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

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1,728
Reviews:
293
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
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Photo of yourefragile
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL "2008 Bottling" shared with two friends. First in our Cascade testing.

Cloudy golden amber color with a thin fizzy off white head that has nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is exceptional punch of brett funk and apricot sweetness, lemon, fresh grass, etc. Medium bodied with strong, fine carbonation. Flavor is pleasant balance of earthy funkiness and sweet and tart apricot. Very unique and very drinkable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750 mL bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a hazy golden with a mild fizzy white head.

S: Apricot city, very fragrant with some lactic acid.

T: True apricot flavour, with a moderate lactic acid. There's no real funk here, I heard Cascade doesn't use Brett. That's fine, this is very tasty, apricots/acid/light wood.

M: Moderate acid, with an elegant easy carbonation which makes the beer light on the tongue and easy to drink.

D: The bottle said 9%, this feels nowhere near it. Dangerously drinkable for its ABV, a damn good fruit beer.

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Photo of KAF
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of lupercmda
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of jzeilinger
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this at Julio's and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice crystal clear golden hue with edgings of honey atop of which was a good one finger head that faded to a very, very thin blanket with minimal side lacing.

S - Aromas of a nice sour blonde ale, light vinegar notes akin to a flanders with light apricot/stone fruit aromas intermingling throughout.

T - Taste is very, very nice. Not quite as nice as Filmishmish (the only other apricot beer on memory), but enjoyable nevertheless. Tart, tart stone fruits with that vinegary, vinous background. Very pleasant notes of apricot, sour/tart barrels and lactose. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Light bodied, higher carbonation. Definitely wonderful. Incredibly drinkable stuff here.

O - Overall, this was a delicious beer albeit at a steep price point. Wish I could drink stuff like this more often/throughout the year. Excellent job from Cascade.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Though the bottle says something about it being good for aging, I've now had the 2007 and the 2008, and the fresher bottle is far superior to the aged bottle. The apricots were dull in the 2007 bottle and vibrant in the 2008 bottle.

The beer is light orange with a white head. The retention is good.

The aroma is sugary, with some lactic character. Fresh and ripe apricots dominate the nose. They smell pretty fantastic. The flavor is sugary ripe apricots with just a little tartness, tannins, and astringency. I don't know that I'd call this a sour; I think fruit beer is more accurate. For the high ABV, I tasted no alcohol.

The beer is light bodied and light on the tongue, with an enjoyable high level of carbonation. Though there is a little lactic character and a little tartness, I'd call this a fruit ale rather than a wild ale. If you open it thinking "wild" I think you'll be disappointed by how tame the beer is, but it's a quality fruit beer for sure. It's subtle and authentic, like all of Cascade's stuff.

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Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jbaker67
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Amazing floral apricot, candy sugar, and caramel aroma with vanilla and oak notes. Creamy very bright and yet lively palate. Tastes of orange, apricot, lemon, caramel, green apple, vanilla, and oak with a tart, lightly acidic, crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow/orange color. Some good white froth formed and really stuck around for awhile with a light layer even until the last sip.

(S)- Big juicy apricot tartness up front. Flows into some dry oaky bits with an ever so slight funkiness.

(T)- Some good puckered acidity up front. Dry oak and subtle underlying sweetness. It finishes nicely with dry yet sweet apricots. Quite the sourness level on this too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The acidity and sourness are definitely up there, but the apricots at the end are icing on the cake.

(O)- Definitely a hefty sourness with subtle oaky fruits, but I dig it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle thanks to apocalypsezombie. Cheers Tom!

It pours a hazy orange..apricot colour with a huge head of billowy foam. The tip of the foam looked so inviting so I tongued it. Hehe...sour apricot. Who'd have thunk. Oh, and there's some good lacing left behind as the foam shrinks slowly.

The smell: fruity tartness, big, oakiness medium, vanilla, hints. I can't wait to take my first "official" sip.

Ahh...sour apricot is so delicious up front and in the finish. Just the right amount of oak and light vanilla notes rounding off this most excellent brew.

The second pour done and it's a more than hazy. The foam was also easier to deal with, about a finger's worth. The sourness never goes over the top so this, I think, would be a great beer to share with someone newish to the style. I also like how the abv is approachable; some slight warming but it doesn't hurt the drinkability at all.

I wish this came in smaller packages so I wouldn't have to finish it in one go. I'll be sad when it's gone.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, excellent mouthfeel.

Clearly, another great offering from the gang at Cascade!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass. aged in oak barrels.

A: Apricot orange coloring with a small haze factor, reveals a healthy display of effervesce filling the vessel at a moderate rate. A good initial head formation (rather rare per style), is very well lasting, covering til the end of the drink, lapsing only to a skim chalky white covering. Generous amounts of lace adore the vessel with a near full sheet coating, amplified by stratified rings condescending downward. For this extra consideration.

S: Very nice perfumy tart apricots arrive on the nose. Small funk of tart grape skins with a dry finish. Fairly well lasting. Initial high rate of sourness, but turns very soothing there-after, very clean reception.

T: Acidic, tart apricots, crisp malting, while the oaky character was a bit reserved, or rather hidden behind the sour factor. Flashes of wet fruitiness at first is followed by a gentle lingering tartness off the tongue. Small quick sips have a rather tart and acidic lemony factor, while longer savoring sips reveal the soothing, tart apricot flavor much better.

M: Acidic, tart, mouthful has a very good carbonation rate.

O: A very well crafted sour that is very clean and crisp with a very respectable sour factor for the hard-core, but not intimidating for the part time fan as well. HIgh quality and very good levels of apricots while maintaing drinkability factor, though a bomber did take me a good 45 minutes of consumption, not a bad thing, when you get to savor the funky sourness over a period of time. I am partial to apricots and peaches in such brews as well saisons, which i tend to think works very well to the style and nature of the beers. One last note of consideration, at $35 a bottle the price is a bit steep, i can only recommend for the seasoned veteran of style and with the disposable income to spare, if not consider splitting one with a friend which will take some of the sting from the pocket and add some enjoyment to the experience.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle courtesy of ipa247. Thanks again Jeff!

The bottle opens with an explosive pop and pours a cloudy dark golden orange/amber color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger soapy off white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic chnks of soapy lacing behind.

Very funky aroma with lots of dry champagne like brett effervescence, earthy oak tannis and luscious fresh apricot notes. Slight lacto presence with oak, vanilla and subtle vinegary barnyard notes. The nose on this beer is very complex and although there is a lot of brett character, there's also some authentic barnyard horsey funk, vinegar and uber-fresh fruit.

Slightly funky, dry tart medium body that's on the lighter end of the spectrum. Slightly vinegary and mouth puckering without being acidic at all. The lacto presence from the aroma is very prominent and give the mouthfeel a smooth creamy character. Lots of earthy oak tannis from the barrel aging that gives off some vanilla flavor. Dry bretty effervescence balanced b a very prominent juicy apricot flavor. Extremely quaffable and the high ABV id undetectable. Again, as in the aroma, there is a nice authentic funkiness that adds to the flavor and complexity of an already excellent beer. Recommended!

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Photo of Raziel313
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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 JohnParadee
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden orangish color with good carbonation, a gusher, but once it settled it was nice

S: Fresh, ripe apricot, sour, hints at wood

T: Pretty acidic, carbonation was a little much, plenty of apricot, wood, def wine like texture

M: Effervescent but crisp

D: Pretty good overall

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,728 ratings.
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