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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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265 Reviews
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Reviews: 265
Hads: 1,587
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 3.54%
Wants: 444
Gots: 373 | FT: 44
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:
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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Reviews: 265 | Hads: 1,587
Photo of daveytheformer
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of kfsv034
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
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... (693 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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 (291 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of crosamich
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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... (1,057 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
3.9/5  rDev -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. (1,366 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling (Philadelphia version), clocking in at 9%. Aged 8 months in barrels and on fruit for an additional 3, this batch is different than the 2008 one. Thank you for grabbing this, Peter. This is the first beer that I've had in 5 days, and after putting in about 40 hours at work over the weekend, I need a beer

Pouring a clear copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a beautiful beer. Effervescence is high, and this Duvel glass really shows off this beer. The nose is excellent as well, with ripe, juicy apricots, showcased prominently. The apricot character is really outstanding, it is really ripe and bright with a noticeable fruit sweetness present. Moderately floral as well, there is a moderate lactic sourness behind the fruit with a little oak. There's also just a hint of wine present. The vinous aspect grows as the beer warms, with a rather leathery tannin quality being present.

The palate opens rather bracingly sharp. Either that, or the fact that I haven't had a beer in as long has compromised my tastebuds. However, there's no hiding behind the fact that the fermentation here could have used some additional bugs, the character is excellent, but comes across a little wanting. Definitely a lot more vinous on the palate, there's a rather noticeable tannin character with the grape skins really coming through. Apricots still do feature and prominently so, less fruity than the nose would suggest and a lot sourer. Towards the finish, I do get a rather noticeable alcohol character as well, with the tannins being harsher than I care for. That this was aged in wine barrels is rather obvious at this point. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, the finish is drying, vinous and tannic with a bit of alcohol heat. Drinking an entire 750 of a 9% beer solo when sleep-deprived is always ill-advised, but I've had beers that went down a LOT easier than this. Towards the end of my bottle, once some of the apricot intensity has wafted away, I get some of the dry, spicy, tripel base, and in conjunction with the lactic sourness and tannins, it's a rather peculiar beast.

For a soured tripel, I think the Vent D'Anges is a far superior beer. (2,212 characters)

Photo of davod23
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Russian River glass.

The pour is a brilliant, clear golden color. The color of apricots. White head fizzles away fairly quickly. Nice looking beer.

Smell is of strong apricot fruitiness. Some brett character, oak. I can tell this one is going to be fairly sour.

Taste is, surprise, full of apricots. Bright fruit. Pretty damned sour, which is quite welcome. The oak is subdued, which surprises me given the amount of time this spent in barrels. Delicious nonetheless. Alcohol is completely hidden, which is fairly impressive given that this is over 8%

Mouthfeel is solid - good carbonation, spritzy, very dry finish. Supremely drinkable. Seriously could drink this all day and all night without skipping a beat.

Very nice beer from Cascade. Recommended, especially if you're looking for a tasty refreshing beer on a hot day. (862 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful apricot orange, looks like the apricot is literally in the glass! Nice bubbles race continuously to the top, excellent retention and lacing. The layer of foam on top never dissipates, outstanding.

Smells fresh. Sour and sweet notes, oak in there as well.

Very nice sour tang albeit more subtle than most, the apricot is definitely there but subdued. As the beer warms up the fruitiness comes into play more. Not a bad sour.

Mouthfeel is decent; creamy yet dry. Alcohol subdued nicely.

After a while the apricot starts to take over the palette and it gets a bit too fruity and one dimensional for my taste. A 375ml would be perfect for this one. (666 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into 250ml Jenlain flute glass. 2009 Bottling.

Appearance: Pours a deep strawberry blonde color with a large, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves thick foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sour vinegar and grape smells along with notes of apricot and a musty hint.

Taste: Begins with a lot of fruity sourness (obviously, with mostly apricot notes, and some grape) finishing with a vinegary note and touches of alcohol and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with well-rounded, natural carbonation and a dry finish that leaves a bit of a burn in the throat.

Drinkability: For an American interpretation of a Belgian style, this is absolutely fantastic. I have a feeling mine was a bit infected as, upon opening, it kept foaming over almost incessantly- the glass my girlfriend poured had no head while mine was thick. Still, being a sour style, this can stand up to that pretty well and still remains a very good brew. (976 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber dark honey color into a duvel tulip leaving a 2 inch off white head that recedes to a half inch then stays around.

Smell is full of tropical fruit, apricots, raspberries and even cranberries are present a general overall sourness makes itself known as well.

Taste is a bit mellow, you get hit with the initial souness and then its followed by a salvo of fruit before it fades into a hop bitterness and then disappears quite quickly. There is a lingering sourness and bitterness after all the taste fades.

I cant find a good way of descibing the mouthfeel, it's light a bit watery but has a general presence, it's also a bit effervescent.

I could easily have two bombers of these. The alcohol is well hidden for a ~8.5 and its not too sour. (766 characters)

Photo of psiweaver
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottling poured into a Reidel stemless red wine glass.

Great light brown appearance with a nice off white head.

fantastic apricot fruit smell with sour funk and richness

absolutely great tasting fantastic sour fruit flavor lots of apricot without adding an unnecessary sweetness. Nice funky flavors where you can definitely taste the lactic acid that this was fermented with, not quite as funky as something brewed with Brett though.

great mouthfeel rich and thick.

very easy to drink would pair very well with stone fruit deserts. (545 characters)

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.