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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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1,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 370
Gots: 271 | FT: 31
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tim's bottle, 2008 vintage, that has mellowed out as we shall see. Orange coloured body, understated carbonation. Very malty, subdued acidity. Very good drinkability. i'm glad to have had it, but not overwhelmed, perhaps the bold taste of a fresh vintage makes a difference.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:01:02 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-16-2012 18:21:43 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some peach and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and super drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 01:22:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

12-01-2011 12:55:41 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 15:44:09 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color with some amber hues. It poured with a thin white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sour but has oaky flavors from the barrel aging along with light notes of apricots.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very nice amounts of sourness and tartness, but neither of these are over the top and are somewhat balanced off by the apricots.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 00:56:51 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that splashes dots of lace

Smell: Apricot nectar with hints of sourness

Taste: Although the tart flavors make an immediate appearance and build through mid-palate, there is a distinctive apricot tone that persists; after the swallow, the sourness becomes more mellow and woody, but the apricot flavor remains

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: The flavor profile is compelling; with bit more carbonation, this would be extraordinary

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 20:03:10 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2011 22:18:24 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich orange and amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it, enough that you could barely see through to the other side. Nice light puff of white on top that faded leaving only a little bit of lace on top.

The aroma was beautiful. Rich sour funkiness with huge touches of apricot mixed in. Light peppery and spice notes come through as it warms, but the sour funk was so hardcore. The flavor was puckeringly good. Rich apricot and apple vinegar sour notes are all over this one. As it warms like barrel notes, lots of spice and a long drawn out and very dry. Super drinkable and very refreshing, this was one of the best sours I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 01:37:53 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright dark yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of sour notes with light acidic notes with some light tart apricot notes. Taste is also a very nice mix between some light acidic notes with some tart and sour notes with lightly sweet notes of apricot. No notes of oak and apricot notes are very subtle. Very nice beer and drinkability is quite high with alcohol being well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:36:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-11-2012 03:06:59 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottling

A: The pour is a cloudy amber color with a thin cream colored head on top and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose is highly lactic and acidic with plenty of fruity apricot notes as well. There is a light oak character and a hint of sweetness.

T: The apricots in the flavor are a bit sweeter, but there's still a nice acidity to it. The oak and fruit provide a fair amount of tannins which dry out the beer quite a bit.

M: The carbonation is quite high and the beer is very dry, especially on the finish, which I like. There's also a bit of alcohol warmth, which was surprising.

D: The Cascade sours are delicious as a rule, and this one is no exception. A fantastic beer and I'm glad I have some more at home.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 06:10:14 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

01-16-2012 07:08:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-09-2012 17:18:57 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-08-2012 22:11:12 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-07-2013 01:41:08 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-16-2013 00:29:30 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 20:21:51 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-11-2012 05:59:12 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

04-27-2014 03:48:30 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Big thanks to homebrew311 and Bellabananas for sharing this bottle!

2011 Project. Apricot always was one of my favorite Jolly Rancher flavors... Anyway, this stuff pours a mildly hazy golden-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises apricot jam, tangerine zest, mandarin orange, lemon zest, and a vague sense of sweetening spices way in the background. The taste holds notes of lactic peach, funky wheat, and lemon flesh. It's a bit simpler than the nose, but tasty and effective nonetheless. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a highly enjoyable fruity sour, one I really wish I could try over and over again. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:40:15 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

10-08-2013 02:48:23 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-10-2013 17:31:36 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Arne. 750ml bottle into a couple of pint glasses. Straw-colored with good clarity, for the first pour at least, with a small 1 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly. Big fruity aroma with a touch of musty barrel beneath. There isn't much tripel character left in the aroma beyond the faintest hint of pale malt. Nicely balanced on the palate; not bracingly sour by any means. Light lemony tartness, just a hint of funk. Dry and grainy, big apricot flavor minus the sweetness. Little bit of cardboard-like oxidation in the finish. Great stuff; it lands somewhere between a standard fruit beer and a wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 19:10:29 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-14-2011 22:26:50 | More by JAHMUR
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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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