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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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1,167 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 368
Gots: 270 | FT: 31
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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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-04-2014 15:11:06 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

10-07-2013 18:15:23 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy apricot in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of funky tartness with some lighter aromas of apricot and oak.

T: Upfront this beer is very tart/sour with some slightly lighter amounts of funkiness. Moderate flavors of oak with some lighter apricot fruit notes in the mid-palate. There is a pleasant lingering flavor of apricot in the finish without very much sweetness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy, with a moderate amount of acidic prickliness.

O: The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden, almost dangerously so... This beer has a lot of sourness and tartness, so it is not a fast drinking or sessionable beer but is very enjoyable. I would be happy to find this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 00:55:48 | More by dbrauneis
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing beer! This is the 2008 vintage at 9% abv. Slightly murky orngein color wih a very nice mousse-like head that leaves some lacing. Wonderful aromas of crushed ripe apricots with some tannic notes from the skins. Similar depth of flavor in the mouth, with vibrant ripe apricot,tnnin from the skins, a deep background bitternes, and a lactic tartness throuhout. Wonefuly balnced, quenching and evocative of a summers day. Fairly tart and lactic in the mouth, this is just deligtful all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:14:43 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Glowing yellow ornage in color with a solid lasting head and a trickle or two of lace. The fun starts with a simple smell of the beer; apricots! Sour! And the ecstasy continues into the taste, where there is a lot of awesome flavor to fit into the smorgasbord. Apricots all around, but it's not over the top, sour all around, but not over the top, acidic but not over the top, and even some complimentary lemon flavor. And then I learned it was 8.5% ABV, which is amazing considering that there is no harshness to be found. Without a doubt a treat and one of the best beers I've tasted in 2011.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 04:05:45 | More by DoubleJ
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a hazed apricot yellow/orange. Just like an apricot. Has an off white head.

Aroma: Dried apricots and sweetness. Pleasant nose. Nothing over the top sour, but a bit shows. A little bit of funk shows.

Taste: More medicinal than I thought it would be. Pretty funky. The fruit is nice, but it is overly funky. A bit of sour shows. I would like to try a fresher bottle of this. I believe I had a 2008 bottle.

Mouthfeel: Funky and creamy. A lighter bodied beer with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry with some sweetness.

Overall, I was expecting more from this, but I couldn't help but compare it to FouFoune. This beer just couldn't compete with Cantillon's apricot sour. It was still drinkable, however.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 23:18:52 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-04-2012 16:48:41 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with the family because i was feeling generous. Bad idea, as they all hated it, but at least I tried. Served in some type of glass. Review #1600

Cascade Apricot is a nice orange hued beer with some spots of faded gold within the liquid. The cap was about an inch in height and off white in height. It dwindles eventually into nothing, leaving no stick on the glass. After a while the liquid looks kind of dead. Smell is of fresh apricot pith, this is an extremely fresh bottle that just touched down in Philly, not sure how long it was in the bottle before I opened it immediately. Warmed up, apricot, pale malt, some lactic quailty and no alcohol. It's a pleasant smell, just not all together bold. Taste is pretty balanced, expecting a sour bomb I am greeted by fresh apricot, orange, pale malt, french oak and some lactic funk. The wood shows up more towards warming with orange popping out as well melding in with the apricot. Feel is a step below medium, the funk and apricot hit the tounge and leave off with light malt and lactic twinges. Carb is surprisingly low, but I guess that works with the acidic nature of cascade, which is heavy on the lacto/acidic nature of their sours. While not all that extremely sour, this is a pleasant beer that I think others could open up to, especially girls.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:27:01 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Chris! Review from notes.

This ale appears a hazy light yellow/orange hue. There is a small head that leaves a tiny amount of lacing on the glass. The aromas consist of funky brettanomyces, oak, and slightly sweet fruits (apricot). This beer has plenty of flavor. The wood is very noticeable in both the aroma and the taste. The beer is mostly sour, but does have a subtle sweet note in there as well. This is a really good beer. It's complex and the flavors are well-balanced. I'd like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 18:48:03 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel house the other day.

The beer pours a golden, honey orange color with good head retention and decent lacing. As one would expect, I pick up a considerable amount of apricot on the nose, along with some vanilla and light cherry. I really didn't pick up much of a sour component in the aroma profile, which made my first taste all that much more of a surprise. While not over the top, the sour aspect of this beer really dominates the flavor profile, though I pick up considerable apricot as well. There is also some light vanilla and lemom/lime as well that is intriguing and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, sour apricot finish. The sour component really seems to counter and lighten the alcohol impact on the finish, and once again I was surprised to learn that the abv. was 8.5%. Ultimately, drinkability is pretty good in this beer, though the sour wore on me a bit after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid effort from the folks at Cascade.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 19:52:08 | More by John_M
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, oak, clove, white vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of tart fruitiness, oak, and funky/acidic yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, pepper, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Big fruity acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, musty funk, hay, straw, leather, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tart/sour yeast ester, fruit, and oak barrel flavors; with a good fruit/sourness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very acidic, crisp, and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! Amazing complexity and balance of apricot fruit with fruity/sour yeast ester and oak barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on even with the big acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:12:24 | More by superspak
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-25-2013 00:22:43 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2011 02:49:09 | More by brandoman63
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-02-2013 18:17:00 | More by Gonzoillini
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-29-2013 07:20:22 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 2011 Project.

Wonderful orange and yellow apricot glow. Opaque. A creamy white head hits with lots of staying power, merringue like top and like a dolop of icing. Great looking here.

Nose is fantastic. Brett sharp citrus, and tangy apricot funk angles. Nice oak round character and a hiding sweetness, sense of pepper very light also. It smells absolutely fantastic, just mouthwatering.

Palate hits with all that sour apricot sensations. Very tart finish, and lingering depth of malt. Huge thick teeth coating action and feel with a real nice light body. Palate doesn't unfortunately provide the depths of flavor that are hinted on the nose though. Juicy. Brings out more candy orange drops, and lemon tangy zip. Just a hint of wet but incredibly quenching and easy to drink.

What a fantastic exception if you can't have Fou Foune! I love the fact this is made in America would love to have this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 22:05:44 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head on top with minimal lacing, but some nice white lacing down the glass.

S: Nice tart fruit, some apricot, pear, and a little apple. A little bit of wine and brett with a good bit of wood and oak coming through near the end.

T: Very balanced flavor profile with some apricot and plenty of oak. It has a great level or tartness with a nice pucker to it. There is a nice funk/barnyard presence.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, great level of tartness.

O: Really enjoyed this beer, if it weren't so pricey I would grab a bunch of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:22:31 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach colored pour, damn, apricot, nectarine and peach all look so cool when done well, this one, with a clean white head, looks damn near perfect. Good bitter fruit aroma, very enjoyable.

Taste, hides alcohol well, fruit appears plenty fresh, excellent sour quality to it, plenty high, but not ridiculous to overwhelm the fruit. Leans to the sour more than sweet side for sure. Doesn't have that high fructose sweetness to it that lesser lambics and fruit beers will delve into.

Carbonation keeps it from too much heft on the palate in terms of mouthfeel and aftertaste. The slight wood finish to it is never soggy, its a dry one. Did I mention that the alcohol tastes nonexistant? Pricey at $20 a bottle. But thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to March Madness 2011. Hell of a time, we drank this one before the Marquette/Syracuse game, had me worried about drinking an orange beer that it would help the Orange. No such luck! Sweet Sixteen for Marquette!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 16:34:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 purchased from the brewpub back in November .. I've been sitting on this one for too long... poured into my Chimay goblet..

1" head dies back quick.. not a great cap.. and only little lacing.. I guess that is sorta expected with the acidity and the higher ABV.. the brew is hazy lite orange.

The nose is more fruity than sour.. sorta smells like the bottom of a apricot basket in the heat of summer (in a good way :-) Obvious apricot and a significant amount of sour..

Flavor is better.. It is amazing how much better apricots work better on the palate than the nose.. flavor is sorta jammy for about a quarter second.. Then the sour hits with a lactic slam.. not acetic like the blackberry.. the palate reminds me of yellow cling peach essence and fresh apricot skin.

The body is way heavier than most American sours.. but it honestly helps with the thick fruitiness on this one.. The carbonation combined with the acid sorta sucks the saliva from my mouth.. It is by no means dry. just sour from the fruit and the lactic additions.. Drinkablity take a hit on my book just because it is sorta heavy AND sour.. subtract carefully either element and it helps.. but now... on this nearly 9% bottle.. and this is a sipper that I really probably should have shared with somebody else.

Hugely interesting.. and the backbone beer actually shows through with the triple maltiness.. and helps everything tie together quite well.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 08:38:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

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

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a hazy orange-golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart medium fruits - apricots and pears. Also present are hints of light and indistinct malts and even lighter hints of spicy oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off before being overwhelmed by medium fruit flavors - apricots and pears as with the aroma. The tartness is toned down a bit from the aroma but is still fairly large. Midway through the sip the tartness fades just a bit as oak flavors work their way into things. The fruit flavors take back over before a crisp and moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was a pretty big fan of this beer - it's not my favorite from Cascade but for a middle-of-the-road beer from a brewery they're doing pretty well. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:09:54 | More by glid02
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-16-2013 19:11:56 | More by PEIhop
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-22-2014 14:18:40 | More by afsdan
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-04-2014 01:11:13 | More by dmorgan310
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beertunes

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottling. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy/hazy orange with a tall, fluffy, off-white head that had decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly sour with the apricot in the background. There were just hints of the base grain and the yeast. The story was pretty much the same on the tongue, the bitter sourness dominates and the apricot (which is not my favorite fruit) is in the background.

The body was thinner than I like in a Tripel (which is the base beer for this, according to the label). Drinkability was OK, but nothing that made me want more.

Overall, a good beer that you may enjoy more than I did. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:28:39 | More by beertunes
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-26-2013 23:34:33 | More by billab914
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.