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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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world-class

1,262 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 400
Gots: 287 | 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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Ratings: 1,262 | Reviews: 255 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

MenardMa, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dthompson0279, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

HopHeather, Jul 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Dave_Heltzel, Jul 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

BIll_Currie, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

NW2285, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

crowellbw, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JayPeso, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Ciego89, Jul 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

terraism, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of supernatural_skeptic
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle acquired through a trade. 2011 Project

This was my first Cascade brew.

Fairly cloudy, pours an orange-golden hue not far off from ripe apricots themselves. Nice white head that hangs around longer than I'd expect - a fat ring around the rim and more remain until I finish the glass. Smells a lot like a gueuze... vinegar, mustiness, oak, and fruit. Not much of an apricot scent, faded and more of a vague sour fruits.
Very sour upfront. Not just the initial shock, but a second tartness in the aftertaste that is very much apricots. Constantly reminded of lambic/gueuze, maybe being an older vintage attributed to this but I am loving it. As my glass warms and my mouth gets accustomed to the sourness, more oak and apricots show up along with a vinious flavor. Not overly dry and well carbonated, makes me thirsty for more without raking my tongue. I'd be interested to taste a fresher bottle but this 2011 is right up my alley - everything I want in a fruited sour is here. Fantastic beer and a wonderful introduction to Cascade.

supernatural_skeptic, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

meanmutt, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Enochase04, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DarthKostrizer, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Ben7773, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2013 project, poured into a Cascade snifter. The beer did gush a little bit when removing the cork, as expected with many Cascade beers.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of orange and apricot, the beer is very cloudy so it's hard to find any activity in the glass, but a thick, white head appears quickly before fading away leaving some soapy film and a few spots of lace. The aroma is of juicy apricots, lacto funk, mild vinegar, sweet malt and some earthy fruit pit, rather simple but very enjoyable, plenty of fruit. The flavors match well, lots of apricot fruit, light lacto funk, almost a big yogurty with some earthy apricot pit, light vinegar and a big splash of rich malt. The mouthfeel is nice, very carbonated and lively, coats the mouth well, lightly abrasive but doesn't detract too much from the experience. The finish is crisp and lightly dry, but easy as the same time.

Verdict: A very nice wild ale from Cascade, perhaps a bit simple, but the balance is nice. Plenty of apricot as advertised, but aside from the bits of funk and malt, there isn't a whole lot else going on, that being said, this was extremely refreshing and very enjoyable to drink on a relaxing afternoon.

kevanb, Jul 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Oliversarmy1085, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DrMindbender, Jul 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

DNICE555, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

smutty33, Jul 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

nkelley77, Jul 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

yankeej13, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of TheCuriograph
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like Cascade is back in NY for the first time in over a year!

A - the Apricot Ale pours like a gueuze, albeit with a darker, hazier, more orange amber. It’s sparkling effervescent with a robust champagne head.

S - It casts off the unripe apple sharpness one expects, but this funk is less abrasive than a traditional lambic. The nose is tempered not only with apricot, but also pear, banana and strawberry. It emits the sweet smell of candied dried fruit.

T -That candy carries over into the taste. You get that initial bracing tartness, but this immediately gives way to juicy passion fruit and lemon-drops. Still, the drink is wonderfully dry and refreshing, with medium body and a tantalizing savory note, like the salt on a margarita glass. All told, Cascade Apricot Ale is like liquid sweet-tart.

M - Medium bodied, but crisp, dry and refreshing, even as that sugary fruit boosts the ABV to 8.5%.

O - I've never fallen for a sour. While I can appreciate a good gueuze, I'm never in the mood for one. This might change that. I already want another.

TheCuriograph, Jul 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

SuperHop18, Jul 17, 2014
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,262 ratings.