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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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1,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 400
Gots: 295 | 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 Boz12
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orangish, yellow color. Kind of like an apricot!

S: Heaven. All the delicious funk and tart aromas you would expect from the style but with a blast of apricots combined together into a glorious bouquet.

T: Apple cider (as well as some mystery spices that I associate with apple cider). A lot of apricot. Nice acidity that is slightly reminiscent of vomit but in a very good way. Light funk. Apple pie. Very refreshing.

M: Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O: I've yet to be anything less than blown away by everything I've had from Cascade. Granted I haven't had any of their non-sour beers. This beer is delicious and since it is damn near impossible to cop some Fou' Foune around these parts, this is a worthy substitute and every bit as good in my opinion.

Boz12, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of bhir
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

bhir, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of kniretsew
4/5  rDev -8%

kniretsew, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2oz taster pour
Enjoyed at the barrel house in Portland, OR on 9/2/12

A: Pours out a very pale yellow color. It's fairly cloudy. I get a mild bright white lacing when I swirl it, but the head on the small pours is basically not there.

S: On the nose, I get that acidic sourness. A good amount of that tart green apple and then a sweetness from the Apricot I assume.

T: Taste follows the nose: Green apples, white grape juice, stinging sourness. The Apricots are there adding some sweetness to the tart fruit juice flavors. Don't get tons of oak on this one, but whats there adds some roundness to the brew. Softens the edges.

M: Light bodied, dry finish.

inlimbo77, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rutager, 750ml into a tulip. 2010 bottling.

Murky orange with a billowing white head, that's transient and fades to a white ring with mild retention. Nose has some blond ale leanings with acetic character, sweeter oak and fruitiness - apricot is light but identifiable. A bit of Macintosh apple as well. Taste is acetic up front, vinegar, apricots over a sweeter blond ale character. More green/Macintosh apple, without any alcohol. Sweet/sour finish, medium carbonation and acetic pucker, which gives impression of a carbonation that's higher than it is. More apricot flavour here than Fou Foune I thought, but doesn't hold that same kind of funk that the Cantillon provides - superior in fruit flavour inmy mind though. A fantastic fruited sour.

liamt07, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev -8%

Agold, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of TheBronze
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

TheBronze, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL (2011 project) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a 1-finger white head, lively carb.

Aroma is oak, tart funk, light fruit.

Taste is refreshingly sour, oaky. Apricots are subtle, adding a touch of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean w/ a dry finish.

Overall another tasty sour from Cascade. So drinkable and refreshing, I can't stop taking another sip.

draheim, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper orange pour with a huge plume of fluffy white head that laces thickly. There isn't any distinct sediment and the head retention is quite fair. The nose is distinctly apricoty with an underlying tartness and subtle sweetness. The taste is very well balanced as sweetness from the malt and fruit play nicely with the souring bacteria on my palate. There is a residual acetic dryness, but it doesn't feel as if microbial cultures are growing on my palate. The beer tastes/feels a tad watered down. It's refreshingly fruity, drinkable, and sour as expected without any noticeable alcohol (considering this beer's abv is nearly 2x a fou'foune). I definitely enjoyed this beer and it's reasonable to acquire (including cost and availability in my area - shipped direct from the brewery). I will purchase it again at next year's release.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass. 2011 bottle.

A: Murky orange-gold body with a nice white head.

S: Pleasant bretty damp funk, pale malt, hint of tart fruit, some subtle spicy esters behind.

T: Nice lactic tartness and lemony acidity, big apricot presence, slightly phenolic tripel base can be detected in the finish.

M: Prickly, fine carbonation and a light body.

O: The fruit presence on this beer is awesome. Really impressed.

Etan, Sep 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bennetj17, Aug 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

roblund, Aug 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Googs, Aug 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Kevlee722, Aug 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

FullObs, Aug 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

iKrystin, Aug 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

dtx00, Aug 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

ste5venla, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Adidasakh
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Adidasakh, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

whartontallboy, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

tizride, Aug 17, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

strongaf, Aug 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 13, 2012
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.