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

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Ranking:
#397
Reviews:
301
Ratings:
1,763
pDev:
8.06%
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Photo of beergorrilla
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Halcyondays
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of KAF
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Raziel313
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jschott75
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass. aged in oak barrels.

A: Apricot orange coloring with a small haze factor, reveals a healthy display of effervesce filling the vessel at a moderate rate. A good initial head formation (rather rare per style), is very well lasting, covering til the end of the drink, lapsing only to a skim chalky white covering. Generous amounts of lace adore the vessel with a near full sheet coating, amplified by stratified rings condescending downward. For this extra consideration.

S: Very nice perfumy tart apricots arrive on the nose. Small funk of tart grape skins with a dry finish. Fairly well lasting. Initial high rate of sourness, but turns very soothing there-after, very clean reception.

T: Acidic, tart apricots, crisp malting, while the oaky character was a bit reserved, or rather hidden behind the sour factor. Flashes of wet fruitiness at first is followed by a gentle lingering tartness off the tongue. Small quick sips have a rather tart and acidic lemony factor, while longer savoring sips reveal the soothing, tart apricot flavor much better.

M: Acidic, tart, mouthful has a very good carbonation rate.

O: A very well crafted sour that is very clean and crisp with a very respectable sour factor for the hard-core, but not intimidating for the part time fan as well. HIgh quality and very good levels of apricots while maintaing drinkability factor, though a bomber did take me a good 45 minutes of consumption, not a bad thing, when you get to savor the funky sourness over a period of time. I am partial to apricots and peaches in such brews as well saisons, which i tend to think works very well to the style and nature of the beers. One last note of consideration, at $35 a bottle the price is a bit steep, i can only recommend for the seasoned veteran of style and with the disposable income to spare, if not consider splitting one with a friend which will take some of the sting from the pocket and add some enjoyment to the experience.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Amazing floral apricot, candy sugar, and caramel aroma with vanilla and oak notes. Creamy very bright and yet lively palate. Tastes of orange, apricot, lemon, caramel, green apple, vanilla, and oak with a tart, lightly acidic, crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greenspointexas
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rfgetz
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with full cap of prickly white head, diminishes quickly but leaves great lacing. Scent is of lactic sourness, apricots, tangerine, grahmn cracker. Taste brings a nice sourness that is in great balance with the apricots, nice amounts of grahmn cracker with soft presence of vanilla and oak. Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation, soft on the palate. An excellent sour from Cascade that lets the fruit shine through with a perfectly balanced level of sourness.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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 JohnParadee
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 1,763 ratings
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