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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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1,159 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 368
Gots: 269 | 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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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 00:58:43 | More by Axnjxn
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper orange color with a thin white head and a decent lace left behind. The nose is overly sweet and simple seeming a touch artificial. Candied sugars and spearamint tickle the nose as appricots take over and dominate. The taste is sugary and minty, lots of appricot roll over the tongue. Very little integration as the mint, sugars, and fruit don't seem to have a defined roll. This is overly sweet with a creamy syrupy feel, prickly carbonation in the back, and a touch wet and oily.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 14:52:52 | More by cpetrone84
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atrocity

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

04-17-2014 17:41:27 | More by atrocity
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Muchas gracias to Jeff for cracking this with me... I love Cascade sours and apricots, so the combination should be orgasmic. Pale amber and kind of "peachy" all-around; foggy and cloudy throughout the body with only a touch of visibility to the other side of the glass. A nimbus-like head forms and grows quickly, then recedes just as fast to a silky skin atop the apricot brew that lasts for over half the glass. No lacing, no legging.

A fantastic arrangement of fresh, farm-market apricots explode upon bringing my nose to the brew. The fruity elegance is broken up by a solidifying tartness; sour, juicy, and lactic. The sourness seems to grow with each and every successive whiff, as does the acidity. Not much in the way of actual vinegar, but some vinous-oak notes reside faintly in the background. It smells fruity, it smells tart. Now I can only hope it tastes that way, too.

Well, my hopes for a sour beer were certainly met! One sip and I'm already puckering and wincing from the onslaught of lactic and acetic acid. The fruit character is astoundingly tasty, gushing with ripe apricots, lemon-juice, and maybe a hint of white grapes. Cascade Apricot is definitely a bit vinous in flavor, as the oaky and wine-like notes buckle down and start hitting the palate hard. Dry oak, damp hay, must, and horsey-funk are strong in the finish, along with the apricot's kiss of death.

Unlike the nose, the flavor also shows heavy vinegar characteristics, as well as a substantial amount of acidity. The taste is amazing, but this shit will burn a hole in your stomach lining. Granted, I had consumed a few other sour beers before this one, but each sip of Cascade Apricot left a burning feeling in the pit of my gut; I'm sure I was pushing ulcer-like levels of acidity down there.

So juicy, refreshing, and tasty, despite the fierce acidity. I was at such a personal crossroads with myself - so goddamn tasty that I couldn't stop drinking it, but I knew I would pay for each and every sip. WORTH IT. Pretty thick and heavy-bodied for a wild ale, but most of Cascade's offerings seem to be a bit stronger and heavier than those of other brewers. Lively carbonation, slick, wet, and crisp mouth feel.

All around, this is really a fantastic beer. The flavors are great; fruity, juicy, quenching, tart, mildly funky, oaky - complex and refined. Really my only large complaint is the fact that your stomach might have an easier time handling battery acid than this stuff. Although I'm not ready to blame my entire abdominal agony on this beer since it wasn't the only sour of the night, you could definitely feel each sip as it went down. But there's no doubt that I'd gladly suffer for this one again, it's far too tasty to pass up.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 16:31:17 | More by tectactoe
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-28-2013 16:59:38 | More by AngusOg
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-27-2014 19:04:53 | More by ColForbinBC
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-07-2013 05:37:00 | More by eawolff99
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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-28-2013 14:07:22 | More by Holland
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twelveinches

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

12-11-2012 06:46:35 | More by twelveinches
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-25-2011 16:44:10 | More by deapokid
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

01-15-2013 19:48:41 | More by Sean9689
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-14-2012 07:37:07 | More by strongaf
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morimech

Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 Project

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Acidic aroma that smells slightly funky. Vinous qualities with the faintest hint of apricots. One of the more interesting smelling Cascade wild fruit ales, just wish the apricots came out more.

Apricots likewise fail to impress in the flavor. Just too subtle and hard to even identify the flavor. Moderately tart and acidic with a lot of vinous flavor. Slight oak flavor as well.

Lively carbonation helps deal with this big bodied sour. The carbonation really seems to accentuate the acidity.

Like most of the Cascade fruit wilds, the added fruit does not add much. The Kriek being the exception. Still a worthwhile sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 19:25:11 | More by morimech
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-16-2012 23:40:50 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ehammond1


4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 01:08:16 | More by ehammond1
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-14-2013 15:12:20 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

11-26-2011 03:31:41 | More by Exiled
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harrymel

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at barrel house 04AUG12 - from notes.

pours a nice golden ale with a white rim of foam. I dive in nose first - straight childhood hit me - I grew up with an apricot tree in the backyard. This was beautiful. I can't understand how they get the apricot into the nose like this - fucking magic. I taste, anticipating a little too sweet. I was wrong. Nice and tart with a good apricot flavor and some hints of lemon and the slightest taste of copper. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish. I left with four bottles - so I musta liked it. So did my bride, so that is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 05:35:57 | More by harrymel
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-07-2013 01:55:03 | More by AlexFields
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8%

12-11-2013 19:50:06 | More by kscaldef
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scottfrie

California

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Old Rasputin nonic glass. 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, well...apricot color actually, with a billowing off-white head that frothed up quickly in the glass. It settled nicely after a few minutes into a foamy thick film that left a pretty epic sheet of lacing down the glass. Impressive.
S: Sugary sweet notes of apricots with a touch of dank barnyard musk and a light citrusy tartness. The smell is amplified after each pour and is especially perfumey and floral at times. Very inviting.
T: Not as sweet as the nose but the apricots are right there to balance out the mustiness. The finish is both refreshingly tart and funky sour. The oak barrel comes out in the finish along with some of the Belgian spices and even a hint of bitter hops from the base Tripel. Aftertaste is
M: Medium body, full yet soft carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Alcohol is completely masked.
D: Really liked the nose on this one, and the flavor and drink ain't half bad either. Pretty great all around, can't wait to try more Cascade beers!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:30:17 | More by scottfrie
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flexabull

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-20-2013 16:41:56 | More by flexabull
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ngeunit1

California

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Funky brett and other yeasts, tart apricots, oak, vanilla, farmhouse character, lactic acid.

T - Tart apricots and other citrus fruits, lots of funkiness and Brett, oak, vanilla, lactic acid, a touch of sourness, lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Great wild ale. The apricots are nice and tart and the overall beer well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 05:48:46 | More by ngeunit1
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2009 bottling, "ale brewed with apricots & aged in oak barrels," 9% ABV listed on label.

Typical of many a corked-n-caged bottled conditioned ale, this gushed a little upon popping the top, but not enough to make a huge mess. This beer has a tremendous look to it--a deep, coppery/reddish sunset color, with a thick dirty-white head that's incredibly firm. Tilting the glass this way and that, it leaves big rainbow-shaped lace patterns.

Aroma is very strong. I could smell it from a foot away, and bringing the nose in for a closer whiff, I have two immediate thoughts: 1) the yeast is phenomenally appealing--earthy, dirty, funky, mingling very well with the super-natural apricot character, and 2) alcohol is a little too prominent, seeming medicinal and bringing down the better elements of the nose. No matter, it's still a wonderful beer to sniff on.

Holy Extreme Sweet Tarts...this baby is sweet, and only the earthier vibe of the yeast pulls it down to earth. Very candy-like, with the apricot essence bursting like a supernova. Alcohol adds further brightness to its saccharine character. The yeast takes us from Candyland to Flanders-land, and it's right in the middle that this beer sits comfortably, from the sickly sweettoothrot of the fruit sugars to the barnyard vibe of Belgium's lambic-producing region. Of course, there's a tart/sour tandem beating up on the mouth all the while. A Sweet Tarts character lingers in the finish. Also remarkably acidic and dry.

It feels tremendous, being at once bubbly and tingly and also having the kind of heft, roundness and weight I like in big beers. The label reveals this is based on the brewery's Temptor Triple, and it's the mouthfeel that betrays the fact this is an Americanized, hybridized, gargantuan-ized sort of lambic.

I like it, but it's so incredibly bright and sweet that it's like drinking liquid candy, and at 750 ml., all to myself tonight, I can't rate drinkability that high. Doubt I'll even get through the bottle. But I love it big and extreme and alcoholic, so I do enjoy it, and can confidently say this lambic will never be mistaken as a "girly beer," as some lambics unfortunately are.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:59:37 | More by Metalmonk
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StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Hazy platinum with no head.
Apricot fruit roll-up on the nose with a touch of white vinegar.
JuicyFruit, bright orchard fruit, a touch of funk, lemon zest and a bit of chalk.
Bracing fresh fruity finish and white spice linger.
Crisp, light, no heat.

Champagne-like. White vinegar and Belgian funk hidden under fruit, but still very acidic, in a good way. Probably the most accessible sour ever.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 18:46:16 | More by StJamesGate
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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