Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 454
Gots: 362 | FT: 43
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008

This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for an additional six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes dance on the palate and lead to a sweet apricot flesh finish with a lingering fruit tartness.
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Ratings: 1,547 | Reviews: 272
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a golden Champagne-like hue with obvious effervescence and a short-lived white wispy head.

S - Smells of Band-Aid, leather, and apricot. In that order. Huge lactic funk. Not a dirty funk, instead, sharp, gingery and medicinal.

T - The themes of the nose are further developed with nuances of Band-Aid, new leather, and very tart apricot. Tart is the appropriate term here, as I don't think it is puckering or sour. There is also some green peppercorn impression emanating from the spicy alcohol. Very refreshing overall. Others in my group found it to be to less-so, some thought it to be too tart or alcoholic.

M - Thin and possessing a Champagne-like effervescence.

D - I don't like this one as much as the Kriek, but it is still one of the better Wild/Sour brews available.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A hazy golden orange with a very nice head that dissipates into a thin layer that sticks around. A nice thin lacing.

Smell – This has a very nice “sour ale” smell. With vinegar, white wine, oak, and just a hint of apricot (surprisingly little).

Taste – White wine, funk, apricots, and vinegar.

Mouthfeel – Tart and dry with medium carbonation. A lingering sour aftertaste.

Drinkability – A generally don’t like apricot, but apricot wasn’t the dominating taste at all. I really liked this!

Photo of Mahlik
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

A- Pours a clear orange with a large white head. Soapy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Plenty of carbonation.

S- Apricots and peaches with an acidic bite and oaky undertones. Just a subtle hint of wine-like aromas. The apricot aroma has died down some since I last had this vintage 6 months ago, which allows the base blonde to be more pronounced.

T- This beer is tart and quite sour but it falls just short of puckering. Funky twang with a slight vinegar feel. The fruitiness has subsided even more in the taste. Still, there's a good amount of apricot to be noticed. Oak finishes out.

M- Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. For being quite sour and clocking in at 8.4% ABV, this beer is crazy drinkable.

O- An excellent sour from Cascade. Sour and tart yet crisp and very drinkable. This beer brings the sourness and funk but doesn't completely overwhelm. The fresher the better when it comes to the apricots. Definitely worth grabbing a bottle, even at $17 a pop.

Photo of ebin6
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange in color with some sediment. Not a lot of head, but considering the style, it is ample

S - Sharp, apricot smell transitioning into apple. Really like the nose on this one

T - Great front taste of apricots which is followed up by sour grapes...in a best way possible

M - Moderate, mostly hitting the back part of the mouth. Some residue in the throat after swallowing

D - Very, very drinkable. Not too sweet (especially considering the style), not too sour. Quite an interesting balance

Photo of Admbmb92
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Very nice sour, just wish there was more fruit apparent. Dangerously drinkable, I crushed this in less than an hour. Warning: will overflow when you pop it.

Photo of waltersrj
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Pour: Murky orange/yellow with a slight white head.

Nose: Acetic acids and lactic acid as well. Big tart apricot and heavy oak with slight vanilla, yeast and floral notes.

Taste: Drying oak, bready yeast, floral notes, tart apricot, lactic and acetic acid.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful...creamy, frothy, and velvety smooth.

Overall: One of my favorite sours, fantastic blend here with great oak quality and fantastic lactic/acetic treatment.

Photo of rfgetz
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with full cap of prickly white head, diminishes quickly but leaves great lacing. Scent is of lactic sourness, apricots, tangerine, grahmn cracker. Taste brings a nice sourness that is in great balance with the apricots, nice amounts of grahmn cracker with soft presence of vanilla and oak. Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation, soft on the palate. An excellent sour from Cascade that lets the fruit shine through with a perfectly balanced level of sourness.

Photo of AltBock
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle that has two giant apricots on a stem with two leaves on the front. Directly under the ass shaped apricots is a vintage year. This bottle is from their 2011 project. To the far left are two short paragraphs describing the beer. Poured into a Peg's Catina Snifter.

This beer shares the same color as a golden apricot. It poured a very bubbly lightly hazy golden apricot orange color. Holding it up to the light will unleash the gold part of the beer. Not the best head of foam on a beer, but you usually don't get much foam on top this style of beer. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of inch in height and bubbly. Bubbles usually don't have a color, but these bubbles made the beer look like there was a pearl white head of foam on this beer. Good retention that left behind a small island of bubbles and a medium sized string of rings along the side. The second and third pours resulted in a better head of foam.

Not only did it look like a golden apricot, but it smelled like one. A hugely sour and tart golden apricot, but an apricot nonetheless. True that the aroma is sour, but its not super sour that will make your head turn away in a flash. It was a very pleasant tart and sour aroma. Behind the golden apricot was a splash of green apple, a pinch of golden peach, and a subtle whiff of oak. At one time I swear that got the sweet aroma of Pixie Sticks. Very good sour and tart fruity aroma.

I'm sure you know what I'm going to say next. Did it taste like an apricot? Only if they make really sour and tart apricot flavored Warheads. The taste was more sour and tart than the aroma. Thats actually saying a lot. Behind the sour and tart apricot was a little green apple sourness, a few green grapes, and a splash of golden peach. After the fruits had their fun, this fruity sour beer then finishes up a subtle dry oak taste. No appearance of the Pixie Sticks in the taste. Sour and tart + fruits= Very good! That's simple math.

This was a light to medium bodied Wild Ale that had a nice amount of carbonation and a sour and tart fruit based aftertaste. Did you expect anything else? I got more golden apricot, green grapes, green apples, and a drop of oak in the aftertaste. The oak taste won't stick around, but the beer's sour and tartness will. If you don't want that sour taste stuck in your mouth, have a glass of water on standby.

A barrel aged apricot Wild Ale? You know that won't come cheap. You have to open your wallet a little wider if you want to try a beer like this. Was it worth it? I'd say its the price. I'm saying that because I enjoy this style. In the end, this was a very good sour and tart fruit based Wild Ale. It was nice to see that the oak doesn't take over the taste. It was the apricot that ruled over this taste. The beer stays true to its name.

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

appearance: photogenic pour in hopleaf tulip - bright orange body, steady white cream head with full retention

smell: tart apricot, oak, spicy yeast

taste: really nice - tart apricot, peach, funky, white pepper, belgian yeast, tangerine, bright caramelized sugars.

mouthfeel: light and funky, creamy finish, tart

overall: great stuff

Photo of spoony
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tulip at the barrel room.

A-The brew has a pure white head with pretty decent retention for a high-ABV sour beer...dense and puffy. The beer is light, light golden in color and surprisingly clear.

S-The aroma is huge on the apricot as you might expect. It is pure and intense. The sour factor is pretty high, too. The juicy tart apricot flavor combines with a musty, dusty peach flavor and some white wine. Really nice.

T-The taste is also pure, unadulterated apricot. It is tart and semi-dry with a hint of juicy sweetness. There is a nice dry and tart wine-oak character in there, but mostly it is juicy apricot.

M-The feel is light to medium in body with a spritzy carbonation that is fine and assertive.

O-This is a great fruit-forward beer. I don't think it packs the complexity of a Fou Foune, but it certainly beats out many other lesser imitations. The apricot flavor is pure and authentic tasting and the balance of fruit and sour is almost perfect. Another well-done sour by Cascade.

Photo of highTempo
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, overall. One of my favorites from a 7-taster afternoon at the Cascade pub. Though a few were on the sweet side, the apricot was a more well-balanced beer, overall.

Photo of mobius387
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 project poured into a FFF teku

appearance: cloudy goldenrod with a big bubbly white head that dissipates slowly

aroma: big funky barnhouse with notes of orange and apricot with a sweety background

palate: stingingly tart on the tongue with a rush of flavor after the initial sour shock. fantastic mouthfeel. very carbonated, can't notice the 7.4% (ABV is incorrect for this vintage)

taste: sweet apricots, oranges, funky tartness, brett, some yeastiness, very robust, and super enjoyable.

overall: after sang noir, this is my next favorite cascade sour. better than figaor, noyeaux, sang royal, strawberry, blueberry. i have a second one and ill be drinking it fresh to make sure its as good as this one. well done cascade!

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle courtesy of ipa247. Thanks again Jeff!

The bottle opens with an explosive pop and pours a cloudy dark golden orange/amber color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger soapy off white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic chnks of soapy lacing behind.

Very funky aroma with lots of dry champagne like brett effervescence, earthy oak tannis and luscious fresh apricot notes. Slight lacto presence with oak, vanilla and subtle vinegary barnyard notes. The nose on this beer is very complex and although there is a lot of brett character, there's also some authentic barnyard horsey funk, vinegar and uber-fresh fruit.

Slightly funky, dry tart medium body that's on the lighter end of the spectrum. Slightly vinegary and mouth puckering without being acidic at all. The lacto presence from the aroma is very prominent and give the mouthfeel a smooth creamy character. Lots of earthy oak tannis from the barrel aging that gives off some vanilla flavor. Dry bretty effervescence balanced b a very prominent juicy apricot flavor. Extremely quaffable and the high ABV id undetectable. Again, as in the aroma, there is a nice authentic funkiness that adds to the flavor and complexity of an already excellent beer. Recommended!

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light orange amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-apricot, sour grapes, light caramel, vinous, floral, little funk

T-lemon, apricot, green apple, caramel malt, funk, oak, white wine vinegar, floral

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp, tart and astringent

O-loved this beer, very complex and well-made

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to ommegang tulip

A:orangey dark honey like color that is pretty cloudy with some random floaters in it

S:okay so it actually does smell like fresh apricot but not dead on there are also but not much else

T: wow so this is super sour and sweet at the same time but still crisp and bubbly. It is definitely very fruity and juicy one of the best fruit sours I've had

M: the feel is oily light and bubbly like champaign and goes down extremely easily while complimenting the flavors better then any beer I've seen.

O: another phenomenal beer from cascade I am extremely impressed. It is sweet, sour, fruity and great feel. I highly recommend this beer if you can get it

Photo of Clonies720
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a small taster glass (almost tulip shaped). This is the 2012 vintage. I feel it worthy to note that the ABV listed for the beer on BeerAdvocate is 8.5%. It is actually 7.4%ABV for the 2012 vintage. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw yellow. The cork disintegrated a bit and there's cork bits in my glass -_- Thin ring of lace.

Smell: Soured apricot. Slight vinegar. Nice, well-round aromas of oak. Light hint of vanilla on the back end. Barnyard funk. The sour apricot smells amazing.

Taste: Strong sourness is upfront and bold. Wave after WAVE of apricot. Definitely a moderate touch of funk in there. I fear the cork bits may be masking some of the flavors and ruining this experience though.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Very refreshing and wet. Luscious and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A simply stunning beer. This is fairly close to perfect. I'd like to see just a tad more complexity in the smell. Otherwise, there's not much that can be done to improve this beer.

Photo of mykie73
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) Cloudy, brilliant orange with beautiful copper head.

S) sour apricots, sweet vinegar, Mandarin oranges,

T) Sweet on tongue to mild sourness on back end. minimal sourness and tartness, can taste the tripel as one of the base beers.

F) light w/ nice bite. dries mouth a bit. tingles mouth w/ tripel carbonation. This beer could cellar for a long time.

D) Could drink this all night even with high alch percentage, but a bit expensive. great gateway mild sour lambic.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2009 vintage, from forgetfu I believe - thanks man.

Pours a robust apricot orange with a bit of haze, finger of foamy head which has some nice retention and leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

Really a unique, well designed beer. Funk and fruit in the nose, also hints of oak and a hint of acidic twang. Taste reveals a real juicy apricot character that couples with a sour candy character, a robust malt presence that gives it a hefty, round body and a real effervescent carbonation that just dances in the mouth. Hints of vinegar and oak, light lactic character. Could be a little drier but it hides the ABV well and is an easy drinker.

Great beer, in line with the others I've had from Cascade - need to seek out more!

Photo of harrymel
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at barrel house 04AUG12 - from notes.

pours a nice golden ale with a white rim of foam. I dive in nose first - straight childhood hit me - I grew up with an apricot tree in the backyard. This was beautiful. I can't understand how they get the apricot into the nose like this - fucking magic. I taste, anticipating a little too sweet. I was wrong. Nice and tart with a good apricot flavor and some hints of lemon and the slightest taste of copper. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish. I left with four bottles - so I musta liked it. So did my bride, so that is awesome.

Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Eric for cracking this gem - neat to try it now we know we have a case each of Fou Foune on the way.

Pours a (guess what?) apricot with a finger of white foamy head. Decent retention and lace. Under-ripe apricot, light funk, citric acid and oak in the nose. Really nice, balance flavour. The apricot is very vibrant and acts as the prefect compliment to the light sourness. SOme vinegar notes and a nice mellow oak character. Moderate funk, but all in all, nothing out of bounds and exceptional balance. A touch of alcohol and a heavier weight betrays the ABV a touch.

A really nice beer - Cascade seem to do some excellent stuff...

Photo of tectactoe
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Muchas gracias to Jeff for cracking this with me... I love Cascade sours and apricots, so the combination should be orgasmic. Pale amber and kind of "peachy" all-around; foggy and cloudy throughout the body with only a touch of visibility to the other side of the glass. A nimbus-like head forms and grows quickly, then recedes just as fast to a silky skin atop the apricot brew that lasts for over half the glass. No lacing, no legging.

A fantastic arrangement of fresh, farm-market apricots explode upon bringing my nose to the brew. The fruity elegance is broken up by a solidifying tartness; sour, juicy, and lactic. The sourness seems to grow with each and every successive whiff, as does the acidity. Not much in the way of actual vinegar, but some vinous-oak notes reside faintly in the background. It smells fruity, it smells tart. Now I can only hope it tastes that way, too.

Well, my hopes for a sour beer were certainly met! One sip and I'm already puckering and wincing from the onslaught of lactic and acetic acid. The fruit character is astoundingly tasty, gushing with ripe apricots, lemon-juice, and maybe a hint of white grapes. Cascade Apricot is definitely a bit vinous in flavor, as the oaky and wine-like notes buckle down and start hitting the palate hard. Dry oak, damp hay, must, and horsey-funk are strong in the finish, along with the apricot's kiss of death.

Unlike the nose, the flavor also shows heavy vinegar characteristics, as well as a substantial amount of acidity. The taste is amazing, but this shit will burn a hole in your stomach lining. Granted, I had consumed a few other sour beers before this one, but each sip of Cascade Apricot left a burning feeling in the pit of my gut; I'm sure I was pushing ulcer-like levels of acidity down there.

So juicy, refreshing, and tasty, despite the fierce acidity. I was at such a personal crossroads with myself - so goddamn tasty that I couldn't stop drinking it, but I knew I would pay for each and every sip. WORTH IT. Pretty thick and heavy-bodied for a wild ale, but most of Cascade's offerings seem to be a bit stronger and heavier than those of other brewers. Lively carbonation, slick, wet, and crisp mouth feel.

All around, this is really a fantastic beer. The flavors are great; fruity, juicy, quenching, tart, mildly funky, oaky - complex and refined. Really my only large complaint is the fact that your stomach might have an easier time handling battery acid than this stuff. Although I'm not ready to blame my entire abdominal agony on this beer since it wasn't the only sour of the night, you could definitely feel each sip as it went down. But there's no doubt that I'd gladly suffer for this one again, it's far too tasty to pass up.

Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1062nd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml

2010 release

Shared by Eric Marshall
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A very light glowing yellow with a small amount of head that fell quickly to a good amount of a pond layer. No real cling or dots on this one.

Smell- Very fruit forward and smells a lot like a dry white wine. Had a good bit of oak and acid behind it. Smelled inviting and light.

Taste- The flavors start small and then envelop quickly. Opening up with a dry flavor of yeast and slowly a little bit of wet and clean apricots come in. The acid hits next and then it becomes a bit yeasty on the finish. Very simple, very clean and enjoyable..

Mouth- A nice light-medium body with a fairly high carbonation level. Lots of residual fruits and yeast on this one.

Drink- I was just talking with Cpabeer the other day about how good Cascade was and how I needed to try more. This was one of those bottles I need another one or to go seek out some other flavors. Very clean and crisp. Well layered and I appreciate the amount of fruit in it..

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, oak, clove, white vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of tart fruitiness, oak, and funky/acidic yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, pepper, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Big fruity acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, musty funk, hay, straw, leather, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tart/sour yeast ester, fruit, and oak barrel flavors; with a good fruit/sourness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very acidic, crisp, and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! Amazing complexity and balance of apricot fruit with fruity/sour yeast ester and oak barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on even with the big acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris, I really wanted to try something from these guys. Beer poured into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with not a lot of carbonation and a nice head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Beer's aroma is quite fruit with almost a cherry air to it with nice sour and apricot notes.

Beer tastes great, very tart, nice acidity and good fruit flavors with a mild sweetness. Very tasty overall. The sourness is a little subtle but a great beer all around. Loved it.

Photo of taylor714914
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer. Always wanted to try an apricot sour, and this was a great way to do it.

Smells of tartness and a hint of apricot.

Beautiful light orange color.

Taste is heaven. Tart acid, sweet apricot, pilsner malt, sweet to tangy finish.

Loved the mouthfeel due to the solid carbonation to help carry the flavors.

Absolutely world class.

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.