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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

1,167 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 368
Gots: 270 | 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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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

01-20-2013 14:17:21 | More by DaveHack
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anteater

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-20-2013 05:45:59 | More by anteater
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-19-2013 19:06:25 | More by axeman9182
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-19-2013 18:22:34 | More by sjstraub
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle in 2012 (2011 Project). Unibroue tulip glass. Pours orange with fizzy and quickly receding head. Smell is sour vinegar with a hint of citrus and apricot (as expected). Major sour flavor from beginning to end. Very slight fruit flavor that seems mostly overpowered by the sour vinegar. Perhaps this mellows and highlights the fruit as it ages? Light bodied with high effervescent carbonation. Just was hoping for more fruit. Way overpriced at $20 a bottle for what it is, but a solid beer overall. I think I just wanted more apricot, because the dry sourness is pretty awesome. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 16:52:11 | More by BMMillsy
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-19-2013 15:17:33 | More by TurdFurgison
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jl28r1

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-19-2013 15:11:25 | More by jl28r1
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vonnegut21

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2013 19:37:17 | More by vonnegut21
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-18-2013 19:34:25 | More by Jason
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JMRSN

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2013 17:58:05 | More by JMRSN
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bifrost17

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-16-2013 06:03:10 | More by bifrost17
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st9647v3

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-16-2013 02:10:31 | More by st9647v3
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joebres

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-15-2013 23:54:43 | More by joebres
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

01-15-2013 19:48:41 | More by Sean9689
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TallSaint

New York

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

14/01/13. 750ml bottle; caged and corked.

Poured into a Kate the Great snifter, it pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of white head.

S: ripe apricots, spice, apple pie, and some cinnamon in the nose.

T: upfront ripe, juicy apricots come in droves. In the mid-palate lactic acid sourness begins and continues throughout. Apricot skins and spice are also present in the mid-palate. In the back it is dry, then vinous and then extremely sour. Carbonation is spot on and makes it dangerously drinkable.

A phenomenal lambic. it was not as musty as I expected (I was expecting Cantillon like must and earthiness) but this does not detract from it at all. Amazing stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 05:22:10 | More by TallSaint
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AxesandAnchors

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 23:36:36 | More by AxesandAnchors
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MordorMongo


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 23:15:04 | More by MordorMongo
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adamleeeck


5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-13-2013 21:37:20 | More by adamleeeck
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 20:21:51 | More by spycow
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kojevergas

Texas

4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are extremely high; I had Cascade's Kriek and loved it. 7.76% ABV according my bottle; also marked "2011 Project." Reviewed live.

Normally I'd let this warm a bit, but the bottle advises serving at 40 degrees so I'll open it cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I have too much respect for the Kriek to even consider pairing this with food.

Acquired locally for around $18 if I remember right.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of nice cream, disappointing thickness (not that it's thin; it just isn't all that thick), and average retention (~2 minutes). Body colour is a muted dull apricot orange. Translucent but nontransparent and hazy. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Little lacing as the head recedes. It's not much to look at, admittedly.

Sm: Wild yeast/bacteria, sourness, lactose, fermented peach, tart fruit, apricot, pale malts, and crystal malts. An appealing sour aroma. I can't wait to try it, though the apricot is a bit restrained; the fruit I do get is more peach.

T: Sour, but not necessarily puckerworthy. It's far less sour than the kriek, anyway. Apricot and peach fruit feels deep and complex, with excellent layering between pale and crystal malts. Tart, especially on the backend. Incredibly well balanced and very nicely built, but it does lack the degree of subtlety I expect in a world class sour. It's incredibly well executed, with wonderful bacterial and wild yeast notes. I do wish it was more sour, but it's got plenty of sourness as is. Not too much lactic yeast either; most of the sourness is tart and fruit-derived rather than funky or lactic. Very tasty and not at all too sweet. Oak sits in the background lending a pleasant guiding tone.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp. Refreshing. Perfect carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: An incredibly drinkable, wonderful apricot sour from Cascade. I walked into it expecting it to fill the shoes of the Kriek, which was wrong of me - but it remains a fantastic wild ale that will please sour fans. I'll have no trouble killing the bottle by myself; I wouldn't want to share it out of pure greed. I'd definitely pick this one up for aging or just for more consumption. Cascade continues to impress; I definitely have to visit them at some point. This is a highly recommended sour, and may be the best apricot beer I've ever had period.

Low A-

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:39:38 | More by kojevergas
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-11-2013 02:39:53 | More by RuckusDu
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-10-2013 17:31:36 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A hazy golden orange with a very nice head that dissipates into a thin layer that sticks around. A nice thin lacing.

Smell – This has a very nice “sour ale” smell. With vinegar, white wine, oak, and just a hint of apricot (surprisingly little).

Taste – White wine, funk, apricots, and vinegar.

Mouthfeel – Tart and dry with medium carbonation. A lingering sour aftertaste.

Drinkability – A generally don’t like apricot, but apricot wasn’t the dominating taste at all. I really liked this!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 07:13:07 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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miadw3

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-10-2013 02:55:01 | More by miadw3
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mrunseen

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-09-2013 03:32:07 | More by mrunseen
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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