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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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1,240 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 394
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%

dansmcd, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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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5/5  rDev +15.2%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

antoines15, Sunday at 04:37 PM
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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%

2009 bottling date. 750ml brown glass champagne bottle with cork and cage. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pop! Clear orange amber body with very thin white head. Nose is packed with citrus fruit notes. Lemon, lime zest, blood orange, a hit of funk and maybe a hint of red wine vinegar. As it warms there's fruit leathers too, like apricot of course and also something like Kool-aid mix. Palate is tart right off the bat. There's enough sweetness there to keep it from being straight up sour. Apricot dominates for sure with tangerine juice and orange pulp. A hint of wood smoke appears and then vanishes. Lemon meringue and key lime pies. Yum. Tart and delicious.

SFLpunk, May 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerThursdays, Mar 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Chingringo, May 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

ucsbmullet, Dec 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jul 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Massbmx, Oct 17, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -9.9%

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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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

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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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass. While I eagerly await the chance to try Fou Foune, this will have to do for now.

Amber orange in color, with some mildly persevering cloudiness and sediment at the edges. Head retention is decent (especially given the ABV), showcasing a frothy bone white head that eventually dissipates (almost as quickly as the kriek, although not quite as fast).

Another victorious fruit infusion at the aroma, as indicated by the bright showcasing of tart stone fruit, dusty, lightly sweet oak, and a rustic caramel and hop backbone that brings forward the properties that remind me that I am, indeed, drinking a beer here. Slightly under-ripe apricots come at full force here, along with notes of peaches and melon. Earthy, but also filled with nicely floral notes of white orchids, to say the very least. This may also be in part from the sweetness enhanced by the oak, imparting light vanilla and baking soda. Not very complex in terms of showcasing a variety of different flavors, but extremely satisfying.

One sip and I'm instantly enamored - I've always talked about notes of apricots in beers before, but from now on I'm going to be hesitant about using such a fruit description. As found here, it is *extremely* distinct in the realm of stone fruit. Tart, dried, and also green, to an extent, notes of soured apricots explode at the front of the palate, in the same vein that the extremely addicting dried apricot fruit treats do. Juicy, acidic, and filled with a good amount of fruit must. Follows with dried green melons, white peaches, and tons of well balanced floral notes. The oak comes in slightly more subtle but displays the same baking spices and light vanilla as before, alongside a light tobacco toasted element. Super mouth puckering, nevertheless, with a sensation of perhaps biting into a highly under-ripened apricot. Still, very well carbonated, and never loses its gas. I'm honestly impressed that this is so high in alcohol. It has to be one of the most dangerous sours on the market, as a result (and so flavorful!).

This is delicious stuff yet again from Cascade, with a great take on a type of sour that more of the big guys that make these kinds of beers right should experiment with. There's something really appropriate about using apricots for sour beers - its naturally acidic, dry, and tart character melds so naturally at hand. I'm happy to have another bottle on hand that I've held onto since July. I should consider cracking it open soon before the highlighted fruit character fades away!

magictacosinus, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

wtkphoto, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Lucnifter, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

TXhomebrewer, Mar 03, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

From 750mL bottle to oversized wine glass.

Maybe the brewing proess is different each year, but I find it funny how each account of the process is wildly different. The biggest differences are the number of months spent in lactic fermentation (8,16), the number of months aged on apricots (3,4), even the ABV (9.0,8.35). In each case, the bottle I'm reviewing speaks to the first numbers listed. My bottle is from 2009. $23 for the experience.

A: Pours with a large foamy, snow white head with excellent retention. The body is light-medium orange with red tints illuminating through the hazy body. 85% opaque. A small amount of dark particulate collects at the bottom of the glass. Spare lacing.

S & T: Faint notes of hay and straw are buried by the dominant lactobacillus yeast strain. Hops are more or less indistinguishable. The base beer is a tripel which I find to be a perfect match for the apricots, the lacto and the oak barrels. The apricot aromas and flavors are surprisingly restrained. In fact, I pick up on peach, mandarin orange and other similar summer fruits more than the apricot.

M: The mouthfeel is a wild yeast-lover's dream. Medium body with a minerally texture. The carbonation is big: biting, fizzy and lively all at the same time. The effervescence, I suspect, keeps this brew far from being overwhelmingly sweet. Above average flavor duration and heavily acidic.

D: Highly palatable and highly drinkable. The Apricot Ale is almost too easy to drink.

FeDUBBELFIST, Aug 06, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

750ml, 2009 vintage, from forgetfu I believe - thanks man.

Pours a robust apricot orange with a bit of haze, finger of foamy head which has some nice retention and leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

Really a unique, well designed beer. Funk and fruit in the nose, also hints of oak and a hint of acidic twang. Taste reveals a real juicy apricot character that couples with a sour candy character, a robust malt presence that gives it a hefty, round body and a real effervescent carbonation that just dances in the mouth. Hints of vinegar and oak, light lactic character. Could be a little drier but it hides the ABV well and is an easy drinker.

Great beer, in line with the others I've had from Cascade - need to seek out more!

ritzkiss, Feb 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

scotv, May 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Lob, Jul 20, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

My third bottle of the Apricot. This time is the 2009 bottling

Pour is a bright orange copper with a healthy sized white head for a sour ale.

Aroma of fresh apricot fruit mixed with lemon, a bit of funk , sweet malts and flanders yeast.

Taste is a truly refreshing bretty funky apricot ale. There is a nice complex body to it with sweet fruit flavors mixing with sour ale and a healthy dosing of pale malt flavors. Caramelized sugars also chime in in the background. For a Sour lambic, this is a really nice tasting high octane sour. I have a hard time letting the glass sit on the table as it is nice and refreshing on a hot summer night.

alpinebryant, Jun 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

carteravebrew, Jan 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

zrab11, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

axeman9182, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Nunya, Sep 08, 2013
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.