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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 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 Toddv29424
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden yellow color. Very little head present. Tastes a lot like other fruit beers, except (obviously) this one is more concentrated on apricot. Very similar to pear and apple of the same type... It is pretty sweet, and the first place you will taste this will be in the back of your mouth when the sweetness registers. After the first overwhelming sensation goes away, a more traditional apricot taste comes in and the sweetness goes away. Any fan of a fine fruit beer will be a fan of this.

Toddv29424, Mar 21, 2005
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
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WesWes, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kmpitz2, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GClarkage, Dec 30, 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 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 allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

allengarvin, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of shapudding
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

shapudding, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of MarcGetty
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MarcGetty, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 10, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

PorterLambic, Sep 09, 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 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 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 Indybeer
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured a pale yellow/gold, with a wine cooler like head that quickly fades. Aroma is apricot as is the taste. With some sugary sweetness thrown in to cut the tartness. Not a bad beer, but more like drinking a wine cooler. Not something that I will go out of my way and try again.

Indybeer, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

putnam, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

feloniousmonk, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

beergeek279, Sep 28, 2003
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 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 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 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 frank4sail
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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
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