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Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.

Melbourn Bros. ApricotMelbourn Bros. Apricot

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BA SCORE
84
good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%


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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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:45:55 | More by Seanniek91
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber/orange pour. Lots of evident carb. Cropped head.

Musty stank and stone fruits. Apricot, apparently. More peachy. Tinges of black pepper amid the Euro hops.

Tangy sweet with nectary apricot and mouth-drying malt bitterness. Not much more than an earthy/husky taste of hops. Maybe some hidden citrus. Really sweet, though. Finishes cloying.

Soppy and sticky sweet with a syrupy feel. The carbonation is enough to cut it a bit, but this one's a little tough.

It's been awhile since I've had a Melbourn fruit beer, but I remember liking the strawberry better. My girlfriend swears by the cherry one. When I see 'em, I give 'em a try. Not some of the better beers, but interesting flavor profiles nonetheless. Take it or leave it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 01:29:58 | More by thecheapies
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber to dark gold with generous white head, a slight amount of haze. Nose is full of apricots, almost as if this is simply fruit juice of some sort. On the palate it is very Champagne-like with the carbonated white wine qualities mixed with a whollop of apricot smack to the face. Tart and somewhat challenging to taste, unless you really like that big fruit.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 03:45:49 | More by yemenmocha
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Josievan

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 19:39:49 | More by Josievan
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 14:12:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
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erz316

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into hen glass

the colour is a fine clear, apple juice golden colour, with a touch more brown than gold. the head forms and then dies quickly. the apricot smell is dominant and it smells like a syrup, not very real and fresh. this tastes like a slightly bitter sparkling juice. it is quite quenching, but the fruit is obviously either a puree of some kind or a syrup. it really doesnt taste like a beer, quite juice like. body and feel are fine, feel is a bit slick and could use more carbonation if they are going for a juice feeling.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 03:19:55 | More by erz316
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Monsteruss

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 02:55:23 | More by Monsteruss
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WakeandBake

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:22:40 | More by WakeandBake
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wcudwight

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 02:50:48 | More by wcudwight
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees

Looks like a dirty golden colored liquid. Holding up to a light source makes it look abit better, but not alot. Slight head with almost no retention and minimal lacing.

Smells much better than it looks. Very nice ripened apricot aroma. A little bit of malt peeks through. Smells sweet.

Very pleasant, fresh, ripe apricot taste. Slight butterey taste. Just a touch of apricot skin-like sourness. No hint of alcohol. Drier than expected from the scent.

Nice medium body. Not too heavy, yet not watery thin. It's alright.

Could drink many of these, but I think that I'd rather have a Lindemans Peche.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 20:11:38 | More by coldmeat23
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An average pour produces a three finger thick, pale, cream colored head. The beer is a pale amber, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart apricot flesh up front, but then gets a full, concentrated almost jam like, apricot character in the middle and finish that really dominates the nose. Perhaps a hint of toasty grain is noticeable, but I may just be imagining this last bit. Definitely a one-dimensional character to the nose.

Quite sweet with an accompanying sticky, fullness and body. Of course the dominant flavor here is of apricots; ripe, sugar added, apricot preserves just about describes the flavor of this apricot soda, errr I mean beer. This only has a faint tartness that seems to accentuated the apricot notes a bit. The apricot flavor, while one dimensional in its focus on the fruit, still has a nice full fruit flavor to it.

Obviously there is not a lot going on with this beer. Apricot is the name of the game and it does a good job of delivering that specific character. It is too sweet and too thick though to be refreshing, which might not have been half bad.

Purchased: Papago Brewing, Scottsdale AZ

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 02:48:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 18:26:30 | More by Offa
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 02:40:47 | More by Pegasus
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tpd975

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 19:05:50 | More by tpd975
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 01:22:56 | More by russpowell
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Drew966

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Melbourn Bros. Apricot pours a light orange color with a white head from a vintage style brown bottle. There is a definite apricot aroma that is quite pronounced. The flavor is a very strong apricot that is just about overwhelmed by sweetness. This may be the sweetest beer I've tasted yet. They nail the apricot flavor and aroma though. This could be used in a dessert. Excellent, but not something I really want to drink an entire bottle of, nor am I likely to try this again, short of figuring out how to make dessert out of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 23:54:02 | More by Drew966
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roblowther

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a healthy head that quickly vanishes. Looks like cider, really. Smell? apricots, apricots, and more apricots. The taste is VERY sweet, lots of apricots with just a hint of hops rushing past somewhere. Doesn't taste like beer & doesn't taste like a Lambic. Tastes like a wine cooler, I guess I'd have to say. Mouthfeel is nice carbonation and not too syrupy given the flavor. Drinkability depends on your sugar tolerance. Definitely an aperetif or dessert beer. Not unpleasant, all in all.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 23:48:07 | More by roblowther
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to say intriguing, but by doing so, I'd be suggesting that this would be a one of those beers that blur the line of where beer qualities end and appricot flavors begin. There is no intrigue here. It's all about the fruitiness -- which shares double-duty with apricots and apple cider. After the crystal, golden beer settles, after the mildly fizzy carbonation, the beer takes on lop-sided proportions of candied appricots, cider, and timid malt qualities. The aromas release a sweet apple-appricot / pilsner malt aroma, but soon settle on dehydrated appricots and, again, cider. Flavors are basically candied appricots / apples, sweet nearly to soda levels, leaving little beer to be balanced with. The textures are more than thin, with a sugar-heavy tackiness and a mild sticky feel. Finishes quite sweet, tempered only with a mild carbonic bite. Quite a tasty apricot beer, but light on the beer atributes.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 05:01:01 | More by BEERchitect
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JayTheFinn

California

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 20:46:49 | More by RedDiamond
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 21:48:47 | More by cypressbob
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 20:03:54 | More by dherling
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Melbourn Bros. Apricot from Melbourn Bros.
84 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.