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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 400
Gots: 295 | FT: 34
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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 ritzkiss
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2009 vintage, from forgetfu I believe - thanks man.

Pours a robust apricot orange with a bit of haze, finger of foamy head which has some nice retention and leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

Really a unique, well designed beer. Funk and fruit in the nose, also hints of oak and a hint of acidic twang. Taste reveals a real juicy apricot character that couples with a sour candy character, a robust malt presence that gives it a hefty, round body and a real effervescent carbonation that just dances in the mouth. Hints of vinegar and oak, light lactic character. Could be a little drier but it hides the ABV well and is an easy drinker.

Great beer, in line with the others I've had from Cascade - need to seek out more!

ritzkiss, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Airyk12
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle.

Pours a light hazy golden color with a small, lingering head.
Full fruitiness in the nose, accented by hoppiness and a definite tart smell.
Definite lambic flavor, but with obvious hoppiness and tart apricots. The aging is noticeable, with both a little oak and sour hints. Alcohol sneaks up on you; it is hardly noticeable.
Dances on the tongue with sharp acidity and a light, bubbly finish.
Definitely drinkable; sour, but not too sour. Another great aged ale from Cascade.

Airyk12, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Old Rasputin nonic glass. 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, well...apricot color actually, with a billowing off-white head that frothed up quickly in the glass. It settled nicely after a few minutes into a foamy thick film that left a pretty epic sheet of lacing down the glass. Impressive.
S: Sugary sweet notes of apricots with a touch of dank barnyard musk and a light citrusy tartness. The smell is amplified after each pour and is especially perfumey and floral at times. Very inviting.
T: Not as sweet as the nose but the apricots are right there to balance out the mustiness. The finish is both refreshingly tart and funky sour. The oak barrel comes out in the finish along with some of the Belgian spices and even a hint of bitter hops from the base Tripel. Aftertaste is
M: Medium body, full yet soft carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Alcohol is completely masked.
D: Really liked the nose on this one, and the flavor and drink ain't half bad either. Pretty great all around, can't wait to try more Cascade beers!

scottfrie, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle from tai4ji2x!). Pours cloudy orange/apricot color with nice off-white head. Aroma is funky, ripe apricot, and so delicious. Taste is a sour, but not overly sour. There is the sweetness of the apricot there also. Medium bodied with a smooth finish. The carbonation is prickly. If you like sours and apricot, then you should like this beer. It's yummy.

trappistlover, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle of the apricot. Poured into a hair of the dog glass.

It appears apricot color. It is solid off dark orange color just like an apricot. A small off-white slightly tan head appears a top of the beer.

It smells slightly oaky. There is a nice earthy oaky type of a flavor. I sense a little sour smell. There is a nice floral type of a smell that leads to a nice pure and natural fruity apricot smell.

It tastes initially a bit sour. I get a bit of a rose type of a flavor. A nice tart fruity apricot flavor is apparent. The apricot flavor is very strong but it is very natural tasting. There is a slight sweetness from the apricot that balances the sour flavor of the beer. I get almost a honey like earthy flavor from the beer as well. This beer has a fantastic balance to it.

The carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is champagne like.

The drinkability is fantastic. It has great flavor. It is quite light and it has a great sour flavor but it is not to sour so it is quite easy to drink.

Again cascade has made an amazing beer. I love how the beer is sour yet you can still fully taste the sweet fruity flavor of apricot. Worth buying if you see it.

chumba526, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me courtesy of the always awesome Sideswipe... I'll be adding this beer to my wants list as soon as I'm done reviewing...

Served in my Captain Lawrence snifter. Shared with DSC at my house on a random Saturday afternoon.

I think this is miscategorized-- instead of fruit Lambic, let's just call this an American Wild Ale.

This is a gorgeous glowing orange with a solid 3 fingers of white froth. The bottle opened with a massive pop-- after 10 seconds, a froth began to emerge through the neck...

The smell has GIANT apricot notes, along with pears, lemons, and a lactic acidic bite. The beer has amazing fruit flavor. The beer nor after taste isn't overly sweet-- it is just perfect. The sourness is amazing, as is the genuine fruit flavor.

The body was slightly over carbonated-- but just barely... Otherwise, this beer drank like a dream. Tasty, intense, and highly enjoyable. This is one of the best fruit sours I've ever had. (authors note-- we have a huuuuge fruit sour tasting coming soon, so that statement may not hold up after March...)

AleWatcher, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appears bright cloudy orange with a thin white head that quickly fades to a light ring around the glass.

Smells tart and fruity. Wine and oak are certainly there.

Tastes dry, funky, and sour. A lot of fruit and little spiciness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium, dry , and well carbonated.

I love this beer and would buy this again and again.

daveytheformer, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice beer from a company I'm starting to get hip to. 2009 bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with active carbonation and a ring of head. No lacing, though I didnt expect it. Looks good.

Smell is a great tart bright fruit smell, really nice that you'd hope for from a lambic like this. I can literally sense easily the apricot fruit and seeds in the beer. Lactic acid, oak notes, and a great sweet and tart ratio round out the fruit.

The taste follows the smell, tart fruit and oak in great harmony. Awesome apricot flavor with definite acidic notes and vanilla, and of course some barnyard funk added in.

The feel is exceptional for me, sweet and tart, great carbonation and very effervescent. top 5% in the style in this category.

Nice sour. Straight great stuff.

Dreadnaught33, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No hiss or pop after my titanic struggle with the cork, yet a fizzy white head fueled by a steady swirl of carbonation tops the burnt orange body. Modest lacing is scattered about.

Plenty of dried and fresh apricots in the nose, but also honeysuckle, some funk and a heavy toffeeish malt presence. Smells rather sour and indeed it proves to be so. For a split second, a shock of sour, then mild musty funk and a persistent apricot flavor that lingers impressively yet isn't overpowering. Nice mouthfeel, plentiful carbonation made up of "soft" tiny bubbles. Finishes with a pleasant warmth with a touch of lingering tartness and apricot preserves.

Overal impression: Another winner from the reigning king of American sours.

PDXHops, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of codewarrior
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Capped 750mL Poured into a Chalice, 2009 bottling

This bottle is my first cascade, courtesy of masterhomebrewer. Many thanks for the bottle.

L: Cloudy, murky apricot, bordering on full-blown orange, with wispy - yet retentive 2-fingers of head.

S: Apricots right up front, with sour notes kicking in just behind. Resulting combination is exceedingly tart. Tremendous amount of sweetness behind, with a touch of booze in there far back.

T: Apricot is beautifully rich and fresh, with a zesty, boozy sweetness and plenty of wheat behind. Apricot finishes throughout and rounds out the back with a luscious full-bodied linger.

F: Zippy and well carbonated.

D: More please, at 9% ... definitely more please.

codewarrior, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for this generous present. Poured into a tulip. Nice medium gold orange color with just a tiny bit of haze and a good one inch head on top.

Nice tart aroma with candied fruit. Very enjoyable aroma; it starts sour nicely blends into a sweet aroma as well.

The taste is a nicely balanced sour flavor. I get a bit of spiciness from the yeast as well. orange zest is also evident. Very nice.

The carbonation is lively and enjoyable. The drinkability is relatively high for this style. The sourness is in the forefront, but well balanced with a sweet finish and other flavors to make this a really nice beverage.

andrewinski1, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of kfsv034
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009

A - Pours a blonde orangeish color with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thing layer

S -predominately funk and sour with some mild fruit nuances. some slightly apparent dry wood notes.

T - Starts off musty, funky, sour with some sweet juicy apricot. Followed by some dry oaky flavors as well as some champagne characteristics.

M - champagneish, dry. medium bodied.

D - overall this is a good beer. Shared a 750 with a friend would like another.

kfsv034, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of hawks10
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle - 2009 Vintage - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a hazy dark orange, some amber and ruby colors mix in the haze, two fingers of white head forms and sticks around for a while...

Tart and fruity initially, but heavy in the must and funk...

Starts tart and slightly sweet but quickly moves to dry and funky. Very musty with lots of barnyard funk. The initial bright, tart fruit flavors mixed with the high carbonation give the beer an airy, tart champagne taste/feel up front. The funk hits quick and lasts all through the middle of the drink and well into the finish...

Medium bodied, a bit syrupy, but light and airy at the same time with the high carbonation...

hawks10, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/2/2010. 2009 bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet apricots, peach, sweet tart candies, light funk, lactic acid. Flavor is very sweet and tart (like the candies) with some sour apricot. The sour apricot really comes out in the finish. Overall, very drinkable and tasty, quite tart. Perhaps not as fruity as I would have hoped but one of the better fruity sour ales out there.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden orangish color with good carbonation, a gusher, but once it settled it was nice

S: Fresh, ripe apricot, sour, hints at wood

T: Pretty acidic, carbonation was a little much, plenty of apricot, wood, def wine like texture

M: Effervescent but crisp

D: Pretty good overall

barleywinefiend, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright dark yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of sour notes with light acidic notes with some light tart apricot notes. Taste is also a very nice mix between some light acidic notes with some tart and sour notes with lightly sweet notes of apricot. No notes of oak and apricot notes are very subtle. Very nice beer and drinkability is quite high with alcohol being well hidden.

Phyl21ca, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of crosamich
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 from the bottle. This one could serve as a Flanders for aficionados or noobs. bright orange color. Aroma is more funk than fruit, however, neither is too strong. By style, expect more sour and fruit-forward but still a good beer nonetheless. Apricot is in the background here. easy-drinking.

crosamich, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. I believe this is a 2009 bottle. Pours a clear golden honey color with a big fluffy white head that nicely laces as it settles. If memory serves me correctly I don't believe Cascade uses brett but this has an aroma of brett to it with florals and a touch of fruit. I expected this to have a more fruit forward aroma vs. the florals. Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. The flavor is brett-like floral with touches of sweetness. The apricot doesn't seem to be as strong as I would have liked and the flavor seems almost watered down. Not bad but I thought this would have been better.

kbutler1, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a golden Champagne-like hue with obvious effervescence and a short-lived white wispy head.

S - Smells of Band-Aid, leather, and apricot. In that order. Huge lactic funk. Not a dirty funk, instead, sharp, gingery and medicinal.

T - The themes of the nose are further developed with nuances of Band-Aid, new leather, and very tart apricot. Tart is the appropriate term here, as I don't think it is puckering or sour. There is also some green peppercorn impression emanating from the spicy alcohol. Very refreshing overall. Others in my group found it to be to less-so, some thought it to be too tart or alcoholic.

M - Thin and possessing a Champagne-like effervescence.

D - I don't like this one as much as the Kriek, but it is still one of the better Wild/Sour brews available.

ktrillionaire, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes... Samples on 10/23/2010...

A - Two fingers worth of audibly fizzy slightly uneven eforvecent light khaki colored head that turns creamier as it settles and displays solid retention... A dense hazed light copper color with a distinctive honey hue... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Wonderful aroma can be noticed well away from the glass... The ripest of apricots... Peaches... Lemon coughdrops... Mandarin oranges... Faint candied sugars... A mild yeasty component...

T - Tart apricots and peaches... Mild vinegar... Notes of chardonay and champagne... Lemon... A touch of yeast... A bit salty... White grapes... Tanins... Shortbread cookies...

M - Puckering and saliva inducing from the get go... Crisp... Slightly fizzy... LIght to medium bodied... A delicate touch of creaminess... The finish is dry and mildy chalky with a continuing pucker factor...

D - An enjoyable and sophisticated sipper... Both challenging and intriguing to the senses... I seem to always want another sip before my glass even leaves my hand...

philbe311, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. I've had quite a few bottles of this now and it's certainly one of my favorite American fruited sours.

Pours a nice pale apricot color with a bit of a white head and some lacing. The nose is really quite tart with lactic sourness and a good dose of apricot and peach flavors. Some light green apple as well. The taste brings in a bit of oak and a really nice sour to fruit ratio. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both out of this world, as the fruit and sourness levels combine quite well. This is just short of the level where the sourness begins to affect drinkability. My favorite of their sours to date. I'm very, very glad they ship this out to Philly.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a hazed apricot yellow/orange. Just like an apricot. Has an off white head.

Aroma: Dried apricots and sweetness. Pleasant nose. Nothing over the top sour, but a bit shows. A little bit of funk shows.

Taste: More medicinal than I thought it would be. Pretty funky. The fruit is nice, but it is overly funky. A bit of sour shows. I would like to try a fresher bottle of this. I believe I had a 2008 bottle.

Mouthfeel: Funky and creamy. A lighter bodied beer with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry with some sweetness.

Overall, I was expecting more from this, but I couldn't help but compare it to FouFoune. This beer just couldn't compete with Cantillon's apricot sour. It was still drinkable, however.

mothman, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared during a recent tasting by the superlative BA tlay10. Love you Tyler.

Looks: like dark, ripe tangerines, the beer is hazy with a frothy white head that becomes a large, sticky ring after a few minutes. The bottle slightly gushed upon opening, but only a bit of it was "lost" down Tlay's gullet.

Smells: pretty damn tart. The profile: white white, green apples, sweet apricot and some light oak.

Tastes: just the same. White wine flavors lead, with some tartness in the back. The brett is toned down and pretty perfect. Oaky, with subtly sweet apricots.

Feels: moderately carbonated with a medium-light body. The sourness never becomes overpowering.

Drinks: like every other Cascade I've had. They're good sours, to be sure, but never mind-blowing.

Phelps, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**This one was a gusher** It popped and started pouring and I lost about 1/3 of the bottle before I could do anything. This is the first Cascade beer that gushed on me, just a heads up. Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. The beer pours a copper color with an amber center and a thick three finger foamy white head. As the head slowly fades it leaves behind a sticky thick lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is sweet, the tripel notes hit hard and heavy with the sweet apricot characteristics. The apricots introduce the other citrus fruits, which grows to an almost-but-not-quit-peach scent. Beyond the fruits and candied sugar sweetness there is some musty sourness and hay that lets you know you're getting into something funky. Very nice. All the components of the nose get better and more intense as the beer warms.

The taste is different from the smell because the musty/citrus sour notes hit first. The candied sugar and malts of the tripel come in to balance out the tart introduction, but the musty hay, heavy apricot and pear components come through quickly. The finish is tart and acidic, very pleasant.

The beer is well carbonated and has a nice light mouthfeel appropriate for the style. The alcohol is well hidden by the musty and sour flavors, this is one I will look for again in the future, glad this brewery is in New England.

rpstevens, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a gritty lambic that has the air of belgian beers made by american then aged to level out any inconsistencies. this brewer has experience. this a clean beer but not a lambic. too boozy. i can feel the triple in my teeth and throat. the apricot is wonderful though. sits and milds the acidic quality with some mealiness. has a malt finish that really makes the beer and provides a nice balance with the sour. making the sour not appear like a mask.

rtepiak, Sep 09, 2010
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.