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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

1,239 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 393
Gots: 283 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Davepoolesque, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

twenty5, Sep 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

kaelingirl, Sep 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Morey, Dec 02, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

Arbitrator, Mar 08, 2010
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Kurmaraja, Feb 09, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

ktrillionaire, Oct 31, 2010
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4.73/5  rDev +9%

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.

notchucknorris, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

whatname, Jun 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

vonnegut21, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bumchilly25, Jul 02, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

'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.

rye726, Nov 05, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

beergorrilla, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

DonFrap, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bigfnjoe, May 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

atone315, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

oglmcdgl, Aug 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

vermilcj, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mltobin, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

CoryR, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

jampics2, Jan 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

CuriousMonk, May 24, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%

Review from notes... Samples on 10/23/2010...

A - Two fingers worth of audibly fizzy slightly uneven eforvecent light khaki colored head that turns creamier as it settles and displays solid retention... A dense hazed light copper color with a distinctive honey hue... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Wonderful aroma can be noticed well away from the glass... The ripest of apricots... Peaches... Lemon coughdrops... Mandarin oranges... Faint candied sugars... A mild yeasty component...

T - Tart apricots and peaches... Mild vinegar... Notes of chardonay and champagne... Lemon... A touch of yeast... A bit salty... White grapes... Tanins... Shortbread cookies...

M - Puckering and saliva inducing from the get go... Crisp... Slightly fizzy... LIght to medium bodied... A delicate touch of creaminess... The finish is dry and mildy chalky with a continuing pucker factor...

D - An enjoyable and sophisticated sipper... Both challenging and intriguing to the senses... I seem to always want another sip before my glass even leaves my hand...

philbe311, Oct 28, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Zbeetleman, Jul 06, 2013
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.