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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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1,373 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,373
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 411
Gots: 307 | FT: 37
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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Photo of 305BEER
1.1/5  rDev -74.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I Guess I will be the exception here. I and the others at my place thought this was just awful. It smelled and tasted like apple cider vinegar with no apricot to be found. I have had and enjoyed a few of the other cascade projects but this was just not drinkable imo. It fizzed in my sink like a cleaning product would.

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1.36/5  rDev -68.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper orange color with a thin white head and a decent lace left behind. The nose is overly sweet and simple seeming a touch artificial. Candied sugars and spearamint tickle the nose as appricots take over and dominate. The taste is sugary and minty, lots of appricot roll over the tongue. Very little integration as the mint, sugars, and fruit don't seem to have a defined roll. This is overly sweet with a creamy syrupy feel, prickly carbonation in the back, and a touch wet and oily.

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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottling. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy/hazy orange with a tall, fluffy, off-white head that had decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly sour with the apricot in the background. There were just hints of the base grain and the yeast. The story was pretty much the same on the tongue, the bitter sourness dominates and the apricot (which is not my favorite fruit) is in the background.

The body was thinner than I like in a Tripel (which is the base beer for this, according to the label). Drinkability was OK, but nothing that made me want more.

Overall, a good beer that you may enjoy more than I did. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.18/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottling, served in Stella tulip.

A: cork comes off without much ado. Pours much flatter than anticipated. Small, short-lived, soapy head. Hazy, orange color. Looks silmilar to apple cider in some lights.

S: Has a citric tang with some sweet orange and apricot. A little lactic sourness.

T: Tart up front, followed by some sweetness. Not much in the way of specific fruit flavor. I wouldn't be able to isolate apricot if I didn't know ahead of time. Sour, but approachable. Slightly juicy finish.

M: minimal carbonation. Nearly still.

D: Tastes like....disappointment. Got this bottle in a trade and I'm totally happy to have tried it, but something has to be off with this bottle. I'll try it again in the future (hopefully with better results) if the opportunity presents itself.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.23/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from ipa247. 2008 vintage. Consumed 4-27-2010. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color, surprisingly clear, with a huge sticky head. The bubbles are massive and loose and leave cobwebbed lacing a the start, then the head fades just a bit to a ring, and leaves tighter clumps of bubbles. Looks good, darker than I expected, I guess. The smell is slightly tart, pretty fruity, like peaches and some tart berries. It smells pretty sweet. Also, you can sense the funkiness of this one there too. I'd say it's not the best smelling lambic, but all of the elements are there. The flavor comes out with fruit, like fleshy, soft, juicy fruit. The beer is fairly sweetn, not too tart at all, and the apricots kind of win in the fruitiness, but I can also detect berries. I can kind of taste the malt, but mixed with the yeast character, it just comes across as straw and grass. I also get a little peach alcohol taste. After the fruit, and as it warms, you start to get the wildness of this one, and I don't think it is the most successfully developed wild ale. There's just this B.O. and foot funkiness, that didn't seem to get to the point of the acidic bacteria coming in, so there's very little acid or dryness to balance out this thick sweetness in this one. These are definitely characteristics of wild ales, kind of normal ones, but it's too one dimensional, and a little like fruity sweat, if that at all makes sense. The body is nice and full, with a moderate carbonation, but it's not as dry, and maybe a little too full for a good lambic. And I got a little bored of it while I was drinking. I think it could use a little more tartness and acidity, maybe a little longer conditioning to really let those flavors develop more (or maybe it went too long and the bacteria started eating the wrong stuff, sometimes I can't tell the difference - or maybe I don't know it well enough). The fruit would be nice in a more "sour" tasting beer, it has a very nice effect.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Trilogy31
3.28/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling, pours a cloudy amber with sunset orange hue. A heavy champagne style foam quickly builds and recedes just as fast. Nose is of sour funk, apricots, must and earth and a little spicy belgian yeast. Taste is a puckering citrus sour, stone fruits and a pleasant funk along with an unfortunate penny taste. Easy to drink and hides the abv well. Solid sour though not great.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This tart, fruited ale is first brewed as a Belgian-style tripel with a commercial ale yeast. It undergoes eight months of conditioning in oak wine barrels exposed to "free range lactobacillus" bacteria to achieve its characteristic lactic souring. This is followed by an infusion of ripe apricots and three months of further fermenting and conditioning. The beer is then bottled and allowed to condition for several more months.

The result is a golden ale with a casually hazed hue pocked by a few wayward flocs. After an initial outpouring of carbonation, no head or lace emerges. Instead, a wine-like tartness arrives with no appreciable apricot properties. This carries forward to the flavor where apricot essence is just mildly evident. A sour apple quality defines the greater part of it with a slight gingery bite. Bittering and hop flavor are deliberately withheld.

Cascade Apricot is a simple and momentarily elegant ale though it is somehow incomplete without a more fully expressed measure of fruit flavor. Give it some warming and a wishful hint of apricot does emerge.

Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. I believe this is a 2009 bottle. Pours a clear golden honey color with a big fluffy white head that nicely laces as it settles. If memory serves me correctly I don't believe Cascade uses brett but this has an aroma of brett to it with florals and a touch of fruit. I expected this to have a more fruit forward aroma vs. the florals. Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. The flavor is brett-like floral with touches of sweetness. The apricot doesn't seem to be as strong as I would have liked and the flavor seems almost watered down. Not bad but I thought this would have been better.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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