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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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1,204 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 386
Gots: 276 | 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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StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

03-10-2014 18:46:16 | More by StJamesGate
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-12-2013 15:41:44 | More by tom10101
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-05-2013 23:07:07 | More by thegerm87
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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%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

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

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-20-2013 12:35:26 | More by williamjbauer
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ste5venla

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

08-20-2012 16:27:52 | More by ste5venla
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koopa

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-28-2013 14:41:14 | More by koopa
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-01-2013 16:16:37 | More by tommyguz
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Dicers

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

06-18-2014 04:45:36 | More by Dicers
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev 0%

Big thanks to Eric for cracking this gem - neat to try it now we know we have a case each of Fou Foune on the way.

Pours a (guess what?) apricot with a finger of white foamy head. Decent retention and lace. Under-ripe apricot, light funk, citric acid and oak in the nose. Really nice, balance flavour. The apricot is very vibrant and acts as the prefect compliment to the light sourness. SOme vinegar notes and a nice mellow oak character. Moderate funk, but all in all, nothing out of bounds and exceptional balance. A touch of alcohol and a heavier weight betrays the ABV a touch.

A really nice beer - Cascade seem to do some excellent stuff...

02-23-2011 01:35:07 | More by bobsy
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-07-2013 22:34:06 | More by Hanzo
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-21-2013 02:01:41 | More by Jspriest
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-20-2014 18:39:32 | More by DarthKostrizer
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birchstick

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-04-2012 03:10:09 | More by birchstick
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Floydster

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased over the phone from the brewery about a year ago, had this along with the Kriek, Cuvee, and Blackberry with four friends a few nights ago, reviewed from notes, poured into a snifter, color is a deep golden orange, ¾ inch bubbly white head, good retention, some lacing at first, aroma consists of apricot, oranges, peaches, lacto, sweet malt, tartiness, oak, and sugar, flavor begins with a nice dry apricot flavor, sour and sweet in the middle, marmalade-like at times, finish has a big lacto character along with an astringent finish, warms up with more fruit coming to the surface, also a big citrus component here, sour and sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied, nice carbonation, could drink this whole bottle easily and actually have of the previous year's vintage a few months ago, smooth and no alcohol present even though it packs a pretty good punch for a sour, will drink again, recommended

07-03-2009 19:31:29 | More by Floydster
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-15-2013 06:04:11 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-22-2012 16:49:47 | More by oldp0rt
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

12-22-2013 12:49:51 | More by jbaker67
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-20-2013 01:25:56 | More by ADTaber
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

08-23-2014 19:20:47 | More by thatoneguymike
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%

2009 vintage.

Cascade Apricot has a golden tinged, orange body with a full-sized off-white head. Retention is quite good, a little bit of lacing stays behind as well.

The aroma has a huge sourness to it, with apricots behind it. Insanely sour aroma.

The first sip of this beers seems to be ridiculously sour to me also, but subsequent tastes seem to be toned-down quite a bit. Cascade Apricot has a moderate to heavy sourness overall; however you want to quantify it, the sourness is pretty good. Behind the sourness is an obvious apricot flavor, which is always a nice fruit to pair with a sour flavor. Beyond that, there is a dose of wood and a leathery flavor.

Not quite mouth puckering, but Cascade Apricot definitely gives me a tinge of that sensation. Fairly high carbonation.

Cascade Apricot is a solid sour that relies mostly on a sharp, lactic sourness and fruit flavors. I like it, and it was quite nice to drink.

10-15-2011 13:17:26 | More by Hojaminbag
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-05-2013 16:08:00 | More by ncaudle
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Overlord

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a bright golden orange. Big frothy white foam head. Gobs of carbonation left on the glass.

Smells faintly of apricots, but it's not really in your face, bursting with apricots. It's harmonized with a familiar funky, barnyard, and zesty lemony twang. This is going to be good, isn't it.

The apricots are much more bursting in the flavor, but again, the balance of the brew is quite remarkable. I've had three beers (so far) from this brewery, and two have been really good (Sang Royal and this one), and one was awful (The Vine). I'm beginning to suspect more and more that something was off about that bottle. The apricots taste really fresh, the funk is muted and harmonious, and the hint of vinous vinegar is mixed with a bit of lemony citrus and apricot really well.

The apricots can be a bit much after a while, but very good. Nice zesty mouthfeel.

08-24-2009 06:07:55 | More by Overlord
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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