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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Cascade Apricot Ale is based on our Temptor Triple Ale that has undergone over 8 months of lactic fermentation and oak barrel aging. Ripe NW Apricots are fermented with this beer for 3 additional months. This hand packaged and bottle conditioned ale will only get better with age ... good luck waiting.

Serve at 45-50 Degrees F.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5207) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010
Bottle: Poured a clear bright dark yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of sour notes with light acidic notes with some light tart apricot notes. Taste is also a very nice mix between some light acidic notes with some tart and sour notes with lightly sweet notes of apricot. No notes of oak and apricot notes are very subtle. Very nice beer and drinkability is quite high with alcohol being well hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Backlogged rating, enjoyed during RBSG 2010: Poured a bronze orange hue with golden highlights topped by a thin but lasting head, spotty lace. The aroma has note of apricot flesh, fruit, and pits along with some acidic white grapes and hint of earthy horsey yeast tones. Some pils and crystal malt along with a slight minerally aspect. The taste is quite fruity and not all that sharp, sort of flabby more akin to a fruit beer than a sour ale. The malt needed to be better dealt with as well, slight sugary component. Some oak tannins upon the warming finish. Soft body and a bit sticky. Overall a big disappointment compared to the Cuvee de Jongleur.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smith4498 (3270) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2010
2009 vintage. Pours hazy dark golden apricot color with off white head. Aromas of sour apricots. Sour apricot flavor with some wood and mustiness. Lactic sourness. Medium body with lively carbonation. Thanks Kristen for sending me this one.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2010
[750ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Hazy dark gold with thin lacing. Vinegary aromas rise from the glass. Not much apricot on the aroma, but some comes through on the aftertaste after the acetic sharpness. Highly effervescent, really froths up on the palate like a champagne Ė I can see what they are doing here, but itís really not my thing [14112010]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
[3341-20100813] 22floz bottle. Strong boozy fuzzy apricot and fresh hops aroma. Murky, brown orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Sour apricot yeast flavour has a long fruity aftertaste. Medium body is quite sour. Great beer, wow, lovely sour fruit.
(w/ blankboy, garthicus, GregClow, jerc, tupalev)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (17635) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle at home ... golden amber ... thin white head ... sharp sherbert apricot nose ... fizzy ... juicy apricot ... little vinegar ... pickled onions ...monster munch finish (how odd) ... never going to be a winner for me but interesting ...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle at Where the Wild Beers Are. Muddy orange pour. The aroma is apricot (I guess) and sour belt candy. A touch of artificial sweetness. Tastes like the sour crystals off of sour candy. Iím not really getting much of a flavor other than "sour." Itís a bit simplistic, but thatís not to say I didnít enjoy it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
My Bottom Line:
White wine straddles this Barrel-Aged Sour Aleís apricot fruitiness, as a soft prickling slowly but surely introduces a lasting lactic tartness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the misty orange.
-The apricot aroma somehow suggests sweetness.
-Flintstone-like sugary vitamins can be hallucinated, surely a phenolic by-product.
-This is very fruity, complex, wild and engaging. Perhaps not completely mature yet, but it remains a compelling experiment.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 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 donít 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 doesnít 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. 2008 bottle: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a hazed amber orange color with a big fluffy white head that quickly settles, leaving some lace. Strong aroma of brett floral mixed with sweeet fruit. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Nice flavor of apricot fruit, with very little brett floral taking over the profile. 2008 is much better than the 2009.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Lightly hazy orangish pour with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is phenomenal! Aroma starts with some nice dusty yeast, leads to some nectarines, apples and apricots with a nice lactic tartness. Flavor is sweet and sour. Great tart apricot flavor, lemony goodness, yeast, dank flavors...some wet wood. Talk about a drinkable sour...MUST get more. My goodness.


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