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Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.

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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
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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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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 02:40:47 | More by Pegasus
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 22:24:48 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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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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francisweizen

Alaska

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 04:19:27 | More by francisweizen
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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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Morris729

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden peach color with a foamy white head that settles into a thin lace. Nose is sweet with a candy-like fruitiness and some tartness in the background. Taste matches the aroma with nicely balanced sweet and tart peach-apricots flavors. Texture is quite crisp and acidic. Probably not something I’d drink all that often, but it would serve as a nice choice for a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 03:21:16 | More by Morris729
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 15:52:29 | More by jdhilt
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merlin48

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 12:05:35 | More by merlin48
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HardTarget

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 03:50:17 | More by HardTarget
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 20:46:49 | More by RedDiamond
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alexgash

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 05:14:31 | More by alexgash
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 16:35:18 | More by beerthulhu
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle shared and poured into a tulip glass. No date or info on the bottle. Interesting design.

Thanks to bnieman's girlfriend Megan for this bottle!

A - Completely clear with active carbonation streaming up. Low off-white head with low retention. Ring of loose bubbles is left over. Decent lace left on the glass when the head receded though.

S - Apricot sweetness blends very well with the tartness of the lambic process. Mild malts give a good background sweetness. No hops present here.

T - The apricot flavor is low which ends up being pretty good for this beer. A bit stronger in the nose, the flavor leans more towards the typical lambic but good overall.

M - Light-bodied with a tart finish that gives good balance to the sweetness. Nice sparkling carbonation aids in drinkability. Feels sort of like champagne.

D - Definitely a desert and/or summer beer, but one I could have more than one glass of. Enjoyable! Thanks for sharing the last one of these Megan!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 14:12:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 00:27:30 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 15:21:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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matjack85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-31-2013 22:10:11 | More by matjack85
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-23-2013 23:44:30 | More by Slatetank
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 19:16:25 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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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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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 17:38:28 | More by smcolw
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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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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 07:34:33 | More by ADR
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Dukeofearl

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 02:54:58 | More by Dukeofearl
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