SPON - Peach & Apricot
Jester King Brewery

SPON - Peach & ApricotSPON - Peach & Apricot
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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #26
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,077
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 4.77%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
99
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Photo of kitch
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage, blended on 23rd June 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour (turned hazy light orange near the end) with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Tart, peach, apricot, light gummy candy, funk, wet hay and a hint of wood.

Taste: Sour, tart, sour peach, apricot, sour gummy candy type sour and sweetness, vinous white grape, funk, orange pith with light vinegar and wood on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice peach and apricots plus gummy candy coming though. Funkiness seemed a little on the light side, but not a problem at all.

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kitch from Hong Kong, Oct 10, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 (2017). Poured into a SPON glass. Hazy pale orange color with decent carb that dissipates quickly into a ring. Nose is dominated by apricot ice cream, with funk, peach, and mild sewage. Palate starts with barnyard, following with a punch of sweet peach and apricot, with underlying funk throughout. Super interesting and fairly complex brew; the sweet fruits and barnyard play together well. Worth trying.

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floyd_pugman from California, Jun 14, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, vibrant light-orange with a finger of white head that's quick to dissipate into a thin film across the top.

Nice sour aroma with peaches, vinegar and oak.

It's not quite as tart and vinegary as the nose prepared me for. Some Bowie-level barnyard funkiness is in there, but the peach and apricot are relatively strong. Apricot especially lingers for a very long time in the aftertaste, mingling with the wood, such that a touch of juicy sweetness shows through the acidity.

It's much fuller bodied and creamier in the feel than expected for the style. Just enough carbonation to keep it lively upon swallowing.

This is a really well-crafted and perfectly fruity sour. To my taste, I think the Belgian classics have a little more bite, but this is certainly in the same class as anything I've had from Cantillon or 3F. It's an absolute pleasure to try. 6/23/17 blending date.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Apr 15, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Hazy peach color, white head. Aroma has funky yeast notes, unripe apricots and hay. Taste has unripe apricot, juicy peach, dry yeasty finish. Medium body, high effervescence.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 22, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden and peach colored pour with an airy white head. Aroma of tart fruit and light funk. Taste is very tart with apricot flavors upfront. The peach also comes through very nicely. Can also taste a bit of barnyard funk and oak. Peach becomes more pronounced in the finish.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a slightly hazy golden color with a fizzy white head on top that quickly fades. The smell of the beer is loaded with some definite funk and subtle fruit notes. The taste of the beer is more tart than fruity, there is a grain flavor in there but mostly a lot of funk. The feel of the beer is light bodied and dry. Overall it's a great beer for what they're trying to do here.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Jan 28, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml cork and capped bottle. Blended Jul 12 2016. Served in a teku glass. Pours a cloudy golden yellow body, one finger white head, short retention, not a whole lot of lacing. Distinctly different head retention than the Raspberry and Cherry, indeed. Smell is ripe stonefruit and stonefruit skin, medium vinegary tartness, mild grainy sweetness, light oak. The stonefruit is dominant here, and provides a bit of sweetness as well on top of the tart vinegar. So it seems to balance out fairly well. Flavour is tart apricot up front, with more of a peach skin flavour than juicy fruit; the vinegar tartness is moderate with a light oak presence. Not nearly as dry as the Raspberry and Cherry blend. Slight grainy sweetness. More of a stonefruit flavoured sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp yet not dry, refreshing, good balance of stonefruit sweetness and vinegary tartness on the backend. A very nice blend with a great stonefruit presence that isn't too overwhelmingly sour like some stone fruited American wilds can get.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Jan 25, 2017
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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of one of those little bottles, split with a friend. huge aroma of fruit on the nose. The taste follows through, delicious, very jammy. I think that adding a lot of two fruits pushed them both to the extreme. The underlying spon beer is a very nice guezesque beer and this overall is fantastic

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Tommo from Texas, Jan 01, 2017
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4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft at the brewery.

A: Looks nearly identical to Methode Gueuze. Hazy orange, apricot skin hue. Thin white head.

S: The nose is unreal. Quite possibly the best smelling stone fruit beer I've had, at least comparable to some of de Garde's. Incredible fresh apricot flesh and skin, juicy peach starts to show as it opens up. Fruit shines, not much funk.

T: Not a juice bomb on the taste, so you may be disappointed if you expect that. Still plenty juicy, but much more balanced. Lots of oak, some funk and some malt blends very well with fruit here. Fruit started to show a bit more as it opened. I thought this may have been similar to Fou before trying, but it was very different.

F: No real complaints here, perfect acidity, a bit more effervescence would put it to a 5. Very dry.

O: I really love this blend and could smell this beer indefinitely. I'm honestly not sure what to expect as this ages as the flavors we already very well blended. Will be interesting to see what changes over time. Will be opening a bottle soon, will note if there are any changes.

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Photo of mig100
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Peachy-gold hue, cloudy with silky head. Smell is hay, funk and tropical apricot. Taste is rich peach and apricot with an apricot zing on the drink down, outdoes the aroma by a long shot and finishes dry, with a strong fruity linger.

Overall it's excellent, very fruit heavy, slight oak. Not quite Cantillon, but following the same trajectory and just different. This is the Spon base, but so heavily fruited it just becomes a representation of the fruit itself, which is not a bad thing at all.

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mig100 from Texas, Dec 17, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We patiently bided our time over the course of two days and had the great fortune of getting a pour of this at the third session of the Shelton Brothers festival.

Appearance is mostly clear lustrous sheen of gold-peach with a faint white ring.

The fruit seems to have mellowed out the funk of the base to an almost tropical level, with peach and apricot all bright sunshiny on the nose.

A little herbal addition presents in flavor, with peach and apricot well showcased, making me wish I'd been able to score a bottle or taste of Fen Tao for comparison's sake. It bears repeating that the fruit really does a number on this brew, with the regular being far more funky, spicy and hop forward.

Finish is very dry.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Nov 15, 2016
SPON - Peach & Apricot from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 99 ratings