Apricot Ale
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Apricot AleApricot Ale
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #68
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #498
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 8.03%
Reviews:
311
Ratings:
1,803
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Apricot AleApricot Ale
Notes: 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 KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/14/18...cloudy, golden copper, fast fizzy white foam w/ sediment floating. Fruity apricot white wine nose. Super puckering sour, heavy fruit. Like biting into a lemon. Slightly oaked.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden yellow color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is good. Very sour and tart apricot aroma. Really mouth puckering tart apricot sourness. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Good beer but a little too much on the sour side for me.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours dim orange with a billowing white head. Gave it a swirl and saw a considerable amount of ropy yeast tendrils. A tiny amount of head sticks around indefinitely, which is a pleasant surprise for an aggressively sour beer.

S - Strong balsamic vinegar notes - tart cherry, lemon curd, stinging acetic.

T - Lactic-forward, sides-of-the-tongue sour bomb. Instantly hits with this massive flavor of fresh lemon, like biting off and chewing a lemon slice, pulp and all. In an instant, you get a natural fruit sweetness mixed with puckering lactic acidity, a great sweet-and-sour pairing. There are also hints of apricot and dark breads, like jam on toast, but you really have to search for it using what's left of your taste buds after that initial acid burn. Doesn't linger long, but what aftertaste there is would best be described as a very light fruit syrup.

M - Full-bodied for the style as per Cascade's all-lacto souring regimen. Lightly coats the mouth with a syrupy texture as it finishes.

O - A bold sour, though it really only hits a single note. I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of apricot flavor, as well. Still, there's a lot this beer gets right, and I'm certainly glad I tried it. Paired perfectly with some funky blue cheese after dinner.

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Photo of Holderness
3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pours a moderately hazy pale orange body with barely any head to speak of, even when poured with significant aeration. Some spotty lacing
S -- Apricot, peach, bretty funk, lacto tartness, wildflower honey, vanilla, fresh cut oak, lime sherbert. Nice and bright
T -- Tons of lacto sourness: lemon, white vinegar, tart apple, quince, cranberry. Getting a little apricot and white oak, but it's pretty masked by the aggressive sourness
F -- Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Pretty easy drinking, although the sourness gets a little grating after a while
O -- A nice, classic American wild ale that is definitely quite well made given the degree of distribution. Like with most American sour brewers, though, the tartness is pretty heavy handed and pushes the beer somewhat out of balance

77/100

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Photo of IKR
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with a small white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Tart apricots and mild grassy notes. The apricots feature nicely.

Taste: Tart apricots, mild hay notes, and some tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: A tasty Cascade offering.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this one too tart for me. It was a 2016, and I have to wonder if letting this sit didn't make it more acidic.

Look was good, pinky orange with a nice finger of head. Smell was tart and you could get the apricot in whiffs. Taste was very tart, with notes of apricot and sour candies. Feel was okay, but hard to take.

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Photo of DBosco
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 500ml bottle, 7.3% ABV. Very hazy apricot gold with moderate carbonation streams, nice white short head that eventually turns to film with some lacing. Smell is not that strong, of apricots. Taste is of tart dry apricots, hitting the right level of sourness. Feel is good, nice body and carbonation. Overall this is a fine wild sour ale with a good dose of apricots.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Labeled as '2015 PROJECT'.
Clear, apricot gold colored body. Surprising long lasting white head, which leaves behind strings and webs of lacing.
Tart aroma of lemon and apricot, along with oak barrel.
Effervescent taste of apricot and sour fruit, along with the oak barrel. Quite sour but not the feeling that it scrapes the teeth. Rather dry.
Bubbly, fizzy mouth feel, lip smacking. Good carbonation.
Outstanding apricot sour. Tannic and acidic at the same time.

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Photo of zeff80
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of tart, fresh apricot with some sweet notes. Very tart and acidic. Lots of apricot flavor.

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Photo of emincems
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It pours golden color with small sized off-white head. Foam leaves a cover on top. Average lacing. It smells funky; apricot, lemon, barnyard and wood. Acidic and woody taste is moderately tart, fairly fruity and low-med malty. Flavors are well rounded and clear. It finishes slightly sour and strongly dry. Body is thick for a sour beer. Where is 8,5% Abv? It's perfectly hidden. Great drinkability and perfect refresher. Awesome brew.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a hazy gold. I get a tart aroma with a hint of apricot. It's intensely sour with a clean finish.

Reviewed the 2016 vintage, in spring of 2017.

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Photo of mkh012
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours semi-cloudy orange with above average head and lacing for a sour.

The nose is peach, band-aid/rubber, sour lemon, and vinegar.

The taste is sour tangerine, apricot, pineapple, and lemon. Very sour but also somewhat drying. Bursting with yellow-orange fruit. 7/10 sourness. Hints of hay to balance things out.

Overall, addicting. Pretty sour and big but not too taxing on the palate. Sour citrus candy.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2015 edition pours a slightly hazy amber with a long lasting off white head. Lots of bubble action. Aroma: sour grain & oak. Taste is initially sour & salty but not overwhelming. Flavor is apricots & peaches & hints of mild funk & barrel flavors. Very interesting how the flavor attacks the roof of the mouth first & works it’s way down with the sourness & carbonation lingering on the tongue. Very mouth watering. Paired with a funky cheese like aged gruyere it’s just incredible.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear gold with a fuzzy, persistent blanket and creamy lace all over the glass.

The aroma consists of fresh apricot and peach, as well as a sort of sticky spice, wine oak, and a hint of carrot.

Slightly stinging, semi-dry sour flavors of lemon spritzed apricot exhibit a sharp oakiness, nearing white wine vinegar, without becoming overly acetic.

There seems to be a theme with these Cascade sours having great, medium to full, perfect bodies and carbonation, and this is no exception.

2016 vintage

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 2013 label vintage, reviewed in February 2016. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: Golden apricot in color, and hazy. A good amount of visible carbonation and a finger of white head fades quickly.

S: A big punch of apricots and peaches up front. Lactobacillus tartness and funk and some horse blanket. The aroma has a nice depth to it, rather than the one-note-Lacto that some of the Cascade offerings have. There’s some cracker malts and a hint of funky feet underneath, but the apricot and Lacto tartness dominate here.

T: Apricots, Lacto, and tart citric acid. Some funk with notes of cheese and feet. Possibly some Brettanomyces-derived dryness as well. Nice balance with the fruitiness, that has notes of peaches and lighter pineapple. The cracker malt peeks out just a little. It finishes with a lingering dried apricots and a puckering dryness, but stops short of having the gum-burning acidity.

M: The body is a bit to the heavy side for style, but offset by being very well-carbonated. Alcohol presence seems fairly low.

O: I really liked this one. I think this seems better than any other Cascade I've had to date. A nice depth to the sour and funk – maybe not as much as the best of sours, but really good. I shall have to seek out more of this. I still have a 2011 sitting, and it will be interesting to compare for sure.

NOTE:
Scores given are for the above bottle. Differences found in a 2014 label vintage bottle below.
A: Surprisingly low level of visible carbonation.
S: Less funk, more fruit, and has more oaky character.
T: More fruit-forward.
M: Similar to above.
O: A bit different, but still very tasty. Interestingly, I ended up scoring them identically.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head.

Smell - The nose would be best described as a nondescript sour nose.

Taste - The nose is best described as a well balanced sour with oak and fresh apricots. The beer is well balanced and not acidic like many trendy sours. The fruit is very evident.

Mouthfeel - For the style, the beer is rich and full bodied.

Overall - Cascade really knows how to do the style.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle shared with friends. Pours healthy and lively, releasing an outrageous aroma of fruit, yeast, spice and funk. The taste is brutally sour, a pucker-your-mouth assault on the senses. Close to vinegar, but more gentle. I alternatively loved and hated it, and definitely could not drink any more than a small glass. Overall unique and tasty, but only for true sour fans.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle with a buddy. We both poured into tulips. My observations: the appearance was a transparent golden color with a slim amount of carbonation bubbles rising at a slow pace. Finger’s worth of white foamy head slid off fairly quick. Not much lace. The aroma had a nice blend of sweet to tart apricots, lactic behavior, sweet wood, smooth sweet grassiness, a touch of pine needle, light floral tones, and a little bit of white grape/vinous quality at the end, acceptable. The flavor blended the sour to the tart to the sweet very nicely. Apricots with a little bit of vinous and oaky tones run over some hay to semi-dry grassy aspects to guide into the aftertaste and slide into the finish. The palate was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under and creating a pretty good sipping quality about it since the acidity did seem to produce the expected harshness I got, but wasn’t too bad. Carbonation did feel on par and the ABV felt just a touch under, but wasn’t too far off, maybe closer to 7%. Overall, lucked out on getting this one. Good thing my buddy paid for this.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy bright yellow color with a bit of white foam. Aroma has some medicinal fruit notes and some bright apricots​. Taste starts tart, fruity but also medicinal, quite dry on the finish. Medium body and carbonation, quite dry on the aftertaste. Not bad but it's a quite weird sour fruit ale.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not Fou but still a great example of an apricot sour. Very tart with Apricot flesh and and skin flavor really putting this beer over the top. Can't wait to try more from Cascade.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is very good. The apricot works terrifically well. Nice and tart, just shy of too much, with a big fruit flavour with minimal sweetness. A little bit of funkiness, but it is pretty slim. Some oak. Quite a clean taste. Very refreshing, with a tingly body that is lively but not annoying. Really nice and a great display of apricot.

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

Tart apricots, sour lemons, and super sour warheads dominate the aroma early. I was surprised to find that the smoky oak character ubiquitous in almost all Cascade brews was missing from the back of the tongue at first, but it popped up after the brew was given some more time to warm up. Milder nuances of fruit skins and hay also join the fray along side the oak.

This is impossibly sour. I'm pretty sure I've had beers that were probably more sour than this in my lifetime, but for some reason I couldn't get around how sour this beer was when I first sipped it.

The lemon vinegar like astringent sourness is somewhat balanced by a soothingly mild apricot backdrop, which after a while rounds out the acidity and becomes a more pleasant fruity tartness. Not too sure on the usual oaky Cascade notes as my palates were too busy recovering from the hellfire of sour, but there was a hint of funk and hay toward the end of the glass.

Medium-light body with a decent amount of prickly carbonation; crisp and I would say refreshing had it not been for the unstomachable level of sourness that I experienced at the onset. This could probably benefit with a heftier malt bill, or at least something to neutralize the sour-gut inflicting acidity this brew seems to have taken on, but I can definitely see this satisfying many a twisted fantasies of sour freaks around the globe

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Photo of patre_tim
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yellow and really hazy. Little carbonation, and 2 fingers of yellow-white head.

Smells of apricots, and its fruity with hints of sour, unripe fruit. Lambic qualities, with dusty cellar and wooden barrels.

Wonderfully sour and dry, Cantillon style all the way. Fruity apricots, but no evident sweetness. Sour lambic funk, acidic lemons, hints of wood and oak from the barrel ageing.

Thick and sour body. moderately low carbonation.

Got at Whole Foods in Santa Rosa, CA a month ago. Drinking in New Hamburg, Oct 13th, 2016. Super good brew. So close to the dry, unsweetened, Brussels classics I love. So glad to have gotten my hands on this one.

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Photo of Moose90
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the barrelhouse

A — Pours an orangey lemony hue with a slim white head on it, some light lacing.

S — Holy apricot, very fuzzy.

T — Lemon, Apricot, Peach, fuzzy and fresh.

M — Light in body, semisweet finish.

O — Very well done, like drinking a sour apricot.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle, from the 2015 project. Didn't I already have one from these guys that was made with apricot pits?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy bone-white head, which leaves some layered descending cloud form lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of rather tart stone fruit, sour yeast/bacterial infection, grainy pale and wheat malt, underripe lemon rind, and a small earthy and oaky woodiness. The taste is sharply acidic lemon, lime, and, sure, sour apricot 'fruitiness', a bit of musty and white cheesy funkiness, grainy and bready pale malt that has wisely battened down the hatches, a strange bitter green essence that might be hops (but who can tell), and more gentle oaky and vanillan woody notes.

The carbonation is actually quite active in its near palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent enough middleweight, and smooth, that is if you've got your cognitive dissonance chip in full working order. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, still good and sour/tart, but with a sense of a malt backbone that is determined to keep this one afloat.

Overall, a very well-made and bracingly pungent sour fruit ale, with the guest apricot having to share space with some of its pushier tart colleagues. An eye-opener, that's for sure, even with the professionally hidden north of 7 points of alcohol, as well as the typically stratospheric shelf tag.

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Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1803 ratings