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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 359
Gots: 263 | FT: 30
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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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beerandcycling88

Washington

4/5  rDev -8%

04-09-2013 06:42:00 | More by beerandcycling88
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%

11-16-2013 00:21:00 | More by In_Control_Mike
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Roger85

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

03-16-2014 04:55:13 | More by Roger85
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

08-05-2013 04:00:41 | More by oglmcdgl
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4/5  rDev -8%

07-25-2012 18:29:07 | More by Scotchboy
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SwG237

New York

4/5  rDev -8%

08-06-2013 22:46:42 | More by SwG237
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Saltee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8%

08-18-2013 21:18:23 | More by Saltee
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bullywee

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%

08-25-2013 07:44:42 | More by bullywee
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

01-08-2012 20:33:08 | More by imperialking
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dranthony2012

California

4/5  rDev -8%

05-14-2014 17:30:01 | More by dranthony2012
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kojevergas

Texas

4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are extremely high; I had Cascade's Kriek and loved it. 7.76% ABV according my bottle; also marked "2011 Project." Reviewed live.

Normally I'd let this warm a bit, but the bottle advises serving at 40 degrees so I'll open it cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I have too much respect for the Kriek to even consider pairing this with food.

Acquired locally for around $18 if I remember right.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of nice cream, disappointing thickness (not that it's thin; it just isn't all that thick), and average retention (~2 minutes). Body colour is a muted dull apricot orange. Translucent but nontransparent and hazy. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Little lacing as the head recedes. It's not much to look at, admittedly.

Sm: Wild yeast/bacteria, sourness, lactose, fermented peach, tart fruit, apricot, pale malts, and crystal malts. An appealing sour aroma. I can't wait to try it, though the apricot is a bit restrained; the fruit I do get is more peach.

T: Sour, but not necessarily puckerworthy. It's far less sour than the kriek, anyway. Apricot and peach fruit feels deep and complex, with excellent layering between pale and crystal malts. Tart, especially on the backend. Incredibly well balanced and very nicely built, but it does lack the degree of subtlety I expect in a world class sour. It's incredibly well executed, with wonderful bacterial and wild yeast notes. I do wish it was more sour, but it's got plenty of sourness as is. Not too much lactic yeast either; most of the sourness is tart and fruit-derived rather than funky or lactic. Very tasty and not at all too sweet. Oak sits in the background lending a pleasant guiding tone.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp. Refreshing. Perfect carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: An incredibly drinkable, wonderful apricot sour from Cascade. I walked into it expecting it to fill the shoes of the Kriek, which was wrong of me - but it remains a fantastic wild ale that will please sour fans. I'll have no trouble killing the bottle by myself; I wouldn't want to share it out of pure greed. I'd definitely pick this one up for aging or just for more consumption. Cascade continues to impress; I definitely have to visit them at some point. This is a highly recommended sour, and may be the best apricot beer I've ever had period.

Low A-

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:39:38 | More by kojevergas
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store in SF. $20, wow this is expensive.

A - Pours orangish-copper with a small white head and average retention.

S - Aroma is tart apricot, mildly sweet pale malt, and oak.

S - Both tart and a little sweet with lots of apricot, peach, oak, pale malt, and sugar. I don't consider apricot one of the better fruits to make a beer with, but this is good. I like a little sweetness to balance sour ales.

M - Body is medium and palate has a nice acidic sharpness to it.

D - Pretty good for a sour beer. Kept wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 17:33:27 | More by nickd717
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beagle75

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
2009 vintage; according to the bottle label it is 9% abv.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and individual bubbles rise throughout the column.

S: A balanced display of strong lactic and acetic notes, aromatic malt that seems floral and complex, and yeasty fruit. The addition of volatile oak, building in the nose as the beer warms, represents the perfect addition to round out this beer's aromas. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with immediate aromatic oak and bright fruity grain. This beer is intensely tart, more acetic than lactic (but showing both sides.) The middle becomes very fruity, like a yeasty and fermented apricot puree. Tartness diminishes stepwise in the finish, where some late spirituousness develops.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: An excellent sour ale, this beer is not as palate-friendly as its reputation might sometime suggest. It is full of bold flavors, as suggested by its 9% abv, though pure alcohol qualities are minimized. Look for the apricot qualities to emerge as it warms, but classic aspects of the tripel style are never fully realized. The bottled beers of Cascade are always a tough buy, due to their high price tag, but time spent in the barrel is worth the extra cost due to the powerful and appealing oak qualities that are derived from it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 14:15:42 | More by beagle75
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third bottle of the Apricot. This time is the 2009 bottling

Pour is a bright orange copper with a healthy sized white head for a sour ale.

Aroma of fresh apricot fruit mixed with lemon, a bit of funk , sweet malts and flanders yeast.

Taste is a truly refreshing bretty funky apricot ale. There is a nice complex body to it with sweet fruit flavors mixing with sour ale and a healthy dosing of pale malt flavors. Caramelized sugars also chime in in the background. For a Sour lambic, this is a really nice tasting high octane sour. I have a hard time letting the glass sit on the table as it is nice and refreshing on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:33:41 | More by alpinebryant
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Mosstrooper

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into 250ml Jenlain flute glass. 2009 Bottling.

Appearance: Pours a deep strawberry blonde color with a large, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves thick foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sour vinegar and grape smells along with notes of apricot and a musty hint.

Taste: Begins with a lot of fruity sourness (obviously, with mostly apricot notes, and some grape) finishing with a vinegary note and touches of alcohol and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with well-rounded, natural carbonation and a dry finish that leaves a bit of a burn in the throat.

Drinkability: For an American interpretation of a Belgian style, this is absolutely fantastic. I have a feeling mine was a bit infected as, upon opening, it kept foaming over almost incessantly- the glass my girlfriend poured had no head while mine was thick. Still, being a sour style, this can stand up to that pretty well and still remains a very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 03:27:41 | More by Mosstrooper
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden/orange color, approaching amber with a soft, light tan head. Large spots of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

S- Very fresh-smelling. The first thing that hits the nose is fresh, sweet apricots. Notes of peaches and a creamy aroma come through as well. I wasn't able to smell ANYTHING that would suggest that this was going to be sour.

T- Very sour with lactic acid. No other sourness was noted, other than a strong lactic sour flavor. The fruit was far more subtle that I thought it would be, based on the smell. The fresh apricot flavor comes through a little more clearly as the beer warms.

M- Light bodied, effervescent and crisp.

D- A bit of a sipper, considering how sour it is, but overall very good. I think it may have been "sour for the sake of being sour", but I still really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 13:06:56 | More by JoeMayo
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crosamich

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 from the bottle. This one could serve as a Flanders for aficionados or noobs. bright orange color. Aroma is more funk than fruit, however, neither is too strong. By style, expect more sour and fruit-forward but still a good beer nonetheless. Apricot is in the background here. easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 15:50:22 | More by crosamich
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Lucho

Florida

4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 project

A: Pours a yellow orange almost a an apricot color. hmm. with a loud white head that rapidly dissipates to nothing.

S: slightly sweet with hints of fruits. apricots of course

T: acidic with a nice sweet apricots with oak woodyness . as it warms up the apricots come out more and the oak is still there.

M: bright and vibrant. it almost dances on the tongue .

O: Sours are not my chalice of tea but I really enjoyed this beer. It took me a while to drink but still yummy. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 06:25:01 | More by Lucho
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 bottling. Thanks for bringing this one, Rob. Poured into a Darkness goblet last night, 12/7/2013.

Pours what I would expect an apricot sour to look like- a hazy straw-yellow, bordering on the verge of orange, head being a very nice effervescence that takes some time to settle. Bits and pieces of solitary bubble lacing sticks around on the glass.

Smells like freshly squeezed apricots with a ton of vinegar and funk. It is very intensely apricot-like and not a subtle nose at all. It is brashly acidic and pulls no punches.

On the sweeter side, but a mighty complex sour. Sweet and tart in the beginning, like a fruit beer but in the background there is a lot of acidity, vinegar, oak and funk that just takes over as the beer lingers in the mouth beyond the first sip. Everything is still a bit messy with each component being strong and intense, which detracts a bit from my enjoyment of this beer. Perhaps some time would do it good.

Thinner bodied, good carbonation, nice tart oaky earthiness on the back end. The flavours are quite intense so this is a sipper.. enjoyable one at that.

As mentioned before the flavour components are all there in its full glory. Its not a subtle beer where everything interacts with each other well, but rather it is a brash beer that is tart, sweet, sour, acidic and funky all at the same time.. but it is not particularly complex. In all the jumble, a bit of the essence of this beer is lost. Perhaps some time will do it good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:40:50 | More by Stevedore
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kfsv034

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009

A - Pours a blonde orangeish color with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thing layer

S -predominately funk and sour with some mild fruit nuances. some slightly apparent dry wood notes.

T - Starts off musty, funky, sour with some sweet juicy apricot. Followed by some dry oaky flavors as well as some champagne characteristics.

M - champagneish, dry. medium bodied.

D - overall this is a good beer. Shared a 750 with a friend would like another.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:46:25 | More by kfsv034
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7ways

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

Pours darkish orange and translucent... hey, like apricots, I get it! Very impressive white crown, it's been a while since I've seen a head last longer than 5 minutes like this one. Any time I can hear the foam from several feet away while pouring I know something good is about to happen.

Smell is of honey, apricot (i guess, I don't smell too many apricots), light funk, and floral soap. Points off for that last one.

The beer does not taste like soap, so that's alright. In fact it's full of juicy sour goodness. Bold, powerful, and refreshingly dry sourness similar to and almost as intense as Russian River sours. But it has a house character unique to Cascade. Not too sweet, some pony blanket, and the apricot/fruity and flowery aspects are present but subdued.

Mouthfeel is great, big prickly bubbles perfectly suited for this kind of beer.

I went into this expecting an American Wild, not a Tripel. Therefore, this is a win.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:20:04 | More by 7ways
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Overlord

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange. Big frothy white foam head. Gobs of carbonation left on the glass.

Smells faintly of apricots, but it's not really in your face, bursting with apricots. It's harmonized with a familiar funky, barnyard, and zesty lemony twang. This is going to be good, isn't it.

The apricots are much more bursting in the flavor, but again, the balance of the brew is quite remarkable. I've had three beers (so far) from this brewery, and two have been really good (Sang Royal and this one), and one was awful (The Vine). I'm beginning to suspect more and more that something was off about that bottle. The apricots taste really fresh, the funk is muted and harmonious, and the hint of vinous vinegar is mixed with a bit of lemony citrus and apricot really well.

The apricots can be a bit much after a while, but very good. Nice zesty mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 06:07:55 | More by Overlord
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Pahn

New York

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2009 bottling.

Appearance: Bottle gushes an ounce or two into the sink after being refrigerated for an hour or so. Careful pour yields a 2 inch fizzy and rocky white head that dissipates slowly. Pours a not quite translucent gold and leaves some thick lacing walls.

Smell: Soft peach and strawberry aromas, some apricot as well. Mildly acetic at first. Smarties.

Smells good on the whole, but a bit too much Smarties.

Taste: Sour up front, then lots of tart fruit (apricot, peach, ambiguous berry) in the middle, finishing hot with some lingering lactic sourness and delicate french oak. Grapefruit pith-like bitterness is slightly too much.

With time, the apricot comes out a bit more and the bitterness recedes into perfect balance. The taste develops not in complexity so much as in balance, plateauing in a sort of attention-clinching tartness with soft fruit flavors, lactic sourness, and almost-vanilla oak. The flavor is lively but delicate, sour but not overly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Juicy up front, then creamy. Mild carbonation (along with the body) gives a very smooth impression. Tart throughout, finishing semi-dry and puckering.

Overall: Really satisfying wild ale. It's a touch too hot, and could be a bit more complex, but it's expertly crafted regardless. Leaps and bounds better than the equally easy to find Cascade Kriek. Will definitely buy more bottles of Apricot.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:12:37 | More by Pahn
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Looks like what it used to be; a blonde ale.

S - Wild flowers and apricot.

T - Not much funk due to using soley lactobacillus. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Apricot is fairly subtle. A little more sweetness and fruitiness would enhance this beer.

M - Fizziness is refreshing and beer is suitably substantial to carry its abv.

O - I was a little disappointed with this beer as it's so highly rated. The apricot character did not come through to the extent I'd have liked.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2014 00:51:00 | More by abeeronthebeach
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bashiba

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up to a slow gush, looks infected, hope not. Its a 2009 also.
Poured a nice deep copper color with a thick and creamy white head, nice retention and good lacing.

The smell is very sour, almost a malt vinegar quality, very nice.

The flavor is dominated by the big sour flavors with and underlying tropical fruit quality, I get more pineapple than apricot, but it might be that the apricot has dropped out a bit due to age, the flavors gel incredibly well non the less.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

Very nice Flanders Style Sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 22:40:18 | More by bashiba
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.