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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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1,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 403
Gots: 296 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

tykechandler, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Scotchboy, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 12/14/13. Enjoyed out of a dark brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with "2012 project" marked clearly on the label. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass for lack of anything better.

Appearance - The color is pretty flat, with an apricot, light yellow-orange hue to the body. Some translucence, but overall, you can't see through the beer, as it's mostly opaque. Head is fairly light in volume, about a finger thick before fading away into an ethereal film atop the body. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Apricot, lactic tartness, and generic fruity elements with some notes of jam/preserves. Mostly sour, but there is a funk that provides a bit of heft to an otherwise piercingly acidic aroma. It's the type of sinus-clearing aroma that I love about really sour beers. The only minor quibble I would have is that it's a bit one-dimensional, sorta like the color.

Taste - Here we depart from the one-dimensional nature of the color and smell. Lots of things going on here, with apricot, mango, some apple cider vinegar, again some notes of peach preserves/jam as well as sweet white wine, like a sauterne or muscato. Nice mouth-puckering effect that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. This one is nicely refreshing in addition to being so sour, almost like a really tart apricot lemonade.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium body with nice prickliness in spite of moderate to light levels of carbonation. As noted, there is a puckering factor, as well as characteristics that prompt me to start salivating, like really sour things can have a tendency to do.

Overall, it's probably my favorite out of a limited sampling of Cascade beers. What minor shortcomings it has in look and smell, it more than makes up for with a fantastic taste and a nice, invigorating mouthfeel. As one of the more reasonably-priced Cascade beers, it's one I'm likely to try to get my hands on again. Outstanding stuff.

LambicPentameter, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

antoines15, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

IndyDad, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 2008 bottle, next time i will go for an 09 as i have heard they are better.

this beer pours a deep yellow color to almost orangish, with a nice off white yellowish head. the smell is funky with some decent sour notes. this beers taste is a little muted compared to the smell, i was expecting some more sourness and funkiness to it, there was a good bit of sourness, but not what i was expecting. the mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall a good beer, will seek it out again

rowingbrewer, Apr 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

ObeMaltKinobee, Sep 17, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to brewbetter, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Completely hazy yellow orange with two fingers of off white, thick head. Head recedes, and leaves medium lacing. Body is really nice a radiant. Great looking beer.

Smell: Big apricots and lactic sourness up front. A nice funk I was not expecting, as well as some lemon pith and pear skins. A light white vinegar, but most of the sour is characterized by the lacticity.

Taste: Follows the nose with big apricot skin and must, as well as sharp lactic sourness. Sourness isn’t overpowering, but quite nice. A light bready sweetnes comes in. Finishes sour with pear skins.

Mouthfeel: Really quite sour. A nice puckering aspect. Funk is clean. Great carb.

Overall: Wonderful beer. Like Fou Foune sans the classic Cantillon funk. I loved this and will be seeking it out again. Thanks Neel!

cfrances33, Jan 07, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark apricot with a touch of amber, big white had and a bit of a gusher.

Smell: Strong fresh, fruity apricot, tart and sour with perhaps some green apple and oak

Taste: Delicious apricot, reminds me of fou foune. Could be a touch more sour but otherwise perfect. Alcohol very hidden with some light touches of funk, thankfully not a sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: creamy and full without being heavy, perfect carbonation

Overall: One of the great american sours currently being produced.

craytonic, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

HoppySeb, Oct 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

dansmcd, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one. The guy is a beer god among beer men.

A: 1" cream coloured fizzy head that dissipated quickly over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Sour funk, yeast, and a hint of apricot.

T: Funky sourness, wheat, biscuity malt all finished off with the taste of sour apricots.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of fine fizzy carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable, quite tasty, couldn't ask for much more.

DaftCaskBC, Apr 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No hiss or pop after my titanic struggle with the cork, yet a fizzy white head fueled by a steady swirl of carbonation tops the burnt orange body. Modest lacing is scattered about.

Plenty of dried and fresh apricots in the nose, but also honeysuckle, some funk and a heavy toffeeish malt presence. Smells rather sour and indeed it proves to be so. For a split second, a shock of sour, then mild musty funk and a persistent apricot flavor that lingers impressively yet isn't overpowering. Nice mouthfeel, plentiful carbonation made up of "soft" tiny bubbles. Finishes with a pleasant warmth with a touch of lingering tartness and apricot preserves.

Overal impression: Another winner from the reigning king of American sours.

PDXHops, Jan 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Ajlvt, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

wtkphoto, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Nunya, Sep 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

ucsbmullet, Dec 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
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3.72/5  rDev -14.3%

kmanjohnson, Mar 09, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose has some light apricot smell. Very fresh smelling and bright. Some lemony tartness on the nose as well. The beer is a hazy peach color and reminds of apricots. The taste is like a fresh unripened apricot. After having other Cascade offerings, I was expecting a bit more apricot flavor to shine through. It was quite acidic, but the finish was nice, unripened apricot.

PHBoiler, Nov 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Massbmx, Oct 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

fthegiants, Jun 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jul 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

IpeeA, Feb 03, 2013
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.