Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 1,601
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 444
Gots: 377 | FT: 44
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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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008

This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for an additional six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes dance on the palate and lead to a sweet apricot flesh finish with a lingering fruit tartness.
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Photo of alpinebryant
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third bottle of the Apricot. This time is the 2009 bottling

Pour is a bright orange copper with a healthy sized white head for a sour ale.

Aroma of fresh apricot fruit mixed with lemon, a bit of funk , sweet malts and flanders yeast.

Taste is a truly refreshing bretty funky apricot ale. There is a nice complex body to it with sweet fruit flavors mixing with sour ale and a healthy dosing of pale malt flavors. Caramelized sugars also chime in in the background. For a Sour lambic, this is a really nice tasting high octane sour. I have a hard time letting the glass sit on the table as it is nice and refreshing on a hot summer night.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange hazy with yellow edges. A lot of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells sour and tart. There is a nice citrusy fruit on the nose. Smells really great! Tastes nice and tart. The apricot comes through very strong. Very nice fruit presence. Nice level of carbonation. Overall very solid

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottling date. 750ml brown glass champagne bottle with cork and cage. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pop! Clear orange amber body with very thin white head. Nose is packed with citrus fruit notes. Lemon, lime zest, blood orange, a hit of funk and maybe a hint of red wine vinegar. As it warms there's fruit leathers too, like apricot of course and also something like Kool-aid mix. Palate is tart right off the bat. There's enough sweetness there to keep it from being straight up sour. Apricot dominates for sure with tangerine juice and orange pulp. A hint of wood smoke appears and then vanishes. Lemon meringue and key lime pies. Yum. Tart and delicious.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - cork and cage - split into a New Belgium globe.
9.0% ABV, 2009 Bottling, Serve at 45°-50°F

Beerwolf77 constantly scratches my sour itch and nailed this big time want of mine so it's high-time I unveiled my massive "thank-you" to him:

A - Pretty clear, the golden apricot orange beer is loaded with strong carbonation. A tall pour lets loose a three-finger off-white head with great retention and lace despite the acidic level.

S - Minimal lactic acid comes through but tons of fruity apricot and funky barnyard wild yeast notes! Goaty, horse blanket, wet straw, fantastic fruit lambic aroma with an oaky finish.

T - The apricots don't come through as much as I had hoped but that definitely doesn't hinder my enjoyment of this awesome brew! Fruity, funky barnyard wild yeast blends perfectly.

M - Super sour and tart with great lactic tartness and a ball-twisting sour finish. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated

O - Fantastic. Not a hint of alcohol. Full acidic sourness and apricot fruitiness. This is a brilliant brew! Thanks Todd!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach colored pour, damn, apricot, nectarine and peach all look so cool when done well, this one, with a clean white head, looks damn near perfect. Good bitter fruit aroma, very enjoyable.

Taste, hides alcohol well, fruit appears plenty fresh, excellent sour quality to it, plenty high, but not ridiculous to overwhelm the fruit. Leans to the sour more than sweet side for sure. Doesn't have that high fructose sweetness to it that lesser lambics and fruit beers will delve into.

Carbonation keeps it from too much heft on the palate in terms of mouthfeel and aftertaste. The slight wood finish to it is never soggy, its a dry one. Did I mention that the alcohol tastes nonexistant? Pricey at $20 a bottle. But thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to March Madness 2011. Hell of a time, we drank this one before the Marquette/Syracuse game, had me worried about drinking an orange beer that it would help the Orange. No such luck! Sweet Sixteen for Marquette!

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2009.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. Nice whispy head with a slight lacing that remained throughout the beer. Ripe apricot aroma. Sour and tart. Musty funk. Hazy burnt orange.

Excellent balance. Dried apricot upfront. Then the sourness hits. Followed by musty barnyard funk. Delicious. Crisp in the end. So juicy and mouth watering. I have to have another sip. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Delicious. An excellent sour and my first apricot example. I want to buy a case!

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling, pours a cloudy amber with sunset orange hue. A heavy champagne style foam quickly builds and recedes just as fast. Nose is of sour funk, apricots, must and earth and a little spicy belgian yeast. Taste is a puckering citrus sour, stone fruits and a pleasant funk along with an unfortunate penny taste. Easy to drink and hides the abv well. Solid sour though not great.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to fogdog for this gem. 2009 bottle split into tulips.

A: Fairly clear golden amber orange hue. Huge bright white head. Solid four fingers fade slowly leaving soapy lace.

S: Huge apricot bouquet bursts out of the glass. Full on musty bretty funk. Solid lactic sourness. This smells great.

T: The sour is moderate to full but nothing over the top. Fresh sweet and tangy apricots, brett, oak and lactic sour.

M: Medium body. Very lively carbonation.

O: Although not as sour as I had hoped this was a true winner in my book. Super tasty sour. I need a case of this.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very strong with apricot and sour aromas. A lot of funk and oak as well. Nice acidic characteristics, as well as lemon and grassy aromas. Taste is initially tart with some acid and light balsamic vinegar flavor. Then I get some really heavy farmhouse/Belgian tripel flavors with pleasant apricot flavors. Finishes with some more sourness and a lot of French oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very dry and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is very unique with it's Belgian-tripel characteristics. Not as sour as I thought it was going to be, but very well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 2008 bottle, next time i will go for an 09 as i have heard they are better.

this beer pours a deep yellow color to almost orangish, with a nice off white yellowish head. the smell is funky with some decent sour notes. this beers taste is a little muted compared to the smell, i was expecting some more sourness and funkiness to it, there was a good bit of sourness, but not what i was expecting. the mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall a good beer, will seek it out again

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Photo of timtim
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch picked up at the barrel house. wow. this one totally took my palate and spun it out. super complex. sooo much palate pleasing stuff going on here and i am not a fan of apricot (?9 aversion east coast?). deep amber with an off-white-apricot-pink(?) head that pops and fizzes but settles in to a creamy thing that sticks around for a bit and leaves good lace. nose is fruity, and surprisingly, other fruits seem more pronounced than apricot. i get raspberry, pear, strawberry, tropical fruit, apricot. so much going on. fruit, spice, wood, tart, earth, vanilla(?), honey(?), citrus, old-school bubblegum... and layers of each. taste is sweet/sour and fruity up front, turns spicy, gets woody and finishes dry with a touch of minerality. medium body that seems creamy, but turns silky. clean with a warming finish that amplifies the aftertaste you wish it had. a stunning beer that defies style and boundary. would love to taste this in 5 years. winner.

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Photo of eat
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing, hazy apricot-coloured body with a decent bright-white head. Alright retention and lacing.

Smells of apricots, green apple, cider vinegar, lemon, funky barn, sour raspberry, brown sugar, a bit of alcohol. Awesomely complex.

Tons of sour apricot in the mouth. Bright lemon, sweet malt. The finish is sour and drying. Really sour and flavourful. No alcohol showing.

The carbonation is present but made of very small bubbles. Light body.

It's a little too sour to drink much of; it would probably leave you feeling like the time you were ten years old and your parents let you eat as much candy as you wanted. In smaller quantities though, this stuff is awesome. Thanks a ton Eric! This was my favorite brew from that particular session. I'd definitely pick this up if I ever run into it.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle i picked up while out in boston for EBF/NotB. the bottle cost me $20.25. drank from my duvel tulip. 2009 edition.

A- this one pours out a hazy burnt orange colored body with a large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a very long time, and leaves behind unattractive globs of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick up with the nose is a definite lactic sourness. after that i get a little bit of pale malts and a some wheaty notes. musty and earthy smelling. a little bit of fresh apricot in here also.

T- the taste starts out with some pale malts and a little bit of malted wheat. after that i get some lactic action. definitely sour, but not overly so. some fresh apricots after that. musty and earthy yeasty funk.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. nice dry finish. sour but not overly so.

D- very enjoyable. the subtle flavor of the apricot is very well integrated here. something id look for again, even with the pretty substantial price tag.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with tendermorsel...thanks man

The color can best be described by using the name of the beer itself; this is an apricot-colored ale. A beautiful example at that. At least 2 inches of creamy apricot head falls and leaves nice lacing....a good start so far.

Smells of sour, lactic acid, apricots soaked in lemon juice. Really, really refreshing

Tastes lemons/citrus sour with just a hint but not quite a suggestion of apricots. Certainly not much sweetness to be found which is not a surprise.

moderate carbonation that bubbles on the tongue and leaves just enough coating to keep me satisfied.

I'm on a sour kick and this was on par with the 3F Oude Gueze I had yesterday. Yes, slightly different styles but overall the moral is the same. I could drink this all day, especially a day like today where spring is trying desperately to make headway. Cost and availability will limit this to an occasional treat.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark golden color with two fingers of off white head that leave very nice lacing.

Smell is barnyard sour with a slight acidic citrus note.

Flavor is complex funky horse blanket. The apricot comes through in the finish but is slightly muddled by complex sour acidity. Apricot adds a nice touch as an after thought to a dry caramel malt background.

Substantial thickness and on point for a "Flanders Style Ale" noted on the bottle. Moderate to high carbonation.

Nicely drinkable and strong but well harmonized flavors. Need more of this beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottling. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy/hazy orange with a tall, fluffy, off-white head that had decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly sour with the apricot in the background. There were just hints of the base grain and the yeast. The story was pretty much the same on the tongue, the bitter sourness dominates and the apricot (which is not my favorite fruit) is in the background.

The body was thinner than I like in a Tripel (which is the base beer for this, according to the label). Drinkability was OK, but nothing that made me want more.

Overall, a good beer that you may enjoy more than I did. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle marked 2009.
into a tulip

A: A loud pop rang out and there was a small amount of gushing during the opening. The yeast stayed on the bottom thankfully. The pours with a vigorous white, bubbly head. It fades fairly quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing. The color is just fantastic, a beautiful orange marmalade. It glows when held up to the light.

S: The apricot is detectable, but thankfully quite subdued. There are strong scents of hay, leather, and general funkiness. I swear I can smell chamomile as well, quite sour.

T: The fruit is front and center, sour and dry to the bone. Some of the leather and a peppery note sneaks through the apricot. Hay stack and musty blanket emerge as the beer continues to warm. A very interesting and complex beer.

M: Light and bubbly, it rolls smoothly over the palate.

D: The drinkability is really high for me on this one. The apricot is the star of the show, but it is not sweet at all. A pleasant sour funk helps pull the whole picture together. Well done.

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Photo of 7ways
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

Pours darkish orange and translucent... hey, like apricots, I get it! Very impressive white crown, it's been a while since I've seen a head last longer than 5 minutes like this one. Any time I can hear the foam from several feet away while pouring I know something good is about to happen.

Smell is of honey, apricot (i guess, I don't smell too many apricots), light funk, and floral soap. Points off for that last one.

The beer does not taste like soap, so that's alright. In fact it's full of juicy sour goodness. Bold, powerful, and refreshingly dry sourness similar to and almost as intense as Russian River sours. But it has a house character unique to Cascade. Not too sweet, some pony blanket, and the apricot/fruity and flowery aspects are present but subdued.

Mouthfeel is great, big prickly bubbles perfectly suited for this kind of beer.

I went into this expecting an American Wild, not a Tripel. Therefore, this is a win.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.17/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottling, served in Stella tulip.

A: cork comes off without much ado. Pours much flatter than anticipated. Small, short-lived, soapy head. Hazy, orange color. Looks silmilar to apple cider in some lights.

S: Has a citric tang with some sweet orange and apricot. A little lactic sourness.

T: Tart up front, followed by some sweetness. Not much in the way of specific fruit flavor. I wouldn't be able to isolate apricot if I didn't know ahead of time. Sour, but approachable. Slightly juicy finish.

M: minimal carbonation. Nearly still.

D: Tastes like....disappointment. Got this bottle in a trade and I'm totally happy to have tried it, but something has to be off with this bottle. I'll try it again in the future (hopefully with better results) if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel house the other day.

The beer pours a golden, honey orange color with good head retention and decent lacing. As one would expect, I pick up a considerable amount of apricot on the nose, along with some vanilla and light cherry. I really didn't pick up much of a sour component in the aroma profile, which made my first taste all that much more of a surprise. While not over the top, the sour aspect of this beer really dominates the flavor profile, though I pick up considerable apricot as well. There is also some light vanilla and lemom/lime as well that is intriguing and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, sour apricot finish. The sour component really seems to counter and lighten the alcohol impact on the finish, and once again I was surprised to learn that the abv. was 8.5%. Ultimately, drinkability is pretty good in this beer, though the sour wore on me a bit after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid effort from the folks at Cascade.

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Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Eric for cracking this gem - neat to try it now we know we have a case each of Fou Foune on the way.

Pours a (guess what?) apricot with a finger of white foamy head. Decent retention and lace. Under-ripe apricot, light funk, citric acid and oak in the nose. Really nice, balance flavour. The apricot is very vibrant and acts as the prefect compliment to the light sourness. SOme vinegar notes and a nice mellow oak character. Moderate funk, but all in all, nothing out of bounds and exceptional balance. A touch of alcohol and a heavier weight betrays the ABV a touch.

A really nice beer - Cascade seem to do some excellent stuff...

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of Airyk12
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

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Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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