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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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96
world-class

1,239 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 393
Gots: 283 | 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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Piddmeista, Aug 19, 2013
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McNazz, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

phishphorce, Jun 04, 2013
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detrockcitey, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

DaBubs, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

On tap at the barrel house the other day.

The beer pours a golden, honey orange color with good head retention and decent lacing. As one would expect, I pick up a considerable amount of apricot on the nose, along with some vanilla and light cherry. I really didn't pick up much of a sour component in the aroma profile, which made my first taste all that much more of a surprise. While not over the top, the sour aspect of this beer really dominates the flavor profile, though I pick up considerable apricot as well. There is also some light vanilla and lemom/lime as well that is intriguing and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, sour apricot finish. The sour component really seems to counter and lighten the alcohol impact on the finish, and once again I was surprised to learn that the abv. was 8.5%. Ultimately, drinkability is pretty good in this beer, though the sour wore on me a bit after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid effort from the folks at Cascade.

John_M, Feb 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

zrab11, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

yeahnatenelson, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

ScottJWing, Sep 04, 2014
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nrs207, Jul 31, 2013
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chippo33, May 20, 2013
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brystmar, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

tomholland, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Joecaddie, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Cdunk11, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle poured into a Cigar City tulip. 2009 vintage. I popped this open at cellar temperature, instead of chilling it, so it gushed a little bit after the cork came off. I only lost an ounce or two and got the rest in the glass.

Appearance: Darker orange to medium brown in color with a large, sticky head. The lacing adheres pretty strongly to the glass.

Aroma: Oak notes from the barrels and fresh apricots give off a nice aroma upfront. Definitely a touch of sour lacto notes in there and an almost minty note. Very interesting and complex.

Taste: Fresh sweet apricot notes really lend a great fruit note upfront. They is also a touch of sour apricots, but it isn't overpowering. Oak notes from the barrels and the fresh mint notes from the aroma balance out the fruit nicely. I really like the fruit forward aspect of this and the balance of sweet and tart. A really clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied in flavor with some nice carbonation.

Overall, a really nice and inventive sour ale. The barrel notes are really strongly integrated and work well with the heavy fruit. The apricot is definitely the star here, and showcases great sweet and tart notes. I was really surprised the fruit was so present this long after bottling. I would definitely have this again although the price tag is a bit heavy at $20 a bottle.

Gosox8787, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

EB1, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

sbrock22, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

huntermop, May 28, 2014
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.