Abrikoos

Oregon
United States
Abrikoos by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

We use 2.7 pounds of fresh apricots per gallon of our Lambic-inspired Ale, to make pFriem Abrikoos. That may sound like a lot, but once you taste the pungent aromas of sweet dried apricots, grape, and cantaloupe and tart and tangy notes of baked lemons, pineapple nectar and canned peaches, we think you’ll agree, it’s just right.

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ABV: 
5.4%
IBUs: 
6
Served at: 
40-45º
Hops: 
Aged Czech Saaz
Malts: 
Gambrinus Canadian Pilsner, Weyermann Wheat, Rahr Raw White Wheat
Judges Review 
David Sapsis's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The beer was judged as a BJCP category 23F  Lambic with fruit: fruit lambic with apricots.

The beer is presented in a stemmed goblet after a full pour: a hazy golden-orange with nary a bubble of foam to be found, despite being assured that it was poured aggressively. Being a sour beer, this is understandable, but still a tad disappointing. A steady stream of outgassing carbonic rises through the column indicating a highly conditioned beverage. The aroma is sharp and stark: a big, bright lactic sourness underlain by very tart and dry stone fruits (apricots, white peaches) and aspirin, with a hint of barnyard/horse blanket Brettanomyces  character. Stone fruit pit character is missing. Ripe fruit and sweetness seem entirely absent, either due to young fruit additions and/or prolonged  barrel fermentation by fastidious players. While interesting and obviously sour, it seems a little simplistic and overly acidic.

The flavor is very bracing with immediate lactic sharpness with flavors of lemon, grapefruit, white peaches, and a strong aspirin-mineral character trailing to a sour and slightly bitter mid-palate. The beer finishes with tartness and astringency with late flavors of grapefruit peel, lemon and mineral dustiness.  This beer is pretty much bone dry, very tart and citric, with a difficult to discern stone fruit. Overall, the beer is bracing in its lactic sourness and not obvious in its fruit pedigree, so I dinged it a bit. If you are attracted to hard lambics, this might be the beer for you.  A pairing that comes to mind is a roasted pork butt and jicama - mint slaw with red onion, ancho powder, lime, and salt.   

Brewery Introduction

pFriem Brewery and its award winning tasting room is located in Hood River, OR, just south of the Washington State border and across the street from the town’s beautiful Waterfront Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia and White Salmon rivers while savoring pFriem’s core beers and... Read More

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