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Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.

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Melbourn Bros. ApricotMelbourn Bros. Apricot

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BA SCORE
84
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Melbourn Bros.
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001)
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Reviews by JayTheFinn:
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JayTheFinn

California

3.45/5  rDev -8%

Sweet stuff, and you read into that as you will. For me and my sweet tooth, even this was a little too much. Tasty enough, but a bit too much like candy.

A - Remarkably clear golden body with a bright white head that dissolves into a thin foam quickly.
S - Apricots.
T - Strong apricot flavor overrides nearly all beeriness. With the low ABV, you could mistake this for apricot juice. It's very sweet, more crisp than syrupy though which helps make it more drinkable.
M - The sweet zone of the tongue is paralyzed.
D - Average drinkability due to the very high sweetness level, otherwise it's quite tasty.

04-20-2007 00:28:32 | More by JayTheFinn
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured a deep gold color with minimal head,smell was very sweet and tart.Taste was real sweet almost like a cider?Real thin but that was expected ,pretty darn drinkable a little to sweet to drink alot of them in my book, but my girlfriend really enjoyed it,real tart for an apricot ale I must say.

04-08-2003 17:07:57 | More by oberon
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +25.3%

Poured out a nice honeyed golden with just a bit of thick, creamy white head that stayed as a nice thick layer with a few large bubbles. For $5.50 for this 12ozer that I had never had before I really don't know what I have in store for me, but hey, I am always up for an adventure, and that was what my freakin shopping cart at Stateline was all about!
Wow, wonderfully scented... thick, fresh bread dough... slightly sour... malty.... and then a bit of of apricot punching through....
Almost champagnelike in the mouthfeel, but maybe one step down from being too fizzy... Almost creamy, almost thickish. Very vineous in the taste though, more chardonnay, white grapes. Maltyness is fairly pronounced but also very nice. Man, this is very good. When I want to have a fruit beer, a lambic, this is what it should be tasting like. This is bordering on a sour, makes me think of Monk's flemish sour a bit- and that is a complement! But the sourness is not too overpowering at all, just wonderful.... the apricot flavors are perfect. This is something that is just done so well, I mean, it is not one where you search for the flavor, or where it is too overbearing. It leaves just enough flavor in your mouth, but not too much. I could easily sit back with a few of these and sip away!

11-30-2004 23:38:49 | More by shapudding
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%

Presentation: 12 oz vintage style brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cream soda in colour with even a soda like head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet apricot juice with a wine cooler aroma in the background.

Taste: Tart and sherbet like, sugary mouth feel that puckers with the tartness. Touch of actual beer quality ... hints of grain and hop, though they still don't even come close to the lingering tartness from the fruit. Quite clean for a spontaneous fermented brew.

Notes: Very interesting ... similar to an American wine cooler though more natural tasting and a bit more complex. As for it being a Lambic ... a far cry. They should up beef up the beer a little and age it for at least three years, then maybe this would be a lambic to contend with. A little too sweet also though this is still a fine beverage.

08-19-2002 03:33:43 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: Pours a brilliant and clear peach colored body with considerable bubbling carbonation apparent in the glass. Small, offwhite head is shortlived and lace is very minimal.
Aroma: Tart and fruity apricot is dominant, with a hint of yeast and caramel malt. Smells very edible.
Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied with enormous carbonation.
Taste: Sweet apricot nectar with some underlying sweet malt. Slight note of wheaty grain and yeast. No hops presence noted.
Drinkabilty: This is pretty good for what it intends to be. A low alcohol fruit beer that is refreshing and tartly sweet. Ideal as a dessert beer or interesting change of pace.

03-28-2005 12:05:35 | More by merlin48
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Lightly orangey look that's only barely murky, lots of light tansmission. Head is mostly a white refuge in quality but does leave partial ring-like laces. Deep apricot aroma, earthy and spicy but yes, very sweet. Fruit certainly shines in the initial flavor to mid mouth, but there is a slight hop bittering -- cinnamon-like in character. Pretty sweet overall, but a decent amount of hop astringency and citrus drying that lingers on the palatte in later sips. Surprisingly, I found the Strawberry better balanced overall, but Melbourn history and effort in producing these beers with artisanal methods still gets a thumbs up in my mind.

06-25-2003 07:34:33 | More by ADR
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OStrungT

California

3.15/5  rDev -16%

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a small amount of laces.

This beer smells strongly of arpicots. Behind that, I smell a slight cirtus hop aroma. Not much else, just a strong apricot aroma.

This beer has a sour apricot flavor. It is quite sweet. It tastes slightly like a hard cider, or a wine cooler. Not very appealing.

This beer is a little too sweet for me. It leaves a very sweet fruity, apricot like aftertaste.

I dont think this beer would make a very good session beer. I can hardly drink the small amount my wife poured me as it is. I assume we will have it in my refrigerator again, but I know that I wont buy it.

04-10-2006 02:55:24 | More by OStrungT
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -4%

Nice lightly sweet, lightly sour tart acidity, very refreshing and has a very natural sort of flavour, One of the best beers that uses fruit that i've tried OUTSIDE BELGIUM. Very well balanced and i as i said before refreshing.

08-17-2002 18:23:07 | More by rastaman
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +12%

I enjoyed the fruitiness of this beer. The malt was in the background but stood up to the apricots to balance the flavors.

09-20-2001 19:53:26 | More by QXSTER1
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -20.5%

Muddied ecru with a scattered patchwork of white suds.
Strangely scented of apricot (obviously), tobacco, suede, curdled milk, vomit, and black cherry.
Starts in monsterously sweet, and stays this way. Fruit Punch and black cherry syrup. Apricot is there, but blind, I'd be hard pressed to guess that is the exclusive fruit used here...though it does come out more as it warms. Malt lays phantoms of molasses. The middle glints at tartness with iron and lime juice, along with traces of bile and burlap. The fruit syrup overrides, and it gallops away tacky and sticky sweet.
Flattish and grabby in feel, but enough carbonation ekes through to prevent a totally cloyed-up mess.
It's not a total loss, but it teeters very close. The glimmers of lambic that peek out are intriguing, but also well out-of-tune.
Fans of New Glarus' lineup of fruitbeers might have a friend here, and vice versa. This just lacks the malt, and, well, beer traits to make it worthwhile.

12-15-2005 06:30:11 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

I admit I am not a great fan of fruit beers, but based on those I have had , this is clearly syrup mixed into a decent beer. Peachy ornage colour. Its syrupy sweet. Nice UK stylebottle and label. Medium mouthfeel, drying aftertaste. Thanks Doug Shoemaker, at Chester's in Hamilton.

12-24-2004 00:27:30 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

One of the beers from the Merchant du Vin line-up in the U.S. It pours a slightly hazy orange-marmalade colored with with a creamy off-white head that holds OK. It eventually drops to a thin, creamy collar but also leaves some spotty lace. The nose expresses softly tart and sweet dried fruit that's surprisingly authentic. The body is light but creamy from a very fine and moderate carbonation. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a tart and sugary apricot flavor that hints at some grainy maltiness underneath. It finishes surprisingly clean and short with just some mild tart fruitiness. I had to question the labels claim of "spontaneous fermentation" from a brewery in Stamford, England and came up with a quote from "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Wine, Beer, Spirits & Liqueurs" that suggests they innoculate with wild yeast acquired from Belgium. It reads, "Since 1993 Melbourn have brewed fruit ales in the old brewery, using wild yeasts from Belgium". That makes much more sense as it expresses some of the Brettanomyces and Pediococcus character but is much cleaner than most authentic lambics. Still, it's interesting and nicely done. It would make a good after-dinner conversation drink or a nice "kick back on the front porch" beer as the crisp fall weather enters. Worth trying.

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Taste: Tart and sherbet like, sugary mouth feel that puckers with the tartness. Touch of actual beer quality ... hints of grain and hop, though they still don't even come close to the lingering tartness from the fruit. Quite clean for a spontaneous fermented brew.

01-12-2003 20:34:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a very effervescent bronze with 2+ fingers of white puffed up head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Honey, apricot & dates

T: Tartness, apricots & honey up front. Dryness comes through as this warms. Finishes very dry with loads of honey sweetness & jammy apricots, some apple & a kiss of lemons

MF: Medium bodied with near zero carbonation

Could do one as an aperitif or dessert beer, past that this is just too sweet for me

11-09-2007 01:22:56 | More by russpowell
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4%

A: Poured a very clean pale yellow wit a small white head that quickly faded leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation was vibrant and lively.

S: fruity and perfumy, with a big fresh apricot aroma with some sugar sweetness.

T: The flavor was juice like, very clean, crisp with a slight sour fruitiness in the fade. The strong aroma of apricots nearly drowns out the malting making this a sweet, light fruity drink.

M: light, sweet and very active from the carboantion.

D: A sweet enjoyable, fruity drink enjoyable in moderation. A decent desert drink with a crisp sourness.

03-30-2008 16:35:18 | More by beerthulhu
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention with some lacing. Aroma consists of real apricot without any fake syrup as well as some subtle sour notes. Taste is again dominated by some nice real apricot taste without the domination of the fake syrupy fruit stuff you sometime find in those beers. Great carbonation with a somewhat full body. I really enjoyed this for what it was and wouldn't mind having a more regular access to this beer.

08-20-2008 19:48:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +4%

12 oz bottle shared and poured into a tulip glass. No date or info on the bottle. Interesting design.

Thanks to bnieman's girlfriend Megan for this bottle!

A - Completely clear with active carbonation streaming up. Low off-white head with low retention. Ring of loose bubbles is left over. Decent lace left on the glass when the head receded though.

S - Apricot sweetness blends very well with the tartness of the lambic process. Mild malts give a good background sweetness. No hops present here.

T - The apricot flavor is low which ends up being pretty good for this beer. A bit stronger in the nose, the flavor leans more towards the typical lambic but good overall.

M - Light-bodied with a tart finish that gives good balance to the sweetness. Nice sparkling carbonation aids in drinkability. Feels sort of like champagne.

D - Definitely a desert and/or summer beer, but one I could have more than one glass of. Enjoyable! Thanks for sharing the last one of these Megan!

01-09-2010 14:12:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Dukeofearl

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours on the golden side of yellow, with a slight head. Sweet-tart fruity aroma jumps up and smacks me in the nose while I'm still fiddleing with getting the cap off. Flavor is mostly tart sour with a definite apricot syrup overlay, some honey, and a back note of more tartness. PLeasing enough, although I prefer the Strawberry version from this brewer.

02-15-2005 02:54:58 | More by Dukeofearl
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matjack85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-31-2013 22:10:11 | More by matjack85
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wcudwight

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%

Apricot in color. Suprise. No head just a thin ring of lace around the top of the beer. Somewhat watery in appearance.
Smells like an apricot wine cooler.
No pretending this is a beer. It's an apricot malt beverage. Quite sweet with a hint of lambic style bitterness on the back end. Overall it's quite the quaffable drink just needs more of the yummy beer flavors imo.
Mouthfeel is thin, thin, thin. Lighter in body than most light beers.
Very easy to drink. Nice pic nic beer on a hot summer day.
I liked this beer more than the scores indicate. It's easy to drink and somewhat tasty it just didn't live up to my expectations as a beer.

10-14-2008 02:50:48 | More by wcudwight
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%

Tall frothy white head on the pour, deep golden hue in the body, very much so an apricot colour. Thick sticky layers of lacing as the ale recedes down the glass.

Sweet fruit on the nose, VERY sugary, I'm being barraged by confectioner's icing sugar.

The flavour is a sucker punch of sweet, tart fruit, whoa Nelly! Sweet, tart apricots, and lots of them, and nothing else... Well then, this is one for the apricot enthusiast.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, a bit abrasive with the carbonation, but you soon forget about that with how tart the finish and aftertaste is.

For fruit lovers, definitely. Would be a curious pick to nurse on a patio on a scorching hot day. Sampling it in the middle of winter seems a bit out of place. I don't think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting, it's more of a novelty treat every once in a while.

01-21-2007 18:41:55 | More by IronDjinn
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StevieW

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

Clear golden color. Fizzy white head, didn't last very long. Huge nose of a basket full of apricots, hits you at arms length. Nice bubbly, nearly champagne like carbonation. Apricot taste is strong, but balanced. Very sweet initial taste. Finish is tart, sour, and dry. Very well done fruit beer.
A highly recommended dessert beer. No need to have more than one of these a night.

11-15-2002 18:49:08 | More by StevieW
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Gusler

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

The color a translucent golden amber color, the head is moderate in size and the lace thin sticky sheets to coat the glass. Sweet ripe apricot aromas permeate the nose, which is, also crisp and lightly tart, a real treat to the senses. Sweet and sour start, the top light in feel, the finish exceedingly acidic, the hops scarce and the aftertaste relatively dry and long lasting. Personally I like this lambic, and think it worth a sample.

12-26-2002 08:59:04 | More by Gusler
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Pear colored with lots of tiny bubbles this is a soda pop of beer sweetness. Lots of tiny bubbles and a white head give off big smells of apricot juice sweetness. The very sweet apricot taste does have decent dose of hops to help the brew out with a little dry bitterness in the finish (crispness). The beer is very fruity but is good. It would be a good after meal selection with sweets etc...

04-16-2003 13:38:32 | More by frank4sail
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Lupe

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a golden color with a nice white head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Aromas of apricot and champange. Light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet and sour flavors with little hops to stop it from being overly sweet. Flavor is more natural that some other fruit beers. Has some champagne-like qualites to it. Kind of like an apricot cider. Tart and very refreshing.

10-25-2002 08:58:53 | More by Lupe
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -12%

not worth the 5 bucks i had to spend on it.

Appearance: able to generate a lot of head when poured. yellowish in color.

smell: like apricot juice, (artificial) needs to be more funky and complex.

mouthfeel: clings fairly well, but isn't very crisp.

Drinkability: easy to drink, but the thick fake apricot flavor is too much. I wish I wouldn't have spent $5 on it. :(

10-29-2006 02:32:53 | More by jasonjlewis
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