Melbourn Bros. Apricot | Melbourn Bros.

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84
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88 Ratings
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Melbourn Bros. ApricotMelbourn Bros. Apricot
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Melbourn Bros.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of OStrungT
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a small amount of laces.

This beer smells strongly of arpicots. Behind that, I smell a slight cirtus hop aroma. Not much else, just a strong apricot aroma.

This beer has a sour apricot flavor. It is quite sweet. It tastes slightly like a hard cider, or a wine cooler. Not very appealing.

This beer is a little too sweet for me. It leaves a very sweet fruity, apricot like aftertaste.

I dont think this beer would make a very good session beer. I can hardly drink the small amount my wife poured me as it is. I assume we will have it in my refrigerator again, but I know that I wont buy it.

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Photo of marc77
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz vintage style brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cream soda in colour with even a soda like head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet apricot juice with a wine cooler aroma in the background.

Taste: Tart and sherbet like, sugary mouth feel that puckers with the tartness. Touch of actual beer quality ... hints of grain and hop, though they still don't even come close to the lingering tartness from the fruit. Quite clean for a spontaneous fermented brew.

Notes: Very interesting ... similar to an American wine cooler though more natural tasting and a bit more complex. As for it being a Lambic ... a far cry. They should up beef up the beer a little and age it for at least three years, then maybe this would be a lambic to contend with. A little too sweet also though this is still a fine beverage.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured a pale yellow/gold, with a wine cooler like head that quickly fades. Aroma is apricot as is the taste. With some sugary sweetness thrown in to cut the tartness. Not a bad beer, but more like drinking a wine cooler. Not something that I will go out of my way and try again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An average pour produces a three finger thick, pale, cream colored head. The beer is a pale amber, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart apricot flesh up front, but then gets a full, concentrated almost jam like, apricot character in the middle and finish that really dominates the nose. Perhaps a hint of toasty grain is noticeable, but I may just be imagining this last bit. Definitely a one-dimensional character to the nose.

Quite sweet with an accompanying sticky, fullness and body. Of course the dominant flavor here is of apricots; ripe, sugar added, apricot preserves just about describes the flavor of this apricot soda, errr I mean beer. This only has a faint tartness that seems to accentuated the apricot notes a bit. The apricot flavor, while one dimensional in its focus on the fruit, still has a nice full fruit flavor to it.

Obviously there is not a lot going on with this beer. Apricot is the name of the game and it does a good job of delivering that specific character. It is too sweet and too thick though to be refreshing, which might not have been half bad.

Purchased: Papago Brewing, Scottsdale AZ

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of cokes
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddied ecru with a scattered patchwork of white suds.
Strangely scented of apricot (obviously), tobacco, suede, curdled milk, vomit, and black cherry.
Starts in monsterously sweet, and stays this way. Fruit Punch and black cherry syrup. Apricot is there, but blind, I'd be hard pressed to guess that is the exclusive fruit used here...though it does come out more as it warms. Malt lays phantoms of molasses. The middle glints at tartness with iron and lime juice, along with traces of bile and burlap. The fruit syrup overrides, and it gallops away tacky and sticky sweet.
Flattish and grabby in feel, but enough carbonation ekes through to prevent a totally cloyed-up mess.
It's not a total loss, but it teeters very close. The glimmers of lambic that peek out are intriguing, but also well out-of-tune.
Fans of New Glarus' lineup of fruitbeers might have a friend here, and vice versa. This just lacks the malt, and, well, beer traits to make it worthwhile.

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Photo of sinistermadman
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an extremely clear golden color with a moderately active carbonation level. Head settles to a fine lace after a while.

Smell is of apricots of course with a slightly buttery undertone.

Taste is quite tart and sweet. Very mild mannered except for the twangy tartness. Initially carbonation rolls around the palate giving this brew some sense of dimensionality, but this brew finishes completely flat and somber. The actual beer constituent of this brew barely makes itself known. All in all not too bad, but given the price of admission I'll go elsewhere for an actual lambic. Worth a try if it's on sale, otherwise passable.

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Photo of roblowther
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a healthy head that quickly vanishes. Looks like cider, really. Smell? apricots, apricots, and more apricots. The taste is VERY sweet, lots of apricots with just a hint of hops rushing past somewhere. Doesn't taste like beer & doesn't taste like a Lambic. Tastes like a wine cooler, I guess I'd have to say. Mouthfeel is nice carbonation and not too syrupy given the flavor. Drinkability depends on your sugar tolerance. Definitely an aperetif or dessert beer. Not unpleasant, all in all.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a gold apple juice color with a lively fine carbonation and a white head that left some lace in my belgian tulip glass.


The aroma is a bit of a fruity apricot smell and some funky brett character to it as well with a touch of an iron like mineralyness.


The taste is fruity and sweet in the beginning which quickly segues into a more acidic and slightly funky flavor that then finishes with a dry acidity on the tongue.

It reminds me of drinking wine coolers that i would get from my mom when i was in junior high. Really fruity with a good balance of acidity and a little funk to keep things interesting, but where is the beer? I taste no hops, barley or any kind of fruity english ale esters. This is a far cry from a good fruit beer though it isn't bad to drink if you want a $4.50 bottle of apricot beer cooler. The mouthfeel is very watery and there is nothing that i can say to really boost this up as I love beer and it is thin.

Drinkabilty is low for me as I would never buy this again, though it is good for an interesting review.

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Photo of John
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Deep gold color. The bottle states the beer is "spontaneously fermented" but there is no evidence of yeast in the glass, floating in the beer or in the bottom of the bottle. Could it be filtered? Tangy apricot flavor predominates, with a spritzy carbonation. IMHO this beer is cloyingly sweet and cough syrupy with little else to balance things out. This one's definitely not for me.

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