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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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1,350 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 409
Gots: 304 | 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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

thewimperoo, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

vermilcj, May 26, 2014
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Cascade Apricot has a golden tinged, orange body with a full-sized off-white head. Retention is quite good, a little bit of lacing stays behind as well.

The aroma has a huge sourness to it, with apricots behind it. Insanely sour aroma.

The first sip of this beers seems to be ridiculously sour to me also, but subsequent tastes seem to be toned-down quite a bit. Cascade Apricot has a moderate to heavy sourness overall; however you want to quantify it, the sourness is pretty good. Behind the sourness is an obvious apricot flavor, which is always a nice fruit to pair with a sour flavor. Beyond that, there is a dose of wood and a leathery flavor.

Not quite mouth puckering, but Cascade Apricot definitely gives me a tinge of that sensation. Fairly high carbonation.

Cascade Apricot is a solid sour that relies mostly on a sharp, lactic sourness and fruit flavors. I like it, and it was quite nice to drink.

Hojaminbag, Oct 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

whatname, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Overlord
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange. Big frothy white foam head. Gobs of carbonation left on the glass.

Smells faintly of apricots, but it's not really in your face, bursting with apricots. It's harmonized with a familiar funky, barnyard, and zesty lemony twang. This is going to be good, isn't it.

The apricots are much more bursting in the flavor, but again, the balance of the brew is quite remarkable. I've had three beers (so far) from this brewery, and two have been really good (Sang Royal and this one), and one was awful (The Vine). I'm beginning to suspect more and more that something was off about that bottle. The apricots taste really fresh, the funk is muted and harmonious, and the hint of vinous vinegar is mixed with a bit of lemony citrus and apricot really well.

The apricots can be a bit much after a while, but very good. Nice zesty mouthfeel.

Overlord, Aug 24, 2009
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4.73/5  rDev +9%
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.

notchucknorris, Aug 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jheezee, Aug 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Morey, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

vonnegut21, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mrebeka, Oct 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

jpd7374, May 26, 2014
Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

nickd717, Oct 01, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dfhhead25, Jan 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

mklisz, Apr 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

atone315, Jun 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

RedneckBeerz, Jul 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

beergorrilla, Apr 11, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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

jzeilinger, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

seeswo, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

twenty5, Sep 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

duff247, Oct 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Smarty_Pints, Mar 27, 2014
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.