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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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1,249 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 396
Gots: 284 | FT: 35
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

belgbeerdrinker, Nov 06, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose has some light apricot smell. Very fresh smelling and bright. Some lemony tartness on the nose as well. The beer is a hazy peach color and reminds of apricots. The taste is like a fresh unripened apricot. After having other Cascade offerings, I was expecting a bit more apricot flavor to shine through. It was quite acidic, but the finish was nice, unripened apricot.

PHBoiler, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of GJ40
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A - Golden with a yellowish tint and a big white head. The last remnants of foam lingers nicely.

S - Big apricot! Funk and tartness too. But I was surprised at the level of apricot. Very nice.

T - Wow! Super tart and sour yet the apricot flavor is right there. Nice depth, balance and complexity. One of my new favorite sours.

M - Lively from the nice fine carbonation but still smooth.

O - Pricy but well worth a try. Great to see a beer like this produced in the US.

GJ40, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

2GOOFY, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

WTKeene, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Chriscrundwell12, Nov 01, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow/orange color. Some good white froth formed and really stuck around for awhile with a light layer even until the last sip.

(S)- Big juicy apricot tartness up front. Flows into some dry oaky bits with an ever so slight funkiness.

(T)- Some good puckered acidity up front. Dry oak and subtle underlying sweetness. It finishes nicely with dry yet sweet apricots. Quite the sourness level on this too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The acidity and sourness are definitely up there, but the apricots at the end are icing on the cake.

(O)- Definitely a hefty sourness with subtle oaky fruits, but I dig it.

sweemzander, Oct 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sorvats, Oct 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

monitorpop, Oct 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

cnbrown313, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Dawkins, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

MattSweatshirt, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bmmortale, Oct 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

josephwa, Oct 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

blabaer, Oct 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

jackmax, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

JDM44, Oct 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bram325, Oct 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

clubarsky91, Oct 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

cbnz, Oct 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Massbmx, Oct 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

BlueFeetAndBeer, Oct 15, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 10/12/13

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, but lightly cloudy peach color - medium orange, with some medium amber, and some dark gold - medium sized, off-white head, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Tart, sour, decidedly ridiculous - some absurdly tart apricots, and a ton of tart and sour notes - remarkably acidic and lactic - damp, wet funk - some general citrus and lemon - some oak and some light malt sweetness

Taste: Shock Tarts? Sweet Tarts? This is madness - very sour, with some big acidic and big lactic notes - extremely, extremely tart - some nicely juicy apricot flavor - some tart, sour lemon as well - some wet, damp funk notes - some oak - some light fruits, like green apple skins, maybe even some underripe bananas

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very wet, puckering, finishes mostly dry

Overall: Apricots? ApricCAN!

Every Cascade sour I've encountered has been great. But this is extra great. Stupidly tart, gloriously sour, and interestingly fruity. This is a gem.

angrybabboon, Oct 13, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Bright-white bubbly head sits at about 1cm for the duration. Tight bubble structure with a lively carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Mega fruity. Juicy apricot abounds. Carries that distinct wet and damp sour edge I associate with every Cascade beer. Crazy fruity with a nice lactic sourness. Tart citric edge buried underneath. Almost fruit sugar sweetness. Floral and bright. Mealy apricot flesh. Some obvious lemon zest. Vague hint of soft spice.

Taste: Aggressively tart up front. Big citric bite layered over a complex lactic tart/sour combo. Tons of apricot. Mealy flesh, crazy juicy and role. Some very soft pale malts and a floral element. The base tripel is buried. Some light banana. Sharp lemon juice/citric sour on the finish. A touch of apple skin. White wine and grapes run through the middle. Tiny hint of oak in the back. A touch of damp basement and hay.

Mouthfeel: Carries some of that distinct Cascade juicy wetsness at the front, but finishes really dry for the brewery. Moderate-high carbonation gives it a slightly crisp edge.

Overall: When did apricots become better than blueberries?

This is about as complex a wild as I've encountered from a US brewery. Massively fruity and as tart as they come. I'll be picking it up every time I see it.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 13, 2013
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.