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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,239 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 394
Gots: 283 | FT: 34
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Jason, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

nickfl, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

WVbeergeek, Jul 11, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

The bottle was shared by Kegatron at a recent tasting, thanks Heath! Poured chilled from the 750ml into a goblet.

The color is golden peachy body with white cap of 1/4 inch and fine bead. The lace clings ok with slight film on the glass. It appears exactly as it should very attractive apricot appearance in the glass. The smell is strong and fruity with apricot and mild sweet malt note with slight floral ester and tings of yeast in the esters too with gentle tropical note and the aroma is fairly juicy scented. The feel is highly carbonated with mild sweetness and slight tartness from the fruit with a slight sweet tart qauality and mild tanginess lingering with a semi-sweet fruity finish.

This ale has a nice apricot taste, yet you get a true sense of the base beer with the malt flavor supporting very well. The taste has a semi-floral fruit tinge with some mellow candy and jammy flavors iwth light sour element in the background adding to the tangy mild and sweet essence. There is a slight tart flavor in the finish. Overall I loved this a great way to end the evening with a flavor that is both full and subtle where it counts -I would never have guessed this is 8%, it definitely has the balance of sweet and sour covered.

Slatetank, Aug 10, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks Chris, I really wanted to try something from these guys. Beer poured into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with not a lot of carbonation and a nice head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Beer's aroma is quite fruit with almost a cherry air to it with nice sour and apricot notes.

Beer tastes great, very tart, nice acidity and good fruit flavors with a mild sweetness. Very tasty overall. The sourness is a little subtle but a great beer all around. Loved it.

drabmuh, Jun 09, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

an absolutely gorgeous beer, totally brings cascade into my most desired breweries list. thanks to my twin brother for making this happen somehow. understated pale yellow color to this, with an active rising white bubbly head, but its the nose that hooks me hard. it smells like fresh apricot, really and truly, the most authentic fruit nose ever, its perfect. i smell the little fuzzies, the juicy flesh, the pollen, the woody pit, all of it, its genius. it has got some lactic funk too and its dry and just making my mouth water like nothing else. superb smell, best i can recall. the flavor is a little less fluently apricot, still head and shoulders more genuine than any other apricot beer ive had, but its not quite as in my face as the aroma. tart as anything too from the yeast and bugs, its funky, summery, desserty. like smuckers apricot jam its got all that sugar, but doesnt really taste sweet, thats the brilliance of this brew. great carbonation and a really intense sour prickle, more than i can almost take. dries me right out too, i cant get enough. in a night packed with world class sours, this was perhaps my favorite. its authentic fruit and tart acidity make a great combination, i would love to drink this again. incredible beer.

StonedTrippin, Dec 17, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%

First had: bottle from...er...not sure where I got it.

A slightly hazy golden-orange pour that got hazier towards the end of the bottle. A somewhat aggressive pour yielded a large foamy cap of white head that settled down to a thick collar, leaving quickly-receded lacing on the glass. Tart, lactic aroma, apricot and pear. This obviously followed through into the taste, with the tart apricot pretty much dominating all, with a biscuity malt base detectable. Pretty sour, I must say. This followed an Upland Blackberry, and pretty much nuked my palate even after that one. A woody, barrel profile emerged later, getting more pronounced near the middle/end of the bottle. Medium body, spritzy carbonation. Quite good overall, but not something I'd drink regularly. I definitely needed an antacid after this and the Upland.

Rifugium, Apr 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

oline73, Jan 04, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

This beer was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours. We took the cage off the beer and let the bottle sit there for a few minutes while we waited to drink it. With no warning, the cork shot off with a loud pop and hit the light fixture. The beer slowly gushed out after the cork shot off.

2009 vintage. The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong apricot. The flavor is heavy on the apricots with some light tartness. The beer is semi-dry and retains a little of the sweetness from the fruit. Very drinkable. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%

From notes, got to sample this at SC Day on 2/6/09.

a - A nice amber/copper color with a small amount of head.

s - Amazing how it smells like pure apricot. Very sweet smell, I really enjoyed it.

t - Taste is a bitter sweet apricot taste. It had a little funk and was a little more bitter than I was expecting, but it was still very good.

m - Light to medium body with small to moderate carbonation.

d - Overall this was a very interesting and enjoyable lambic. I thought the smell was amazinf and the taste pretty good. I thought it would be a little less bitter and am not sure if I could drink a whole one without sharing, but I was very glad I got to try it and enjoyed it.

mdfb79, Feb 11, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Sampled June 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that slowly subsides in to a persistent, dense, creamy layer of foam that resides atop the beer. The beer is a bright copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, beautiful, orange-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fresh, floral, ripe apricots, not quite as exuberant in volume as an actual rip apricot, but it definitely captures the essence quite well. The aroma has me picturing myself biting into a perfectly ripe apricot that is sweet and tart with a bit of tannic character in the skin. There is not a whole lot of other, more beery notes going on here, but the fleshy, skin scented apricot notes are so alive and fresh here that I am finding the nose quite interesting. The nice thing is that apricots are not a in your face fruit, so even though they are the dominant note here in the nose it is still not a loud, in-your face apricot character. After the beer has warmed up for a bit there is perhaps a touch of dough-like malt in the nose, but it is still quite subtle if not down right fleeting.

The beer is lightly tart tasting and is infused with a floral, almost flower-nectar essence of apricots. The beer finishes with a touch of a tannic bit as well as a wisp of higher alcohols and some spiciness that seems to be influenced by spicy oak notes and a touch of wood-character. The finish doesn't shake the infused apricot essence that perfumes the whole of this beer though. The lactic tartness, while present and noticeable, really serves to accentuate the fruit character here; it melds with the fresh fruit notes and intertwines with it in such a way that one really just imagines the tartness of a biting into a fresh, perfectly ripe, apricot. There is a bit of a bite to the finish here, a bitterness from the hops used in the Tripel. There are also some warming alcohol notes here in the finish, but they are quite mellow for a Tripel, more contributing to the general spiciness than anything. There is just enough residual sweetness here to boost the fruit flavor just that much more; I wouldn't describe this as a sweet beer, though it isn't bone dry either. The finish is quite dry, but still has a floral, flower-nectar note to it that lingers on in the palate along with a clean, peppery spice note.

The second pour has a bit more haziness to it, which corresponds with a touch of a yeast bite. I really like the balance between floral, fruity apricot flavors and the spicy, bitter, peppery finish, these notes balance together quite well and even lead into the next sip, thus continuing the cycle of flavors. The body is light enough to be dangerously quaffable, it is well within the Tripel range though (for instance it is not as light as something like a Duvel that is at the same strength). A hint of phenolics become noticeable and they subtly tie in with the spicy finish. I like how the oak plays a truly supporting role here, it adds to the tannic structure and the spiciness of the finish, but isn't overtly noticeable.

This seems to have rounded & softened up a bit since I tasted this back in October. It is much more fruit focused, or at least some of the sharper phenolic notes seem to have aged out such that the fruit is much more noticeable. It is still not overly funky, in fact it is arguably not very complex (except that it does achieve a complex apricot character), but it is such a great use of this particular fruit; it is certainly the quintessential apricot beer that I have had. As a show case for the use of fruit in beer it easily out shines the sticky sweet New Glarus stuff by a long mile. If you like apricots and I mean you are a stickler for only enjoying fresh, abundantly ripe ones, then this is the beer for you.

October 2009
3/4/4/3/3.5
3.65

The beer pours with a pale gold color that is quite clear. It is topped by a pale, white colored ring of a head with a careful pour. The aroma is quite fruity, as expected, but also has as significant floral and even almost herbal edge to it in the finish. The apricot is noticeable, but not overly expressive. There is a light sourness to the aroma as well and the fruit notes remind me of a mix of apricot and Meyer lemon.

The beer is quite dry, pretty light bodied, definitely tart and has a nice aromatic-flavor of apricots; the apricot character is fleshy, almost juicy in quality. This finishes with some phenolic notes in the finish that adds a light, biting sharpness and there is also a bit of astringency. The phenolics contribute a mix of notes of curing plastic and a pale smokiness, though these are kept fairly muted. This is quite drinkable and really hides its alcohol quite well, I wouldn't have guessed that the base beer, before souring and fruit, was a Tripel. It could use a bit more complexity to be truly great, but it is quite drinkable and tasty.

Gueuzedude, Jul 03, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

From a 750 mL bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a hazy golden with a mild fizzy white head.

S: Apricot city, very fragrant with some lactic acid.

T: True apricot flavour, with a moderate lactic acid. There's no real funk here, I heard Cascade doesn't use Brett. That's fine, this is very tasty, apricots/acid/light wood.

M: Moderate acid, with an elegant easy carbonation which makes the beer light on the tongue and easy to drink.

D: The bottle said 9%, this feels nowhere near it. Dangerously drinkable for its ABV, a damn good fruit beer.

Halcyondays, May 15, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

beernads, Apr 05, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -7.6%

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are extremely high; I had Cascade's Kriek and loved it. 7.76% ABV according my bottle; also marked "2011 Project." Reviewed live.

Normally I'd let this warm a bit, but the bottle advises serving at 40 degrees so I'll open it cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I have too much respect for the Kriek to even consider pairing this with food.

Acquired locally for around $18 if I remember right.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of nice cream, disappointing thickness (not that it's thin; it just isn't all that thick), and average retention (~2 minutes). Body colour is a muted dull apricot orange. Translucent but nontransparent and hazy. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Little lacing as the head recedes. It's not much to look at, admittedly.

Sm: Wild yeast/bacteria, sourness, lactose, fermented peach, tart fruit, apricot, pale malts, and crystal malts. An appealing sour aroma. I can't wait to try it, though the apricot is a bit restrained; the fruit I do get is more peach.

T: Sour, but not necessarily puckerworthy. It's far less sour than the kriek, anyway. Apricot and peach fruit feels deep and complex, with excellent layering between pale and crystal malts. Tart, especially on the backend. Incredibly well balanced and very nicely built, but it does lack the degree of subtlety I expect in a world class sour. It's incredibly well executed, with wonderful bacterial and wild yeast notes. I do wish it was more sour, but it's got plenty of sourness as is. Not too much lactic yeast either; most of the sourness is tart and fruit-derived rather than funky or lactic. Very tasty and not at all too sweet. Oak sits in the background lending a pleasant guiding tone.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp. Refreshing. Perfect carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: An incredibly drinkable, wonderful apricot sour from Cascade. I walked into it expecting it to fill the shoes of the Kriek, which was wrong of me - but it remains a fantastic wild ale that will please sour fans. I'll have no trouble killing the bottle by myself; I wouldn't want to share it out of pure greed. I'd definitely pick this one up for aging or just for more consumption. Cascade continues to impress; I definitely have to visit them at some point. This is a highly recommended sour, and may be the best apricot beer I've ever had period.

Low A-

kojevergas, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

oriolesfan4, Nov 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

InspectorBob, Oct 07, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml bottle courtesy of ipa247. Thanks again Jeff!

The bottle opens with an explosive pop and pours a cloudy dark golden orange/amber color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger soapy off white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic chnks of soapy lacing behind.

Very funky aroma with lots of dry champagne like brett effervescence, earthy oak tannis and luscious fresh apricot notes. Slight lacto presence with oak, vanilla and subtle vinegary barnyard notes. The nose on this beer is very complex and although there is a lot of brett character, there's also some authentic barnyard horsey funk, vinegar and uber-fresh fruit.

Slightly funky, dry tart medium body that's on the lighter end of the spectrum. Slightly vinegary and mouth puckering without being acidic at all. The lacto presence from the aroma is very prominent and give the mouthfeel a smooth creamy character. Lots of earthy oak tannis from the barrel aging that gives off some vanilla flavor. Dry bretty effervescence balanced b a very prominent juicy apricot flavor. Extremely quaffable and the high ABV id undetectable. Again, as in the aroma, there is a nice authentic funkiness that adds to the flavor and complexity of an already excellent beer. Recommended!

corby112, May 26, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

750 mL "2008 Bottling" shared with two friends. First in our Cascade testing.

Cloudy golden amber color with a thin fizzy off white head that has nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is exceptional punch of brett funk and apricot sweetness, lemon, fresh grass, etc. Medium bodied with strong, fine carbonation. Flavor is pleasant balance of earthy funkiness and sweet and tart apricot. Very unique and very drinkable.

yourefragile, Mar 12, 2010
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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