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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Handcrafted at Melbourn 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.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 10, 2012
500ml bottle. Body had a nice cloudy golden hue with a white head that had good retention and great lace. Aroma had a complex aroma with some nice apricot notes, there was a nice acidity to it reminding me of citric acid. Some mild malt notes. Flavor had a nice sweetness to it, apricot flavor really played well with the malts, but the yeast really complemented the apricots adding some nice almost wild yeast characteristics. Finish was nice and sweet. Mouthfeel was full.


3.5
Maakun (5755) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2017
Bottle shared thanks to sjogro. Slight hazy golden with white head. Apricot jam. Maybe some soft malts too, but basically lots of apricot jam. Sweet pear and light herbs. Medium sweet, light bitter and tart. Medium bodied. Very fruity but in a nice way, very drinkeable.

3.5
sjogro (4263) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2017
Bottle shared at Maakun’s. Slightly unclear pale golden with white head. Sweet malts, rich apricot, apricot jam. Big sweet and moderate bitter. Medium body, malty feel and sparkly carbonation.

3.3
imdownthepub (14767) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2017
Bottled, 355ml at The Three Goats Heads, Oxford. Gold with white head. There is quite a sharp apricot character to this, very fruity with a touch of acidity. Clean and palate cleansing, quite refreshing. We were pleasantly surprised with this one. Reasonable.

2.4
Rune (12982) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2017
355ml bottle shared with Steinar at the Samuel Smiths pub Angel Inn. Bright golden body under a remaining white head blanketing the glass. Herbal dry apricot aroma. Honeyed sweet apricot to the taste buds. Sweet fruity ending. Drinkable, but far too sweet in the long run. (Leeds 04.07.2017).

3.5
k0mpsa (2999) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2017
Bottle from rimi, tallinn. Hazy yellow color, white head. Aroma has sweet apricot, some wheaty notes, some pineapples. Fresh sweet apricot taste, some tart notes, some pineapples, some wheat.

4.8
gromimd (4) - - MAY 26, 2017 does not count
Heavy notes of apricot, extremely fruit forward and sweet, but pleasant character, great ale backbone, not bitter or sour in the slightest, crowd-pleasing! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
hauxe (835) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2017
Been eyeing this one for nearly a year in the cellar, but was never all all enthusiastic about trying it. As the expiration date has now just passed, it is time to face the call of duty. Pours hazy light orange from bottle and leaves a frothy white head that soon fades. The aroma is fairly one-sided with lots and lots of apricot. The taste is the beer’s strength, being both tart and sweet yet not overly so of either. Lots of apricot and citric flavor, with lesser notes of honey and pineapple.The prickly carbonation and nicely balanced mix of flavors make this one both interesting and refreshing. Won me over despite initial skepticism. Good!

3.4
The_Osprey (8195) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2017
April 2017 - 355ml bottle at home in Ricmond, as ’Samuel Smiths Organic Apricot Handcrafted Fruit Beer’, 5.1%, BB Oct 2017. Base brewed at Melbourn Bros Stamford and then blended at Old Brewery at Tadcaster. Pours a hazy grapefruit orange, lightly sparkling with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is mostly apricot yoghurt with some creamy vanilla vibes. Nice. Body is frothy with soft carbonation. A bit rough on the teeth this one. Taste has more apricot yoghurt, fruit salad chewy sweets, some peach slices in syrup. But mostly dried apricot. Not offensively sweet given the style. Quite well balanced and has a lot of flavour to it. Fun but not something I’d want to drink regularly.

3.2
msbernac (2676) - Krakow, POLAND - MAR 31, 2017
Bottle Aroma-fruits, Appearance-golden, hazy, white foam, Taste-heavy cloying sweetness, medium sourness, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-refreshing but too sweet

3.8
Aggiebob (1178) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle. The color is a yellow gold with a nice white head and minimal lacing. The aroma has fruity apricot notes with a mild tartness. Very light and enjoyable.


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