1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Not Rated.
Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,458 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,458
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 455
Gots: 326 | FT: 40
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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008

This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for an additional six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes dance on the palate and lead to a sweet apricot flesh finish with a lingering fruit tartness.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,458 | Reviews: 268
Photo of leedorham
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt., 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip
2011 Project

Hazy, glowing, straw-peach colored. The liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly, bright white head that slowly faded to a thin, lasting film. Streaks of drippy lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The nose was intense and quite complex. Belgian yeast notes came through strong. Dry and spicy with indications of clove and coriander. Good dose of Bretty tartness. Intense white wine (Chardonnay) notes. Touch of must and horse blanket. A hint of fruity sweetness lent some balance.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma and but less funky. Quite dry and tart, yet balanced and remarkably complex. Subtle, fruity peach and/or apricot-like notes appeared on the front end and offered a fleeting semi-sweetness. Tart flavors took over in the center. Lemon peel. Strong Brett notes. Lots of white wine. The beer was incredibly vinous. Spicy with notes of clove and coriander. The crisp, snappy finish was super tart and dry. Noticeably acidic and somewhat comparable to apple cider vinegar.

The beer was medium-light bodied for the style with a fine yet spritzy effervescence. A soft and fluffy burst of carbonation hit my palate on the first few sips. The carbonation subsided with time, resulting in a softer and smoother mouthfeel.

The combination of twelve months in oak followed by ten months on apricots did wonders for this fruit flavored sour ale. Not only was it complex and remarkably unique, but also incredibly refreshing and drinkable. This was well worth the steep price of admission and would make a fantastic warm weather treat. If I have the opportunity to sample this again, I would love to try a fresher bottle to see if the apricot flavor is more apparent.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of M1A2
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of scott2269
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of smonice
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Lare453
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Snikwad1020
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of heavenlyStash
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Bright, clean, apricot tartness, medium oak, ripe apricots

L: Hazy, burnt yellow, carbonated white head with amazing retention. Solid lacing.

T: Clean tartness with a rich, malty backbone. Medium apricot flavor throughout, predominately in the middle. Has a very sour candy like finish, semi-sweet.

M: Medium-full body, high, effervescent carbonation. Tart, but quenching.

A fantastic, clean, sour beer. Love the subtle apricots with the sweet candy tartness. Surprisingly amount of malt that really works with the sour.

Photo of Rainblows
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of thebigredone
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jjheinrichs
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of buffs9
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011, 7.76%, 750ml... cork took some effort to extract. Pours a hazy amber with one finger thick dense white head, settles to a thin ring leaving a couple of rings down the glass. Smell: acetic, oak, a little hay-heavy barnyard funk, apricot. Taste: fruited vinegar, vanilla; tartness backed by sugary dried apricot.

Photo of ferrettman687
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of speedvagen
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of HopsintheSack
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jaylib
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +14.9%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,458 ratings.