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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 necoadam
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours out a orange/peachy color with a nice head that goes away to lacing eventually. Smell consisted of apricots mostly with a sligth tartness hidden in the background. Taste was quite tartful actually. But towards the middle and the end the tartness mixes in with some sweetness. Some other citrus notes can be detected in the background that mix around with the apricots and the tartness and sweetness. Carbonation was a little too much I thought. Along with the tartness and the carbonation made the mouthfeel seem a little average. For 6 dollars it's worth to try once, but that would be about it for this beer.

necoadam, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
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...

frank4sail, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

On sale at a local grocery store.

Pours a hazy semi-bright orange with a smallish white head. Head fades, lacing is nonexistent.

Aroma has a nice lambic yeast twinge to it. A bit of funk and a bit of apricots as well. It just isn't as deep as I would have hoped.

Taste is also alright. Apricot flavor seems sweet but there is a sour note in the finish which reels it in. Decent but lacking complexity and depth.

Mouthfeel is a bit syruppy and could probably use a bit more effervescence.

Drinkability is decent. This was enjoyable for an afternoon sipper but I don't crave another and with the price will probably never buy another.

It's decent.

granger10, May 22, 2006
Photo of packetknife
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Unlike others I didn't think this smelled like Apricots. I thought it smelled like Cider almost... sharper even. It certainly looked like a dark heavy cider and was heavily carbonated, fizzing for quite some time. The fluffy white head faded quickly but provided plenty of aroma on its way out. If this is supposed to taste like apricot, then apricot tastes too much like a mix of gueze & cider. Not that it was bad, quite the contrary, but it certainly didn't evoke images of apricot in my head. The carbonation seemed aggressive but it worked well and it's well drinkable.

packetknife, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

harpus, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

KAF, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of yelterdow
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a clear pale gold into my tasting glass at just over fridge temperature. No lasting head, just a thin rim. Thanks to Scungilli for bringing this over the house.

Smell- Instant gueuzeish, wild yeasty smell, like a lambic. Sour fruit dominates, the apricot doesn't come specifically for another few minutes.

Taste- Basically apricot gone sour.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Easy in the mouth, the carbonation is low but active. Smooth and drinkable, but the sourness would provoke one to move on to something more suitable for quaffing.

yelterdow, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of Lupe
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.

Lupe, Oct 25, 2002
Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

Maybe the apricot flavor is a little overpowering. I had trouble discerning anything else, but I only had a small sample. It did have the typical lambic sourness and not much bitterness.

aracauna, Apr 03, 2002
Photo of rastaman
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.

rastaman, Aug 17, 2002
Photo of ADR
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.

ADR, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of Dukeofearl
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.

Dukeofearl, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Drew966, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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 smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

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 brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

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%

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%

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 matjack85
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

Slatetank, May 23, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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 Sammy
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.

Sammy, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +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 beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 30, 2008
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