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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 266
Hads: 1,589
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 444
Gots: 372 | FT: 44
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:
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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Reviews: 266 | Hads: 1,589
Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Clonies720
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of mykie73
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (734 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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... (648 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (682 characters)

Photo of highTempo
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (176 characters)

Photo of mobius387
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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! (733 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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! (1,332 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (343 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (359 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (2,828 characters)

Photo of Mahlik
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of ebin6
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (500 characters)

Photo of Admbmb92
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (170 characters)

Photo of waltersrj
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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! (523 characters)

Photo of davod23
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Russian River glass.

The pour is a brilliant, clear golden color. The color of apricots. White head fizzles away fairly quickly. Nice looking beer.

Smell is of strong apricot fruitiness. Some brett character, oak. I can tell this one is going to be fairly sour.

Taste is, surprise, full of apricots. Bright fruit. Pretty damned sour, which is quite welcome. The oak is subdued, which surprises me given the amount of time this spent in barrels. Delicious nonetheless. Alcohol is completely hidden, which is fairly impressive given that this is over 8%

Mouthfeel is solid - good carbonation, spritzy, very dry finish. Supremely drinkable. Seriously could drink this all day and all night without skipping a beat.

Very nice beer from Cascade. Recommended, especially if you're looking for a tasty refreshing beer on a hot day. (862 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this at Julio's and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice crystal clear golden hue with edgings of honey atop of which was a good one finger head that faded to a very, very thin blanket with minimal side lacing.

S - Aromas of a nice sour blonde ale, light vinegar notes akin to a flanders with light apricot/stone fruit aromas intermingling throughout.

T - Taste is very, very nice. Not quite as nice as Filmishmish (the only other apricot beer on memory), but enjoyable nevertheless. Tart, tart stone fruits with that vinegary, vinous background. Very pleasant notes of apricot, sour/tart barrels and lactose. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Light bodied, higher carbonation. Definitely wonderful. Incredibly drinkable stuff here.

O - Overall, this was a delicious beer albeit at a steep price point. Wish I could drink stuff like this more often/throughout the year. Excellent job from Cascade. (939 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml vintage 2008 bottle at 55 degrees.

A loud pop of the cork revealed a massive, spongy pour. Three inches-plus of dense white froth into the tulip with sparkling clarity through a gold body. This beers sings to you with an expressive crackling of carbonation until the head fades to a thick coating on the surface. Plenty of ripped sheets of froth throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of juicy apricots. Some light wheat twang and funky brett follows through. A honey-like sweetness towords the end along with hints of cut grass, coriander, and mint-rubbed cloves.

Light bodied with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. Snappy and quenching.

Plump apricots and a quickly building lactic sharpness start the palate. Loads of fresh apricots persist in tandem with a lingering sourness. Hints of pineapple, tangerine, and lemon pith follow through.

Finishes with a lengthy tartness just short of jowel-watering, juicy apricots and a spicy warmth.

Wowza, this ones tasting super fresh and very tart. Incredibly quenching and sharp with loads of apricot. Maybe a bit more funk and sourness would be nice but a great beer nonetheless. (1,144 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 20 bones a bottle, I was not sure about buying this unknown beer. Glad I did. Nice pour with suitable creamy head, leaving slight lacing. Dark honey in color. Smell is tart apricots. Taste is magnificently mellowed. The funk of a wild beer, the lactic taste of a flanders, and the alcolhol is never noticeable. Balance is the key here. Sweetness, tartness, and funk are all present, but none are dominanat - none. That is amazing. Mouthfeel is great, and drinkablity follows suite. I will be stocking up on these next week, and trying their Kriek. Best new beer of the month for me. (585 characters)

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.