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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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1,215 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 384
Gots: 278 | FT: 32
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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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-03-2014 03:17:13 | More by lupercmda
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ktrillionaire

Florida

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
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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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +3%

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.

09-02-2012 01:39:31 | More by ThePorterSorter
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rye726

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

'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.

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

California

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

08-05-2013 04:00:41 | More by oglmcdgl
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atone315

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8%

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

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

04-11-2013 02:01:23 | More by beergorrilla
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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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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

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

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-24-2013 17:05:17 | More by CuriousMonk
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -3%

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...

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

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

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-08-2014 23:37:30 | More by mltobin
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vermilcj

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-26-2014 14:32:53 | More by vermilcj
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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