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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 abeeronthebeach
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Looks like what it used to be; a blonde ale.

S - Wild flowers and apricot.

T - Not much funk due to using soley lactobacillus. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Apricot is fairly subtle. A little more sweetness and fruitiness would enhance this beer.

M - Fizziness is refreshing and beer is suitably substantial to carry its abv.

O - I was a little disappointed with this beer as it's so highly rated. The apricot character did not come through to the extent I'd have liked.

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Photo of satowns
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ktolley for prividing this great beer

limited tasting notes from a post holiday party

Appetizing fruity, dusty aroma.

flavors of obvious apricot. hints of clove and ginger. slight citrusy hops. slight invigorating "sweet tart" tartness. minimal wood contribution...actually i wouldnt even know there was wood involved if the label didnt inform us...

delightful beer. this would be amazing for sitting on the porch in the dead of summer. extremely refreshing.

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Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up to a slow gush, looks infected, hope not. Its a 2009 also.
Poured a nice deep copper color with a thick and creamy white head, nice retention and good lacing.

The smell is very sour, almost a malt vinegar quality, very nice.

The flavor is dominated by the big sour flavors with and underlying tropical fruit quality, I get more pineapple than apricot, but it might be that the apricot has dropped out a bit due to age, the flavors gel incredibly well non the less.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

Very nice Flanders Style Sour.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with tendermorsel...thanks man

The color can best be described by using the name of the beer itself; this is an apricot-colored ale. A beautiful example at that. At least 2 inches of creamy apricot head falls and leaves nice lacing....a good start so far.

Smells of sour, lactic acid, apricots soaked in lemon juice. Really, really refreshing

Tastes lemons/citrus sour with just a hint but not quite a suggestion of apricots. Certainly not much sweetness to be found which is not a surprise.

moderate carbonation that bubbles on the tongue and leaves just enough coating to keep me satisfied.

I'm on a sour kick and this was on par with the 3F Oude Gueze I had yesterday. Yes, slightly different styles but overall the moral is the same. I could drink this all day, especially a day like today where spring is trying desperately to make headway. Cost and availability will limit this to an occasional treat.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottling
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of tart pitted fruit with a solid shot of funk. The nose is full of citrus and lactic aroma's. The flavor is quite tart and acidic. A solid shot of lemons and sweet tarts with some light tart fruit, a hint of alcohol and a sneaky bit of oak and vanilla. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a tart lactic bubbly mouthfeel. This is a really nice sour ale, I really enjoyed this on the night before hurricane Sandy.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden/orange color, approaching amber with a soft, light tan head. Large spots of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

S- Very fresh-smelling. The first thing that hits the nose is fresh, sweet apricots. Notes of peaches and a creamy aroma come through as well. I wasn't able to smell ANYTHING that would suggest that this was going to be sour.

T- Very sour with lactic acid. No other sourness was noted, other than a strong lactic sour flavor. The fruit was far more subtle that I thought it would be, based on the smell. The fresh apricot flavor comes through a little more clearly as the beer warms.

M- Light bodied, effervescent and crisp.

D- A bit of a sipper, considering how sour it is, but overall very good. I think it may have been "sour for the sake of being sour", but I still really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange hazy with yellow edges. A lot of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells sour and tart. There is a nice citrusy fruit on the nose. Smells really great! Tastes nice and tart. The apricot comes through very strong. Very nice fruit presence. Nice level of carbonation. Overall very solid

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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 xenjoiii
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

A: Poured a murky rustic orange with a small head that quickly faded to a ring of lacing around the glass.

S: There is a ton of fruit in the nose; a huge blast of sweet apricot. Lactic acid and woody notes as well.

T: Intense sour up front; it actually bares the resemblance of a nice geuze with a bunch of citrus/green apple notes. By the middle of the mouth I am getting huge oak notes. The apricot begins to emerge out the back, but it is on the mellow side.

M: This has a nice medium mouth feel. Perfectly carbonated, to me.

O: This is a great great beer. My first Apricot based sour, and I'm really enjoying this bottle. Many fine layers of flavor are showcased in this brew. Though I do wish there was a bit more apricot in the taste; I assume the fruit has mellowed down a cosiderable amount, as the beer has two years on it. I'd love t try this fresh. Nonetheless, this is an outstanding brew crafted by the crew at Cascade.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle, from the 2015 project. Didn't I already have one from these guys that was made with apricot pits?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy bone-white head, which leaves some layered descending cloud form lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of rather tart stone fruit, sour yeast/bacterial infection, grainy pale and wheat malt, underripe lemon rind, and a small earthy and oaky woodiness. The taste is sharply acidic lemon, lime, and, sure, sour apricot 'fruitiness', a bit of musty and white cheesy funkiness, grainy and bready pale malt that has wisely battened down the hatches, a strange bitter green essence that might be hops (but who can tell), and more gentle oaky and vanillan woody notes.

The carbonation is actually quite active in its near palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent enough middleweight, and smooth, that is if you've got your cognitive dissonance chip in full working order. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, still good and sour/tart, but with a sense of a malt backbone that is determined to keep this one afloat.

Overall, a very well-made and bracingly pungent sour fruit ale, with the guest apricot having to share space with some of its pushier tart colleagues. An eye-opener, that's for sure, even with the professionally hidden north of 7 points of alcohol, as well as the typically stratospheric shelf tag.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange/gold. A slight, creamy head develops along with a whole lot of champagne-like bubbles in the glass. Looks pretty inviting to me.

Smell fruity, tart (is tart actually a smell? whatever, its the smell I always seem to pick up on sour beers) with a little bit of funk. A pleasant smell, maybe not as fruity as I would have thought.

Taste is sour upfront, not super, mouth-puckering sour, but sour for sure. Followed up with a bit of pulpy fruitiness (presumably apricot, but I won't lie and pretend I would assume that if there weren't a great big apricot on the bottle). No real bitterness, and the slight bit of funk I got in the nose isn't really there in the taste. Finishes pretty dry and without any kind of strong lingering aftertaste (or at least not as much of one as I usually find in this style). The more you drink and the more it warms, the more you adapt to the sour aspect and the dense fruitiness really starts to show through. A nice taste all in all.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and easy to drink. There are some relatively strong flavor notes in this beer and it is super easy to drunk. They got this element almost perfect for the style.

Overall, this was an interesting and enjoyable beer for me. For the price tag, though, I'm not sure i'd buy it again. I've probably had about a dozen sour beers at this point, and I kind of consider it the last beer frontier for me. Within the style, its probably the best i've had (or close to it). If you don't like sour beer or have never had it before, i'm not so sure this would convert you though...or at least I wouldn't take the chance for the steep price tag.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours an amber hue, with a decent amount of hops. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. Aroma is very fruity as would be expected, with apricot, lemon and some earthiness. Some funk in there as well. Flavor is an excellent combo of sweet and sour. More sour than sweet, but a surprising amount of fruit and some malt as well balance out the sourness very well. Nice citrus notes as well. Modest amount of carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent beer - my favorite in this style.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for this generous present. Poured into a tulip. Nice medium gold orange color with just a tiny bit of haze and a good one inch head on top.

Nice tart aroma with candied fruit. Very enjoyable aroma; it starts sour nicely blends into a sweet aroma as well.

The taste is a nicely balanced sour flavor. I get a bit of spiciness from the yeast as well. orange zest is also evident. Very nice.

The carbonation is lively and enjoyable. The drinkability is relatively high for this style. The sourness is in the forefront, but well balanced with a sweet finish and other flavors to make this a really nice beverage.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Relatively quiet pop of the composite cork that was a pliers-size bitch to get out of the corked & caged 750 bottle. Hell, the cage was wicked tight, too - wire handle a little too small. Either way, it's going into a Duvel tulip.

There's not a lot of head here - just a few light bubbly wisps above a...well...apricot-colored...body (at least slightly). Slight honey and bourbon tones, too. A few extremely slow wisps of carbonation. The wisps stay for a while and leave a little decent lace.

Nice beastie smell layered and well-blended with huge apricot essence, with a little bit of added muscat notes. Huge yeast electricity and raw grains make this an enjoyable scent.

It's dry...of course it is...but not as dry as, say, something like Fou Fonne, which is Dust Bowl dry. A smidge of residual apricot sweetness melds with a dry balsa wood/oak complement, and the light Belgian malts provide the appropriate backbone.

Palate feel provides great acidity along with the oak/lacto combination. Apricot ripeness preclude the supreme pucker we would otherwise expect; hops? Not really part of the equation - perhaps a mild addition of Styrian Goldings but that's about it. Good Belgian pale malt character along with an extra dry sweet & sour notion.

This one works. It works slowly, but it works. Just what I was in the mood for...something less dry than Brute yet less beefy than the bottle of Consecration I have downstairs.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The cork blew off this one and hit the ceiling. Very hazy orange color, nice big head that disappeared really quickly and didn't leave a ton of lacing.

S - Wow, this is the most apricoty beer I have ever tasted. Smells like fresh, or maybe dry apricots, not the artificial stuff that a lot of these apricot beers smell like.

T - Apricot taste dominates. It's slightly sour, but there's a big apricot sweetness that takes over everything else. It's a very natural apricot taste that is nice and sweet and a great lambic take on the fruit itself.

M - Medium bodied, syrupy, nice carbonation.

D - Surprised this is over 8% abv. For that reason it is pretty drinkable, but the syrupy sweetness keeps it from getting super drinkable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
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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Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Orange with a clean slightly syrupy body. Nice white head

S - Sweet apricot with light tartness to it

T - Tart lactic acid up front. Sweet apricot comes through in the middle. The lactic acid comes more in the finish.

M - Light carbonation with good tartness. Dry finish

O - Solid apricot sour that balances the tartness and fruit flavor well

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Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Old Rasputin nonic glass. 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, well...apricot color actually, with a billowing off-white head that frothed up quickly in the glass. It settled nicely after a few minutes into a foamy thick film that left a pretty epic sheet of lacing down the glass. Impressive.
S: Sugary sweet notes of apricots with a touch of dank barnyard musk and a light citrusy tartness. The smell is amplified after each pour and is especially perfumey and floral at times. Very inviting.
T: Not as sweet as the nose but the apricots are right there to balance out the mustiness. The finish is both refreshingly tart and funky sour. The oak barrel comes out in the finish along with some of the Belgian spices and even a hint of bitter hops from the base Tripel. Aftertaste is
M: Medium body, full yet soft carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Alcohol is completely masked.
D: Really liked the nose on this one, and the flavor and drink ain't half bad either. Pretty great all around, can't wait to try more Cascade beers!

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Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011, 7.76%, 750ml... cork took some effort to extract. Pours a hazy amber with one finger thick dense white head, settles to a thin ring leaving a couple of rings down the glass. Smell: acetic, oak, a little hay-heavy barnyard funk, apricot. Taste: fruited vinegar, vanilla; tartness backed by sugary dried apricot.

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

Split with the family because i was feeling generous. Bad idea, as they all hated it, but at least I tried. Served in some type of glass. Review #1600

Cascade Apricot is a nice orange hued beer with some spots of faded gold within the liquid. The cap was about an inch in height and off white in height. It dwindles eventually into nothing, leaving no stick on the glass. After a while the liquid looks kind of dead. Smell is of fresh apricot pith, this is an extremely fresh bottle that just touched down in Philly, not sure how long it was in the bottle before I opened it immediately. Warmed up, apricot, pale malt, some lactic quailty and no alcohol. It's a pleasant smell, just not all together bold. Taste is pretty balanced, expecting a sour bomb I am greeted by fresh apricot, orange, pale malt, french oak and some lactic funk. The wood shows up more towards warming with orange popping out as well melding in with the apricot. Feel is a step below medium, the funk and apricot hit the tounge and leave off with light malt and lactic twinges. Carb is surprisingly low, but I guess that works with the acidic nature of cascade, which is heavy on the lacto/acidic nature of their sours. While not all that extremely sour, this is a pleasant beer that I think others could open up to, especially girls.

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

Project 2011. 7.76%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy gold with 2 fingers of white head. Better than average retention for a sour. Low-moderate carbonation. Very find lacing drips down the glass.

Apricot, Sweet Tarts, peach, nectarine, lactic acid and oak.

Big lactic sourness and vinegar upfront. Juicy apricots, peach and pink lemonade. Some nectarine and Sweet Tarts. Bready notes underneath with drizzles of caramel and chestnut. Just a touch of French oak on the finish.

Light bodied, clean and refreshing with a moderate-heavy sourness.

Very potent stuff. Excellent sourness with big juicy fruits. Very easy drinking and complex. Yummers! :)

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great smell of just a bit of apricot and tart sourness. Taste was sour, tart, finishing with apricot sourness. Mouth feel was crisp and decently full bodied. Could have used a decent amount more of ripened apricot. Great none the less.

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

Sampled June 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that slowly subsides in to a persistent, dense, creamy layer of foam that resides atop the beer. The beer is a bright copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, beautiful, orange-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fresh, floral, ripe apricots, not quite as exuberant in volume as an actual rip apricot, but it definitely captures the essence quite well. The aroma has me picturing myself biting into a perfectly ripe apricot that is sweet and tart with a bit of tannic character in the skin. There is not a whole lot of other, more beery notes going on here, but the fleshy, skin scented apricot notes are so alive and fresh here that I am finding the nose quite interesting. The nice thing is that apricots are not a in your face fruit, so even though they are the dominant note here in the nose it is still not a loud, in-your face apricot character. After the beer has warmed up for a bit there is perhaps a touch of dough-like malt in the nose, but it is still quite subtle if not down right fleeting.

The beer is lightly tart tasting and is infused with a floral, almost flower-nectar essence of apricots. The beer finishes with a touch of a tannic bit as well as a wisp of higher alcohols and some spiciness that seems to be influenced by spicy oak notes and a touch of wood-character. The finish doesn't shake the infused apricot essence that perfumes the whole of this beer though. The lactic tartness, while present and noticeable, really serves to accentuate the fruit character here; it melds with the fresh fruit notes and intertwines with it in such a way that one really just imagines the tartness of a biting into a fresh, perfectly ripe, apricot. There is a bit of a bite to the finish here, a bitterness from the hops used in the Tripel. There are also some warming alcohol notes here in the finish, but they are quite mellow for a Tripel, more contributing to the general spiciness than anything. There is just enough residual sweetness here to boost the fruit flavor just that much more; I wouldn't describe this as a sweet beer, though it isn't bone dry either. The finish is quite dry, but still has a floral, flower-nectar note to it that lingers on in the palate along with a clean, peppery spice note.

The second pour has a bit more haziness to it, which corresponds with a touch of a yeast bite. I really like the balance between floral, fruity apricot flavors and the spicy, bitter, peppery finish, these notes balance together quite well and even lead into the next sip, thus continuing the cycle of flavors. The body is light enough to be dangerously quaffable, it is well within the Tripel range though (for instance it is not as light as something like a Duvel that is at the same strength). A hint of phenolics become noticeable and they subtly tie in with the spicy finish. I like how the oak plays a truly supporting role here, it adds to the tannic structure and the spiciness of the finish, but isn't overtly noticeable.

This seems to have rounded & softened up a bit since I tasted this back in October. It is much more fruit focused, or at least some of the sharper phenolic notes seem to have aged out such that the fruit is much more noticeable. It is still not overly funky, in fact it is arguably not very complex (except that it does achieve a complex apricot character), but it is such a great use of this particular fruit; it is certainly the quintessential apricot beer that I have had. As a show case for the use of fruit in beer it easily out shines the sticky sweet New Glarus stuff by a long mile. If you like apricots and I mean you are a stickler for only enjoying fresh, abundantly ripe ones, then this is the beer for you.

October 2009

The beer pours with a pale gold color that is quite clear. It is topped by a pale, white colored ring of a head with a careful pour. The aroma is quite fruity, as expected, but also has as significant floral and even almost herbal edge to it in the finish. The apricot is noticeable, but not overly expressive. There is a light sourness to the aroma as well and the fruit notes remind me of a mix of apricot and Meyer lemon.

The beer is quite dry, pretty light bodied, definitely tart and has a nice aromatic-flavor of apricots; the apricot character is fleshy, almost juicy in quality. This finishes with some phenolic notes in the finish that adds a light, biting sharpness and there is also a bit of astringency. The phenolics contribute a mix of notes of curing plastic and a pale smokiness, though these are kept fairly muted. This is quite drinkable and really hides its alcohol quite well, I wouldn't have guessed that the base beer, before souring and fruit, was a Tripel. It could use a bit more complexity to be truly great, but it is quite drinkable and tasty.

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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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