Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 451
Gots: 362 | FT: 43
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:
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 Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into 250ml Jenlain flute glass. 2009 Bottling.

Appearance: Pours a deep strawberry blonde color with a large, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves thick foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sour vinegar and grape smells along with notes of apricot and a musty hint.

Taste: Begins with a lot of fruity sourness (obviously, with mostly apricot notes, and some grape) finishing with a vinegary note and touches of alcohol and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with well-rounded, natural carbonation and a dry finish that leaves a bit of a burn in the throat.

Drinkability: For an American interpretation of a Belgian style, this is absolutely fantastic. I have a feeling mine was a bit infected as, upon opening, it kept foaming over almost incessantly- the glass my girlfriend poured had no head while mine was thick. Still, being a sour style, this can stand up to that pretty well and still remains a very good brew.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for this generous present. Poured into a tulip. Nice medium gold orange color with just a tiny bit of haze and a good one inch head on top.

Nice tart aroma with candied fruit. Very enjoyable aroma; it starts sour nicely blends into a sweet aroma as well.

The taste is a nicely balanced sour flavor. I get a bit of spiciness from the yeast as well. orange zest is also evident. Very nice.

The carbonation is lively and enjoyable. The drinkability is relatively high for this style. The sourness is in the forefront, but well balanced with a sweet finish and other flavors to make this a really nice beverage.

Photo of Lunch
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750ml bottle generously shared by ygtbsm94 at the Sexual Chocolate release in North Carolina (Thanks man!) into my Great Divide snifter (02/06/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with some orange hues capped with a faint off-white head.

S: Potent and intense tart and sour aroma of sweet apricot.

T: The apricot theme continues and the palate is met with some sweet and sour apricot with some real bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is quite nice and medium-bodied. Well carbonated, quite bitter and some puckering from the sourness.

D: As I am new to the style, drinkability is not as high as I'm use to, but still fairly easy to drink.

This was certainly a flavorful beverage that stayed true to its name. This will surely please any fan of the style. Thanks again Brad!

Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Looks like what it used to be; a blonde ale.

S - Wild flowers and apricot.

T - Not much funk due to using soley lactobacillus. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Apricot is fairly subtle. A little more sweetness and fruitiness would enhance this beer.

M - Fizziness is refreshing and beer is suitably substantial to carry its abv.

O - I was a little disappointed with this beer as it's so highly rated. The apricot character did not come through to the extent I'd have liked.

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

2012 vintage...awesome. Palate was shot after a ton of BCBS but it was still great.

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

750 ml bottle sent to me by the great Reino. Been looking forward to trying some Cascade stuff and he told me to get on this as quickly as possible. So here we are. Served up in my large Free the Hops tulip.

A: Caged and corked bottle. Cage was incredibly tight, but that was probably due to shipping reasons now that I think about it. Smart move. HUGE pop off the cork with a foggy gun smoke on the open. Pours a light, golden brown. Held to the light, the color doesn't change much. Just lightens a bit. The body is a bit murky. Not clear, but not crazy cloudy either. The head that built off this was a good two fingers for sho, falls in due time to a solid finger. The head is a really nice and brilliant white and has some really nice stick to it. Nice and creamy, it sits on the glass nicely with a good sticky lace. Lazy carbonation activity. Doesn't get much better in the appearance category.

S: Nice aroma. Getting some fresh and dried apricot aromas kickin around in here. The apricot aroma is so clear and clean, just blatant apricot and I am lovin on it. It has that flanders sour and tart aroma, very tannic at times. Any malt is taking a back seat to the sour and yeasty quality. Fruit reigns here. The great thing is that the aromas are all fruit, but they still have subtlty. It may not sound complex, but it is great.

T: One word: delightful. The first thing that hits you is that flanders sour and tartness. Probably a bit more tart than sour. As you swallow, the apricot flavor is perfect. Seriously. It is perfectly clean, ripe apricot meat. Just so easily found and enjoyed. Fruity and floral at times. Lightly sweet but sour and tart are the main profile. Slight touch of wood on the back end, that may be where the sweetness is coming from. Little bit of Belgian yeast hanging around in the background. Lingering tannins give a touch of bite.

M: Light side of medium in body. has some weight to it, but still nice and light. Almost fluffy. Just has a nice pillowy texture that then is replaced by a little bit of carbonation bite and tartness. Slightly puckering but not out of hand. ABV is . . . does this have alcohol in it? Not getting any heat at all from this. Aftertaste is apricot meat and tannins.

D: This is going to be no problem to kill. If you like Apricots, this is your beer. So . . . it is my beer. The apricot is just so well translated in aroma and flavor. Its crazy. ABV and feel doesn't hurt at all. Just so easy to drink and just fantastic. You can tell a lot of love went into this beer and it is much appreciated to this Alabama beer lover. Lives up to the Cascade hype and then some. Awesome. Simply awesome.

Photo of mverity
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of timtim
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch picked up at the barrel house. wow. this one totally took my palate and spun it out. super complex. sooo much palate pleasing stuff going on here and i am not a fan of apricot (?9 aversion east coast?). deep amber with an off-white-apricot-pink(?) head that pops and fizzes but settles in to a creamy thing that sticks around for a bit and leaves good lace. nose is fruity, and surprisingly, other fruits seem more pronounced than apricot. i get raspberry, pear, strawberry, tropical fruit, apricot. so much going on. fruit, spice, wood, tart, earth, vanilla(?), honey(?), citrus, old-school bubblegum... and layers of each. taste is sweet/sour and fruity up front, turns spicy, gets woody and finishes dry with a touch of minerality. medium body that seems creamy, but turns silky. clean with a warming finish that amplifies the aftertaste you wish it had. a stunning beer that defies style and boundary. would love to taste this in 5 years. winner.

Photo of zhanson88
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy tangerine color, capped by one finger of white head. Head retention is pretty good, and the lacing is pretty decent.

Smell: I get lots of citrus initially on the nose, as well as some dried apricot scents. I can definitely detect some lactic sourness in there too. It's not over the top or overly complex, but very pleasing.

Taste: Extremely good. Lots of apricot and citrus flavors up front with almost some caramelized sugar type flavors as well. Great funk and lactic presence follows, with pretty strong apricot and light funk on the finish. Pretty damn solid.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer, and would most definitely have it again. I would love to get hold of a bottle or two.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

1 finger white head white, pale straw body.

Powerful tang, Bretty despite not being a Brett beer. Subtle apricot in there.

Lotsa citrusy sour, the apricot is subtle and comes in mostly at the end.

Slightly frothy mouthfeel.

This was neat, and really sour, but not worth the hype, and not full of apricot.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle marked 2009.
into a tulip

A: A loud pop rang out and there was a small amount of gushing during the opening. The yeast stayed on the bottom thankfully. The pours with a vigorous white, bubbly head. It fades fairly quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing. The color is just fantastic, a beautiful orange marmalade. It glows when held up to the light.

S: The apricot is detectable, but thankfully quite subdued. There are strong scents of hay, leather, and general funkiness. I swear I can smell chamomile as well, quite sour.

T: The fruit is front and center, sour and dry to the bone. Some of the leather and a peppery note sneaks through the apricot. Hay stack and musty blanket emerge as the beer continues to warm. A very interesting and complex beer.

M: Light and bubbly, it rolls smoothly over the palate.

D: The drinkability is really high for me on this one. The apricot is the star of the show, but it is not sweet at all. A pleasant sour funk helps pull the whole picture together. Well done.

Photo of taylor714914
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of eat
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing, hazy apricot-coloured body with a decent bright-white head. Alright retention and lacing.

Smells of apricots, green apple, cider vinegar, lemon, funky barn, sour raspberry, brown sugar, a bit of alcohol. Awesomely complex.

Tons of sour apricot in the mouth. Bright lemon, sweet malt. The finish is sour and drying. Really sour and flavourful. No alcohol showing.

The carbonation is present but made of very small bubbles. Light body.

It's a little too sour to drink much of; it would probably leave you feeling like the time you were ten years old and your parents let you eat as much candy as you wanted. In smaller quantities though, this stuff is awesome. Thanks a ton Eric! This was my favorite brew from that particular session. I'd definitely pick this up if I ever run into it.

Photo of Harvest06
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had the 2013 Apricot Ale.

Photo of chumba526
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle of the apricot. Poured into a hair of the dog glass.

It appears apricot color. It is solid off dark orange color just like an apricot. A small off-white slightly tan head appears a top of the beer.

It smells slightly oaky. There is a nice earthy oaky type of a flavor. I sense a little sour smell. There is a nice floral type of a smell that leads to a nice pure and natural fruity apricot smell.

It tastes initially a bit sour. I get a bit of a rose type of a flavor. A nice tart fruity apricot flavor is apparent. The apricot flavor is very strong but it is very natural tasting. There is a slight sweetness from the apricot that balances the sour flavor of the beer. I get almost a honey like earthy flavor from the beer as well. This beer has a fantastic balance to it.

The carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is champagne like.

The drinkability is fantastic. It has great flavor. It is quite light and it has a great sour flavor but it is not to sour so it is quite easy to drink.

Again cascade has made an amazing beer. I love how the beer is sour yet you can still fully taste the sweet fruity flavor of apricot. Worth buying if you see it.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle tasted as part of a blind Better Beer Authority (BBA) tasting, initial 2011 vintage (before the long-aging process), poured into a large snifter glass and drank over 30 minutes.

A: 3/3 - misty golden-yellow, initial frothy white head settles into a one finger glass lacing, low clarity (cannot see through), moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - a really complex and intense admixture of fruit - apricot, Meyer lemon, lime - and barnyard notes, no detectable hops or malts; no detectable flaws

T: 18/20 - on first sip, there is an intense slap of both fruit and funk; this develops into complex fruit flavors - apricot (of course), lemon, ripe pear, tangerine - admixed with tart, barnyard flavors; as the flavors develop, there was a mild malt and wheat character; more alcohol flavors; finishes very dry

M: 4/5 - high carbonation; obviously, this very complex, and, as a result, it's not easily quaffable

T: 9/10 - wow, again, having this as part of a blind BBA tasting (thanks to Richard Hartogs for the opportunity), this beer totally impressed me; I read on some other reviews that this is an accessible sour, and I totally disagree with that - it's an intensely complex amalgamation of fruit and funk that could be very off-putting to those who don't have experience with sours; my only complaint is the acid brash that I start to experience after drinking too much; in short, this is one of the best American Wild Ales, and, as part of the tasting, I compared it to Cantilllon's Fou' Founne - high praise indeed and definitely recommended!

TOTAL - 45/50

Photo of rpstevens
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**This one was a gusher** It popped and started pouring and I lost about 1/3 of the bottle before I could do anything. This is the first Cascade beer that gushed on me, just a heads up. Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. The beer pours a copper color with an amber center and a thick three finger foamy white head. As the head slowly fades it leaves behind a sticky thick lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is sweet, the tripel notes hit hard and heavy with the sweet apricot characteristics. The apricots introduce the other citrus fruits, which grows to an almost-but-not-quit-peach scent. Beyond the fruits and candied sugar sweetness there is some musty sourness and hay that lets you know you're getting into something funky. Very nice. All the components of the nose get better and more intense as the beer warms.

The taste is different from the smell because the musty/citrus sour notes hit first. The candied sugar and malts of the tripel come in to balance out the tart introduction, but the musty hay, heavy apricot and pear components come through quickly. The finish is tart and acidic, very pleasant.

The beer is well carbonated and has a nice light mouthfeel appropriate for the style. The alcohol is well hidden by the musty and sour flavors, this is one I will look for again in the future, glad this brewery is in New England.

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a nice golden orange color with a light foam. Looks like what you'd expect an apricot sour ale would look like.

S - funk, Brett, sour, tart, lemon, not getting a ton of apricot. Fairly typical wild ale/sour aroma.

T - assertively sour initially, but finishes with a very nice fruity sweetness. Definitely getting a ton of apricot and other stone fruits on the finish. Very bright acidity. Some vinegar, white wine, citrus notes.

M - starts out with a sharp carbonation but still has a nice lingering finish. Light syrupy aftertaste.

O - a very good sour ale. The fruit isn't overwhelming but instead compliments the acidity very well.

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

Poured from a 2011 Project 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Cascade Brewing Barrel House branded short stemmed tulip glass

Pours a hazy gold with amber accents. A big fluffy two and half finger bright white head adorns the glass, fantastic retention and gobs of lacing are left clinging to the sides. Floral and grassy notes, apricot, bready, slightly funky yeast, vinegar, and hints of oak on the nose. Oak, juicy apricot, Juicy Fruit bubblegum notes, yeasty esters, light barnyard funk, that finishes with lactic acid and white wine vinegar sour and tartness. Light medium bodied, moderate effervescent carbonation. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with syrupy accents. One deliciously complex American sour. Definitely one that shouldn't be missed.

Photo of mobius387
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage, 9.0% ABV. Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into my Allagash chalice like snifter glass. Pours a pale and creamy like golden color with a finger or 2 of frothy off-white head. Head has decent retention and spotty, yet sticky lacing. Appearance is slightly cloudy and fizzy.

Aroma is intense! What a great smell for this style of beer! Lots of funk and sharpness, tart and fruity...apricots are pleasantly noticable...not super strong, but there. Slight oak appeal with some dryness. My mouth is litterally watering!

Flavor is awesome! Apricot sweetness there but mild. A great tart and funk controls the majority of the taste. High carbonation but perfect and complimenting. Oak and small notes of vinegar...and dry finish. Light and extremely crisp mouthfeel/body. This is a great drinker! Final thought: an awesome beer from Cascade!

Photo of SierraJosh
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

2012 vintage

Well executed stone fruit sour. Huge notes of apricot and lemon on the nose and mouth puckering fruit forward taste, minimal funk, quite acidic and dry finish. Cheers Cascade.

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

Split a 750 ml three 4 ways. Poured Into a duvel tulip.

A: pours a hazy peachy golden with a nice half a finger of slightly off white head and a touch of lacing.

S: smells of oak and sourness, peach fuzz, apricots, nice!

T: nice tartness right up front, touch of vinegar, then into an awesome peachy/apricot juicyness, delicious, a nice bit of oak on the end. Great sourness, and fruitiness, reminds me of a delicious peachy lemonade.

M: nice light medium mouthfeel with some great creamy carbonation, dry and tart on the finish with a touch of oak. And a nice lingering aftertaste that reminds me of drinking pink lemonade.

O: this beer is delicious, great balance between sweetness and tartness, with an awesome mouthfeel, awesome!

Photo of Jmoore50
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptionally good sour that I need a lot more of.

The appearance is a nice golden color with a slight shade of peach color that makes this beautiful. A great clarity and with a vigorous pour that produces a nice fluffy white head. Great carbonation bubbles struggling to rise through the thick gravity of the beer, beautiful.

The smell was of apricots, peaches, funky must, bread, fruit juice.

The taste was awesome. This was a 2008 bottling of this, so if you do the math, this thing is about two years old. The fruit flavor in this is perfect, and would easily rival Fou Foune in juiciness. It owns a perfect amount of sourness with the sweet fruit flavors. Not as sour as others, but the fresh fruit flavor is like this beer grows from a tree and it was just picked.

The mouthfeel is great, high carbonation that does it right. Great tart flavor with a fruity sweetness that I cannot say enough about. Just amazing.

Highly recommended beer. This thing really kicked ass and took some names. Everyone that tried it loved it and wanted more.

J

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.