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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001)
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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium golden with a dullness to the color, but no haze. The head was white and rose slightly to fall quickly and lace the glass.

The aroma was acetic in nature with caramel most prominent and apricot aromas. The aroma also contained a slight sweetness.

The flavor was actually nicer that expected. The flavor was slightly sweet at first with acidity that caused a good balance of the sweetness and prevented it from becoming cloying. The fruit flavor was of course apricots and those flavors were nicely achieved.

The finish was just dry with lasting slight acidity and long lasting impressions of fruity apricots into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and the carbonation on the low side. Nicely done, very easy to drink. Easily as good as other fruit lambics that have been sweetened. The bottle says spontaneously fermented so is this a lambic?

12 ounce bottle. No freshness dating. One part of the label states made with fresh apricots and another says apricot juice added.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 22:41:26 | More by GCBrewingCo
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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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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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tpd975

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light golden yellow color with a small white head. There are plenty of bubbles hanging around, but very little lacing is seen.

S: Nice big apricot smell. The aroma of dried apricots dominate. There is a nice wheaty aroma in the background with a hint of spiced honey.

T: Wow the apricots do come out in this one. Nice fresh sweet apricots are the dominate force with hints of spiced brown sugar sweetness.

M: Nice and light brew very enjoyable.

D: Sooo drinkable, with this one came by the bomber.

Overall: Very great tasting brew. I would pass up dessert any day to enjoy this brew. I like nice sweet fruity beers and this one really fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 19:05:50 | More by tpd975
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Josievan

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a flute glass since I don't get too many chances to utilize that type of glassware. Surprising amount of head appears for this type of glass, but dissipates rather quickly. The color is a pale orangish/salmon color akin to apricot flesh.

Smell: Apricot juice dominates. Smells like this sucker is going to be sour.

Taste: Loads of sweet apricot juice. You can tell that it's real juice and not simply a flavoring, but it is also apparent that the juice was added after fermentation. Not as sour as I was expecting, but still tart. Just a hint of lambic-type funk. One dimensional, but I love apricots, so I don't mind at all!

Mouthfeel: Champagne-like carbonation, but wetter and smoother than champagne.

Drinkability: The alcohol level is ridiculously low, which always helps with drinkability. However, by the end of the bottle I found myself wishing I had shared this with someone. Any more than those 12 ounces would have become cloying.

Notes: This beer did not end up being what I was expecting, but it was a pleasant fruit beer nonetheless. Being from the same country as Samuel Smith (England) and imported by the same company (Merchant Du Vin), I thought it would be more along the lines of Samuel Smith's excellent fruit beers. However, it really is more like a less sweet and more tart version of Lindeman's peche lambic.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 19:39:49 | More by Josievan
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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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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the fruitiness of this beer. The malt was in the background but stood up to the apricots to balance the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2001 19:53:26 | More by QXSTER1
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, but I didn't review it. The beer is poured into a Melbourn Bros glass I picked up earlier this month. The color is a beautiful golden, with a small coat of head over top, and an active carb. The nose is fruit forward, very sweet apircot, with a subdued malty background. The flavor is great. Big apircot flavors, slightly tart and sour, finishing sweeter and very fruity. I really enjoy this beer. The feel is moderate to thick, slightly carbonated, and nice. Overall, this is a really refreshing beer, a nice change of pace. I recommend this brewery very much, as they have made some good beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 04:07:39 | More by kmpitz2
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GClarkage

California

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12/29/04- Purchased from Beltramo's Wine and Spirit's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 12 oz thick glass bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Lindemans flute glass.

Appearance- At first a spritzy and foamy head that quickly evaporates. Pours a light yellow color. Maybe some orange tinges. Zero lacing to be found.

Smell- Lots a sweet fruit. Doesn't necessarily smell like apricots though. Just a bunch of fresh sweet fruits.

Taste- Sweet and sour tastes with various fruits thrown together. I know it's apricot, but at first I would have guessed a peach, nectarine or some other. But, when the aftertaste kicks in, you can definitely taste the apricots. Tastes exactly like after you have finished eating dried apricots.

Mouthfeel- Super carbonated like a wine color or a champagne. Stomach is all gassed up now.

Drinkability- Pretty sweet for a lambic. Reminds me of Lindemand's Peche, but not quite as good. The carbonation makes this one a chore to get down. Otherwise it tastes good and is refreshing. May try again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 03:58:17 | More by GClarkage
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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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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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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a peach color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light peach scent that is sweet and almost cider-like. The taste is great. It has a very seductive peach flavor that is like peach schnapps. It is an easy drinker that finishes a bit on the tart side. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer, like their others is outstanding and a standout fruit brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 01:57:20 | More by WesWes
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a light golden colour... Head was big and foamy and white but disappeared quite quickly...

Aroma - Strong apricot, sugary, grassy, vanilla, slight lemony notes...

Taste – First sip was very sweet but was followed by strong sourness almost instantly. Strong lemon and apricot flavours, ginger, hints of lambic/gueuze flavours, peppery notes...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Medium carbonation...

Overall - An excellent fruit beer. Just the correct balance of sweet and sour...Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 09:04:02 | More by mdagnew
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention with some lacing. Aroma consists of real apricot without any fake syrup as well as some subtle sour notes. Taste is again dominated by some nice real apricot taste without the domination of the fake syrupy fruit stuff you sometime find in those beers. Great carbonation with a somewhat full body. I really enjoyed this for what it was and wouldn't mind having a more regular access to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 19:48:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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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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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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