Cerise Nouveau | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cerise NouveauCerise Nouveau

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.12%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sarlacc83 on 11-15-2012

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 141
Photo of SAWright88
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Lovely beer. Pours dark rich red.. Smell is full of cherries, don't know--but I'd guess Bing cherries.
Fantastic sour age and rich aromas. Very little head on the pour.
I don't normally enjoy fruity beers, but I thoroughly enjoyed! Another favorite from Cascade.
Over all I loved it!!!

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby in the glass, not much carbonation.

S-Cherries, lots of them. Caramel, the red ale base is present and there is a slight oak note.

T-Nice sour notes and cherries, oak is there and once again a bit of the red ale base comes through.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A good sour, the red ale base added some depth to the beer but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Bright blood red. No head. Just a few stray bubbles.

Smell - Wow, cherries. Cherry pie sweet and tart aroma. Malty and kinda musty.

Taste - More sour, but it's mostly sour cherry sourness. Less sweet than the smell suggests. Musty and grainy malts more prominent. Sour, but it dies down with the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium heavy, even a little syrupy.

Overall - Excellent cherry flavor. If you're into the intense fruit beers, this is good stuff.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass form a 750ml bottle.

Pours a deep dark ruby red with a nice off-white thin and dense head. The head recedes very quickly and is quite active and effervescent.

Aroma is strong and acidic. Starts off with notes of sour cherries. Acidic tartness mixed in with notes of delicious sweet cherry juice and cherry jam. There is definitely some oak barrel wood notes in the nose as well as some lactic and chalky notes.

Flavor starts off like most Cascade beers. Sour. Sour. Sour. Notes of tart acidic cherry juice creep up with some nice yeasty earth tones. Notes of barrel and funk can be perceived slightly in the flavor. There are some slight hints of cherry sweetness that can be perceived but for the most part the lactic and acidic sharp tartness dominates. Very similar to the Sang Noir. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with nice lower than usual carbonation.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice sour. Cola red/brown pour with a slightly off white head. Aroma is sour cherries, light fruit, acidity, maybe a bit of vanilla from the oak. Wonderful sour cherry notes on the palate, but the oak aging adds some complexity on the back end. Really nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.9.13
2012 Project

A - Pours a deep burgundy-red with a fizzy tan-purple head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Tart cherry and oak woodiness.

T - Tart cherry with a touch of sweetness, some barrel characteristics - wood and funk.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tart cherry and barrel. Nothing really surprising here.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware

from notes

"This NW style sour ale is the Cerise Nouveau of cherry beers. It's a blend of red ales aged in oak barrels for up to eight months, then aged on fresh Bing cherries for an additional three months. "

Dark. More sweet than sour, really. Balsamic. Layers and layers of cherries - nowhere near as complex as sang noir/rouge/royal. In the endless array of fruit-forward Cascade beers, this wasnt one of the better ones.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks joe

the beer pours a deep, dark, cloudy, slightly rusty maroon with a head that disappears in a blink. the nose is cherry forward and sweet with a slight tartness. the taste is definitely slightly danker, but hugely tart cherries forward. it drinks with a lot more character compared to the kriek. it's medium bodied, drinkable, dank, tart, semi-dry, and distinctly cherry. the beer definitely lives up to my cascade standard, great cherry, worth trying.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker red-red-amber pour with a bead of bubbles around the perimeter of the surface. Tart aroma, cherries, some vinous, acetic, and lactic qualities. More of this in the taste, sour/tart cherry, red wine, earthy barrel wood, leather, and some acetic acid, with some spicy yeast elements coming through. Pretty nice stuff from Cascade, as usual. Medium body, lower carbonation, and quite enjoyable for the style.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with a friend. Poured into a red solo cup (was the only thing at hand).

A: Dark red/brownish color. Tiny white head as we poured.
S: Tons of sour cherries, oak, some grape and funk. Smells great.
T: Quite sour but probably lower than other Cascade beers. Wood tannins, wine-like flavors, sour cherries, slight vinegar-like flavor.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Carbonation was not bad but I would have liked a bit more.
O: Great beer but definitely not Cascade's best. Still worth trying in my opinion.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Rutager.

A: Deep red with a slight white head.

S: Cherries, sour funk and oak.

T: Sour cherry galore, a lot of oak, slight grassy hops and sour funk.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: Excellent, very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recently purchased bottle from the Raccoon Lodge, drank with daftcaskbc.

Appearance. Pours a deep maroon with barely a skim of head.

Smell. Sour cherries! There's a little light yeast, red grape, and a good amount of wood.

Taste. Quite sour, tart cherries, lots of tannic wood and some dry yeast.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, low carbonation.

Overall. Sour and nicely fruity with lots of wood. Nothing wrong with that!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cracked open during a tasting - thanks to whomever brought this one along. Pours a ruby color, dark-red and almost brown in some spots with a thin ring of slightly-pink head topping this one off and leaving no noticeable lacing along the sides. The aroma is very pleasant, cherry-oak flavors clash and mingle quite well, leading way to a bigger collage of berries; tart, sour, and sweet all at once. Moderate berries and grapes on the nose, as well, though the cherries are clearly the start of the show here, as expected (...CERISE, fucking duh). The oaky aroma definitely gets stronger as this one gets a little warmer.

But surprisingly enough, the oak is much more subdued on the palate, which is mildly upsetting. It's definitely there, but certainly plays tertiary to many of the other flavors. Fruits are the heaviest thing here - ripe cherries, green apples, berries; very, very sour and tart, nearly puckering. The tartness lasts for quite a while before it settles down and mellows out into a fruit-laden sweetness. There's a very light wet-wood flavor on the tail end - again, I wish this oak character was a bit stronger, I think it would work well with the sour cherries. Some cork flavors in the finish as well, feigning a slightly mild funky flavor... Was this brewed with brett yeast? I didn't think so, but this faint funky flavor tells me otherwise. Thin-medium body with a medium amount of carbonation.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit, although I am very partial to cherries - one of my favorite fruits. Nice tartness, good sour elements, and an oak aroma that I wish came out a bit more on the palate. Light funk at the end ties everything together. I'd love to have this one again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, 2012 Project
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a murky deep dark red color. Thin collar of tight bubbles of slightly pink head. Seems to be lightly carbonated. Some alcohol feet showing up on the glass.

S: Smells of tart cherries. Oak. Vinous. Maybe some malt sweetness. Not overly sour aggressive or anything.

T: You get tart cherry up front, but like others have said its not as sour as other Cascades. You can tell its more of that red ale base. Maybe the bugs didn't get to it as much. Very pleasantly lightly tart and not overly aggressive. As it warms, it get more of that Flanders style here. Some vanilla from wood too. Some dryness on back end but bit bone dry.

M: Medium bodied. Not as carbonated as other Cascades.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Opened at a tasting 1/26/2012.

Pours a very dark maroonish red, almost purple. Very pretty, looks like a blueberry beer.

Smells of dark fruit, some sweetness, not much acidity.

Lots of black cherry and other dark fruit, tart but not all that sour, the combination of mild fruity sweetness and mild tartness reminds me of an oud bruin. This is the least sour Cascade beer I've had but it's still very good.

Mouthfeel is decent, would prefer slightly more carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer, one of the fruitiest Cascade beers but also the least sour. Very different from the kriek for sure.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is solely of sour and tart cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with an earthy flavor and and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to boralyl for getting this out my way. Served in a Cascade goblet. Pours a very dark red, looking almost exactly like red wine. The nose similarly has a lot of red-wine-type character. Some tannins along with mild cherry. Flavor is earthy and slightly fruity. Very low carbonation, and only a moderate amount of acidity.

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Photo of Etan
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml from the recent release, into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark mahogany-purple with a nice reddish head.

S: Lots of red wine notes in the nose, along with sweet cherry flesh, some light acidity and horsey brett, and a bit of caramel maltiness.

T: Overripe dark cherries, very light and fruity acetic tartness, tannic and vinous, a slight note of roast in the finish.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with very light carbonation. Somewhat dry.

O: I was surprised at how light the sourness is considering this is from Cascade. Although it's not as complex as some other offerings from them, it's very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Auracom
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cascade's barrel house. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - I haven't seen this depth of color in a sour since St. Lamnivus more than a year ago. Blood-red wine coloring with a pink ring of foam. Still has good lacing.

S - Well ripened cherry, more sweet than sour with that aged fruit character. Underneath are red wine grapes, oak, and maybe a touch of acidity.

T - Further Bing cherries and oak barrel. Straight to the point.

M - Light-medium body, high and appropriate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - For want of more complexity, I'm not blown away. They really got the cherry component right though, without letting it go too tart. Shocked this is 9.25%, really no hint of that anywhere in the nose or drink.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cerise Nouveau 2012 Project
8.12% ABV
750ml Bottle

A: Wine color. It looks like carbonated Cabernet ^^ One finger head.

S: Typical Cascade sours aroma, cherries, citrus, some sweetness, funk, jam

T: It's not as strong, but you can definitely get the cherries. Sour, tart, oak, funk.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: I am very biased since I happen to enjoy all (most) Cascade sours and this one was no exception. Bing cherries aren't very dominant in the aroma or taste (although it definitely dominates in the appearance). Recommended but there are better sours by Cascade (like Noyaux, Sang Noir, Nightfall blackberry, etc.)

Edit: I let the beer warm a bit and it tasted a whole lot better. Bing cherries can be tasted more and it adds more flavor and tartness. I adjustd my scores to give a 4.5 average.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Barrel House yesterday.

Deep red brown with a light pink head. Deep, fresh cherry aroma with a blend of Bing and black cherries, lactic sourness and vanilla. Very nice. The palate opens sour, lactic with a blend of cherries and a little bit of lime. Tannic, this beer is super lactic, moderately vinous. Solid stuff.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snifter at the brewery.

A: Dark cherry red with hints of plum. No head (from barrel). Sticks to glass.

N: Bing cherry. Leather,tobacco. Decent sourness level. Vinous with some pinot noir grape.

T: Dead ringer for a pinot noir/burgundy. Cherry, leather, dirt, tobacco. Jammy with currants. Dried cranberries.This is really quite accomplished.

M: Coating for a heavier body, again reminiscent of the reds. Very dry. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Color me shocked. This isn’t one for the lactic crowd, but one for the wine drinker. Good stuff.

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Cerise Nouveau from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.06 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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