otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: apricot and peach hues with a slight haze and creamsicle head. Cork popped loud and clear with a slow rise in bubbles which threatened to overflow before reaching my glass; not a gusher though. Fades in bubbles and pockmarks and lace. Swirls thicker along sides.
Nose: tart and meaty apricots and peaches. Tinge of must in the back, a mélange of fruit pits, leather, old dusty books. Woolen blankets and afghans. Dried grass in the back. Marmalade and cobbler under and along the edges. Works together well and separate.
Palate: soft and frothy with a light lively springtime essence. Tartness tickles top of tongue, fading into the middle where she is sweet with apricots and peaches, then the tartness creeps back into the finish along with some nice tannic bitterness. Apricot and peach skins. Marmalade and sourdough, softly juicy n chewy. A bit fizzy, an attribute of her youth. Peaches and tart cream. Playful all around; lovely.
Final Thoughts: awesome, and having since had a bottle not quite as young, the carbonation settles down, the flavors melt together even more, and beervana was mine once more. Cascade may not be in Belgium but they have a bit of Belgium in them.
madvike (3119) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by CaseyK...thanks Casey! - Pours hazy light orange with a bubbly off-white head. Nose is incredible--apricot jam mixed with dried apricot. Lightly sweet and something I could smell all day. Tastes smooth and sweet, citrus and apricot with some lactose and a yeasty malty backbone. Not terribly tart, but wonderful. Creamy and smooth, pretty full-bodied, and just a wonderful beer.
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours out a slightly cloudy amber/orange with little bubbles but no head. Nice Aroma of sour fruits, some funk. apricot, and some strange porti-poti solution...o and a little oak. Taste is sour with some nice tartness, sour funk, light apricot, brett and some nice earthy oak creeping in there too. This one was a nice blend of fruit with sour, no one element overpowered the other.
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
big thanks to kan for sharing this bottle. Pours hazy golden amber foamy spritzy off white head, nose is a bit of a funky dirty diaper, oaky vanilla yogurt. flavors are sweet apricot, funk vanilla sugary with sour acidic finish. seems pretty over rated to me.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. Light head. Nice apricot aroma. Very well made. Just sour enough. Very drinkable. I will seek this out again.
BrewBoxer (2472) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy tan color with a nice head. Smells of apricots, sour apple and citrus. Taste of apricots, orange and spice. Really good sour beer. I liked this better then the cherry. Not sure if I’m a huge fan of the fruity apricot addition...save that fr the lambics. Overall, another one well done by Cascade.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Very attractive beer, pouring a slightly hazed and glowing orange. Fizzy head that dissipates. The nose is absolutely fantastic. Notes of peach candy, dried apricots, wheat bread, candy lemon drops and a hint of ginger? Like fantastic peach preserves. On taste, strong prominent note of fresh apricot. The acidity is super clean and fresh. No weird musty or mildewy notes that you can get out of a lot of sours. Absolutely clean and fantastic. Nice lemon drop and candied apricot. Finish is super dry. This is world class stuff. The acidity is not over the top, more of a Brett character than bacteria. Awesome.
Boutip (5266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
smith4498 (3277) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.