brokensail (11089) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: The pour is a cloudy amber color with a thin cream colored head on top and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.
S: The nose is highly lactic and acidic with plenty of fruity apricot notes as well. There is a light oak character and a hint of sweetness.
T: The apricots in the flavor are a bit sweeter, but thereís still a nice acidity to it. The oak and fruit provide a fair amount of tannins which dry out the beer quite a bit.
M: The carbonation is quite high and the beer is very dry, especially on the finish, which I like. Thereís also a bit of alcohol warmth, which was surprising.
D: The Cascade sours are delicious as a rule, and this one is no exception. A fantastic beer and Iím glad I have some more at home.
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to sebletitje, the Cascade man! Pours apricot orange with an off-white head. Nose is brett, fruit, apricot, peach, and vinegar. Flavor is similar with apricot, peach, vinegar, and lingering sweet fruit. Great blend of fruity and tart, like most Cascade Sours.
WabashMan (1013) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special thanks to some guys from Atlanta, Georgia for sharing this great sour ale with us, at Dark Lord Day 2010!
I really enjoyed this beer. Sourness (as expected) and not the overdone sweetness of some fruit beers marks this offering and is well complemented by the flavor of the apricots. Really very nice!
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Gets better with age evidently. I wish it was a bit less expensive, but Iíll buy more anyway. Itís tasty and refreshing.
JohnnyJ (4403) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Stone Oakquinox 2010. Pours a golden orange, with thin white head. Start sour, with tart fruitiness, then nice apricot flavor, light sweetness, brett funk, and a touch of oak. The body was nice and effervescent. Good!
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a remarkable ale. On first smell it appears to be very sweet, with the apricot aromas just bounding forward, but in actuality the beer is very dry, with peppery, spicy hops coming through a puckering, acidic palate. Yet it is surprisingly refreshing, leaving me wanting seconds.
JorisPPattyn (7978) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks, Don! Good head, yellow-beige, fast gone, however, over hazy amber-orange beer. Initially dried apricots with a waft of Brett. Brett takes the upper hand, mixing with alcohol, fusels and wood. Sour fruity taste (difficult to pinpoint - gooseberry?) with unmistakable Brett. Citrus peel, moulded lemon and again alcohol & fusels. Autumn leaves and, yes, apricots, finally. Tart, on the verge of astringent, but nowhere unpleasant. Very carbonated. Pleasing, if a tad overcarbonated fruity ale. Not for the fainthearted. And I keep hating waxed stops!
sebletitje (6819) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours orange, white head
Aroma of fruity apricot, tart with nice nose of wood barrel/oak. Apricot are not too present but really add this nice fresh fruit element.
Flavors, nice apricot freshness, lively sourness blended well with the oaky barrel mouthfeel Fizzy carbonation, lingering sour/tart fruit flavors. Warming abv palate and the apricot and wood complement each other nicely.
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Mikey711(BA)!
Transparent gold-amber body, thin, fizzy, white head that goes quickly but makes a lot of noise while doing so. Only slightly sour nose of definite apricot, lemon, and a faint ginger sweetness that gives it a soda quality. Some more of this creamy sweetness in the flavor, lemon peel, and strong apricot clinging through the long finish. The body is a bit overcarbonated and there is a faint alcohol, but this is still quite drinkable, the strong, if singular, apricot flavor both refreshing and and complex enough to satisfy.
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2008. Pours a hazy yellow-copper with a thick off-white head and very lively carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma is sour first and fruity second, with some apricot but not an abundance of it, and a slight hint of oak. Flavor is wonderfully sour, tart and dry, but well balanced with the mellower fruit. As with the aroma the sourness is upfront and the apricot is a bit in the background. Really nice.