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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

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world-class

1,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 361
Gots: 264 | FT: 30
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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hansgruber

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-03-2012 04:36:29 | More by hansgruber
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heffnate77

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-20-2013 18:02:19 | More by heffnate77
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Timmy13T

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-23-2013 11:44:53 | More by Timmy13T
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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CaptainQ

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

12-15-2013 21:22:51 | More by CaptainQ
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-08-2014 00:57:18 | More by MeisterSmudge
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Paravouz

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-24-2013 04:09:28 | More by Paravouz
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Keananmichael5

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

03-10-2014 22:37:12 | More by Keananmichael5
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roodie

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

09-06-2013 15:13:54 | More by roodie
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flipdog0

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-02-2013 04:41:20 | More by flipdog0
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling (Philadelphia version), clocking in at 9%. Aged 8 months in barrels and on fruit for an additional 3, this batch is different than the 2008 one. Thank you for grabbing this, Peter. This is the first beer that I've had in 5 days, and after putting in about 40 hours at work over the weekend, I need a beer

Pouring a clear copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a beautiful beer. Effervescence is high, and this Duvel glass really shows off this beer. The nose is excellent as well, with ripe, juicy apricots, showcased prominently. The apricot character is really outstanding, it is really ripe and bright with a noticeable fruit sweetness present. Moderately floral as well, there is a moderate lactic sourness behind the fruit with a little oak. There's also just a hint of wine present. The vinous aspect grows as the beer warms, with a rather leathery tannin quality being present.

The palate opens rather bracingly sharp. Either that, or the fact that I haven't had a beer in as long has compromised my tastebuds. However, there's no hiding behind the fact that the fermentation here could have used some additional bugs, the character is excellent, but comes across a little wanting. Definitely a lot more vinous on the palate, there's a rather noticeable tannin character with the grape skins really coming through. Apricots still do feature and prominently so, less fruity than the nose would suggest and a lot sourer. Towards the finish, I do get a rather noticeable alcohol character as well, with the tannins being harsher than I care for. That this was aged in wine barrels is rather obvious at this point. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, the finish is drying, vinous and tannic with a bit of alcohol heat. Drinking an entire 750 of a 9% beer solo when sleep-deprived is always ill-advised, but I've had beers that went down a LOT easier than this. Towards the end of my bottle, once some of the apricot intensity has wafted away, I get some of the dry, spicy, tripel base, and in conjunction with the lactic sourness and tannins, it's a rather peculiar beast.

For a soured tripel, I think the Vent D'Anges is a far superior beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 23:34:30 | More by DefenCorps
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kbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

09-02-2013 02:28:35 | More by kbrown
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james582

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-10-2014 14:33:22 | More by james582
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HopsintheSack

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-22-2013 19:49:10 | More by HopsintheSack
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dvsbizzyb

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Washington

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

09-03-2012 04:08:17 | More by TheBronze
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-19-2013 15:17:33 | More by TurdFurgison
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

11-18-2013 19:26:55 | More by kdb150
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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