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Cascade Noyaux | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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

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103
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854
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4.34
pDev:
20.74%
 
 
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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours like a can of seltzer would with a loose white head that fades as quickly as it forms without lacing. The body appears to be a cloudy, dull, rusty amber with a nose reminiscent of vinegar, berries (in this case raspberries and cherries) and no distinct notes of toasted noyaux. The beer drinks with a lot more fruit forward sweetness than expected followed by a tart, dry, yet sweet palate washing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, and semi-sweet. It's definitely one of the most drinkable sours I've had since figaro. I'd recommend trying this beer, it's at least worth a try.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.54/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this want! 750ml corked and caged bottle into Torst stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse layer of white bubble that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear peach and red tea. No lace, no legs. Pretty shabby.

Nose is slight tart raspberries, band-aid, oak and just a touch of funk. I guess I can kind of see the apricot presence but its very, very faint at best. Still, moderately aromatic and decent.

Opens tart raspberry and wine notes. More red fruit tartness in the middle with heavy acidity that climaxes towards the middle-end. Band-aid, oak and a mellow funk right at the end. Vinegary too. Finishes sour with a funky, Brett-y aftertaste. This one is almost over-the-top sour. Decent but very acidic.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, oily, and filmy in the mouth and goes down dry and prickly. Dry finish with a puckering aftertaste. Pretty good (though I like my sours a bit flat).

An ok beer overall but for what Cascade puts out, this isn't one of their better offerings. A bit flat and way too acidic and tart. I feel like the sour really covers all the complexities of the fruit they tried to use here. Where am I supposed to taste the toasted apricot seed meat? Cool to try but I wouldn't revisit this.

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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.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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 snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015-09-05
750ml corked/caged bottle. Took my sample in a tulip. It was a gusher -- I hate that. It's been resting in the fridge for nearly a week, so it shouldn't have been agitation. This is the 2013 project -- didn't notice any other dates, but didn't look.

Pours a nice mostly clear golden amber color with a medium head that doesn't seem to be fading. It's supported by plenty of fine streamers of carbonation. Smell is tart -- very apricotty or unripe peachy.

Taste is tart, sweet-tart characteristic that is heavy on the stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall, very nice beer. Happy to be drinking this.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an orangy hue and a thin, whitish head. A thin bead rings the glass with a few streaks of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with soured fruit and bright acid. Tannic, tart apricot pits with appleskins and a hint of raspberry. A bit tropical with hints of grapeskins and peaches.

Medium bodied with a sharp, crisp mouthfeel. Puckering and a bit perky in the jowels.

Sour, tart orange fruits with aspirin-dusted peach and apricot pits start the palate. Vineous and quite sour with loads of under-ripe fruit and lemon-pulp following through.

Finishes with a lingering soured fruit assault, jowel-watering and puckering in nature, with a pithy intensity.

One of Cascade's more intense beers. Very nice but some funky brett would really blow this one out of the water.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Raccoon Lodge on St. Paddy's Day. Thanks to ramnuts for DDing. From notes, so pardon the brevity.

A: Pours a very murky glowing orange-amber body with a half-finger of off-white head, short retention, thin collar, no lacing.

S: Raspberry tartness, apricot, lactic sourness, citrus (orange, lemon), spice phenols, oak.

T: Tart raspberries up front, delivering an undercurrent of apricot. It segues neatly into lactic sourness balanced by white port sweetness, orange, lemon, and oak. The finish is dry, bringing out spices, some nuttiness.

M: Light-bodied. Low carbonation that is amply replaced by the acidic body, which creates a fairly clean finish.

D: I enjoyed this one. The market saturation of American Wilds is producing a lot of high-quality beers. This isn't in the top tier, but it's enjoyable enough to be in the next one.

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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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark ping, with a one finger white head, which has good retention and lacing. Nice tart aroma with raspberries, oak, apricots, lactobacillus, almonds, and white wine.

Tastes like it smells. Acidic. The raspberries come through stronger than the apricots, and are more dominant in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry. Another very good Sour from Cascade.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
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 pmarlowe
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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)

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2011 Project, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot color, produces a thin white head, has nice retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Lots of raspberries and skins, as it warms the noyaux aroma really comes out, which has a really interesting sweet, almost almond-ey character.

T- Sharp lactic acidity, lots of fresh raspberry and a hint of apricot, the noyaux is nicely present again, with some sweetness and almond flavors, it's really interesting and unique.

M- Medium-bodied, I wouldn't have guessed this was 9%, has a sharp acidity with a dry and tannic finish.

O- A damn delicious beer, so far I haven't had anything from Cascade that wasn't excellent, and this is up there with Sang Noir with my favorites from them, the use of noyaux is really awesome and unlike any other beer I've had before, this is a really great beer.

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Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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 augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage - 9.29% Poured from a caged-and-corked bottle into my 3 Fonteinen tumbler.

Cloudy vermilion body with coral highlights and an active yet lasting finger of white-smoke micro-foam up top. Fine even lacing; excellent retention.

Pungent sourness in the nose with white wine, raspberry-vinegar, and wild rose. Vaguely musty at times. Complex and difficult to parse.

Bracing palate entry subsumed by a moderately oaky tang. Flavors develop slowly but fully. Remarkably long finish, drying at first, but with an increasingly nuanced sweet and nutty aftertaste, haunted by the ghost of fruit and wood. The apricot meat notes come forward more as the beer warms, though this seems best served well chilled.

Somewhat thin yet almost oily mouth-feel - I didn't like it at first, but the tongue-coating sensation becomes more pleasant as the flavors are delivered to every last receptor. Quite warming, but not fusel.

Masterfully crafted, subtle and unique - one of the more thoughtful sour ales I've had the pleasure of trying; expensive, but I think you get what you pay for with this bottle.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark orange with some red hue. A small bubbly white heads that recedes quickly with no lacing.

Raspberry puree aroma with some strong lactic notes and some oak.

Again tons of jammy raspberry flavor. Don't get a ton of apricot although there is something fruity in addition to the raspberry I'm sensing. Sour lactic acid and drying oak on the end.

Medium body and carbonation.

In the vein of most other Cascades. Lactic sourness with fruit. Probably about middle of the road in terms of the Cascade fruit sours I've had. Some complexity is there, but raspberry overshadows some other flavor nuances. Still tasty.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

A: A clear ice tea brown/orange with a filmy off-white layer that makes a ring around the glass. Thready lacing.

S: Raspberries, apricot, pineapple, funk. A bit of oakyness from the aging.

T: Tart and lightly nutty. Raspberry strong with an oak presence. A strong sour punch on the finish.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Another stellar entry I'm privileged to enjoy, albeit a 2 ounce pour. You just want more of this stuff.

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Photo of jdense
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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 DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought two bottles of this...may need to buy more. Pours a cloudy reddish-pinkish-orange color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Very nice-looking beer. Scent is wonderful. Good amount of acidic stone fruit and fresh raspberry. Wow, such ripe fruit aromas. Raspberries are more in the nose than any apricot (or other fruit) aromas. Wine-like aromas...chardonnay. Taste is immediately reminiscent of a dry chardonnay...but with a ton of raspberry flavor. The raspberry flavor is not forced or out of place though. Very fresh and complimentary to the flavor. Acidic, but only for the sake of great fruit flavor. This beer sure does have some great fruit flavor. Mainly raspberries, but as it warms up, you get apricots, nectarines, plumots, and a hint of strawberry. Oaky, wine-like finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat dry, and puckering in the finish. Drinkability is very high. Almost 9% ABV is non-existent in the aroma or taste...possibly there in the mouthfeel. Maybe a slight warming sensation. Overall, Cascade is just killing it with the sour genre. Never had a bas sour beer from them. I will continue to support this brewery if they continue to put out delicious gems like this one. I'm hesitant to age my other bottle, considering how tasty the fruit profile is right now.

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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

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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.

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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...

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Photo of kevanb
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Cascade Barrel Room snifter

The beer pours a light amber color, touches of apricot color as well as garnet and light burgundy. Fairly hazy complexion with a half finger of fizzy white head that dissipates immediately and leaves no lace behind. The aroma is quite puckering and sour with funk, oak, wine character with nice rugged apricot with some prickly raspberry and strawberry. The beer is quite sour and lactic, lots of funk and oak, predominant raspberry and apricot fruit with some sweet strawberry and white grape. The body is very lively and puckering, lots of carbonation and that mildly abrasive at the finish which has a nice creaminess to it.

Verdict: A very pleasant sour from Cascade, which is no surprise. It has quite a nice fruit profile and the wine influence is a great subtle touch. The complexity is there and the balance is nice, but this is a fairly aggressively sour brew that isn't really all that delicate.

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Photo of Docer
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had on tap at their new barrel house... my new home!

- Light golden slightly cloudy color... almost a slight touch of ruby red to it.... nice silky head.. leaves a nice thin layer on top and some slight lace..

- Huge raspberry, sweet tartness... light golden grains, biscuit.. all around goodness....

- Taste is much the same as the smell.. just better as always... hard to beat an A with another A... lovely light currants, raspberry, sweetness.. awesome tart.. candy almost...

- Light bodied, very well carbonated... mouth watering goodness.

- Another huge win in the sour department.... this is up at the top of my favorite sours from them. I can't wait to see their lineup expand even more!

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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!

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Cascade Noyaux from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.
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