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Melbourn Bros. Apricot - Melbourn Bros.

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Melbourn Bros. ApricotMelbourn Bros. Apricot

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BA SCORE
85
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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

Photo of GClarkage
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of cokes
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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