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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,259
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 400
Gots: 287 | 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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4.92/5  rDev +13.4%

kudos200, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Boz12
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orangish, yellow color. Kind of like an apricot!

S: Heaven. All the delicious funk and tart aromas you would expect from the style but with a blast of apricots combined together into a glorious bouquet.

T: Apple cider (as well as some mystery spices that I associate with apple cider). A lot of apricot. Nice acidity that is slightly reminiscent of vomit but in a very good way. Light funk. Apple pie. Very refreshing.

M: Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O: I've yet to be anything less than blown away by everything I've had from Cascade. Granted I haven't had any of their non-sour beers. This beer is delicious and since it is damn near impossible to cop some Fou' Foune around these parts, this is a worthy substitute and every bit as good in my opinion.

Boz12, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of hagbergl
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received a 750 mL bottle of Cascade Apricot Ale as a Christmas gift. My girlfriend and I split the bottle. Poured into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Cascade Apricot has a gorgeous orange hue that makes it appear as if it glows. It is translucent and topped by a bubbly, two-finger white head. A ring of white foam forms around the rim of the glass and endures for the duration. Excellent look to the beer and a cool looking bottle.

Smell (4.5/5): This beer smells very tart! Apricot, lemon/orange citrus notes, lactic sourness, and some funk from the wild yeast. I also pick up woody notes undoubtedly imparted to the beer through the oak barrel aging. Pretty gorgeous.

Taste (5/5): Extreme tartness–lots of apricot and lemon/orange flavors to be had, alongside the classic lactic sour notes you find in Flemish Reds and Oud Bruins. Barrel-aged woodiness lurks in the background, though this beer is all about showcasing the fruity and sour flavors. Thus, the beer doesn't "feel" quite as "aged" or "old" as some Belgian sours do. The beer's taste certainly has a lot in common with that of lambics–fruity and sour all at once. Despite the Apricot Ale's strength, not a trace of alcohol can be detected. This beer is exquisite; a perfectly crafted sour beer.

Mouthfeel (5/5): The mouthfeel is extraordinary and exhibits the best characteristics of Belgian/Flemish sour ales. Apricot Ale features a medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. The beer's lactic sourness lends a slightly mouth-puckering feel. The fairly vigorous carbonation gives it a pleasant effervescence and combines well with the sourness to induce a prickly sensation on the tongue. The beer is not cloying or overly puckering by any stretch; it is actually easy-drinking and refreshing.

Overall (5/5): Apricot Ale was a wonderful introduction to Cascade Brewing. It is a great spin on sour ale. Everything about this beer–its appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel–is stellar. The no-holds-barred tartness and beautifully effervescent, slightly puckering mouthfeel really won me over. If you like sour ales and haven't tried any brews by Cascade, you must do so post haste.

hagbergl, Dec 27, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Glowing yellow ornage in color with a solid lasting head and a trickle or two of lace. The fun starts with a simple smell of the beer; apricots! Sour! And the ecstasy continues into the taste, where there is a lot of awesome flavor to fit into the smorgasbord. Apricots all around, but it's not over the top, sour all around, but not over the top, acidic but not over the top, and even some complimentary lemon flavor. And then I learned it was 8.5% ABV, which is amazing considering that there is no harshness to be found. Without a doubt a treat and one of the best beers I've tasted in 2011.

DoubleJ, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.86/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a 750 ML bottle of this into my 12oz Goose Island Tulip. Thanks for the brew Dan! 2011 Project Vintage.

Aroma- Big fruit and musky sour aroma. Hits with a hint of apricot in the deep background if you search.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average head retention. Has a deep reddish-orange glowing color. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Sour huge with a tart fruit flavor. Apricot is in the background again but after each drink, this character becomes more definite.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sour Apricot flavors from beginning to end and nice pucker at the finish.

Overall Impression- Haven't done a review in a while so when I popped this one, thought it would be a good one to start back on! Super sour and has a great apricot background. Highly Recommend this one and wouldn't mind picking up another one of these in the near future! Trade anyone?

DCon, May 29, 2013
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4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Last bottle in a super good tasting last night. Thanks a ton to Chico1985 for busting this out.

A- 750ml bottle split into three tulip glasses. A some what hazy orange body with a fizzy head. The white cap has some pretty huge bubbles in it but retains nicely for a Wild Ale. Nice medium thick clouds of lace.

S- Super pungent apricot fruit bomb, like pierces the nostrils with fresh fruit. You can tell the beer will be tart but it is just like an explosion of stone fruit goodness. Did I mention the awesome apricot freshness. Some funk and general sour citrus as well.

T- Again apricot and general stone fruit dominates the palate. This bottle is super fresh so maybe that helps with the fruit flavors. The sour bugs and funk blend in almost too well with each super fresh fruity sip. Some vinous, barnyard, lemon, fruit pit and funky qualities as well.

MF- Fairly foamy and dried out light end body like a Gueuze but maybe a bit creamier. Sour level is moderately high and the carbonation is on the higher end.

Each sip just reminds me of biting into a super ripe apricot and other similar pitted fruits. So flavorful and the tart wild aspect of the beer just tops it off to become a truly great brew. Maybe the best beer I have had this year. Some people seem to not get the apricot much but this bottle was fantastic.

cbutova, Aug 06, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had at the Bros Brunch (not those Bros...)

Poured the perfect apricot orange with a finger of bright white fizzy head.

Aroma is full of ripe apricots, vinegar and acidity. Amazing nose on this beer! Smells tart and sweet....

Taste follows the nose win the perfect vinegar /tart add on. Amazing how well it follows the nose! Tastes amazing!

light in body and ample in carbonation. Great dry tart finish.

Overall, cascade can't do wrong, period. An amazing wild with all the trimmings.

dcloeren, Apr 21, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing beer! This is the 2008 vintage at 9% abv. Slightly murky orngein color wih a very nice mousse-like head that leaves some lacing. Wonderful aromas of crushed ripe apricots with some tannic notes from the skins. Similar depth of flavor in the mouth, with vibrant ripe apricot,tnnin from the skins, a deep background bitternes, and a lactic tartness throuhout. Wonefuly balnced, quenching and evocative of a summers day. Fairly tart and lactic in the mouth, this is just deligtful all around.

Georgiabeer, Dec 05, 2009
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Bottling Label say 9.0% ABV... Listing says 8.3%... I'm assuming it's slightly different for each vintage.

As I've entered my exploratory phase with sours, this beer was suggested to me by several folks that I trust. I've been looking forward to trying this for several months.

Poured into my wine glass and a fluffy off white head formed. This stayed for a minute and no longer then it completely faded away. The beer is a slightly hazy amber color with orange highlights. A few wispy patches of lacing stick, but not much.

Aroma is slightly acidic, tart with some wood notes. I have to say that the first thing I thought of when I smelled this was Supplication. (that's a compliment!) As far as the fruit aroma, I would have probably guessed peach or nectarine... But I obviously realize it's apricot.

This is a fantastic beer. Initial tartness gives way to a wonderfully complex beer that's full of fruit, nutty components, plenty of oak and of course lots of character from the yeast. There is this wonderful combination of nuts and layers of malt that I've fallen in love with. As your tongue explores these there is that layer of tartness that keeps everything bright and fresh. Subtle bitterness at the end seems to compliment the apricot fruit flavors.

Body is very light and this is a very refreshing beer. The carbonation is there but it's so tiny and subdued that you'd hardly notice it. Great beer for the heat of the summer in my book. Certainly acidic.

I know I love a beer when I am already trying to figure out when to enjoy the next bottle. I just saw this at a store and I will have to pick up a couple more before this vintage vanishes. I look forward to trying this year's version. Great beer.

Reagan1984, Jun 30, 2010
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4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 750ml bottle poured into a 51oz chalice.

Pours orange with a bleach blond 1/2" head.

Nose is wheat, musty oak, tropical fruits,

Flavor is tons of tropical fruit, lactic sour, white wine, oak.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied for a barrel-aged sour. Great carbonation.

Overall- excellent. The best Cascade sour I've had.

Netdigger2, Nov 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Prospero, Aug 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

mtpHokie, Aug 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

JulianB, Jun 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

ste5venla, Aug 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,259 ratings.