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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

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Ratings: 976
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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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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

A-hazy light orange amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-apricot, sour grapes, light caramel, vinous, floral, little funk

T-lemon, apricot, green apple, caramel malt, funk, oak, white wine vinegar, floral

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp, tart and astringent

O-loved this beer, very complex and well-made

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 13:27:10 | More by MDDMD
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with full cap of prickly white head, diminishes quickly but leaves great lacing. Scent is of lactic sourness, apricots, tangerine, grahmn cracker. Taste brings a nice sourness that is in great balance with the apricots, nice amounts of grahmn cracker with soft presence of vanilla and oak. Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation, soft on the palate. An excellent sour from Cascade that lets the fruit shine through with a perfectly balanced level of sourness.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 15:01:05 | More by rfgetz
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dirtylou

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

appearance: photogenic pour in hopleaf tulip - bright orange body, steady white cream head with full retention

smell: tart apricot, oak, spicy yeast

taste: really nice - tart apricot, peach, funky, white pepper, belgian yeast, tangerine, bright caramelized sugars.

mouthfeel: light and funky, creamy finish, tart

overall: great stuff

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 02:41:35 | More by dirtylou
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AltBock

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle that has two giant apricots on a stem with two leaves on the front. Directly under the ass shaped apricots is a vintage year. This bottle is from their 2011 project. To the far left are two short paragraphs describing the beer. Poured into a Peg's Catina Snifter.

This beer shares the same color as a golden apricot. It poured a very bubbly lightly hazy golden apricot orange color. Holding it up to the light will unleash the gold part of the beer. Not the best head of foam on a beer, but you usually don't get much foam on top this style of beer. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of inch in height and bubbly. Bubbles usually don't have a color, but these bubbles made the beer look like there was a pearl white head of foam on this beer. Good retention that left behind a small island of bubbles and a medium sized string of rings along the side. The second and third pours resulted in a better head of foam.

Not only did it look like a golden apricot, but it smelled like one. A hugely sour and tart golden apricot, but an apricot nonetheless. True that the aroma is sour, but its not super sour that will make your head turn away in a flash. It was a very pleasant tart and sour aroma. Behind the golden apricot was a splash of green apple, a pinch of golden peach, and a subtle whiff of oak. At one time I swear that got the sweet aroma of Pixie Sticks. Very good sour and tart fruity aroma.

I'm sure you know what I'm going to say next. Did it taste like an apricot? Only if they make really sour and tart apricot flavored Warheads. The taste was more sour and tart than the aroma. Thats actually saying a lot. Behind the sour and tart apricot was a little green apple sourness, a few green grapes, and a splash of golden peach. After the fruits had their fun, this fruity sour beer then finishes up a subtle dry oak taste. No appearance of the Pixie Sticks in the taste. Sour and tart + fruits= Very good! That's simple math.

This was a light to medium bodied Wild Ale that had a nice amount of carbonation and a sour and tart fruit based aftertaste. Did you expect anything else? I got more golden apricot, green grapes, green apples, and a drop of oak in the aftertaste. The oak taste won't stick around, but the beer's sour and tartness will. If you don't want that sour taste stuck in your mouth, have a glass of water on standby.

A barrel aged apricot Wild Ale? You know that won't come cheap. You have to open your wallet a little wider if you want to try a beer like this. Was it worth it? I'd say its the price. I'm saying that because I enjoy this style. In the end, this was a very good sour and tart fruit based Wild Ale. It was nice to see that the oak doesn't take over the taste. It was the apricot that ruled over this taste. The beer stays true to its name.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 01:59:24 | More by AltBock
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mobius387

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 project poured into a FFF teku

appearance: cloudy goldenrod with a big bubbly white head that dissipates slowly

aroma: big funky barnhouse with notes of orange and apricot with a sweety background

palate: stingingly tart on the tongue with a rush of flavor after the initial sour shock. fantastic mouthfeel. very carbonated, can't notice the 7.4% (ABV is incorrect for this vintage)

taste: sweet apricots, oranges, funky tartness, brett, some yeastiness, very robust, and super enjoyable.

overall: after sang noir, this is my next favorite cascade sour. better than figaor, noyeaux, sang royal, strawberry, blueberry. i have a second one and ill be drinking it fresh to make sure its as good as this one. well done cascade!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:50:47 | More by mobius387
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml vintage 2008 bottle at 55 degrees.

A loud pop of the cork revealed a massive, spongy pour. Three inches-plus of dense white froth into the tulip with sparkling clarity through a gold body. This beers sings to you with an expressive crackling of carbonation until the head fades to a thick coating on the surface. Plenty of ripped sheets of froth throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of juicy apricots. Some light wheat twang and funky brett follows through. A honey-like sweetness towords the end along with hints of cut grass, coriander, and mint-rubbed cloves.

Light bodied with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. Snappy and quenching.

Plump apricots and a quickly building lactic sharpness start the palate. Loads of fresh apricots persist in tandem with a lingering sourness. Hints of pineapple, tangerine, and lemon pith follow through.

Finishes with a lengthy tartness just short of jowel-watering, juicy apricots and a spicy warmth.

Wowza, this ones tasting super fresh and very tart. Incredibly quenching and sharp with loads of apricot. Maybe a bit more funk and sourness would be nice but a great beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 23:24:06 | More by brewandbbq
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ebin6

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange in color with some sediment. Not a lot of head, but considering the style, it is ample

S - Sharp, apricot smell transitioning into apple. Really like the nose on this one

T - Great front taste of apricots which is followed up by sour grapes...in a best way possible

M - Moderate, mostly hitting the back part of the mouth. Some residue in the throat after swallowing

D - Very, very drinkable. Not too sweet (especially considering the style), not too sour. Quite an interesting balance

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 03:55:30 | More by ebin6
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a golden Champagne-like hue with obvious effervescence and a short-lived white wispy head.

S - Smells of Band-Aid, leather, and apricot. In that order. Huge lactic funk. Not a dirty funk, instead, sharp, gingery and medicinal.

T - The themes of the nose are further developed with nuances of Band-Aid, new leather, and very tart apricot. Tart is the appropriate term here, as I don't think it is puckering or sour. There is also some green peppercorn impression emanating from the spicy alcohol. Very refreshing overall. Others in my group found it to be to less-so, some thought it to be too tart or alcoholic.

M - Thin and possessing a Champagne-like effervescence.

D - I don't like this one as much as the Kriek, but it is still one of the better Wild/Sour brews available.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 17:24:58 | More by ktrillionaire
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waltersrj

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Pour: Murky orange/yellow with a slight white head.

Nose: Acetic acids and lactic acid as well. Big tart apricot and heavy oak with slight vanilla, yeast and floral notes.

Taste: Drying oak, bready yeast, floral notes, tart apricot, lactic and acetic acid.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful...creamy, frothy, and velvety smooth.

Overall: One of my favorite sours, fantastic blend here with great oak quality and fantastic lactic/acetic treatment.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 06:19:27 | More by waltersrj
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Mahlik

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

A- Pours a clear orange with a large white head. Soapy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Plenty of carbonation.

S- Apricots and peaches with an acidic bite and oaky undertones. Just a subtle hint of wine-like aromas. The apricot aroma has died down some since I last had this vintage 6 months ago, which allows the base blonde to be more pronounced.

T- This beer is tart and quite sour but it falls just short of puckering. Funky twang with a slight vinegar feel. The fruitiness has subsided even more in the taste. Still, there's a good amount of apricot to be noticed. Oak finishes out.

M- Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. For being quite sour and clocking in at 8.4% ABV, this beer is crazy drinkable.

O- An excellent sour from Cascade. Sour and tart yet crisp and very drinkable. This beer brings the sourness and funk but doesn't completely overwhelm. The fresher the better when it comes to the apricots. Definitely worth grabbing a bottle, even at $17 a pop.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 07:02:07 | More by Mahlik
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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
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WeisGuy

New York

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

2009 vintage bottle enjoyed at the Cascade brewpub

a - pale golden color with a two-finger ivory head, great retention and lacing, pretty clear with only light haze

s - big ripe apricot aroma along with notes of lactic sourness and light oak, hints of lemon as well

t - sour and sweet apricots and lemons up front that hang on throughout the entire tasting, lactic sourness is fairly pronounced in the midpalate, notes of oak and lingering lightly sweet apricot on the finish, alcohol is pretty well muted at 9%, but you can tell it's there

m - medium-bodied, slightly lower carbonation, on the dry side on the finish

d - very drinkable for a 9% abv sour ale, flavors are complex and interesting, and the sourness does not overwhelm the palate

Another great sour from Cascade; they're really putting out some stellar stuff. I look forward to trying several others while in Portland this week.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 05:31:58 | More by WeisGuy
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Gtreid

Florida

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

So happy Cascade is now distributing in Florida. Bottle shared by urwithdave, poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Hazy, light orange color. The pour drops an impressive quarter of white head that leaves behind tons of spidery lace.

A: Apricots, oranges, and tangerines. Really, just a bunch of fruity awesomeness. Small bbready malts, and a nice citrus hop scent round out the nose.

T: Big notes of apricot, orange, and grapefruit. There is a distinct lacto, woody taste with a hint of bread. It finishes pretty tart and dry.

M: Agressive carbonation, light body. Crisp and tingely, really very nice.

D and overall impression: The only thing limiting the drinkability is the tartness, which dosen't bring the score down much. Overall, this is a great brew and one that I will be picking up often. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 14:03:23 | More by Gtreid
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muttyd

Massachusetts

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

A - Amber/golden body with a thick white head. Head settles to about a quarter inch thick and persists throughout.

S - Very similar to a fresh hard cider. Apricots/pears come through as the beer warms up. Moderate funk and slight lactic acid balance out the big sweet fruity vinous aroma.

T - Very big bright fruity body. Fruity, sour, funky and dry. The finish is reminiscent of Very well balanced, and very enjoyable.

M - High carbonation, and finishes clean.

D - Excellent brew from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:06:06 | More by muttyd
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davod23

California

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

Poured from the bottle into a Russian River glass.

The pour is a brilliant, clear golden color. The color of apricots. White head fizzles away fairly quickly. Nice looking beer.

Smell is of strong apricot fruitiness. Some brett character, oak. I can tell this one is going to be fairly sour.

Taste is, surprise, full of apricots. Bright fruit. Pretty damned sour, which is quite welcome. The oak is subdued, which surprises me given the amount of time this spent in barrels. Delicious nonetheless. Alcohol is completely hidden, which is fairly impressive given that this is over 8%

Mouthfeel is solid - good carbonation, spritzy, very dry finish. Supremely drinkable. Seriously could drink this all day and all night without skipping a beat.

Very nice beer from Cascade. Recommended, especially if you're looking for a tasty refreshing beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 21:42:55 | More by davod23
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codewarrior

New York

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

Capped 750mL Poured into a Chalice, 2009 bottling

This bottle is my first cascade, courtesy of masterhomebrewer. Many thanks for the bottle.

L: Cloudy, murky apricot, bordering on full-blown orange, with wispy - yet retentive 2-fingers of head.

S: Apricots right up front, with sour notes kicking in just behind. Resulting combination is exceedingly tart. Tremendous amount of sweetness behind, with a touch of booze in there far back.

T: Apricot is beautifully rich and fresh, with a zesty, boozy sweetness and plenty of wheat behind. Apricot finishes throughout and rounds out the back with a luscious full-bodied linger.

F: Zippy and well carbonated.

D: More please, at 9% ... definitely more please.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 23:31:54 | More by codewarrior
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julian

Washington

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

A: Hazy copper with amber highlights. Big bubbly head, that actually sticks around and coats the surface nicely. 4

S: Funky at first then the sweet ripened apricot comes through very nicely. A little bit of booze, some vingar tartness, oaky wood, mild must. Damn this smells delicious! 4.5

T&M: Taste is a refreshing mild tartness of apricot, sweet and sour brett tang, and mild oaky undertones. So refreshing. This is one carbonated mother but it smooths out really quick and goes down easy. 4.5 / 4

O: This is an excellent beer, awesome flavor, crisp and very refreshing during these summer months (not that Seattle got summer this year, still waiting for it...). The apricot is noticeable but subtle which is very nice. I don’t think it should dominate the palate. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 16:35:58 | More by julian
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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

750 ml bottle, 2011 project, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy apricot color, produces a thick white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Really delicious and powerful apricot aroma, also some acidity, wine and oak.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of apricots and a nice prominent lactic tartness, maybe some citrus and peach. The barrels provide flavors of oak, a bit of grapes and dry tannins.

M- Light to medium-bodied, has a smooth, crisp feel with a dry finish.

O- A delicious beer, one of the better American sours I've had recently, excellent all-around.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 04:42:59 | More by WillCarrera
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Got a bottle of this at Julio's and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice crystal clear golden hue with edgings of honey atop of which was a good one finger head that faded to a very, very thin blanket with minimal side lacing.

S - Aromas of a nice sour blonde ale, light vinegar notes akin to a flanders with light apricot/stone fruit aromas intermingling throughout.

T - Taste is very, very nice. Not quite as nice as Filmishmish (the only other apricot beer on memory), but enjoyable nevertheless. Tart, tart stone fruits with that vinegary, vinous background. Very pleasant notes of apricot, sour/tart barrels and lactose. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Light bodied, higher carbonation. Definitely wonderful. Incredibly drinkable stuff here.

O - Overall, this was a delicious beer albeit at a steep price point. Wish I could drink stuff like this more often/throughout the year. Excellent job from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:37:03 | More by rudzud
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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

Cascade Brewing Aprciot Ale
2011 Project

Poured into my Blvd. Brewing tulip from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy yet beautiful, well, peach color. Perfectly peachy. Nice orange hues and some mild honey golden hues as well. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms that is a bit dense but recedes quickly to a nice thick mat. (5.0)

Aroma starts off with fresh tart and slightly citrusy apricots. There is a very fruity tartness up front. There is some slight sweetness in there, as well as some slight yeasty phenols and funk. (4.0)

Flavor starts off as expected, tart apricot notes with then some nice mild sweetness to balance it out. Nice vinous character as well. There is woody notes that mix in with the yeasty funk that finishes the brew dry and clean. As the brew warms there are some nice spice and pepper notes that give the brew some more pop and offset slightly the intense tart notes. Very delicious brew with a nice dry finish and awesome sourness.(4.5)(4.5)

This is an excellent, flavorful brew with great tartness and slight apricot sweetness that plays well with some spice notes and woody wild funk. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 00:26:37 | More by JoEBoBpr
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cfrances33

Illinois

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

Bottle thanks to brewbetter, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Completely hazy yellow orange with two fingers of off white, thick head. Head recedes, and leaves medium lacing. Body is really nice a radiant. Great looking beer.

Smell: Big apricots and lactic sourness up front. A nice funk I was not expecting, as well as some lemon pith and pear skins. A light white vinegar, but most of the sour is characterized by the lacticity.

Taste: Follows the nose with big apricot skin and must, as well as sharp lactic sourness. Sourness isn’t overpowering, but quite nice. A light bready sweetnes comes in. Finishes sour with pear skins.

Mouthfeel: Really quite sour. A nice puckering aspect. Funk is clean. Great carb.

Overall: Wonderful beer. Like Fou Foune sans the classic Cantillon funk. I loved this and will be seeking it out again. Thanks Neel!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 19:57:48 | More by cfrances33
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magictacosinus

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass. While I eagerly await the chance to try Fou Foune, this will have to do for now.

Amber orange in color, with some mildly persevering cloudiness and sediment at the edges. Head retention is decent (especially given the ABV), showcasing a frothy bone white head that eventually dissipates (almost as quickly as the kriek, although not quite as fast).

Another victorious fruit infusion at the aroma, as indicated by the bright showcasing of tart stone fruit, dusty, lightly sweet oak, and a rustic caramel and hop backbone that brings forward the properties that remind me that I am, indeed, drinking a beer here. Slightly under-ripe apricots come at full force here, along with notes of peaches and melon. Earthy, but also filled with nicely floral notes of white orchids, to say the very least. This may also be in part from the sweetness enhanced by the oak, imparting light vanilla and baking soda. Not very complex in terms of showcasing a variety of different flavors, but extremely satisfying.

One sip and I'm instantly enamored - I've always talked about notes of apricots in beers before, but from now on I'm going to be hesitant about using such a fruit description. As found here, it is *extremely* distinct in the realm of stone fruit. Tart, dried, and also green, to an extent, notes of soured apricots explode at the front of the palate, in the same vein that the extremely addicting dried apricot fruit treats do. Juicy, acidic, and filled with a good amount of fruit must. Follows with dried green melons, white peaches, and tons of well balanced floral notes. The oak comes in slightly more subtle but displays the same baking spices and light vanilla as before, alongside a light tobacco toasted element. Super mouth puckering, nevertheless, with a sensation of perhaps biting into a highly under-ripened apricot. Still, very well carbonated, and never loses its gas. I'm honestly impressed that this is so high in alcohol. It has to be one of the most dangerous sours on the market, as a result (and so flavorful!).

This is delicious stuff yet again from Cascade, with a great take on a type of sour that more of the big guys that make these kinds of beers right should experiment with. There's something really appropriate about using apricots for sour beers - its naturally acidic, dry, and tart character melds so naturally at hand. I'm happy to have another bottle on hand that I've held onto since July. I should consider cracking it open soon before the highlighted fruit character fades away!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 07:04:04 | More by magictacosinus
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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
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.