Cascade Brewing Noyaux (2014) – American Wild Ale at 9.29% ABV

Cascade Brewing Noyaux (2014) American Wild Ale at 9.29% ABV (C$34.18 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 750 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 16-Mar-2016, reviewed 22-Aug-2019)

Appearance: hazy medium amber with a short loose white head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tart raspberry, stone fruit, oaky white wine, balsamic vinegar, light barnyard funk, hint of almond. (9/10) Taste: moderate-high tart, moderate sweet, low bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, dry tart finish. (4/5)

Similar to another of the 2014 projects, Manhattan NW, which was also aged on apricot noyaux (except this one includes raspberries, instead of cherries). Despite the raspberry, this can almost be thought of as having white wine character instead of the red wine character of the Manhattan. The carbonation is much higher, though, remaining lively and effervescent throughout. Not quite as complex, with a bright tart acidity that almost drowns out everything else. By that same token, the high ABV is very effectively hidden, making it one to be cautious of. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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