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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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97
world-class

1,352 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 410
Gots: 305 | FT: 35
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: 1,352 | Reviews: 255 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

akang, Jul 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

smithj4, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

muskiesman, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ShemRahBoo, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 Project

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Acidic aroma that smells slightly funky. Vinous qualities with the faintest hint of apricots. One of the more interesting smelling Cascade wild fruit ales, just wish the apricots came out more.

Apricots likewise fail to impress in the flavor. Just too subtle and hard to even identify the flavor. Moderately tart and acidic with a lot of vinous flavor. Slight oak flavor as well.

Lively carbonation helps deal with this big bodied sour. The carbonation really seems to accentuate the acidity.

Like most of the Cascade fruit wilds, the added fruit does not add much. The Kriek being the exception. Still a worthwhile sour.

morimech, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

strongaf, Aug 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

williamjbauer, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

threedaggers, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of cbutova
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Last bottle in a super good tasting last night. Thanks a ton to Chico1985 for busting this out.

A- 750ml bottle split into three tulip glasses. A some what hazy orange body with a fizzy head. The white cap has some pretty huge bubbles in it but retains nicely for a Wild Ale. Nice medium thick clouds of lace.

S- Super pungent apricot fruit bomb, like pierces the nostrils with fresh fruit. You can tell the beer will be tart but it is just like an explosion of stone fruit goodness. Did I mention the awesome apricot freshness. Some funk and general sour citrus as well.

T- Again apricot and general stone fruit dominates the palate. This bottle is super fresh so maybe that helps with the fruit flavors. The sour bugs and funk blend in almost too well with each super fresh fruity sip. Some vinous, barnyard, lemon, fruit pit and funky qualities as well.

MF- Fairly foamy and dried out light end body like a Gueuze but maybe a bit creamier. Sour level is moderately high and the carbonation is on the higher end.

Each sip just reminds me of biting into a super ripe apricot and other similar pitted fruits. So flavorful and the tart wild aspect of the beer just tops it off to become a truly great brew. Maybe the best beer I have had this year. Some people seem to not get the apricot much but this bottle was fantastic.

cbutova, Aug 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Kurmaraja, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

thegerm87, Jan 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SadMachine, Jan 26, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Old Rasputin nonic glass. 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, well...apricot color actually, with a billowing off-white head that frothed up quickly in the glass. It settled nicely after a few minutes into a foamy thick film that left a pretty epic sheet of lacing down the glass. Impressive.
S: Sugary sweet notes of apricots with a touch of dank barnyard musk and a light citrusy tartness. The smell is amplified after each pour and is especially perfumey and floral at times. Very inviting.
T: Not as sweet as the nose but the apricots are right there to balance out the mustiness. The finish is both refreshingly tart and funky sour. The oak barrel comes out in the finish along with some of the Belgian spices and even a hint of bitter hops from the base Tripel. Aftertaste is
M: Medium body, full yet soft carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Alcohol is completely masked.
D: Really liked the nose on this one, and the flavor and drink ain't half bad either. Pretty great all around, can't wait to try more Cascade beers!

scottfrie, Feb 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

millerbuffoon, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Sean9689, Jan 15, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011 Project)

Acquired via online purchase

Hazy light amber and orange with a small off-white head that leaves dots of stick down the gueuze glass.

Complete aroma with good amounts of lactic sourness along with juicy, authentic layers of apricot, peach, sweet malt, and mild wood.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma, with generous amounts of apricot and peach flavors, a mild earthy funk, mild wood, and moderate to high levels of lactic sourness. Complete and delicious.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy to drink.

One of my absolute favorites.

ehammond1, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 15, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Amazing floral apricot, candy sugar, and caramel aroma with vanilla and oak notes. Creamy very bright and yet lively palate. Tastes of orange, apricot, lemon, caramel, green apple, vanilla, and oak with a tart, lightly acidic, crisp, dry finish.

jbaker67, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

birchstick, May 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

IrishColonial, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

lupercmda, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of harrymel
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at barrel house 04AUG12 - from notes.

pours a nice golden ale with a white rim of foam. I dive in nose first - straight childhood hit me - I grew up with an apricot tree in the backyard. This was beautiful. I can't understand how they get the apricot into the nose like this - fucking magic. I taste, anticipating a little too sweet. I was wrong. Nice and tart with a good apricot flavor and some hints of lemon and the slightest taste of copper. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish. I left with four bottles - so I musta liked it. So did my bride, so that is awesome.

harrymel, Aug 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Davepoolesque, Jan 06, 2014
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.