Fruitlands - Apricot
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Leipzig Gose
Ranked #284
Ranked #15,180
3.89 | pDev: 7.97%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Very Good
Fruitlands - ApricotFruitlands - Apricot
Notes: Fruitlands is tart, fruity, and frighteningly delicious. The sour, salty base beer lays down the funky refreshment, while a heavy dose of apricot turns the whole thing into a wall-to-wall stone fruit fiesta. It’s a marvelous mix of elements that collides with your mouth like a fruit-filled asteroid of flavor traveling at the supersonic speed of party.
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 175
Photo of StJamesGate
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy goldenrod over puffy head that fades. 3.75
Briny with apricot stones. 4
Wheatena, sour apple juice, a hit of salt, and tart stone fruit. 3.75
Crisp, light, tiny. 3.75

Light, but one dimensional sourness. Apricot MIA. Pleasant, but MT do better. 3.75

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Photo of puck1225
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a big goes fan but this was tasty and refreshing. Had it on tap poured into a pint glass. Murky yellow color with little head and decent lacing. Clean fresh fruit smell and taste. This was more like a sour and the salty taste was not strong. I prefer this. Good summer beer.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale yellow, hazy with white head that quickly disappears.
Aroma has lemons, wet cellar , moderate sour, apricot.
Taste is lemon, sour apricot, little salty.

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

Pour a hazy amber with a generous head made up of larger than usual bubbles. Aroma is of fruity malt. Taste: salty apricots with a malty finish, not very sweet & just barely sour. Apricot is the dominant note here. Plenty of carbonation to tickle the tongue. Very good

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy light gold, with a good amount of visible carbonation. Forms a two finger white head with average retention.

S: Vaguely fruity, and moderately funky – earthy, Pediococcus and feet, and Lactobacillus - with mild lactic tartness and a light salinity. Cracker malts underneath. I’ll buy into apricot, although I don't know that I would have called it had it not been suggested.

T: Lactic tartness, dry fruitiness. Light cracker malts. Mild funk - earthy and barnyard that's rather reminiscent of saison funk without the saison yeastiness. It does still have some fruity esters though. A light savoriness gives way to more lactic tartness at the end.

M: Light body and very low alcohol presence. This is overly carbonated again – similar to their Passion/Guava offering, though the Apricot is less severely over-carbonated.

O: This wasn't my favorite. The dry fruit doesn’t play particularly nicely with the salinity, and it covers the lemony citrus of most Lacto goses. And the carbonation issue doesn’t help. I tried to stir the beer to release some of the carbonation - but even after stirring, it just doesn’t work for me – more of a failure of concept I think, rather than execution.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Hazy golden hue with massive creamy white head, it stands with very good retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal foamy crown and leaving plenty of sticky lacing wave all around.

The aroma is quite complex, sour, tart, fruity, acidic, sweet apricot, lime, peach, jackfruit, salty plum, sea salt, some funk, candy, floral, and a hint of crackery malt.

The taste is all about good Gose quality with nice complement of fruity, sour, sharp tart, salty plum, sea salt, apricot, somewhat malty sweet, little earthy, tasty indeed.

Medium body with some crisp and moderate carbonation through the palate, rather smooth mouthfeel, refreshing, finish is very dry that will quickly lead to the next sip. Very tasty Gose, the apricot helps to level up and yields so pleasant fruity profile.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Nice clear golden/bronze. Clear with carbonation bubbles rising. Initially a 2F soapy head, but it disappears quickly and leaves nothing.

S: Pilsner malts, apricot, sour yeast.

T: Not precisely the "stone fruit fiesta" advertised, but it seems nice enough. Malty and yeasty up front with a moderate note of apricot before descending into light sourness and just a hint of brine.

F: Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite crisp and refreshing, though sourness lingers a little bit.

O: More of a sour than a gose, I think, reviving the age-old argument. Doesn't really stand up to Aslin's version, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Yowza! Supper fine sudsy out of the bottle with a big fat fistful controlled head of white-ish yellow color. Retention is just sudsy but just keeps getting repopulated and wont budge at all. Real impressive on a gose. Opaque mix of lemon and orange body color, not very muddy and some ultra fine amounts of carbonation. Great looking.

Tangy apricot and stone fruit aromas. Hints at peach with minimal sweetness. Tartness is down to a minimum with some hinting soda like carbonation a bit. Very mellow, and not exceptionally noticeable or a large nose. But fun to dig around in.

Palate hits nicely. Very solid tangy fruit and brine on the mid palate. Hits with a bit of radler like soda qualities but with a real nice obvious salinity. Mild sensing peach and apricot mid palate, but with a rather simple and neutral sensing malt depth and backbone.

A solid take on a gose, particularly like the salt angle on this, but doesn't bring the exceptional chewy or great fruit flavor. Solid and easy drinking at least.

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Photo of braker649er
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For me this was a subtle and satisfying fruit gose ... everything was smooth but nothing was particularly booming in the flavor in terms of salt or sour or fruit.

The look was the most distinctive aspect for me, actually. Cloudy rose-orange color with stark white head that was larger than I usually see in a gose. Maybe I would've sought a stronger fruit in the smell or more salt in the flavor, but again overall this was satisfying.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this a while ago but with so much in my queue lately, I can't quite remember where! I've been on a kick for Gose's this year and this one was a textbook example of what one should be, without being too weak or overdone. If this had a bit more saltiness and apricot it in, this would have stood out from the pack that I've had as of late!

Decent pour to this as the beer had a murky goldenrod hue that became considerably more cloudy the further down I got in the bottle, a massive head that settled (and sounded!) like retreating sea foam, and a nice amount of lacing left behind in thin and wavy clumps that slowly slid down the side of my pint glass. Lots of sour and funk in the nose with more in the taste, but the apricot was so darned hard to pick out. Not so much salt in here as this felt like light brine and the consistency reminded me of soda. The liquid felt like sour apple juice as it had a bit of slickness to it with hints of funk and light fruit left in the aftertaste, though it wasn't anything particularly memorable.

With alcohol like this, how could you not polish this off all at once? Beers of this style will never win any awards but they're so fun and easy to drink that you won't even care. It's enough of an argument for an endless summer, one bubbly sip at a time. Just wish it came with some more fruit and body!

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Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, dull orange in color, with minimal head. Taste is apricot jam and rind, wheat, and light salt. Light bodied and medium low for salt. Really love this as a fruit beer as the apricots shine, but I like my goses more salty. Another great warm weather beer. I would get this again if I wanted a fruit beer.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7-3-16 (22oz, Long Beach, CA) has somewhat of a Hef consistency but a tad more sour, apricot is nice and not overdone, reminiscent of Pyramid Apricot Ale, 3.4

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
1.78/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

What a disaster this beer is. It looks nice, with it's hazy orange body, but everything goes downhill from there. There's a very faint nose reminiscent of rotting fruit, but not overpowering enough to turn one off completely. The taste is perhaps amongst the worst I've ever experienced. Hints of bong water and urine are present. Absolutely no saltiness at all and it's a tiny bit sour, but more in a "spoiled" type of way than a "tart" type of way. Overall, this is a very poorly made beer in my opinion.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/04/16 notes. 750ml bottle into stemware.

Pours a murky bright yellow high carbonation evident and one inch of bright white head.
Lightly sour apricots light funk fruit malts citrus topical fruits med body and mod carbonation

A nice summer beer.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours yellow with a small head and slight haziness. Aroma and flavors are fairly simple but pleasantly enjoyable: salty dried apricots and apricot flesh. Mouthfeel is effervescent, almost soda-like. A very good gose but I preferred the sour cherry Fruitlands.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz. capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Apricot is barely detectable in the nose. Sweet with a big malt backbone but otherwise very subtle. Flavor is lightly tart with hints of stonefruit, a light brininess and foam and malt. Decent. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and very lively in the mouth but a little skunky going down. Soft finish. Quenching but I expect a little more pucker from this one.

I'm not impressed by this. A touch watered down and the apricot presence is all but missing. Decent as a gose but not much more.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modern Times' Fruitlands Apricot, fruited gose. 4.8% ABV.

A: Hazy, opaque pineapple juice color. Almost 2 fingers of fluffy, white head. Hazy white in the dimple. Nice lacing. Tiny bubbles slide around the inside of the glass when it's tilted. Light, yet solid sheeting.

S: Salty apricot flesh. Oddly, the saltiness works, I think. I'm not getting anything else, really. Not a bad aroma, though.

T/MF: The flavor is more along the line of apricot skin, and the salt is much more subdued, though still detectable. There is a noticeable upswing of apricot-like acidity as it settles on the tongue. There is a slightly creamy bent to the taste, as well.

Light, but quite nice. I can't wait to see how the other two flavors are; especially since apricot is one of my least favorite fruits for a beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Westvleteren 12 Trappist glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: April 4, 2016
Consumed: April 7, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle

Kind of looking forward to this one. I think I underrated a sour cherry version awhile back and don’t think this one will be as good. Still a style that I’m getting used to.

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with two fingers of fizzy, white head, which dissipated fairly quickly. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal spots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the way down. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled apricot, salt, sour, tart, wheat and grain. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted acidity from the get-go. Also tart apricot, apricot jam (just had some yesterday afternoon), sour green apple, peach, salty wheat and earthy grain. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively-to-fizzy carbonation. Long, tart finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a pretty decent Gose overall. I think I like the cherry variant better, even though my ratings may not reflect it. NOTE: Went back and looked and I gave the cherry version a 3.69 overall, while this apricot version is 3.68. (Overall - 3.75)

3.68 | 83 | B

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Semi fluffy white head over cloudy pale gold srm 4/5 liquid. Smells heavily of lacto and salt with hints of fruit. Tastes of sharp sourness up front with more salt and some apricot purée that melds into a longer than expected lightly malted finish. The mouthfeel is the real winner here; more viscous than expected. It helps the flavors stay on all parts of the mouth. Overall very pleasant; could have used less subtle salt and more bold fruit but still a good beer.

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Photo of anon
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy creamsickle-like hue. Not much head and no lace. Quite oddly, this smells overly musty right after the pour and nearly like a wet dog, but after a bit of warming the apricot really takes flight front and center with salinity.

Again up front on taste this is pretty bland, BUT, take note: this brew is far and away better enjoyed as it warms slightly. Apricot bomb on the tongue with some slight vanilla, citrus, funk and salinity. The malt base is very subdued but in all essence works with the soury tartness of this one to make it not overly so.

Pretty light bodied but crisp, tart and juicy. Again, the flavours and aroma of this one, like actual raw fruit, is much more enjoyed as it warms. Not half bad at all.

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Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 3.25.16

A: 4.5 Initially pours a clear, golden-yellow with a small, off-white head. Retention is pretty short with no lace in the glass. Second pour from the bomber is much more cloudy.

S: 4 Pretty strong funk and salinity dominate the nose. Mild apricot and lemon in the background, definitely taking the backseat to the funk.

T: 4.25 Flavors are similar to the nose, but more balanced. There’s still strong funk and salinity, but the juiciness from the apricot really balances it out well. Mild lemon and wheat linger on the finish.

M: 4.5 Very refreshing with nice carbonation. Feels like I could drink this for hours.

O: 4.25 This is a nice apricot sour and a good gose. The juiciness and refreshing feel are what really make this beer work. It’s not in your face with fruit or sour flavors, but it’s very drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you swirl the sediment (and I do), looks just like a classic hefe. Yellow and cloudy, with a faint aroma of sourness and fruit. The apricot is so subtle and the salt and tartness compliment it well. Compared to other fruited gose's out there, this one really does stand up well. Cheers!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderately light apricots, lightly lemony, with a light sourness.

A: Orange/yellowish color, pretty hazy, with a moderate carbonation.

T: Moderate apricot flavor skin flavor, coupled with slightly salty, lightly sharp lacto sourness..

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer finishes semi-dry.

O: Pretty good; the beer is easy to drink and tasty, but doesn’t feel like the ingredients came together and blended well. The beer would be even better if there was a deeper apricot aroma and flavor.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: nice bright yellow light orange color some soap white head that disappears quickly. Body appears to be ver carbonated a little hazy in color but that could be because it is cold.

S: Apricots, lemons, some saline salty quality and a little bit of a wheat grain smell

T: light apricots, a little sourness, lemony, salty light bits of sweetness and a wheat like finish

M: very light brightly carbonated and refreshing

O: Very good beer from a great brewery this is the second of the Fruitlands series I have had and I have liked them both. Beer is bright sour salty and easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of disappointed in this one. It had almost no sourness and very little salt. I mainly got farmhouse funk and it was a little hard to drink after a day of hardcore stuff at other breweries. Stouts are their bread and butter, and they have work to do on the sour strain.

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