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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot AleSamuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by minterro on 03-19-2012

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 364
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed yellowish color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a large sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of an apricot jam smell mixed with some other lighter peach smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet apricot jam taste that has a little bit of toast mixed within. The jammy sweetness fades a bit more toward the end only to be replaced by a bit of a more crisp apricot taste, giving a thick and sweet, but refreshing and authentic apricot flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the sweet flavors of the brew the high carbonation is great and makes for a more effervescent desert style brew.

Overall – This was a rather nice desert style brew. It had an authentic apricot taste and aroma and a very nice easy drinking feel. You will want to be in the mood for a sweeter brew if you take this on, but if so you will likely enjoy this one as it is quite nice.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma is fruity, slightly fermented, but you can definitely tell it's apricot. It's sweet but not cloying, even a bit tart at first but mostly it's like an apricot soda made from fruit syrup. Body is smooth but has also good carbonation. Overall it's an enjoyable fruit beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy to semi-cloudy yellow with a two finger creamy white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute.
The smell had the apricots just as the brewery says so, its there just like white on rice. Strong with light floral qualities underneath.
The flavor, guess what that tasted like, you'll never believe, grapes right, just kidding, its a ton of apricots penetrating my tongue nicely.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied, and somewhat creamy with a good carbonation about it.
Overall, why the hell did I have this recently? Too cold right now for this thing, still good but this one just has the qualities to be drinking it in the Summer. As I say to this beer "cya next Summer, man!"

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look : Hazy yellow body, 70% opaque, wonderful head. Creamy looking and dense.

Smell : Floral. Fresh apricot picked from the tree.

Flavor : Sweet, intense liquid apricot; mild wheat body underneath.

Feel : Creamy, light, well carbonated.

Overall : The ultimate Apricot ale. Fruit is out front, wheat is in the background, this beer is a delight.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And, for the beer, I finally picked up:

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale.

A: 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Clear orange/sienna. Decent lacing.

S: Nice apricot aroma, but more skin and fuzz than flesh, as usual.

T/MF: More of the same as the nose. Seems a touch sweet at first, but after that it's fine.

Not as good as the other fruit ales they make, but still decent.

Poured from an 18.7 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of McBraniel
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Minimal to no head, clear in appearance. Very disappointing. If Woodchuck made an apricot *cider* (do they?), it would be better than this:

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Photo of Myotus
2.31/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle (best by date was scratched off) into a pint glass. Pours with half a finger's worth of white foam that maintains. Mild bubbles. Pale yellow in color. Has mild aromas of yeast, smoke, and rotten fruit. Initial taste is of strong apricot flavors. Strong and very unpleasant bready malt flavors enter immediately after along with those rotten fruit flavors. To finish it off, mild smoke flavors kick in the aftertaste. The only thing saving this beer from being any worse in taste is that the sweet apricot flavors persist through the symphony of crap that is this beer. Medium-bodied, mild carbonation, with a slightly dry finish. I can only assume I had a bad batch because the other ratings are nowhere near to what I experienced.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith nonic pint glass.

Look: Pretty clear golden body with a light cream colored head that recedes to an even film, very light spots of lacing left over on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet syrupy aroma of apricot and/or apricot juice.

Taste: So much like the aroma, just a solid base of sweetness and apricot. Steely and malty in the middle. A little tangy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, a little carbonated.

Overall: These sam Smith organic fruit beers are hard to review, the are very one-dimensional and very fruity, as advertised. So I rate them high, very good. One bottle is enough, but lovely nonetheless.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of apricots and has slight hints of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because the smell and taste was like natural (and not artificial) apricots. The beer is very drinkable and isn't that sweet.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bright golden colored beer with small carbonation bubbles lifting themselves into a thin froth covering this Samuel Smith offering. Pours with a big head that falls at a decent rate but not to quickly which allowed me to snap a few pictures before just some lacing remained. Light apricot aroma with just hints of other qualities coming through which also transfers to the taste, which is a pleasing light apricot. I don't know if they brew the apricot in or if its a syrup added later (which is quite the trend) but whichever this is done pretty darn well.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright orange sunshine body with a thin white collar. Sweet apricot aroma. Sugary, candied fruits, dried apricot. Some nice things going on. This is a suitable beer for one who gravitates toward the sweeter side. Personally, I find this cloying. A few ounces is more than sufficient. A bottle to be shared several ways.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle: Poured a bright clear golden color ale with a generous white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of fresh apricot notes is very nice with nice fruity ester notes. Taste is also dominated by fresh apricot notes with some light cereal notes and some fruity ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well made with nice fresh apricot notes and with good balance of residual sugar notes.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Tastes like Apricot soda in the best of ways. Sweet. Obviously. Would be out-freaking-standing with vanilla icecream topped with a fruit compote.

Floral and smooth up front. More effervescent than I normally prefer, but it works here. The apricot is deep and concentrated, more like dried than fresh.

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Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: gold, slightly hazy; white head is fine and full with average retention

Aroma: big, bright apricot jam leaping from the glass, with some honey and floral notes

Taste & Mouthfeel: juicy and full of apricot flavour that's surprisingly authentic - definitely sweet, but not sugary as it could have been (good thing); soft and silky body may be an attempt to imitate the fruit's skin, and if so, it's a nice touch' a medium dry finish prevents it from being cloying and lends some crispness; apply juice comes to mind too; no sign of hops which is no hindrance

Overall: funny thing is, originally thought it was a peach ale (didn't read the label closely), but taste and aroma kept me thinking of apricot - goes to show how spot on the profile is; a delight for summer, and for cider lovers

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Anything with the term "organic" in the name is sure to conjure pure, clean, natural, back-to-the-earth imagery and, indeed, Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale is bright, colourful and (more or less) clear. Any homebrewer could tell you this level of filtered, neutral complexion doesn't typically indicate use of fruit but one can practically smell apricots just from looking at this thing...

Leave it to the British to turn fruit into jam - this bouquet smells more like refined white sugar and apricot preserves, marmalade, or coulis than it does the actual stone fruit. Nevermind the orchard - think the sweets shop. Of course my limbic system goes nuts for this but the more evolved, analytical parts of my brain are urging me to read up more on diabetes.

Most people don't realize that brewing with fruit actually results in very little fruit flavour - at least not the kind of sweet, juicy fruit flavour we desire. Think about it: most fruits are made up majorly of sugar (which ferments out) and the rest is basically just water. Hence why this recipe doesn't include a single actual apricot but rather implements apricot juice and "extract".

As someone who cooks their meals from fresh and avoids processed foods of any kind, I find products made with added flavors - whether artificial or "natural", which is just another type of artificial - to be excessive, shallow, and unnatural. A real life apricot has three components: tart skin, sweet flesh, bitter pit. This beer has just the one: intense, profuse, sugary sweetness.

Like Sam Smith's Chocolate Stout this is an undeniably delicious treat that is sure to please most people immensely while undoubtedly provoking the disapproval of the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Fantastic stuff - as dessert. Those unable to control themselves at bake sales should take out a line of credit and clear space in the boot of the car; everyone else buy one and go from there.

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Photo of byronic
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a translucent gold with minimal lacing. Very fragrent bouquet of apricots. Tastes follows through on the nice and is reminiscent of dried apricots. Smooth mouth feel bordering on creamy with medium carbonation. The finish presents a lingering sweetness.

A nice fruit ale. Very true to it's label all be it a bit sweet. Would definitely have this again!

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Photo of Mit
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Appears a very light colour...with minimal head.

Has a nice fruity bouquet...very enticing.

Very sweet...apricots are super prominent....very refreshing.

Mouth feel is in keeping with the abv.

Overall this is a fantastic beer....it's a little sweet to consume more than two or three...will buy again for sure.

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Photo of ordybill
2.49/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a very strong fruit (apricot) aroma.
Appearance- A pale yellow similar to AAL style beer, with a small white head.
Taste- Has a powerful fruit flavorful that is rather sweet. Too sweet for me.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation, the sweetness subtracts from the beer to much for me.
Overall- Not my cup of tea er. beer. To much sugar and not enough beer flavor to keep me drinking this more often.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Apricots, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, apricots, and some light hops. There is also a bit of corn and a honey sweetness.

Overall - Pretty decent for a fruit themed beer. Not cloying and fairly refreshing. Not my favourite style of beer, but this seems well done.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle purchased for under $5 CDN at the LCBO. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear, very pale orange and gold mixture. Millions of bubbles continuously stream to the top. Two fingers of fluffy white head are formed and slowly recede leaves little bits of lacing behind.

Smell - Big apricot nose, and there are hints of what seem like cherry, upon review it is just a ton of apricot. There's a trace of a sweet caramel mixture in there too. Not overdone but subtly excellent.

Taste - Again a plethora of fresh apricot hits the tongue and excites the tastebuds without overwhelming them. The taste recedes to a faint apricot aftertaste, just as reminder that it is there. It's almost like a spiked apricot juice with beery goodness.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated but with a light body, the finish is sweet but not overly decadent. Quite smooth.

Overall - This isn't something I'd want to drink every day, since I enjoy apricot, but not daily. At the same time it's so well executed that it would be impossible to pass up if I ran across it sometime in the future. A masterful fruit beer that illustrates what fruit beer can be.

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Photo of smittybu
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very sweet, think they could go without the use of sugar. Smells like (you guessed it) apricots, almost like a dried kind. Could use more of the ale which is present but subtle. Has potential to be good but needs to be rebalanced. Also not a fan of mixing beers after they've fermented. Worth a try on a hot day but in my opinion not anywhere near as good as the st-Ambroise apricot wheat ale which is probably found most places this is (in Canada). Cheers!

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Photo of TerryW
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a pilsner when poured, clear gold with a good sized head which is actually finer than what you'd get from a pils. Lots and lots of curtainy lace as you go. Handsome.

Somewhat perfumy apricot aroma laid over yeasty beer. Sweet to taste, apricot quite pronounced. Proper beer lurking in the background. Sweetness brings the mouthfeel to the edge of being syrupy, but it doesn't quite cross that line.

Decent enough as a summertime patio quaff. Not something you'd want to drink serially, but works as a one off.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle into an Imperial pint glass

A - Crystal clear gold with a short, white head that laces the glass.

S - An odd, interesting fruity smell with a slight spiciness on warming up a bit.

T - Very apricotty and a hint of malt.

M - Big in the mouth without overwhelming or cloying.

O - Didn't care much for it the first time. Must've been an odd bottle. This one was very enjoyable. Would love to taste a bit more malt, though- it's more fruit forward than I'd like. Yet again, the old brewery at Tadcaster refuses to disappoint.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange, slight haze, mostly transparent, with a short white head that fades out to a thin layer with very minimal lacing.

S - Fruit bomb, mostly of the beer's namesake, but also of other stone fruits, like peaches. Yeasts throw off sour elements, also. Very reminiscent of fruit lambics, which is a good, good thing.

T - Sweet and sour, apricot without the texture that puts me off the fruit. Finish is fairly standard turn toward the sour.

M - Acidic, but very clean, mild carbonation.

O - I love good fruit beers, and this is a very good fruit beer. The apricot is delicious, and fully realized. I will definitely get this again; it is top notch.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 6/24/2013. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge apricot, peach, orange, pear, honey, wheat, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance of juicy apricot, fruity yeast ester, and malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big tart apricot, peach, orange, pear, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic robustness of juicy apricot, fruity yeast ester, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic fruit beer. Tons of robust and balanced tart apricot and pale malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.