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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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4.27
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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 project. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark apricot color, excellent clarity, with a finger of nice looking foamy white head. Recedes quickly to a persistent ring.

S: Apricot, toasted oak, a little earthiness and sweetish malt.

T: Light apricot and stone fruit, a mild-to-moderate sourness, and some oak and light vanilla round out the taste.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation with a little bite.

O: Great beer with the perfect level of sourness, sweetness, and barrel characteristics to make this extremely drinkable. I thought the apricot would have faded by now (early 2013), but it's still there. Does well with food.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma and taste of this beer set it it apart from any sour I've had. The apricot especially come through in the aroma. First sip is not overly tart, but it gains in strength as the beer sits.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

" It is a wild ale and we have a wild ale tasting coming up right?"

A:Really clear amber color with one finger of white head. Visible carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh cut apricots. Very sweet smelling. Vibrant apricots. Amazing really.

T: Little bit of funk. Nice apricot taste. Not that complex but when the beer smells like an apricot tree who cares?

M:Very nice. Medium side of light. Well carbonated.

D: No hint of the 9% at all. I have drank a few of their beers now and either they are lying or masters of making super drinkable big beers.

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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 inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2oz taster pour
Enjoyed at the barrel house in Portland, OR on 9/2/12

A: Pours out a very pale yellow color. It's fairly cloudy. I get a mild bright white lacing when I swirl it, but the head on the small pours is basically not there.

S: On the nose, I get that acidic sourness. A good amount of that tart green apple and then a sweetness from the Apricot I assume.

T: Taste follows the nose: Green apples, white grape juice, stinging sourness. The Apricots are there adding some sweetness to the tart fruit juice flavors. Don't get tons of oak on this one, but whats there adds some roundness to the brew. Softens the edges.

M: Light bodied, dry finish.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascade Brewing Aprciot Ale
2011 Project

Poured into my Blvd. Brewing tulip from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy yet beautiful, well, peach color. Perfectly peachy. Nice orange hues and some mild honey golden hues as well. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms that is a bit dense but recedes quickly to a nice thick mat. (5.0)

Aroma starts off with fresh tart and slightly citrusy apricots. There is a very fruity tartness up front. There is some slight sweetness in there, as well as some slight yeasty phenols and funk. (4.0)

Flavor starts off as expected, tart apricot notes with then some nice mild sweetness to balance it out. Nice vinous character as well. There is woody notes that mix in with the yeasty funk that finishes the brew dry and clean. As the brew warms there are some nice spice and pepper notes that give the brew some more pop and offset slightly the intense tart notes. Very delicious brew with a nice dry finish and awesome sourness.(4.5)(4.5)

This is an excellent, flavorful brew with great tartness and slight apricot sweetness that plays well with some spice notes and woody wild funk. (4.5)

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 10/12/13

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, but lightly cloudy peach color - medium orange, with some medium amber, and some dark gold - medium sized, off-white head, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Tart, sour, decidedly ridiculous - some absurdly tart apricots, and a ton of tart and sour notes - remarkably acidic and lactic - damp, wet funk - some general citrus and lemon - some oak and some light malt sweetness

Taste: Shock Tarts? Sweet Tarts? This is madness - very sour, with some big acidic and big lactic notes - extremely, extremely tart - some nicely juicy apricot flavor - some tart, sour lemon as well - some wet, damp funk notes - some oak - some light fruits, like green apple skins, maybe even some underripe bananas

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very wet, puckering, finishes mostly dry

Overall: Apricots? ApricCAN!

Every Cascade sour I've encountered has been great. But this is extra great. Stupidly tart, gloriously sour, and interestingly fruity. This is a gem.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mikkeller glass on 6/21/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing

2009 bottling

Apricot/orange color is browned with some sediment that made its way into the glass; it's a bit murky as a result. One inch crackling head. Dissipates rapidly to a thin layer, leaving some lace.

Of course, apricots are at the fore of the aroma, offering a fresh fruit sweetness. There is a short-lived tangy note. A bit of mustiness rounds it out. More oak moves in as the beer warms.

Pow. Tastes a lot punchier than it smells, kicking up a showing of tartness. Apricots are had throughout; their application is fresh and clean. Barrel characteristics build on the latter half - musty, dank and water-logged. I dig it.

The moderate body has a sharper, crisp feel. Mellows over time and bulks up a tad. Dry, funked, barrel-laden finish.

Very well done. Alcohol is hidden almost entirely.

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Photo of GJ40
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A - Golden with a yellowish tint and a big white head. The last remnants of foam lingers nicely.

S - Big apricot! Funk and tartness too. But I was surprised at the level of apricot. Very nice.

T - Wow! Super tart and sour yet the apricot flavor is right there. Nice depth, balance and complexity. One of my new favorite sours.

M - Lively from the nice fine carbonation but still smooth.

O - Pricy but well worth a try. Great to see a beer like this produced in the US.

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Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Bright, clean, apricot tartness, medium oak, ripe apricots

L: Hazy, burnt yellow, carbonated white head with amazing retention. Solid lacing.

T: Clean tartness with a rich, malty backbone. Medium apricot flavor throughout, predominately in the middle. Has a very sour candy like finish, semi-sweet.

M: Medium-full body, high, effervescent carbonation. Tart, but quenching.

A fantastic, clean, sour beer. Love the subtle apricots with the sweet candy tartness. Surprisingly amount of malt that really works with the sour.

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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 AleWatcher
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me courtesy of the always awesome Sideswipe... I'll be adding this beer to my wants list as soon as I'm done reviewing...

Served in my Captain Lawrence snifter. Shared with DSC at my house on a random Saturday afternoon.

I think this is miscategorized-- instead of fruit Lambic, let's just call this an American Wild Ale.

This is a gorgeous glowing orange with a solid 3 fingers of white froth. The bottle opened with a massive pop-- after 10 seconds, a froth began to emerge through the neck...

The smell has GIANT apricot notes, along with pears, lemons, and a lactic acidic bite. The beer has amazing fruit flavor. The beer nor after taste isn't overly sweet-- it is just perfect. The sourness is amazing, as is the genuine fruit flavor.

The body was slightly over carbonated-- but just barely... Otherwise, this beer drank like a dream. Tasty, intense, and highly enjoyable. This is one of the best fruit sours I've ever had. (authors note-- we have a huuuuge fruit sour tasting coming soon, so that statement may not hold up after March...)

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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 draheim
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL (2011 project) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a 1-finger white head, lively carb.

Aroma is oak, tart funk, light fruit.

Taste is refreshingly sour, oaky. Apricots are subtle, adding a touch of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean w/ a dry finish.

Overall another tasty sour from Cascade. So drinkable and refreshing, I can't stop taking another sip.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2011 project, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy apricot color, produces a thick white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Really delicious and powerful apricot aroma, also some acidity, wine and oak.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of apricots and a nice prominent lactic tartness, maybe some citrus and peach. The barrels provide flavors of oak, a bit of grapes and dry tannins.

M- Light to medium-bodied, has a smooth, crisp feel with a dry finish.

O- A delicious beer, one of the better American sours I've had recently, excellent all-around.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With temperatures north of 90 degrees for the first time this year, I figured it was a good Sunday to crack this open.

2009 vintage. ABV is 9% for this batch. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Lightly cloudy gamboge liquid topped by a fist of rocky ivory merengue. Decent retention, especially for the style. Big sticky cavernous lacing rings the glass along with a viscous varnish of tears.

Apricots are notable at first, but "barnyard" aromatics come on strong right away. Lightly fermenting hay, green apples, wildflowers, horse sweat, limestone, a bit of yuzu rind...

Bright tart flavors: citrus, unripe apricot, buttermilk. The barrel aging adds a bit of body and smoothness - all in all, the taste reminds me at times of a superior pinot grigio.

Medium-light bodied, surprisingly creamy, and delicately astringent - with low but above average carbonation for the style.

Sophisticated and authentic tasting lambic with a lovely regional twist - wish I had a Fou Foune to compare it to, but I might pick up a half-case of these to age in the meantime. Another resounding success from Racoon Lodge.

Analysis aside, my overall opinion is mmm!

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Photo of Cresant
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this 2013 Project into a small Duvel glass. Not much head but a cap remained throughout. The body was a deep golden, and a little hazy.

The smell was of mild basement must and fruit. The fruitiness was not distinctly apricot and not exactly fresh smelling. Stale fruitiness.

The taste was puckering sour. Some sweet fruitiness and some balsamic vinegar-like character. Bright sourness with just enough sweetness to keep it interesting.

The mouthfeel was zesty and the body was medium.

I wish this one had more fresh fruit flavor and more discernible apricot.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange (apricot) color with a moderate white head. I've heard stories about this gushing, but mine was fine.

Loads of fresh apricot on the nose. Lacto and apples are also present.

The apricot is phenomenal on this one. Among the better fruited beers I've had. A little bit of that apple comes through in the flavor along with the normal Cascade lacto, but just the right amount. It's sour and a little funky, but not lip puckering.

Creamy mouthfeel, but still fairly light bodied with perfect carbonation levels.

I usually like Cascade, but nevertheless was still pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Bright-white bubbly head sits at about 1cm for the duration. Tight bubble structure with a lively carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Mega fruity. Juicy apricot abounds. Carries that distinct wet and damp sour edge I associate with every Cascade beer. Crazy fruity with a nice lactic sourness. Tart citric edge buried underneath. Almost fruit sugar sweetness. Floral and bright. Mealy apricot flesh. Some obvious lemon zest. Vague hint of soft spice.

Taste: Aggressively tart up front. Big citric bite layered over a complex lactic tart/sour combo. Tons of apricot. Mealy flesh, crazy juicy and role. Some very soft pale malts and a floral element. The base tripel is buried. Some light banana. Sharp lemon juice/citric sour on the finish. A touch of apple skin. White wine and grapes run through the middle. Tiny hint of oak in the back. A touch of damp basement and hay.

Mouthfeel: Carries some of that distinct Cascade juicy wetsness at the front, but finishes really dry for the brewery. Moderate-high carbonation gives it a slightly crisp edge.

Overall: When did apricots become better than blueberries?

This is about as complex a wild as I've encountered from a US brewery. Massively fruity and as tart as they come. I'll be picking it up every time I see it.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling, poured into a HF stem

A- beautiful bright golden color, no haze to speak of, bout an inch worth decent frothy head that lingers on the rim, pours with a foreshadowing of some spritzy carbonation

S- some sour lemon initially with fleshy apricot coming after bit of oak and a hint of the belgian tripel base with some sweet malt on the end

T- Loads of apricot up front followed up by some awesome lemony lactic bite, finish is so dry though, thats really all i got, fresh apricot and a lemon like sourness with hints of some earthy brett on the finish, its really good

M- dry, crisp, thirst quenching, only drawback is its a bit thin, but everything else is spot on

O- one of my favorite beers, This drinks so easily, only drawback is the price, worth considering a move closer to the barrel house

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Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. I believe this is a 2009 bottle. Pours a clear golden honey color with a big fluffy white head that nicely laces as it settles. If memory serves me correctly I don't believe Cascade uses brett but this has an aroma of brett to it with florals and a touch of fruit. I expected this to have a more fruit forward aroma vs. the florals. Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. The flavor is brett-like floral with touches of sweetness. The apricot doesn't seem to be as strong as I would have liked and the flavor seems almost watered down. Not bad but I thought this would have been better.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to fogdog for this gem. 2009 bottle split into tulips.

A: Fairly clear golden amber orange hue. Huge bright white head. Solid four fingers fade slowly leaving soapy lace.

S: Huge apricot bouquet bursts out of the glass. Full on musty bretty funk. Solid lactic sourness. This smells great.

T: The sour is moderate to full but nothing over the top. Fresh sweet and tangy apricots, brett, oak and lactic sour.

M: Medium body. Very lively carbonation.

O: Although not as sour as I had hoped this was a true winner in my book. Super tasty sour. I need a case of this.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a small light white head not much lacing. Nose is phenomenal, it's fruity, tart and crisp.

Taste is apricots, it's earthy, mellow, very tart and sour, but still drinkable - there's an earthy quality that's unique and tasty. Mouthfeel is light and smooth crisp and delicious.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the most Ale-y of Watchers for this bottle. Shared with Spider889 and Ryan011235. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance
Lots of frothy head the color of heavy cream. Its incredibly long lasting, never really fading below a finger in height, so there's lots of droopy, heavy lacing. The beer is a deep peachy orange.

Aroma
Tart but its more oaky, increasing with warmth. A lot of nice funk. The funk is grassy, hay like and dusty. Apricots play a big part, giving this beer a juicy center and aromas of not yet ripe fruit. Spicy yeast intertwines with apple aromas. Some vanilla oak and a big horse blanket funk arise with more warmth.

Taste
Quite juicy. Lots of under ripe flavors that even border on bitter, providing balance. This beer has a very funky middle with lots of horseblanket. It then sweetens and becomes fruity for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel
This is a tamer sour. It has a gentle pucker and a gentle dryness. The carbonation is sharp but soft at the same time. Alcohol is actually apparent, which is a feature I feel this beer could do without.

Overall
A quite nice beer. A tame, gentle sour loaded with under ripe apricot juiciness. Cascade does not disappoint.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle i picked up while out in boston for EBF/NotB. the bottle cost me $20.25. drank from my duvel tulip. 2009 edition.

A- this one pours out a hazy burnt orange colored body with a large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a very long time, and leaves behind unattractive globs of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick up with the nose is a definite lactic sourness. after that i get a little bit of pale malts and a some wheaty notes. musty and earthy smelling. a little bit of fresh apricot in here also.

T- the taste starts out with some pale malts and a little bit of malted wheat. after that i get some lactic action. definitely sour, but not overly so. some fresh apricots after that. musty and earthy yeasty funk.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. nice dry finish. sour but not overly so.

D- very enjoyable. the subtle flavor of the apricot is very well integrated here. something id look for again, even with the pretty substantial price tag.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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