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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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world-class

1,396 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,396
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 437
Gots: 314 | FT: 37
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

"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."
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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of harrymel
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
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.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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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.

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4.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.