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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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1,128 Ratings
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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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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-15-2013 06:04:11 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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shelby415

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-23-2012 06:41:54 | More by shelby415
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st9647v3

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-16-2013 02:10:31 | More by st9647v3
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Arbitrator

California

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 03:50:40 | More by Arbitrator
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:15:12 | More by Rutager
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jheezee

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-16-2013 15:39:40 | More by jheezee
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 17:24:58 | More by ktrillionaire
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-22-2013 20:56:08 | More by kaelingirl
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

04-11-2012 21:32:26 | More by thewimperoo
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev -8%

12-16-2013 00:31:32 | More by Lovely85
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rye726

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 Vintage 9.0%

Pours a woody brown with a silky beige head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has apricot, oak, tart citrus, candy malts, white wine, manure and horse blanket.

Taste also has a nice apricot presence followed by sweet malts, sour tropical fruits, wood and barnyard funk.

Medium body has a crisp carbonation. Finish lacks some dryness.

Overall, an impressive offering from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 01:50:02 | More by rye726
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 12:49:51 | More by jbaker67
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KevMo84

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

05-23-2014 21:35:21 | More by KevMo84
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-09-2013 21:54:00 | More by DonFrap
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-19-2014 12:58:15 | More by bigfnjoe
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-27-2013 01:28:29 | More by IrishColonial
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Zbeetleman

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

07-06-2013 05:02:24 | More by Zbeetleman
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-30-2013 15:47:01 | More by egrace84
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-02-2013 10:59:29 | More by Morey
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 16:52:11 | More by BMMillsy
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

10-20-2012 22:09:18 | More by jegross2
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 00:43:05 | More by Jayli
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper orange pour with a huge plume of fluffy white head that laces thickly. There isn't any distinct sediment and the head retention is quite fair. The nose is distinctly apricoty with an underlying tartness and subtle sweetness. The taste is very well balanced as sweetness from the malt and fruit play nicely with the souring bacteria on my palate. There is a residual acetic dryness, but it doesn't feel as if microbial cultures are growing on my palate. The beer tastes/feels a tad watered down. It's refreshingly fruity, drinkable, and sour as expected without any noticeable alcohol (considering this beer's abv is nearly 2x a fou'foune). I definitely enjoyed this beer and it's reasonable to acquire (including cost and availability in my area - shipped direct from the brewery). I will purchase it again at next year's release.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 01:39:31 | More by ThePorterSorter
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notchucknorris

California

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazed apricot color with a one finger white head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Good lord, Cascade. This is amazing. The second I take a sniff of this, my mouth starts to water from the intensely sour aroma. Tart green apple, underripe raspberry, apricot pits and lemon mixed with a spicy oak note. As the beer warms, I start to get a jammy apricot note that's just incredible.

T: Opens with a big sour kick in the teeth. Sharp lemon bite, tart apricot and green apple and a ton of lactic sourness. There's a hit of dryness on the finish that seems to suck the moisture right out of your mouth. Once the dryness fades, I get a lingering jammy apricot note with some underripe cherry and oak. One of the best sours I've ever come across. I would love to be able to get this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:28:05 | More by notchucknorris
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-24-2013 17:05:17 | More by CuriousMonk
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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