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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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world-class

1,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 369
Gots: 271 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Brewmaster Ron Gansberg based this Apricot Ale on a Belgian Tripel, putting it through 16 months lactic fermentation and aging in French oak wine barrels. The apricots were allowed to slowly ripen before introduction into the beer; the beer then aged another four months on the fruit before bottling."

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008)
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MrNate

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-15-2013 00:18:28 | More by MrNate
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TaborTime

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-14-2013 21:34:35 | More by TaborTime
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle into a FW tulip

pours a bubbly golden color with a half inch thick white head that quickly fades. smell is quite sour with a big amount of fruit...apricots? sure. taste starts out lip puckeringly sour and very tart and lasts all the way through. definitely one of cascades sourer beers...almost as much as noyeux but not quite. has a fruity kick to it too that makes it all the more enjoyable. real drinkable. medium carbonation with a medium body.

overall one of cascades best. love it and have returned to it many times.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 00:58:43 | More by Axnjxn
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MJsGhost

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-13-2013 14:02:56 | More by MJsGhost
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berlinabb

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-11-2013 23:56:37 | More by berlinabb
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8%

12-11-2013 19:50:06 | More by kscaldef
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-11-2013 02:15:10 | More by tbeq00
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-09-2013 20:16:31 | More by Cynic-ale
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 bottling. Thanks for bringing this one, Rob. Poured into a Darkness goblet last night, 12/7/2013.

Pours what I would expect an apricot sour to look like- a hazy straw-yellow, bordering on the verge of orange, head being a very nice effervescence that takes some time to settle. Bits and pieces of solitary bubble lacing sticks around on the glass.

Smells like freshly squeezed apricots with a ton of vinegar and funk. It is very intensely apricot-like and not a subtle nose at all. It is brashly acidic and pulls no punches.

On the sweeter side, but a mighty complex sour. Sweet and tart in the beginning, like a fruit beer but in the background there is a lot of acidity, vinegar, oak and funk that just takes over as the beer lingers in the mouth beyond the first sip. Everything is still a bit messy with each component being strong and intense, which detracts a bit from my enjoyment of this beer. Perhaps some time would do it good.

Thinner bodied, good carbonation, nice tart oaky earthiness on the back end. The flavours are quite intense so this is a sipper.. enjoyable one at that.

As mentioned before the flavour components are all there in its full glory. Its not a subtle beer where everything interacts with each other well, but rather it is a brash beer that is tart, sweet, sour, acidic and funky all at the same time.. but it is not particularly complex. In all the jumble, a bit of the essence of this beer is lost. Perhaps some time will do it good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:40:50 | More by Stevedore
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a cloudy tangerine orange with white head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Very astringent and sour aroma. Big sugary, sweet, and sour apricot notes, also a weird almost glue like smell.

T- This is one of the most intensely sour, tart, and astringent beers I have ever had. Big apricot and some Belgian yeast notes.

M- Very high carbonation, very dry, and medium body.

O- The sourness on this beer seemed to overwhelm some of the great flavors that I am sure are hidden underneath. I just didn't get much complexity that I would expect for a beer that spent so much time in the barrel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 03:06:49 | More by Hoptometrist
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ha-sheem

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%

12-04-2013 20:59:38 | More by ha-sheem
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-02-2013 10:59:29 | More by Morey
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Unchi

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-01-2013 19:03:39 | More by Unchi
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-01-2013 16:16:37 | More by tommyguz
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-30-2013 22:26:51 | More by TheRuss9585
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-30-2013 15:47:01 | More by egrace84
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gator79

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-30-2013 10:56:24 | More by gator79
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-30-2013 03:26:42 | More by Duff27
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2013 19:15:53 | More by Seanniek91
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Ribsandwhiskey

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

11-28-2013 17:01:17 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-25-2013 15:33:29 | More by browniewithnuts
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kris_n

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-24-2013 16:44:03 | More by kris_n
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-23-2013 01:34:24 | More by savagepm
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 750ml bottle poured into a 51oz chalice.

Pours orange with a bleach blond 1/2" head.

Nose is wheat, musty oak, tropical fruits,

Flavor is tons of tropical fruit, lactic sour, white wine, oak.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied for a barrel-aged sour. Great carbonation.

Overall- excellent. The best Cascade sour I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 21:58:02 | More by Netdigger2
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-22-2013 05:05:51 | More by XmnwildX12
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.