25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.4/5 rDev -0.9%
This beer wont get a fair review from me because I have yet to find fruit-beers, except for exceptional pumpkins, to be my tea. Too sweet, too masking of great core flavors. I feel same way about coffee and tea.
However, this one surprised me with its complexity and craft, so it's ok.
12 oz bottle poured into a CARTON tulip.
A - Golden, apricot, cloudy Belgian-style body generates too little head. Like my Belgians and ales to have more dense head and lacing.
S - Outstanding aroma. Dried apricots and Belgian yeast get better as it warms. Also complexity with spice, lemongrass, white pepper and earthy mineral esters. Refreshing and inviting. Either an apertif or after dinner but not a with dinner beer.
T - The taste doesnt live up to the arroma. Lots of complexity but too overladen with the apricot puree which masks all the qualities I love in a belgian ale. Over done apricots dont give way to the spice, white pepper, yeast, and mineral flavors I seek. Finishs with that phony fruit taste so many fruit beer have. Think about it fermented fruit - gotta get it right or it's cloying or annoying.
M - Heavy carbonation, decent body, good tingle. I'd like more sharpness and a drier finish.
O - Belgian indeed, the yeast is interesting and a noble effort. But over-done apricot and too sweet. I will let it warm and finish as last beer of evening. Might make a good black and tan.
03-15-2014 23:26:00 | More by Act25
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 06/13/2013 printed on the bottleneck. My third of Lakefront Brewery's 25th Anniversary series of beers. Expectations are pretty decent; the premise sounds nice.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a bright citrusy golden orange colored body with one finger of quickly dissipating white head. Lots of dark sediment floating in the glass. Slightly viscous and muddy appearance, but it looks okay.
S - Smell is comprised of musty yeast, apple / pear / cider, some buttery diacetyl smell, vague notes of indistinct spice, and some faint fruity apricot puree. It's honestly a pretty poor aroma.
T - Taste follows the nose - some sweetened dried apricot puree is noticeable, apples / pear / banana, musty earthy yeast presence, & some malt breadiness to keep everything in check. Some slight funk is noticeable on the end. The apricot comes through subtle, but it is definitely there.
M - Feel is smooth enough, easy drinking, slightly thick and heavy on the finish. Mildly sticky and syrupy. Poor carbonation that dies out quickly, leaving the beer with a flat appearance.
Overall, this is definitely the poorest of the three 25 anniversary beers I have had from these guys, but it isn't bad. Not something I would seek out again, but I'm glad to have 3 more bottles of this to check out.
Lakefront Brewery 25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale ---3.5/5
03-09-2014 02:56:08 | More by mfnmbvp
2.48/5 rDev -27.7%
355m brown glass bottle with simple appealing grey/white label and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local CO beer store and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; it's a good premise for a beer. Reviewed as a fruited Belgian ale because the label identifies it as such. 6% ABV confirmed per the label. "Bottled 06/19/13."
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Lackluster creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 7 minutes.
Body colour is a hazy translucent nontransparent orange with some amber and mango hues. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.
Overall, it's an intriguing appearance and looks as it ought to given the style. Appearance is congruent with the premise of an apricot Belgian ale.
Sm: Evident Belgian yeast - with ample biscuity character and vitamin-y notes. Sweet apricot fruit; it's obvious this was a puree addition and it's clearly not hop-derived, though there is some complementary fruity hop character. Belgian pale malts. American pale malts. The fruitiness is dominant. I also find a farmhouse character - a sort of citrusy twang mixed a kiss of yeasty funkiness and doughy bready character.
No alcohol is detectable.
Overall, it's an appealing if seemingly artificial fruity aroma. I'm optimistic, but I do have my reservations given the syrupy vibe of the apricot puree.
T: Ample apricot fruit puree is present, along with some complementary fruity hop character. But the real star of the show is the identifiably Belgian yeast, with diverse notes of faint funkiness, farmhouse character, biscuity character, and vitamins. Some yeast-derided banana muddles up the apricot, confusing the palate. Overall, I think the flavour profile is too sweet and syrupy - largely due to the artificial feel of the apricot notes. Unfortunately, it's imbalanced as a result and the flavour profile is hard to approach. It's not really a cohesive build - let alone a gestalt one.
Has a surprisingly shallow depth of flavour, but the duration and intensity of flavour are average. Painfully simple. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. I'm having trouble truly enjoying it and I find it overmalted. Why not use real apricot? Ultimately, this tastes like an amateur extract homebrew.
Mf: Syrupy and sticky. A bit too thick as well. Too full-bodied for what should be a light refreshing fruit beer. Overcarbonated. Smooth and wet, but also raw and unsophisticated. Subpar presence on the palate; it's not comforting, soft, or particularly suitable to the flavur profile. The execution here is pretty subpar. Texture does not suit the taste well.
Not astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Overall, it's an unremarkable fruity Belgian ale with no unique or special characteristics, and comes off feeling like homebrew. I have no intentions to buy it ever again, and frankly I'm none too excited about finishing this bottle. (Though I will, because I love beer. Douchebags drainpour). It should be far more drinkable given the premise of the beer, though the potential of that premise is largely squandered. Lakefront needs to more carefully select their malts and should use real apricot during the actual brewing process. This won't satisfy the discerning drinker, nor does the execution deliver on the premise of the beer. You can safely avoid picking this one up.
01-10-2014 05:40:49 | More by kojevergas
25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.