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:
1,735
Reviews:
294
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
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434
Gots:
383
For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of sprat1960
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful deep blonde color; deep golden orange. Opaque. Rich one finger head when poured; foam laced the surface of the glass and beer the entire time I was drinking the beer. Delicious small; sweet and fruity with a slight sour finish. Taste matched the smell; sweet (but not too sweet) fruity taste with a slightly sour finish. Kind of a sweet and sour effect. Absolutely delicious. Nice medium plus body; smooth with lots of very light carbonation. Overall I found this beer to be outstanding. Definitely one of my favorites of all time. Wanted more!

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4.96/5  rDev +16.2%

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4.95/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.95/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.92/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of sourlinus
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.9/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Boz12
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orangish, yellow color. Kind of like an apricot!

S: Heaven. All the delicious funk and tart aromas you would expect from the style but with a blast of apricots combined together into a glorious bouquet.

T: Apple cider (as well as some mystery spices that I associate with apple cider). A lot of apricot. Nice acidity that is slightly reminiscent of vomit but in a very good way. Light funk. Apple pie. Very refreshing.

M: Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O: I've yet to be anything less than blown away by everything I've had from Cascade. Granted I haven't had any of their non-sour beers. This beer is delicious and since it is damn near impossible to cop some Fou' Foune around these parts, this is a worthy substitute and every bit as good in my opinion.

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Photo of vma
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BSUNyikos31
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Colevert
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DoubleJ
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Glowing yellow ornage in color with a solid lasting head and a trickle or two of lace. The fun starts with a simple smell of the beer; apricots! Sour! And the ecstasy continues into the taste, where there is a lot of awesome flavor to fit into the smorgasbord. Apricots all around, but it's not over the top, sour all around, but not over the top, acidic but not over the top, and even some complimentary lemon flavor. And then I learned it was 8.5% ABV, which is amazing considering that there is no harshness to be found. Without a doubt a treat and one of the best beers I've tasted in 2011.

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Photo of lpothier
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hagbergl
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received a 750 mL bottle of Cascade Apricot Ale as a Christmas gift. My girlfriend and I split the bottle. Poured into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Cascade Apricot has a gorgeous orange hue that makes it appear as if it glows. It is translucent and topped by a bubbly, two-finger white head. A ring of white foam forms around the rim of the glass and endures for the duration. Excellent look to the beer and a cool looking bottle.

Smell (4.5/5): This beer smells very tart! Apricot, lemon/orange citrus notes, lactic sourness, and some funk from the wild yeast. I also pick up woody notes undoubtedly imparted to the beer through the oak barrel aging. Pretty gorgeous.

Taste (5/5): Extreme tartness–lots of apricot and lemon/orange flavors to be had, alongside the classic lactic sour notes you find in Flemish Reds and Oud Bruins. Barrel-aged woodiness lurks in the background, though this beer is all about showcasing the fruity and sour flavors. Thus, the beer doesn't "feel" quite as "aged" or "old" as some Belgian sours do. The beer's taste certainly has a lot in common with that of lambics–fruity and sour all at once. Despite the Apricot Ale's strength, not a trace of alcohol can be detected. This beer is exquisite; a perfectly crafted sour beer.

Mouthfeel (5/5): The mouthfeel is extraordinary and exhibits the best characteristics of Belgian/Flemish sour ales. Apricot Ale features a medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. The beer's lactic sourness lends a slightly mouth-puckering feel. The fairly vigorous carbonation gives it a pleasant effervescence and combines well with the sourness to induce a prickly sensation on the tongue. The beer is not cloying or overly puckering by any stretch; it is actually easy-drinking and refreshing.

Overall (5/5): Apricot Ale was a wonderful introduction to Cascade Brewing. It is a great spin on sour ale. Everything about this beer–its appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel–is stellar. The no-holds-barred tartness and beautifully effervescent, slightly puckering mouthfeel really won me over. If you like sour ales and haven't tried any brews by Cascade, you must do so post haste.

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4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of A_Rad
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of gr8zehaman
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.84/5  rDev +13.3%

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

This is the best sour I've had yet.

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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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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,735 ratings.
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