Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Cascade Noyaux | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
95
world-class
103 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Cascade NoyauxCascade Noyaux
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
854
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
20.74%
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
173
For Trade:
12
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 854
Photo of KensWorld
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 2013 project, cellared well for a year. 2 finger very light cream head good lacing and full cap that lasts. Color is clear honey with lots of champagne like bubbles. Smell is phenomenal! As soon as cork pops it fills the area with Gueze like aromas. The taste is very powerful, big and complex with Granny Smith apples, cherry, raspberries, slight citrusy and possible apricot. Lots going on here! Aftertaste is full of tart funkiness. As it warms the sourness is more pronounced. I can’t quite get any barrel age flavors to come through but I’m sure they are there. Overall this is an intense full flavored sour that I shall try and get every year from now on. I just got 2014 project and I’m extremely exited to try it soon! 4.90

 747 characters

Photo of bennyman12
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

 518 characters

Photo of stealth
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange/apricot colored beer, murky (like the other Cascade brews I've had), with no head (it dissipates rapidly). Lots of carbonation bubbles while you drink. Very sour, fruity aroma. Just take a whiff and you know your palate is going to be working hard. A taste presents a hard blast of sour and fruity tartness. Very well balanced beer with tons of flavor. Some sours get hard to drink as you work through a bottle because the sourness builds and builds and your mouth just gets tired, but this beer is extremely drinkable and a 750ml didn't wear me out. Zero hints of the alcohol in this brew. I thought this had lots of prickly carbonation, really tickled my tongue as I drank it.

Overall, if you like sours, you will want to try this. Absolutely delicious beer.

 768 characters

Photo of ccrida
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the barrel house, Noyeaux is a hazy dark peach with a small white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is mostly on the sweet side, some raspberry, but with a nice little funkiness on the tail end.

Taste is great, a nicely balanced level of pucker really plays well with the robust raspberry flavor, with a nice wash of white port on the finish. This is super tasty, a really drastic improvement over when it first came out (1+ years IIRC). I'm surprised how much the raspberry has come out, with the port mellowing, and the overall complexity increasing drastically. I could personally stand a stronger pucker factor, but I like my sours to the extreme, and this is still a great beer. I'm not sure how much I'm getting for the extremely manually intensive toasted apricot nuts though.

Mouthfeel is on the slick side, lighter bodied, nice, fine carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is an amazing beer.

 936 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased online from the Brewery.

It's an orange coloured brew , cloudy, small head of foam that shrinks but doesn't go away totally. The little bit of foam still does leave some nice lacing behind and, oh, I see the beer's entry has the name spelled wrong. It's Noyaux. Update to be sent.

The smell, well, it's just heavenly. Big apricots, almost as big raspberries, the aroma you get from oak barrel aging...sourness supreme but I suspect, the taste won't be way over the top.

Apricot sourness, raspberry sourness, woody notes..man, this is one hell of an American Wild. Every new sip seems to kill the previous sip and this is one example(of many) of why certain brews *should* be bottled in the 750ml format. 8.94% abv? It doesn't drink that strong at all; this is dangerously drinkable.

Medium bodied, lightish to moderate carbonation(lightish on the front, moderate on the back end), the mouthfeel is just right for the style.

To sum things up, Noyaux may be the best Cascade brew I've had the pleasure of drinking and none that I've had came close to disappointing me. A BIG thumbs up to Cascade's brewing efforts!

 1,127 characters

Photo of boMD
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of enjoying this twice during Zwickelmania, once poured by Ron Gansberg right from the Zwickel at Cascade Brewing, the second was off the tap at Saraveza. Also enjoyed a couple times during Puckerfest over the summer and a little once the new Barrel House opened.

Pours a golden/orang-ish with a thick, fluffy, white head. Aroma of sour berry fruits, lactic-like yeast, and surprisingly, a very noticeable almond-like note from the apricot nut. Dry palate, very sour and puckering and very astringent. The raspberry lent towards fruit tones, but didn't stand out as raspberry. The Noyeaux made an appearance towards the finish.

 645 characters

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cascade Brewing Noyaux
2011 Project

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice deep and dark orange color with some nice amber hues. There is a nice half-inch white head that form and is quite lively, receding quickly to a thin ring around the glass. (4.0)

Aroma starts with some nice tart notes. Fruit sourness mostly. Apricot sweetness and sourness comes through the nose with intense raspberry notes. Nice and fruity with some slight wood notes. There is some awesome mild sweetness in the nose as well. (4.5)

The flavor starts with sharp fruity tartness. Big apricot and raspberry notes that are tart and sharp but also have a nice sugary sweetness on the back end. There is a nice woody oak note to the flavor as well, slightly earthy. This brew has an amazing sour fruit flavors with some nice fruit notes and a great woody balance. Mouthfeel is light to medium with complex flavors but a clean and crisp finish that is also dry. (5.0)(4.5)

I have yet to be disappointed by Cascade. Quickly climbing my favorite brewers list. There is a great combination of flavors with some nice woody notes. This is an amazing brew with mix of raspberry and apricot flavors. (5.0)

 1,199 characters

Photo of brewtus
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Absolutely loved this, the apricot and raspberry work beautifully together. The fruit flavors are balanced perfectly, great color, plenty of tartness.

 151 characters

Photo of jegross2
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Noyaux from Cascade Brewing out of Portland, Oregon. This is an intentionally soured blonde ale aged in white port barrels with raspberries and apricot pits.

Score: 98

2011 project (2012 release) bottle served in a Goose Island Chicago Flag snifter and enjoyed on 02/23/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a thin amount of white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. No floaties; clean in appearance. 4/5

Smell: Apricots, sour raspberries and oak. A touch of vanilla and some peach notes too. A little plasticky funk too, but in a good way akin to how Cascade Strawberry smelled. 4.75/5

Taste: A nice medley of tart raspberries, tart apricot and peach. Lingering tart citrus zest and peach flavor. Nice tartness and growing pucker as it warms up. Faint oak too. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, low-medium carbonated. Super tart, nice pop on the palate. Dry and slightly sticky. Increasingly tart as it warms up. 5/5

Overall: This just might be Cascade's best beer. I enjoyed this more than Sang Royale and Sang Noir, which I absolutely adored. I love how tart and fruity this brew is.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

 1,228 characters

Photo of Czequershuus
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very attractive vibrant pink with a medium sized head. The The aroma presents classic citric sourness, with a nice amount of tart raspberry, as well as some nutty notes. The flavor starts with a full throated yell of sourness, which does mellow itself as the beer warms. The raspberry is also clearly present, as is the apricot pit flavor, that vaguely nutty tone I associate with real maraschino liqueur. There are some other complimentary fruit flavors present, some peach and bright cherry, some lemon juice, and some grapefruit as well. These are minor players that show up more as the beer ages. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and Belgian like. Overall this was a lovely sour experience - worth the price for a special treat.

 745 characters

Photo of Gobzilla
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark burnt orange in color with slight reddish highlights and a thin bubbly head that left little wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of raspberry fruit were noticeable upfront in the aroma with nice funky character, a bit of acidic notes in a good way, signs of apricot, mild vinous barrel coming through and hints of citrus.

T: the apricot fruit character was more apparent on the palate alongside great raspberry fruit flavor, oaky wood accents, good vinous barrel notes, a touch of vanilla, subtle apple and acidic tart qualities. Mmmmm

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a fruity, vinous, woody, acidic, mild sweet, slightly funky and tart finish.

O: exceptional beer all the way around and definitely glad I have more to crack open at my dispose. Geeahh!!

 830 characters

Photo of Stolenface1
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project -
Pours a gorgeous golden/orange/pink color with sparking head. Aroma of sour apple, apricot, nuts, FUNK, light raspberry. Taste is right on with the aroma Quite sour / tart. From my understanding Cascade does not use brett or pedio, but you could have fooled me with this one, unless it was picked up from the barrel flora. This could also be due to the 3 years it has spent in the bottle (bottled in 2012), as I have not had a later vintage but comparing to other Cascade sours, it is way more sour and funky in a very good way. SUPER complex. I am just getting over a cold and am probably missing some things but even so Noyaux is like a Grateful Dead concert in my mouth, and I would not say that about many beers. I Really like the Sangs (Noir/Rouge), but the complexity of this is on DEFCON 5. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than expected but totally works. I am having a REALLY hard time finding anything wrong with this experience. A+ Cascade.

 968 characters

Photo of scottfrie
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage, on-tap at the brewery, served in a snifter.

A: The body is a shade lighter than iced tea with a fuzzy off-white colored head.
S: I get scents of dry and woody oak followed by stone fruit, apricots, and faint raspberry. Very dry, earthy, and fruity smelling.
T: Apricot and earthy, spicy, woody oak up front, followed by a hint of vanilla and fresh raspberry in the finish. The finish is nutty and full of stone fruits, especially peach. The aftertaste is very juicy, almost tropical. Drying and juicy aftertaste. Slight honey.
M: Medium-full body, soft and fluffy carbonation, good drying tartness but no harsh bite at all. Very smooth and drinkable.
O: Cascade does not cease to amaze me. Apricot, raspberry, and oak blend expertly well. I could drink this all day erry day.

 790 characters

Photo of Shanonbanana
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draught at Cascade Barrel House in a snifter.

A- Cloudy orange colour, reminiscent of apricots. No head to speak of, yet with light lacing throughout.

S- Barnyardy up front, like freshly harvested hay. The tartness of raspberries immediately follows.

T- Just as expected from the smell, a strong tart flavour of raspberry hits the tongue initially. The requisite, yet lovely, bitterness of a sour coats the tongue while an unexpected sweetness of raspberry puree rounds out the finish.

M- Light-medium body, with an effervescence which stays constant throughout.

D- A perfect companion on a hot evening; what I fondly refer to as a porch-sipping beer. Simply a pleasure to drink.

 698 characters

Photo of djbreezy
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Barrel House in Portland, OR. Served in a snifter.

appearance - glowing orange, some elegant lacing that spottily hangs around, opaque

smell - raspberry, apricot, oak, fruity

taste - tart, citrus, raspberry grape, funk, sweet, sour

mouthfeel - fairly smooth, well carbonated

drinkability - truly an amazing AWA, complex and enjoyable

 352 characters

Photo of James_Michaud91
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yum yum yum. Fruity, sour, perfect balance of wood, malt sweetness, and tartness. Fruit is not the dominant flavor note but a perfect supplementary player propping up the base of the beer.

 188 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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

 1,150 characters

Photo of sweemzander
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a cloudy dark apricot orange. Subtle white froth
(S)- Big acidity meets subtle oak and vibrant oaky fruits
(T)- Vibrant oaky fruits meets potent acidity. Great showing of oak. The triple base is subtle, but in conjunction with how sexy the fruits show in this, it creates a dynamic flavor profile
(M)- Great carbonation level meets a great balance. Almost sweet/jammy fruits meets an oaky acidity and funk
(O)- Possibly one of my most favorites from Cascade. Would enjoy them MUCH more often if they werent so damned expensive

 589 characters

Photo of jvillefan
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The head is a lacy ivory white head that disappears quickly. The body is a light beautiful pink tinged orange color.

S: A rich aroma of berries and funk. There tart comes off potently and blends perfectly with the essence coming from the berries.

T: Sweet and tart at the same time. The berries add a pleasant flavor and the souring yeast is very obvious and delicious. In the background of the beer there is a creaminess that finishes the beer nicely. Well blended and perfectly balanced.

M: A little thin body but great carbonation.

O: Graet sour. On of my favorite. Well worth actively seeking out.

 608 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine like tasting glass. From the DC bottle share, much thanks! Vintage 2011.

A real nice looking brew. A very quick fast fading head unfortunately, it did appear to be pink. Body color is real unique, a sort of pink and real nice peach amber body which is also opaque.

Nose brings a light solid acid quality. Raspberry like fruit, peaches, cherries with a little bit of strawberry sensing smelling sweetness. Fruit angle really is complex and varied it seems quite impressive, big fruit basket quality to this.

Palate on first sip is very spritzy. Comfortable tartness in the mid palate, with lots of fruit and a super quick finish. Fruit angle matches the nose but more in the front of the palate. Mimosa and champagne like qualities with a good quenching quality, nit juicy.

Overall a real enjoyable Cascade brew, very enjoyable.

 866 characters

Photo of jbwimer
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I snagged this before they shut down online sales. This beer is pristine and smooth. Delectable tart raspberries with some hints of oak here and there. Some lemon tartness adds into the mix, and some earthy notes come through as well. I should've bought more of this beer...

 279 characters

Photo of Etan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the recent release, into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours an apricot-like orange with a nice white head.

S: Nose is all funk and fruit. The noyaux is slightly sweet, yet also almost medicinal. The raspberries give the aroma an acidic edge. Plenty of oak and wet hay funk.

T: Puckering raspberry skin and apricot acidity, slight sweet raspberry flesh, drying oak, gamey brett, slightly nutty. Lactic and dry in the finish. Fruit lingers on the palate.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

O: This beer is a fruit bomb, and very sour. I really liked how the combination of raspberries and noyaux worked. Just a really great beer.

 661 characters

Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project, 750ml bottle poured into Russian River Tulip

A: Cloudy-murky Orange / amber color body with two finger head that quickly disappears. Good amount of lacing. Warning* watch out when you open this bottle. It gushes a little bit. I lost about maybe an oz of beer

S: Smell-wise, it just smells like any other Cascade Sours. Citrous, yeast, funk, some bready malt. All normal (in a good way here).

T: WOW. Awesome. It's subtle but the "Noyaux" - whatever this is (I still can't quite figure out what it is after reading the description of what it is) really comes through nicely. It sort of rounds out the acidic sourness that is common in Cascade sours. This beer is definitely sour, but I would say it's not as acidic and sour as "the Vine". I get apricot, peach, citrus, sour grapes. After taste is bready malt. Very tart.

M: Medium to light body with lots of carbonation. Dry.

O: I think this is my 2nd favorite beer from Cascade (first one being Nightfall). Quite pricey though at $25 a bottle. Seek this one out!

 1,034 characters

Photo of Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow.. what a sour.. beautiful color, look, smell.. the combo of rasp and apricot is a pure winner for me.. really really solid beer.. hate that it is 32 a bottle but def worth it to try once..

 192 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a beautiful golden sunset hue. Upon pouring, the is a quarter inch of head but this immediately vanishes with a violent hiss.

The aroma offers apricots, white wine, oak, tart and sour notes, sour cherries.

Absolutely delicious beer. Apricots dominate the fruit aspect of Noyaux, leaving the raspberries in the distance. Nice marriage of oak barrels, wine, and apricots. Sufficiently tart yet soft and light on the palate, even despite the nearly 9% abv.

Overall, this was delightful. A terrific beer from Cascade.

 528 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe