Cascade Apricot Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,740
Reviews:
295
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The wife bought this as part of her own personal cache on her way back South from a conference in Seattle. 2008 Bottling

Poured into a pint glass, decent sized though extremely quickly dissipating, hazy gold color. Smells of, initially, fruit punch fruit roll up. I mean, it smells like apricot, but it's actually fruit punch fruit roll up. Suffice to say, memories of elementary school rekindled, I was looking forward to fruit roll up flavored lambic. I had a major misconceptions though:
This is not a lambic (at least as I know them, i.e. Lindemans, Cherish). It is a Belgian Flanders style Ale with Apricot. I think what really separates this from the Lambics that I am used to is the sour. The Sour flavor from my usual lambics tend to be smooth, and almost creamy. It doesn't hit you all at once- I'd call it complex. The sour on this isn't drawn out- its all at once and (relatively) harsh.
All of that said, this isn't bad by a stretch. It doesn't fit my conception of what a lambic should be, but it isn't too bad as a slightly sour apricot flavored belgian. With the high alcohol content (bottle says 9%) it might age well, and I believe that the sour might grow a little more complex. If I ever come across it again I might give that a shot.

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3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling (Philadelphia version), clocking in at 9%. Aged 8 months in barrels and on fruit for an additional 3, this batch is different than the 2008 one. Thank you for grabbing this, Peter. This is the first beer that I've had in 5 days, and after putting in about 40 hours at work over the weekend, I need a beer

Pouring a clear copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a beautiful beer. Effervescence is high, and this Duvel glass really shows off this beer. The nose is excellent as well, with ripe, juicy apricots, showcased prominently. The apricot character is really outstanding, it is really ripe and bright with a noticeable fruit sweetness present. Moderately floral as well, there is a moderate lactic sourness behind the fruit with a little oak. There's also just a hint of wine present. The vinous aspect grows as the beer warms, with a rather leathery tannin quality being present.

The palate opens rather bracingly sharp. Either that, or the fact that I haven't had a beer in as long has compromised my tastebuds. However, there's no hiding behind the fact that the fermentation here could have used some additional bugs, the character is excellent, but comes across a little wanting. Definitely a lot more vinous on the palate, there's a rather noticeable tannin character with the grape skins really coming through. Apricots still do feature and prominently so, less fruity than the nose would suggest and a lot sourer. Towards the finish, I do get a rather noticeable alcohol character as well, with the tannins being harsher than I care for. That this was aged in wine barrels is rather obvious at this point. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, the finish is drying, vinous and tannic with a bit of alcohol heat. Drinking an entire 750 of a 9% beer solo when sleep-deprived is always ill-advised, but I've had beers that went down a LOT easier than this. Towards the end of my bottle, once some of the apricot intensity has wafted away, I get some of the dry, spicy, tripel base, and in conjunction with the lactic sourness and tannins, it's a rather peculiar beast.

For a soured tripel, I think the Vent D'Anges is a far superior beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip - Thanks BuckeyeOne!

Murky golden yellow body with moderate lacing, and a nice fluffy white head. Fizzy, fine champagne-like carbonation. Head dissipates in a couple seconds.

Weird medicinal aroma, juicy apricot, white unripe plum flesh, granny smith apple skins.

More strange medicinal notes on the palate. It tastes like fake apricot. Fruity and sour as expected, though it could've been even more sour. A little funky/musty/grassy and mildly oaky. Thin, crisp mouthfeel and high carbonation. Not as interesting as I had hoped unfortunately. Real good attempt for brewing this of a base Tripel, a little less "good" as a Fruit Lambic, but I consider this more of an American Wild Ale.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,740 ratings.
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