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Cascade Noyaux | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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

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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 jbaker67
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a touch of gold a thin white head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has a good amount of oak and apricot with a bit of sour red fruits and light acid. Flavor starts with more raspberry and sourness with a bit of apricot towards the finish and an acid note that grows throughout.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Huge alcohol ester smell. Underneath that, you get raspberry. The taste is where it's at on this. Hits you right in the corner of the jaw. Short finish. Makes you want to keep drinking it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75cl bottle of the 2011 vintage, generously extra'd my way by Patrick. Thanks a lot. Opened up at Dustin's place on 24 August, poured into an unlabeled snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden brown colour, with an offwhite head that isn't particularly large or fluffy but is there momentarily, and disappears. No lacing to speak of.

Smells very, very, very sour. In a good way, but not like Beatification. Very lactic rather than acidic. Not much of the fruits here, just a mellow mixture of apricot and maybe raspberry. No cherries here. It just smells extremely lactic and it is awesome. I would have liked more fruits in the nose though.

It also tastes extremely sour. Mouthpuckeringly so. Its got a slight, sweet underlying fruity malt backbone that attempts to balance out the lactic acidity, but in a way it does not accomplish this. Yet, this beer is very sour in a good way. I think the flavour on this has passed it by over the past 2 years.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied brew, awesome carbonation, feels great swishing it around in my mouth with the subsequent mouthpuckering. Clears off my palate very quickly and was perfect for the tasting. No booziness or heat here at all.

Ended up being very sour, not particularly complex and that is probably due to its age. I don't know how it was cellared since 2011, but it is delightfully sour and worked well as a palate cleanser in a pinch. I get the sense that this beer used to be more than this though, and would probably recommend trying this beer fresh.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!!!

reviewed from notes on 11/21/12.

poured into a Cascade snifter/tulip hybrid glass.

Appearance: medium orange / peach bodied beer with a thin white head that drops down to cap.

Smell: really tart berries and vinegary notes seem to dominate. Its getting my palate ready for a sour bomb!

Taste: this beer is on the high end of a moderately sour beer. Its also got a big vinegary presence to it. Hint of berries, not much peach to speak of... a nice oak note. Its got influences of ripe melons and its pithy. Maybe even some stone fruits for good measure!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer almost a medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation levels. Super tart with a semi dry finish.

Overall: This is a really awesome Cascade sour! I am definately a fan of Cascade Sours! They have done this beer right as expected!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.88/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the Barrel House yesterday.

Amber with a dense, white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is lactic and sour with a moderate acetic character. Plenty of berry character is present. Nice. The palate opens fatty, rancid, greasy with a blend of raspberries, cherries and blackberries. Mildly buttery, this is oily and greasy. Poor IMO.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool amalgamation of all kinds of colors in this one. Orange, pink and amber. Tiny white head on it. Aroma is a plethora of fruits. Apricot, then some berry. Taste is plenty sour and juicy as fudge.

Mouthfeel brings out some cherry to accompany the berry and apricot flavors. There's some acidity, but when you're dealing with fruits of this nature that are so juicy, its not distracting at all. One of my favorite Cascade 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 Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank before a Wolfpack football tailgate with James. This was one of the more unique colored beers. Has a cloudy orange/yellow/amber colored appearance and a very thin head of off white on it. It quickly vanishes away. The aroma comes close to being described as a fruit explosion. Plenty of that usual lactic sourness, always nicely done. Apricot is the heaviest, other fruit aromas take a back seat, but this one is plenty distinguishable from just the apricot sour they make. Oak is not absent in the aroma either.

Taste, this one does not disappoint, plenty of fruit character. Plenty of tart fruit notes (apricot) and sourness. Wheat? Some minor amount of cherry flavor with a stronger raspebrry presence in the mouthfeel. Throw in more and more citrus sourness and acidity. This is not a mild sour by any means. Carbonation is powerful. Hides the alcohol wonderfully.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light burnt orange color with a small eggshell head that recedes quite rapidly to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin quite lactic and fruity. There are plenty of stone fruits and some lesser raspberry. The lactic acidity emerges more as it warms with some mild funkiness.

The tastes begin with some semi sweet and fairly tart raspberry fruitness with more emerging peach/apricot lighter fleshed fruits. There is some oak and a decent amount of sour and lactic yeast driven flavors that emerge more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is farily fruity and tart with a solid lactic presence.

Overall this was another very solid American Wild ale from Cascade but I think it may be a bit green right now. The lactic presence is pretty abrasive and may need some more time to mellow in the bottle for the flavors to develop. I feel these blonde based fruit beers are best at around 9 months in the bottle but maybe that is just me. I put these beers in a high regard so maybe I am alaways expecting too much after sampling all the best ones; not as spectacular as I was hoping for but still super solid.

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Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to moose3285 for rectifying the fact that I've never had any Cascade before. This showed up in an epic trade as an extra...no, you stay away from moose. He's mine. 750ML bottle brought to a tasting with friends.

The bottle open up with a semi-sonic boom! as the cork comes out, almost under its own power. Pour is a nice blond color, hazy but not gritty. Nose has a lovely tartness, along with a bunch of light, summery fruit. That's what I like to get out of a sour up front.

Noyaux has to be one of my favorite sours. The blonde ale base is light & refreshing, & is complemented by what I believed to be a lovely peach flavor (I was later corrected - apricot - nice, whatever it is). Great oakiness mid-palate, & another darker, but quiet, fruit taste that I'm going to interpret as the port barrels &/or raspberries. Long, lingering tart finish that's bright & shiny. Another sour that I could have plenty of.

Well, this was just lovely. I'd be pleased to find this in my glass any day or night. Maybe this Cascade thing will grow on me. Excellent, excellent beer.

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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 Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy peach-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Lactic sourness, peach, almond, sweet fruity Belgian style yeast, berries and light fruits. Yum.

Taste. Sour red berries, a little vinegar, some fruity yeast, a bit of almond and peach. Nice. Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, low+ fine and slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall. One of the better tasting sours from Cascade imo. Really enjoying this one and wish I had bought several more bottles.

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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 ccrida
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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 BMMillsy
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. Pours a funky reddish brown color with fluffy white head on top that sticks around a bit for a sour brew. Beautiful aroma of apricots and strawberries, some definite vinegar and acidic notes to go with it. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly with juicy raspberries and tart apricots, and some expected sour vinegar flavors to go along. The body is juicy and finishes dry, with medium carbonation. This is easily the best sour I’ve had from Cascade, who has been a mixed bag for me. My two favorite fruits in a sour come together beautifully here.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apricot, fruit, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, apricot, tart, sour, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I honestly did not know what to expect going into this one as I had heard of it, but not really paid it any attention. However, what I found was really quite excellent. The apricot notes in this one were really nice and very refreshing. This made it quite drinkable despite the major tart aspect going on. A really nice surprise that showed up at the tasting that evening that I wouldn’t mind trying again or seeing how it develops with a little time in a proper cellar.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bruery Coppervesary.
SOLID!!! The nose hints at the berries and lactic, but the flavor really comes through and delivers. Each sip brings a different note. Funk, sour apple, raspberry, peach, and some yeast, and breadiness...but mainly tart/sour berry and peach. Brilliant.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark apricot color. A thin white head oes down quickly.

S: Oak, raspberries, raspberry skin, apricot skin, some lactic sourness and some faint almond paste. Smells pretty fantastic.

T: Raspberry jam, apricot flesh, some tart mango, a good dash of lactic sourness without ever becoming too sour, tart plum and some oak. Really good stuff.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1804th review on BA
Bottle to Cascade snifter
750 ml c/c

2013 vintage

Thanks Jazz.

App- Out of the bottle I really wasn't sure what color this would be. I figured more pinkish orange for some reason. Was a little surprised by the solid orange with some yellow highlights. A very nice long lasting 1-1/2 finger head was there. For a sour BA beer a ton of cling. Quite beautiful.

Smell- When I brought this one up for a smell, I was a little let down. A bit one dimensions. Standard Cascade-sequel nose with some oak and yeast and sour. Small fruit aromas.

Taste- I was surprised at this one when first opening and letting sit. A first sip was more oak and vinegar and took some time for the fruits to come out. As it warmed a citrus flavor and tartness came in. More oak barrel shown through and lingered for a bit.

Mouth- Between the appearance and the feel of this beer it was only off on the flavor a little bit. The fluffy and creamy aspects of this made it a superb beer on the tongue. A big medium body with a lower carbonation made this drink really well.

Drink- It was a good beer. A tad $$$ for what it was. I am glad I got my hands on a bottle since I missed this one when I was at cascade last year.

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Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow color with a small, very lightly off-white colored head.

S: The aroma is quite funky and sour offering up notes of apricot and floral qualities.

T: Taste is more of the same. Fairly aggressive sourness, tart apricot, lemon, floral notes, just a hint of berries and some light oakiness.

M: Body is on the lighter side as is the carbonation. Aggressive sour tartness without anything to balance it out.

O: Had this one immediately following a Sang Noir, so the comparisons are inevitable. Noyaux had a better nose to it, but Sang Noir tasted better, offering up more fruit and a better balance. Overall, a nice beer, but not one that I think I'd want a whole bottle of.

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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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