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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

1,128 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 359
Gots: 263 | FT: 30
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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Ratings: 1,128 | Reviews: 249 | Display Reviews Only:
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Smarty_Pints

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-27-2014 02:37:37 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%

03-25-2014 19:25:44 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-24-2014 23:05:08 | More by facesnorth
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project

A: poured into a tulip to a light orange that is a little cloudy with a small white head that is quick to fade to a good sized collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sourness, apricots and some oak
T: taste is lactic sourness with a lot of apricot flavor that mixes with some oak and a hint of funk. swallow is more sourness and apricot flavor with a bit of vanilla
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with effervescent carbonation that bristles on the tongue. The beer has a drying finish.
O: Delicious and fantastic. It's a very good beer with a lot of sourness and a huge fruit flavor. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:40:59 | More by SHODriver
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planbee

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-24-2014 04:24:32 | More by planbee
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calivessel

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-23-2014 18:57:37 | More by calivessel
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-23-2014 15:21:52 | More by greenspointexas
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle tasted as part of a blind Better Beer Authority (BBA) tasting, initial 2011 vintage (before the long-aging process), poured into a large snifter glass and drank over 30 minutes.

A: 3/3 - misty golden-yellow, initial frothy white head settles into a one finger glass lacing, low clarity (cannot see through), moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - a really complex and intense admixture of fruit - apricot, Meyer lemon, lime - and barnyard notes, no detectable hops or malts; no detectable flaws

T: 18/20 - on first sip, there is an intense slap of both fruit and funk; this develops into complex fruit flavors - apricot (of course), lemon, ripe pear, tangerine - admixed with tart, barnyard flavors; as the flavors develop, there was a mild malt and wheat character; more alcohol flavors; finishes very dry

M: 4/5 - high carbonation; obviously, this very complex, and, as a result, it's not easily quaffable

T: 9/10 - wow, again, having this as part of a blind BBA tasting (thanks to Richard Hartogs for the opportunity), this beer totally impressed me; I read on some other reviews that this is an accessible sour, and I totally disagree with that - it's an intensely complex amalgamation of fruit and funk that could be very off-putting to those who don't have experience with sours; my only complaint is the acid brash that I start to experience after drinking too much; in short, this is one of the best American Wild Ales, and, as part of the tasting, I compared it to Cantilllon's Fou' Founne - high praise indeed and definitely recommended!

TOTAL - 45/50

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:56:34 | More by MNishCT77
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dunix

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

03-19-2014 17:13:49 | More by dunix
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wcu80

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-18-2014 15:07:52 | More by wcu80
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IndyDad

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-17-2014 22:39:25 | More by IndyDad
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riemster

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-16-2014 19:31:02 | More by riemster
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Roger85

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

03-16-2014 04:55:13 | More by Roger85
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allenson21

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-15-2014 03:46:18 | More by allenson21
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iJyuken

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-13-2014 16:52:23 | More by iJyuken
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Nemers

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -42.5%

03-13-2014 05:52:50 | More by Nemers
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Fireslayer

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-12-2014 19:38:28 | More by Fireslayer
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myersk27

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-12-2014 17:38:22 | More by myersk27
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TomTown

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-12-2014 15:22:39 | More by TomTown
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EB1

California

4/5  rDev -8%

03-11-2014 20:20:57 | More by EB1
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CreativeJeenyus

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-11-2014 05:49:07 | More by CreativeJeenyus
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Warlocks-Passage

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-11-2014 01:05:38 | More by Warlocks-Passage
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Zorora

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-10-2014 22:39:54 | More by Zorora
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Keananmichael5

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

03-10-2014 22:37:12 | More by Keananmichael5
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StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Hazy platinum with no head.
Apricot fruit roll-up on the nose with a touch of white vinegar.
JuicyFruit, bright orchard fruit, a touch of funk, lemon zest and a bit of chalk.
Bracing fresh fruity finish and white spice linger.
Crisp, light, no heat.

Champagne-like. White vinegar and Belgian funk hidden under fruit, but still very acidic, in a good way. Probably the most accessible sour ever.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 18:46:16 | More by StJamesGate
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.