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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

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.

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Photo of DCon
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a 750 ML bottle of this into my 12oz Goose Island Tulip. Thanks for the brew Dan! 2011 Project Vintage.

Aroma- Big fruit and musky sour aroma. Hits with a hint of apricot in the deep background if you search.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average head retention. Has a deep reddish-orange glowing color. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Sour huge with a tart fruit flavor. Apricot is in the background again but after each drink, this character becomes more definite.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sour Apricot flavors from beginning to end and nice pucker at the finish.

Overall Impression- Haven't done a review in a while so when I popped this one, thought it would be a good one to start back on! Super sour and has a great apricot background. Highly Recommend this one and wouldn't mind picking up another one of these in the near future! Trade anyone?

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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 zac16125
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip
2011 Project

Thanks to Mark000 for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber/brown color with 1 fingers width of off white head that is fizzy and dissipates down to absolutely nothing almost as quickly as it forms, a steady stream of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass throughout the entire drink. Leave no lacing.

S: Belgium yeast banana, cinnamon, some barnyard funk, apricot and peach, sour apple, sour lemon lime, what an amazing bouquet, so much going on! Purely intoxicating.

T: Like the nose, its an exploding cornucopia of flavors. Tart citrus acidity up front, sweet characters on the finish, with some oak on the finish as well. Tart sour lemon-lime, apricot and a big Belgium yeast banana finish, even some tart dark fruits, like sour cherry. Great balance of tart and sweet, and the tripel base comes out nicely. Wonderful.

M/D: Heavy carbonation. Body is on the lighter side, but certainly not thin. Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. ABV is well masked, and drinkability is high for the style. I had no trouble finishing this bomber, and would have gladly enjoyed another glass if offered one!

O: Overall, a great beer. I loved this one. The tripel base morphed into a sour lambic is my kind of beer. Great complexity and depth. Amazing aroma and great palate profile. Well done!

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Photo of AltBock
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle that has two giant apricots on a stem with two leaves on the front. Directly under the ass shaped apricots is a vintage year. This bottle is from their 2011 project. To the far left are two short paragraphs describing the beer. Poured into a Peg's Catina Snifter.

This beer shares the same color as a golden apricot. It poured a very bubbly lightly hazy golden apricot orange color. Holding it up to the light will unleash the gold part of the beer. Not the best head of foam on a beer, but you usually don't get much foam on top this style of beer. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of inch in height and bubbly. Bubbles usually don't have a color, but these bubbles made the beer look like there was a pearl white head of foam on this beer. Good retention that left behind a small island of bubbles and a medium sized string of rings along the side. The second and third pours resulted in a better head of foam.

Not only did it look like a golden apricot, but it smelled like one. A hugely sour and tart golden apricot, but an apricot nonetheless. True that the aroma is sour, but its not super sour that will make your head turn away in a flash. It was a very pleasant tart and sour aroma. Behind the golden apricot was a splash of green apple, a pinch of golden peach, and a subtle whiff of oak. At one time I swear that got the sweet aroma of Pixie Sticks. Very good sour and tart fruity aroma.

I'm sure you know what I'm going to say next. Did it taste like an apricot? Only if they make really sour and tart apricot flavored Warheads. The taste was more sour and tart than the aroma. Thats actually saying a lot. Behind the sour and tart apricot was a little green apple sourness, a few green grapes, and a splash of golden peach. After the fruits had their fun, this fruity sour beer then finishes up a subtle dry oak taste. No appearance of the Pixie Sticks in the taste. Sour and tart + fruits= Very good! That's simple math.

This was a light to medium bodied Wild Ale that had a nice amount of carbonation and a sour and tart fruit based aftertaste. Did you expect anything else? I got more golden apricot, green grapes, green apples, and a drop of oak in the aftertaste. The oak taste won't stick around, but the beer's sour and tartness will. If you don't want that sour taste stuck in your mouth, have a glass of water on standby.

A barrel aged apricot Wild Ale? You know that won't come cheap. You have to open your wallet a little wider if you want to try a beer like this. Was it worth it? I'd say its the price. I'm saying that because I enjoy this style. In the end, this was a very good sour and tart fruit based Wild Ale. It was nice to see that the oak doesn't take over the taste. It was the apricot that ruled over this taste. The beer stays true to its name.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a gritty lambic that has the air of belgian beers made by american then aged to level out any inconsistencies. this brewer has experience. this a clean beer but not a lambic. too boozy. i can feel the triple in my teeth and throat. the apricot is wonderful though. sits and milds the acidic quality with some mealiness. has a malt finish that really makes the beer and provides a nice balance with the sour. making the sour not appear like a mask.

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Photo of Spider889
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing this bottle. This was a want for most of the year for me.

2009 bottling.

A - This beer has lots of nice vigorous carbonation. There was a very loud crack as the cork was dislodged. The beer has a bit of a ruddy appearance with a blood orange color. Hints of sunflower at the top of the glass where the liquid was a little more thinly distributed. Droopy, spotty lace.

I should point out that the first pour (into Seth's LA tulip) was quite stunning. Excellent clarity with a tall head that stuck around forever. However, I have to review the beer in my glass. Otherwise the appearance would be getting a 4.5 or 5 for the score.

S - Orange, lemon, brett, and sour white wine grapes are composing the nose on this one. Apricot is missing in any sort of significant, game-changing type of way. That said, this beer smelled awesome.

T - Tart, with some orange juice flavors, and apricot finally comes out to play. It is quite juicy and very easily distinguishable. Riesling grapes rise up midway through each sip, providing sweetness and another level of tartness. This is in my top 5 or 10 American Wilds to date.

M - Nice carbonation on this one. Medium bodied for a wild. A bit sticky.

O - An excellent beer. In short... another home run for Cascade.

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Photo of beagle75
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
2009 vintage; according to the bottle label it is 9% abv.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and individual bubbles rise throughout the column.

S: A balanced display of strong lactic and acetic notes, aromatic malt that seems floral and complex, and yeasty fruit. The addition of volatile oak, building in the nose as the beer warms, represents the perfect addition to round out this beer's aromas. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with immediate aromatic oak and bright fruity grain. This beer is intensely tart, more acetic than lactic (but showing both sides.) The middle becomes very fruity, like a yeasty and fermented apricot puree. Tartness diminishes stepwise in the finish, where some late spirituousness develops.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: An excellent sour ale, this beer is not as palate-friendly as its reputation might sometime suggest. It is full of bold flavors, as suggested by its 9% abv, though pure alcohol qualities are minimized. Look for the apricot qualities to emerge as it warms, but classic aspects of the tripel style are never fully realized. The bottled beers of Cascade are always a tough buy, due to their high price tag, but time spent in the barrel is worth the extra cost due to the powerful and appealing oak qualities that are derived from it.

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Photo of Etan
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass. 2011 bottle.

A: Murky orange-gold body with a nice white head.

S: Pleasant bretty damp funk, pale malt, hint of tart fruit, some subtle spicy esters behind.

T: Nice lactic tartness and lemony acidity, big apricot presence, slightly phenolic tripel base can be detected in the finish.

M: Prickly, fine carbonation and a light body.

O: The fruit presence on this beer is awesome. Really impressed.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2013 project, poured into a Cascade snifter. The beer did gush a little bit when removing the cork, as expected with many Cascade beers.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of orange and apricot, the beer is very cloudy so it's hard to find any activity in the glass, but a thick, white head appears quickly before fading away leaving some soapy film and a few spots of lace. The aroma is of juicy apricots, lacto funk, mild vinegar, sweet malt and some earthy fruit pit, rather simple but very enjoyable, plenty of fruit. The flavors match well, lots of apricot fruit, light lacto funk, almost a big yogurty with some earthy apricot pit, light vinegar and a big splash of rich malt. The mouthfeel is nice, very carbonated and lively, coats the mouth well, lightly abrasive but doesn't detract too much from the experience. The finish is crisp and lightly dry, but easy as the same time.

Verdict: A very nice wild ale from Cascade, perhaps a bit simple, but the balance is nice. Plenty of apricot as advertised, but aside from the bits of funk and malt, there isn't a whole lot else going on, that being said, this was extremely refreshing and very enjoyable to drink on a relaxing afternoon.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one. The guy is a beer god among beer men.

A: 1" cream coloured fizzy head that dissipated quickly over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Sour funk, yeast, and a hint of apricot.

T: Funky sourness, wheat, biscuity malt all finished off with the taste of sour apricots.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of fine fizzy carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable, quite tasty, couldn't ask for much more.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice beer from a company I'm starting to get hip to. 2009 bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with active carbonation and a ring of head. No lacing, though I didnt expect it. Looks good.

Smell is a great tart bright fruit smell, really nice that you'd hope for from a lambic like this. I can literally sense easily the apricot fruit and seeds in the beer. Lactic acid, oak notes, and a great sweet and tart ratio round out the fruit.

The taste follows the smell, tart fruit and oak in great harmony. Awesome apricot flavor with definite acidic notes and vanilla, and of course some barnyard funk added in.

The feel is exceptional for me, sweet and tart, great carbonation and very effervescent. top 5% in the style in this category.

Nice sour. Straight great stuff.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2008, reviewed 8/3/11

A - Pours a hazy peachish orange with very little foam to speak of
S - nice sour aroma with the apricots coming through along with some lemon
T - The taste has some pucker to it, a mix of apricots and lemon
M - crisp carbonation, medium bodied, a bit muted flavor, it seems to leave quickly
D - very drinkable, I just can't get enough of this beer. I'd be interested in trying some other years to compare

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a cloudy tangerine orange with white head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Very astringent and sour aroma. Big sugary, sweet, and sour apricot notes, also a weird almost glue like smell.

T- This is one of the most intensely sour, tart, and astringent beers I have ever had. Big apricot and some Belgian yeast notes.

M- Very high carbonation, very dry, and medium body.

O- The sourness on this beer seemed to overwhelm some of the great flavors that I am sure are hidden underneath. I just didn't get much complexity that I would expect for a beer that spent so much time in the barrel.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 12/14/13. Enjoyed out of a dark brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with "2012 project" marked clearly on the label. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass for lack of anything better.

Appearance - The color is pretty flat, with an apricot, light yellow-orange hue to the body. Some translucence, but overall, you can't see through the beer, as it's mostly opaque. Head is fairly light in volume, about a finger thick before fading away into an ethereal film atop the body. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Apricot, lactic tartness, and generic fruity elements with some notes of jam/preserves. Mostly sour, but there is a funk that provides a bit of heft to an otherwise piercingly acidic aroma. It's the type of sinus-clearing aroma that I love about really sour beers. The only minor quibble I would have is that it's a bit one-dimensional, sorta like the color.

Taste - Here we depart from the one-dimensional nature of the color and smell. Lots of things going on here, with apricot, mango, some apple cider vinegar, again some notes of peach preserves/jam as well as sweet white wine, like a sauterne or muscato. Nice mouth-puckering effect that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. This one is nicely refreshing in addition to being so sour, almost like a really tart apricot lemonade.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium body with nice prickliness in spite of moderate to light levels of carbonation. As noted, there is a puckering factor, as well as characteristics that prompt me to start salivating, like really sour things can have a tendency to do.

Overall, it's probably my favorite out of a limited sampling of Cascade beers. What minor shortcomings it has in look and smell, it more than makes up for with a fantastic taste and a nice, invigorating mouthfeel. As one of the more reasonably-priced Cascade beers, it's one I'm likely to try to get my hands on again. Outstanding stuff.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to brewbetter, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Completely hazy yellow orange with two fingers of off white, thick head. Head recedes, and leaves medium lacing. Body is really nice a radiant. Great looking beer.

Smell: Big apricots and lactic sourness up front. A nice funk I was not expecting, as well as some lemon pith and pear skins. A light white vinegar, but most of the sour is characterized by the lacticity.

Taste: Follows the nose with big apricot skin and must, as well as sharp lactic sourness. Sourness isn’t overpowering, but quite nice. A light bready sweetnes comes in. Finishes sour with pear skins.

Mouthfeel: Really quite sour. A nice puckering aspect. Funk is clean. Great carb.

Overall: Wonderful beer. Like Fou Foune sans the classic Cantillon funk. I loved this and will be seeking it out again. Thanks Neel!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 vintage

soured belgian tripel aged with fresh apricots. golden, crystalline, a joy to the eye. the nose on this beer is pure fruit.. and the way the wild yeast grips the flavors of the tripel.. this is really puckering. less lactic, more fou-foune-y. the beer was rather high gravity to start, and that adds a real pleasant sipping aspect to the experience. most big sours ive had carry some excess sweetness, not this one. balanced for a fruit beer, consumer must love apricots.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really great sour. Mouthfeel and carbonation is on point. The flavor was nice, but there wasn't as much apricot presence as I would have liked. Pretty tart, but not overpowering.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to oversized wine glass.

Maybe the brewing proess is different each year, but I find it funny how each account of the process is wildly different. The biggest differences are the number of months spent in lactic fermentation (8,16), the number of months aged on apricots (3,4), even the ABV (9.0,8.35). In each case, the bottle I'm reviewing speaks to the first numbers listed. My bottle is from 2009. $23 for the experience.

A: Pours with a large foamy, snow white head with excellent retention. The body is light-medium orange with red tints illuminating through the hazy body. 85% opaque. A small amount of dark particulate collects at the bottom of the glass. Spare lacing.

S & T: Faint notes of hay and straw are buried by the dominant lactobacillus yeast strain. Hops are more or less indistinguishable. The base beer is a tripel which I find to be a perfect match for the apricots, the lacto and the oak barrels. The apricot aromas and flavors are surprisingly restrained. In fact, I pick up on peach, mandarin orange and other similar summer fruits more than the apricot.

M: The mouthfeel is a wild yeast-lover's dream. Medium body with a minerally texture. The carbonation is big: biting, fizzy and lively all at the same time. The effervescence, I suspect, keeps this brew far from being overwhelmingly sweet. Above average flavor duration and heavily acidic.

D: Highly palatable and highly drinkable. The Apricot Ale is almost too easy to drink.

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Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle, poured into a tulip glass... 9% Alc. as listed.

- Slightly cloudy on the second pour, white foamy head about an inch thick down to a steady 1/4" at all times.. copper/amber color.

- Great tart and ester smell.. little bit of vinegar, apricot, grape and peach.. little bit of candy sweetness, and oak.

- Warming but yet very sour and tasty.. the alcohol is well hidden and this has some of the best oak barrel notes I have tasted. Very good for its style.

- Tart sourness left on the lips, and a clean palate in the mouth.. overall very good, and leaves no dryness...

- Other than being a bit bubbly like a sparkling wine (as it should for the style) its very drinkable, and I downed the whole bottle... very good.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 2008 bottle, next time i will go for an 09 as i have heard they are better.

this beer pours a deep yellow color to almost orangish, with a nice off white yellowish head. the smell is funky with some decent sour notes. this beers taste is a little muted compared to the smell, i was expecting some more sourness and funkiness to it, there was a good bit of sourness, but not what i was expecting. the mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall a good beer, will seek it out again

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Photo of russwbeck
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours out of the bottle cloudy yellow that is orange at its deepest points. The head isn't great, but the bubbles race up through the beer vigorously. 4

S: The oak and sour characters start the aroma out well. The apricots come next and are strong, but definitely hide underneath the sour. I'm really loving the blend of sweetness from the fruit, tripel and blond ales with the acidity of the sour notes. 4

T: The taste blows me away. In your face acidity that really rips the enamel off of your teeth. The apricots try to balance it out, and while they do a great job they just can't cut it completely. This is exactly how I like my American Wild Ales to be. 5

MF: Light body that is a bit overcarbonated. The tartness makes my mouth water and makes me continue to come back for more. This is very drinkable. 4

O: Home run. Really great first run at Cascade's sours. If you like apricots you will love this. 4.5

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project

A: poured into a tulip to a light orange that is a little cloudy with a small white head that is quick to fade to a good sized collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sourness, apricots and some oak
T: taste is lactic sourness with a lot of apricot flavor that mixes with some oak and a hint of funk. swallow is more sourness and apricot flavor with a bit of vanilla
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with effervescent carbonation that bristles on the tongue. The beer has a drying finish.
O: Delicious and fantastic. It's a very good beer with a lot of sourness and a huge fruit flavor. Very well done.

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Photo of pagriley
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy gold. Huge lacto sour on the nose, with a tiny hint of funk. No fruit at all - just nothing of the apricots. Very disappointing.
More of the same on taste - sour, touch of funk, bugger all fruit - if you had told me this was a straight sour blonde in oak I would be completely convinced. Very one dimensional.

Overall, an OK sour certainly, if it was just a straight up sour blonde. The Apricot is almost non-existent, and very disappointing for $30 a bottle. Given the reviews and price I was expecting prominent fruit and complexity, but this is just straight sour blonde with some fruit and oak lurking in the background.

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Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark apricot with a touch of amber, big white had and a bit of a gusher.

Smell: Strong fresh, fruity apricot, tart and sour with perhaps some green apple and oak

Taste: Delicious apricot, reminds me of fou foune. Could be a touch more sour but otherwise perfect. Alcohol very hidden with some light touches of funk, thankfully not a sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: creamy and full without being heavy, perfect carbonation

Overall: One of the great american sours currently being produced.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No hiss or pop after my titanic struggle with the cork, yet a fizzy white head fueled by a steady swirl of carbonation tops the burnt orange body. Modest lacing is scattered about.

Plenty of dried and fresh apricots in the nose, but also honeysuckle, some funk and a heavy toffeeish malt presence. Smells rather sour and indeed it proves to be so. For a split second, a shock of sour, then mild musty funk and a persistent apricot flavor that lingers impressively yet isn't overpowering. Nice mouthfeel, plentiful carbonation made up of "soft" tiny bubbles. Finishes with a pleasant warmth with a touch of lingering tartness and apricot preserves.

Overal impression: Another winner from the reigning king of American sours.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,701 ratings.
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