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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
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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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376
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3.9
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28.21%
 
 
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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 FondueVoodoo
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An opaque apricot juice colour, the head poured out a fat finger of white foamy bubbles settling down to thin slip, with even a little lacing. The apricot colour is a good indication of what to expect.

S: Smells exactly like a fresh cut apricot, sweet and fruity with a little tartness. Subtle notes of yeast, but the primary smell is apricots. Some very faint muskiness

T:Sweet, sweet apricots, with some breads, and a chaser of yeast. The flavour is of true apricots, not artificial flavours with just a little hint of melon muskiness.

M: Thicker than I expected and definitely creamy. Some active carbonation that develops the creaminess. Very pleasant and not at all the thin and crisp drink I was expecting.

O: Great example of how fruit can be represented in a beer unapologetically. It may even make a great base for a beer cocktail, and would be a terrific sipper on hot day.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded deep yellow with a thin white head that hangs on. Some lacing sticks.

The smell of apricot is robust. There is a nice musty-ish, yeasty, "ale" character underneath to let you know it's a beer and not a fruity malt drink.

The taste is of apricot is strong upfront, with some tart balancing the sweetness. The malt, yeast and mild hop touch underneath combine nicely with it. A refreshing dryness pulls through in the finish. The apricot is strong, but not overpowering enough to make it only about the apricot.

It is smooth with a medium body and mild to medium carbonation.

A nicely done fruit beer! If you like apricots and ales, I certainly recommend this. The one 550 ml bottle was enough for me, in a good way.

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

550ml bottle to wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color bordering on both gold and straw. The head is white, a bit filmy, and doesn't retain very well.

S: Starts jammy, lots of fresh apricot flesh and skins. Very natural and fresh, with light sugary notes and hints of a floral component.

T: Flavors of berry hit first, with suggestions of fresh blueberry and raspberry, but its mostly apricot again, jammy with notes of fruit marmalade. I enjoy the flavors, again very natural and not artificial.

MF: Creamy and a bit tart with nice crisp carbonation.

O: A tasty treat. Well done fruit beers are pleasant IMO and this one is no exception.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy peach to pale orange in color with a light amount of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet apricot that strengthens as the beer warms and opens up. There are some lighter aromas of peach and vanilla but the dominant aroma is that of apricot.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with a nice sweet apricot flavor - it is a really enjoyable and tastes very much like fresh apricot (nothing artificial here) and there is a light amount of natural tartness. Towards the finish, there is a light amount of grainy malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Syrupy and sticky.

O: This is my favorite of the Samuel Smith's Organic fruit beers - wonderful natural apricot aroma and flavor. Very enjoyable and easy to drink, definitely one I would get again.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy to semi-cloudy yellow with a two finger creamy white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute.
The smell had the apricots just as the brewery says so, its there just like white on rice. Strong with light floral qualities underneath.
The flavor, guess what that tasted like, you'll never believe, grapes right, just kidding, its a ton of apricots penetrating my tongue nicely.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied, and somewhat creamy with a good carbonation about it.
Overall, why the hell did I have this recently? Too cold right now for this thing, still good but this one just has the qualities to be drinking it in the Summer. As I say to this beer "cya next Summer, man!"

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of apricots and has slight hints of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because the smell and taste was like natural (and not artificial) apricots. The beer is very drinkable and isn't that sweet.

Serving type: bottle

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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 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 Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed yellowish color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a large sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of an apricot jam smell mixed with some other lighter peach smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet apricot jam taste that has a little bit of toast mixed within. The jammy sweetness fades a bit more toward the end only to be replaced by a bit of a more crisp apricot taste, giving a thick and sweet, but refreshing and authentic apricot flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the sweet flavors of the brew the high carbonation is great and makes for a more effervescent desert style brew.

Overall – This was a rather nice desert style brew. It had an authentic apricot taste and aroma and a very nice easy drinking feel. You will want to be in the mood for a sweeter brew if you take this on, but if so you will likely enjoy this one as it is quite nice.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like apricot juice with cloudiness. Lip of thin white foam.

Bright and fresh apricot flesh, wheat-like tanginess, cereal malts, and light syrup. Smells ripe and fruity good.

Fruity tart with bursting apricot flavor. Wheat malts aren't completely silent and there's a small hop presence that works. Not syrupy in the flavor. Just fruity and bright with pleasing tartness from the blend with real fruit juice. I wish this is what a shandy was.

Feels thick, like carbonated fruit juice. Not the refreshing feel some might look for, but I like the heft.

Amped-up fruitiness pushes the envelope on an apricot ale. Would love to try it side-by-side with the original Melbourn example.

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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 Tone
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of apricot, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong apricot, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, another Sam. Smith fruit beer that tastes exactly like the main fruit. Not exactly a well-rounded beer, but the fruit flavors and aromas are immaculate.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an unfiltered, pale, cream-yellow coloring with a thin, white filmy coating on the surface. Aromas more reminiscent of a lambic, with tangy sweet and tart apricot characters, as well as a touch of citrus. Flavors are smooth and sweet, with an underlying sugary sweet feel. Apricot is the backbone, with a subtle tapering to the sweetness that blends with the carbonated, light mouthfeel. Much more subtle and drinkable than I was expecting from the nose. The aftertaste is a slight linger of the fruit sweetness that is kept light by the effervescence of the brew. Slightly lingering tang on the finish, but clean overall. This is a legit apricot brew.

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Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy orangish yellow with a huge, dense, pure white head that has great retention

S - apricots and faint wheat

T - very sweet, almost juice like apricots

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

If you enjoy apricots or fruit beers in general, then this is a nice offering. It's very, intensely, sweet and fruity. It's practically apricot juice with a crisp carbonation. It's a little sweet for my liking so I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle.

This beer pours a very cloudy, murky, dark golden, burnished yellow colour, with two fingers of dense, puffy, off-white head, which renders some heavy-laden spectral lace around the glass as it readily sinks away.

It smells of sweet, fruity mashed apricot, pastry-esque, bready pale malt, a bit of that peaches & cream manna essence, and very subtle earthy, leafy hops. The taste is quite sugary sweet right off the bat, with the fruity apricot and the vanilla cake-like maltiness conspiring to send you off to your dentist, a further generic orchard fruitiness adding just a twinge of the acidic to the mix, and some muffled leafy, almost woody hops struggling to be heard.

The carbonation is present, purposeful, but still dutifully in the background, the body a sturdy, sugary medium weight, with an equally attendant smoothness. It finishes with a welcome diminishing of the fruity sweetness, to a level more engendering of the desire of another gulp. Wait, ohhh....

A decent fruit ale, of the apricot drupe stripe, which kind of grows on you, as one becomes acclimated, I suppose, to the saccharine nature of it all. Anyway, tasty, if you're into this sort of thing, but one (actually a wee bit less) would be more than enough for me, in no bad way.

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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 KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the Sam Smith signature bottle into a pint glass.

Pours murky hazy cloudy yellowish brown with no foam. Malty fruit nose. Apricot comes through. The taste is a tart fruity apricot. The fruit is punchy - malt tries to hold it back, but it keeps popping through. Strong citrus. Nicely blended. Works for what it is.

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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 Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma is fruity, slightly fermented, but you can definitely tell it's apricot. It's sweet but not cloying, even a bit tart at first but mostly it's like an apricot soda made from fruit syrup. Body is smooth but has also good carbonation. Overall it's an enjoyable fruit beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 2.7 fl oz bottle, no bottled on date present. Uncapped and poured into my Firestone Walker pint glass which is now my only surviving glassware.

A - Pours a rich orange-ish mango color, with no real head at all, just a slight fizz. Reminds me of a slightly more orange looking Mango Kombucha that I've drank before. Basically looks like a nice glass of juice more than it does an actual beer. Managed to get about a finger's worth of light creamy doughy looking head on the second pour.

S - Definite fresh apricot scent for sure. Mild tartness has my taste buds tingling in anticipation. Can't wait to try it. Some type of a creaminess begins to emerge as it warms.

T - Juicy sticky fresh apricot flavor. Wonderful carbonated tartness hits just the right level. This is what I would call a very legitimate fruit beer, compared to some of the swill that calls itself such. Apricots and cream flavor begins to emerge near the end.

M - Smooth, light, clean, and tart. Little bit of some sticky fruit sugars left over, but in all it is a great feel.

Overall a very well-balanced well-crafted apricot beer, with a nice modest 5.10% abv, although I couldn't see myself drinking very much of it. Almost too sweet and juicy to be called beer, but a very unique and enjoyable gourmet beer experience. A nice buy, good price at about 6 dollars a bottle for an imported organic beer. Definitely a beer to try at least once.

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale ---4/5.

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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 zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left very little lacing.

S - Aroma is fresh, ripe apricots. Nice. Not very beer-like.

T - It tasted of ripe apricot with some floral notes. Sweet with a minimal bitterness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is better than I expected. Lots of apricot flavor. Great summer brew.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 06/23/16:

Served in Samuel Smith pint glass. British beer while watching the Brexit results, seems appropriate, even for a Yank. Mostly clear golden ale with fruity orange twinge. Delicate off-white foamy head. Strong fruity aroma, apricot I suppose, but really not a far cry from the strawberry fruit ale smell. It does taste a little more overtly like apricot, at least. Light hopping noticed as it settles, but fruity throughout. Unlike the strawberry ale, I think the fact it is not extremely malt-forward makes this a good, rather than mediocre beer. Medium to full in body. Mellow carbonation, a refreshing beverage.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And, for the beer, I finally picked up:

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale.

A: 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Clear orange/sienna. Decent lacing.

S: Nice apricot aroma, but more skin and fuzz than flesh, as usual.

T/MF: More of the same as the nose. Seems a touch sweet at first, but after that it's fine.

Not as good as the other fruit ales they make, but still decent.

Poured from an 18.7 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.
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