Parallel 49 Apricotopus

Reviewed by on August 8, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 8, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Apricotopus is a sour Saison made with apricots, and finished with lactobacillus, just for fun (or shits and giggles, if you prefer!) – great name, though!  One of this brewery’s summer seasonals, BTB.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one chubby-ass finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly just airy dirty white head, which blows off in due time, eventually leaving a bit of rearing buffalo lace around the glass.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, wan, yet sour grainy wheat, yeasty, overripe apricot flesh, a further bit of fruity lemon acridity, tainted cream, and plain leafy, floral, and weedy hops. The taste is mildly sour wheat malt, tacky yeast, dried apricots, dusty sulphur, spoiled whole milk, more indistinct (so I’ll just say lemon) tangy citrus, and some kind of vegetal and green-seeming hoppiness.  The bubbles are fairly stringent in their tightly-wound frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and perhaps a bit too pithy (in a fruity sense) to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, actually, with the wheat and apricots coming out of this the most unscathed.

Sort of underwhelming, overall, the guest bacteria not really adding all that much to the mix, and the underlying Saison not doing a whole lot to fluff up my skirt in the first place (although they hide the upticked booze fairly well). Another of those P49 offerings that seems to aim for the middle ground, and directs the rest of its creative effort towards the admittedly entertaining packaging (more arms, anyone?).

Brady White

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