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Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.

Melbourn Bros. ApricotMelbourn Bros. Apricot

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84
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86 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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granger10

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 18:20:22 | More by granger10
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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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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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aracauna

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2002 09:08:11 | More by aracauna
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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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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2002 18:23:07 | More by rastaman
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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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Drew966

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 23:54:02 | More by Drew966
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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