Cascade Apricot Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale
BA SCORE
4.34/5
1,751 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#401
Reviews:
299
Ratings:
1,751
pDev:
8.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Derek
3.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 vintage.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours. We took the cage off the beer and let the bottle sit there for a few minutes while we waited to drink it. With no warning, the cork shot off with a loud pop and hit the light fixture. The beer slowly gushed out after the cork shot off.

2009 vintage. The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong apricot. The flavor is heavy on the apricots with some light tartness. The beer is semi-dry and retains a little of the sweetness from the fruit. Very drinkable. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
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 fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel house the other day.

The beer pours a golden, honey orange color with good head retention and decent lacing. As one would expect, I pick up a considerable amount of apricot on the nose, along with some vanilla and light cherry. I really didn't pick up much of a sour component in the aroma profile, which made my first taste all that much more of a surprise. While not over the top, the sour aspect of this beer really dominates the flavor profile, though I pick up considerable apricot as well. There is also some light vanilla and lemom/lime as well that is intriguing and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, sour apricot finish. The sour component really seems to counter and lighten the alcohol impact on the finish, and once again I was surprised to learn that the abv. was 8.5%. Ultimately, drinkability is pretty good in this beer, though the sour wore on me a bit after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid effort from the folks at Cascade.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3/4/4/3/3.5
3.65

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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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 purchased from the brewpub back in November .. I've been sitting on this one for too long... poured into my Chimay goblet..

1" head dies back quick.. not a great cap.. and only little lacing.. I guess that is sorta expected with the acidity and the higher ABV.. the brew is hazy lite orange.

The nose is more fruity than sour.. sorta smells like the bottom of a apricot basket in the heat of summer (in a good way :-) Obvious apricot and a significant amount of sour..

Flavor is better.. It is amazing how much better apricots work better on the palate than the nose.. flavor is sorta jammy for about a quarter second.. Then the sour hits with a lactic slam.. not acetic like the blackberry.. the palate reminds me of yellow cling peach essence and fresh apricot skin.

The body is way heavier than most American sours.. but it honestly helps with the thick fruitiness on this one.. The carbonation combined with the acid sorta sucks the saliva from my mouth.. It is by no means dry. just sour from the fruit and the lactic additions.. Drinkablity take a hit on my book just because it is sorta heavy AND sour.. subtract carefully either element and it helps.. but now... on this nearly 9% bottle.. and this is a sipper that I really probably should have shared with somebody else.

Hugely interesting.. and the backbone beer actually shows through with the triple maltiness.. and helps everything tie together quite well.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 bottling. Thanks for bringing this one, Rob. Poured into a Darkness goblet last night, 12/7/2013.

Pours what I would expect an apricot sour to look like- a hazy straw-yellow, bordering on the verge of orange, head being a very nice effervescence that takes some time to settle. Bits and pieces of solitary bubble lacing sticks around on the glass.

Smells like freshly squeezed apricots with a ton of vinegar and funk. It is very intensely apricot-like and not a subtle nose at all. It is brashly acidic and pulls no punches.

On the sweeter side, but a mighty complex sour. Sweet and tart in the beginning, like a fruit beer but in the background there is a lot of acidity, vinegar, oak and funk that just takes over as the beer lingers in the mouth beyond the first sip. Everything is still a bit messy with each component being strong and intense, which detracts a bit from my enjoyment of this beer. Perhaps some time would do it good.

Thinner bodied, good carbonation, nice tart oaky earthiness on the back end. The flavours are quite intense so this is a sipper.. enjoyable one at that.

As mentioned before the flavour components are all there in its full glory. Its not a subtle beer where everything interacts with each other well, but rather it is a brash beer that is tart, sweet, sour, acidic and funky all at the same time.. but it is not particularly complex. In all the jumble, a bit of the essence of this beer is lost. Perhaps some time will do it good.

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Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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 sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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 yourefragile
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +4.6%
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 -2.1%

Photo of Raziel313
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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 waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 1,751 ratings
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