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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%


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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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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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allengarvin

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 01:57:03 | More by allengarvin
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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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MarcGetty

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 04:29:45 | More by MarcGetty
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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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PorterLambic

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:18:25 | More by PorterLambic
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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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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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francisweizen

Arizona

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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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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putnam

Michigan

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 02:47:28 | More by putnam
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 08:58:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 18:07:29 | More by beergeek279
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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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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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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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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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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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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 17:07:57 | More by oberon
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marc77

California

3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 18:44:36 | More by marc77
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 20:34:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gusler

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 08:59:04 | More by Gusler
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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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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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2002 03:33:43 | More by Jason
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