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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
cascadebrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by womencantsail on 02-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
931
Reviews:
126
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
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299
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180
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Photo of Ajlvt
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jkolls
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArtZan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.6%
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 +5.1%
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 Blazer22
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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 Dactrius
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Massbmx
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of TheBasedElliot
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of McBAINx
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HattedClassic
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Moose90
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle Poured into two 16 oz tulips

A — Pours a reddish peachy hue not too unsimilar from the label. A puffy white head forms and actually sticks around the edges leaving some lacing behind.

S — Smell is pungent and punchy with notes of raspberry, peach, lemon, and white wine.

T — Tart and tangy with notes of raspberry, cherry, peach, apricot, melon, white wine, oak.

M — Medium bodied, lingering finish.

O — Fantastic overall, a great depth of flavor and a tremendous beer through and through.

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Photo of stevoj
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Bar Gernika. Thanks Jared. Sour not my favorite, but Cascade always rocks. Berries and pit fruit combine beautifully, ad always a mellow sour vibe. Just gorgeous.

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Photo of JacksonCR1
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a golden pour with very little head and almost no lacing. Aroma of fruit--some acidity, but very fresh and natural. The taste is of fresh fruit with a sour finish. Delightful.

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Photo of Koral
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious sour ale, one of the best in the world.

Look: golden in color, no head because of the high acidity
Smell: apricot, raspberry, fresh
Taste: apricot, fresh fruit, acidic finish
Feel: smooth, finishes tastefully dry

If you can find this beer, buy it, because you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.35 out of 5 based on 931 ratings.
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