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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale
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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
cascadebrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ccrida on 04-18-2008

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4.27
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Photo of IBUnit63
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Relatively quiet pop of the composite cork that was a pliers-size bitch to get out of the corked & caged 750 bottle. Hell, the cage was wicked tight, too - wire handle a little too small. Either way, it's going into a Duvel tulip.

There's not a lot of head here - just a few light bubbly wisps above a...well...apricot-colored...body (at least slightly). Slight honey and bourbon tones, too. A few extremely slow wisps of carbonation. The wisps stay for a while and leave a little decent lace.

Nice beastie smell layered and well-blended with huge apricot essence, with a little bit of added muscat notes. Huge yeast electricity and raw grains make this an enjoyable scent.

It's dry...of course it is...but not as dry as, say, something like Fou Fonne, which is Dust Bowl dry. A smidge of residual apricot sweetness melds with a dry balsa wood/oak complement, and the light Belgian malts provide the appropriate backbone.

Palate feel provides great acidity along with the oak/lacto combination. Apricot ripeness preclude the supreme pucker we would otherwise expect; hops? Not really part of the equation - perhaps a mild addition of Styrian Goldings but that's about it. Good Belgian pale malt character along with an extra dry sweet & sour notion.

This one works. It works slowly, but it works. Just what I was in the mood for...something less dry than Brute yet less beefy than the bottle of Consecration I have downstairs.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The cork blew off this one and hit the ceiling. Very hazy orange color, nice big head that disappeared really quickly and didn't leave a ton of lacing.

S - Wow, this is the most apricoty beer I have ever tasted. Smells like fresh, or maybe dry apricots, not the artificial stuff that a lot of these apricot beers smell like.

T - Apricot taste dominates. It's slightly sour, but there's a big apricot sweetness that takes over everything else. It's a very natural apricot taste that is nice and sweet and a great lambic take on the fruit itself.

M - Medium bodied, syrupy, nice carbonation.

D - Surprised this is over 8% abv. For that reason it is pretty drinkable, but the syrupy sweetness keeps it from getting super drinkable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of mechamifune
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange/gold. A slight, creamy head develops along with a whole lot of champagne-like bubbles in the glass. Looks pretty inviting to me.

Smell fruity, tart (is tart actually a smell? whatever, its the smell I always seem to pick up on sour beers) with a little bit of funk. A pleasant smell, maybe not as fruity as I would have thought.

Taste is sour upfront, not super, mouth-puckering sour, but sour for sure. Followed up with a bit of pulpy fruitiness (presumably apricot, but I won't lie and pretend I would assume that if there weren't a great big apricot on the bottle). No real bitterness, and the slight bit of funk I got in the nose isn't really there in the taste. Finishes pretty dry and without any kind of strong lingering aftertaste (or at least not as much of one as I usually find in this style). The more you drink and the more it warms, the more you adapt to the sour aspect and the dense fruitiness really starts to show through. A nice taste all in all.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and easy to drink. There are some relatively strong flavor notes in this beer and it is super easy to drunk. They got this element almost perfect for the style.

Overall, this was an interesting and enjoyable beer for me. For the price tag, though, I'm not sure i'd buy it again. I've probably had about a dozen sour beers at this point, and I kind of consider it the last beer frontier for me. Within the style, its probably the best i've had (or close to it). If you don't like sour beer or have never had it before, i'm not so sure this would convert you though...or at least I wouldn't take the chance for the steep price tag.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours an amber hue, with a decent amount of hops. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. Aroma is very fruity as would be expected, with apricot, lemon and some earthiness. Some funk in there as well. Flavor is an excellent combo of sweet and sour. More sour than sweet, but a surprising amount of fruit and some malt as well balance out the sourness very well. Nice citrus notes as well. Modest amount of carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent beer - my favorite in this style.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for this generous present. Poured into a tulip. Nice medium gold orange color with just a tiny bit of haze and a good one inch head on top.

Nice tart aroma with candied fruit. Very enjoyable aroma; it starts sour nicely blends into a sweet aroma as well.

The taste is a nicely balanced sour flavor. I get a bit of spiciness from the yeast as well. orange zest is also evident. Very nice.

The carbonation is lively and enjoyable. The drinkability is relatively high for this style. The sourness is in the forefront, but well balanced with a sweet finish and other flavors to make this a really nice beverage.

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Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up to a slow gush, looks infected, hope not. Its a 2009 also.
Poured a nice deep copper color with a thick and creamy white head, nice retention and good lacing.

The smell is very sour, almost a malt vinegar quality, very nice.

The flavor is dominated by the big sour flavors with and underlying tropical fruit quality, I get more pineapple than apricot, but it might be that the apricot has dropped out a bit due to age, the flavors gel incredibly well non the less.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

Very nice Flanders Style Sour.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with tendermorsel...thanks man

The color can best be described by using the name of the beer itself; this is an apricot-colored ale. A beautiful example at that. At least 2 inches of creamy apricot head falls and leaves nice lacing....a good start so far.

Smells of sour, lactic acid, apricots soaked in lemon juice. Really, really refreshing

Tastes lemons/citrus sour with just a hint but not quite a suggestion of apricots. Certainly not much sweetness to be found which is not a surprise.

moderate carbonation that bubbles on the tongue and leaves just enough coating to keep me satisfied.

I'm on a sour kick and this was on par with the 3F Oude Gueze I had yesterday. Yes, slightly different styles but overall the moral is the same. I could drink this all day, especially a day like today where spring is trying desperately to make headway. Cost and availability will limit this to an occasional treat.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden/orange color, approaching amber with a soft, light tan head. Large spots of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

S- Very fresh-smelling. The first thing that hits the nose is fresh, sweet apricots. Notes of peaches and a creamy aroma come through as well. I wasn't able to smell ANYTHING that would suggest that this was going to be sour.

T- Very sour with lactic acid. No other sourness was noted, other than a strong lactic sour flavor. The fruit was far more subtle that I thought it would be, based on the smell. The fresh apricot flavor comes through a little more clearly as the beer warms.

M- Light bodied, effervescent and crisp.

D- A bit of a sipper, considering how sour it is, but overall very good. I think it may have been "sour for the sake of being sour", but I still really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange hazy with yellow edges. A lot of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells sour and tart. There is a nice citrusy fruit on the nose. Smells really great! Tastes nice and tart. The apricot comes through very strong. Very nice fruit presence. Nice level of carbonation. Overall very solid

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very strong with apricot and sour aromas. A lot of funk and oak as well. Nice acidic characteristics, as well as lemon and grassy aromas. Taste is initially tart with some acid and light balsamic vinegar flavor. Then I get some really heavy farmhouse/Belgian tripel flavors with pleasant apricot flavors. Finishes with some more sourness and a lot of French oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very dry and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is very unique with it's Belgian-tripel characteristics. Not as sour as I thought it was going to be, but very well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

A: Poured a murky rustic orange with a small head that quickly faded to a ring of lacing around the glass.

S: There is a ton of fruit in the nose; a huge blast of sweet apricot. Lactic acid and woody notes as well.

T: Intense sour up front; it actually bares the resemblance of a nice geuze with a bunch of citrus/green apple notes. By the middle of the mouth I am getting huge oak notes. The apricot begins to emerge out the back, but it is on the mellow side.

M: This has a nice medium mouth feel. Perfectly carbonated, to me.

O: This is a great great beer. My first Apricot based sour, and I'm really enjoying this bottle. Many fine layers of flavor are showcased in this brew. Though I do wish there was a bit more apricot in the taste; I assume the fruit has mellowed down a cosiderable amount, as the beer has two years on it. I'd love t try this fresh. Nonetheless, this is an outstanding brew crafted by the crew at Cascade.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle marked 2009.
into a tulip

A: A loud pop rang out and there was a small amount of gushing during the opening. The yeast stayed on the bottom thankfully. The pours with a vigorous white, bubbly head. It fades fairly quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing. The color is just fantastic, a beautiful orange marmalade. It glows when held up to the light.

S: The apricot is detectable, but thankfully quite subdued. There are strong scents of hay, leather, and general funkiness. I swear I can smell chamomile as well, quite sour.

T: The fruit is front and center, sour and dry to the bone. Some of the leather and a peppery note sneaks through the apricot. Hay stack and musty blanket emerge as the beer continues to warm. A very interesting and complex beer.

M: Light and bubbly, it rolls smoothly over the palate.

D: The drinkability is really high for me on this one. The apricot is the star of the show, but it is not sweet at all. A pleasant sour funk helps pull the whole picture together. Well done.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got at Total Wine Jax, FL

Appearance: orange amberish color body with zero head retention and pured extremely fizzy

Smell: tart apricots. like a fruit roll up

Taste: very much like it smells. Very fruity and more on the sour side then the Kriek. Webite site says tripel. But it's a sour fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body

Drinkability: solid fruit beer and good beer for someone lookign to get into sours.

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Photo of Myotus
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2012 project) into a tulip and let warm up to 40°F until reviewing.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter's worth of white foam that shrivels into a line within 15 seconds. Pale orange in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and low in quantity. Lacing is hardly existent.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sour yeast that combine with mild aromas of oak, hay, and apricot.
TASTE: Very strong sour yeast flavors are up front. Mild oak and subtle hay flavors enter immediately after along with hints of apricot.
FEEL: Somewhere between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Very tart. Goes down somewhat rough and finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Where were the apricots? Was it because this bottle was aged too long?

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Not a big fan of yours, but Cascade is an exception. Hazy golden pour, big fruity nose leads into a taste and experience that tickles the palate at all levels. I don't even like apricots that much, but this is tasty.

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

A - Looks like what it used to be; a blonde ale.

S - Wild flowers and apricot.

T - Not much funk due to using soley lactobacillus. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Apricot is fairly subtle. A little more sweetness and fruitiness would enhance this beer.

M - Fizziness is refreshing and beer is suitably substantial to carry its abv.

O - I was a little disappointed with this beer as it's so highly rated. The apricot character did not come through to the extent I'd have liked.

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Photo of satowns
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ktolley for prividing this great beer

limited tasting notes from a post holiday party

Appetizing fruity, dusty aroma.

flavors of obvious apricot. hints of clove and ginger. slight citrusy hops. slight invigorating "sweet tart" tartness. minimal wood contribution...actually i wouldnt even know there was wood involved if the label didnt inform us...

delightful beer. this would be amazing for sitting on the porch in the dead of summer. extremely refreshing.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009

A - Pours a blonde orangeish color with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thing layer

S -predominately funk and sour with some mild fruit nuances. some slightly apparent dry wood notes.

T - Starts off musty, funky, sour with some sweet juicy apricot. Followed by some dry oaky flavors as well as some champagne characteristics.

M - champagneish, dry. medium bodied.

D - overall this is a good beer. Shared a 750 with a friend would like another.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color with a short head had that rests as a constant plate.
Nice deep sour aroma with notes of orange-lemon, sulfur, must and some funky lactic.
Quite Sour and acid taste with notes of salt (lots), lemon, apple vinegar, green apples and finishing with mild apricot. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Light towards medium body with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7.76% is absent.
This brew sure matured well (2011). A Sour with a delicate apricot background that is able to show intense acid and sour notes without producing awkward sensations.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Whoa - lip puckering sour. Pours a hazy orange with thin white head, aroma is sour, salty and lemony, citrusy and tart - I lost any Chance at finding the apricot with too big of a first sip. Great carbonation lends to the feel.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 bottling. Thanks for bringing this one, Rob. Poured into a Darkness goblet last night, 12/7/2013.

Pours what I would expect an apricot sour to look like- a hazy straw-yellow, bordering on the verge of orange, head being a very nice effervescence that takes some time to settle. Bits and pieces of solitary bubble lacing sticks around on the glass.

Smells like freshly squeezed apricots with a ton of vinegar and funk. It is very intensely apricot-like and not a subtle nose at all. It is brashly acidic and pulls no punches.

On the sweeter side, but a mighty complex sour. Sweet and tart in the beginning, like a fruit beer but in the background there is a lot of acidity, vinegar, oak and funk that just takes over as the beer lingers in the mouth beyond the first sip. Everything is still a bit messy with each component being strong and intense, which detracts a bit from my enjoyment of this beer. Perhaps some time would do it good.

Thinner bodied, good carbonation, nice tart oaky earthiness on the back end. The flavours are quite intense so this is a sipper.. enjoyable one at that.

As mentioned before the flavour components are all there in its full glory. Its not a subtle beer where everything interacts with each other well, but rather it is a brash beer that is tart, sweet, sour, acidic and funky all at the same time.. but it is not particularly complex. In all the jumble, a bit of the essence of this beer is lost. Perhaps some time will do it good.

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Photo of Overlord
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange. Big frothy white foam head. Gobs of carbonation left on the glass.

Smells faintly of apricots, but it's not really in your face, bursting with apricots. It's harmonized with a familiar funky, barnyard, and zesty lemony twang. This is going to be good, isn't it.

The apricots are much more bursting in the flavor, but again, the balance of the brew is quite remarkable. I've had three beers (so far) from this brewery, and two have been really good (Sang Royal and this one), and one was awful (The Vine). I'm beginning to suspect more and more that something was off about that bottle. The apricots taste really fresh, the funk is muted and harmonious, and the hint of vinous vinegar is mixed with a bit of lemony citrus and apricot really well.

The apricots can be a bit much after a while, but very good. Nice zesty mouthfeel.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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