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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 368
Gots: 270 | FT: 31
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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jh1982

Nevada

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-15-2011 03:49:30 | More by jh1982
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2011 02:59:14 | More by ithinkimasofa
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Adamostella

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 23:53:18 | More by Adamostella
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-14-2011 22:26:50 | More by JAHMUR
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SourNotes

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 21:10:09 | More by SourNotes
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kungpao

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 18:29:28 | More by kungpao
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -8%

11-14-2011 17:12:19 | More by John11486
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beagle75

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
2009 vintage; according to the bottle label it is 9% abv.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and individual bubbles rise throughout the column.

S: A balanced display of strong lactic and acetic notes, aromatic malt that seems floral and complex, and yeasty fruit. The addition of volatile oak, building in the nose as the beer warms, represents the perfect addition to round out this beer's aromas. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with immediate aromatic oak and bright fruity grain. This beer is intensely tart, more acetic than lactic (but showing both sides.) The middle becomes very fruity, like a yeasty and fermented apricot puree. Tartness diminishes stepwise in the finish, where some late spirituousness develops.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: An excellent sour ale, this beer is not as palate-friendly as its reputation might sometime suggest. It is full of bold flavors, as suggested by its 9% abv, though pure alcohol qualities are minimized. Look for the apricot qualities to emerge as it warms, but classic aspects of the tripel style are never fully realized. The bottled beers of Cascade are always a tough buy, due to their high price tag, but time spent in the barrel is worth the extra cost due to the powerful and appealing oak qualities that are derived from it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 14:15:42 | More by beagle75
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bashiba

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up to a slow gush, looks infected, hope not. Its a 2009 also.
Poured a nice deep copper color with a thick and creamy white head, nice retention and good lacing.

The smell is very sour, almost a malt vinegar quality, very nice.

The flavor is dominated by the big sour flavors with and underlying tropical fruit quality, I get more pineapple than apricot, but it might be that the apricot has dropped out a bit due to age, the flavors gel incredibly well non the less.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

Very nice Flanders Style Sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 22:40:18 | More by bashiba
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a small light white head not much lacing. Nose is phenomenal, it's fruity, tart and crisp.

Taste is apricots, it's earthy, mellow, very tart and sour, but still drinkable - there's an earthy quality that's unique and tasty. Mouthfeel is light and smooth crisp and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:04:54 | More by kingcrowing
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Cascade Apricot has a golden tinged, orange body with a full-sized off-white head. Retention is quite good, a little bit of lacing stays behind as well.

The aroma has a huge sourness to it, with apricots behind it. Insanely sour aroma.

The first sip of this beers seems to be ridiculously sour to me also, but subsequent tastes seem to be toned-down quite a bit. Cascade Apricot has a moderate to heavy sourness overall; however you want to quantify it, the sourness is pretty good. Behind the sourness is an obvious apricot flavor, which is always a nice fruit to pair with a sour flavor. Beyond that, there is a dose of wood and a leathery flavor.

Not quite mouth puckering, but Cascade Apricot definitely gives me a tinge of that sensation. Fairly high carbonation.

Cascade Apricot is a solid sour that relies mostly on a sharp, lactic sourness and fruit flavors. I like it, and it was quite nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 13:17:26 | More by Hojaminbag
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dgilks

Australia

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden colour with a tiny white head. Fair head retention.

Rich fruity apricot aroma with some great peachiness. Love the rounded character and the limited sourness.

Slightly sweet with just a touch of sourness. Nice fruity character and the apricot really comes through. Stunning.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Puckering.

A great beer. Solid fruit flavour. Love it despite it not necessarily being the perfect example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 04:32:36 | More by dgilks
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dirtylou

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

appearance: photogenic pour in hopleaf tulip - bright orange body, steady white cream head with full retention

smell: tart apricot, oak, spicy yeast

taste: really nice - tart apricot, peach, funky, white pepper, belgian yeast, tangerine, bright caramelized sugars.

mouthfeel: light and funky, creamy finish, tart

overall: great stuff

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 02:41:35 | More by dirtylou
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aficionado

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip - Thanks BuckeyeOne!

Murky golden yellow body with moderate lacing, and a nice fluffy white head. Fizzy, fine champagne-like carbonation. Head dissipates in a couple seconds.

Weird medicinal aroma, juicy apricot, white unripe plum flesh, granny smith apple skins.

More strange medicinal notes on the palate. It tastes like fake apricot. Fruity and sour as expected, though it could've been even more sour. A little funky/musty/grassy and mildly oaky. Thin, crisp mouthfeel and high carbonation. Not as interesting as I had hoped unfortunately. Real good attempt for brewing this of a base Tripel, a little less "good" as a Fruit Lambic, but I consider this more of an American Wild Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 21:20:23 | More by aficionado
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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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Spider889

Ohio

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

Huge thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing this bottle. This was a want for most of the year for me.

2009 bottling.

A - This beer has lots of nice vigorous carbonation. There was a very loud crack as the cork was dislodged. The beer has a bit of a ruddy appearance with a blood orange color. Hints of sunflower at the top of the glass where the liquid was a little more thinly distributed. Droopy, spotty lace.

I should point out that the first pour (into Seth's LA tulip) was quite stunning. Excellent clarity with a tall head that stuck around forever. However, I have to review the beer in my glass. Otherwise the appearance would be getting a 4.5 or 5 for the score.

S - Orange, lemon, brett, and sour white wine grapes are composing the nose on this one. Apricot is missing in any sort of significant, game-changing type of way. That said, this beer smelled awesome.

T - Tart, with some orange juice flavors, and apricot finally comes out to play. It is quite juicy and very easily distinguishable. Riesling grapes rise up midway through each sip, providing sweetness and another level of tartness. This is in my top 5 or 10 American Wilds to date.

M - Nice carbonation on this one. Medium bodied for a wild. A bit sticky.

O - An excellent beer. In short... another home run for Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 08:10:36 | More by Spider889
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt one of the (if not THE) best beers Cascade produces. This was a 2010 barrel tasted in July 2011.

Pours a good orange hue with light head fading to a nice lace. Good carbonation despite being cask conditioned.

Amazingly aromatic with super sour apricot right off the bat with a hefty dose of sour funk. Amazingly rich nose, though rather simple and straightforward (not a bad thing).

Palate is super tart apricot with a sweet mango or peach kind of thing balancing out. Amazing flavors, just pure and expressive.

Lovely medium body with great intensity of flavors, mild alcohol presence, despite the 8.5%. Really nice balance.

Overall a stunning beer. Not the most crazy thing they make but consistent and very, very high quality.

Serving type: cask

08-29-2011 23:07:00 | More by cbarrett4
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julian

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy copper with amber highlights. Big bubbly head, that actually sticks around and coats the surface nicely. 4

S: Funky at first then the sweet ripened apricot comes through very nicely. A little bit of booze, some vingar tartness, oaky wood, mild must. Damn this smells delicious! 4.5

T&M: Taste is a refreshing mild tartness of apricot, sweet and sour brett tang, and mild oaky undertones. So refreshing. This is one carbonated mother but it smooths out really quick and goes down easy. 4.5 / 4

O: This is an excellent beer, awesome flavor, crisp and very refreshing during these summer months (not that Seattle got summer this year, still waiting for it...). The apricot is noticeable but subtle which is very nice. I don’t think it should dominate the palate. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 16:35:58 | More by julian
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle was shared by Kegatron at a recent tasting, thanks Heath! Poured chilled from the 750ml into a goblet.

The color is golden peachy body with white cap of 1/4 inch and fine bead. The lace clings ok with slight film on the glass. It appears exactly as it should very attractive apricot appearance in the glass. The smell is strong and fruity with apricot and mild sweet malt note with slight floral ester and tings of yeast in the esters too with gentle tropical note and the aroma is fairly juicy scented. The feel is highly carbonated with mild sweetness and slight tartness from the fruit with a slight sweet tart qauality and mild tanginess lingering with a semi-sweet fruity finish.

This ale has a nice apricot taste, yet you get a true sense of the base beer with the malt flavor supporting very well. The taste has a semi-floral fruit tinge with some mellow candy and jammy flavors iwth light sour element in the background adding to the tangy mild and sweet essence. There is a slight tart flavor in the finish. Overall I loved this a great way to end the evening with a flavor that is both full and subtle where it counts -I would never have guessed this is 8%, it definitely has the balance of sweet and sour covered.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 16:41:47 | More by Slatetank
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

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

Bottled 2008, reviewed 8/3/11

A - Pours a hazy peachish orange with very little foam to speak of
S - nice sour aroma with the apricots coming through along with some lemon
T - The taste has some pucker to it, a mix of apricots and lemon
M - crisp carbonation, medium bodied, a bit muted flavor, it seems to leave quickly
D - very drinkable, I just can't get enough of this beer. I'd be interested in trying some other years to compare

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 05:00:45 | More by mikereaser
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claspada

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottling per the label, courtesy of mrand01 from our in person trade yesterday.

Pours a nice deep golden honey color with a thick cream colored 2 inch head on top and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Aromas begin quite lactic and acidic with plenty of fruity smells; apricot obviously but it also almost smells like peaches. I've heard apricots smell and taste like peaches when added to a beer. The sourness is def also present like fresh green unripened apples with a hint of oak barrel.

The tastes begin with sweet apricot immediately met with sour acidity. The oak and fruit provide a fair amount of tannins which dry out the beer quite a bit; pretty sour but not overly so that becomes a sipper or you need a glass of water.

The carbonation is quite high on the mouthfeel and the beer is very dry, especially on the finish, which I like in this style. Less sweet and quite dry; the way a fruity Belgian Flanders should be. Crazy high drinkability for 9.0%ABV. Not that I am going to but I could pound this if I had to; carbonation might slow me down but just saying...

Overall this is my first Cascade sour and I couldn't be happier with it; also my first apricot sour. Very enjoyable but just like all sours I will only really crave/want them on these crazy hot summer days when normal heavy beer is just undrinkable. Do I have to drink this again, no, but would I, definitely. Blows all that crap Lindemans brews way out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 03:23:01 | More by claspada
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mikkeller glass on 6/21/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing

2009 bottling

Apricot/orange color is browned with some sediment that made its way into the glass; it's a bit murky as a result. One inch crackling head. Dissipates rapidly to a thin layer, leaving some lace.

Of course, apricots are at the fore of the aroma, offering a fresh fruit sweetness. There is a short-lived tangy note. A bit of mustiness rounds it out. More oak moves in as the beer warms.

Pow. Tastes a lot punchier than it smells, kicking up a showing of tartness. Apricots are had throughout; their application is fresh and clean. Barrel characteristics build on the latter half - musty, dank and water-logged. I dig it.

The moderate body has a sharper, crisp feel. Mellows over time and bulks up a tad. Dry, funked, barrel-laden finish.

Very well done. Alcohol is hidden almost entirely.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:05:40 | More by Ryan011235
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the most Ale-y of Watchers for this bottle. Shared with Spider889 and Ryan011235. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance
Lots of frothy head the color of heavy cream. Its incredibly long lasting, never really fading below a finger in height, so there's lots of droopy, heavy lacing. The beer is a deep peachy orange.

Aroma
Tart but its more oaky, increasing with warmth. A lot of nice funk. The funk is grassy, hay like and dusty. Apricots play a big part, giving this beer a juicy center and aromas of not yet ripe fruit. Spicy yeast intertwines with apple aromas. Some vanilla oak and a big horse blanket funk arise with more warmth.

Taste
Quite juicy. Lots of under ripe flavors that even border on bitter, providing balance. This beer has a very funky middle with lots of horseblanket. It then sweetens and becomes fruity for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel
This is a tamer sour. It has a gentle pucker and a gentle dryness. The carbonation is sharp but soft at the same time. Alcohol is actually apparent, which is a feature I feel this beer could do without.

Overall
A quite nice beer. A tame, gentle sour loaded with under ripe apricot juiciness. Cascade does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 19:09:16 | More by MbpBugeye
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zhanson88

California

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy tangerine color, capped by one finger of white head. Head retention is pretty good, and the lacing is pretty decent.

Smell: I get lots of citrus initially on the nose, as well as some dried apricot scents. I can definitely detect some lactic sourness in there too. It's not over the top or overly complex, but very pleasing.

Taste: Extremely good. Lots of apricot and citrus flavors up front with almost some caramelized sugar type flavors as well. Great funk and lactic presence follows, with pretty strong apricot and light funk on the finish. Pretty damn solid.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer, and would most definitely have it again. I would love to get hold of a bottle or two.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 03:14:39 | More by zhanson88
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Rich orange and amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it, enough that you could barely see through to the other side. Nice light puff of white on top that faded leaving only a little bit of lace on top.

The aroma was beautiful. Rich sour funkiness with huge touches of apricot mixed in. Light peppery and spice notes come through as it warms, but the sour funk was so hardcore. The flavor was puckeringly good. Rich apricot and apple vinegar sour notes are all over this one. As it warms like barrel notes, lots of spice and a long drawn out and very dry. Super drinkable and very refreshing, this was one of the best sours I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 01:37:53 | More by mikesgroove
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.