Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 263
Hads: 1,575
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 447
Gots: 370 | FT: 44
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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 yourefragile
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (422 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 2011 Project.

Wonderful orange and yellow apricot glow. Opaque. A creamy white head hits with lots of staying power, merringue like top and like a dolop of icing. Great looking here.

Nose is fantastic. Brett sharp citrus, and tangy apricot funk angles. Nice oak round character and a hiding sweetness, sense of pepper very light also. It smells absolutely fantastic, just mouthwatering.

Palate hits with all that sour apricot sensations. Very tart finish, and lingering depth of malt. Huge thick teeth coating action and feel with a real nice light body. Palate doesn't unfortunately provide the depths of flavor that are hinted on the nose though. Juicy. Brings out more candy orange drops, and lemon tangy zip. Just a hint of wet but incredibly quenching and easy to drink.

What a fantastic exception if you can't have Fou Foune! I love the fact this is made in America would love to have this on a regular basis. (962 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Glowing yellow ornage in color with a solid lasting head and a trickle or two of lace. The fun starts with a simple smell of the beer; apricots! Sour! And the ecstasy continues into the taste, where there is a lot of awesome flavor to fit into the smorgasbord. Apricots all around, but it's not over the top, sour all around, but not over the top, acidic but not over the top, and even some complimentary lemon flavor. And then I learned it was 8.5% ABV, which is amazing considering that there is no harshness to be found. Without a doubt a treat and one of the best beers I've tasted in 2011. (636 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange, hazy body. Medium white head. Dissipates to an unbalanced collar.

Smell - Very acetic. Stone fruits, apricot. A bit of oak. Apricot comes out as it warms.

Taste - Much less oppressive with the acetic sourness. Pale malt. Sourness is strong, but more varied. Apricot and stone fruit is very prominent up front. Other citrus flavors seem to linger afterward. Still quite acetic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Medium bodied. Pushing the limits of very sour.

Overall - Enjoyable, but really sour, which masks any complexity it has. A passive taste doesn't reveal all of the flavors. (662 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing beer! This is the 2008 vintage at 9% abv. Slightly murky orngein color wih a very nice mousse-like head that leaves some lacing. Wonderful aromas of crushed ripe apricots with some tannic notes from the skins. Similar depth of flavor in the mouth, with vibrant ripe apricot,tnnin from the skins, a deep background bitternes, and a lactic tartness throuhout. Wonefuly balnced, quenching and evocative of a summers day. Fairly tart and lactic in the mouth, this is just deligtful all around. (505 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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! (1,332 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottling
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of tart pitted fruit with a solid shot of funk. The nose is full of citrus and lactic aroma's. The flavor is quite tart and acidic. A solid shot of lemons and sweet tarts with some light tart fruit, a hint of alcohol and a sneaky bit of oak and vanilla. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a tart lactic bubbly mouthfeel. This is a really nice sour ale, I really enjoyed this on the night before hurricane Sandy. (553 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Though the bottle says something about it being good for aging, I've now had the 2007 and the 2008, and the fresher bottle is far superior to the aged bottle. The apricots were dull in the 2007 bottle and vibrant in the 2008 bottle.

The beer is light orange with a white head. The retention is good.

The aroma is sugary, with some lactic character. Fresh and ripe apricots dominate the nose. They smell pretty fantastic. The flavor is sugary ripe apricots with just a little tartness, tannins, and astringency. I don't know that I'd call this a sour; I think fruit beer is more accurate. For the high ABV, I tasted no alcohol.

The beer is light bodied and light on the tongue, with an enjoyable high level of carbonation. Though there is a little lactic character and a little tartness, I'd call this a fruit ale rather than a wild ale. If you open it thinking "wild" I think you'll be disappointed by how tame the beer is, but it's a quality fruit beer for sure. It's subtle and authentic, like all of Cascade's stuff. (1,036 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden orangish color with good carbonation, a gusher, but once it settled it was nice

S: Fresh, ripe apricot, sour, hints at wood

T: Pretty acidic, carbonation was a little much, plenty of apricot, wood, def wine like texture

M: Effervescent but crisp

D: Pretty good overall (291 characters)

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

On tap at the barrel house the other day.

The beer pours a golden, honey orange color with good head retention and decent lacing. As one would expect, I pick up a considerable amount of apricot on the nose, along with some vanilla and light cherry. I really didn't pick up much of a sour component in the aroma profile, which made my first taste all that much more of a surprise. While not over the top, the sour aspect of this beer really dominates the flavor profile, though I pick up considerable apricot as well. There is also some light vanilla and lemom/lime as well that is intriguing and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, sour apricot finish. The sour component really seems to counter and lighten the alcohol impact on the finish, and once again I was surprised to learn that the abv. was 8.5%. Ultimately, drinkability is pretty good in this beer, though the sour wore on me a bit after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid effort from the folks at Cascade. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle into a FW tulip

pours a bubbly golden color with a half inch thick white head that quickly fades. smell is quite sour with a big amount of fruit...apricots? sure. taste starts out lip puckeringly sour and very tart and lasts all the way through. definitely one of cascades sourer beers...almost as much as noyeux but not quite. has a fruity kick to it too that makes it all the more enjoyable. real drinkable. medium carbonation with a medium body.

overall one of cascades best. love it and have returned to it many times. (536 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rutager, 750ml into a tulip. 2010 bottling.

Murky orange with a billowing white head, that's transient and fades to a white ring with mild retention. Nose has some blond ale leanings with acetic character, sweeter oak and fruitiness - apricot is light but identifiable. A bit of Macintosh apple as well. Taste is acetic up front, vinegar, apricots over a sweeter blond ale character. More green/Macintosh apple, without any alcohol. Sweet/sour finish, medium carbonation and acetic pucker, which gives impression of a carbonation that's higher than it is. More apricot flavour here than Fou Foune I thought, but doesn't hold that same kind of funk that the Cantillon provides - superior in fruit flavour inmy mind though. A fantastic fruited sour. (760 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 purchased from the brewpub back in November .. I've been sitting on this one for too long... poured into my Chimay goblet..

1" head dies back quick.. not a great cap.. and only little lacing.. I guess that is sorta expected with the acidity and the higher ABV.. the brew is hazy lite orange.

The nose is more fruity than sour.. sorta smells like the bottom of a apricot basket in the heat of summer (in a good way :-) Obvious apricot and a significant amount of sour..

Flavor is better.. It is amazing how much better apricots work better on the palate than the nose.. flavor is sorta jammy for about a quarter second.. Then the sour hits with a lactic slam.. not acetic like the blackberry.. the palate reminds me of yellow cling peach essence and fresh apricot skin.

The body is way heavier than most American sours.. but it honestly helps with the thick fruitiness on this one.. The carbonation combined with the acid sorta sucks the saliva from my mouth.. It is by no means dry. just sour from the fruit and the lactic additions.. Drinkablity take a hit on my book just because it is sorta heavy AND sour.. subtract carefully either element and it helps.. but now... on this nearly 9% bottle.. and this is a sipper that I really probably should have shared with somebody else.

Hugely interesting.. and the backbone beer actually shows through with the triple maltiness.. and helps everything tie together quite well. (1,432 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottling. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy/hazy orange with a tall, fluffy, off-white head that had decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly sour with the apricot in the background. There were just hints of the base grain and the yeast. The story was pretty much the same on the tongue, the bitter sourness dominates and the apricot (which is not my favorite fruit) is in the background.

The body was thinner than I like in a Tripel (which is the base beer for this, according to the label). Drinkability was OK, but nothing that made me want more.

Overall, a good beer that you may enjoy more than I did. Worth trying if you see it. (670 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is the 2009 vintage and pours a somewhat cloudied amber in color with a two finger and very effervescent head. The aromas are of very, very fresh apricots. It kind of smells like those candy Peach rings. It is very fruity and somewhat sweet. For the style it isn't on par but otherwise it does smell appealing. It tastes of tart dried apricots and peaches, almost like a poor man's geueze. There is a slight dryness but you do get a good amount of sweet and candied fruit. It drinks semi dry and light to medium in body. Overall this beer is just ok in my opinion. I appreciate that they made a beer with this fruit but it is just so fresh and fruity, even being the 2009 vintage. I would like a more tartness or a legitimate sourness and not so much gummy candies. If this beer was drier, and had some funk, it could be spectacular. Right now, it's just ok and not really of your $20+. (898 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle opened March 2015.

A - Loosely bubbled off-white head has nice retention and low lace. Opaque bright apricot body.

S - Sweet apricot jam with tart lemon and SweetTart candies.

T - Tart, crisp, underripe apricots and white peaches. Sweet apricot jam through the center. Acidic lemons and tart passionfruit finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full body with a really nice bright acidity.

O - Delicious apricot flavor, even 2+ years out, with a bold, smooth, well integrated acidity. (495 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. This is a 2011 bottle.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy, fizzy ivory foam. A good looking beer!

Smell: sweet aroma with a light sourness and a touch of farmhouse funk. The apricot comes through nicely but is not overpowering at all. It has a very natural quality to it.

Taste: a nice moderate sourness and a light funk start off the flavor, which then reveals a rather strong sweetness and a good apricot flavor, which blends well with the acidity. As the other elements begin to fade away, the tartness reestablishes itself on the palate. A nicely dynamic flavor, although it's not super-complex. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a mouth-filling if evanescent creaminess. Works for me!

Overall: this is a tasty and very refreshing beer; insanely drinkable for its high ABV. I happen to love well-done fruit sours, and this beer is no exception. This is where I eschew objectivity and just say that this is a beer that really works for me; love it! (1,117 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an ice tea brown with a thin head and good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: I'm getting more of a acetic aroma with very faint apricots and oak notes in the mix. I kinda get a little vinegar as well after a couple whiffs.

T: mild tart acetic apricot backbone with oak accents like the nose but not really to sweet to throw off the balance in the beer.

M: Meduim body beer with good bubbly carbonation that adds tingles to the flavor.

D: I always enjoy cascade beers and this one is no exception. Glad that I've been able to try this brew a couple times. (565 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle thanks to apocalypsezombie. Cheers Tom!

It pours a hazy orange..apricot colour with a huge head of billowy foam. The tip of the foam looked so inviting so I tongued it. Hehe...sour apricot. Who'd have thunk. Oh, and there's some good lacing left behind as the foam shrinks slowly.

The smell: fruity tartness, big, oakiness medium, vanilla, hints. I can't wait to take my first "official" sip.

Ahh...sour apricot is so delicious up front and in the finish. Just the right amount of oak and light vanilla notes rounding off this most excellent brew.

The second pour done and it's a more than hazy. The foam was also easier to deal with, about a finger's worth. The sourness never goes over the top so this, I think, would be a great beer to share with someone newish to the style. I also like how the abv is approachable; some slight warming but it doesn't hurt the drinkability at all.

I wish this came in smaller packages so I wouldn't have to finish it in one go. I'll be sad when it's gone.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, excellent mouthfeel.

Clearly, another great offering from the gang at Cascade! (1,129 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach colored pour, damn, apricot, nectarine and peach all look so cool when done well, this one, with a clean white head, looks damn near perfect. Good bitter fruit aroma, very enjoyable.

Taste, hides alcohol well, fruit appears plenty fresh, excellent sour quality to it, plenty high, but not ridiculous to overwhelm the fruit. Leans to the sour more than sweet side for sure. Doesn't have that high fructose sweetness to it that lesser lambics and fruit beers will delve into.

Carbonation keeps it from too much heft on the palate in terms of mouthfeel and aftertaste. The slight wood finish to it is never soggy, its a dry one. Did I mention that the alcohol tastes nonexistant? Pricey at $20 a bottle. But thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to March Madness 2011. Hell of a time, we drank this one before the Marquette/Syracuse game, had me worried about drinking an orange beer that it would help the Orange. No such luck! Sweet Sixteen for Marquette! (964 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle shared with some hoser 6/5/13 thanks Rutager for the bottle

A hazy golden orange with a few bubbles and a film for foam that leaves a few spots for lace

S big apricot nose with lots of wood and funk, a little vinegar and faint cheese, straight forward but great

T very similar to the nose but just toned down slightly, the intensity of the fruit just doesn’t quite match the nose but still tastes great

M light and sour but not puckering, turning my mouth inside out sort of thing, fairly dry and just a little grit left behind after the fact

O mellow on the sour and a very solid beer all around, worth looking for

Something I’d drink again but I know it’s not cheap, pretty stoked I have the blueberry version to look forward too (774 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden colour with a tiny white head. Fair head retention.

Rich fruity apricot aroma with some great peachiness. Love the rounded character and the limited sourness.

Slightly sweet with just a touch of sourness. Nice fruity character and the apricot really comes through. Stunning.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Puckering.

A great beer. Solid fruit flavour. Love it despite it not necessarily being the perfect example of the style. (456 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a hazy orange-golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart medium fruits - apricots and pears. Also present are hints of light and indistinct malts and even lighter hints of spicy oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off before being overwhelmed by medium fruit flavors - apricots and pears as with the aroma. The tartness is toned down a bit from the aroma but is still fairly large. Midway through the sip the tartness fades just a bit as oak flavors work their way into things. The fruit flavors take back over before a crisp and moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was a pretty big fan of this beer - it's not my favorite from Cascade but for a middle-of-the-road beer from a brewery they're doing pretty well. Worth a shot. (1,047 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottling per the label, courtesy of mrand01 from our in person trade yesterday.

Pours a nice deep golden honey color with a thick cream colored 2 inch head on top and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Aromas begin quite lactic and acidic with plenty of fruity smells; apricot obviously but it also almost smells like peaches. I've heard apricots smell and taste like peaches when added to a beer. The sourness is def also present like fresh green unripened apples with a hint of oak barrel.

The tastes begin with sweet apricot immediately met with sour acidity. The oak and fruit provide a fair amount of tannins which dry out the beer quite a bit; pretty sour but not overly so that becomes a sipper or you need a glass of water.

The carbonation is quite high on the mouthfeel and the beer is very dry, especially on the finish, which I like in this style. Less sweet and quite dry; the way a fruity Belgian Flanders should be. Crazy high drinkability for 9.0%ABV. Not that I am going to but I could pound this if I had to; carbonation might slow me down but just saying...

Overall this is my first Cascade sour and I couldn't be happier with it; also my first apricot sour. Very enjoyable but just like all sours I will only really crave/want them on these crazy hot summer days when normal heavy beer is just undrinkable. Do I have to drink this again, no, but would I, definitely. Blows all that crap Lindemans brews way out of the water. (1,454 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 750ml bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a honey gold, apricot?, with nice carbonation. Light white, rises about three fingers and is gone right away.

The aroma is very strong tons of a sweet apricot. Its almost like honey, not a lot of tart here at all. The epitome of a fruit beer.

The taste is a little let down to me. I was expecting something that was a really nice sweet, instead its a weird carbonated juice. There is some light apricot and a hint of a sour finish, but otherwise disappointing.

A very light feel, easy to drink but kinda blah that wouldn't make me want to drink much. (624 characters)

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.