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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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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ccrida on 04-18-2008

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Reviews: 280 | Ratings: 1,665
Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark orange with a thin, wispy white head that's quick to dissipate. Big apricot aroma that's slightly sour. Massive wallop of tartness and sourness in the taste, again with apricot the most prevalent, skins and all. Medium bodied with a little carbonation and slight creaminess when swallowing. This doesn't mess around.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Not a big fan of yours, but Cascade is an exception. Hazy golden pour, big fruity nose leads into a taste and experience that tickles the palate at all levels. I don't even like apricots that much, but this is tasty.

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Photo of parkeak0
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 project consumed April '16. Pours a deep, somewhat hazy orange/yellow. Nose is intense dried apricots and sour lactic fermentation-driven goodness. Palate is one of the purest fruit expressions I've experienced in a sour... beyond loaded with sweet-sour apricot flavor. Truly mouth puckering with high acid that you feel from front to finish. The sweet-sour interplay is almost sour-candy-like, and makes you want nothing more than another sip.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a sour-ass'd wild ale. Extremely tart...like sour patch kid salt ripping the film off you tongue tart. If that's your thing this is a must have. Awesome beer. 2014 project. Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool pour the same color as the fruit, almost 1/2" of white head on it. Aroma was lactic sour and apricots, clean, mild oak impressions.

Taste does amazingly well at hiding the alcohol on a big beer, wouldn't know it. I dunno how this is a flanders ale? Definitely gets more sour with time, and it comes out the gate a big sour beer.

Carbonation is high, but not overly. I really like these, and at $20 a bottle, they're worth it.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great smell of just a bit of apricot and tart sourness. Taste was sour, tart, finishing with apricot sourness. Mouth feel was crisp and decently full bodied. Could have used a decent amount more of ripened apricot. Great none the less.

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Photo of pagriley
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy gold. Huge lacto sour on the nose, with a tiny hint of funk. No fruit at all - just nothing of the apricots. Very disappointing.
More of the same on taste - sour, touch of funk, bugger all fruit - if you had told me this was a straight sour blonde in oak I would be completely convinced. Very one dimensional.

Overall, an OK sour certainly, if it was just a straight up sour blonde. The Apricot is almost non-existent, and very disappointing for $30 a bottle. Given the reviews and price I was expecting prominent fruit and complexity, but this is just straight sour blonde with some fruit and oak lurking in the background.

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Photo of deaddear
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 750mL bottle in a teku glass

A - Hazy golden orange, tiny bits of yeast/sediment. Short-lived fizzy head. Impressive amount of lacing for the style.

S - Apricots and lemon, some oak in the background

T - Really upfront juicy/tart apricot, solid undertone of oaked sour; probably overpowering if you're not a fan of sours.

M - Warheads fizzy; the tartness actually seems to come through in the mouthfeel.

O - Wow, that's good. Suspect it would only get better with age? The apricot is turned up really, really high. Would be curious to know how much they actually use. Shop around, some places will kill you on the price for this.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass. Purchased in north providence ri.

Pours a super hazy orange juice like body with a good amount of sediment and a lacy white head.

Aromas are really nice and fruity, apricots definitely shine through along with the lactic tartness, ripe peaches, funky yeast. On the tongue it's pretty dark sour but balanced by a light stone fruit/ peachy/ ripe apricot flavor with a little oak, drying fruit skins, and a crisp tart refreshing finish. Medium high carbonation.

Another killer from cascade. Seriously, if you're not into ticking "whale" fruited sours, just drink cascade forever. Don't mistake availability/rareness with world class taste.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really great sour. Mouthfeel and carbonation is on point. The flavor was nice, but there wasn't as much apricot presence as I would have liked. Pretty tart, but not overpowering.

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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a light slightly murky orange with a small white head. The aroma is full of apricots and wood. The taste is sour apricots with some oak tossed in. This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of SMZBrew
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2014 Project.

A - Light amber hazy beer. Poured with a 1 inch milky head that dissipated quickly.

S - Apricot at the forefront, with some funk, and malt. There is also a good bit of sourness in there.

T - The initial taste is not as sour as I would expect from the smell. The apricot comes thru nicely. Really well balanced and easy to drink.

M - Medium mouth feel. Good levels of carbonation. Very refreshing.

O - I like the balance. The apricot flavor comes thru pretty strong, there is a strong sour note but it is well balanced by the malt. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Transparent straw yellow brew, filled with action; big cloudy, meringue-like head. Great retention and tons of lacing left behind. Looks almost like apple juice with an incredible head of foam.

Aroma is surprisingly funky at first, settling into a sour, tart, fruity, oak blend. Vinegar, hay, lemons, yeast.

Flavor is a little lighter and fruitier than the aroma; it's tart, but nowhere near as much as the nose indicates. Quite a bit more fruit on the second half, as well. Apples and pears; apricots; lemons; overripe peaches. Still a touch rustic and musty.

Significant puckering; slick and sticky and oily; long, tart finish.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 -- Draft, Oct. 2015

A: Slightly under-ripe apricot fruit aroma up front with some tartness in the background.

A: light golden color, slightly hazy with light ring of head.

T: Complex and slightly under-ripe apricot flesh flavors, very clean and enjoyable. Strong lingering fruit tartness.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation.

O: One of my all-time favorites from Cascade, very enjoyable and refreshing. A year of aging has mellowed the slight sour sharpness.

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Photo of Myotus
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2012 project) into a tulip and let warm up to 40°F until reviewing.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter's worth of white foam that shrivels into a line within 15 seconds. Pale orange in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and low in quantity. Lacing is hardly existent.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sour yeast that combine with mild aromas of oak, hay, and apricot.
TASTE: Very strong sour yeast flavors are up front. Mild oak and subtle hay flavors enter immediately after along with hints of apricot.
FEEL: Somewhere between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Very tart. Goes down somewhat rough and finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Where were the apricots? Was it because this bottle was aged too long?

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Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015-08-30
Apricot 2014, served in a sampler at Cascade Barrel House.

Hazy yellow gold. Fine silky head. Little carbonation. Smell is stone fruit tartness.

Taste is super tart with an impressively apricot flavor that builds and clarifies into a more and more apricotty flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, very good. Especially if you love apricots.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cascade's Barrel House tasting room. This was listed at a 2014 project with an ABV of 7.6%. Attractive pour— golden color with a white foam.

Sharp and light bodied. Fragrant with fruit but just faintly of apricot. Tart but also has a slight mellow grainy note. I'm happy to taste this on tap from the barrel, but the 750 ml bottle seems like a major investment for way too much of this stuff. But a small glass is quite sippable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass. aged in oak barrels.

A: Apricot orange coloring with a small haze factor, reveals a healthy display of effervesce filling the vessel at a moderate rate. A good initial head formation (rather rare per style), is very well lasting, covering til the end of the drink, lapsing only to a skim chalky white covering. Generous amounts of lace adore the vessel with a near full sheet coating, amplified by stratified rings condescending downward. For this extra consideration.

S: Very nice perfumy tart apricots arrive on the nose. Small funk of tart grape skins with a dry finish. Fairly well lasting. Initial high rate of sourness, but turns very soothing there-after, very clean reception.

T: Acidic, tart apricots, crisp malting, while the oaky character was a bit reserved, or rather hidden behind the sour factor. Flashes of wet fruitiness at first is followed by a gentle lingering tartness off the tongue. Small quick sips have a rather tart and acidic lemony factor, while longer savoring sips reveal the soothing, tart apricot flavor much better.

M: Acidic, tart, mouthful has a very good carbonation rate.

O: A very well crafted sour that is very clean and crisp with a very respectable sour factor for the hard-core, but not intimidating for the part time fan as well. HIgh quality and very good levels of apricots while maintaing drinkability factor, though a bomber did take me a good 45 minutes of consumption, not a bad thing, when you get to savor the funky sourness over a period of time. I am partial to apricots and peaches in such brews as well saisons, which i tend to think works very well to the style and nature of the beers. One last note of consideration, at $35 a bottle the price is a bit steep, i can only recommend for the seasoned veteran of style and with the disposable income to spare, if not consider splitting one with a friend which will take some of the sting from the pocket and add some enjoyment to the experience.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma and taste of this beer set it it apart from any sour I've had. The apricot especially come through in the aroma. First sip is not overly tart, but it gains in strength as the beer sits.

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Photo of highTempo
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers a flavor of underripe stone fruits and apricot, with a full lactic tart quality. A solid apricot sour, but slightly lacking in full palate notes and fruit flavor.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle opened March 2015.

A - Loosely bubbled off-white head has nice retention and low lace. Opaque bright apricot body.

S - Sweet apricot jam with tart lemon and SweetTart candies.

T - Tart, crisp, underripe apricots and white peaches. Sweet apricot jam through the center. Acidic lemons and tart passionfruit finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full body with a really nice bright acidity.

O - Delicious apricot flavor, even 2+ years out, with a bold, smooth, well integrated acidity.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color with a short head had that rests as a constant plate.
Nice deep sour aroma with notes of orange-lemon, sulfur, must and some funky lactic.
Quite Sour and acid taste with notes of salt (lots), lemon, apple vinegar, green apples and finishing with mild apricot. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Light towards medium body with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7.76% is absent.
This brew sure matured well (2011). A Sour with a delicate apricot background that is able to show intense acid and sour notes without producing awkward sensations.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This smells precisely like dried apricot. Huge points for authenticity.

It tastes like fuzzy apricots. It's good. It's like...fruit juice with lactic acid.

Overall, really naturally fruity and delicious.

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Photo of Admbmb92
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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