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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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Reviews: 269
Hads: 1,609
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 449
Gots: 375 | FT: 45
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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Photo of ptykozoon
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of STEG
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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

From 750mL bottle to oversized wine glass.

Maybe the brewing proess is different each year, but I find it funny how each account of the process is wildly different. The biggest differences are the number of months spent in lactic fermentation (8,16), the number of months aged on apricots (3,4), even the ABV (9.0,8.35). In each case, the bottle I'm reviewing speaks to the first numbers listed. My bottle is from 2009. $23 for the experience.

A: Pours with a large foamy, snow white head with excellent retention. The body is light-medium orange with red tints illuminating through the hazy body. 85% opaque. A small amount of dark particulate collects at the bottom of the glass. Spare lacing.

S & T: Faint notes of hay and straw are buried by the dominant lactobacillus yeast strain. Hops are more or less indistinguishable. The base beer is a tripel which I find to be a perfect match for the apricots, the lacto and the oak barrels. The apricot aromas and flavors are surprisingly restrained. In fact, I pick up on peach, mandarin orange and other similar summer fruits more than the apricot.

M: The mouthfeel is a wild yeast-lover's dream. Medium body with a minerally texture. The carbonation is big: biting, fizzy and lively all at the same time. The effervescence, I suspect, keeps this brew far from being overwhelmingly sweet. Above average flavor duration and heavily acidic.

D: Highly palatable and highly drinkable. The Apricot Ale is almost too easy to drink.

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Photo of muttyd
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/golden body with a thick white head. Head settles to about a quarter inch thick and persists throughout.

S - Very similar to a fresh hard cider. Apricots/pears come through as the beer warms up. Moderate funk and slight lactic acid balance out the big sweet fruity vinous aroma.

T - Very big bright fruity body. Fruity, sour, funky and dry. The finish is reminiscent of Very well balanced, and very enjoyable.

M - High carbonation, and finishes clean.

D - Excellent brew from Cascade.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a hazy orange-golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart medium fruits - apricots and pears. Also present are hints of light and indistinct malts and even lighter hints of spicy oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off before being overwhelmed by medium fruit flavors - apricots and pears as with the aroma. The tartness is toned down a bit from the aroma but is still fairly large. Midway through the sip the tartness fades just a bit as oak flavors work their way into things. The fruit flavors take back over before a crisp and moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was a pretty big fan of this beer - it's not my favorite from Cascade but for a middle-of-the-road beer from a brewery they're doing pretty well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Chris! Review from notes.

This ale appears a hazy light yellow/orange hue. There is a small head that leaves a tiny amount of lacing on the glass. The aromas consist of funky brettanomyces, oak, and slightly sweet fruits (apricot). This beer has plenty of flavor. The wood is very noticeable in both the aroma and the taste. The beer is mostly sour, but does have a subtle sweet note in there as well. This is a really good beer. It's complex and the flavors are well-balanced. I'd like to have it again.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a semi-transparent copper color with good white fizzy head and lacing that remain. strong wild yeast citrus, apricot smell. the nose on this brew is absolutely fantastic. apricot hints in the smell aren't too apparent but come through strong in the taste. very sweet and sour, a bit tart fruity and flavorful. absolutely fantastic. light to medium body long flavor duration and sweet tart finish. kind of reminds me of the candy smarties. i highly recomend trying this brew!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with full cap of prickly white head, diminishes quickly but leaves great lacing. Scent is of lactic sourness, apricots, tangerine, grahmn cracker. Taste brings a nice sourness that is in great balance with the apricots, nice amounts of grahmn cracker with soft presence of vanilla and oak. Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation, soft on the palate. An excellent sour from Cascade that lets the fruit shine through with a perfectly balanced level of sourness.

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

750 ml bottle poured into my ccb snifter.

A- pours a golden orange color. A inch worth of frothy white head. Decent retention and tons of lacing.

A- Apricots and tangerines. A bunch of fresh citus. It is just awesome, as soon as I popped the cork it hit me.

T- Again, tons of fresh fruit. Apricot and tangerines dominate. There is a nice tartness that I absolutely loved. A touch of sweetness is present but the tartness dominates. Some biscuity notes are also in the mix.
M- highly carbonated. Light in body. A tart finish that is semi-puckering.

D- I would have no issues drinking this all day!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So happy Cascade is now distributing in Florida. Bottle shared by urwithdave, poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Hazy, light orange color. The pour drops an impressive quarter of white head that leaves behind tons of spidery lace.

A: Apricots, oranges, and tangerines. Really, just a bunch of fruity awesomeness. Small bbready malts, and a nice citrus hop scent round out the nose.

T: Big notes of apricot, orange, and grapefruit. There is a distinct lacto, woody taste with a hint of bread. It finishes pretty tart and dry.

M: Agressive carbonation, light body. Crisp and tingely, really very nice.

D and overall impression: The only thing limiting the drinkability is the tartness, which dosen't bring the score down much. Overall, this is a great brew and one that I will be picking up often. Skal.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage bottle enjoyed at the Cascade brewpub

a - pale golden color with a two-finger ivory head, great retention and lacing, pretty clear with only light haze

s - big ripe apricot aroma along with notes of lactic sourness and light oak, hints of lemon as well

t - sour and sweet apricots and lemons up front that hang on throughout the entire tasting, lactic sourness is fairly pronounced in the midpalate, notes of oak and lingering lightly sweet apricot on the finish, alcohol is pretty well muted at 9%, but you can tell it's there

m - medium-bodied, slightly lower carbonation, on the dry side on the finish

d - very drinkable for a 9% abv sour ale, flavors are complex and interesting, and the sourness does not overwhelm the palate

Another great sour from Cascade; they're really putting out some stellar stuff. I look forward to trying several others while in Portland this week.

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

Little bit of a gush on this one even after a chill. Pours nice after that with an orange yellow hugh and slight cloudy apperance. Crisp white head, lovely lacing. Aroma is blame! Appricots followed by clear lactic sourness. Flavor is of a nice golden ale base, apricots in the middle of the palate with a lactic sour finish. Only two things about the taste is a slight bit of diactyle and some astringency that I get on the finish. Crisp and sharp mouthfeel with a little more carb then i expected. Drinkable, but that diacytle and astringency is getting me.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber into my RR tulip. About a finger of head is achieved which quickly dissipates leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Well I'll be damned...for so many beers that have a fruit in their label then smell nothing like it, this beer most certainly has a heavy apricot nose. Reminds me of the dried Trader Joe's apricots I love to eat. After the initial apricot wave there is some great barnyard funk, slight other citrus flavors such as green apples, and oddly, a bubble gum aroma (honestly very similar to Bazooka Joe). Overall, it smells like a candy treat ready to be consumed.

Taste - Damn...this beer is full of trickery! No joke, the first split second I get a heavy sweet apricot taste which instantaneously gives way to a punch you in your face, mouth puckering, sour/barnyard funk flavor. Incredibly tart midway through but then as fast as it starts it finishes, with the end notes being more on the sweet/dry side. This is my first Cascade sour and I must say, there are abundant flavors, funk, tartness, and dryness that is making this beer quite amazing. I really do enjoy the fact that the beer tastes as it is stated on the label (i.e. apricots).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a bit creamy, a decent amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue, and finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. For a Lambic/sour, this is quite enjoyable and at such a high ABV I can't taste even a hint of the alcohol. I am glad I opened this up tonight to enjoy on such a great, cool summer night in Southern California. Better than I expected, and I will pick this up if I run into it in the future. Can't wait to try the other Sour I picked up from Cascade.

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

Got at Total Wine Jax, FL

Appearance: orange amberish color body with zero head retention and pured extremely fizzy

Smell: tart apricots. like a fruit roll up

Taste: very much like it smells. Very fruity and more on the sour side then the Kriek. Webite site says tripel. But it's a sour fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body

Drinkability: solid fruit beer and good beer for someone lookign to get into sours.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Bottling Label say 9.0% ABV... Listing says 8.3%... I'm assuming it's slightly different for each vintage.

As I've entered my exploratory phase with sours, this beer was suggested to me by several folks that I trust. I've been looking forward to trying this for several months.

Poured into my wine glass and a fluffy off white head formed. This stayed for a minute and no longer then it completely faded away. The beer is a slightly hazy amber color with orange highlights. A few wispy patches of lacing stick, but not much.

Aroma is slightly acidic, tart with some wood notes. I have to say that the first thing I thought of when I smelled this was Supplication. (that's a compliment!) As far as the fruit aroma, I would have probably guessed peach or nectarine... But I obviously realize it's apricot.

This is a fantastic beer. Initial tartness gives way to a wonderfully complex beer that's full of fruit, nutty components, plenty of oak and of course lots of character from the yeast. There is this wonderful combination of nuts and layers of malt that I've fallen in love with. As your tongue explores these there is that layer of tartness that keeps everything bright and fresh. Subtle bitterness at the end seems to compliment the apricot fruit flavors.

Body is very light and this is a very refreshing beer. The carbonation is there but it's so tiny and subdued that you'd hardly notice it. Great beer for the heat of the summer in my book. Certainly acidic.

I know I love a beer when I am already trying to figure out when to enjoy the next bottle. I just saw this at a store and I will have to pick up a couple more before this vintage vanishes. I look forward to trying this year's version. Great beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged 2009 vintage bottle into a Lindemann's Stange. Shared with schen9303.

A: Cork pops out easily but a fountain of beer quickly follows. I try to contain it... bad idea... I get showered... along with the ceiling and all the walls. What's left creates a 4 finger foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a semi-clear grapefruit yellow. Lacing is thick and layered with great cling.

S: Smells of funk, wood, yeast, apricot, cinnamon, and earth. Sweet but rather subtle with a very toned down nose that's barely detectable.

T: Apricot tartness is apparent from the very beginning and lingers throughout the whole experience. Sweetens towards the middle but this is an overall very simple and clean beer. Funk and earth mute the fruit a little. Yeasty spiciness and cinnamon at the end. Finish is sour and dry. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, lively in the mouth but also rather heavy with substance. Rich... if that can be a word that describes a sour. Finish is clean and dry. No aftertaste.

D: Having had the Kriek as a comparison, Cascade's line of lambics are a simple, yet very well executed take on the style. Not too tart, not too fruity, with an overall well-balanced favor that won't offend many but won't impress the heck out of anyone either. Still, I'd never hesitate to reach for one of these. Good beer.

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

vintage 2008

pours a nice light orange and straw yellow with a quick fizzy head.

very malty with tons of bread and biscuit with a nice funk. light apricots.

apricots and LOTS of them. i was shocked at how well this held up over two years. the apricot flavor dominated. not nearly as sour as i had hope or expected but thats ok. a nice barn yard funk crept behind the apricots but really held back.

nice moderate carbonation, light body, drinks easy.

this was amazing, blew away my expectations. flavors kept interest.

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Photo of ebin6
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange in color with some sediment. Not a lot of head, but considering the style, it is ample

S - Sharp, apricot smell transitioning into apple. Really like the nose on this one

T - Great front taste of apricots which is followed up by sour grapes...in a best way possible

M - Moderate, mostly hitting the back part of the mouth. Some residue in the throat after swallowing

D - Very, very drinkable. Not too sweet (especially considering the style), not too sour. Quite an interesting balance

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptionally good sour that I need a lot more of.

The appearance is a nice golden color with a slight shade of peach color that makes this beautiful. A great clarity and with a vigorous pour that produces a nice fluffy white head. Great carbonation bubbles struggling to rise through the thick gravity of the beer, beautiful.

The smell was of apricots, peaches, funky must, bread, fruit juice.

The taste was awesome. This was a 2008 bottling of this, so if you do the math, this thing is about two years old. The fruit flavor in this is perfect, and would easily rival Fou Foune in juiciness. It owns a perfect amount of sourness with the sweet fruit flavors. Not as sour as others, but the fresh fruit flavor is like this beer grows from a tree and it was just picked.

The mouthfeel is great, high carbonation that does it right. Great tart flavor with a fruity sweetness that I cannot say enough about. Just amazing.

Highly recommended beer. This thing really kicked ass and took some names. Everyone that tried it loved it and wanted more.


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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris, I really wanted to try something from these guys. Beer poured into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with not a lot of carbonation and a nice head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Beer's aroma is quite fruit with almost a cherry air to it with nice sour and apricot notes.

Beer tastes great, very tart, nice acidity and good fruit flavors with a mild sweetness. Very tasty overall. The sourness is a little subtle but a great beer all around. Loved it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, shimmering copper color with a light-tan head. Aroma is vivid, sweet, dried apricots. Pretty cut and dry there. Flavor is also apricot-dominated, with a bit of unripeness and a somewhat solvent acidity. Sweet at first but after the palate calibrates, the sharp tartness attacks the corners of the palate. Not terribly sour. Pretty good, the fruit is really bright and fresh-tasting.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from ipa247. 2008 vintage. Consumed 4-27-2010. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color, surprisingly clear, with a huge sticky head. The bubbles are massive and loose and leave cobwebbed lacing a the start, then the head fades just a bit to a ring, and leaves tighter clumps of bubbles. Looks good, darker than I expected, I guess. The smell is slightly tart, pretty fruity, like peaches and some tart berries. It smells pretty sweet. Also, you can sense the funkiness of this one there too. I'd say it's not the best smelling lambic, but all of the elements are there. The flavor comes out with fruit, like fleshy, soft, juicy fruit. The beer is fairly sweetn, not too tart at all, and the apricots kind of win in the fruitiness, but I can also detect berries. I can kind of taste the malt, but mixed with the yeast character, it just comes across as straw and grass. I also get a little peach alcohol taste. After the fruit, and as it warms, you start to get the wildness of this one, and I don't think it is the most successfully developed wild ale. There's just this B.O. and foot funkiness, that didn't seem to get to the point of the acidic bacteria coming in, so there's very little acid or dryness to balance out this thick sweetness in this one. These are definitely characteristics of wild ales, kind of normal ones, but it's too one dimensional, and a little like fruity sweat, if that at all makes sense. The body is nice and full, with a moderate carbonation, but it's not as dry, and maybe a little too full for a good lambic. And I got a little bored of it while I was drinking. I think it could use a little more tartness and acidity, maybe a little longer conditioning to really let those flavors develop more (or maybe it went too long and the bacteria started eating the wrong stuff, sometimes I can't tell the difference - or maybe I don't know it well enough). The fruit would be nice in a more "sour" tasting beer, it has a very nice effect.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With temperatures north of 90 degrees for the first time this year, I figured it was a good Sunday to crack this open.

2009 vintage. ABV is 9% for this batch. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Lightly cloudy gamboge liquid topped by a fist of rocky ivory merengue. Decent retention, especially for the style. Big sticky cavernous lacing rings the glass along with a viscous varnish of tears.

Apricots are notable at first, but "barnyard" aromatics come on strong right away. Lightly fermenting hay, green apples, wildflowers, horse sweat, limestone, a bit of yuzu rind...

Bright tart flavors: citrus, unripe apricot, buttermilk. The barrel aging adds a bit of body and smoothness - all in all, the taste reminds me at times of a superior pinot grigio.

Medium-light bodied, surprisingly creamy, and delicately astringent - with low but above average carbonation for the style.

Sophisticated and authentic tasting lambic with a lovely regional twist - wish I had a Fou Foune to compare it to, but I might pick up a half-case of these to age in the meantime. Another resounding success from Racoon Lodge.

Analysis aside, my overall opinion is mmm!

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.