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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,248 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 396
Gots: 284 | FT: 34
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

gpawned, May 17, 2013
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cornejo, May 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

jeffwright, Jun 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

leftstagebrew, May 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

kris_n, Nov 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

JesseLara, Aug 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of GJ40
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A - Golden with a yellowish tint and a big white head. The last remnants of foam lingers nicely.

S - Big apricot! Funk and tartness too. But I was surprised at the level of apricot. Very nice.

T - Wow! Super tart and sour yet the apricot flavor is right there. Nice depth, balance and complexity. One of my new favorite sours.

M - Lively from the nice fine carbonation but still smooth.

O - Pricy but well worth a try. Great to see a beer like this produced in the US.

GJ40, Nov 04, 2013
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4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle tasted as part of a blind Better Beer Authority (BBA) tasting, initial 2011 vintage (before the long-aging process), poured into a large snifter glass and drank over 30 minutes.

A: 3/3 - misty golden-yellow, initial frothy white head settles into a one finger glass lacing, low clarity (cannot see through), moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - a really complex and intense admixture of fruit - apricot, Meyer lemon, lime - and barnyard notes, no detectable hops or malts; no detectable flaws

T: 18/20 - on first sip, there is an intense slap of both fruit and funk; this develops into complex fruit flavors - apricot (of course), lemon, ripe pear, tangerine - admixed with tart, barnyard flavors; as the flavors develop, there was a mild malt and wheat character; more alcohol flavors; finishes very dry

M: 4/5 - high carbonation; obviously, this very complex, and, as a result, it's not easily quaffable

T: 9/10 - wow, again, having this as part of a blind BBA tasting (thanks to Richard Hartogs for the opportunity), this beer totally impressed me; I read on some other reviews that this is an accessible sour, and I totally disagree with that - it's an intensely complex amalgamation of fruit and funk that could be very off-putting to those who don't have experience with sours; my only complaint is the acid brash that I start to experience after drinking too much; in short, this is one of the best American Wild Ales, and, as part of the tasting, I compared it to Cantilllon's Fou' Founne - high praise indeed and definitely recommended!

TOTAL - 45/50

MNishCT77, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazed apricot color with a one finger white head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Good lord, Cascade. This is amazing. The second I take a sniff of this, my mouth starts to water from the intensely sour aroma. Tart green apple, underripe raspberry, apricot pits and lemon mixed with a spicy oak note. As the beer warms, I start to get a jammy apricot note that's just incredible.

T: Opens with a big sour kick in the teeth. Sharp lemon bite, tart apricot and green apple and a ton of lactic sourness. There's a hit of dryness on the finish that seems to suck the moisture right out of your mouth. Once the dryness fades, I get a lingering jammy apricot note with some underripe cherry and oak. One of the best sours I've ever come across. I would love to be able to get this on a regular basis.

notchucknorris, Aug 22, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle of the apricot. Poured into a hair of the dog glass.

It appears apricot color. It is solid off dark orange color just like an apricot. A small off-white slightly tan head appears a top of the beer.

It smells slightly oaky. There is a nice earthy oaky type of a flavor. I sense a little sour smell. There is a nice floral type of a smell that leads to a nice pure and natural fruity apricot smell.

It tastes initially a bit sour. I get a bit of a rose type of a flavor. A nice tart fruity apricot flavor is apparent. The apricot flavor is very strong but it is very natural tasting. There is a slight sweetness from the apricot that balances the sour flavor of the beer. I get almost a honey like earthy flavor from the beer as well. This beer has a fantastic balance to it.

The carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is champagne like.

The drinkability is fantastic. It has great flavor. It is quite light and it has a great sour flavor but it is not to sour so it is quite easy to drink.

Again cascade has made an amazing beer. I love how the beer is sour yet you can still fully taste the sweet fruity flavor of apricot. Worth buying if you see it.

chumba526, Feb 07, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch picked up at the barrel house. wow. this one totally took my palate and spun it out. super complex. sooo much palate pleasing stuff going on here and i am not a fan of apricot (?9 aversion east coast?). deep amber with an off-white-apricot-pink(?) head that pops and fizzes but settles in to a creamy thing that sticks around for a bit and leaves good lace. nose is fruity, and surprisingly, other fruits seem more pronounced than apricot. i get raspberry, pear, strawberry, tropical fruit, apricot. so much going on. fruit, spice, wood, tart, earth, vanilla(?), honey(?), citrus, old-school bubblegum... and layers of each. taste is sweet/sour and fruity up front, turns spicy, gets woody and finishes dry with a touch of minerality. medium body that seems creamy, but turns silky. clean with a warming finish that amplifies the aftertaste you wish it had. a stunning beer that defies style and boundary. would love to taste this in 5 years. winner.

timtim, Apr 06, 2011
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4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 vintage uncorked on 2-Aug-13.

750 mL bottle poured into tasting snifter glass.

Aromas of big funky barnhouse with notes of orange and apricot with a sweet background.

Taste sweet apricots, oranges, funky tartness, brett, some yeastiness, very robust, and super enjoyable. Medium-high level of sourness; tart on the tongue with a rush of flavor after the initial sour shock. fantastic mouthfeel. Very carbonated, can't notice the abv.

Overall, just a straight-up, solid apricot sour. I'd use this as a standard for all other apricot ales. I wonder if its just as good fresh? I believe it's on par with Bruery's SitR Kumquats. Perfect on a sunny, summer day.

Rollzroyce21, Aug 03, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 2011 Project.

Wonderful orange and yellow apricot glow. Opaque. A creamy white head hits with lots of staying power, merringue like top and like a dolop of icing. Great looking here.

Nose is fantastic. Brett sharp citrus, and tangy apricot funk angles. Nice oak round character and a hiding sweetness, sense of pepper very light also. It smells absolutely fantastic, just mouthwatering.

Palate hits with all that sour apricot sensations. Very tart finish, and lingering depth of malt. Huge thick teeth coating action and feel with a real nice light body. Palate doesn't unfortunately provide the depths of flavor that are hinted on the nose though. Juicy. Brings out more candy orange drops, and lemon tangy zip. Just a hint of wet but incredibly quenching and easy to drink.

What a fantastic exception if you can't have Fou Foune! I love the fact this is made in America would love to have this on a regular basis.

smakawhat, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Damian, Mar 11, 2013
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4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

14/01/13. 750ml bottle; caged and corked.

Poured into a Kate the Great snifter, it pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of white head.

S: ripe apricots, spice, apple pie, and some cinnamon in the nose.

T: upfront ripe, juicy apricots come in droves. In the mid-palate lactic acid sourness begins and continues throughout. Apricot skins and spice are also present in the mid-palate. In the back it is dry, then vinous and then extremely sour. Carbonation is spot on and makes it dangerously drinkable.

A phenomenal lambic. it was not as musty as I expected (I was expecting Cantillon like must and earthiness) but this does not detract from it at all. Amazing stuff.

TallSaint, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of TheCuriograph
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like Cascade is back in NY for the first time in over a year!

A - the Apricot Ale pours like a gueuze, albeit with a darker, hazier, more orange amber. It’s sparkling effervescent with a robust champagne head.

S - It casts off the unripe apple sharpness one expects, but this funk is less abrasive than a traditional lambic. The nose is tempered not only with apricot, but also pear, banana and strawberry. It emits the sweet smell of candied dried fruit.

T -That candy carries over into the taste. You get that initial bracing tartness, but this immediately gives way to juicy passion fruit and lemon-drops. Still, the drink is wonderfully dry and refreshing, with medium body and a tantalizing savory note, like the salt on a margarita glass. All told, Cascade Apricot Ale is like liquid sweet-tart.

M - Medium bodied, but crisp, dry and refreshing, even as that sugary fruit boosts the ABV to 8.5%.

O - I've never fallen for a sour. While I can appreciate a good gueuze, I'm never in the mood for one. This might change that. I already want another.

TheCuriograph, Jul 17, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Bright-white bubbly head sits at about 1cm for the duration. Tight bubble structure with a lively carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Mega fruity. Juicy apricot abounds. Carries that distinct wet and damp sour edge I associate with every Cascade beer. Crazy fruity with a nice lactic sourness. Tart citric edge buried underneath. Almost fruit sugar sweetness. Floral and bright. Mealy apricot flesh. Some obvious lemon zest. Vague hint of soft spice.

Taste: Aggressively tart up front. Big citric bite layered over a complex lactic tart/sour combo. Tons of apricot. Mealy flesh, crazy juicy and role. Some very soft pale malts and a floral element. The base tripel is buried. Some light banana. Sharp lemon juice/citric sour on the finish. A touch of apple skin. White wine and grapes run through the middle. Tiny hint of oak in the back. A touch of damp basement and hay.

Mouthfeel: Carries some of that distinct Cascade juicy wetsness at the front, but finishes really dry for the brewery. Moderate-high carbonation gives it a slightly crisp edge.

Overall: When did apricots become better than blueberries?

This is about as complex a wild as I've encountered from a US brewery. Massively fruity and as tart as they come. I'll be picking it up every time I see it.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of berpwillie
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a semi-transparent copper color with good white fizzy head and lacing that remain. strong wild yeast citrus, apricot smell. the nose on this brew is absolutely fantastic. apricot hints in the smell aren't too apparent but come through strong in the taste. very sweet and sour, a bit tart fruity and flavorful. absolutely fantastic. light to medium body long flavor duration and sweet tart finish. kind of reminds me of the candy smarties. i highly recomend trying this brew!

berpwillie, Jul 22, 2010
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.