Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
Bottle from City Beer Store in SF. $20, wow this is expensive.
A - Pours orangish-copper with a small white head and average retention.
S - Aroma is tart apricot, mildly sweet pale malt, and oak.
S - Both tart and a little sweet with lots of apricot, peach, oak, pale malt, and sugar. I don't consider apricot one of the better fruits to make a beer with, but this is good. I like a little sweetness to balance sour ales.
M - Body is medium and palate has a nice acidic sharpness to it.
D - Pretty good for a sour beer. Kept wanting more.
10-01-2009 17:33:27 | More by nickd717
British Columbia (Canada)
4.48/5 rDev +3%
2010 vintage poured into my new Cascade Barrel House snifter. Now that's some classy shit!
Appearance. Pours a hazy peach-amber with almost two fingers of thick and creamy, off-white head that lasts a long time. Beautiful.
Smell. Sweet apricots and some dank old wood with a bit of spice.
Taste. Very tart and sour, again the old wood, a little bit of apricot. Reminds me a bit of sweettarts or sour chews candies with the slightly powdery taste. Very good and very unique ....for me anyways. Really enjoying this one.
Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with strong, fine carbonation. Nice stuff here.
Overall. Starts out slightly ...shocking with that aggressive sourness but man, this stuff is addictive. Really liked it.
04-04-2012 02:15:12 | More by Rutager
3.93/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
03-08-2010 03:50:40 | More by Arbitrator
4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
Fresh bottle in 2012 (2011 Project). Unibroue tulip glass. Pours orange with fizzy and quickly receding head. Smell is sour vinegar with a hint of citrus and apricot (as expected). Major sour flavor from beginning to end. Very slight fruit flavor that seems mostly overpowered by the sour vinegar. Perhaps this mellows and highlights the fruit as it ages? Light bodied with high effervescent carbonation. Just was hoping for more fruit. Way overpriced at $20 a bottle for what it is, but a solid beer overall. I think I just wanted more apricot, because the dry sourness is pretty awesome. Good beer.
01-19-2013 16:52:11 | More by BMMillsy
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
A - It pours a golden Champagne-like hue with obvious effervescence and a short-lived white wispy head.
S - Smells of Band-Aid, leather, and apricot. In that order. Huge lactic funk. Not a dirty funk, instead, sharp, gingery and medicinal.
T - The themes of the nose are further developed with nuances of Band-Aid, new leather, and very tart apricot. Tart is the appropriate term here, as I don't think it is puckering or sour. There is also some green peppercorn impression emanating from the spicy alcohol. Very refreshing overall. Others in my group found it to be to less-so, some thought it to be too tart or alcoholic.
M - Thin and possessing a Champagne-like effervescence.
D - I don't like this one as much as the Kriek, but it is still one of the better Wild/Sour brews available.
10-31-2010 17:24:58 | More by ktrillionaire
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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