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Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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 frank4sail
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 marc77
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Light amber hue, w/ surprising, brilliant, lager like clarity. Spotty, thin but tight head leaves loose lace. Vibrant, ripe apricot and citrus fruits hits the nose at first, then is ensued by faint tartness and notes of wet hay. Trace caramel sweetness. Flood of sugary, fruity sweetness initially in flavor steadily mellows, allowing mild lactic tartness and a light grainy sourness to permeate and add token depth of character. As the beer breathes, tartness becomes more pronounced, but never provides adequate contrast to pervasive sugary fruit. Trace horsey Brettanomyces character. Assertive, fresh apricot fruit flavor separates this brew from other fruit beers, since this is devoid of any fruit extract twang. Full bodied and dextrinous in mouthfeel considering its strength. Finishes dry, yet residual sugars linger due to the meager hop bitterness. An odd brew that's akin to a insipid fruit beer spiked with an authentic lambic while conditioning. Lacking in complexity, but worth at least one try.

marc77, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gusler, Dec 26, 2002
Photo of StevieW
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

StevieW, Nov 15, 2002
Photo of Lupe
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Jason
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jason, Aug 19, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 John
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Deep gold color. The bottle states the beer is "spontaneously fermented" but there is no evidence of yeast in the glass, floating in the beer or in the bottom of the bottle. Could it be filtered? Tangy apricot flavor predominates, with a spritzy carbonation. IMHO this beer is cloyingly sweet and cough syrupy with little else to balance things out. This one's definitely not for me.

John, Jul 29, 2002
Photo of Andy
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Andy, May 12, 2002
Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 QXSTER1
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

QXSTER1, Sep 20, 2001
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