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Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.

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Melbourn Bros. ApricotMelbourn Bros. Apricot

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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 alexgash
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium golden with a dullness to the color, but no haze. The head was white and rose slightly to fall quickly and lace the glass.

The aroma was acetic in nature with caramel most prominent and apricot aromas. The aroma also contained a slight sweetness.

The flavor was actually nicer that expected. The flavor was slightly sweet at first with acidity that caused a good balance of the sweetness and prevented it from becoming cloying. The fruit flavor was of course apricots and those flavors were nicely achieved.

The finish was just dry with lasting slight acidity and long lasting impressions of fruity apricots into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and the carbonation on the low side. Nicely done, very easy to drink. Easily as good as other fruit lambics that have been sweetened. The bottle says spontaneously fermented so is this a lambic?

12 ounce bottle. No freshness dating. One part of the label states made with fresh apricots and another says apricot juice added.

Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.7/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a light golden colour... Head was big and foamy and white but disappeared quite quickly...

Aroma - Strong apricot, sugary, grassy, vanilla, slight lemony notes...

Taste – First sip was very sweet but was followed by strong sourness almost instantly. Strong lemon and apricot flavours, ginger, hints of lambic/gueuze flavours, peppery notes...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Medium carbonation...

Overall - An excellent fruit beer. Just the correct balance of sweet and sour...Highly recommended...

Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of szmnnl99
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent fruit beer. Pale gold colour with very little head.

Sour smell, hops and some malt. Not a lot of apricot to it.

Taste is a little bit fruiter, more apricot. Tart flavour, not a lot of malt. Not very sweet. For a fruit beer, this is fairly sour and certainly lacks a fruit sweetness.

Nice drinking though; decent with food.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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85 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.