Melbourn Bros. Strawberry | Melbourn Bros.

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Photo of steelreign
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unique thin longneck bottle. Pours a nice strawberry color (what else?). Aroma was....yep, you guessed it: strawberries, with a little malt and some spicy notes as well.

Carbonation was moderate and the taste was a nice mix of the fruity aspects and malt. Not much hoppiness. All in all, it was rather sweet - not quite as bad as a wine cooler mind you, just overall sweetness. A very nice dry finish. So easy to quaff down in massive quantities. Recommended if you want something different from the regular stuff.

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Photo of TheDM
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pour resulted in a medium white head of large bubbles that left little or no lacing as it receded. Its body is transparent amber brown. Its aroma is fruity, perhaps influenced by the strawberry in it. Its taste is sweet and sour with a mouth of carbonation. It also has a dry finish.

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Photo of ADR
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber, definitely not Framboise-like (supposedly an inspiration for Melbourn brews). White somewhat lacy head that clings a bit but is down to a skim in a minute or so. Strawberry soda aroma, so far, a little cartoonish. But...the flavor is better -- medium body with a syrupy sense that can get cloying but has a full fruit impression of sweetness and sourness. Slight astringency and a little bit of puffy esters mid mouth but finishing with fruit and an un-expected black strap molasses pop. I can't rate this as outstanding, or maybe I'm not qualified, but this beats "mass market" Lambics and things like Leinenkugel's Berry Weis by a country mile.

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

Noticably more red - basically an amber - than the apricot Melbourne brews. Pours with a good head that leaves some lace. Strong strawberry nose and taste. Starts sweet, has a distinct fizziness and finishes tart. The hops and malt are in the background. 12oz was $5.89.

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

Pinkish-red....could even call it strawberry...colored beer with a thin, dull white head. Aroma is strawberry and tartness. Smell is something like a lambic. Taste is tangy and almost sour, with strawberry flavors throughout. A little dry, and certainly astringent. You have to search for the hops, but I think that you can pick them up a little in the back-taste. Pleasant and wonderfully tasty in little sips.

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As much as I like Lindemans Lambics, I think I’ve found another brewery producing some quite quaffable brews. The pour is a striking “Strawberry red” color, the head immature, and the lace adequate to cover the glass. The nose is loaded with the aromas of over ripe strawberries also sweet and quite appealing. Ambrosial start, with an accompanying light tartness, the top skinny in feel and the finish astringent and the hops hidden under the strawberry sweetness, the aftertaste dry and sweet, quite a treat especially as an after dinner aperitif.

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

12 oz fat bottle with an extra long neck. "Beer with Stawberry Juice Added" right on the label.

A clear shiny golden ruby color under a creamy white head. Head didn't stay long but laced the glass nicely. An aroma right on a fresh picked basket of strawberries.
Taste was tart and sweet combination of strawberry flavors. Not fizzy, or fuzzy like other fruit beers. This one is creamy, rich full bodies feel. Very even. Tart crisp and refreshing finish. Very dry, and leaves you ready for another sip. Just like the apricot version, but stawberry flavor is more appealing to me.

A perfect end of the night beer. I think it's every bit as good as the apricot version.
(I am just about finished with the stock of fruit beers from the summer, whew.)

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

A great beer! This beer poures a beautiful peach colour with some reddish tones. It smells of fresh strawberries and spring water, and it tastes delicously like strawberries. This 'beer' lacks any real beer flavour butI did not mind that when I had this last night, as it hit the spot quite well.
An excellent dessert beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Although this beer is quite drinkable, I could see it getting old fast. So don't stock up. A very good, different beer, but it does not quit elive up to the $107 a case hype. Even if it is expensive to make it that way.

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Photo of Jason
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Deep reddish copper colour with a minimal spritzy lace ... a soda like apperance.

Smell: Freshly juiced strawberries with a balance between the sweet and the tart.

Taste: Light bodied and champagne like, smooth yet lively carbonation. Tartness gets a little assertive though this brew lends some sweet strawberry flavour also. Barley any beer characteristics, a touch of grain from middle to back that mingles with a woody leaf taste in the back. Aftertaste is surprisingly clean.

Notes: Similar wine cooler charateristics as the Apricot though a bit more tart and a pinch closer to a lambic style brew for the Strawberry. An excellent dessert beer, goes well with strawberry cheese cake.

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

Not as good as its apricot brother. Deep, sweet strawberry aroma. The flavor of the beer backs up the aroma and continues straight through to the finish. Slightly tart.

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