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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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1,352 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 410
Gots: 305 | 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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Photo of hagbergl
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received a 750 mL bottle of Cascade Apricot Ale as a Christmas gift. My girlfriend and I split the bottle. Poured into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Cascade Apricot has a gorgeous orange hue that makes it appear as if it glows. It is translucent and topped by a bubbly, two-finger white head. A ring of white foam forms around the rim of the glass and endures for the duration. Excellent look to the beer and a cool looking bottle.

Smell (4.5/5): This beer smells very tart! Apricot, lemon/orange citrus notes, lactic sourness, and some funk from the wild yeast. I also pick up woody notes undoubtedly imparted to the beer through the oak barrel aging. Pretty gorgeous.

Taste (5/5): Extreme tartness–lots of apricot and lemon/orange flavors to be had, alongside the classic lactic sour notes you find in Flemish Reds and Oud Bruins. Barrel-aged woodiness lurks in the background, though this beer is all about showcasing the fruity and sour flavors. Thus, the beer doesn't "feel" quite as "aged" or "old" as some Belgian sours do. The beer's taste certainly has a lot in common with that of lambics–fruity and sour all at once. Despite the Apricot Ale's strength, not a trace of alcohol can be detected. This beer is exquisite; a perfectly crafted sour beer.

Mouthfeel (5/5): The mouthfeel is extraordinary and exhibits the best characteristics of Belgian/Flemish sour ales. Apricot Ale features a medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. The beer's lactic sourness lends a slightly mouth-puckering feel. The fairly vigorous carbonation gives it a pleasant effervescence and combines well with the sourness to induce a prickly sensation on the tongue. The beer is not cloying or overly puckering by any stretch; it is actually easy-drinking and refreshing.

Overall (5/5): Apricot Ale was a wonderful introduction to Cascade Brewing. It is a great spin on sour ale. Everything about this beer–its appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel–is stellar. The no-holds-barred tartness and beautifully effervescent, slightly puckering mouthfeel really won me over. If you like sour ales and haven't tried any brews by Cascade, you must do so post haste.

hagbergl, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml three 4 ways. Poured Into a duvel tulip.

A: pours a hazy peachy golden with a nice half a finger of slightly off white head and a touch of lacing.

S: smells of oak and sourness, peach fuzz, apricots, nice!

T: nice tartness right up front, touch of vinegar, then into an awesome peachy/apricot juicyness, delicious, a nice bit of oak on the end. Great sourness, and fruitiness, reminds me of a delicious peachy lemonade.

M: nice light medium mouthfeel with some great creamy carbonation, dry and tart on the finish with a touch of oak. And a nice lingering aftertaste that reminds me of drinking pink lemonade.

O: this beer is delicious, great balance between sweetness and tartness, with an awesome mouthfeel, awesome!

PeterIngemi, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Project 2011. 7.76%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Hazy gold with 2 fingers of white head. Better than average retention for a sour. Low-moderate carbonation. Very find lacing drips down the glass.

Nose
Apricot, Sweet Tarts, peach, nectarine, lactic acid and oak.

Taste
Big lactic sourness and vinegar upfront. Juicy apricots, peach and pink lemonade. Some nectarine and Sweet Tarts. Bready notes underneath with drizzles of caramel and chestnut. Just a touch of French oak on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, clean and refreshing with a moderate-heavy sourness.

Overall
Very potent stuff. Excellent sourness with big juicy fruits. Very easy drinking and complex. Yummers! :)

justintcoons, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

oldp0rt, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Kaydogg
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Kaydogg, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of theGlasstronaut
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

theGlasstronaut, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of huskermike12
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

huskermike12, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of APreacher
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

APreacher, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Kmccabe33, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

dvmin98, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of teddyarrowhead
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

teddyarrowhead, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 2011 Project.

Wonderful orange and yellow apricot glow. Opaque. A creamy white head hits with lots of staying power, merringue like top and like a dolop of icing. Great looking here.

Nose is fantastic. Brett sharp citrus, and tangy apricot funk angles. Nice oak round character and a hiding sweetness, sense of pepper very light also. It smells absolutely fantastic, just mouthwatering.

Palate hits with all that sour apricot sensations. Very tart finish, and lingering depth of malt. Huge thick teeth coating action and feel with a real nice light body. Palate doesn't unfortunately provide the depths of flavor that are hinted on the nose though. Juicy. Brings out more candy orange drops, and lemon tangy zip. Just a hint of wet but incredibly quenching and easy to drink.

What a fantastic exception if you can't have Fou Foune! I love the fact this is made in America would love to have this on a regular basis.

smakawhat, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Treb0R
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. This is a 2011 bottle.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy, fizzy ivory foam. A good looking beer!

Smell: sweet aroma with a light sourness and a touch of farmhouse funk. The apricot comes through nicely but is not overpowering at all. It has a very natural quality to it.

Taste: a nice moderate sourness and a light funk start off the flavor, which then reveals a rather strong sweetness and a good apricot flavor, which blends well with the acidity. As the other elements begin to fade away, the tartness reestablishes itself on the palate. A nicely dynamic flavor, although it's not super-complex. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a mouth-filling if evanescent creaminess. Works for me!

Overall: this is a tasty and very refreshing beer; insanely drinkable for its high ABV. I happen to love well-done fruit sours, and this beer is no exception. This is where I eschew objectivity and just say that this is a beer that really works for me; love it!

flagmantho, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

twelveinches, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2011 project, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy apricot color, produces a thick white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Really delicious and powerful apricot aroma, also some acidity, wine and oak.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of apricots and a nice prominent lactic tartness, maybe some citrus and peach. The barrels provide flavors of oak, a bit of grapes and dry tannins.

M- Light to medium-bodied, has a smooth, crisp feel with a dry finish.

O- A delicious beer, one of the better American sours I've had recently, excellent all-around.

WillCarrera, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Dactrius, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of dhbiker0889
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dhbiker0889, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Auracom
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nearly ordered this a few times online, but now glad to have it on-tap from the source. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Looked almost identical to The Vine but pours a bit murkier.

S - Lemon peel, floral, and rich apricot jam. Not quite as deep as Fou Foune but the apricot is every bit as welcoming.

T - Front end is plentiful lemon acidity. Apricot comes through more at mid palate with a rich and sweeter note. Not as much depth here.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Just fine here.

D - Second best apricot notes I've had. I'm not convinced that this specific fruit really shines in the drink of any sour/wild. Still, a good brew here.

Auracom, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of metalgdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

metalgdog, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -7.8%

dogfishandi, Dec 02, 2012
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.