Apricot Ale 2014, Oak aged – Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)


Apricot Ale 2014 Project – “Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Apricots” – Cascade Brewing, 7.6% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front-left label:

“This NW style sour ale is a blend of Blond ales that were aged in oak barrels with apricots for up to 15 months.”

  • Style: (apricot, oak barrel aged) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Over-the-top sour tart acidic vinegar apricot apple juice pukey woody oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $38.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: you have to like sours

Visual: Hefty bottle, twisty wire cap and composite cork. Bottle-conditioned. Pours clear amber with a smallish head, a thin layer of retention, clusters of steady micro streams.

Nose: fruity peach-apricot mixed with puke. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: immediate heavy tartness, intense puckery sour, fizzy

Mid-palate: continuous acidic sour, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) fruit vinegar, apricot, apple juice, pukey, woody oak

Finish: tart, candy tangy, residual sour fruity finish.

Summary: (Ouch, price tag hurts the wallet.) Fair warning, this sour is sour and it means it. Goes down better with salty food, and caution to those who have a stomach sensitive to acidic food. Very taxing on the palate and a slow sipper. It has decent flavours and body but the sourness is just too over-the-top for me.