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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

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world-class

1,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 373
Gots: 271 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Brewmaster Ron Gansberg based this Apricot Ale on a Belgian Tripel, putting it through 16 months lactic fermentation and aging in French oak wine barrels. The apricots were allowed to slowly ripen before introduction into the beer; the beer then aged another four months on the fruit before bottling."

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008)
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt., 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip
2011 Project

Hazy, glowing, straw-peach colored. The liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly, bright white head that slowly faded to a thin, lasting film. Streaks of drippy lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The nose was intense and quite complex. Belgian yeast notes came through strong. Dry and spicy with indications of clove and coriander. Good dose of Bretty tartness. Intense white wine (Chardonnay) notes. Touch of must and horse blanket. A hint of fruity sweetness lent some balance.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma and but less funky. Quite dry and tart, yet balanced and remarkably complex. Subtle, fruity peach and/or apricot-like notes appeared on the front end and offered a fleeting semi-sweetness. Tart flavors took over in the center. Lemon peel. Strong Brett notes. Lots of white wine. The beer was incredibly vinous. Spicy with notes of clove and coriander. The crisp, snappy finish was super tart and dry. Noticeably acidic and somewhat comparable to apple cider vinegar.

The beer was medium-light bodied for the style with a fine yet spritzy effervescence. A soft and fluffy burst of carbonation hit my palate on the first few sips. The carbonation subsided with time, resulting in a softer and smoother mouthfeel.

The combination of twelve months in oak followed by ten months on apricots did wonders for this fruit flavored sour ale. Not only was it complex and remarkably unique, but also incredibly refreshing and drinkable. This was well worth the steep price of admission and would make a fantastic warm weather treat. If I have the opportunity to sample this again, I would love to try a fresher bottle to see if the apricot flavor is more apparent.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 04:05:12 | More by Damian
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This was my first Cascade brew.

Fairly cloudy, pours an orange-golden hue not far off from ripe apricots themselves. Nice white head that hangs around longer than I'd expect - a fat ring around the rim and more remain until I finish the glass. Smells a lot like a gueuze... vinegar, mustiness, oak, and fruit. Not much of an apricot scent, faded and more of a vague sour fruits.
Very sour upfront. Not just the initial shock, but a second tartness in the aftertaste that is very much apricots. Constantly reminded of lambic/gueuze, maybe being an older vintage attributed to this but I am loving it. As my glass warms and my mouth gets accustomed to the sourness, more oak and apricots show up along with a vinious flavor. Not overly dry and well carbonated, makes me thirsty for more without raking my tongue. I'd be interested to taste a fresher bottle but this 2011 is right up my alley - everything I want in a fruited sour is here. Fantastic beer and a wonderful introduction to Cascade.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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