Apricot Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Apricot AleApricot 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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#412
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
1,769
pDev:
8.06%
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Photo of cbutova
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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 costanzo_mike
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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 whatname
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle shared with friends. Pours healthy and lively, releasing an outrageous aroma of fruit, yeast, spice and funk. The taste is brutally sour, a pucker-your-mouth assault on the senses. Close to vinegar, but more gentle. I alternatively loved and hated it, and definitely could not drink any more than a small glass. Overall unique and tasty, but only for true sour fans.

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Photo of mig100
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BAsbill
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Photo of Stofko1992
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Lucoli
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of GreenMind
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twelveinches
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 750ml bottle thanks to SincereNC. Cloudy orange, almost brown. Smells quite interesting, sour yet not so fruity, not much funk either. The flavor was odd, slightly sour, slightly sweet, almost like a sweet and sour apricot candy but the apricot flavors were very, very subtle to me. At one point I thought it was a sweet pixie stick. I'd be interested to try their other bers but at $22 this would never get a repeat purchase from me. At $15 I could see myself buying this with some regularity. Craft beer prices have gotten a little too out of control these days when they are charging more than Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen for sours.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Resuin
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2011 project.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, orange-heavy amber and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy white head that dissipates very quickly. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rushing towards the surface.

Smell: Strong apricot upfront, also a fragrant vine-like smell, which makes the aroma very interesting. Perhaps a hint of funk, but very little funk is present in the smell.

Taste: Apricot and that same vine-like, slightly perfumey fragrance show up in the taste. This is followed with a slightly acidic sour flavor: green apple, lemon and sour apricot. Finishes with some oak. The sour is fairly mild - this is a well balanced, tasty brew.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes surprisingly smooth for a sour.

Overall: Very well balanced and tasty. This is a well-crafted apricot sour. Being my first beer from Cascade, I am very impressed and will definitely seek out more from them.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle in 2012 (2011 Project). Unibroue tulip glass. Pours orange with fizzy and quickly receding head. Smell is sour vinegar with a hint of citrus and apricot (as expected). Major sour flavor from beginning to end. Very slight fruit flavor that seems mostly overpowered by the sour vinegar. Perhaps this mellows and highlights the fruit as it ages? Light bodied with high effervescent carbonation. Just was hoping for more fruit. Way overpriced at $20 a bottle for what it is, but a solid beer overall. I think I just wanted more apricot, because the dry sourness is pretty awesome. Good beer.

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Photo of markgugs
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 1,769 ratings