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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,740
Reviews:
295
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
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Photo of PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose has some light apricot smell. Very fresh smelling and bright. Some lemony tartness on the nose as well. The beer is a hazy peach color and reminds of apricots. The taste is like a fresh unripened apricot. After having other Cascade offerings, I was expecting a bit more apricot flavor to shine through. It was quite acidic, but the finish was nice, unripened apricot.

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

Little bit of a gush on this one even after a chill. Pours nice after that with an orange yellow hugh and slight cloudy apperance. Crisp white head, lovely lacing. Aroma is blame! Appricots followed by clear lactic sourness. Flavor is of a nice golden ale base, apricots in the middle of the palate with a lactic sour finish. Only two things about the taste is a slight bit of diactyle and some astringency that I get on the finish. Crisp and sharp mouthfeel with a little more carb then i expected. Drinkable, but that diacytle and astringency is getting me.

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Photo of mlhyatt
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared during a recent tasting by the superlative BA tlay10. Love you Tyler.

Looks: like dark, ripe tangerines, the beer is hazy with a frothy white head that becomes a large, sticky ring after a few minutes. The bottle slightly gushed upon opening, but only a bit of it was "lost" down Tlay's gullet.

Smells: pretty damn tart. The profile: white white, green apples, sweet apricot and some light oak.

Tastes: just the same. White wine flavors lead, with some tartness in the back. The brett is toned down and pretty perfect. Oaky, with subtly sweet apricots.

Feels: moderately carbonated with a medium-light body. The sourness never becomes overpowering.

Drinks: like every other Cascade I've had. They're good sours, to be sure, but never mind-blowing.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are extremely high; I had Cascade's Kriek and loved it. 7.76% ABV according my bottle; also marked "2011 Project." Reviewed live.

Normally I'd let this warm a bit, but the bottle advises serving at 40 degrees so I'll open it cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I have too much respect for the Kriek to even consider pairing this with food.

Acquired locally for around $18 if I remember right.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of nice cream, disappointing thickness (not that it's thin; it just isn't all that thick), and average retention (~2 minutes). Body colour is a muted dull apricot orange. Translucent but nontransparent and hazy. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Little lacing as the head recedes. It's not much to look at, admittedly.

Sm: Wild yeast/bacteria, sourness, lactose, fermented peach, tart fruit, apricot, pale malts, and crystal malts. An appealing sour aroma. I can't wait to try it, though the apricot is a bit restrained; the fruit I do get is more peach.

T: Sour, but not necessarily puckerworthy. It's far less sour than the kriek, anyway. Apricot and peach fruit feels deep and complex, with excellent layering between pale and crystal malts. Tart, especially on the backend. Incredibly well balanced and very nicely built, but it does lack the degree of subtlety I expect in a world class sour. It's incredibly well executed, with wonderful bacterial and wild yeast notes. I do wish it was more sour, but it's got plenty of sourness as is. Not too much lactic yeast either; most of the sourness is tart and fruit-derived rather than funky or lactic. Very tasty and not at all too sweet. Oak sits in the background lending a pleasant guiding tone.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp. Refreshing. Perfect carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: An incredibly drinkable, wonderful apricot sour from Cascade. I walked into it expecting it to fill the shoes of the Kriek, which was wrong of me - but it remains a fantastic wild ale that will please sour fans. I'll have no trouble killing the bottle by myself; I wouldn't want to share it out of pure greed. I'd definitely pick this one up for aging or just for more consumption. Cascade continues to impress; I definitely have to visit them at some point. This is a highly recommended sour, and may be the best apricot beer I've ever had period.

Low A-

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Photo of DrewZ926
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- fairly opaque orange rind pour yields about an inch of fluffy white head. appears to be actively carbonated. a nice bit of lacing.

S- lots of citrus and under-ripe apricot. totally lactic and very inviting. slightly peppery, with some typical tripel spice.

T- starts off with dry and tart, lactic acid and grape pips and apricot skin. oaky and delicious on the palate. evolves into a highly puckering, dry apricot finish.

M- pleasantly full bodied, rich and lively carbination.

O- first lambic/wild ale i've had of the apricot variety and really enjoyed it. loving the lactic spin on the tripel. seek this one out as the price was moderate and a quality apricot sour is quite hard to come by.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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