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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

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4.35
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Photo of Budinetz
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -0.9%
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 +9.2%
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 +0.7%
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 -15.2%
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 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 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 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 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 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 hardy008
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark ping, with a one finger white head, which has good retention and lacing. Nice tart aroma with raspberries, oak, apricots, lactobacillus, almonds, and white wine.

Tastes like it smells. Acidic. The raspberries come through stronger than the apricots, and are more dominant in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry. Another very good Sour from Cascade.

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

2014 vintage - 9.29% Poured from a caged-and-corked bottle into my 3 Fonteinen tumbler.

Cloudy vermilion body with coral highlights and an active yet lasting finger of white-smoke micro-foam up top. Fine even lacing; excellent retention.

Pungent sourness in the nose with white wine, raspberry-vinegar, and wild rose. Vaguely musty at times. Complex and difficult to parse.

Bracing palate entry subsumed by a moderately oaky tang. Flavors develop slowly but fully. Remarkably long finish, drying at first, but with an increasingly nuanced sweet and nutty aftertaste, haunted by the ghost of fruit and wood. The apricot meat notes come forward more as the beer warms, though this seems best served well chilled.

Somewhat thin yet almost oily mouth-feel - I didn't like it at first, but the tongue-coating sensation becomes more pleasant as the flavors are delivered to every last receptor. Quite warming, but not fusel.

Masterfully crafted, subtle and unique - one of the more thoughtful sour ales I've had the pleasure of trying; expensive, but I think you get what you pay for with this bottle.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 edition, 9.29%. Going to start off with the fact (or opinion) that this beer is amazing. Pours a medium amber with a tinge if pink, decent lacing. Aroma is sweet, tart, light raspberry essence. A nice refined tinge of sour on the tongue, smooth and tart finish. So well balanced...a mild nuttiness up front. Cascade does no evil, but this one kills it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, Portland.
Viscous dark amber with white rim. 3.75
White wine + Frangellico. 4.25
Oyster crackers, dried apricot, white dessert wine, and a touch of raspberry seed. 4.25
Almost medium, smooth, round. 4

Another winner. Apricot is gentle and raspberry hinted at. There is an Amaretto thing in there, too. Digestif - integrated and smooth. 2014 version, so age helps. Low on funk. Cascade is so good at this. 4.5

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Photo of bennyman12
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed in one sitting out of a paper coffee cup at 55 degrees because I'm a boss. Laces the cup impressively. Smell is berries and pedio acidity. Not wafting out of the cup glade plug-in style but pretty dank. Taste is so big. Lush raspberries balanced with great wood presence and grounding tartness. Epic. Mouthfeel thick and finely carbonated. Not just the best expression of apricot stone meat I've ever encountered but also the best Fruited American wild ale I've had to date. And it's 9%, so I'm getting drunk.

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Photo of kitch
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked and caged bottle from 2014 project, poured into a To Øl teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy strawberry red colour with a half finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Funk, oak, raspberries, lemon and a hint of apricot.

Taste: Sour, tart, oak, raspberry and strawberry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: Very nice funk, easy to drink and definitely does not feel like 9.29% abv. I did not know what apricot noyaux was but apparently it is from apricot kernels. I guess this explained the lack of apricot I was expecting in the taste.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark pink color with a small white head that dissipated quickly.
Sweet fruit aroma. Some sourness. A little bit of oak.
Tart first, then raspberry and apricot. Lingering sweetness.
Both tart and sweet.
An excellent beer, on the pricey side.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Project; 9.29% ABV

A: Pours an orange-red color with hues of pink and yellow. A fingers worth of head fades quickly to a tiny cap that makes a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Lactic sour notes, raspberry, apricot noyaux (think almond or more of a nutty note), oak, general fruitiness from the base beers, some white wine sweetness, and a very light undertone of the Belgian yeast rounds things out. Extremely complex

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some lactic tart notes and goes into the raspberry and nutty noyaux before picking up some of the base fruitiness and lightly sweet and vinous white wine notes. Oak present throughout. Finishes with more of the raspberry and lingering vinous wine notes. Again, extremely complex

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and tingling

O: An incredibly complex and delicious beer, especially if you're a fan of raspberries and white wine. The noyaux stands out a little over the raspberries, but helps more in rounding out the acidity and sweetness than contributing to the overall flavor profile. This one is a must-try if you don't mind shelling out the $30-35 for 750 mL

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