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Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.

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Melbourn Bros. ApricotMelbourn Bros. Apricot

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BA SCORE
83
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
71
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 John
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.

John, Jul 29, 2002
Photo of RenoZymurgist
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.

RenoZymurgist, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of roblowther
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.

roblowther, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Apricot in color. Suprise. No head just a thin ring of lace around the top of the beer. Somewhat watery in appearance.
Smells like an apricot wine cooler.
No pretending this is a beer. It's an apricot malt beverage. Quite sweet with a hint of lambic style bitterness on the back end. Overall it's quite the quaffable drink just needs more of the yummy beer flavors imo.
Mouthfeel is thin, thin, thin. Lighter in body than most light beers.
Very easy to drink. Nice pic nic beer on a hot summer day.
I liked this beer more than the scores indicate. It's easy to drink and somewhat tasty it just didn't live up to my expectations as a beer.

wcudwight, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of cokes
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddied ecru with a scattered patchwork of white suds.
Strangely scented of apricot (obviously), tobacco, suede, curdled milk, vomit, and black cherry.
Starts in monsterously sweet, and stays this way. Fruit Punch and black cherry syrup. Apricot is there, but blind, I'd be hard pressed to guess that is the exclusive fruit used here...though it does come out more as it warms. Malt lays phantoms of molasses. The middle glints at tartness with iron and lime juice, along with traces of bile and burlap. The fruit syrup overrides, and it gallops away tacky and sticky sweet.
Flattish and grabby in feel, but enough carbonation ekes through to prevent a totally cloyed-up mess.
It's not a total loss, but it teeters very close. The glimmers of lambic that peek out are intriguing, but also well out-of-tune.
Fans of New Glarus' lineup of fruitbeers might have a friend here, and vice versa. This just lacks the malt, and, well, beer traits to make it worthwhile.

cokes, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
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.

sinistermadman, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -20%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

IronDjinn, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An average pour produces a three finger thick, pale, cream colored head. The beer is a pale amber, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart apricot flesh up front, but then gets a full, concentrated almost jam like, apricot character in the middle and finish that really dominates the nose. Perhaps a hint of toasty grain is noticeable, but I may just be imagining this last bit. Definitely a one-dimensional character to the nose.

Quite sweet with an accompanying sticky, fullness and body. Of course the dominant flavor here is of apricots; ripe, sugar added, apricot preserves just about describes the flavor of this apricot soda, errr I mean beer. This only has a faint tartness that seems to accentuated the apricot notes a bit. The apricot flavor, while one dimensional in its focus on the fruit, still has a nice full fruit flavor to it.

Obviously there is not a lot going on with this beer. Apricot is the name of the game and it does a good job of delivering that specific character. It is too sweet and too thick though to be refreshing, which might not have been half bad.

Purchased: Papago Brewing, Scottsdale AZ

Gueuzedude, Sep 14, 2008
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 Jason
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.

Jason, Aug 19, 2002
Photo of OStrungT
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.

OStrungT, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of marc77
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.

marc77, Jan 27, 2003
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 szmnnl99
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not worth the 5 bucks i had to spend on it.

Appearance: able to generate a lot of head when poured. yellowish in color.

smell: like apricot juice, (artificial) needs to be more funky and complex.

mouthfeel: clings fairly well, but isn't very crisp.

Drinkability: easy to drink, but the thick fake apricot flavor is too much. I wish I wouldn't have spent $5 on it. :(

jasonjlewis, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of coldmeat23
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees

Looks like a dirty golden colored liquid. Holding up to a light source makes it look abit better, but not alot. Slight head with almost no retention and minimal lacing.

Smells much better than it looks. Very nice ripened apricot aroma. A little bit of malt peeks through. Smells sweet.

Very pleasant, fresh, ripe apricot taste. Slight butterey taste. Just a touch of apricot skin-like sourness. No hint of alcohol. Drier than expected from the scent.

Nice medium body. Not too heavy, yet not watery thin. It's alright.

Could drink many of these, but I think that I'd rather have a Lindemans Peche.

coldmeat23, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of maddamish
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.

maddamish, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very effervescent bronze with 2+ fingers of white puffed up head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Honey, apricot & dates

T: Tartness, apricots & honey up front. Dryness comes through as this warms. Finishes very dry with loads of honey sweetness & jammy apricots, some apple & a kiss of lemons

MF: Medium bodied with near zero carbonation

Could do one as an aperitif or dessert beer, past that this is just too sweet for me

russpowell, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

yemenmocha, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of thecheapies
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

thecheapies, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of JayTheFinn
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.

JayTheFinn, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

BDTyre, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of erz316
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.

erz316, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to say intriguing, but by doing so, I'd be suggesting that this would be a one of those beers that blur the line of where beer qualities end and appricot flavors begin. There is no intrigue here. It's all about the fruitiness -- which shares double-duty with apricots and apple cider. After the crystal, golden beer settles, after the mildly fizzy carbonation, the beer takes on lop-sided proportions of candied appricots, cider, and timid malt qualities. The aromas release a sweet apple-appricot / pilsner malt aroma, but soon settle on dehydrated appricots and, again, cider. Flavors are basically candied appricots / apples, sweet nearly to soda levels, leaving little beer to be balanced with. The textures are more than thin, with a sugar-heavy tackiness and a mild sticky feel. Finishes quite sweet, tempered only with a mild carbonic bite. Quite a tasty apricot beer, but light on the beer atributes.

BEERchitect, Aug 12, 2007
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Melbourn Bros. Apricot from Melbourn Bros.
83 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.