Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.69/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
08-13-2014 00:08:48 | More by spinrsx
4.15/5 rDev +7%
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.
08-11-2014 18:42:28 | More by DenisKolkin
2.94/5 rDev -24.2%
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!
08-03-2014 22:00:01 | More by smittybu
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
07-31-2014 15:54:01 | More by TerryW
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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