Just like you, but different
Three Boys 10th Anniversary Apricot Ale. A proper fruit beer by any other name and fitting that as I get close to the end of the journey to 1,000 beers that I’ve got a renewed enthusiasm. Also it is vinyl Sunday and I’ve gone a cracker from Queen.
foraged from the vacant
This is in a 330ml bottle, it’s tiny really, of a beer that is 10% ABV, a big 300 calories, and that all means this is 2.5 standard drink units in NZ.
Brewed by Three Boys Brewery in the style that is a : Fruit Beer and they’re from Christchurch, New Zealand
We brewed this beauty back in 2016 (somewhere around our actual 10th anniversary) using apricots foraged from the vacant Red Zone properties in one of the valleys.
This warming brew has a gorgeous lingering ripe apricot flavour which balances with the layers of soft tartness and big malt body.
This one bottled 03 March 2016, so it should be ripe.
So, What could possibly go wrong?
Apricots are front and centre on opening, very fruity.
Ruddy brown pour that looks delightful and with a small white head that sits just atop. The aroma moves to a more yeasty Belgium style thing. Very bubble gum,
Quite sweet but not as sweet I expected, it’s not syrup sweet it is sugar sweet though. A hint of bitterness that develops into something harsher as it washes over the tongue.
The apricots note appears somewhat lost now though, I think I was looking for something more syrupy.
Not a hint at all of any of that alcohol in here, no tang, no sharpness. I like that.
A small bottle of brilliance and a properly good Fruit Ale.
If anything this could do with more bite and chew in the body, a fuller experience, but then that’d be just enough to get this not the 10 list, and this is n’t quite there, so so close.
As it turns out this is a beer that you have to sip to make it last both sides of the album , there’s not a lot of it, and it’s easy to drink.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. This is just a shade under the 10, a fuller body and more apricots nose would have had me drooling and rushing to shops (tomorrow) to get another. It looks lovely, drinks lovely, hides that alcohol and gives no hint of it, and I thought it was worth all the beer tokens I swapped for it.
The double dip review
Music for this: ” Queen ” and ” A Night At The Opera” which I’ve got on the vinyl, but you can on the Spotify
A Night at the Opera is the fourth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 21 November 1975. Couple of stand out tracks including the Bohemian Rhapsody that you might have heard of.
Any ale or lager made with fruit. See beer description for flavor. Body, color, hop character and strength vary depending on the type of fruit used.