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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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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Faintly hazy medium golden color, with a small white head, thin, finely-beaded glass-coating lace, and a few streams of small, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Profound aroma of fruit, almost overwhelming, with a strong push of light tropical fruit, particularly pineapple and mango, and a syrupy sweet quality. The aroma is so palpable that it can almost be tasted.

Taste: Sharply sweet and sour notes at the open, somewhat like an over-the-top green apple cider, infused with fresh pineapple juice. The green apple note is particularly strong, and carries throughout. Late in the taste, a mild musty note appears, followed by a subtle hop bitterness and a mild, but lingering sour note. The finish is somewhat dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft to the touch.

Drinkability/notes: Quite interesting, rather like a fruit lambic, but milder in character.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a form seems which seems evocative of the early Victorian design influences and sealed with a pop-off crown. Served in a champagne flute.

Pegasus, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange that reminds me a lot of apricots with a thick white head. Smells skunky and muddy, like play dough and a lambic sourness and some apricot along with a cayenne hot sauce. Tastes overwhelmingly of sweet apricots an green grapes. A stunning aspect of this beer is that if finishes much like an apricot with a dry bitterness. That I found to be a nice touch that made this beer stand out in my mind. Mouth feel is very drinkable and smooth with a quickly dissipating carbonation. I really like this beer. A bit spendy for what it is, but tasty none the less. My only warning would be that this tastes way more like apricots that it does like beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of marburg
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just the orange side of golden. Head fizzles quickly. Aromas of my mom's apricot bread with citrus tartness (orange zest?). Lightly sweet up front with a bit of a zinger of a tart apricot flavor at the back of the tongue. It's a little odd since I think the apricot and the tartness seem to go hand and hand and hit at the same time as opposed to being really strong with the fruit up front and then moving to tartness. Clean looking and clean finishing.

It's very tasty. But it's neither the all-out fruity goodness of, say, Lindemans Framboise nor is it like the true lambics. It's definitely nice, and I like drinking it. But compared to the really big boys in the actual lambic category, it's a little weak. However, paired with the right meal (or dessert), this would be ideal. I'm not big into wine yet, but I'd imagine this could be a reasonable replacement for some of the more apricot-ish flavored dessert wines.

marburg, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice peachy colour with a lovely white head that lasts for a bit o' time. The aromas are of fresh apricots, fruity malts, and light malts. The taste follws suit with lovely apricot notes, and a nice, light bready maltiness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but not astringent and the drinkability is nice....good stuff.

francisweizen, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are chick flicks and then this might be a chick beer.

This is not an everyday beer, but it is delightfully refreshing and decidedly of a low gravity.

This pours and apricot orange into my Melbourn Brothers stemmed glass. There ws little head and no lacing, but some active carbonation.

Smell was apricot, fruity and and fresh ... like the glass was full of the fruit.

Taste was sweet apricots and hints of malts and some flowery hop like notes.

Mouth feel was good, had some body and active carbonation that tickled the toungue.

Very much a summer cooler. But for the price I would keep it in regularly,

Citadel82, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden peach color with a foamy white head that settles into a thin lace. Nose is sweet with a candy-like fruitiness and some tartness in the background. Taste matches the aroma with nicely balanced sweet and tart peach-apricots flavors. Texture is quite crisp and acidic. Probably not something I’d drink all that often, but it would serve as a nice choice for a dessert beer.

Morris729, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight, creamy head that lasts but doesn't leave much lace. This is a good fruit beer with a low ABV. Sweet but a tartness creeps in at the finish. The label says malted barley and wheat but the apricot hides them. The hops are in the background too. A 12oz bottle is $5.89.

jdhilt, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Pretty, but uninformative label, lacking abv, date, etc.

Aroma: Very strong apricot nose, smells like apricot preserves with a hint of Lambic funk/barnyard earthiness.

Appearance: Dark yellow flute with Champaign levels of carbonation feeding a good quarter finger white head. Good clarity and the head lasted about half way down the flute before giving in. No lace noted.

Flavor: Overwhelmingly tart, sweet/sour and fruity. The lambic funk takes center stage with a deep sour, almost infected taste, but obviously what they are going for. The sour fades into a bright apricot jam sweetness that lingers forever.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation level, but it works for me. Encourages sips rather than quaffs. The tartness is mouth puckering and lasting.

Overall Impression: A very nice fruit lambic for my money. I haven’t found the ‘true’ lambics yet, but I think this is in that direction. It is pricy, and drinkability is in the range of “I want another one… in about 3 months”. Like Lindemans, a special occasion dessert beer, and a darn good one. Recommended.

HardTarget, May 12, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label says, “brewed with… fresh apricots.” It also says, “Beer with Apricot Juice Added.” So, which is it? Apricots or apricot juice? Whichever it may be, the fruited presence of apricots is in no short supply. The smell begins with a pungent wine-fruit aroma of tart acids, but soon warms to essential apricot. The flavor is gracious and balanced with a strong fruit emphasis defining the identity of this beer quite clearly. The body is equally clear in shades of copper with resilient carbonation and a marginal head. The clarity suggests considerable filtration or finings.

I believe I paid about $5 for the brown 12-oz. bottle with the STAMFORD stamp, making this a bit pricy, but I think worth the indulgence. I wouldn’t mind having another one at all.

RedDiamond, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of alexgash
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sus and I split this gift from chaduvel the other night. She really liked it and I liked it.
Poured a sparkling golden orange with a thin bubbly white head. Smell: sweet and sour apple cider, some apricot notes, and champagne. Taste: starts candy apple sweet. Very cidery. Faint apricot notes. Turns to sour/tangy and finishes that way with lingering apple peel. Very lively mouthfeel, but a touch cloying from the appley sweetness. Refreshing and one of the better fruit beers I've had.

alexgash, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerthulhu, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

BeerFMAndy, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Sammy, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of apricots, but I like Melbourn Bros. Strawberry, so I figured, why not, how bad can the Apricot be?

Perfectly clear, bright amber with a faint hint of... apricot. The head is generous after an aggressive pour, is dirty white in color and is mildly firm and tacky. Ultimately there's a small collar of lace and one fat ring farther up the glass.

The beer smells overwhelmingly of apricots and a little like white wine. One thing I like about Melbourn Bros. is that when they brew a fruit beer, they brew a fruit beer. No subtle aromas/flavors here; there's no question that this one was made with apricot juice and plenty of it.

It tastes like sweet (and slightly sour) apricot juice mixed with a good appley Chardonnay. It doesn't much resemble beer, but that doesn't bother me in the least. Surprisingly, I like this apricot version almost as much as I like the strawberry one. It's brightly acidic with a full, yet lively, mouthfeel.

The somewhat syrupy sweetness and the price keep me from drinking these Melbourn Bros. offerings all that often, but they're some of the best fruit beers going as far as I'm concerned. I love the classy bottles and labels as well.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of Seanniek91
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Goose Island wine glass. Complete random buy because the store had it on the shelf marked down to $2.50. It said "spontaneous fermentation", so I bought it.

Appearance- Clear amber color with quick one finger head that left some nice lacing.

Smell- Some light sugar sweetness, light vinegar, mild apricots. About it. Pretty one dimensional.

Taste- Pretty full apricots with a light desert wine taste. Tastes as though they had used Botrytis stricken white grapes. Mild acidity mixed with sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel- A little on the vicious side, but akin to a lightly sparkling dessert wine.

Overall- I rate this in the vein of the Lindemanns lambics. It's tasty (no denying that), but it isn't really what it claims to be in the classic sense of the word. Pick one up if you see it on the shelves for a reasonable price.

Seanniek91, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev 0%

matjack85, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours with a thin white head, half a finger or so, reduces to a large-bubbled crown. A light orange, slightly cloudy hue.

Aroma - Very fragrant, big fruity nose, wine-like with a trace of almonds.

Taste is very sweet with some decent bubbles. A fruity apricot presence which turns tart at the back of the mouth. Finishes rather dry, like Sweet-Tarts. If you tasted this blindfolded, you would presume it's a glass of wine.

Mouthfeel - Bubbliness and the tartness cover the otherwise light mouthfeel. Leaves a sour, dry residue.

Drinkability - About as drinkable as a sweet fruity wine would be, not ideal for a session. It's very tasty, but a little too sweet for more than one, two at most.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of WakeandBake
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straw color pour with a bubbly white head,Areoma of sweet apricot and white wine.Flavor is of tart apricot,maybe apple cider,a little bready yeast,and a dry finish. It took me a little bit to warm up to this but,in the end I was sad to see it was all gone.

WakeandBake, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/2" white head. Honey gold beer. The head falls to a cap quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Dull apricot. Sour. Vinegar. Funk.

T - Tangy, sour fruit. Honey. Ripe apricot. Hard water. Apple cider. Rich honey in aftertaste.

M - Light, syrupy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. Unique flavor.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color, clear. Nice initial head that dissipates quickly which leaves a lace ring with each sip.

Very sweet, nearly like a liqueur, in the aroma. Candy-like apricot smells predominate. It seems like it has a high level of alcohol.

Tastes very similar to a Belgian lambic. There is an fruity sweetness that is counterbalanced with a tart sourness. Very rich, low carbonation. The sweet-tart flavors remain long after the swallow.

If you enjoy lambics, this will likely be a very attractive beer. For my tastes, it more sweet than I care for. Still it is a delicious alternative treat.

smcolw, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is small, noisy, off-white. The beer is a clear, peachy gold. Coupla swoops of lacing. Aroma of sweet apricots in apple juice. Tart up front, a touch funky with sweet fruit. Quite sweet in the quite full middle. Fizzy, some. Slightly metallic at the end, some tart fruit and a welcome return of funk. Major apple juice aftertaste... a little more funk. Not bad. Definitely better than Lindemans for my tastes. Could be still funkier: it has the right tastes, but it's a little tame. I'd like more sour and less fruit juice.

kbub6f, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ADR, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dukeofearl, Feb 15, 2005
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