Cascade Apricot Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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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Ratings:
1,740
Reviews:
295
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
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Photo of jschott75
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +3%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Last bottle in a super good tasting last night. Thanks a ton to Chico1985 for busting this out.

A- 750ml bottle split into three tulip glasses. A some what hazy orange body with a fizzy head. The white cap has some pretty huge bubbles in it but retains nicely for a Wild Ale. Nice medium thick clouds of lace.

S- Super pungent apricot fruit bomb, like pierces the nostrils with fresh fruit. You can tell the beer will be tart but it is just like an explosion of stone fruit goodness. Did I mention the awesome apricot freshness. Some funk and general sour citrus as well.

T- Again apricot and general stone fruit dominates the palate. This bottle is super fresh so maybe that helps with the fruit flavors. The sour bugs and funk blend in almost too well with each super fresh fruity sip. Some vinous, barnyard, lemon, fruit pit and funky qualities as well.

MF- Fairly foamy and dried out light end body like a Gueuze but maybe a bit creamier. Sour level is moderately high and the carbonation is on the higher end.

Each sip just reminds me of biting into a super ripe apricot and other similar pitted fruits. So flavorful and the tart wild aspect of the beer just tops it off to become a truly great brew. Maybe the best beer I have had this year. Some people seem to not get the apricot much but this bottle was fantastic.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach colored pour, damn, apricot, nectarine and peach all look so cool when done well, this one, with a clean white head, looks damn near perfect. Good bitter fruit aroma, very enjoyable.

Taste, hides alcohol well, fruit appears plenty fresh, excellent sour quality to it, plenty high, but not ridiculous to overwhelm the fruit. Leans to the sour more than sweet side for sure. Doesn't have that high fructose sweetness to it that lesser lambics and fruit beers will delve into.

Carbonation keeps it from too much heft on the palate in terms of mouthfeel and aftertaste. The slight wood finish to it is never soggy, its a dry one. Did I mention that the alcohol tastes nonexistant? Pricey at $20 a bottle. But thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to March Madness 2011. Hell of a time, we drank this one before the Marquette/Syracuse game, had me worried about drinking an orange beer that it would help the Orange. No such luck! Sweet Sixteen for Marquette!

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

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