Prologue: So I’ve found a sure fire way of insuring that Jord doesn’t steal my beer. That’s right I’ve fired up the cunning machine and come up with a plan so cunning that a fox with a master degree in Cunning from Cunning University would be proud of it.
This plan is to drink only Apricot flavoured beer, Brilliant Huh?
Oh, that’s right you don’t know that Jord hates apricots. Well she does.
Now it seems cunning doesn’t it?
So where would I find an Apricot Flavoured beer? Well Canada of course. You know them, the good Americans. In particular the McAuslan Brewery, makers of St Ambroise Apricot Wheat beer.
Packaging: Don’t think much of the label actually. It’s a tad obvious for my liking, apricot colour, ye olde painting of an apricot. I’m not offended by it or anything, but it doesn’t knock my socks off either.
Smell: Apricots, not surprisingly.
Appearance: A golden colour and clear probably more in keeping with a pale ale than a wheat beer. It had just a tiny head.
Taste: The apricots are in two places, the smell, so as you bring the beer to your mouth for a sip it’s the first thing you notice, and then again in the aftertaste, between those two points this a good solid beer (as opposed to a fantastic beer) A little on the gassy side, but nice.
In conclusion: Fruit beers can often be disappointing, the fruit is either so understated that it’s no more than a word on the label, and sometimes it can be so overpowering that it makes you think you are drinking beer with fruit cordial in it. But this beer is neither of these things, rather it is a well balanced and really nice enjoyable summer beer.
Ranking: I’ll have a Pint.
The Long Bow YouTube clip: If you are a regular reader you know I love Eurovision, unfortunately Canada isn’t in Europe, but it turns out the apricot is the national fruit of Armenia, behold ‘Apricot Stone’ – Armenia’s 2010 entry. Everything Eurovision should be, Big props, big boobs, bad folk dancing, an old dude playing a traditional instrument, and a fat chick at the back doing the actual singing.