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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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96
world-class

1,128 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 359
Gots: 263 | 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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kp29

Arizona

5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-14-2014 01:15:35 | More by kp29
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h2k2c

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-11-2014 06:16:45 | More by h2k2c
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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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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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nollie77

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-09-2014 21:38:09 | More by nollie77
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-09-2014 18:50:33 | More by Kurmaraja
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mjw1200

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-09-2014 03:50:29 | More by mjw1200
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BA_Berto

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-08-2014 03:44:56 | More by BA_Berto
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Canesfan22

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-07-2014 19:44:10 | More by Canesfan22
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Honus1

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-07-2014 16:05:23 | More by Honus1
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, oak, clove, white vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of tart fruitiness, oak, and funky/acidic yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, pepper, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Big fruity acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, musty funk, hay, straw, leather, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tart/sour yeast ester, fruit, and oak barrel flavors; with a good fruit/sourness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very acidic, crisp, and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! Amazing complexity and balance of apricot fruit with fruity/sour yeast ester and oak barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on even with the big acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:12:24 | More by superspak
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Devman171

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-05-2014 18:27:50 | More by Devman171
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SDStoneEnthusiast

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-02-2014 09:34:55 | More by SDStoneEnthusiast
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OldManBike

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-31-2014 03:13:23 | More by OldManBike
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-30-2014 22:14:03 | More by WanderingFool
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ShaneTheWalrus

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-29-2014 16:10:52 | More by ShaneTheWalrus
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mhksuccess

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-28-2014 21:56:51 | More by mhksuccess
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510a

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-28-2014 07:50:24 | More by 510a
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-27-2014 20:03:10 | More by dfhhead25
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OnWisconsin

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-27-2014 13:19:56 | More by OnWisconsin
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Jpepe08

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-22-2014 02:16:10 | More by Jpepe08
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BeerMothaLova

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-21-2014 21:52:55 | More by BeerMothaLova
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zrab11

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8%

01-20-2014 21:27:14 | More by zrab11
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T_Hass

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-19-2014 00:32:16 | More by T_Hass
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2014 19:02:13 | More by MacQ32
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.