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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale
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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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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288
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1,695
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
20.61%
 
 
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Photo of Moose90
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the barrelhouse

A — Pours an orangey lemony hue with a slim white head on it, some light lacing.

S — Holy apricot, very fuzzy.

T — Lemon, Apricot, Peach, fuzzy and fresh.

M — Light in body, semisweet finish.

O — Very well done, like drinking a sour apricot.

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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 wisrarebeer
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow color, poured with nice head that dissipated.
Very mild nose - some sweeter stone fruit qualities.
This beer seems to be just tart to be tart. Needs malt balance.
Mouthfeel is way too tart. No balance.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Whoa - lip puckering sour. Pours a hazy orange with thin white head, aroma is sour, salty and lemony, citrusy and tart - I lost any Chance at finding the apricot with too big of a first sip. Great carbonation lends to the feel.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a somewhat hazy, light orange/gold. Fizzy loud head initially which quickly dissipated to barely a ring. Not much lacing or stickiness on the glass, but cloudy character gives it a thick looking pour. Aroma has a nice lacto sour, with hints of wet hay. apricots definitely come through. Especially as it warms. Hints of lemon zest and orange peel. Nice citrus burst. Taste is quite fruit foward, definitely getting some apricot, lemon and big sour lacto. Nice tartness as well. Hints of oak in the back end. Mouthfeel is very alive and carbonated for a very refreshing sour ale. Overall, very big, bold and in your face sour. Nothing too complex, but it doesn't need to be.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opens with an ever so gentle pop, pours a chill hazed honey color with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, wet hay

T: Follows the nose, slight acidity, some lemon sweet tart & apricot up front. Acidy lemon, tartness & dryness as this warms, a little raspberry as well. Finishes with sour lemons & cherry, tartness & dryness, a little pear as well

MF: Delicate body, lively carbonation

Drinkable, the apricot gets ran over quickly with this one; sour freaks won't care. This is a puckery treat

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and clear in color with a thin fizzy white head. Aromas of fresh juicy apricot, lemon rind, lacto sour notes, hints of oak and vanilla. taste is super apricot forward and incredibly juicy. Lemon lacto sweet tart sweetness, with hints of white wine, sweet malt, vanilla and oak. Light bodied, refreshing, tart and juicy, perfect for a hot muggy day.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Rattle N Hum West in New York, NY.

Deep gold color and hazy with a small but persistent white head. Fantastic, complex aroma filled with apricot, oak, and funk. Flavor is fruity with a strong tart/sour presence. Carbonation is high, which keeps the beer lively and refreshing. Medium-light bodied with a dry finish.

What a treat to have on-tap. Very tasty with all aspects of the beer on point. Not sure I'd pay big bucks for a bottle, but this is a fine sour from Cascade.

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Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark orange with a thin, wispy white head that's quick to dissipate. Big apricot aroma that's slightly sour. Massive wallop of tartness and sourness in the taste, again with apricot the most prevalent, skins and all. Medium bodied with a little carbonation and slight creaminess when swallowing. This doesn't mess around.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Not a big fan of yours, but Cascade is an exception. Hazy golden pour, big fruity nose leads into a taste and experience that tickles the palate at all levels. I don't even like apricots that much, but this is tasty.

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Photo of parkeak0
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 project consumed April '16. Pours a deep, somewhat hazy orange/yellow. Nose is intense dried apricots and sour lactic fermentation-driven goodness. Palate is one of the purest fruit expressions I've experienced in a sour... beyond loaded with sweet-sour apricot flavor. Truly mouth puckering with high acid that you feel from front to finish. The sweet-sour interplay is almost sour-candy-like, and makes you want nothing more than another sip.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a sour-ass'd wild ale. Extremely tart...like sour patch kid salt ripping the film off you tongue tart. If that's your thing this is a must have. Awesome beer. 2014 project. Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool pour the same color as the fruit, almost 1/2" of white head on it. Aroma was lactic sour and apricots, clean, mild oak impressions.

Taste does amazingly well at hiding the alcohol on a big beer, wouldn't know it. I dunno how this is a flanders ale? Definitely gets more sour with time, and it comes out the gate a big sour beer.

Carbonation is high, but not overly. I really like these, and at $20 a bottle, they're worth it.

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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 pagriley
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy gold. Huge lacto sour on the nose, with a tiny hint of funk. No fruit at all - just nothing of the apricots. Very disappointing.
More of the same on taste - sour, touch of funk, bugger all fruit - if you had told me this was a straight sour blonde in oak I would be completely convinced. Very one dimensional.

Overall, an OK sour certainly, if it was just a straight up sour blonde. The Apricot is almost non-existent, and very disappointing for $30 a bottle. Given the reviews and price I was expecting prominent fruit and complexity, but this is just straight sour blonde with some fruit and oak lurking in the background.

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Photo of deaddear
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 750mL bottle in a teku glass

A - Hazy golden orange, tiny bits of yeast/sediment. Short-lived fizzy head. Impressive amount of lacing for the style.

S - Apricots and lemon, some oak in the background

T - Really upfront juicy/tart apricot, solid undertone of oaked sour; probably overpowering if you're not a fan of sours.

M - Warheads fizzy; the tartness actually seems to come through in the mouthfeel.

O - Wow, that's good. Suspect it would only get better with age? The apricot is turned up really, really high. Would be curious to know how much they actually use. Shop around, some places will kill you on the price for this.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass. Purchased in north providence ri.

Pours a super hazy orange juice like body with a good amount of sediment and a lacy white head.

Aromas are really nice and fruity, apricots definitely shine through along with the lactic tartness, ripe peaches, funky yeast. On the tongue it's pretty dark sour but balanced by a light stone fruit/ peachy/ ripe apricot flavor with a little oak, drying fruit skins, and a crisp tart refreshing finish. Medium high carbonation.

Another killer from cascade. Seriously, if you're not into ticking "whale" fruited sours, just drink cascade forever. Don't mistake availability/rareness with world class taste.

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

Really great sour. Mouthfeel and carbonation is on point. The flavor was nice, but there wasn't as much apricot presence as I would have liked. Pretty tart, but not overpowering.

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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a light slightly murky orange with a small white head. The aroma is full of apricots and wood. The taste is sour apricots with some oak tossed in. This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of SMZBrew
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2014 Project.

A - Light amber hazy beer. Poured with a 1 inch milky head that dissipated quickly.

S - Apricot at the forefront, with some funk, and malt. There is also a good bit of sourness in there.

T - The initial taste is not as sour as I would expect from the smell. The apricot comes thru nicely. Really well balanced and easy to drink.

M - Medium mouth feel. Good levels of carbonation. Very refreshing.

O - I like the balance. The apricot flavor comes thru pretty strong, there is a strong sour note but it is well balanced by the malt. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Transparent straw yellow brew, filled with action; big cloudy, meringue-like head. Great retention and tons of lacing left behind. Looks almost like apple juice with an incredible head of foam.

Aroma is surprisingly funky at first, settling into a sour, tart, fruity, oak blend. Vinegar, hay, lemons, yeast.

Flavor is a little lighter and fruitier than the aroma; it's tart, but nowhere near as much as the nose indicates. Quite a bit more fruit on the second half, as well. Apples and pears; apricots; lemons; overripe peaches. Still a touch rustic and musty.

Significant puckering; slick and sticky and oily; long, tart finish.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 -- Draft, Oct. 2015

A: Slightly under-ripe apricot fruit aroma up front with some tartness in the background.

A: light golden color, slightly hazy with light ring of head.

T: Complex and slightly under-ripe apricot flesh flavors, very clean and enjoyable. Strong lingering fruit tartness.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation.

O: One of my all-time favorites from Cascade, very enjoyable and refreshing. A year of aging has mellowed the slight sour sharpness.

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Photo of Myotus
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2012 project) into a tulip and let warm up to 40°F until reviewing.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter's worth of white foam that shrivels into a line within 15 seconds. Pale orange in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and low in quantity. Lacing is hardly existent.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sour yeast that combine with mild aromas of oak, hay, and apricot.
TASTE: Very strong sour yeast flavors are up front. Mild oak and subtle hay flavors enter immediately after along with hints of apricot.
FEEL: Somewhere between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Very tart. Goes down somewhat rough and finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Where were the apricots? Was it because this bottle was aged too long?

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Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015-08-30
Apricot 2014, served in a sampler at Cascade Barrel House.

Hazy yellow gold. Fine silky head. Little carbonation. Smell is stone fruit tartness.

Taste is super tart with an impressively apricot flavor that builds and clarifies into a more and more apricotty flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, very good. Especially if you love apricots.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cascade's Barrel House tasting room. This was listed at a 2014 project with an ABV of 7.6%. Attractive pour— golden color with a white foam.

Sharp and light bodied. Fragrant with fruit but just faintly of apricot. Tart but also has a slight mellow grainy note. I'm happy to taste this on tap from the barrel, but the 750 ml bottle seems like a major investment for way too much of this stuff. But a small glass is quite sippable.

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