, and oak. It tastes like raspberries, oak, apricots, lemon/lime citrus, green apples and a bit of nuttiness. Lots of tartness here, this is a really tasty sour ale! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also pretty easy to drink, and the 9+% ABV is well hidden from all the fruity/citrus flavor and tartness. This is one of the better sours I've had recently, definitely worth picking this one up.

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Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly better than expected head which crests just past one finger, even surface that steadily sizzles down to a thin surface coating, likewise you get a few lacing streaks that surprise in their stickiness. The liquid is a super cloudy reddish orange, fully opaque, quite a bit of tiny widely dispersed bubbles swirl aggressively throughout. The nose is sharply boozy and immediately shows the oak influence, buttered toast, vanilla fudge and challah bread more than sweeter caramel or such, archly sour lime to lemon citrus tones, there’s a poached concentration to the apricot, peach scents but the sourness decisively trumps any coalescing sweetness, yeast, mint, then lighter vegetal compost, in the end the oak crushes all else. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, sour with good plus scrubbing sensation from the carbonation, feels acidic. Strawberry, cherry, apricot, white grape fruit flavors predominate, the citrus cuttingly bright, white grapefruit to lemon. Yeasty without any buttery sweetness. It is a big beer in terms of palate presence and heft, however, there is subtle complexity to be found. Its relentlessness is its strength and weakness, there’s nowhere to relax in it. Electric charge, best shared among 2-3 imbibers. (2014 Project)

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Photo of Phineasco
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pink/burnt orange with 2 inch white head.
Smell: Rasperries, strawberries, apricot, and wood.
Taste: Raspberries, strawberries, red whine, and wood.
Mouthfeel: Delicate and complex.
Overall: A good complex sour from Cascade.

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Photo of citizencane
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange, with some lacing around the rim which lingers-interesting, considering many sours have zero head or lacing. Smells of peach, grape, and barrel. Taste is winey, peachy, with a hint of peach pit and booziness. Wonderfully complex yet drinkable, even at 8.5%. No dryness or burn at all.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish orange. Medium, foamy, white head that lasts shortly.

Smells tart berry, raspberry, yeast funk, oaky and light wine.

Tastes quite tart fruit, berry, acidic, citrus and lemon. Followed by light yeast funk and oak. Finish is dry with a fruity linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Buck89
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. A beautiful clear amber-orange with a frothy white head. Great lacing.
The nose was heavy funk, oak, and must. Very subtle fruit.
The taste was bright fruit. Very tart with a clean sourness with plenty of raspberries and ripe apricot. A complex mix with the oak, vanilla, and funk. Discordant from the smell. Medium-bodied and easy drinking.

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Photo of Pontzie
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cage and cork bottle... 2014 project.

L: poured a beautiful orange where the peachy pink hue was clearly present and amazingly pretty. The head was minimal and a fine white color. The cool part was the peach color of the beer lit up the white head and gave it a cool peach hue as well. Looks phenomenal.

S: Very clearly a sour fruit mash. More subtle than many other sours. Apricot and oak barrel scent layered in to the beautiful massive sour scent.

T: Wow.... deeply complex. The sour hits early, but is moderated by a very smooth apricot. The mellow nature of this is off the charts delicious.

M: The carbonation is clear and strong for a sour. It bubbles almost like a champagne in the mouth. Alcohol is fully masked. The sour that hits up front mellows out very quickly and does not overpower the finish of oaky, berry, and apricot.

O: An ALL TIME GREAT sour. This is what other sours should be. I wish I could drink this every hot summer night on a fresh tap. Clearly there is something about this that goes well with a hot day, I might not ever want another sour. I will just take this on every time.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Project.
Poured from the cork and cage bottle into a large snifter.

Pours a tranparent, strawberry blonde color with a white head that dissipates at a moderate rate. Some lacing is present and very little head retention, which is characteristic of the style.

Smells of lacto funk, farm berries, and not much else. Also very typical of the style.

The flavor is exactly what it describes. You get the raspberry tartness paring with the lacto and then the dryness from the apricot pit. Definitely a great combination that I have never encountered before this beer.

Mouthfeel is champagne like, with very prickly bubbles on the tongue. This beer is very light as far as viscosity is concerned, but bold on the finish like that of a Napa Valley Cabernet.

Overall an amazing brew from Cascade. Great balance of acidity and body, but allowing the flavor of the fruit to bring it home. I would crush this on a hot summer day like I was stranded in the Sahara.

Cheers,
WB

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raspberries, apricots, wine barrels and strong ale- well, that's just nuts! But that's what we've come to expect from the Cascade Brewing team as this cleanly sour ale reaches across fruity lines and embraces the world of wine to its fullest.

Noyaux pours a peachy gold with tethers of light ruby in low lights. Resting in near stillness, the beer's embedded bubbles embrace a zesty and racy scent of white wine, cider, citrus, berries and stone fruit. Its taste is light in sweetness, offering a light confectionary tease with pulled candy and sourdough.

As the ale unfolds on the middle palate, a bold and fruity array assumes. Raspberries are the front runner, but nuances of cranberry, currant, peach and mango persist. The beer's natural lime, crabapple, lemon, passionfruit and kiwi flavors promote a cidery agenda that extends into oak aged chardonnay with a nutty, nearly buttery toastedness.

Light on bitterness, the beer's medium light body retains just enough carbonation to spring from the palate with a sparkling white wine zeal. Brazen acidity is off vinegar, clean, lactic and sharply piquant as the ale trails into a short aftertaste of fruit wines, and soft echo of sourdough and an earthy draft of burlap.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a light orange with a slight reddish hue that is topped by a finger of off white head that fades to a small pool with some lacing
S: Smells of creamy wheat, sourness, apricots and raspberries.
T: Taste is apricots up front with some raspberries and pleasing sourness, nice creamy wheat flavors with some funk and oak. Swallow is more apricots and raspberries with some lingering sourness and creamy wheat. A little funk on the finish too.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft and slightly prickly. The beer has a dry finish from the acidity but the fruit additions try to keep it juicy.
O: This is one fantastic beer. Great flavors and complexity with a nice amount of sourness. Definitely one to try if you see it. Pricey but worth the cost of admission. I need more of this in my life.

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Photo of rand
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked bottle into a tulip

2013 batch

Gorgeous, light copper-red appearance, a gentle pour yields a small but fluffy head that never fully recedes. Small patches of lacing mark the sides of the glass.

Aggressive nose, tart with distinct notes of unripe berries. Healthy doses of brett-funk, oak and general earthy aspects add depth and complexion. Warming alcohol pokes through the edges of the bouquet.

Big lactic blast at the front of the sip, followed by dry fruity notes. Funk and oak work to dry the palate and reveal its profile's nuances: apricot jelly, berries, tannins, hints of mint and dried grass. A relatively full-bodied complexion help deliver flavors and close with a long, tart finish.

After your palate calibrates to the lactic rush at the front, layers of complexion unravel, delivering one of the more interesting and delicious sour brews I've had recently.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.69/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Funky as hell, sweaty sock stuff, then onto a bitingly acidic palate. I suppose it's fruity, but you'd probably have had to tell me it was raspberry/apricot for me to know. I dunno. This was an older bottle - maybe fresh it's got more pop, less overwhelming funk and acidity?

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured into a stemmed tulip, Deep appreciation to my buddy @ffreak for this bottle.
Pours a light amber color with one finger of head that dissipates.
Aromas are lots of sour yeast and a bit of white wine.
Flavor is sooooo good. Huge tartness and sourness. Once my palate acclimated, lots of good fruit notes here. Berry and fruit.
Mouthfeel was excellent and finished crisp and dry.
I love sour beers and this beer was glorious. The level of sourness may be too much for some, but I adored it.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 2014 Project bottle into a stemmed glass, Noyeaux is a coppery amber color with some ruby highlights, mostly clear and capped with a thin white head.

Smell is pretty tart and sweet, some candy fruit along with some barrel and funk. Flavor is a blast of fruity sweetness first, raspberry and citrus, followed by barrel and vinuous notes, finishing with funk and lingering tartness.

Despite the ABV, it's quite light and has a nice mouth tickle to it. Really nice sour beer, easy to drink the bottle but I don't think it commands the need for a $30+ price tag.

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Photo of bump8628
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is what American sours should strive for, don't imitate but do something unique and wonderful. Looks magnificent for a sour - apricot orange to amber with a dense, creamy head that is thin yet manages to throw down sticky lace. Aroma hints at tartness but comes through as bright peach and white wine with just a bit of lactic acid. The complexity unfolds on the palate. Yes, it's tart and lactic. Yes, it has some definite fruit character. But it seems to be integrated into the overall complexity of the beer. Surprisingly, the noyaux is more influential than the raspberry. While the raspberry seems to balance out the sharp sourness with a mild fruitiness, the noyaux lends an earthy, nutty almond note that lingers from start to finish. In between, there is plenty of nuanced sour and funk to keep the beer interesting. The brewing/aging process employed here clearly represents a brewery/brewer that cares about crafting something special. This is unique and represents everything that American sour brewers should be aiming to create.

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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Portland, OR

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a collar of bright white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of white whine and raspberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has some additional hints of nuttiness, which I presume must be from the apricot noyaux. There is some sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting sour. I liked the raspberries and white wine aromas and flavors. It hides its alcohol very well.

Note: 2015 vintage

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 vintage bottling, 9.29%. Pours slight hazy deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour raspberry, peach, apricot, lemon, green apple, white wine, toasted oak, almond, leather, hay, straw, and musty funk; with lighter notes of brown sugar, caramel, oaken vanilla, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, oak barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour raspberry, peach, apricot, lemon, green apple, white wine, toasted oak, almond, leather, hay, straw, and musty funk; with lighter notes of brown sugar, caramel, oaken vanilla, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/lactic sourness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour raspberry, peach, apricot, lemon, green apple, white wine, toasted oak, almond, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, caramel, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/sourness balance; with zero astringency and minimal puckering after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/sourness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the big sourness and ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Damian
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Appalachian Vinter, Asheville, NC
2014 project
Served in a tulip

Really attractive appearance. Ruby red grapefruit juice came to mind. The pinkish-peach colored body was capped by a big bubbled cap of froth that broke apart into a lasting film. A thick collar encircled the liquid. Steaks of lacing stuck all along the glass.

Fantastic aroma. Really fruity and bright. Crisp, dry and tart. Underripe raspberries came through strong. Hint of peach. Perhaps some strawberry notes too. There was a slight vinegar quality. Big powdery yeast notes were also apparent. Slightly musty as well.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose but contained less fruitiness. Super tart and quite acidic. Lots of lemon and white vinegar. Good amount of green apple too. Slightly oaky on the finish. Crisp, dry and refreshing. Powdery yeast notes lingered after the swallow. The vinegar and the overall acidity increased as the beer warmed.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Slick and smooth. Crisp. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence that turned frothy on the palate.

Cascade makes some of my favorite domestic sour beers, but a number of their offerings merely fall in the middle of the pack. This beer is definitely one of the latter. A flavorful and interesting beer for sure, but I was hoping to taste more of the raspberry and the "noyaux." At $35 a bottle, this is definitely a one time purchase for me.

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4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is phenomenal. A punch in the face of sour tartness. But then it gently kisses you with sweetness and hints of salt, mellow barrel flavors, raspberry, orange, and a bunch more. Cloudy, nice orange and bronze color. A tad more tame in the nose. But taste and feel more than make up. Excellent.

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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white foamy head that is pretty thin and dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is very nice a clear pale amber color that has as beautiful orange and light brown hues that strongly resembles the color scheme of a peach. It actually is very good looking and definitely appealing.

The smell is absolutely wonderful. It has a strong raspberry smell with it's nice sweet fruity and slightly sugary smell with its strong tart smell. The smell also has some a nice moderate brett funk note that mingles well with the tart note. The peach note hovers around but isn't really that prominent.

The taste is delicious and much better than the smell. It has nice mix of fruit notes that go well with the tartness. There's almost no hop bitterness and mainly raspberry mixed with peaches. The rapsberry notes provide a slight sugary sweetness that is not overdone while providing a nice jam tartiness. The beer also has a great peach taste that adds its own nice juiciness

The feel is pretty good. It has a nice medium body. The carbonation is fairly light and gives a nice pillowy feeling. It isn't too light that it doesn't add anything but not so heavy that it's crisp and biting (which would be too much given the slight bite from the sour dryness).

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worth getting your hands on. The beer is little pricey to the point where some people might not be willing to go for it. However, this is definitely for the die hard sour/wild ale fan.

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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 979 ratings