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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%


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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich orange and amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it, enough that you could barely see through to the other side. Nice light puff of white on top that faded leaving only a little bit of lace on top.

The aroma was beautiful. Rich sour funkiness with huge touches of apricot mixed in. Light peppery and spice notes come through as it warms, but the sour funk was so hardcore. The flavor was puckeringly good. Rich apricot and apple vinegar sour notes are all over this one. As it warms like barrel notes, lots of spice and a long drawn out and very dry. Super drinkable and very refreshing, this was one of the best sours I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 01:37:53 | More by mikesgroove
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one. The guy is a beer god among beer men.

A: 1" cream coloured fizzy head that dissipated quickly over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Sour funk, yeast, and a hint of apricot.

T: Funky sourness, wheat, biscuity malt all finished off with the taste of sour apricots.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of fine fizzy carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable, quite tasty, couldn't ask for much more.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:52:50 | More by DaftCaskBC
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 Project 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Cascade Brewing Barrel House branded short stemmed tulip glass

Pours a hazy gold with amber accents. A big fluffy two and half finger bright white head adorns the glass, fantastic retention and gobs of lacing are left clinging to the sides. Floral and grassy notes, apricot, bready, slightly funky yeast, vinegar, and hints of oak on the nose. Oak, juicy apricot, Juicy Fruit bubblegum notes, yeasty esters, light barnyard funk, that finishes with lactic acid and white wine vinegar sour and tartness. Light medium bodied, moderate effervescent carbonation. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with syrupy accents. One deliciously complex American sour. Definitely one that shouldn't be missed.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 05:00:12 | More by chanokokoro
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bum732

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Bright, clean, apricot tartness, medium oak, ripe apricots

L: Hazy, burnt yellow, carbonated white head with amazing retention. Solid lacing.

T: Clean tartness with a rich, malty backbone. Medium apricot flavor throughout, predominately in the middle. Has a very sour candy like finish, semi-sweet.

M: Medium-full body, high, effervescent carbonation. Tart, but quenching.

A fantastic, clean, sour beer. Love the subtle apricots with the sweet candy tartness. Surprisingly amount of malt that really works with the sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 01:34:52 | More by bum732
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SHODriver

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project

A: poured into a tulip to a light orange that is a little cloudy with a small white head that is quick to fade to a good sized collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sourness, apricots and some oak
T: taste is lactic sourness with a lot of apricot flavor that mixes with some oak and a hint of funk. swallow is more sourness and apricot flavor with a bit of vanilla
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with effervescent carbonation that bristles on the tongue. The beer has a drying finish.
O: Delicious and fantastic. It's a very good beer with a lot of sourness and a huge fruit flavor. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:40:59 | More by SHODriver
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Amazing floral apricot, candy sugar, and caramel aroma with vanilla and oak notes. Creamy very bright and yet lively palate. Tastes of orange, apricot, lemon, caramel, green apple, vanilla, and oak with a tart, lightly acidic, crisp, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 12:49:51 | More by jbaker67
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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

2010 vintage poured into my new Cascade Barrel House snifter. Now that's some classy shit!

Appearance. Pours a hazy peach-amber with almost two fingers of thick and creamy, off-white head that lasts a long time. Beautiful.

Smell. Sweet apricots and some dank old wood with a bit of spice.

Taste. Very tart and sour, again the old wood, a little bit of apricot. Reminds me a bit of sweettarts or sour chews candies with the slightly powdery taste. Very good and very unique ....for me anyways. Really enjoying this one.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with strong, fine carbonation. Nice stuff here.

Overall. Starts out slightly ...shocking with that aggressive sourness but man, this stuff is addictive. Really liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:15:12 | More by Rutager
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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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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

750 ml bottle thanks to apocalypsezombie. Cheers Tom!

It pours a hazy orange..apricot colour with a huge head of billowy foam. The tip of the foam looked so inviting so I tongued it. Hehe...sour apricot. Who'd have thunk. Oh, and there's some good lacing left behind as the foam shrinks slowly.

The smell: fruity tartness, big, oakiness medium, vanilla, hints. I can't wait to take my first "official" sip.

Ahh...sour apricot is so delicious up front and in the finish. Just the right amount of oak and light vanilla notes rounding off this most excellent brew.

The second pour done and it's a more than hazy. The foam was also easier to deal with, about a finger's worth. The sourness never goes over the top so this, I think, would be a great beer to share with someone newish to the style. I also like how the abv is approachable; some slight warming but it doesn't hurt the drinkability at all.

I wish this came in smaller packages so I wouldn't have to finish it in one go. I'll be sad when it's gone.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, excellent mouthfeel.

Clearly, another great offering from the gang at Cascade!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 15:10:05 | More by Bitterbill
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mverity

Florida

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

I really enjoyed the look of this beer. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Tons of bubbly white head that stayed throughout me drinking. I would get to the bottom of the glass and still have some of that sticky bubbles at the bottom, each new pour brought more beer, and lots more bubbles. A great peachy-orangy-ambery-yellowy color that I found extremely inviting. Aroma was a bit lack-luster: citrusy acidic tartness with some faint apricot. Taste was a punch in the mouth sour. I found my mouth watering from the aftertaste. Really dry, super tart, and great balanced fruitiness (apricot/kumquat) with some mild woody-spiciness. This beer literally danced around my tongue and had a nice light body without being watery.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:01:18 | More by mverity
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aerozeppl

New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

" It is a wild ale and we have a wild ale tasting coming up right?"

A:Really clear amber color with one finger of white head. Visible carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh cut apricots. Very sweet smelling. Vibrant apricots. Amazing really.

T: Little bit of funk. Nice apricot taste. Not that complex but when the beer smells like an apricot tree who cares?

M:Very nice. Medium side of light. Well carbonated.

D: No hint of the 9% at all. I have drank a few of their beers now and either they are lying or masters of making super drinkable big beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:45:21 | More by aerozeppl
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottling

A: The pour is a cloudy amber color with a thin cream colored head on top and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose is highly lactic and acidic with plenty of fruity apricot notes as well. There is a light oak character and a hint of sweetness.

T: The apricots in the flavor are a bit sweeter, but there's still a nice acidity to it. The oak and fruit provide a fair amount of tannins which dry out the beer quite a bit.

M: The carbonation is quite high and the beer is very dry, especially on the finish, which I like. There's also a bit of alcohol warmth, which was surprising.

D: The Cascade sours are delicious as a rule, and this one is no exception. A fantastic beer and I'm glad I have some more at home.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 06:10:14 | More by womencantsail
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nniicckkww

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2009.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. Nice whispy head with a slight lacing that remained throughout the beer. Ripe apricot aroma. Sour and tart. Musty funk. Hazy burnt orange.

Excellent balance. Dried apricot upfront. Then the sourness hits. Followed by musty barnyard funk. Delicious. Crisp in the end. So juicy and mouth watering. I have to have another sip. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Delicious. An excellent sour and my first apricot example. I want to buy a case!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:42:37 | More by nniicckkww
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt one of the (if not THE) best beers Cascade produces. This was a 2010 barrel tasted in July 2011.

Pours a good orange hue with light head fading to a nice lace. Good carbonation despite being cask conditioned.

Amazingly aromatic with super sour apricot right off the bat with a hefty dose of sour funk. Amazingly rich nose, though rather simple and straightforward (not a bad thing).

Palate is super tart apricot with a sweet mango or peach kind of thing balancing out. Amazing flavors, just pure and expressive.

Lovely medium body with great intensity of flavors, mild alcohol presence, despite the 8.5%. Really nice balance.

Overall a stunning beer. Not the most crazy thing they make but consistent and very, very high quality.

Serving type: cask

08-29-2011 23:07:00 | More by cbarrett4
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a small light white head not much lacing. Nose is phenomenal, it's fruity, tart and crisp.

Taste is apricots, it's earthy, mellow, very tart and sour, but still drinkable - there's an earthy quality that's unique and tasty. Mouthfeel is light and smooth crisp and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:04:54 | More by kingcrowing
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 project- 750 ml to a goblet, celebrating my graduation

Pours a cloudy pale gold with about 25% transparency. A finger and a half of foam has died down pretty quick to a frothy half finger. Highly carbonated, good lacing- not much to complain about here

Smells of sour apricot, oak, some other floral citrus, funk, a hint of leather, and some sweet malt. Enough to make my face twist and nose tingle a bit, well done

Taste is with the nose, upfront sour apricot and citrus, some vinegar, oak, and a subtle sweet malt bringing up the back. Pretty balanced, sour upfront sweet lingering after taste

Feel is medium body, with a moderate/high sourness- enough to twist my face but not as far around as possible. High carbonation leaves a bite, alcohol is well hidden. Pretty drinkable man

Overall this stuff is really good. Cascade really and for good reason is dominating the American sour scene, with this being another cornerstone in that foundation

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 08:43:03 | More by lordofstarside
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2011 project.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, orange-heavy amber and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy white head that dissipates very quickly. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rushing towards the surface.

Smell: Strong apricot upfront, also a fragrant vine-like smell, which makes the aroma very interesting. Perhaps a hint of funk, but very little funk is present in the smell.

Taste: Apricot and that same vine-like, slightly perfumey fragrance show up in the taste. This is followed with a slightly acidic sour flavor: green apple, lemon and sour apricot. Finishes with some oak. The sour is fairly mild - this is a well balanced, tasty brew.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes surprisingly smooth for a sour.

Overall: Very well balanced and tasty. This is a well-crafted apricot sour. Being my first beer from Cascade, I am very impressed and will definitely seek out more from them.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:11:37 | More by Resuin
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Always nice to find some Cascade on the shelf, picked up a bottle of this and the Kriek at Julio's. Split 3 ways at a tasting, 2012 bottle 7.4% abv.

Orange beer with some haziness. A bubbly white head maintains decent retention and leaves wisps of lace.

A really great scent, super fresh authentic apricots, so rare in a beer. A good amount of tartness here but it's really all about dem fruits. Some general citrus/lemon notes.

The taste for me didn't quite match the strength of the nose but still really great. Very nice tart apricots, flesh skin and all, coming out more with some warmth, still somewhat citrusy. Sour acidity and some bretty funk enhance the flavor while still letting the fruit shine through. Not much for oak.

Light-feeling, somewhat spritzy carbonation and good foaminess. Not much sign of the ABV.

Pricy but this is the real deal. Not often do you get to see an apricot wild ale and this pulls it off with flying colors. It was a fresh batch and it showed.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 22:41:31 | More by Chico1985
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 20 bones a bottle, I was not sure about buying this unknown beer. Glad I did. Nice pour with suitable creamy head, leaving slight lacing. Dark honey in color. Smell is tart apricots. Taste is magnificently mellowed. The funk of a wild beer, the lactic taste of a flanders, and the alcolhol is never noticeable. Balance is the key here. Sweetness, tartness, and funk are all present, but none are dominanat - none. That is amazing. Mouthfeel is great, and drinkablity follows suite. I will be stocking up on these next week, and trying their Kriek. Best new beer of the month for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 00:31:09 | More by Onibubba
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SShelly

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As always a treat to try anything from this brewery.

Pours Light golden orange with a slight amount of haze, bottle was a little bit of a gusher, lots of foam!

Light lactic aroma with apricots behind, suprised how distinct the apricot aroma is.

Flavor follows the aroma with a nice mellow lactic tartness followed by a crisp light apricot flavor. finishes light and slightly dry, lots of bubbles in the mouth.

A great offering from cascade, probably my favorite beer ive tried from them.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 22:22:09 | More by SShelly
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to fogdog for this gem. 2009 bottle split into tulips.

A: Fairly clear golden amber orange hue. Huge bright white head. Solid four fingers fade slowly leaving soapy lace.

S: Huge apricot bouquet bursts out of the glass. Full on musty bretty funk. Solid lactic sourness. This smells great.

T: The sour is moderate to full but nothing over the top. Fresh sweet and tangy apricots, brett, oak and lactic sour.

M: Medium body. Very lively carbonation.

O: Although not as sour as I had hoped this was a true winner in my book. Super tasty sour. I need a case of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 02:48:23 | More by beerwolf77
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:30:36 | More by angrybabboon
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that splashes dots of lace

Smell: Apricot nectar with hints of sourness

Taste: Although the tart flavors make an immediate appearance and build through mid-palate, there is a distinctive apricot tone that persists; after the swallow, the sourness becomes more mellow and woody, but the apricot flavor remains

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: The flavor profile is compelling; with bit more carbonation, this would be extraordinary

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 20:03:10 | More by brentk56
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Floydster

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased over the phone from the brewery about a year ago, had this along with the Kriek, Cuvee, and Blackberry with four friends a few nights ago, reviewed from notes, poured into a snifter, color is a deep golden orange, ¾ inch bubbly white head, good retention, some lacing at first, aroma consists of apricot, oranges, peaches, lacto, sweet malt, tartiness, oak, and sugar, flavor begins with a nice dry apricot flavor, sour and sweet in the middle, marmalade-like at times, finish has a big lacto character along with an astringent finish, warms up with more fruit coming to the surface, also a big citrus component here, sour and sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied, nice carbonation, could drink this whole bottle easily and actually have of the previous year's vintage a few months ago, smooth and no alcohol present even though it packs a pretty good punch for a sour, will drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:31:29 | More by Floydster
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber into my RR tulip. About a finger of head is achieved which quickly dissipates leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Well I'll be damned...for so many beers that have a fruit in their label then smell nothing like it, this beer most certainly has a heavy apricot nose. Reminds me of the dried Trader Joe's apricots I love to eat. After the initial apricot wave there is some great barnyard funk, slight other citrus flavors such as green apples, and oddly, a bubble gum aroma (honestly very similar to Bazooka Joe). Overall, it smells like a candy treat ready to be consumed.

Taste - Damn...this beer is full of trickery! No joke, the first split second I get a heavy sweet apricot taste which instantaneously gives way to a punch you in your face, mouth puckering, sour/barnyard funk flavor. Incredibly tart midway through but then as fast as it starts it finishes, with the end notes being more on the sweet/dry side. This is my first Cascade sour and I must say, there are abundant flavors, funk, tartness, and dryness that is making this beer quite amazing. I really do enjoy the fact that the beer tastes as it is stated on the label (i.e. apricots).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a bit creamy, a decent amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue, and finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. For a Lambic/sour, this is quite enjoyable and at such a high ABV I can't taste even a hint of the alcohol. I am glad I opened this up tonight to enjoy on such a great, cool summer night in Southern California. Better than I expected, and I will pick this up if I run into it in the future. Can't wait to try the other Sour I picked up from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:01:51 | More by SpdKilz
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.