Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.
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4.85/5 rDev +29.3%
A fun beer. Beneath the tart, ripe, natural tasting apricot flavor there is a nutty maltiness and doughy sourness that makes it a compelling drink. What's impressive is the seemless joining of fruity, yeasty malt with apricot-seed and fruit. I know nothing of the heritage, but I did notice a mention of "spontanaeous fermentation."
I was sceptical. How foolish.
This is a sour beer-drinkers delight. How has it been kept from for this long? I'm almost 35 for crying out loud! I needed to know about this at least 5 years ago.
Very complex with pure, sunny honey aromatics, meyer lemons, and crushed, raw pistachios. As dry as any American Pale Ale or IPA, only the fruit isn't simple piney grapefruit. It's apricot and almond butter!
12-19-2003 02:47:28 | More by putnam
4.72/5 rDev +25.9%
Part of me is sad to fawn over such a sweet brew. But I must say, I'm a sucker for the cloyingly sweet Melbourn Bros. beers. Dead on apricot flavors, never over the top, but right to the edge. Pricey at $5 a bottle but I have to admit they are worth it. Have a friend who loves cider but dismisses beer, give them this beer.
05-12-2002 19:24:43 | More by Andy
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
4.7/5 rDev +25.3%
The first experience of this beer was the overwelming smell of apricot when pouring the beer. The color of the foam was light wheat with a small hint of orange. During the pouring into my mouth, there was a distinct and potent smell of dried apricots - beauty! There was more taste of apricots than hops. It felt like I was drinking pure apricots. Mouthfeel - light, smooth and excellent.
04-10-2009 02:55:23 | More by Monsteruss
4.7/5 rDev +25.3%
This is a nice beer, fruity yet also yeasty, with good balance and highly drnkable.
A bubbly, light amber it has a fairly large off-white head that slowly shrinks to a smaller head and leaves a little lace.
The aroma is lightly apricoty, yeasty, slightly sharp, with yeasty dough and crackers.
The flavour is apricoty through to the end, but this is light and zesty balanced with slightly sour yeasty dough, hints of tart apples and lemon-lime soda pop before a lightly tart, yeasty finish of grain and apricot. It is nicely sweet, sour, and tart, very appetizing, and nicely balances the sweet apricot fruitiness with tartness and yeasty dough.
05-22-2008 18:26:30 | More by Offa
4.47/5 rDev +19.2%
After pouring Melbourn Bros. Apricot I immediately started out to determine if this was beer with apricot or apricot beer. Even after finishing off the bottle I'm not sure, but it was so good that I no longer care.
The beer's golden color, great smell, and great taste were all a welcome surprise (after having a few so-so fruity beers of late). The amount of apricot was the perfect balance between a hint of apricot and a lot of apricot.
This is now my favorite fruity beer just slightly behind Lindemans Framboise.
11-28-2004 04:29:45 | More by MarcGetty
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.
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
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
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
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
330ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..
Poured a light golden colour... Head was big and foamy and white but disappeared quite quickly...
Aroma - Strong apricot, sugary, grassy, vanilla, slight lemony notes...
Taste First sip was very sweet but was followed by strong sourness almost instantly. Strong lemon and apricot flavours, ginger, hints of lambic/gueuze flavours, peppery notes...
Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Medium carbonation...
Overall - An excellent fruit beer. Just the correct balance of sweet and sour...Highly recommended...
10-17-2005 09:04:02 | More by mdagnew
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
The beer pours a peach color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light peach scent that is sweet and almost cider-like. The taste is great. It has a very seductive peach flavor that is like peach schnapps. It is an easy drinker that finishes a bit on the tart side. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer, like their others is outstanding and a standout fruit brew.
02-04-2005 01:57:20 | More by WesWes
4.3/5 rDev +14.7%
12-oz bottle in a chalice glass.
Appearance: Golden amber, crystal-clear, with initial head that disappears within seconds of pouring.
Aroma: Highly fruity (more apple than apricot I think), with tart underpinning. A slight metallic, coppery scent lingers around the side.
Flavor: Apricot flavor up front, starting very sweet, and then a large burst of mouth-puckering tartness. Some small leathery, metallic flavors as the taste develops. Finish is long, acidic, and dry.
Body: Medium-low body, appropriate for style, medium carbonation.
Great beer! Adventurous.
12-14-2004 01:57:03 | More by allengarvin
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
12/29/04- Purchased from Beltramo's Wine and Spirit's in Menlo Park, CA
Presentation- 12 oz thick glass bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Lindemans flute glass.
Appearance- At first a spritzy and foamy head that quickly evaporates. Pours a light yellow color. Maybe some orange tinges. Zero lacing to be found.
Smell- Lots a sweet fruit. Doesn't necessarily smell like apricots though. Just a bunch of fresh sweet fruits.
Taste- Sweet and sour tastes with various fruits thrown together. I know it's apricot, but at first I would have guessed a peach, nectarine or some other. But, when the aftertaste kicks in, you can definitely taste the apricots. Tastes exactly like after you have finished eating dried apricots.
Mouthfeel- Super carbonated like a wine color or a champagne. Stomach is all gassed up now.
Drinkability- Pretty sweet for a lambic. Reminds me of Lindemand's Peche, but not quite as good. The carbonation makes this one a chore to get down. Otherwise it tastes good and is refreshing. May try again in the future.
12-30-2004 03:58:17 | More by GClarkage
4.2/5 rDev +12%
I've had this before, but I didn't review it. The beer is poured into a Melbourn Bros glass I picked up earlier this month. The color is a beautiful golden, with a small coat of head over top, and an active carb. The nose is fruit forward, very sweet apircot, with a subdued malty background. The flavor is great. Big apircot flavors, slightly tart and sour, finishing sweeter and very fruity. I really enjoy this beer. The feel is moderate to thick, slightly carbonated, and nice. Overall, this is a really refreshing beer, a nice change of pace. I recommend this brewery very much, as they have made some good beers.
01-15-2005 04:07:39 | More by kmpitz2
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
Pale golden color, very peachy, shall I say, apricotty..with a short, thin ordinary head...
Aroma: mellow, and apricotty, slightly sour, a touch sweet, like I said, apricotty... sweet and sour, like a jolly rancher...yum, yum, and yum, yummy,yumalicious....tasty....you'd just have to be the sort of folk that gets moved by an apricot jolly rancher, like I may be...a bit sweet, or is it too tart?
Nah, who cares, I like it, that's all that matters...this is super-nice, the best fruit beer that doesn't come out of Belgium!
11-24-2003 08:58:44 | More by feloniousmonk
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
Appearance: Poured into a flute glass since I don't get too many chances to utilize that type of glassware. Surprising amount of head appears for this type of glass, but dissipates rather quickly. The color is a pale orangish/salmon color akin to apricot flesh.
Smell: Apricot juice dominates. Smells like this sucker is going to be sour.
Taste: Loads of sweet apricot juice. You can tell that it's real juice and not simply a flavoring, but it is also apparent that the juice was added after fermentation. Not as sour as I was expecting, but still tart. Just a hint of lambic-type funk. One dimensional, but I love apricots, so I don't mind at all!
Mouthfeel: Champagne-like carbonation, but wetter and smoother than champagne.
Drinkability: The alcohol level is ridiculously low, which always helps with drinkability. However, by the end of the bottle I found myself wishing I had shared this with someone. Any more than those 12 ounces would have become cloying.
Notes: This beer did not end up being what I was expecting, but it was a pleasant fruit beer nonetheless. Being from the same country as Samuel Smith (England) and imported by the same company (Merchant Du Vin), I thought it would be more along the lines of Samuel Smith's excellent fruit beers. However, it really is more like a less sweet and more tart version of Lindeman's peche lambic.
01-29-2010 19:39:49 | More by Josievan
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
355ml bottle poured into a large snifter glass
Pours with a yellowy body, thin lemony hues. Thick puffy white head with good retention, forms about half an inch thick. Lacing like little snakes up and down the glass
Smell, sharp citric acidic fresh fruit, syrupy, maderia soaked apricots and fresh peaches. A strong fragrant fruity yogurt aroma, some zesty sherbet on the nose too. Little bit of dry slightly funky brett character on the finish
Taste, some sharp acidic notes, spritzy and zesty mouthfeel. Some quinine bitterness along with a little bit more funk (but very slight and lingering in the background. Fresh syrupy fruit along with some concentrated fruity sweetness
Another tasty fruit beer from the Melboun bros. Very drinkable and full of tight, sour fruity flavour
02-02-2007 21:48:47 | More by cypressbob
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is apricot. The taste is a very sweet apricot, with a fairly sour base to it. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, the sweet and sour mix (so to speak) probably wouldn't give this a lot of sessionability.
I don't know if lambic specifically means a spontaneously fermented beer, or a spontaneously fermented beer made around Brussels, but this is as good as some of the lambics from Belgium. Though a bit overpriced due to its Merchant du Vin distribution, still a good beer and hope to try the rest of the line!
09-28-2003 18:07:29 | More by beergeek279
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
A: Pours a nice light golden yellow color with a small white head. There are plenty of bubbles hanging around, but very little lacing is seen.
S: Nice big apricot smell. The aroma of dried apricots dominate. There is a nice wheaty aroma in the background with a hint of spiced honey.
T: Wow the apricots do come out in this one. Nice fresh sweet apricots are the dominate force with hints of spiced brown sugar sweetness.
M: Nice and light brew very enjoyable.
D: Sooo drinkable, with this one came by the bomber.
Overall: Very great tasting brew. I would pass up dessert any day to enjoy this brew. I like nice sweet fruity beers and this one really fits the bill.
11-13-2007 19:05:50 | More by tpd975
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
The beer poured into the chalice clear medium golden with a dullness to the color, but no haze. The head was white and rose slightly to fall quickly and lace the glass.
The aroma was acetic in nature with caramel most prominent and apricot aromas. The aroma also contained a slight sweetness.
The flavor was actually nicer that expected. The flavor was slightly sweet at first with acidity that caused a good balance of the sweetness and prevented it from becoming cloying. The fruit flavor was of course apricots and those flavors were nicely achieved.
The finish was just dry with lasting slight acidity and long lasting impressions of fruity apricots into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and the carbonation on the low side. Nicely done, very easy to drink. Easily as good as other fruit lambics that have been sweetened. The bottle says spontaneously fermented so is this a lambic?
12 ounce bottle. No freshness dating. One part of the label states made with fresh apricots and another says apricot juice added.
06-11-2005 22:41:26 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.05/5 rDev +8%
A golden orange liquid with a champagne-like, fizzy head that disappears fast leaving a nearly transparent film and no lace at all.
Smell is not surprisingly, malt & apricot, with some spice (clove & nutmeg?) hanging around the periphery.
Taste is apricot, of course, followed by spice ans some light hop bitterness late.
Mouthfeel is smooth, tangy, nice effervescence, medium bodied. Finishes fairly dry but has some lingering flavor stickiness that could get annoying in greater quantities.
Drinkability is quite high. Love the flavor but don't expect everyone will. A great beer to have for dessert.
09-09-2004 02:18:25 | More by PorterLambic
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
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured out clear and gold, the bubbly off white head dies quick. Smells sweet, marmalade, close to a gueze but without the funk and sourness. There is definitly apricot in there, but not overpoweringly obvious. The taste again reminds me first of gueze, crisp, with that unique gueze flavor, but no where near as instense. If someone wants to try gueze, give them this as a bridge to let them know what they're in for. If you took gueze and a peach lambic and threw in a little more sweetness, you'd be here. It works, but a little too sweet for sessioning. A nice beer though, lots of fun flavors without the apricot being the one and only aspect.
11-12-2006 20:03:54 | More by dherling
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