Cascade Noyaux | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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:
934
Reviews:
127
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
7.11%
 
 
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298
Gots:
181
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Photo of Kontraband
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjd722
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of reebtaerG
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefbigjon
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budinetz
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Budlum
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
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 seangibbs60
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Bubbawilly88
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maz
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vivs85
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brpendergast85
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NickyDee21
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WindUpBird
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 DamienI
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JKasten988
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breadwinner
3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
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 BigIslandfarmer
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.36 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
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