Hidden Barrel Apricot
AC Golden Brewing Company

Hidden Barrel ApricotHidden Barrel Apricot
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,023
Ranked #8,250
4.02 | pDev: 10.2%
AC Golden Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 cork and caged bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a hazy darker orange body, one finger white head, short retention time, no lacing. Smells of apricot skin, lactic acid, mild funk, underripe stonefruit, a little bit of burnt rubber (in a good way, mind you). Flavour is a big sour lactic acidity with a lot of stonefruit presence; the distinctive apricot skin flexing its muscles as well. A bit of wheat and grain, moderate lactic acidity, really quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp and drying acidity with apricot skin on the finish. Enjoyed this one quite a bit, this is on the level of La Fosse rather than Fou Foune, as it has more of that AWA quality to it.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More or less flat at this point. A bit murky. Not a beautiful beer. The lack of carbonation leaves it feeling a bit heavy and slick. The heavy oak, buttery wine notes, and pleasant apricot flavors make up for it. Not jarringly sour, tons of barrel presence. With a bit of carbonation this could have been really incredible. Still, with years of age, pretty impressive.

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Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to rudzud. Batch 1 , 2010

No head, hazy golden peach color.

Nose fresh apricot, nice funky sour lacto like funk, generic tart sour fruit and light berry notes, little stone fruit and put.

Taste semi sweet to start, then quickly turns to acidic funk, tart sour wild funk, stone fruit and little apricot like fruit, juicy bit sour. Nice juicy fruit with light bitterness. Finish is sticky little flemmy, mild acidic tart and mild stone fruit.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb, little acidic bite.

Overall pretty nice, tart lambic with little stone fruit and nice acidity, tasty beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and Threelions. Batch 1

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear straw hue with a thin quarter inch head that leaves light halo.

S - Aromas of apricot and pit, nice light funk, definitely sour.

T - Taste is pleasantly sour, nice stone fruit, nice nice light apricot, good funk, light vanilla, barrel, really good sour tart funk.

M - Mouthfeel Is nice and crisp. Pleasant.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty. Nice and old and drinkable. Delicious.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lauren for the share.
This had to follow De Garde's Imperial Apricot Bu, so it had rough competition.

Golden-orange pour, moderately hazy, with a foamy cap of white head that fizzled out and held at a ring, leaving some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma of wet wood, stone fruit, soured grains, light funk. Taste of toasted grains up front, biscuity malts, woody, herbal, apricot was there, but not in a huge way, not very sour or sweet, just kind of benign, with a fruity essence, and a slight grassy funk. Light-medium body, crisp, dry. Drinkable enough, but a bit lacking in flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

what a beer, almost as sour as the mother funker, seriously puckery stuff here. pours a lackluster pale greyish yellow color, dense straw looking and sort of bland, with a head that bubbles a little on the pour but never amounts to anything. it smells sour as hell, lactic acid is all I really get. a touch of summer peachy pollen maybe, but that's all. at first all I taste is long, its all day long, I mean, five minutes from sip to finish, constantly changing, never dry like I expected and sort of hoped it would be. I get a bit of apricot in the middle there, all fuzzy and little and a tad under ripe, but the sourness and acidity takes over before I can really appreciate this. to be fair, its a 2012 vintage, and may have soured quite a lot since its release. I will have to try the peche to compare, but I have a feeling this is just an in your face sour bomb. I didn't dislike it at all, but its drinkability it limited for obvious reasons and both claystation and I forced the last of this bomber down. good work if you can get it, a front of tongue sour for the ultimate challenge. just good to me though, not stand out aside from its sourness.

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

On tap at the Rackhouse for the bargain price of $8 (ouch). I think the glass might ,might have been six ounces. Bright yellow, hazy, spritzy. Aroma is tartness, brett, slightly cheesy, maybe lacto? Not a whole lot of apricot in the nose. Flavor was sour, brett, hints if apricot, actually pretty good. My only complaint about this is that it just does not have enough apricot flavor or aroma but it is still a good wild ale.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.18.13
Batch 1
Brewed 12/20/2010
Bottled 10/18/2011
HBC Barrel 26 & 27

A - Pours a opaque very light orange with an active fizzy off-white head with is gone fast.

S - Tart apricots, not super strong.

T - Tart apricot, lots of fruit, not much funk or barrel, but the apricot shines.

D - Good carbonation with a light body, tart.

O - A nice tart, light apricot. Not overly complex, but still nice.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to ablackshear for this extra!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 7/13/2013.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer with thin white cap with a few big bubbles. Quickly drops to no head and the sour looks still.

Smell: This beer smells lactic and sour! Hint of peach/apricot fruitiness. Not much funk to speak of.

Taste: This beer is rather tart! I would say 7/10 and the tartness get bigger as it warms! Peaches, apricots, and a hint of lemon. Not a lot of funk that is noted and just a hint of oak. Lingering sour finish.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied sour. Low carbonation. The beer is pretty dry and crisp.

Overall: This is a really awesome sour beer. Overexceeded all my expectations. It is legit! It does lack some complexity, but still really enjoyable if you like wild ales with hugr pucker factor. I had a 2011 Cascade Apricot this weekend and this beer held its own going against the Cascade. The hidden barrel was alot more sour than Cascade Apricot.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 11/12/12. Bottle # 1641.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with apricot and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with apricot and apricot skin flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite sour and tasty.

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Photo of Cody
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

25.4 oz bottle served fresh from the refrigerator at 35 degrees F.

Batch 2 Bottled 11/12/12 Bottle #230

Appearance: Bright golden; same color as a peach. Even with aggressive pouring the beer garnished only a modest head which quickly dissipated to a centimeter worth of retention. Poured into a Unibroue Tulip; beer clean.

Aroma: Sour apricot notes, possibly lactobacillus. Soft notes of peaches and grains

Cold: Mild acidity/tartness and slight fruit flavor. Not as prominent as expected from the bottle.

After 13 Minutes: The acidity definitely becomes amped up but still maintains a pretty reasonable level and the apricot appears more prominently. There is still almost no noticeable hop characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Astringent mouth feel with a lingering tartness that dances on the tongue. Despite the low head just enough dry carbonation.

Overall: Quite an enjoyable beer. Its probably a 4/10 or 5/10 in the pure acidity factor and the subtly of the sour and apricot notes make this a refreshing take on the ever burgeoning sour category. I definitely recommend letting the beer warm as it's flavors become amplified for the better.

Full disclosure I really did not want to like this beer being basically a MillerCoors product but kudos to the brewers.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Clouded yellow with a small amount of soapy white bubbles that quickly pop.

Lemon, tart, barnfunk, apricot.

Great tart apricot forward flavor. Rewardingly drinkable, tart, lemon, very small amount of dry carbonation which fits the flavors and style. Not overly acidic.

Highly recommended for the true sour lover. The $28 price is a bit hard to swallow. This one will be one and done for me, I simply can't afford as much as I would like...

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 3/29/13 from the tap at Rackhouse.

A: Pours straw-colored and hazy. Not quite golden - more yellow than that. It's very hazy - almost like a Hefeweizen. My from-the-tap sample had no head, but moderate lacing. Overall, it looks like a light "lite" beer.

S: To my nose, it smells like musty apricot. As expected, apricot aroma dominates with a background of mustiness/earthiness. Some citrus fruits present and a very slight grassiness opens up after the initial smell.

T: Citrus fruits - especially lemon - up front followed up by intense sourness. Mouth-puckeringly sour. Surprisingly, my sample didn't taste much of apricot. The apricot aroma is certainly there, but I dont get any powerful apricot flavor. In fact, I'd venture to say that if I blindfolded myself, I wouldn't even guess this was an apricot sour - just a plain sour.

M: As expected, dry. Moderate carbonation.

O: This was a disappointing sour to me. When compared to sours from other well-known producers (i.e. Crooked Stave, RR, etc), this beer's sour character is just too harsh and one-note IMHO. It all hits the back of the tongue and isn't as well-rounded as the best sours. The apricot, while present, is not powerful enough to me. Just too one-note.

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Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (batch 2, bottled November 12, 2012) into a tulip.

A-The beer pours quite flat with no real head despite an aggressive pour. The murky brew is apricot in color (appropriately enough) and bright.

S-The smell is full of apricot with a mineral and vinous backbone of tart acidity. There is a light toasted note from the malts to hold things together and a little bit of lactic funkiness.

T-The taste is fruit forward, but the highly acidic nature of the brew keeps things from being cloying or sugary sweet. There is a nice vinous touch from the oak and a mild dose of lactic, earthy funkiness.

M-The feel is lightly carbonated and moderately slick. Medium heft.

O-This was an enjoyable sour beer. The tart-factor was medium to high, which played well with the sweetness from the apricots. Say what you will about craft versus crafty, but this is a pretty good beer with a unique, complex profile. Word of warning, however, if your stomach is sensitive to acid, beware...

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, bottle #1614, bottled 11/12/12

A - has the anticipated apricot-colored hue with a bit of haze and general cloudiness; the carbonation is exceptionally minimal; the sights on this resemble a dusky sun's efforts to pierce through an afternoon rain cloud

S - sour tang; musky basement; wet feet; a touch of funk and a hint of apricot; like a moist fruit roll-up past its prime

T - the funk is delic; the apricot notes are minimal but present; the sour pucker is a punch to the palate; there are some very subtle hints of the oak it was aged in and just a touch of pepper and barnyard danky that makes it more than a one-note sour

M - lightly tart and sour, the pucker is pleasant; the carbonation is there but it's hard to discern

O - overall, I can't say I'd call this the Fou Foune of the Rockies, but it's a pretty tasty sour apricot ale with the right amount of flavor and funk and all the fruity notes you'd want from this kind of beer; solid effort for sure

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of forgetfu. Served in a snifter. Pours a slightly-hazed light orange color with a good white head and nice lacing. Nose has a really impressive apricot presence with a touch of grain and nice acidity. Flavor has really nice apricot with good acidity and a very mild funk presence. Would be better with more funk, but I can’t complain about this. Light body with medium acidity. Quite nice.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Share by forgetfu. Thanks Bill!

The beer is hazy and appears a golden apricot hue (go figure). The aroma is surprisingly good. I am already shocked that a huge macro brewing corporation is producing lambic, let alone lambic I would buy and drink regularly. The flavor brings prominent apricots. Mild tartness balanced with a delicate sweetness. Light acetic finish with a touch of funk. Good stuff. I would have this again.

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Photo of craytonic
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by forgetfu

Appearance: murky golden apricot color with a bit of haze

Aroma; apricot, lactic sour

Taste: nice fresh apricot, moderalty sour with a touch of sweet from the fruit

Mouthfeel: medium body, good carbonation

Overall: better than the kriek and peach offerings from this brewer, really tasty. Right behind the one from the pacific north east, not as good as fou foune but not that far off either.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by forgetfu, thanks. This was the best out of the three and is as good as any fruit sour made in the US currently. Apricot for the win.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, decent retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is fruit and lactic sourness.

Beer is nice, creamy, fruity, tart and sour, a great moderately dry finish but not too bad, works well with the fruit sweetness and the tart in the corners. I'd have it again for sure.

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Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the first bottle runs from the AC Golden “Hidden Barrel” sour series. I guess these sold out pretty quickly and they’re time consuming to create, so there might not be any more for a while. Hopefully the others are as good as this one.
Pours a slightly hazy peach color. Carbonation is mild, but present.
The nose is citric with lemon extract character. A little bit of wild yeast funkiness creeps in, and a faint note of apricots. As this warms to room temperature, the apricot comes out a bit more.
The flavor profile is similar to the nose. Citric sourness that sweetens in the middle, and fades with a little bit of peppery yeast and a kiss of wood. At first the apricot flavors are a bit sour and unripe tasting, but as it warms, they normalize. I actually think this beer is far better completely unchilled. My bottle was only moderately cool, but I think this one’s best at room temperature.
For a first major release, this is quite good. It reminds me a little of NB’s epic Eric’s Ale, although it’s not quite there yet.
I’ve had a few ACG sour items here and there at various tasting events and this is another solid beer from them. The only real knock is that because these are so limited, prices are steep and availability is almost non-existent. Hopefully this program will expand a bit to fix that problem.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sour beer from AC Golden. Let's see how this one is at $21.99 per bottle.

Pours a murky light golden color with a light foam cap. Decent lacing, but piddles at the end.

While the aroma isn't bad, it is rather simple. Very light hint of pale malt, some funky spice, then a whiff of fruit...apricot to be sure.

As with the nose, the taste isn't bad...a bit simple. While the apricot is noticeable and nice, it hides behind a thin layer of malt, and a farmhouse style funk that is still pretty light. The pucker hits in the middle and suggests to hang around, but it does fade into the fruit finish.

An good beer using good fruit ingredients. Not very complex and leaves a somewhat empty palate.

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