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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.

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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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 01:29:58 | More by thecheapies
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 18:41:55 | More by IronDjinn
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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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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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Offa

California

4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a nice beer, fruity yet also yeasty, with good balance and highly drnkable.

A bubbly, light amber it has a fairly large off-white head that slowly shrinks to a smaller head and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is lightly apricoty, yeasty, slightly sharp, with yeasty dough and crackers.

The flavour is apricoty through to the end, but this is light and zesty balanced with slightly sour yeasty dough, hints of tart apples and lemon-lime soda pop before a lightly tart, yeasty finish of grain and apricot. It is nicely sweet, sour, and tart, very appetizing, and nicely balances the sweet apricot fruitiness with tartness and yeasty dough.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 18:26:30 | More by Offa
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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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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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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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marc77

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 18:44:36 | More by marc77
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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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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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yemenmocha

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 03:45:49 | More by yemenmocha
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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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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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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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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 00:53:47 | More by BDTyre
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jasonjlewis

Texas

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. :(

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 02:32:53 | More by jasonjlewis
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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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putnam

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fun beer. Beneath the tart, ripe, natural tasting apricot flavor there is a nutty maltiness and doughy sourness that makes it a compelling drink. What's impressive is the seemless joining of fruity, yeasty malt with apricot-seed and fruit. I know nothing of the heritage, but I did notice a mention of "spontanaeous fermentation."
I was sceptical. How foolish.

This is a sour beer-drinkers delight. How has it been kept from for this long? I'm almost 35 for crying out loud! I needed to know about this at least 5 years ago.
Very complex with pure, sunny honey aromatics, meyer lemons, and crushed, raw pistachios. As dry as any American Pale Ale or IPA, only the fruit isn't simple piney grapefruit. It's apricot and almond butter!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 02:47:28 | More by putnam
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wcudwight

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 02:50:48 | More by wcudwight
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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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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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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 20:11:38 | More by coldmeat23
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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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