blklab2007 (2066) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2013 2009 bottle opened with a nice pop and poured an orange amber color with a covering of white foam. aroma has medium acidity, funky apricot, and oak. mouth feel is light and has plenty of carbonation. flavor has a decent acidic tartness, nice apricot, oak, and a faint vanilla.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml 2008 bottle with deyholla, thanks Derek! Pours a cloudy, orange-golden colored body with a big, two finger-width, foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is very tart and fruity. Lots of natural apricots with some peach. Woody and a bit acidic with a pretty nice caramel maltiness behind all the sour fruits. Flavor is similar. Fresh apricots up front followed by more tart fruits before this turns pleasantly sour and funky with a nice, light acidity towards the finish. Soft, sweet malts throughout keep the tartness and fruits in check. Some wood and a touch of earth helps dry this out with a flavorful, lengthy aftertaste following a light to medium, clean body and lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool sour fruit beer. Pretty straightforward with lots of natural, fresh apricots and a balanced tartness. Malts are both distinct and subtle while holding everything together nicely. I liked this one a lot.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle. Pours a cloudy medium amber-brown with a thin, fine white head. Aroma is lightly sour with both fruit and malt sweetness present in small amounts. The flavor is mildly sour with a hint of apricot jam, sweet malt, and very soft hops spice. Nice, mellow complexity from the barrel-aging creates an overall mild drinking experience. Very pleasant and subtle.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
an EXTRA from bman1113vr! hazy orangish pour. beautiful head, and carbonation. massive tartness and funkiness with huge apricot. would never tell the high abv on this. seems more similar to a lambic, and is one of the most drinkable in its class. superb
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is acid, lemon, candy apricot, pixi stix. Flavor is pixi stix, lemon, a bunch of nice apricot & peach, really solid acidity. Great stuff.
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL. Poured a hazy orange with a lively off-white head. Nose is beautiful with a medley of tropical melons, white wine vinegar, salt water, fresh ocean, fresh rainforest, nectarines, kumquats, with no one single fruit clearly identifiable. Body is so soft and massively sour with a prickly mouthfeel that is not overwhelming and never delving into spicy acedic sourness. The flavor profile is honeydew, mango, nectarines, loads of complexity piling on but still so easy to drink. A winner.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml corked bottle. 09.20.10 Thanks to Joel for grabbing this at Gravity for me!
Pours golden orange with white, carbonated, prickly head that dissipates into a soapy white head. The legs are fantastic and well presented. The nose is slight oak (from the barrel aging), slight vinegar, lactic acid, soured apricots, and a presence of tart cherry. The taste is an amazing assortment soured apricot, oak, vinegar, slight vanilla, and mild lactic acid. The mouthfeel is near perfect: great carbonation and velvety smooth. This is Cascades best offering, even above their other amazing sours (Kriek, Cuvee de Jugleur, and The Vine). They might be my favorite sour producing Brewery. Donít get me wrong, I love All of RR and Lost Abbeys sours but damn these are great. Also, I agree that NB Erics Sour Peach is a dirty, cheap bastard compared to this offering from Cascade.
swoopjones (6629) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2010. decided to try despite my disdain for apricots. golden pour. fruity, sweet tart candy aroma & flavor. more tart than sour. didnt gather too much oak here, apricots for that matter (which is good in my book). Nice beer but falls short of their other amazing beers
OldMrCrow (2077) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle, Sept 2010.
GTFO -- this is amazingly good. My favorite Cascade offering by a substantial margin. Splendid apricots, tending toward greenish, lots of apricot skin late in the flavor profile. The sour aspectes of this ale are restrained and hit just the right note (sure, without the incredibly expressive funk of Cantillon, but hey), tart enough to make this a sour rather than a fruit beer, but backgrounded enough to let the sourness in the apricots shine through. The oak is there if you look for it but never in your face. Superb. Iíll be buying more. Delicious cold, but as it warms it gets even better in that the apricot comes forward. Even the very good NB Ericís is this beerís bitch.
blankboy (6412) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [750ml] shared with garthicus, GregClow, tupalev, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. 2009 vintage. Pours a hazy golden-orange with an average size semi-lasting creamy white head. Aroma of funky yeast, spices, malt, tart fruit and yes, apricots. Flavour of funky yeast, apricots, tart fruit, light spices and hops in the finish. Alcohol is totally hidden. Average to medium bodied. This is great, with the name I didnít expect much but what a nice surprise!