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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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1,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 373
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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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +14.9%

09-13-2012 06:49:34 | More by Travisnin
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kniretsew

California

4/5  rDev -8%

09-11-2012 18:43:25 | More by kniretsew
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2oz taster pour
Enjoyed at the barrel house in Portland, OR on 9/2/12

A: Pours out a very pale yellow color. It's fairly cloudy. I get a mild bright white lacing when I swirl it, but the head on the small pours is basically not there.

S: On the nose, I get that acidic sourness. A good amount of that tart green apple and then a sweetness from the Apricot I assume.

T: Taste follows the nose: Green apples, white grape juice, stinging sourness. The Apricots are there adding some sweetness to the tart fruit juice flavors. Don't get tons of oak on this one, but whats there adds some roundness to the brew. Softens the edges.

M: Light bodied, dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 19:49:46 | More by inlimbo77
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rutager, 750ml into a tulip. 2010 bottling.

Murky orange with a billowing white head, that's transient and fades to a white ring with mild retention. Nose has some blond ale leanings with acetic character, sweeter oak and fruitiness - apricot is light but identifiable. A bit of Macintosh apple as well. Taste is acetic up front, vinegar, apricots over a sweeter blond ale character. More green/Macintosh apple, without any alcohol. Sweet/sour finish, medium carbonation and acetic pucker, which gives impression of a carbonation that's higher than it is. More apricot flavour here than Fou Foune I thought, but doesn't hold that same kind of funk that the Cantillon provides - superior in fruit flavour inmy mind though. A fantastic fruited sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 16:45:06 | More by liamt07
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

09-05-2012 06:21:41 | More by Agold
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TheBronze

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

09-03-2012 04:08:17 | More by TheBronze
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draheim

Washington

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL (2011 project) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a 1-finger white head, lively carb.

Aroma is oak, tart funk, light fruit.

Taste is refreshingly sour, oaky. Apricots are subtle, adding a touch of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean w/ a dry finish.

Overall another tasty sour from Cascade. So drinkable and refreshing, I can't stop taking another sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:57:54 | More by draheim
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper orange pour with a huge plume of fluffy white head that laces thickly. There isn't any distinct sediment and the head retention is quite fair. The nose is distinctly apricoty with an underlying tartness and subtle sweetness. The taste is very well balanced as sweetness from the malt and fruit play nicely with the souring bacteria on my palate. There is a residual acetic dryness, but it doesn't feel as if microbial cultures are growing on my palate. The beer tastes/feels a tad watered down. It's refreshingly fruity, drinkable, and sour as expected without any noticeable alcohol (considering this beer's abv is nearly 2x a fou'foune). I definitely enjoyed this beer and it's reasonable to acquire (including cost and availability in my area - shipped direct from the brewery). I will purchase it again at next year's release.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 01:39:31 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass. 2011 bottle.

A: Murky orange-gold body with a nice white head.

S: Pleasant bretty damp funk, pale malt, hint of tart fruit, some subtle spicy esters behind.

T: Nice lactic tartness and lemony acidity, big apricot presence, slightly phenolic tripel base can be detected in the finish.

M: Prickly, fine carbonation and a light body.

O: The fruit presence on this beer is awesome. Really impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 23:53:49 | More by Etan
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-31-2012 06:01:16 | More by bennetj17
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roblund

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-29-2012 14:10:22 | More by roblund
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Googs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-27-2012 04:20:05 | More by Googs
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Kevlee722

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-24-2012 13:56:19 | More by Kevlee722
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FullObs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

08-23-2012 19:04:12 | More by FullObs
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iKrystin

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-22-2012 07:42:24 | More by iKrystin
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

08-22-2012 04:20:11 | More by dtx00
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ste5venla

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

08-20-2012 16:27:52 | More by ste5venla
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Adidasakh


3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

08-19-2012 19:33:13 | More by Adidasakh
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whartontallboy

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-18-2012 22:25:35 | More by whartontallboy
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tizride

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-17-2012 21:05:06 | More by tizride
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MYJELLOMISFIT

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-15-2012 14:33:18 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-14-2012 07:37:07 | More by strongaf
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Shawkabukoo


5/5  rDev +14.9%

08-13-2012 05:56:21 | More by Shawkabukoo
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Tasted 27 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours hazy orange amber, a bright fruity-grainy color. One finger of white head, relaxes to a thick cap, and leaves little sponges of foam stuck to the glass.

Smells amazing. A tart lemony sour, balanced perfectly by a subdued fruity apricot sweetness. The blend of potent sour (too much for my non-beer-enthusiast tasting companions) with just enough fruit is fantastic.

Taste is excellent, but not quite on the level of the smell. Apricot comes through less here, primarily as a juicy sweetness that does, again, complement the sour really well.

Mouthfeel is delightful. Light-bodied and fizzy, a bit like drinking champagne, with all those little bubbles stirring things up. Sticky on the lips. Flavors gradually fade into a fluctuating sweet-sour-sweet sine wave of goodness.

A fantastic fruit lambic, one of the best American ones I've had. Excellent balance of tart sour with sweet fruit, though it definitely leans more towards the sour. Bottle says to serve at 40 degrees F, and I agree. As it warmed up, the sour became more prominent, overpowering the apricot, and it didn't have the same smooth balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 22:57:07 | More by zeledonia
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

08-12-2012 18:36:59 | More by BeerHunter76
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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