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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 266
Hads: 1,589
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 444
Gots: 372 | FT: 44
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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008

This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for an additional six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes dance on the palate and lead to a sweet apricot flesh finish with a lingering fruit tartness.
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Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 Vintage 9.0%

Pours a woody brown with a silky beige head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has apricot, oak, tart citrus, candy malts, white wine, manure and horse blanket.

Taste also has a nice apricot presence followed by sweet malts, sour tropical fruits, wood and barnyard funk.

Medium body has a crisp carbonation. Finish lacks some dryness.

Overall, an impressive offering from Cascade. (406 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011 Project)

Acquired via online purchase

Hazy light amber and orange with a small off-white head that leaves dots of stick down the gueuze glass.

Complete aroma with good amounts of lactic sourness along with juicy, authentic layers of apricot, peach, sweet malt, and mild wood.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma, with generous amounts of apricot and peach flavors, a mild earthy funk, mild wood, and moderate to high levels of lactic sourness. Complete and delicious.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy to drink.

One of my absolute favorites. (573 characters)

Photo of beermebeerman
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the chance to get this from a bottle at the lodge.

Golden, peach colored with a perfect white head, lasting longer than I expected for a fruit beer. Nose was all apricot.

Finishes very dry, but lots of fruit in the palate. Very sour in the middle, but doesn't pucker the mouth.

Mouthfeel is almost wine-like, but there is enough carbonation to remind you that this is definately a beer.

A highly drinkable beer, bought a bottle after drinking this at the lodge and I am looking very forward to drinking this later (hopefully it will last a while in the 'cellar'<-fridge)!! (586 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL "2008 Bottling" shared with two friends. First in our Cascade testing.

Cloudy golden amber color with a thin fizzy off white head that has nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is exceptional punch of brett funk and apricot sweetness, lemon, fresh grass, etc. Medium bodied with strong, fine carbonation. Flavor is pleasant balance of earthy funkiness and sweet and tart apricot. Very unique and very drinkable. (422 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750 mL bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a hazy golden with a mild fizzy white head.

S: Apricot city, very fragrant with some lactic acid.

T: True apricot flavour, with a moderate lactic acid. There's no real funk here, I heard Cascade doesn't use Brett. That's fine, this is very tasty, apricots/acid/light wood.

M: Moderate acid, with an elegant easy carbonation which makes the beer light on the tongue and easy to drink.

D: The bottle said 9%, this feels nowhere near it. Dangerously drinkable for its ABV, a damn good fruit beer. (543 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip
2011 Project

Thanks to Mark000 for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber/brown color with 1 fingers width of off white head that is fizzy and dissipates down to absolutely nothing almost as quickly as it forms, a steady stream of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass throughout the entire drink. Leave no lacing.

S: Belgium yeast banana, cinnamon, some barnyard funk, apricot and peach, sour apple, sour lemon lime, what an amazing bouquet, so much going on! Purely intoxicating.

T: Like the nose, its an exploding cornucopia of flavors. Tart citrus acidity up front, sweet characters on the finish, with some oak on the finish as well. Tart sour lemon-lime, apricot and a big Belgium yeast banana finish, even some tart dark fruits, like sour cherry. Great balance of tart and sweet, and the tripel base comes out nicely. Wonderful.

M/D: Heavy carbonation. Body is on the lighter side, but certainly not thin. Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. ABV is well masked, and drinkability is high for the style. I had no trouble finishing this bomber, and would have gladly enjoyed another glass if offered one!

O: Overall, a great beer. I loved this one. The tripel base morphed into a sour lambic is my kind of beer. Great complexity and depth. Amazing aroma and great palate profile. Well done! (1,384 characters)

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a sniffer.

A: A vibrant golden orange. a mildly frizzy bright white head that faded fast.

S: Beautiful sweet aromas of apricot and tarty and sour tones that are very forwardly present.

T: Beautiful sweetness from the apricots, and then a big dose of vinegar creeps in. followed by a nice finish back to apricots.

M: Nicely carbonated, no big bite from that. There is a kind of vinegar finish.

O: Wow, my first dabble with Cascade and definitely not my last. This is amazing. I have one more bottle of this but definitely going to age it as long as I can to see how it develops. (607 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange appears, delicate gold lacing around the acerbic aroma. Head drops fast, what was once volumous is now minute. Aroma of citrus, oranges and tangerines, apricots and tannins, hints of oak and cane sugar.

My mouth is blasted by fruit, tart apricots that skin the teeth, a dentist is angry somewhere. Gaia has never seen an apricot like this. Tannins and oak keep the intense lactic sourness from feeling absurd white fruity aromatics keep the glee alive. Damn, just damn.

Cascade, you are doing it right. (520 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

an absolutely gorgeous beer, totally brings cascade into my most desired breweries list. thanks to my twin brother for making this happen somehow. understated pale yellow color to this, with an active rising white bubbly head, but its the nose that hooks me hard. it smells like fresh apricot, really and truly, the most authentic fruit nose ever, its perfect. i smell the little fuzzies, the juicy flesh, the pollen, the woody pit, all of it, its genius. it has got some lactic funk too and its dry and just making my mouth water like nothing else. superb smell, best i can recall. the flavor is a little less fluently apricot, still head and shoulders more genuine than any other apricot beer ive had, but its not quite as in my face as the aroma. tart as anything too from the yeast and bugs, its funky, summery, desserty. like smuckers apricot jam its got all that sugar, but doesnt really taste sweet, thats the brilliance of this brew. great carbonation and a really intense sour prickle, more than i can almost take. dries me right out too, i cant get enough. in a night packed with world class sours, this was perhaps my favorite. its authentic fruit and tart acidity make a great combination, i would love to drink this again. incredible beer. (1,252 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling, poured into a HF stem

A- beautiful bright golden color, no haze to speak of, bout an inch worth decent frothy head that lingers on the rim, pours with a foreshadowing of some spritzy carbonation

S- some sour lemon initially with fleshy apricot coming after bit of oak and a hint of the belgian tripel base with some sweet malt on the end

T- Loads of apricot up front followed up by some awesome lemony lactic bite, finish is so dry though, thats really all i got, fresh apricot and a lemon like sourness with hints of some earthy brett on the finish, its really good

M- dry, crisp, thirst quenching, only drawback is its a bit thin, but everything else is spot on

O- one of my favorite beers, This drinks so easily, only drawback is the price, worth considering a move closer to the barrel house (815 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma and taste of this beer set it it apart from any sour I've had. The apricot especially come through in the aroma. First sip is not overly tart, but it gains in strength as the beer sits. (195 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark apricot with a touch of amber, big white had and a bit of a gusher.

Smell: Strong fresh, fruity apricot, tart and sour with perhaps some green apple and oak

Taste: Delicious apricot, reminds me of fou foune. Could be a touch more sour but otherwise perfect. Alcohol very hidden with some light touches of funk, thankfully not a sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: creamy and full without being heavy, perfect carbonation

Overall: One of the great american sours currently being produced. (500 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. I've had quite a few bottles of this now and it's certainly one of my favorite American fruited sours.

Pours a nice pale apricot color with a bit of a white head and some lacing. The nose is really quite tart with lactic sourness and a good dose of apricot and peach flavors. Some light green apple as well. The taste brings in a bit of oak and a really nice sour to fruit ratio. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both out of this world, as the fruit and sourness levels combine quite well. This is just short of the level where the sourness begins to affect drinkability. My favorite of their sours to date. I'm very, very glad they ship this out to Philly. (681 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage, 9.0% ABV. Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into my Allagash chalice like snifter glass. Pours a pale and creamy like golden color with a finger or 2 of frothy off-white head. Head has decent retention and spotty, yet sticky lacing. Appearance is slightly cloudy and fizzy.

Aroma is intense! What a great smell for this style of beer! Lots of funk and sharpness, tart and fruity...apricots are pleasantly noticable...not super strong, but there. Slight oak appeal with some dryness. My mouth is litterally watering!

Flavor is awesome! Apricot sweetness there but mild. A great tart and funk controls the majority of the taste. High carbonation but perfect and complimenting. Oak and small notes of vinegar...and dry finish. Light and extremely crisp mouthfeel/body. This is a great drinker! Final thought: an awesome beer from Cascade! (859 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle opened March 2015.

A - Loosely bubbled off-white head has nice retention and low lace. Opaque bright apricot body.

S - Sweet apricot jam with tart lemon and SweetTart candies.

T - Tart, crisp, underripe apricots and white peaches. Sweet apricot jam through the center. Acidic lemons and tart passionfruit finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full body with a really nice bright acidity.

O - Delicious apricot flavor, even 2+ years out, with a bold, smooth, well integrated acidity. (495 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottling date. 750ml brown glass champagne bottle with cork and cage. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pop! Clear orange amber body with very thin white head. Nose is packed with citrus fruit notes. Lemon, lime zest, blood orange, a hit of funk and maybe a hint of red wine vinegar. As it warms there's fruit leathers too, like apricot of course and also something like Kool-aid mix. Palate is tart right off the bat. There's enough sweetness there to keep it from being straight up sour. Apricot dominates for sure with tangerine juice and orange pulp. A hint of wood smoke appears and then vanishes. Lemon meringue and key lime pies. Yum. Tart and delicious. (681 characters)

Photo of berpwillie
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a semi-transparent copper color with good white fizzy head and lacing that remain. strong wild yeast citrus, apricot smell. the nose on this brew is absolutely fantastic. apricot hints in the smell aren't too apparent but come through strong in the taste. very sweet and sour, a bit tart fruity and flavorful. absolutely fantastic. light to medium body long flavor duration and sweet tart finish. kind of reminds me of the candy smarties. i highly recomend trying this brew! (480 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber dark honey color into a duvel tulip leaving a 2 inch off white head that recedes to a half inch then stays around.

Smell is full of tropical fruit, apricots, raspberries and even cranberries are present a general overall sourness makes itself known as well.

Taste is a bit mellow, you get hit with the initial souness and then its followed by a salvo of fruit before it fades into a hop bitterness and then disappears quite quickly. There is a lingering sourness and bitterness after all the taste fades.

I cant find a good way of descibing the mouthfeel, it's light a bit watery but has a general presence, it's also a bit effervescent.

I could easily have two bombers of these. The alcohol is well hidden for a ~8.5 and its not too sour. (766 characters)

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like Cascade is back in NY for the first time in over a year!

A - the Apricot Ale pours like a gueuze, albeit with a darker, hazier, more orange amber. It’s sparkling effervescent with a robust champagne head.

S - It casts off the unripe apple sharpness one expects, but this funk is less abrasive than a traditional lambic. The nose is tempered not only with apricot, but also pear, banana and strawberry. It emits the sweet smell of candied dried fruit.

T -That candy carries over into the taste. You get that initial bracing tartness, but this immediately gives way to juicy passion fruit and lemon-drops. Still, the drink is wonderfully dry and refreshing, with medium body and a tantalizing savory note, like the salt on a margarita glass. All told, Cascade Apricot Ale is like liquid sweet-tart.

M - Medium bodied, but crisp, dry and refreshing, even as that sugary fruit boosts the ABV to 8.5%.

O - I've never fallen for a sour. While I can appreciate a good gueuze, I'm never in the mood for one. This might change that. I already want another. (1,067 characters)

Photo of skourtis
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the Cascade Website:
"Features the intense aroma of fresh-picked, slow ripened Northwest apricots warmed by the summer sun. Based on a Belgian Tripel, this beer went through 16 months lactic fermentation and aging in French oak wine barrels."

Tasting at the Brewery - Poured by Ron himself.

A- Medium off-white head atop hazy golden body

S- Apricot with oak tones. Sweet smell with a definite lactic smell after the initial scent. Mad my tastebuds cry out for a swill

T- Apricot and other fruits from trees biting back with an almost sour apple feel on the tastebuds.

M- Lactic burn finished with a smooth-as-silk sweet finish

D- Rivals and dominates any fruit beer I have ever enjoyed. This beer demands respect and it is well deserved. Opening a bottle of this on a summers evening is nirvana. (808 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Bright-white bubbly head sits at about 1cm for the duration. Tight bubble structure with a lively carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Mega fruity. Juicy apricot abounds. Carries that distinct wet and damp sour edge I associate with every Cascade beer. Crazy fruity with a nice lactic sourness. Tart citric edge buried underneath. Almost fruit sugar sweetness. Floral and bright. Mealy apricot flesh. Some obvious lemon zest. Vague hint of soft spice.

Taste: Aggressively tart up front. Big citric bite layered over a complex lactic tart/sour combo. Tons of apricot. Mealy flesh, crazy juicy and role. Some very soft pale malts and a floral element. The base tripel is buried. Some light banana. Sharp lemon juice/citric sour on the finish. A touch of apple skin. White wine and grapes run through the middle. Tiny hint of oak in the back. A touch of damp basement and hay.

Mouthfeel: Carries some of that distinct Cascade juicy wetsness at the front, but finishes really dry for the brewery. Moderate-high carbonation gives it a slightly crisp edge.

Overall: When did apricots become better than blueberries?

This is about as complex a wild as I've encountered from a US brewery. Massively fruity and as tart as they come. I'll be picking it up every time I see it. (1,296 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt., 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip
2011 Project

Hazy, glowing, straw-peach colored. The liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly, bright white head that slowly faded to a thin, lasting film. Streaks of drippy lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The nose was intense and quite complex. Belgian yeast notes came through strong. Dry and spicy with indications of clove and coriander. Good dose of Bretty tartness. Intense white wine (Chardonnay) notes. Touch of must and horse blanket. A hint of fruity sweetness lent some balance.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma and but less funky. Quite dry and tart, yet balanced and remarkably complex. Subtle, fruity peach and/or apricot-like notes appeared on the front end and offered a fleeting semi-sweetness. Tart flavors took over in the center. Lemon peel. Strong Brett notes. Lots of white wine. The beer was incredibly vinous. Spicy with notes of clove and coriander. The crisp, snappy finish was super tart and dry. Noticeably acidic and somewhat comparable to apple cider vinegar.

The beer was medium-light bodied for the style with a fine yet spritzy effervescence. A soft and fluffy burst of carbonation hit my palate on the first few sips. The carbonation subsided with time, resulting in a softer and smoother mouthfeel.

The combination of twelve months in oak followed by ten months on apricots did wonders for this fruit flavored sour ale. Not only was it complex and remarkably unique, but also incredibly refreshing and drinkable. This was well worth the steep price of admission and would make a fantastic warm weather treat. If I have the opportunity to sample this again, I would love to try a fresher bottle to see if the apricot flavor is more apparent. (1,836 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 vintage uncorked on 2-Aug-13.

750 mL bottle poured into tasting snifter glass.

Aromas of big funky barnhouse with notes of orange and apricot with a sweet background.

Taste sweet apricots, oranges, funky tartness, brett, some yeastiness, very robust, and super enjoyable. Medium-high level of sourness; tart on the tongue with a rush of flavor after the initial sour shock. fantastic mouthfeel. Very carbonated, can't notice the abv.

Overall, just a straight-up, solid apricot sour. I'd use this as a standard for all other apricot ales. I wonder if its just as good fresh? I believe it's on par with Bruery's SitR Kumquats. Perfect on a sunny, summer day. (667 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle of the apricot. Poured into a hair of the dog glass.

It appears apricot color. It is solid off dark orange color just like an apricot. A small off-white slightly tan head appears a top of the beer.

It smells slightly oaky. There is a nice earthy oaky type of a flavor. I sense a little sour smell. There is a nice floral type of a smell that leads to a nice pure and natural fruity apricot smell.

It tastes initially a bit sour. I get a bit of a rose type of a flavor. A nice tart fruity apricot flavor is apparent. The apricot flavor is very strong but it is very natural tasting. There is a slight sweetness from the apricot that balances the sour flavor of the beer. I get almost a honey like earthy flavor from the beer as well. This beer has a fantastic balance to it.

The carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is champagne like.

The drinkability is fantastic. It has great flavor. It is quite light and it has a great sour flavor but it is not to sour so it is quite easy to drink.

Again cascade has made an amazing beer. I love how the beer is sour yet you can still fully taste the sweet fruity flavor of apricot. Worth buying if you see it. (1,165 characters)

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.