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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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1,239 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 393
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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Photo of Rutager
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

2010 vintage poured into my new Cascade Barrel House snifter. Now that's some classy shit!

Appearance. Pours a hazy peach-amber with almost two fingers of thick and creamy, off-white head that lasts a long time. Beautiful.

Smell. Sweet apricots and some dank old wood with a bit of spice.

Taste. Very tart and sour, again the old wood, a little bit of apricot. Reminds me a bit of sweettarts or sour chews candies with the slightly powdery taste. Very good and very unique ....for me anyways. Really enjoying this one.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with strong, fine carbonation. Nice stuff here.

Overall. Starts out slightly ...shocking with that aggressive sourness but man, this stuff is addictive. Really liked it.

Rutager, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Rconn006
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Rconn006, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
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
Photo of jmarsh123
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a deep orange (apricot) color with a moderate white head. I've heard stories about this gushing, but mine was fine.

Loads of fresh apricot on the nose. Lacto and apples are also present.

The apricot is phenomenal on this one. Among the better fruited beers I've had. A little bit of that apple comes through in the flavor along with the normal Cascade lacto, but just the right amount. It's sour and a little funky, but not lip puckering.

Creamy mouthfeel, but still fairly light bodied with perfect carbonation levels.

I usually like Cascade, but nevertheless was still pleasantly surprised by this.

jmarsh123, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

theminutemen, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

staggerlee024, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

3Hops, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Telestic
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Telestic, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of theformula
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

theformula, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bthomas
4/5  rDev -7.8%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev +6%

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
Photo of DrewZ926
4/5  rDev -7.8%

A- fairly opaque orange rind pour yields about an inch of fluffy white head. appears to be actively carbonated. a nice bit of lacing.

S- lots of citrus and under-ripe apricot. totally lactic and very inviting. slightly peppery, with some typical tripel spice.

T- starts off with dry and tart, lactic acid and grape pips and apricot skin. oaky and delicious on the palate. evolves into a highly puckering, dry apricot finish.

M- pleasantly full bodied, rich and lively carbination.

O- first lambic/wild ale i've had of the apricot variety and really enjoyed it. loving the lactic spin on the tripel. seek this one out as the price was moderate and a quality apricot sour is quite hard to come by.

DrewZ926, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%

2010 vintage

1 finger white head white, pale straw body.

Powerful tang, Bretty despite not being a Brett beer. Subtle apricot in there.

Lotsa citrusy sour, the apricot is subtle and comes in mostly at the end.

Slightly frothy mouthfeel.

This was neat, and really sour, but not worth the hype, and not full of apricot.

zaphodchak, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of brewinglawyer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

brewinglawyer, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sliverX, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%

Tim's bottle, 2008 vintage, that has mellowed out as we shall see. Orange coloured body, understated carbonation. Very malty, subdued acidity. Very good drinkability. i'm glad to have had it, but not overwhelmed, perhaps the bold taste of a fresh vintage makes a difference.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Mark000
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Mark000, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

seeswo, Feb 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

NaNach, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle poured into a Cigar City tulip. 2009 vintage. I popped this open at cellar temperature, instead of chilling it, so it gushed a little bit after the cork came off. I only lost an ounce or two and got the rest in the glass.

Appearance: Darker orange to medium brown in color with a large, sticky head. The lacing adheres pretty strongly to the glass.

Aroma: Oak notes from the barrels and fresh apricots give off a nice aroma upfront. Definitely a touch of sour lacto notes in there and an almost minty note. Very interesting and complex.

Taste: Fresh sweet apricot notes really lend a great fruit note upfront. They is also a touch of sour apricots, but it isn't overpowering. Oak notes from the barrels and the fresh mint notes from the aroma balance out the fruit nicely. I really like the fruit forward aspect of this and the balance of sweet and tart. A really clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied in flavor with some nice carbonation.

Overall, a really nice and inventive sour ale. The barrel notes are really strongly integrated and work well with the heavy fruit. The apricot is definitely the star here, and showcases great sweet and tart notes. I was really surprised the fruit was so present this long after bottling. I would definitely have this again although the price tag is a bit heavy at $20 a bottle.

Gosox8787, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of rodenbach99
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

2009 bottling. 9,0% alc/vol. 750ml brown bottle shared with friends. Clear amber with a white head. I really like this peachy nose, apricot candy. Some acidity on the nose. The fuzzy peach taste is very interesting. Easy drinking, light and refreshing. This is a classic to be.

rodenbach99, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

grownfool, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

1062nd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml

2010 release

Shared by Eric Marshall
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A very light glowing yellow with a small amount of head that fell quickly to a good amount of a pond layer. No real cling or dots on this one.

Smell- Very fruit forward and smells a lot like a dry white wine. Had a good bit of oak and acid behind it. Smelled inviting and light.

Taste- The flavors start small and then envelop quickly. Opening up with a dry flavor of yeast and slowly a little bit of wet and clean apricots come in. The acid hits next and then it becomes a bit yeasty on the finish. Very simple, very clean and enjoyable..

Mouth- A nice light-medium body with a fairly high carbonation level. Lots of residual fruits and yeast on this one.

Drink- I was just talking with Cpabeer the other day about how good Cascade was and how I needed to try more. This was one of those bottles I need another one or to go seek out some other flavors. Very clean and crisp. Well layered and I appreciate the amount of fruit in it..

FosterJM, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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