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Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.

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Melbourn Bros. ApricotMelbourn Bros. Apricot

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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
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 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 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
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 RedDiamond
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.

RedDiamond, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
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

cypressbob, Feb 02, 2007
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 dherling
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.

dherling, Nov 12, 2006
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 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 granger10
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.

granger10, May 22, 2006
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 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 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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Feb 25, 2006
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 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 DarkerTheBetter
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of Morris729
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.

Morris729, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
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...

mdagnew, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
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.

yelterdow, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
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.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of packetknife
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.

packetknife, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
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.

HardTarget, May 12, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
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.

kbub6f, Apr 19, 2005
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