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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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3.88/5
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399 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot AleSamuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Handcrafted in Melbourne Bros' tiny brewery set in a time warp in Stamford using the old manually operated brewing equipment. Finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which, having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation, is taken to Samuel Smith's small, independent British brewery at Tadcaster. There it is blended with pure organic apricot fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew -- creating an unparalleled fruit ale. The smooth distinctive character of the matured ale serves as the perfect counterpoint to the pure organic fruit juice.

Added by minterro on 03-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,772
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
399
pDev:
13.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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31
Gots:
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Ratings: 399 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of NickThePyro
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer for apricot heads. Not a sour at all; more like apricot preserves in beer form. I wound up serving this with a flourless dark chocolate cake that had a thin layer of apricot in the center and the pairing was terrific.

The beer pours cloudy and a golden apricot color–go figure–with a nice fluffy cap of white foam that settles slowly and leaves decent lacing. Both the taste and aroma are full on, sugary apricot preserves. Just a touch of tartness, yeast, and light malty notes underneath. There’s still some inkling that you’re drinking a beer, but not too much.

Medium-light bodied with good carbonation; avoids being cloying. While it’s definitely on the sweeter side, it dries up a bit in the finish. I really enjoyed this; I certainly wouldn’t want to drink it everyday, but I could definitely see myself buying this again if I’m the mood for it.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden-orange hue with a thick haze and two big fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Head is tenacious and leaves a good lace behind, as well.

Smell: nice, rich apricot aroma with a big earthiness underneath it. It smells fresh and natural.

Taste: malty backbone with a great apricot flavor. The earthiness of the aroma is replaced by a fresh tartness in the flavor which is quite refreshing. A good fruit beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and resulting creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is actually one of the better fruit beers I've had. Apricot is earthy and pairs well with the malt, and there's just enough tartness to make the beer highly refreshing and drinkable. Great stuff!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a cloudy peach color, sporting a creamy white froth that leaves some lace. Appears almost like a smoothy of some sort.

SMELL: Fruity nose of honey apple crisp, apricots and faint grain chiming in to remind that this is still a beer.

TASTE: The apricot notes apparent in the smell are even more pronounced in the taste. Tart, juicy apricot, with a bit of pit like mineral note, but it is very subtle. A touch of biscuity malt, grain and yeast lend all of the beer like character, and there is a very small bittering note. Other than that its tart, juicy apricot all day.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. This brew drinks easily and effortlessly.

OVERALL: A proper early-day beer, this apricot ale has genuine flavor and quality character. Fruity, but still balanced and full, making it very drinkable. I had this paired with a spicy tuna and crab salad sushi roll, and it paired decently, making for a quite solid lunch. Good beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange colored beer with a slight white colored head.

Smell is apricots. There is some acid present and some vanilla aromas. Smells a great deal like peach ice cream.

Starts out sweet with a little bit of acid to balance it out. Taste is pretty much Apricot soda. Very sweet beer. No real beer aspects to this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a try it once type of beer. Very sweet, probably would go well with Vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: hazy gold permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1.5" off-white to cream foam collar with good retention

S: Apricot is the big aroma followed by light biscuit, and traces of citrus and fruit

T: Apricot, sweet biscuit, honey, orange, citrus and very mild hop flavors and bitterness

F: very creamy beer with medium to medium low carbonation

O: the malt flavors from the British malts are exactly what you want with apricot

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Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear and bright straw gold colour, there's a small head of foam that dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing behind.

Can the smell get any more apricot-y than this? Wow. Nice mix of sweet and tart going on.

The taste leans more to the sweet side but it's not even close to being too sweet. Nice tartish notes help with the balancing act and the bit of wheat I get also helps. Love this.

With the very low bubble activity seen, I thought maybe the carbonation would be too low but it's just right.

Another winner of a Fruit Ale from Samuel Smith. No surprise there.

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Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: As expected, lots and lots of apricot in the aroma. Pretty much dominates this category.

T: Tasted of - you guessed it - apricots. There's a hint of malt in the finish, but the apricots take over everything. Not quite as vibrant as I would have thought, but still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I didn't quite like this beer as much as Samuel Smith's other organic fruit beers, but it is very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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 CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark orange with a large, soft, dense white pearly head.

On both the nose and palate, the apricot is really sticky and juicy sweet, almost lemon, yet wholesome with wheat bread and a full, round body. How do they do this? It's only 5%!! I could drink this all day.

This is another winning beer by this exceptional brewer that really knows how to pack the flavor into an ABV level most brewers struggle with keeping out of "watery" and "flavorless" territory.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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 DanGeo
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Resuin
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 18.7 ounce bottle into a tulip. The bottle is dated SF11L1, which, I believe, means this was bottled on June 11, 2012 - about a year and a half ago.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy orange-cream color and leaves a finger of white, sticky head which lingers for a little while.

Smell: Sweet apricot dominate the aroma profile, some malt, a hint of wheat.

Taste: Big sweet apricot. This tastes like apricot juice - and pretty good apricot juice. A little bit of grassy wheat in the flavor, but it takes a back seat. Alcohol is hidden. Reminds me a little bit of a mimosa, with the sweet fruit and carbonation - very different for a beer. Refreshing. Finishes just a touch sour.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a creamy, medium body. Similar to a lightly carbonated juice. Finishes smooth.

Overall: While relatively simple (apricot) in its flavors, it is well done for what it is. There are no obvious flaws, and this one is very refreshing. Apricots come out in a nice way, and this is not overwhelming. This one's closer to apricot juice than what people think of when they hear the word "beer".

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle which cost way too much at $6.49. Cloudy orange color, good head, looks nice. Smells like apricots and sugar, eh. Tastes like apricot syrup and sugar and not much else. Cloyingly sweet and unpleasant, I would never buy this again. Dry Dock does a much better job of capturing the apricot without the sguary sweetness.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 399 ratings
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