Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 263
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rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
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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:
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 jbaker67
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Amazing floral apricot, candy sugar, and caramel aroma with vanilla and oak notes. Creamy very bright and yet lively palate. Tastes of orange, apricot, lemon, caramel, green apple, vanilla, and oak with a tart, lightly acidic, crisp, dry finish. (284 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 12/14/13. Enjoyed out of a dark brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with "2012 project" marked clearly on the label. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass for lack of anything better.

Appearance - The color is pretty flat, with an apricot, light yellow-orange hue to the body. Some translucence, but overall, you can't see through the beer, as it's mostly opaque. Head is fairly light in volume, about a finger thick before fading away into an ethereal film atop the body. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Apricot, lactic tartness, and generic fruity elements with some notes of jam/preserves. Mostly sour, but there is a funk that provides a bit of heft to an otherwise piercingly acidic aroma. It's the type of sinus-clearing aroma that I love about really sour beers. The only minor quibble I would have is that it's a bit one-dimensional, sorta like the color.

Taste - Here we depart from the one-dimensional nature of the color and smell. Lots of things going on here, with apricot, mango, some apple cider vinegar, again some notes of peach preserves/jam as well as sweet white wine, like a sauterne or muscato. Nice mouth-puckering effect that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. This one is nicely refreshing in addition to being so sour, almost like a really tart apricot lemonade.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium body with nice prickliness in spite of moderate to light levels of carbonation. As noted, there is a puckering factor, as well as characteristics that prompt me to start salivating, like really sour things can have a tendency to do.

Overall, it's probably my favorite out of a limited sampling of Cascade beers. What minor shortcomings it has in look and smell, it more than makes up for with a fantastic taste and a nice, invigorating mouthfeel. As one of the more reasonably-priced Cascade beers, it's one I'm likely to try to get my hands on again. Outstanding stuff. (1,918 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the look of this beer. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Tons of bubbly white head that stayed throughout me drinking. I would get to the bottom of the glass and still have some of that sticky bubbles at the bottom, each new pour brought more beer, and lots more bubbles. A great peachy-orangy-ambery-yellowy color that I found extremely inviting. Aroma was a bit lack-luster: citrusy acidic tartness with some faint apricot. Taste was a punch in the mouth sour. I found my mouth watering from the aftertaste. Really dry, super tart, and great balanced fruitiness (apricot/kumquat) with some mild woody-spiciness. This beer literally danced around my tongue and had a nice light body without being watery. (725 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 Axnjxn
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle into a FW tulip

pours a bubbly golden color with a half inch thick white head that quickly fades. smell is quite sour with a big amount of fruit...apricots? sure. taste starts out lip puckeringly sour and very tart and lasts all the way through. definitely one of cascades sourer beers...almost as much as noyeux but not quite. has a fruity kick to it too that makes it all the more enjoyable. real drinkable. medium carbonation with a medium body.

overall one of cascades best. love it and have returned to it many times. (536 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,492 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a cloudy tangerine orange with white head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Very astringent and sour aroma. Big sugary, sweet, and sour apricot notes, also a weird almost glue like smell.

T- This is one of the most intensely sour, tart, and astringent beers I have ever had. Big apricot and some Belgian yeast notes.

M- Very high carbonation, very dry, and medium body.

O- The sourness on this beer seemed to overwhelm some of the great flavors that I am sure are hidden underneath. I just didn't get much complexity that I would expect for a beer that spent so much time in the barrel. (656 characters)

Photo of Netdigger2
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose has some light apricot smell. Very fresh smelling and bright. Some lemony tartness on the nose as well. The beer is a hazy peach color and reminds of apricots. The taste is like a fresh unripened apricot. After having other Cascade offerings, I was expecting a bit more apricot flavor to shine through. It was quite acidic, but the finish was nice, unripened apricot. (376 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A - Golden with a yellowish tint and a big white head. The last remnants of foam lingers nicely.

S - Big apricot! Funk and tartness too. But I was surprised at the level of apricot. Very nice.

T - Wow! Super tart and sour yet the apricot flavor is right there. Nice depth, balance and complexity. One of my new favorite sours.

M - Lively from the nice fine carbonation but still smooth.

O - Pricy but well worth a try. Great to see a beer like this produced in the US. (548 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow/orange color. Some good white froth formed and really stuck around for awhile with a light layer even until the last sip.

(S)- Big juicy apricot tartness up front. Flows into some dry oaky bits with an ever so slight funkiness.

(T)- Some good puckered acidity up front. Dry oak and subtle underlying sweetness. It finishes nicely with dry yet sweet apricots. Quite the sourness level on this too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The acidity and sourness are definitely up there, but the apricots at the end are icing on the cake.

(O)- Definitely a hefty sourness with subtle oaky fruits, but I dig it. (706 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 10/12/13

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, but lightly cloudy peach color - medium orange, with some medium amber, and some dark gold - medium sized, off-white head, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Tart, sour, decidedly ridiculous - some absurdly tart apricots, and a ton of tart and sour notes - remarkably acidic and lactic - damp, wet funk - some general citrus and lemon - some oak and some light malt sweetness

Taste: Shock Tarts? Sweet Tarts? This is madness - very sour, with some big acidic and big lactic notes - extremely, extremely tart - some nicely juicy apricot flavor - some tart, sour lemon as well - some wet, damp funk notes - some oak - some light fruits, like green apple skins, maybe even some underripe bananas

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very wet, puckering, finishes mostly dry

Overall: Apricots? ApricCAN!

Every Cascade sour I've encountered has been great. But this is extra great. Stupidly tart, gloriously sour, and interestingly fruity. This is a gem. (1,037 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 taylor714914
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer. Always wanted to try an apricot sour, and this was a great way to do it.

Smells of tartness and a hint of apricot.

Beautiful light orange color.

Taste is heaven. Tart acid, sweet apricot, pilsner malt, sweet to tangy finish.

Loved the mouthfeel due to the solid carbonation to help carry the flavors.

Absolutely world class. (351 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazed apricot color with a one finger white head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Good lord, Cascade. This is amazing. The second I take a sniff of this, my mouth starts to water from the intensely sour aroma. Tart green apple, underripe raspberry, apricot pits and lemon mixed with a spicy oak note. As the beer warms, I start to get a jammy apricot note that's just incredible.

T: Opens with a big sour kick in the teeth. Sharp lemon bite, tart apricot and green apple and a ton of lactic sourness. There's a hit of dryness on the finish that seems to suck the moisture right out of your mouth. Once the dryness fades, I get a lingering jammy apricot note with some underripe cherry and oak. One of the best sours I've ever come across. I would love to be able to get this on a regular basis. (811 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project bottle poured into a tulip glass. Note that I did have some sediment/leakage around the cork but the beer (and carbonation) appeared intact.

A: Pours initially with a very large, thick 1-inch head that disappears completely in about one minute. The beer is straight-up golden in color with visible haze. Lacing is excellent. Overall, pretty straightforward, if not unremarkable, visual presentation.

S: Initial smell is of citrus fruit: green apple, lemon, with a hint of apricot. In the background is the Brett funkiness you'd expect, along with a hint of blue cheese, lacto bitterness, and oak. Maybe it's just me, but I get little to no apricot smell at all from this beer.

T & M: Wow - just wow. I'm a big fan of sours and this may be one of the most balanced sours I've ever tried. It's acetic without being overpowering. On the sourness scale, I'd give this a solid 5. The fruit - especially apricot - is present, but not overpoweringly so. The oak is definitely in the background and lends this beer a solid backbone .Mouthfeel is excellent - a tad bit thicker and less dry that most sours (which I love). Carbonation is excellent. Really, the only complaint I have is the lack of apricot fruitiness.

O: The appearance and nose of this beer is underwhelming, but the taste is simply divine. It's really a perfectly balanced sour: acetic without being overpowering, the fruit and oak delicately balanced on the tongue. If youre expecting a fruit beer with tons of apricot character, you'll be disappointed. For all other sour-heads: highly recommended. (1,577 characters)

Photo of 305BEER
1.12/5  rDev -73.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I Guess I will be the exception here. I and the others at my place thought this was just awful. It smelled and tasted like apple cider vinegar with no apricot to be found. I have had and enjoyed a few of the other cascade projects but this was just not drinkable imo. It fizzed in my sink like a cleaning product would. (319 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Orange with a clean slightly syrupy body. Nice white head

S - Sweet apricot with light tartness to it

T - Tart lactic acid up front. Sweet apricot comes through in the middle. The lactic acid comes more in the finish.

M - Light carbonation with good tartness. Dry finish

O - Solid apricot sour that balances the tartness and fruit flavor well (353 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange, hazy body. Medium white head. Dissipates to an unbalanced collar.

Smell - Very acetic. Stone fruits, apricot. A bit of oak. Apricot comes out as it warms.

Taste - Much less oppressive with the acetic sourness. Pale malt. Sourness is strong, but more varied. Apricot and stone fruit is very prominent up front. Other citrus flavors seem to linger afterward. Still quite acetic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Medium bodied. Pushing the limits of very sour.

Overall - Enjoyable, but really sour, which masks any complexity it has. A passive taste doesn't reveal all of the flavors. (662 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Always nice to find some Cascade on the shelf, picked up a bottle of this and the Kriek at Julio's. Split 3 ways at a tasting, 2012 bottle 7.4% abv.

Orange beer with some haziness. A bubbly white head maintains decent retention and leaves wisps of lace.

A really great scent, super fresh authentic apricots, so rare in a beer. A good amount of tartness here but it's really all about dem fruits. Some general citrus/lemon notes.

The taste for me didn't quite match the strength of the nose but still really great. Very nice tart apricots, flesh skin and all, coming out more with some warmth, still somewhat citrusy. Sour acidity and some bretty funk enhance the flavor while still letting the fruit shine through. Not much for oak.

Light-feeling, somewhat spritzy carbonation and good foaminess. Not much sign of the ABV.

Pricy but this is the real deal. Not often do you get to see an apricot wild ale and this pulls it off with flying colors. It was a fresh batch and it showed. (986 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,328 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 mobius387
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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! (733 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 mechamifune
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange/gold. A slight, creamy head develops along with a whole lot of champagne-like bubbles in the glass. Looks pretty inviting to me.

Smell fruity, tart (is tart actually a smell? whatever, its the smell I always seem to pick up on sour beers) with a little bit of funk. A pleasant smell, maybe not as fruity as I would have thought.

Taste is sour upfront, not super, mouth-puckering sour, but sour for sure. Followed up with a bit of pulpy fruitiness (presumably apricot, but I won't lie and pretend I would assume that if there weren't a great big apricot on the bottle). No real bitterness, and the slight bit of funk I got in the nose isn't really there in the taste. Finishes pretty dry and without any kind of strong lingering aftertaste (or at least not as much of one as I usually find in this style). The more you drink and the more it warms, the more you adapt to the sour aspect and the dense fruitiness really starts to show through. A nice taste all in all.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and easy to drink. There are some relatively strong flavor notes in this beer and it is super easy to drunk. They got this element almost perfect for the style.

Overall, this was an interesting and enjoyable beer for me. For the price tag, though, I'm not sure i'd buy it again. I've probably had about a dozen sour beers at this point, and I kind of consider it the last beer frontier for me. Within the style, its probably the best i've had (or close to it). If you don't like sour beer or have never had it before, i'm not so sure this would convert you though...or at least I wouldn't take the chance for the steep price tag. (1,643 characters)

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.