Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 263
Hads: 1,575
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 447
Gots: 370 | FT: 44
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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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Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is the 2009 vintage and pours a somewhat cloudied amber in color with a two finger and very effervescent head. The aromas are of very, very fresh apricots. It kind of smells like those candy Peach rings. It is very fruity and somewhat sweet. For the style it isn't on par but otherwise it does smell appealing. It tastes of tart dried apricots and peaches, almost like a poor man's geueze. There is a slight dryness but you do get a good amount of sweet and candied fruit. It drinks semi dry and light to medium in body. Overall this beer is just ok in my opinion. I appreciate that they made a beer with this fruit but it is just so fresh and fruity, even being the 2009 vintage. I would like a more tartness or a legitimate sourness and not so much gummy candies. If this beer was drier, and had some funk, it could be spectacular. Right now, it's just ok and not really of your $20+. (898 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mikkeller glass on 6/21/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing

2009 bottling

Apricot/orange color is browned with some sediment that made its way into the glass; it's a bit murky as a result. One inch crackling head. Dissipates rapidly to a thin layer, leaving some lace.

Of course, apricots are at the fore of the aroma, offering a fresh fruit sweetness. There is a short-lived tangy note. A bit of mustiness rounds it out. More oak moves in as the beer warms.

Pow. Tastes a lot punchier than it smells, kicking up a showing of tartness. Apricots are had throughout; their application is fresh and clean. Barrel characteristics build on the latter half - musty, dank and water-logged. I dig it.

The moderate body has a sharper, crisp feel. Mellows over time and bulks up a tad. Dry, funked, barrel-laden finish.

Very well done. Alcohol is hidden almost entirely. (880 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful apricot orange, looks like the apricot is literally in the glass! Nice bubbles race continuously to the top, excellent retention and lacing. The layer of foam on top never dissipates, outstanding.

Smells fresh. Sour and sweet notes, oak in there as well.

Very nice sour tang albeit more subtle than most, the apricot is definitely there but subdued. As the beer warms up the fruitiness comes into play more. Not a bad sour.

Mouthfeel is decent; creamy yet dry. Alcohol subdued nicely.

After a while the apricot starts to take over the palette and it gets a bit too fruity and one dimensional for my taste. A 375ml would be perfect for this one. (666 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the most Ale-y of Watchers for this bottle. Shared with Spider889 and Ryan011235. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance
Lots of frothy head the color of heavy cream. Its incredibly long lasting, never really fading below a finger in height, so there's lots of droopy, heavy lacing. The beer is a deep peachy orange.

Aroma
Tart but its more oaky, increasing with warmth. A lot of nice funk. The funk is grassy, hay like and dusty. Apricots play a big part, giving this beer a juicy center and aromas of not yet ripe fruit. Spicy yeast intertwines with apple aromas. Some vanilla oak and a big horse blanket funk arise with more warmth.

Taste
Quite juicy. Lots of under ripe flavors that even border on bitter, providing balance. This beer has a very funky middle with lots of horseblanket. It then sweetens and becomes fruity for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel
This is a tamer sour. It has a gentle pucker and a gentle dryness. The carbonation is sharp but soft at the same time. Alcohol is actually apparent, which is a feature I feel this beer could do without.

Overall
A quite nice beer. A tame, gentle sour loaded with under ripe apricot juiciness. Cascade does not disappoint. (1,199 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

1 finger white head white, pale straw body.

Powerful tang, Bretty despite not being a Brett beer. Subtle apricot in there.

Lotsa citrusy sour, the apricot is subtle and comes in mostly at the end.

Slightly frothy mouthfeel.

This was neat, and really sour, but not worth the hype, and not full of apricot. (322 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, shimmering copper color with a light-tan head. Aroma is vivid, sweet, dried apricots. Pretty cut and dry there. Flavor is also apricot-dominated, with a bit of unripeness and a somewhat solvent acidity. Sweet at first but after the palate calibrates, the sharp tartness attacks the corners of the palate. Not terribly sour. Pretty good, the fruit is really bright and fresh-tasting. (397 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden orangish color with good carbonation, a gusher, but once it settled it was nice

S: Fresh, ripe apricot, sour, hints at wood

T: Pretty acidic, carbonation was a little much, plenty of apricot, wood, def wine like texture

M: Effervescent but crisp

D: Pretty good overall (291 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle (2008 vintage cork and caged, tasted on 11/25/09). Served at 48 deg. Pours a light clear orange/golden. Huge bubbly white head that fades quickly. Aroma of peach and citrus, touch of some floral hops and vanilla bread. Incredibly dry taste, with very little residual sugar. Just a touch of sweetness with a belgian yeast flavor, then a pleasant mild sourness, but not as tart as expected. Drinks incredibly well and I cannot believe this is 9% (as labeled on bottle) for such a nice light bodied brew. Yet another fantastic beer from Cascade. (556 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**This one was a gusher** It popped and started pouring and I lost about 1/3 of the bottle before I could do anything. This is the first Cascade beer that gushed on me, just a heads up. Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. The beer pours a copper color with an amber center and a thick three finger foamy white head. As the head slowly fades it leaves behind a sticky thick lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is sweet, the tripel notes hit hard and heavy with the sweet apricot characteristics. The apricots introduce the other citrus fruits, which grows to an almost-but-not-quit-peach scent. Beyond the fruits and candied sugar sweetness there is some musty sourness and hay that lets you know you're getting into something funky. Very nice. All the components of the nose get better and more intense as the beer warms.

The taste is different from the smell because the musty/citrus sour notes hit first. The candied sugar and malts of the tripel come in to balance out the tart introduction, but the musty hay, heavy apricot and pear components come through quickly. The finish is tart and acidic, very pleasant.

The beer is well carbonated and has a nice light mouthfeel appropriate for the style. The alcohol is well hidden by the musty and sour flavors, this is one I will look for again in the future, glad this brewery is in New England. (1,366 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750ml bottle generously shared by ygtbsm94 at the Sexual Chocolate release in North Carolina (Thanks man!) into my Great Divide snifter (02/06/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with some orange hues capped with a faint off-white head.

S: Potent and intense tart and sour aroma of sweet apricot.

T: The apricot theme continues and the palate is met with some sweet and sour apricot with some real bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is quite nice and medium-bodied. Well carbonated, quite bitter and some puckering from the sourness.

D: As I am new to the style, drinkability is not as high as I'm use to, but still fairly easy to drink.

This was certainly a flavorful beverage that stayed true to its name. This will surely please any fan of the style. Thanks again Brad! (791 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged 2009 vintage bottle into a Lindemann's Stange. Shared with schen9303.

A: Cork pops out easily but a fountain of beer quickly follows. I try to contain it... bad idea... I get showered... along with the ceiling and all the walls. What's left creates a 4 finger foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a semi-clear grapefruit yellow. Lacing is thick and layered with great cling.

S: Smells of funk, wood, yeast, apricot, cinnamon, and earth. Sweet but rather subtle with a very toned down nose that's barely detectable.

T: Apricot tartness is apparent from the very beginning and lingers throughout the whole experience. Sweetens towards the middle but this is an overall very simple and clean beer. Funk and earth mute the fruit a little. Yeasty spiciness and cinnamon at the end. Finish is sour and dry. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, lively in the mouth but also rather heavy with substance. Rich... if that can be a word that describes a sour. Finish is clean and dry. No aftertaste.

D: Having had the Kriek as a comparison, Cascade's line of lambics are a simple, yet very well executed take on the style. Not too tart, not too fruity, with an overall well-balanced favor that won't offend many but won't impress the heck out of anyone either. Still, I'd never hesitate to reach for one of these. Good beer. (1,402 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at the brewpub in October... I sat on this for several months in hopes of bringing it to a tasting, but never managed.

A: Pours a hazy marigold body with two fingers of dense off-white head. Retention is fantastic; for more than 20 minutes there is a thick cap on top of the brew, with thick lacing during each sip.

S: Apricot, apricot, apricot. Very potent aroma that doesn't hide the character of this beer. Lactic sourness, surprisingly little (if any) vinegar. Light oak and a hint of leather. There's definitely something spicy in the nose -- I want to say clove, because it reminds me of Coca-Cola. I'm pretty sure it's clove. Can't quite tell.

T: The apricot is more sweet than tart, although it manages the latter flavor. Sourness is mostly sharp and lactic. The wood contributes mild tannins and light spice in the finish. There's an occasional underlying sweetness that reminds me of sugar. The showcase of the flavor is definitely apricot and sourness, with other flavors providing more complex (but subtle) adornment.

M: Light-bodied, with a semi-dry finish. It carries the apricot flavor (not sweetness) into the aftertaste, with a clean pepper bite to it.

D: I like this. I expected more vinegar from a Flanders style sour, and I'm glad that's not the case here (I'm getting less impressed with acetic flavors these days). This is a clean, pure sour that delivers the flavors well. At $20 it's a little steep, but it's not a ways off from Russian River stuff. I'd buy it again. (1,540 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from...er...not sure where I got it.

A slightly hazy golden-orange pour that got hazier towards the end of the bottle. A somewhat aggressive pour yielded a large foamy cap of white head that settled down to a thick collar, leaving quickly-receded lacing on the glass. Tart, lactic aroma, apricot and pear. This obviously followed through into the taste, with the tart apricot pretty much dominating all, with a biscuity malt base detectable. Pretty sour, I must say. This followed an Upland Blackberry, and pretty much nuked my palate even after that one. A woody, barrel profile emerged later, getting more pronounced near the middle/end of the bottle. Medium body, spritzy carbonation. Quite good overall, but not something I'd drink regularly. I definitely needed an antacid after this and the Upland. (823 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, got to sample this at SC Day on 2/6/09.

a - A nice amber/copper color with a small amount of head.

s - Amazing how it smells like pure apricot. Very sweet smell, I really enjoyed it.

t - Taste is a bitter sweet apricot taste. It had a little funk and was a little more bitter than I was expecting, but it was still very good.

m - Light to medium body with small to moderate carbonation.

d - Overall this was a very interesting and enjoyable lambic. I thought the smell was amazinf and the taste pretty good. I thought it would be a little less bitter and am not sure if I could drink a whole one without sharing, but I was very glad I got to try it and enjoyed it. (681 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 2008 bottle, next time i will go for an 09 as i have heard they are better.

this beer pours a deep yellow color to almost orangish, with a nice off white yellowish head. the smell is funky with some decent sour notes. this beers taste is a little muted compared to the smell, i was expecting some more sourness and funkiness to it, there was a good bit of sourness, but not what i was expecting. the mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall a good beer, will seek it out again (497 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose has some light apricot smell. Very fresh smelling and bright. Some lemony tartness on the nose as well. The beer is a hazy peach color and reminds of apricots. The taste is like a fresh unripened apricot. After having other Cascade offerings, I was expecting a bit more apricot flavor to shine through. It was quite acidic, but the finish was nice, unripened apricot. (376 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a gritty lambic that has the air of belgian beers made by american then aged to level out any inconsistencies. this brewer has experience. this a clean beer but not a lambic. too boozy. i can feel the triple in my teeth and throat. the apricot is wonderful though. sits and milds the acidic quality with some mealiness. has a malt finish that really makes the beer and provides a nice balance with the sour. making the sour not appear like a mask. (447 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little bit of a gush on this one even after a chill. Pours nice after that with an orange yellow hugh and slight cloudy apperance. Crisp white head, lovely lacing. Aroma is blame! Appricots followed by clear lactic sourness. Flavor is of a nice golden ale base, apricots in the middle of the palate with a lactic sour finish. Only two things about the taste is a slight bit of diactyle and some astringency that I get on the finish. Crisp and sharp mouthfeel with a little more carb then i expected. Drinkable, but that diacytle and astringency is getting me. (559 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared during a recent tasting by the superlative BA tlay10. Love you Tyler.

Looks: like dark, ripe tangerines, the beer is hazy with a frothy white head that becomes a large, sticky ring after a few minutes. The bottle slightly gushed upon opening, but only a bit of it was "lost" down Tlay's gullet.

Smells: pretty damn tart. The profile: white white, green apples, sweet apricot and some light oak.

Tastes: just the same. White wine flavors lead, with some tartness in the back. The brett is toned down and pretty perfect. Oaky, with subtly sweet apricots.

Feels: moderately carbonated with a medium-light body. The sourness never becomes overpowering.

Drinks: like every other Cascade I've had. They're good sours, to be sure, but never mind-blowing. (771 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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- (2,606 characters)

Photo of DrewZ926
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- fairly opaque orange rind pour yields about an inch of fluffy white head. appears to be actively carbonated. a nice bit of lacing.

S- lots of citrus and under-ripe apricot. totally lactic and very inviting. slightly peppery, with some typical tripel spice.

T- starts off with dry and tart, lactic acid and grape pips and apricot skin. oaky and delicious on the palate. evolves into a highly puckering, dry apricot finish.

M- pleasantly full bodied, rich and lively carbination.

O- first lambic/wild ale i've had of the apricot variety and really enjoyed it. loving the lactic spin on the tripel. seek this one out as the price was moderate and a quality apricot sour is quite hard to come by. (702 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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. (470 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,380 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (732 characters)

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.