Bill Becker (407) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
wedgie9 (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Tasted on 6/26/13 on draft at the brewpub with Chris after Oregon Pinot Camp. Pours beautiful clear fiery orange with a thin white head that leaves thin lace. The nose is amazingly close to a more traditional lambic with fresh raspberry, plenty of funk, a nice bread malt, and a bit more vanilla, I assume from the apricot pit in addition to oak. The flavor is a bit sweeter with more malt and oak, I assume some of that from the noyaux again, with the raspberry kicking in very fresh and lively, tons of complexity here. The body is nearly full, almost as tannic as a big red wine, with average carbonation, and a long vanilla and raspberry finish.
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
28th November 2014
Bottle share at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Scopey for this one. Hazy gold beer, no head. Palate is crisp and dry. Pretty tart! Tart generic fruits. Induces involuntary eye flicker and imparts some acid burn. Dry crisp finish. If my palate wasn’t already telling me then my involuntary reactions certainly are - too sour and acid.
TheGoldenChalice (14) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle. Served in a Teku.
Aroma -- invitingly aromatic in a multitude of ways; mystical coalescence of fresh berries emanating off of the head of this unique brew. I could not ask for much more out of this brew’s aroma. A herd of curious fruit flies were swarming around my glass in a matter of minutes, and my place is nearly immaculate.
Appearance -- opaque, orangish-brown appearance w/ frothy, pearl-like head, which does not dissipate in Teku. A+
Taste -- Mouthfeel is absolutely stunning: unique blend of of sour, tart berries on the forefront w/ pronounced oak barrel on the finish. Lacto possesses an unparalleled consistency, which translates into this sour, crisp, transfixing tartness. One of the most outstanding mouthfeels I have encountered from Cascade Brewing over the years.
Palate -- profusion of apricot and raspberries engulf the palate from the start and distinct oak on the after-tone. As mentioned above, the lacto is pronounced and blends especially well w/ the aforementioned essentials.
Overall -- Words cannot describe the brilliance of this NW Sour Ale. Although this may improve w/ age, I am glad I am drinking this now. Truly tough to have any complaints about a single attribute of this world class brew. This NW Sour is on a scale of magnificence I have not encountered before. Thank you, Cascade Brewing.
Desverger (2386) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample (Thanks to Colin) - hazy amber pour with white head. Aroma and taste is sour fruity citric raspberry, sour and tart and acidic on the palate, wooden nuances, not a massive sour fan, but this was very nice.
bmsulliv (187) - - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great sour. We ordered several tasters at the brewery and this one shone through, great light sour ale
mR_fr0g (3976) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share thanks to Colin for muling. Aroma is funky horse, sharp citric acid, raspberry. Flavour is puckering tart raspberry, raspberry fruit, funky, citric acid. Very clean and sharp. Palate is big bodied, moderate carbonation, viscous. A little bit harsh.
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in London - pours hazy gold with a quick-fading white foam head. Big tart fruit nose, some peach, nectarine. Damn sour, quite acidic, with underripe peach, salt, faint grass. Tongue blistering. Medium bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Pretty clean to finish, really sour, some lemon juice, more peach, light raspberry, some pale wood. Just a bit too acidic to be very drinkable.
Scopey (7437) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to myself. It pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. The nose is vinous, juicy, apricot, peach, candied peel, wood, vanilla, marshmallow and nougat. The taste is crisp, tart, good mouth-pucker, sherbet, apricot, peach, vinous, white grape, some big acidity, raspberry, wood, vanilla and lemon with a dry, acidic finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit too acidic/hot for my liking. A solid sour anyhow.
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy orange with medium frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong tart fruit, oak, funk. Thin mouthfeel with nice sour fruit, oak, light funk, tart finish, very nice.
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours peach cloudy. Taste is citrus and very tart. Has a sweet linger