Cascade Noyaux | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade NoyauxCascade Noyaux
BA SCORE
4.39/5
942 Ratings
Cascade NoyauxCascade Noyaux
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#302
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
942
pDev:
6.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
299
Gots:
181
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 942 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of rand
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JKasten988
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breadwinner
3.69/5  rDev -15.9%
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 +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HermitDan
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomMorris
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ajlvt
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jkolls
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArtZan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -2.5%
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 +4.1%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -8.4%
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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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 942 ratings
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