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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,353
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 410
Gots: 305 | FT: 35
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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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

StJamesGate, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

flexabull, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

ste5venla, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

koopa, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

ngeunit1, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Metalmonk, May 11, 2010
Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ADTaber, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Lovely85, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DarthKostrizer, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Jspriest, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

KevMo84, May 23, 2014
Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ncstateplaya, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

bobsy, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

shelby415, Sep 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DrinkSlurm, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ncaudle, May 05, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Hanzo, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle in 2012 (2011 Project). Unibroue tulip glass. Pours orange with fizzy and quickly receding head. Smell is sour vinegar with a hint of citrus and apricot (as expected). Major sour flavor from beginning to end. Very slight fruit flavor that seems mostly overpowered by the sour vinegar. Perhaps this mellows and highlights the fruit as it ages? Light bodied with high effervescent carbonation. Just was hoping for more fruit. Way overpriced at $20 a bottle for what it is, but a solid beer overall. I think I just wanted more apricot, because the dry sourness is pretty awesome. Good beer.

BMMillsy, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mltobin, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured into my new Cascade Barrel House snifter. Now that's some classy shit!

Appearance. Pours a hazy peach-amber with almost two fingers of thick and creamy, off-white head that lasts a long time. Beautiful.

Smell. Sweet apricots and some dank old wood with a bit of spice.

Taste. Very tart and sour, again the old wood, a little bit of apricot. Reminds me a bit of sweettarts or sour chews candies with the slightly powdery taste. Very good and very unique ....for me anyways. Really enjoying this one.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with strong, fine carbonation. Nice stuff here.

Overall. Starts out slightly ...shocking with that aggressive sourness but man, this stuff is addictive. Really liked it.

Rutager, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Floydster
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Floydster, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Sliverx for sharing this bottle...

A: Pours a light cloudy yellow with orange hues. There is only a thin pure white head that fades very quickly. All that remains if a tiny ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is tart and biting, with big sour notes. I get vinegar, mild apricot, and that oh so familiar Cascade scent.

T: It starts out crisp and apricot forward, but as it heads towards the middle of the beer, it tightens up and gets really sour. That Cascade yeast and vinegar flavor is unmistakable. The finish is sour and fruit. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's bright and pucker from start to finish. It coats the palate and dries up in the back end.

O: Very nice beer. You know it's a Cascade sour, and you know it was brewed with apricots. Can you really ask for anything more? I'd love to get me hands on a few more bottles and drink this a few times a year.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

oldp0rt, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

egrace84, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

hollywood_15063, Sep 11, 2014
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.