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Cascade NoyauxCascade Noyaux

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

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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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 Neorebel
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very close friend shared this unique opportunity to taste this as he visited the west coast some time ago. What I experienced, I cannot articulate in such a way to truly do this proper justice, but I will provide the details I can. Cascade Noyeaux has a gorgeous dark crimson color to it, topped by a billowy head of pure white foam. Although quite sharp and lactic, the aroma to my nose contained a wide range of bright fruit esters as well. My initial reaction was that as the only sour beer to be in this high ABV tier, the heat and body were noticeable but not nearly as impactful as I expected. So much subtlety to dissect from the overall taste, but the major elements I enjoyed were a wine-like raspberry, an herbal element, toasted nutty caramel flavor, and a 'creamy' lactose in the finish. The oak-barreled essence was present in the background as well, if I focused on finding it. What a plethora of flavors existing in a harmonious whole we have here. A delicacy among beers and ultimately I'm in awe of Cascade as a brewer - this was my first creation of theirs.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served into a snifter. Thanks for this one Tom!

A: Murky orange/brownish color. Thin white head that receded very quickly.
S: Citrus sourness. Burst of raspberries. Some oakiness, a touch of apricot and grapes. Tons of lactic acid.
T: Faint apricot and mango. Lots of raspberries and woody flavors. Slight vinous notes. Very sour!
M: Medium body with good carbonation. Very drinkable despite the sourness.
O: Excellent sour by Cascade. I've loved everything I've had by them so far. Highly recommended.

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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 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 msubulldog25
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A teardrop glass ($5), early evening on Thurs 3/25. Sat at a booth in the Den, watching NCAA hoops and guys play video poker.

A: The cop-out would be to call an apricot-based beer 'apricot' in color, but it's just about the perfect description...guess I'll go with 'butterscotch' to aptly characterize the hazed orangeness roiling in the glass. Plenty of carbonation rises to a 1/2 finger of dense white cream. Head dwindles shortly, long drips of lace trail each sip.

S: Big and pungent, an earthy nose that shares its tart fruitiness liberally. Apricots, of course - then a bracing sting of woodsy mustiness that sweetens and mellows when given some time.

T: As brash a tartness as one could ask for: a tangy citrus-like squeeze from the start. A bit of Meyer lemon, a murky tartness (that sometimes seems more like raspberries or blackberries) of white grape and the requisite apricots. Sneaking nuttiness that speaks of the 'noyeaux'/apricot pits used in crafting this...a mellowing sugariness that balances the sourness. Wonderful blend, a joy to sip.

M: Crisp carbonation, refreshingly quenching in a way that only fresh-squeezed lemonade can mimic. Medium body that never builds as much as the higher gravity and yeastiness led me to suspect; stayed lively/springy. Cleaner finish, fine notes of 'barrel' smoothness the further into the glass I went.

D: For an 8.5% brew that smacks of all things tart and funky - well, it's pretty damn drinkable. The subtlest boozy glow, but really the test is how much 'wildness' one's palate can accept. The 10-12 oz. in this glass was plenty good in a short sitting, but I coulda/woulda/shoulda enjoyed another had I had more time to spare. Worth seeking.

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Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at at the Tree House bottle share back in December. Reviewed from my notes.

Super hazy peach Orange yeast chunks

N funk and sour fruit, peach or stone fruit like with light berry, lots of juicy fruit, a light malt, hint vinous and bit of oak

Taste sour fruit, stone fruit like with some raspberry, quite acidic, tart fruit bite, light bready yeast and almost chewy. Light oak flavors and barrel, dusty wood, hint vinous notes too. Finish is dry tart acidic. Delicious.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, quite tart, little flemmy, acidic bite.

Overall quite nice, a very good sour, great fruit and barrel flavors, etc.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 picked up from the brewery on a trip to Portland. Pours a clear amber. The color approximate rose gold with a ecru head that dissipates fairly quickly and feature tight small bubbles. The aroma is very fruity. The interplay of raspberry and apricot give the impression of pineapple, although the pineapple scent could be yeast derived. The raspberries are prominent, but not as much as a traditional framboise. Mild funky yeast derived flavor as well that is well integrated and keeps from taking center stage.

The flavor is similarly fruit forward. The raspberries shine with an earthy funky hay background. Lactic acid presence is medium and refrains from being overwhelmingly sour or tannic. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very dry finish. Alcohol warmth and sweetness helps create the sensation that the beer isn't too dry or thin. Alcohol sweetness interplays well with the fruit to create the impression of fruit derived sweet flavors, but cleans up well with a fairly dry finish.

I enjoyed several other beers when visiting the brewery some time ago. I'm glad to see their bottles hold up well with some careful cellar aging. Cascade shows itself as a great example of wild and sour beer brewing. I only wish I had easier access to their beers.

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

Poured from tap into a snifter. Pours a lovely medium gold color with a foamy head.

There is a lot of tart qualities to the aromas of navel oranges, green apples, tart pears and a nice touch of funk as well.

Medium/full bodied with a great feel and good tartness on the backend. The flavors of green apples, tart pears, and some funk balance very well together.

While this isn't their most sour beer, it's a damn good one. Very well balanced with a real good tartness to it as well.

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Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Tree House Brewery, I think this was brought by the Stone rep... Reviewed from notes:

A - Poured in to my Tree House glass a clear berry juice hue with a thin white head that faded to leave light wisps.

S - Wow, okay. Nice raspberry here along with good barrel notes and some faint wood. Quite enticing.

T - Sour raspberries, wonderful wooden barrels. This is super, super tart! Very faint vanilla and vinous notes.

M - Crisp, tart, light, and sour. What more could one want?

O - Overall, this was an awesome beer. Super stoked I got to try it. Big fan of cascade beers and I love raspberry so I knew this would be solid. Wish I had another one!

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

750ml bottle, split

Served in hill farmstead stemware - pinkish orange body, fizzy white head with no lace. Extremely tart - unmistakably Cascade. Tart raspberry, apricot, sugar, highly acidic, sour apple, waves of vinous notes. I'm a Cascade fanboy, but fruit is my bag, baby. Dig this.

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Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL (2013 project) into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber w/ a 1-finger head that settles to a thin film and collar. Bubbles are fine and soft, as is often seen with ales fermented with wild yeast.

Aroma is both tart and sweet, grainy and fruity. Great blend of contrasting elements in relatively equal amounts.

Taste is puckeringly tart, crisp. Green apples, sweet ripe berries, bready wild yeast. Again, great balance of different flavors gives this one nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with high carbonation that keeps it a little prickly.

Overall a very nice sour from Cascade, glad to have finally tracked down a bottle.

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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 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 inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the fall 2012 release
5oz Pinocchio's mini snifter

A: Pours cloudy grapefruit purée like. Not a lot of head but good carbonation. Streaming up from bottom. Lots of tiny bubbles rising up.

S: Awesome nose here. Really fruity and tart. Getting lots of those raspberries initially. Digging in you do pull some apricot as well. Some mild oak, but the fruit really is center stage and extremely pleasant with the funkiness going on.

T: Really tart up front. Get that raspberry. Big tart fruit. Plus some sweetness from apricot. The ABV is extremely well hidden. This is a dangerous drink at 8.5%. The mid palate the sourness isn't as cloying and you do pull some of that oak character. This leads into the bone dry close. Very similar to white wine.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Belmont Station for the Puckerfest Cascade Event

a - pours a bright golden amber, one-inch white head with good retention and lacing, quite hazy

s - sour lemons, grapefruit and raspberries, light nuttiness and leather notes, also light oak barrel aromas on the nose

t - sour lemons dominate up front, raspberries show up on the midpalate with more tart citrus, very acidic, there is a light nuttiness, perhaps from the toasted Noyeaux, good deal of oak on the finish along with lingering lemon and raspberry flavors and some spices, alcohol is fairly well hidden

m - medium-to-light bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty dry on the finish, not much alcohol warming

d - very clean and refreshing on the palate, complexity is enough to keep it interesting, alcohol isn't ovewhelming, nor is the tartness/sourness

Very good stuff, but it probably took 3rd place at the event behind Sang Noir and Manhattan Transfer. Unique stuff that's different from anything else I've had.

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Photo of jdense
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Raccoon Lodge 3.25.10 poured into teardrop glass $5.00.

One finger frothy white head, medium dissipation with some lacing present throughout. Pink grapefruit colored cloudy body, a bit of visible carbonation. The nose is dominated by the raspberries, a bit of raisins from the port barrels, pinto pony horse blanket. Taste is the trademark Cascade Sour, berries up front healthy wallop of funk a bit of mango with a dry roasted finish from the yeast and apricot pits. Mouthfeel is light, very dry, astringent. Drinkability is dangerous at this ABV, perfect for a hot summer afternoon. Very tasty, another winner from Cascade, home of America's best sour beers.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.22.13
2011 Project

A - Pours a clear reddish-orange with a fizzy than head that fades almost instantly.

S - Very tart and acidic. Some raspberry.

T - Super puckering tart with a mild raspberry finish. Tastes wonderful.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O -Super acidic and tart but nice raspberry flavors do show up.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some berry, apricot, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a super tart and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some fantastic flavors that make it a treat to drink.

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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 womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to stoad for providing me with a sample of this at Woodshop.

A: The pour is a hazy, light burnt orange color with minimal head formation.

S: The nose is nice and fruity with plenty of raspberries and apricots, it would seem. There's a nice lactic acidity and some mild funkiness.

T: There's an interesting sweetness to the beer that I didn't expect from the nose. The apricots and raspberry flavors seem to pop up again along with quite a nice sourness.

M: The beer has a medium body and low carbonation lending this one a slick mouthfeel.

D: Cascade really makes some great sour beers and this is no exception. A fantastic wild ale that I hope to try again at some point.

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Photo of harrymel
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project
ABV 8.94%

A pink hued golden ale with a loose surface of grey-white foam. Smells of raspberries, bits of marzipan, and a little oak - really reminds me of Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. Some hints of almond. Taste is crazy sour - ripping my enamel sour! Raspberries are in there, but fuck, this is SOUR. Some acetic quality, but tons of lemon, and hints of apricot in the back end. Thin beer with low carb and a dry finish, but the tartness makes me salivate Pavlovian style. Crazy beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark tangerine color with a bit of white head while fizzles out quickly to a still surface. No lacing or retention.

S: Raspberry in the forefront, with moderate oaky and spice notes, apricot, lactic acid, and orange. I love the interplay of the two fruits with the oak. Despite the name, I get more raspberry than apricot, but either way it's very nice.

T: Moderate sourness up front and throughout the sip, apricot is more forward here, light barrel, finishing with the same lactic sourness.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O: Tasty stuff, in the style of Cascade's other sour beers. I like the combination of fruit, and the barrel treatment adds a nice element. Sourness is a bit fatiguing and can limit the drinkability.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 project

Appearance: A bit of a gusher, but a quick pour got things under control; the beer pours amber and cloudy and, like many a gusher, the head is impressive initially but in this case it doesn't last; still, plenty of lacing action

Smell: Acetic tartness dominates and it is hard to cut through it to get to the fruit; clearly, it is fruity but the raspberry is not distinctive; generally smells more like currants

Taste: Apricot and berry/currant tones, up front, with a lactic character forward; quite acetic through the middle, with the oak adding a woody character in the finish; the tartness really lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation (great in a beer as sour as this)

Overall: Not among the best of the Cascade beers I have tried but pretty dang close

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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.35 out of 5 based on 876 ratings.
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