Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 411
Gots: 308 | 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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Wow-- in you face tartness--- like sucking on a mouth puckering sweet tart the size of a urinal cake!
At first I was overwhelmed and a little off-put, but the more I drank it the more I liked it...
Nose is medicinal funk, like a hospital men's room...
But damn, that sour funkiness, backed up by lemon and apricots-- in the background-- and that sweet tart flavor of my youth are very appealing, especially thanks to a dry finish...
Has to be tried to believe... Unique.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear honey colored with a one finger off-white head. Nice head retention - certainly more than I had anticipated in a lambic. Nose is drenched in apricot with a bit of a boozy smell, and the sourness definitely comes through. Taste is apricot mixed with a sourness that balances well. Nose would lead you to believe that the taste would be much more sweet. There is a pretty sweet finish to this, but doesn't leve much of an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is reminiscent of wine, but the carbonation in here definitely gives you the beer feel. VERY dry finish, and I liked it for this beer. This is an outstanding fruit beer. Not my style to sit with for an evening - but definitely one that could be enjoyed with friends.

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.