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Melbourn Bros. StrawberryMelbourn Bros. Strawberry

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Melbourn Bros.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of packetknife
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is where I almost want to smack myself. This is a beer you have once or twice and then just get it as the "exotic" for your GF to help justify the stuff you bought for yourself. Pours a light pinkish-amber with a very very light pink fluffy head that faded quickly. If you like strawberries, which I do very much, then the smell and taste will immediately remind you of something more likely to be served at an Orange Julius or other shake/juice mixer. It's clear it wasn't brewed into the beer as the carbonation feel dampened and the taste a bit too pixie-stick like. I can't object to this fruit beer but it's not a framboise or lambic.

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Photo of Oahu
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served via Bottle at Old Chicago in Evansville, IN

A New Lambic? Surely you jest. My wife and I had two of these puppies (she loves the Lindemanns- I just love beer) We had them with cheesecake- a perfect pairing. I'm getting ahead of myself.

Interesting shaped bottle, like a Red Stripe made sweet unprotected love to a giraffe. It says spontanteous fermentation in the bottle, and who knows how they're doing that- or if it is really true.

Pours a gorgeous ruby. Just sit and look at it for a while. If you do, it won't be long before you get hit with berries, berries and more berries. Strawberries that is. This is not a beer that has any pretense about what it is. It is a strawberry beer. Not much head, and the foam was lighter than I might have enjoyed.

Note: Enjoyment of this beer will vary with enjoyment of strawberries. The numbers up there really are just a measurement of how much I like strawberries. This beer does the SB justice. No doubt.

Taste: strawberrys. I was digging and swishing for something else, a glimpse of general hops and malt (I thought?!) but it could have been a hallucination for sure. Strawberry. Very slight taste of syrup. Very sweet. Once it is in your mouth you will consider pouring it from your glass unto your dessert.

Mouthfeel: Nectary, if pleasant. Perhaps as the diabetes sets in your mouth is distracted by all the sweetness receptors on Defcon Alpha.

Drinkability: This is a one time desert beer. If I order cheesecake at the Old Chicago again, like my waistline says I shouldn't, I will order this to go with it. Otherwise, no more Melbourn Bros for me.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-white, pinkish, small head. A little gray. Dark, reddish-amber beer. The nose has sweet strawberry ice cream and is just a little fishy. Sweet, sweet strawberries at first. A little tart. Full, tingly, sweet-and-tart strawberry juice fills the middle. Some metal and fish at the end. This one is a little too sweet for me, and even fainter in funk. The least enjoyable of the three Melbourns here, but still tasty.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Custom 12 oz brown bottle noting that it was brewed with fresh strawberries, but no date or abv.
Aroma: Strong strawberry jam aroma with a bit of farmhouse funk and a slight medicinal smell. It also a firm earthy/cheesy smell that grows as it warms.
Appearance: Reddish peach glass with an off white thin head that left respectable patches of lace.
Flavor: Quite tart. Very strong sweet strawberry jam taste as well, with more of the funk coming through at the end; a real sweet and sour combination going on. It has just a slight hint of alcohol in the taste. This is something like a cross between a strawberry Sweet Tart © and an Alka-Seltzer ©.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Light body with a syrupy mouth coating finish that takes a moment to be worn off.
Overall Impression: Wow, this is a sweet beer. My wife liked it, and she only like Lindemans Framboise (and Corona). Impossible to make a session out of this without going into a hyperglycemic coma, but it would make a great after dinner dessert beer, maybe with ice cream, chocolate or fruit. A bit of a one trick pony, and I’m interested in how they do their “Spontaneous Fermentation” mentioned on the label.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks like liquid strawberries should (and I don't mean that blenderized mess that goes into tropcial drinks). Golden with slight hazy muddy red, almost dark apricot colored. Pretty large head with a reddish (thankfully not pinkish) tint- very nice to look at. And a sweet-tart aroma that follows through in the flavor that says Strawberries are here! I note honey, flowery, almost-too-sweet-to-make-my-teeth-ache flavors, but even so, it's pretty good.

I like this, although it's too sweet for me to want to drink very often.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice red color with a thick frothy pinkish head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet strawberry scent that is mellow and pleasant to the nose. The taste is good as well. It has an awesome strawberry flavor that goes down with ease and finishes tart and refreshing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. I love this lineup of fruit beers. They go down too quick. I wish they weren't so damn expensive.

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Photo of swamiswamu
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a tough one to rate in the typical beer fashion. It looks, tastes and smells of strawberry. To me it is more like a sparkling strawberry juice than a beer. It does work well as a dessert beer, but is pretty much worthless for anything else. Worth a shot, yes. Worth the $6 it usually sells for, hell no.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mahogany color, slightly hazy, not much head retention (though that's normal in lambics).

Aroma: Sour fruit smell, with an iron-like, slightly cheesy, sweaty undercurrent. Top-notch lambic-like aroma.

Flavor: Sweet strawberry start, with sourness kicking in and balancing it out. Slightly puckering, astringent finish. The aroma characteristics disappear in the taste, unfortunately.

Body: Reasonably full, lightly effervescent.

Wonderful dessert beer, but needs more wild-yeast character.

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Photo of beerlovergirl
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The old world style bottle of this beer caught my eye at the liquor store. It was only after I took a second look that I realized it was strawberry beer. Then I knew I had to take it home! My expectations were very high due to the high cost per bottle. This 12 oz bottle looks bigger than it is.

The aroma of strawberries hit me as soon as I popped the cap of this bottle. As I poured the beer, the smell just got better, inviting me to take a drink. The pinkish/amber color left an off-white, 1.5 inch head which settled into a nice lace after about 45 seconds. I was expecting this to taste like a Lindeman's; however, there is much more of an acidic beer taste to it, even with all of the delicious strawberry flavor. It was very smooth in my mouth and left me with a mild tart strawberry aftertaste.

At $6 a bottle, I don't know that I will be purchasing this in large quantities, but it might be nice for special occasions. This is definitely a dessert beer. I had trouble getting through an entire bottle in one sitting due to its sweetness. It's worth checking out, but I prefer the cost and taste of a Lindeman's.

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a slightly hazed, pink tinted, orange body with a small, offwhite, head that is shortlived. Sparse, patchy lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is pleasing, with tart and sweet strawberries overpowering a mild, caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel features effervescent carbonation and a light to medium body.
The taste is very strawberry..tart, sweet, and genuine. Caramel malt is picked up underneath, and provides a solid backbone. No hops presence is noted. The finish and aftertaste are also dominated by tart and sweet strawberries. Very nice if you're looking for a strawberry beer with a low alcohol content.
This is one dimensional in its berry character, but that seems to be the goal the brewery is aiming for. A low alcohol, strawberry beer that is very tasty, with light caramel malt undertones, that provides an authentic, strawberry flavor. Very well done, and an excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pinkish-red liquid pours forth with a big champagne-like head, all fizzy and short-lived. No lace at all.
Smell is, of course, strawberry, a sweet, strong strawberry and a hint of malt.
Taste follows the nose with strawberry, light hoppiness and some malt sweetness.
Medium bodied, smooth, a light effervecence all over the mouth. Finishes clean and slightly dry, not cloying at all.
Drinkability is very high if you like strawberry. Another drinkable dessert, a beer masquerading as champagne.

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Photo of necoadam
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer, but well overpriced. Payed about 6 dollars a bottle. Poured out a brick red color with some carbonation visible but later died out. Smell consisted of strawberries mostly. Smelled a little tart as well. Taste was decent. It was tart, but didn't go overboard as I expected it to be. But yet it got a little sweet toward the middle and into the aftertaste. A good alternative to switch things up in the beer fridge. But just don't go too crazy over this.

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Photo of Afterburner
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep bronze color, smallish head, minimal head retention. Faintly hazy.

Smell: Smells very strongly of strawberry shortcake.

Taste: Initial flavor is sweet strawberries, followed by more strawberries mid-palate, and more strawberries on the finish. However, there is some mild beer character that peeks through, keeping this from being basically a strawberry cider or near beer. The finish has some mild astringency and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, like soda.

Drinkability: Festive, drinkable, a fun little brew. Not the beer I'll be grabbing when I'm looking to really get in touch with my inner beer geek, but it's pleasant enough.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a unique mash tun shaped bottle.
Well carbonated strawberry-gold with a two finger off white red tinged head, leaves thin webs of lace.
Sweet, strawberry aroma, tart, grassy hop note.
Juicy strawberry taste, tastes real not processed chemicals as can often dominate a fruit beer. A tart flavor note balances the sweetness. The malt is a lightly toasted presence, covered by the fruit.
Very easy to drink, but the taste would be overpowering after awhile.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brew.

Smell is intense sweet and sour strawberry scent.

Taste is sweet and sour fruit similar to the Lindemans fruit lambics. Strong fruit flavor dominates this brew mostly strawberry with some apple and grape flavors too. A tasty brew that screams STRAWBERRY in a loud voice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty brew with a lactic acid punch, about as drinkable as a Lindemans.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was surprised that this beer was wasn't the colour of Hawaiian Punch due to the intense strawberry nose and intial first sip. After I got by the sweetness , the well balanced back bone of the beer made its presence known. I don't know whether I can get by the
overwhelming sweetness to really want to buy this beer again.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Much more like a Strawberry cola than a beer.

Out of the bottle it is pink. And not like most lambics where the redness gets mixed with some copper browns to produce ruby tones -- this guy was pink! and fizzy.

Smelled like candy. Strawberry candy

Tasted like cola. Not sour enough at all. The key to balancing the massive sweetness imparted by the "strawberry juice" has to be some tartness. Almost none was present. Shame, because the actual flavor was good, just unbalanced and too apparent.

It felt like fizzy cola in my mouth.

If you are really thirsty you might appreciate this... maybe. I didn't

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I expected the beer to look artificially red, but to its credit it doesn't. It's medium orange-amber in color with the slightest suggestion of red. The head is light tan, average in size and looks dense, yet soft. It falls quickly to a thin film and leaves almost no lace.

The scent of strawberries entered the room as soon as the crown was cracked. I'm picking up a great deal of sweet-tart strawberry, but there's an obvious background maltiness to give it 'beerness' and character.

Wow, is this sucker ever sweet! Without question, it's the sweetest beer that I've had yet. As expected, the flavor profile consists of sugared (and slightly tart) strawberries with a pale maltiness that keeps it from tasting too much like a wine cooler. The finish is longish and stickysweet. Thanks to all the sucrose (and fructose?), the mouthfeel is full, smooth and slick.

Against all odds, Melbourn Bros. Strawberry is enjoyable beer. I don't usually like sweet beer (or any sweet alcohol for that matter) and there are many other berries (raspberry, black raspberry, blackberry, blueberry) that I like better. In any case, this is a tasty little treat. And an expensive one.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish tinted tea colour with a half inch white head. Laces all the way down the glass. Smell is a bit wheaty with definate strawberry aromas. Taste is of wild strawberries with a bit of biscuit and tart apple the beer is a bit sweet, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is good. Nice sparkly champagne like carbonation. The sweetness keeps this from being a session beer. Overall this would go well as an apetif or dessert beer. Definately a better beer than I thought it would be. I would recommend this for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Jarod
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass a strawberry red/reddish brown/mixed with a haze of cream to give it a hazy color. There was some head present after an aggressive pour, but it quickly fell to a small ring, which was an off white color. Some lace was present, but not much to make note of. The aroma was of fresh strawberries, kind of tart, kind of sweet, kind of sour, also present were notes of light malt, which seemed to balance the nose out. The taste was dominated by strawberries, fresh, pressed, tart, sweet, a cranberry bite, some malt seemed to come into play to help balance out the flavors. It was kind of champagne and fresh strawberry like, with some more intense strawberry flavor. The aftertaste was again mostly strawberry, and really clean. A good beer that kind of reminds me of a lambic but not as dense or complex. A good refreshing beer, and it would go great as a dessert beer.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Porued a pale reddish brown, with a wine cooler like head that quickly fades. Aroma is fresh strawberries, taste is sweet/tart with strawberries in the forefront, with some malt coming through in there. Definetly more enjoyable than their apricot. Still Not something I'd go out of my way for. Not bad, but more of winecoolerish than a beer.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown-amber pour, topped by a frothy, pink-tinged, off-white head that fades quickly with minimal lace.
Smell: Sweet ripe strawberries, with whiffs of candied raspberry and tart cranberry. Amazingly, some sweet malt does poke through all of this fruit.
Taste and mouthfeel: Starts with syrupy-sweet berry juice, then a puckery tartness suddenly rides the fizzy carbonation to the top. Finish dries somewhat with a lingering lambic-like tartness, and ever-present strawberry essence.
Drinkability: Pricey... but I'd have this again with a big ol' slice of cheesecake!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, pale-reddish color, with a full, fluffy, creamy head.
Aroma: strawberry..sweet, delicious...strawberry...with a tiny touch of tart..
Taste...mmm, tasty, but tart...interesting to taste a fruit beer, that's not a Belgian lambic, but still contains that certain sourness...let's try again...Sweet, TART,...sweet, TART..(.they make candies like this, don't they, popular at Halloween.?)..Full flavor, medium body, nice, tasty finish....a sweet, tasty, rewarding fruit ale...on the other hand, way too expensive, like many other fruit beers, such as lambics...I'd prefer to taste these flavors, however minorly in other brews...that aren't quite as pricey...glad to know it exists, though....

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber tone with a pink haze over the body of this beer's hue, an off white red tinted foaming head as well. Lacing here is very nice with full rings. Aromatic qualities to note would be the lucious amounts of strawberry juice that is so quaffable. Very tasty and tart with the strawberries a bit on the sour side but very good sweetness, like a dessert beer. Mouthfeel this one has a medium body fizzy carbonation not too bad at all. Drinkability, well I don't honestly think I could drink alot of this stuff but for one it's a nice pleasant surprise not usually a big fan of fruit beers in general especially strawberry but this one hit me right for some reason

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Photo of marburg
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These guys do a great job at fruit beers, no question. The Strawberry's lone weakness is its color, a pinkish red that lacks the vibrancy some of these fruit beers have. In the light, it almost looks like a ketchup/mustard mix, a brownish hazed tone that doesn't quite do the vivid, lively flavors justice.

And those flavors are great! A seltzer water, fruity, Clearly Canadian type flavor. Tart, sugary strawberries with a hell of a clean finish. Goes down like a nice sparkling juice. Highly quaffable.

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Melbourn Bros. Strawberry from Melbourn Bros.
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