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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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1,249 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 396
Gots: 284 | 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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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Cascade Apricot has a golden tinged, orange body with a full-sized off-white head. Retention is quite good, a little bit of lacing stays behind as well.

The aroma has a huge sourness to it, with apricots behind it. Insanely sour aroma.

The first sip of this beers seems to be ridiculously sour to me also, but subsequent tastes seem to be toned-down quite a bit. Cascade Apricot has a moderate to heavy sourness overall; however you want to quantify it, the sourness is pretty good. Behind the sourness is an obvious apricot flavor, which is always a nice fruit to pair with a sour flavor. Beyond that, there is a dose of wood and a leathery flavor.

Not quite mouth puckering, but Cascade Apricot definitely gives me a tinge of that sensation. Fairly high carbonation.

Cascade Apricot is a solid sour that relies mostly on a sharp, lactic sourness and fruit flavors. I like it, and it was quite nice to drink.

Hojaminbag, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Cresant
3.69/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this 2013 Project into a small Duvel glass. Not much head but a cap remained throughout. The body was a deep golden, and a little hazy.

The smell was of mild basement must and fruit. The fruitiness was not distinctly apricot and not exactly fresh smelling. Stale fruitiness.

The taste was puckering sour. Some sweet fruitiness and some balsamic vinegar-like character. Bright sourness with just enough sweetness to keep it interesting.

The mouthfeel was zesty and the body was medium.

I wish this one had more fresh fruit flavor and more discernible apricot.

Cresant, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Ghenna
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The wife bought this as part of her own personal cache on her way back South from a conference in Seattle. 2008 Bottling

Poured into a pint glass, decent sized though extremely quickly dissipating, hazy gold color. Smells of, initially, fruit punch fruit roll up. I mean, it smells like apricot, but it's actually fruit punch fruit roll up. Suffice to say, memories of elementary school rekindled, I was looking forward to fruit roll up flavored lambic. I had a major misconceptions though:
This is not a lambic (at least as I know them, i.e. Lindemans, Cherish). It is a Belgian Flanders style Ale with Apricot. I think what really separates this from the Lambics that I am used to is the sour. The Sour flavor from my usual lambics tend to be smooth, and almost creamy. It doesn't hit you all at once- I'd call it complex. The sour on this isn't drawn out- its all at once and (relatively) harsh.
All of that said, this isn't bad by a stretch. It doesn't fit my conception of what a lambic should be, but it isn't too bad as a slightly sour apricot flavored belgian. With the high alcohol content (bottle says 9%) it might age well, and I believe that the sour might grow a little more complex. If I ever come across it again I might give that a shot.

Ghenna, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of cxr1037
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notes from a bottleshare last week (thanks Luke!). Of note was a slight bit of mold at the bottom of the cork. We feared oxidization but there weren't any perceptible oxidized flavors, but looking through reviews, I don't think this tasted like it should have.

APPEARANCE: A clear, straw-colored pour with a bright white head.

AROMA: Tart funk complemented by a floral, light-fruitiness. Not a ton of apricot, but a little is there. I also get some hay and vinegary sauerkraut.

TASTE: The apricot wasn't overly strong on the nose, but it really comes through in the taste. Very tart, with subsequent yeasty funk. Hints of citrus. The sauerkraut is stronger here than it was in the aroma, but still not overbearing.

MOUTHFEEL: Tart and effervescent, with lingering acidity. Also a little bit astringent. Medium-dry finish.

OVERALL: This was very good, but I feel it wasn't at it's best. The presence of mold under the cap is probably the culprit behind the sauerkraut taste/smell. I'll have to give this one another try sometime to see if there's much difference.

80/100

cxr1037, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Feb 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling (Philadelphia version), clocking in at 9%. Aged 8 months in barrels and on fruit for an additional 3, this batch is different than the 2008 one. Thank you for grabbing this, Peter. This is the first beer that I've had in 5 days, and after putting in about 40 hours at work over the weekend, I need a beer

Pouring a clear copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a beautiful beer. Effervescence is high, and this Duvel glass really shows off this beer. The nose is excellent as well, with ripe, juicy apricots, showcased prominently. The apricot character is really outstanding, it is really ripe and bright with a noticeable fruit sweetness present. Moderately floral as well, there is a moderate lactic sourness behind the fruit with a little oak. There's also just a hint of wine present. The vinous aspect grows as the beer warms, with a rather leathery tannin quality being present.

The palate opens rather bracingly sharp. Either that, or the fact that I haven't had a beer in as long has compromised my tastebuds. However, there's no hiding behind the fact that the fermentation here could have used some additional bugs, the character is excellent, but comes across a little wanting. Definitely a lot more vinous on the palate, there's a rather noticeable tannin character with the grape skins really coming through. Apricots still do feature and prominently so, less fruity than the nose would suggest and a lot sourer. Towards the finish, I do get a rather noticeable alcohol character as well, with the tannins being harsher than I care for. That this was aged in wine barrels is rather obvious at this point. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, the finish is drying, vinous and tannic with a bit of alcohol heat. Drinking an entire 750 of a 9% beer solo when sleep-deprived is always ill-advised, but I've had beers that went down a LOT easier than this. Towards the end of my bottle, once some of the apricot intensity has wafted away, I get some of the dry, spicy, tripel base, and in conjunction with the lactic sourness and tannins, it's a rather peculiar beast.

For a soured tripel, I think the Vent D'Anges is a far superior beer.

DefenCorps, Sep 08, 2010
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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