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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

1,159 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 368
Gots: 269 | FT: 31
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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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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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

10-20-2012 22:09:18 | More by jegross2
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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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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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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-02-2014 22:51:58 | More by bumchilly25
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JDV

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

07-14-2014 19:43:05 | More by JDV
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:31:29 | More by philbe311
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8%

04-20-2012 04:29:19 | More by CoryR
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

08-05-2013 04:00:41 | More by oglmcdgl
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aerozeppl

New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

" It is a wild ale and we have a wild ale tasting coming up right?"

A:Really clear amber color with one finger of white head. Visible carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh cut apricots. Very sweet smelling. Vibrant apricots. Amazing really.

T: Little bit of funk. Nice apricot taste. Not that complex but when the beer smells like an apricot tree who cares?

M:Very nice. Medium side of light. Well carbonated.

D: No hint of the 9% at all. I have drank a few of their beers now and either they are lying or masters of making super drinkable big beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:45:21 | More by aerozeppl
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bashiba

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up to a slow gush, looks infected, hope not. Its a 2009 also.
Poured a nice deep copper color with a thick and creamy white head, nice retention and good lacing.

The smell is very sour, almost a malt vinegar quality, very nice.

The flavor is dominated by the big sour flavors with and underlying tropical fruit quality, I get more pineapple than apricot, but it might be that the apricot has dropped out a bit due to age, the flavors gel incredibly well non the less.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

Very nice Flanders Style Sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 22:40:18 | More by bashiba
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-26-2013 19:32:24 | More by SadMachine
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atone315

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +14.9%

06-22-2014 22:35:22 | More by atone315
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-06-2014 16:33:45 | More by Davepoolesque
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jampics2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-21-2013 14:54:50 | More by jampics2
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-29-2012 00:45:34 | More by Kopfschuss
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-15-2014 23:07:54 | More by whatname
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2oz taster pour
Enjoyed at the barrel house in Portland, OR on 9/2/12

A: Pours out a very pale yellow color. It's fairly cloudy. I get a mild bright white lacing when I swirl it, but the head on the small pours is basically not there.

S: On the nose, I get that acidic sourness. A good amount of that tart green apple and then a sweetness from the Apricot I assume.

T: Taste follows the nose: Green apples, white grape juice, stinging sourness. The Apricots are there adding some sweetness to the tart fruit juice flavors. Don't get tons of oak on this one, but whats there adds some roundness to the brew. Softens the edges.

M: Light bodied, dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 19:49:46 | More by inlimbo77
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Adamostella

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 23:53:18 | More by Adamostella
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Dicers

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

06-18-2014 04:45:36 | More by Dicers
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vonnegut21

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2013 19:37:17 | More by vonnegut21
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-25-2013 23:17:38 | More by MinorThreat
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

04-11-2013 02:01:23 | More by beergorrilla
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber into my RR tulip. About a finger of head is achieved which quickly dissipates leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Well I'll be damned...for so many beers that have a fruit in their label then smell nothing like it, this beer most certainly has a heavy apricot nose. Reminds me of the dried Trader Joe's apricots I love to eat. After the initial apricot wave there is some great barnyard funk, slight other citrus flavors such as green apples, and oddly, a bubble gum aroma (honestly very similar to Bazooka Joe). Overall, it smells like a candy treat ready to be consumed.

Taste - Damn...this beer is full of trickery! No joke, the first split second I get a heavy sweet apricot taste which instantaneously gives way to a punch you in your face, mouth puckering, sour/barnyard funk flavor. Incredibly tart midway through but then as fast as it starts it finishes, with the end notes being more on the sweet/dry side. This is my first Cascade sour and I must say, there are abundant flavors, funk, tartness, and dryness that is making this beer quite amazing. I really do enjoy the fact that the beer tastes as it is stated on the label (i.e. apricots).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a bit creamy, a decent amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue, and finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. For a Lambic/sour, this is quite enjoyable and at such a high ABV I can't taste even a hint of the alcohol. I am glad I opened this up tonight to enjoy on such a great, cool summer night in Southern California. Better than I expected, and I will pick this up if I run into it in the future. Can't wait to try the other Sour I picked up from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:01:51 | More by SpdKilz
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8%

07-20-2014 02:49:03 | More by Howlader
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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