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Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Organic Apricot Ale

Category: Fruit Beer

Date Tasted:
Country: England
Alcohol: 5.1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
2017 Best English Beer

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Organic Apricot Ale

Category: Fruit Beer

Date Tasted:
Country: England
Alcohol: 5.1%
Hazy gold color. Inviting, fruity aromas and flavors of dried apricot, peach tea, and wax-lined box of graham crackers with a round, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long apricot tart, watercress, and peach-orange salsa finish. A purely flavored, finely balanced, and appetizing apricot ale.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Smooth & Mild, Malty & Sweet & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: dried apricot, peach tea, and wax-lined box of graham crackers
Taste Flavor: apricot tart, watercress, and peach-orange salsa
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tagine, Ceviche, Mascarpone
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A purely flavored, finely balanced, and appetizing apricot ale.

The Producer or Importer

Merchant du Vin

The Producer or  Importer
119 1st Ave SO, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104
USA
1 253-656-0321

Fruit Beer

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Serve in a Shaker Pint Glass
Fruit beers are ales or lagers to which fruit has been added in order to impart flavor or color. The degree of overall flavor and aroma will vary in these beers in relation to not only the fruit utilized, but also to when and where fruit was added during the brewing process. These beers are highly individualistic, and allow brewers great creativity in their formulations. While the more common fruits used by brewers include cherries, strawberries and blueberries, many examples of fruit beer are readily available including coconut and kiwi to name a couple. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by pleasing combination of the beer’s elements, overall drinkability and balance of fruit and base beer flavors and aromas. Noteworthy examples of this style include: New Glarus Belgian Red Wisconsin Cherry Beer, Samuel Smiths Organic Apricot Ale, Unibroue Quelque Chose and Stevens Point Whole Hog Raspberry Saison.