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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 368
Gots: 270 | FT: 31
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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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are extremely high; I had Cascade's Kriek and loved it. 7.76% ABV according my bottle; also marked "2011 Project." Reviewed live.

Normally I'd let this warm a bit, but the bottle advises serving at 40 degrees so I'll open it cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I have too much respect for the Kriek to even consider pairing this with food.

Acquired locally for around $18 if I remember right.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of nice cream, disappointing thickness (not that it's thin; it just isn't all that thick), and average retention (~2 minutes). Body colour is a muted dull apricot orange. Translucent but nontransparent and hazy. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Little lacing as the head recedes. It's not much to look at, admittedly.

Sm: Wild yeast/bacteria, sourness, lactose, fermented peach, tart fruit, apricot, pale malts, and crystal malts. An appealing sour aroma. I can't wait to try it, though the apricot is a bit restrained; the fruit I do get is more peach.

T: Sour, but not necessarily puckerworthy. It's far less sour than the kriek, anyway. Apricot and peach fruit feels deep and complex, with excellent layering between pale and crystal malts. Tart, especially on the backend. Incredibly well balanced and very nicely built, but it does lack the degree of subtlety I expect in a world class sour. It's incredibly well executed, with wonderful bacterial and wild yeast notes. I do wish it was more sour, but it's got plenty of sourness as is. Not too much lactic yeast either; most of the sourness is tart and fruit-derived rather than funky or lactic. Very tasty and not at all too sweet. Oak sits in the background lending a pleasant guiding tone.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp. Refreshing. Perfect carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: An incredibly drinkable, wonderful apricot sour from Cascade. I walked into it expecting it to fill the shoes of the Kriek, which was wrong of me - but it remains a fantastic wild ale that will please sour fans. I'll have no trouble killing the bottle by myself; I wouldn't want to share it out of pure greed. I'd definitely pick this one up for aging or just for more consumption. Cascade continues to impress; I definitely have to visit them at some point. This is a highly recommended sour, and may be the best apricot beer I've ever had period.

Low A-

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:39:38 | More by kojevergas
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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