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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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1,171 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,171
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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Ratings: 1,171 | Reviews: 252 | Display Reviews Only:
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.9%

03-02-2013 02:30:51 | More by ferrettman687
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tjmackie

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.9%

06-11-2014 02:12:10 | More by tjmackie
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thetomG

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-15-2011 16:57:14 | More by thetomG
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atrocity

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

04-17-2014 17:41:27 | More by atrocity
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mendonza

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.9%

08-13-2013 05:12:42 | More by mendonza
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jl28r1

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-19-2013 15:11:25 | More by jl28r1
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mikeseattle

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-17-2011 00:15:12 | More by mikeseattle
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dannyhipps

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-21-2011 03:17:43 | More by dannyhipps
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-11-2013 02:15:10 | More by tbeq00
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Chingringo

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.9%

05-12-2013 00:44:35 | More by Chingringo
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-26-2011 00:37:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Goldstar81

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-22-2011 18:38:40 | More by Goldstar81
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BeerBum

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

04-05-2013 21:30:44 | More by BeerBum
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I2uss

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-18-2011 18:14:22 | More by I2uss
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

04-28-2014 15:14:21 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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topdown

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

08-06-2013 20:46:44 | More by topdown
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mjw1200

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-09-2014 03:50:29 | More by mjw1200
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KVNBGRY

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-16-2013 15:05:52 | More by KVNBGRY
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Unchi

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-01-2013 19:03:39 | More by Unchi
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coriswrasse

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-09-2013 23:15:11 | More by coriswrasse
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illy0sis

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.9%

05-14-2013 22:03:02 | More by illy0sis
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sprat1960

Massachusetts

4.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful deep blonde color; deep golden orange. Opaque. Rich one finger head when poured; foam laced the surface of the glass and beer the entire time I was drinking the beer. Delicious small; sweet and fruity with a slight sour finish. Taste matched the smell; sweet (but not too sweet) fruity taste with a slightly sour finish. Kind of a sweet and sour effect. Absolutely delicious. Nice medium plus body; smooth with lots of very light carbonation. Overall I found this beer to be outstanding. Definitely one of my favorites of all time. Wanted more!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 00:08:38 | More by sprat1960
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Boz12

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orangish, yellow color. Kind of like an apricot!

S: Heaven. All the delicious funk and tart aromas you would expect from the style but with a blast of apricots combined together into a glorious bouquet.

T: Apple cider (as well as some mystery spices that I associate with apple cider). A lot of apricot. Nice acidity that is slightly reminiscent of vomit but in a very good way. Light funk. Apple pie. Very refreshing.

M: Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O: I've yet to be anything less than blown away by everything I've had from Cascade. Granted I haven't had any of their non-sour beers. This beer is delicious and since it is damn near impossible to cop some Fou' Foune around these parts, this is a worthy substitute and every bit as good in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 10:42:12 | More by Boz12
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received a 750 mL bottle of Cascade Apricot Ale as a Christmas gift. My girlfriend and I split the bottle. Poured into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Cascade Apricot has a gorgeous orange hue that makes it appear as if it glows. It is translucent and topped by a bubbly, two-finger white head. A ring of white foam forms around the rim of the glass and endures for the duration. Excellent look to the beer and a cool looking bottle.

Smell (4.5/5): This beer smells very tart! Apricot, lemon/orange citrus notes, lactic sourness, and some funk from the wild yeast. I also pick up woody notes undoubtedly imparted to the beer through the oak barrel aging. Pretty gorgeous.

Taste (5/5): Extreme tartness–lots of apricot and lemon/orange flavors to be had, alongside the classic lactic sour notes you find in Flemish Reds and Oud Bruins. Barrel-aged woodiness lurks in the background, though this beer is all about showcasing the fruity and sour flavors. Thus, the beer doesn't "feel" quite as "aged" or "old" as some Belgian sours do. The beer's taste certainly has a lot in common with that of lambics–fruity and sour all at once. Despite the Apricot Ale's strength, not a trace of alcohol can be detected. This beer is exquisite; a perfectly crafted sour beer.

Mouthfeel (5/5): The mouthfeel is extraordinary and exhibits the best characteristics of Belgian/Flemish sour ales. Apricot Ale features a medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. The beer's lactic sourness lends a slightly mouth-puckering feel. The fairly vigorous carbonation gives it a pleasant effervescence and combines well with the sourness to induce a prickly sensation on the tongue. The beer is not cloying or overly puckering by any stretch; it is actually easy-drinking and refreshing.

Overall (5/5): Apricot Ale was a wonderful introduction to Cascade Brewing. It is a great spin on sour ale. Everything about this beer–its appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel–is stellar. The no-holds-barred tartness and beautifully effervescent, slightly puckering mouthfeel really won me over. If you like sour ales and haven't tried any brews by Cascade, you must do so post haste.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 00:48:34 | More by hagbergl
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DoubleJ

California

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Glowing yellow ornage in color with a solid lasting head and a trickle or two of lace. The fun starts with a simple smell of the beer; apricots! Sour! And the ecstasy continues into the taste, where there is a lot of awesome flavor to fit into the smorgasbord. Apricots all around, but it's not over the top, sour all around, but not over the top, acidic but not over the top, and even some complimentary lemon flavor. And then I learned it was 8.5% ABV, which is amazing considering that there is no harshness to be found. Without a doubt a treat and one of the best beers I've tasted in 2011.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 04:05:45 | More by DoubleJ
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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