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 (6986) - 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 (2177) - 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 (6633) - 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!
nimbleprop (6066) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap at the brewpub. Pours a very hazy, yellowish orange with a very frothy, white head. Nose is really nice, stone fruits, apricot obviously, lightly tart, some light malt, a touch of fresh, clean oak. Flavor is sweet, lightly malty, stone fruits, juicy, tart, the oak is mellow, tart, a little lactic acid. Medium bodied, tart finish. No hint of the 8.5% abv. Super drinkable.
juiceisloose (1117) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly cloudy golden orange color and topped by a smooth head of off-white foam that quickly receds to a thin film of bubbles. The aroma shows notes of tart, juicy apricots over a candied pale malt base. Further notes of oak, and dry bretty funk comes through as well along with some lactic notes. The flavor follows and is even better with loads of tart apricots and juicy orange coming through to go with the dryness from the brett and the lactic oak. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and very easy drinking especially for those hot summer days. This is a good beer that will only get better with some age as the brett develops further. If it werenít so much I would drink a ton of this stuff. Very tasty sour ale.
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010-08-13. Hazy orange body with a large foamy beige head that fades a bit. Aroma is pretty eye opening, rich fruit up front, sweet and sour apricot, peach notes, light musty touches. Lovely. 8+ Flavour is refreshingly sour, nice fruit character shows through more clearly than it usually does in sour fruit beers, light lactic sourness, finishes a bit dry, lactic. 8+ Smooth average palate. Very good. Bottle from Raccoon Lodge, Portland
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep golden, aroma is apricot, lactic acid, light spice, and some oak. Flavor is light apricot and spice, oak undertones, a bit of yeast hanging out, great sour.
Travlr (16426) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml 2009 bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso, shared with RJ. Clear golden color, medium white head, scant lacing. Aroma of dust! and dried fruits. Taste of apricots is subtle, decent malt, lemon peel, nice acidity and sourness. Good character. Very tasty.
zizzybalubba (1626) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle from Samís Quik Shop in Durham (2009 bottle listed at 9.0% ABV). Pours dark orange with a lovely champagne-like bubbly head. Aroma is tart but not distinct enough to determine apricot. The flavor is magnificent; mouth-puckering sour peach and apricot. The mouthfeel is thick and juicy as if there is a ton of sour fruit puree in this exceptional ale. I had a hard time justifying the $20 price but this is certainly worth it every so often. A wonderful sour beer.