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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 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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Photo of Reed_iTap
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. ApricotGolden color with a thick white head.

S: Heavy apricot aroma.

T: Tastes like I am taking a bite out of an apricot. Samuel Smiths really did the apricot justice.

M: Medium bodied finish

O: One of my favorite fruit beers. Everything I want to come through in a fruit style beer did.

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Photo of StuyBeerGuy
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing summertime beer that would pare well with dishes ranging from fresh fruit salads to crisp creme brulees and even an apricot pie in the evening. The beer pours with a soft quickly dissipating head and releases a soft but pleasant peach aroma. The flavor is forward and short with sweet peach flavors retaining some of the fleshiness of a peach skin and finishes with a tart flavor that is long in the mouth. I believe I will be enjoying this beer with a better planned dessert.

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Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with good clarity. Plenty of visible bubbles. Thick, white head with exceptional lacing.

Fresh, juicy apricot aroma with floral, grassy hints.

Juicy, nectar - like apricot flavor. Just a tad sweeter than I would prefer but not unpleasant. Hint of grassy hops, not quite enough to balance. Overwhelming apricot flavor but it's a good flavor.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Finish is slick and nectary.

Basically what I expected but good nonetheless. This would be a good model for other fruit beers to follow.

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Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one really is the color of apricot, or very close to it, and murky. It grows a fluffy, slightly tinted head to a full finger's height with very good retention and plentiful fluffy patches of lacing that cling to the glass.
This beer is all about the apricot, but in such a way that it's very much still a beer. It's just so fresh and full of apricot one might forget from time to time. There's flesh and juice with a little bit of fruity sourness to it in light levels. The fruit really is infused in a way few fruit beers manage. It pulls together tart, sweet and sour along with malty grains in a way that don't interfere. It's by no means overly sweet, either. The aroma doesn't have the full malty effect to as high a degree of efficiency as the flavor, but it's close.
This beer, light to medium-bodied, is extremely crisp without going overboard on the bite and very bright as well. It's essentially semi-dry, with more dryness leading into the finish than at any other point.

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Photo of utfiero
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Color- hazy gold. Medium head.

Aroma- tart apricot preserves.

Taste- a beautiful apricot nectar! Starts sweet then turns mildly tart finishing with a long balanced apricot earthiness. Wonderful! 14 IBUs

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1/31/14. Purchased locally Spec's.

The high rating is relative to other fruit beers. Please take that into account in interpreting this review.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear and bright straw gold colour, there's a small head of foam that dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing behind.

Can the smell get any more apricot-y than this? Wow. Nice mix of sweet and tart going on.

The taste leans more to the sweet side but it's not even close to being too sweet. Nice tartish notes help with the balancing act and the bit of wheat I get also helps. Love this.

With the very low bubble activity seen, I thought maybe the carbonation would be too low but it's just right.

Another winner of a Fruit Ale from Samuel Smith. No surprise there.

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Photo of Resuin
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 18.7 ounce bottle into a tulip. The bottle is dated SF11L1, which, I believe, means this was bottled on June 11, 2012 - about a year and a half ago.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy orange-cream color and leaves a finger of white, sticky head which lingers for a little while.

Smell: Sweet apricot dominate the aroma profile, some malt, a hint of wheat.

Taste: Big sweet apricot. This tastes like apricot juice - and pretty good apricot juice. A little bit of grassy wheat in the flavor, but it takes a back seat. Alcohol is hidden. Reminds me a little bit of a mimosa, with the sweet fruit and carbonation - very different for a beer. Refreshing. Finishes just a touch sour.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a creamy, medium body. Similar to a lightly carbonated juice. Finishes smooth.

Overall: While relatively simple (apricot) in its flavors, it is well done for what it is. There are no obvious flaws, and this one is very refreshing. Apricots come out in a nice way, and this is not overwhelming. This one's closer to apricot juice than what people think of when they hear the word "beer".

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Photo of tviz33
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 2.7 oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange gold body with less than a finger of head that disappears instantly.

S- Holy apricots! The nose is straight apricot juice. Sweet, sours, and fresh.

T- Just like the nose indicated. Almost like a carbonated apricot juice. Again, sweet, sour, and fresh. Nothing more, nothing less.

M- Medium bodied and ever so slightly creamy. Easy on the way down.

O- This almost doesn't taste like a beer, but I'll gladly drink more of it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy in color with just a thin layer of head that settles to a mild lace ring. Huh it looks old.
S - Also a clue that it's old very faint if any actual apricot flesh, some wheat base, and sweet malts.
T - Makes up for the smell 100%. Very sweet apricot taste balanced with some sweet malts and mild hops. It doesn't seem to have much wheat but it's there too. Love it.
M - Very crisp easy going fruit beer with light to medium body.

Overall I would pick it up again to drink it side by side with the cherry. Great fruit beer.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Instant "wow" upon first sniff and then a bigger "WOW" upon first sip. This is like drinking fresh, crisp, sweet apricots perfectly in season. Reminiscent of an English Perry with more freshness, sweetness and bite. The color is apricot in hue (obviously right?), the liquid flows nicely into the Spigelau austrian crystal beer snifter I used to serve this gem of a brew. If you are into fruit brews, lambics, ciders or just want to try something new and delicious, Sam Smith is your boy. Not overly sweet or overly fruity...great Sunday sipper.

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