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Cascade Apricot Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale
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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:
#397
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
1,757
pDev:
8.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,757 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Arne. 750ml bottle into a couple of pint glasses. Straw-colored with good clarity, for the first pour at least, with a small 1 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly. Big fruity aroma with a touch of musty barrel beneath. There isn't much tripel character left in the aroma beyond the faintest hint of pale malt. Nicely balanced on the palate; not bracingly sour by any means. Light lemony tartness, just a hint of funk. Dry and grainy, big apricot flavor minus the sweetness. Little bit of cardboard-like oxidation in the finish. Great stuff; it lands somewhere between a standard fruit beer and a wild ale.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, oak, clove, white vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of tart fruitiness, oak, and funky/acidic yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, pepper, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Big fruity acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, musty funk, hay, straw, leather, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tart/sour yeast ester, fruit, and oak barrel flavors; with a good fruit/sourness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very acidic, crisp, and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! Amazing complexity and balance of apricot fruit with fruity/sour yeast ester and oak barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on even with the big acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a hazed apricot yellow/orange. Just like an apricot. Has an off white head.

Aroma: Dried apricots and sweetness. Pleasant nose. Nothing over the top sour, but a bit shows. A little bit of funk shows.

Taste: More medicinal than I thought it would be. Pretty funky. The fruit is nice, but it is overly funky. A bit of sour shows. I would like to try a fresher bottle of this. I believe I had a 2008 bottle.

Mouthfeel: Funky and creamy. A lighter bodied beer with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry with some sweetness.

Overall, I was expecting more from this, but I couldn't help but compare it to FouFoune. This beer just couldn't compete with Cantillon's apricot sour. It was still drinkable, however.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy apricot in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of funky tartness with some lighter aromas of apricot and oak.

T: Upfront this beer is very tart/sour with some slightly lighter amounts of funkiness. Moderate flavors of oak with some lighter apricot fruit notes in the mid-palate. There is a pleasant lingering flavor of apricot in the finish without very much sweetness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy, with a moderate amount of acidic prickliness.

O: The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden, almost dangerously so... This beer has a lot of sourness and tartness, so it is not a fast drinking or sessionable beer but is very enjoyable. I would be happy to find this one again.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. I've had quite a few bottles of this now and it's certainly one of my favorite American fruited sours.

Pours a nice pale apricot color with a bit of a white head and some lacing. The nose is really quite tart with lactic sourness and a good dose of apricot and peach flavors. Some light green apple as well. The taste brings in a bit of oak and a really nice sour to fruit ratio. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both out of this world, as the fruit and sourness levels combine quite well. This is just short of the level where the sourness begins to affect drinkability. My favorite of their sours to date. I'm very, very glad they ship this out to Philly.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy bright yellow color with a bit of white foam. Aroma has some medicinal fruit notes and some bright apricots​. Taste starts tart, fruity but also medicinal, quite dry on the finish. Medium body and carbonation, quite dry on the aftertaste. Not bad but it's a quite weird sour fruit ale.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from...er...not sure where I got it.

A slightly hazy golden-orange pour that got hazier towards the end of the bottle. A somewhat aggressive pour yielded a large foamy cap of white head that settled down to a thick collar, leaving quickly-receded lacing on the glass. Tart, lactic aroma, apricot and pear. This obviously followed through into the taste, with the tart apricot pretty much dominating all, with a biscuity malt base detectable. Pretty sour, I must say. This followed an Upland Blackberry, and pretty much nuked my palate even after that one. A woody, barrel profile emerged later, getting more pronounced near the middle/end of the bottle. Medium body, spritzy carbonation. Quite good overall, but not something I'd drink regularly. I definitely needed an antacid after this and the Upland.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle opened March 2015.

A - Loosely bubbled off-white head has nice retention and low lace. Opaque bright apricot body.

S - Sweet apricot jam with tart lemon and SweetTart candies.

T - Tart, crisp, underripe apricots and white peaches. Sweet apricot jam through the center. Acidic lemons and tart passionfruit finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full body with a really nice bright acidity.

O - Delicious apricot flavor, even 2+ years out, with a bold, smooth, well integrated acidity.

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Photo of billab914
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of atrocity
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 1,757 ratings
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