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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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1,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 409
Gots: 304 | 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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Ratings: 1,351 | Reviews: 255 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mixed_master7, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

harpus, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

davistabuff, Mar 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

aranton, Mar 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sirsteve42, Mar 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Cazlo, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jlenik, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of GuzzLah
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy golden-light orange with a white head and some lace. No bubbles.

S - soft and pleasant aroma of apricot and faint vinegar. Not much more.

T - is like the aroma, except much more impressive. Delicious. Apricot with a moderately sour finish.

M - light-medium body with a nice bubbly feel. Mouth watering after a few sips. It does very nice things to my tongue in several locations. Semi-dry and unmistakably sour with a long sour sustain.

O - another well crafted fruit sour from Cascade. It's a pleasure to drink and should satisfy anyone who likes sour fruit ales. This one doesn't have much contribution from the barrel, but I don't care, because it tastes great.

GuzzLah, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

IcemanCometh, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seven-fifty into a Tired Hands wine-style glass, about 7 months after purchase of the 2012 bottle. Paired with some inspirational Wolfpack film.

The pour produces a finger of bone-white head atop a hazy, sunset golden ale. The nose packs a big, lemon-lime and passionfruit acid punch with a good deal of apricot, green apple, tangerine, pineapple, white grape, and honeysuckle. Lighter and refreshing with a full carbonation. Oaked, crisp white wine all over this one. Flavors of apricot, tangerine, and green apple with a big crabapple sour that sticks to the roof of your mouth. Aged hops. Dry oaky, vinegar-sour finish. Sour may have moved in a little more than in my August sample. The bacteria is complex, the fruits enticing, and the oak perfect. Fantastic.

blackie, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

PEIhop, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

AutumnBeerLove, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerThursdays, Mar 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Hopbrizio, Mar 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Abnrml, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

fvernon, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to ommegang tulip

A:orangey dark honey like color that is pretty cloudy with some random floaters in it

S:okay so it actually does smell like fresh apricot but not dead on there are also but not much else

T: wow so this is super sour and sweet at the same time but still crisp and bubbly. It is definitely very fruity and juicy one of the best fruit sours I've had

M: the feel is oily light and bubbly like champaign and goes down extremely easily while complimenting the flavors better then any beer I've seen.

O: another phenomenal beer from cascade I am extremely impressed. It is sweet, sour, fruity and great feel. I highly recommend this beer if you can get it

Pinknuggets, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SupremePie, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

leedorham, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt., 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip
2011 Project

Hazy, glowing, straw-peach colored. The liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly, bright white head that slowly faded to a thin, lasting film. Streaks of drippy lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The nose was intense and quite complex. Belgian yeast notes came through strong. Dry and spicy with indications of clove and coriander. Good dose of Bretty tartness. Intense white wine (Chardonnay) notes. Touch of must and horse blanket. A hint of fruity sweetness lent some balance.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma and but less funky. Quite dry and tart, yet balanced and remarkably complex. Subtle, fruity peach and/or apricot-like notes appeared on the front end and offered a fleeting semi-sweetness. Tart flavors took over in the center. Lemon peel. Strong Brett notes. Lots of white wine. The beer was incredibly vinous. Spicy with notes of clove and coriander. The crisp, snappy finish was super tart and dry. Noticeably acidic and somewhat comparable to apple cider vinegar.

The beer was medium-light bodied for the style with a fine yet spritzy effervescence. A soft and fluffy burst of carbonation hit my palate on the first few sips. The carbonation subsided with time, resulting in a softer and smoother mouthfeel.

The combination of twelve months in oak followed by ten months on apricots did wonders for this fruit flavored sour ale. Not only was it complex and remarkably unique, but also incredibly refreshing and drinkable. This was well worth the steep price of admission and would make a fantastic warm weather treat. If I have the opportunity to sample this again, I would love to try a fresher bottle to see if the apricot flavor is more apparent.

Damian, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

M1A2, Mar 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

scott2269, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

smonice, Mar 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Lare453, Mar 09, 2013
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.