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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.

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John

New York

2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2002 08:00:30 | More by John
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marburg

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 19:46:37 | More by marburg
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kbub6f

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 21:25:11 | More by kbub6f
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 14:40:00 | More by yelterdow
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OStrungT

California

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a small amount of laces.

This beer smells strongly of arpicots. Behind that, I smell a slight cirtus hop aroma. Not much else, just a strong apricot aroma.

This beer has a sour apricot flavor. It is quite sweet. It tastes slightly like a hard cider, or a wine cooler. Not very appealing.

This beer is a little too sweet for me. It leaves a very sweet fruity, apricot like aftertaste.

I dont think this beer would make a very good session beer. I can hardly drink the small amount my wife poured me as it is. I assume we will have it in my refrigerator again, but I know that I wont buy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 02:55:24 | More by OStrungT
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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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StevieW

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 18:49:08 | More by StevieW
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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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frank4sail

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 13:38:32 | More by frank4sail
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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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Citadel82

New Jersey

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,

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 22:07:25 | More by Citadel82
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necoadam

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 23:51:35 | More by necoadam
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 20:16:23 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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Lupe

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 08:58:53 | More by Lupe
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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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packetknife

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 01:16:39 | More by packetknife
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 16:52:46 | More by Toddv29424
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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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shapudding

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 23:38:49 | More by shapudding
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a gold apple juice color with a lively fine carbonation and a white head that left some lace in my belgian tulip glass.


The aroma is a bit of a fruity apricot smell and some funky brett character to it as well with a touch of an iron like mineralyness.


The taste is fruity and sweet in the beginning which quickly segues into a more acidic and slightly funky flavor that then finishes with a dry acidity on the tongue.

It reminds me of drinking wine coolers that i would get from my mom when i was in junior high. Really fruity with a good balance of acidity and a little funk to keep things interesting, but where is the beer? I taste no hops, barley or any kind of fruity english ale esters. This is a far cry from a good fruit beer though it isn't bad to drink if you want a $4.50 bottle of apricot beer cooler. The mouthfeel is very watery and there is nothing that i can say to really boost this up as I love beer and it is thin.

Drinkabilty is low for me as I would never buy this again, though it is good for an interesting review.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 21:09:18 | More by RenoZymurgist
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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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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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sinistermadman

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an extremely clear golden color with a moderately active carbonation level. Head settles to a fine lace after a while.

Smell is of apricots of course with a slightly buttery undertone.

Taste is quite tart and sweet. Very mild mannered except for the twangy tartness. Initially carbonation rolls around the palate giving this brew some sense of dimensionality, but this brew finishes completely flat and somber. The actual beer constituent of this brew barely makes itself known. All in all not too bad, but given the price of admission I'll go elsewhere for an actual lambic. Worth a try if it's on sale, otherwise passable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 00:43:24 | More by sinistermadman
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Indybeer

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 02:42:38 | More by Indybeer
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maddamish

Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Fairlawn, Ohio.

This is a very good desert beer. but it is just too one noted to be considered anything special.

Apricot and apples dominate the nose and the palate. A friend of mine tried to drink this with chicken wings and couldn't finish it. Be careful what you pair it with.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 19:04:11 | More by maddamish
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