madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
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. JStax (6356) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
750 ml bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks! Pours a hazy copper with a white head of foam. Aroma is a nice peachy fruity tartness. Fruity sourness prevails throughout. This is real fucken good... icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2013
2012 bottle. Cloudy light straw with big foamy white head. Good mouth watering funky aroma, with notes of light fruit, and spent fireworks. Huge... mouth-puckering tartness.... WOW. Medium/light body. The tartness does give away to some nice fruit sweetness at the finish, with the apricot coming out subtly in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is champagne like. This is superb. mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2013
I really enjoyed the look of this beer. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Tons of bubbly white head that stayed throughout me drinking. I would get to the bottom of the glass and still have some of that sticky bubbles at the bottom, each new pour brought more beer, and lots more bubbles. A great peachy-orangy-ambery-yellowy color that I found extremely inviting. Aroma was a bit lack-luster: citrusy acidic tartness with nice fresh apricot. Taste was a punch in the mouth sour. I found my mouth watering from the aftertaste. Really dry, super tart, and great balanced fruitiness (apricot/kumquat) with some mild woody-spiciness. This beer literally danced around my tongue and had a nice light body without being watery. caesar (7097) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2015
Bottle @ Uiltje bar, medium sample. Hazy golden to orange color, medium off-white frothy head. Lovely aroma of apricot, slight lactose tartness, funk, slight spicy notes. Soft sour in taste, slight dry and sweet. Full bodied. Stunningly good stuff.
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2015
Hazy. Mad tart, sour, funk. Oakiness near the finish. a tang of Apricot sweetness mixed in at the end . Bursting with flavor. Alengrin (5249) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2016
Classic American sour fruit ale, one of the beers which made Cascade’s name and fame, from an expensive 75 cl bottle with cork and muselet; front of the bottle says "2013 project" so I assume it is about three years old. Opens with a bang and some slow gushing, but nothing unmanageable. Thick, frothy, lacing, moussy, egg-white head over an equally misty, warm and ’sunny’ peach blonde beer with light orangey hue - a beauty, but evidently turning murky and a bit ochre-like with deposit. The bouquet is rich and delicate as any artisanal sour, with numerous things springing to mind: fresh apricot of course, mouldy orange, kiwi, goat cheese, pineapple, overripe gooseberry and a lot of it, sour cream, artisanal yoghurt, vanilla-like oak, tulips and other flowers, dusty cellar, mandarin, green banana and a deep whiff of stale human sweat (as in: unwashed clothes) as well as wet cardboard - breaking the idyll, perhaps, but adding a kind of funkiness on top of the sour diary character and actually fitting into the whole perfectly. Opulent fruitiness in the mouth, not just the basic yeast fruitiness one can expect from an ale in general, but a whole array of ’fresh’ sour fruity flavours with a slight hint of apricot sweetness here and there, balancing perfectly with the acidity of lemons, starfruit, unripe green plums and redcurrant. Carbonation is strong but refined in structure, as in a sparkling wine - or in fact, a well-carbonated ’oude’ geuze. This vivid effervescence lightens the body and so does a persistent, drying, lactic acidity (as in really sour yoghurt), though the caramelly, soft malt backbone remains firmly in place, carrying the overload of fruit acidity and minor sweetishness to its glorious finish, beautifully linking the lactic tartness to the fruit acidity as well as the soft, sweetish malts in the background, and adding a layer of drying, yet subtle woodiness yielding faint vanilla-like impressions retronasally. An earthy hop presence is kept behind the curtains but does its structural job of balancing without bittering perfectly, and after swallowing, a warming glow of calvados-like alcohol reminds you that this beer is a sturdy 8.5% ABV. A slight chalky flavour lingers in the background as well (something in the brewing water?). And in the meantime, an appetizing flavour of crisp lime or lemon remains on the lips... This is a truly wonderful sour which deserves its cult status completely; it has complexity, it has fruit richness and generosity, it has elegance and finesse. The lambic association is not far away (Cantillon’s Fou’ Foune especially, though again very different in many ways) and I love traditional lambics, so this only supports my appreciation of this fantastic brew. The lactic sourness is strong and stretches from the onset till deep into the finish, but on this path, it is met with the underlying sweetishness of the apricot and the malts at first, and with subtly applied oak and very well hidden alcohol thereafter. Lovely, and likely the best sour beer I had which does not fit in the classic Belgian lambic and Flemish red traditions - or, to put it differently, so far the best sour ale I had from the States. Makes me look forward to the Kriek version. BeerMuse10 (54) - SPAIN - DEC 17, 2016
Espectacular. Aroma láctico y frutal, un poco a granja y brett. Entre medio bien de albaricoques. Crece cada trago. El ácido perfectamente balanceado. DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Off yellow pour, hazy with lots of head. Smells of apricot funk with lots of sourness. Very nice balance of the apricot and the sourness. Thanks to the bartender at monks for this one! Shared with james and pat. mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2011
750ml bottle, sweet and tart aroma, biting tart, I’m not getting a ton of apricot, lots of mouthpuckering sour. Nice.