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Dark Horse Lambeak Wants Peachy - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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33 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ktrillionaire on 03-11-2011)
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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Huge chunks glugging into the glass. Murky orange with a small white head. Huge chunks of peach. It looks gross.

Smell - Harsh oak. Some vanilla. Peach. Some caramel malt.

Taste - Peach and harsh astringent malts. Oak is really strong. Really tough to drink.

Mouthfeel - Very astringent. Oaky. Sour. Medium high carbonation.

Overall - This is rough and downright gross looking.

Alieniloquium, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of MMBrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

MMBrew, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Pat316
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Pat316, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

spycow, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into a tulip.

Hazy orange, offwhite bubbles for a head with mild retention. Nose is quite oaky, sharp acidity, mild peachy-white fleshed fruit character. Taste is oaky, vanilla, butyric with similar fruit character to the nose. Sweetish finish. Medium heavy palate, low carbonation with a gentle fizziness. Oak is almost overwhelming - this is one the right track to being something I'd really dig, but the lack of balance IMO makes it harder to take more than a few oz of.

liamt07, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My bottle from an IP with Steve in Warren. Surprisingly good. Creamy head. Big oaky vanilla flavour that finishes with some peach and enzymes. Lacey. Towards the end of the bottle, The sour takes over the palate and the other flavours are overwhelmed, but it is a good satisfying sour.

Sammy, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7.8%

t0rin0, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

Pours a clear orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with a slight fruit aroma. Taste is the same but there are no real peach flavors that stand out to me. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good sour but the peach is lacking in both the aroma and flavor on this one.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

JAHMUR, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Wisconsinality, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +7.8%

klipper, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper with half a finger of tan head and one incredibly disturbing looking floater. Head has decent retention, but doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Big tart peach aroma and a bit of funk. Some noticeable alcohol, but don't know what the abv of this is.

T - Like the smell, this starts with a big peach presence, both sweet and tart. A bit of oak dryness and lemon lemon tartness as well. Pretty nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel is a little heavier than I would like for the style. Finish is dry and tart.

O - A pretty good wild ale, but it is clear that this style isn't DH's focus or strong suit. I think I enjoyed the raspberry a bit more.

warnerry, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev +7.8%

zachary80, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev +7.8%

pperez38, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sending me this one, Derek.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a tall white head. Intense aromas of fruit to this one. Lots of peach which gives a slight sweetness, but also enhances the tartness. Lemon/lactic tartness as well as some mild straw and grass notes. The flavor is similarly heavy on the peach. Quite vibrant fruit flavor lending a little bit of balance to the intense sourness. Lemon and lemon zest as well as grass, oak, and some musty notes. Medium in body and carbonation.

womencantsail, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice, luminescent orange with a lot of large floaters... Which is interesting considering it hasn't really been moved for almost a year. The white head is thin but has nice retention.

S- Strong cider, funk, light nuttiness, and some fruit. Smells very tart and acidic.

T- Funky acidic cider, light fruit, and an odd maple syrup/nuttiness/butterscotch aspect. The tartness is fantastic, but some of the flavors are a bit odd.

M- Clean and tart with a lingering acidic aspect. The carbonation is nice and keeps it light without bringing too much bite.

O- The tartness is very nice but some of the flavors are odd. Definitely worth splitting a bottle.

david131, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden amber with small bubbles on a tight white head. The nose is somewhat light, minerally up front, light salt, oak, hints of leathery brett and some bright peach aromas behind. The brett is stronger in the flavor, very leathery, green vegetables, dirty oak, sweet fuzzy peach. Light acidity on a semi dry finish. A bit heavy and syrupy, rotten vegetable notes linger. A few off flavors and a touch empty, not horrible though.

cpetrone84, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +34.8%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7.8%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden colored pour, nice small white head

Smell: Sour/tart, peaches are not as dominant and I would like

Taste: Sour, light peach taste, a few off flavors. Too many lactic flavors.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated, a bit thin

Overall: needs more peach, hopefully the next batches will be better.

craytonic, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Michigan Brewer's Guild Summer Festival 2011. We were so excited about the Dark Horse tables that this was the first beer I had upon entering the fest.

Appearance
The beer is kind of orange, but ultimately pale and straw colored. The head was short and pure white.

Aroma
This is a big, bombastic, acidic and tart aroma. Its sweetened up by a little bit of light peach and other softer fruits. A noticeable level of funk brings some barrel and plenty of hay to the aroma.

Taste
I thought that this was insanely acidic and tart. Especially since it was the first beer on the day, and I followed it up with some milder sours at Jolly Pumpkin. Peach does little to cut the edge off of the sour acidity. But, in this respect, it does come very close to a lambic.

Mouthfeel
Pretty puckering, this was the most sour beer of the day, but not the most sour I've had by any means. Lively, sharp carbonation and a fuller, syurpier body that most sours.

Overall
A good one for sure, but perhaps not as good as I had hoped.

MbpBugeye, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/12/2011

Bottle shared by Carlos (Seaoflament), thanks! Snifter.

A: Hazy orange with a bubbly white head.

S: Sugary peaches and tangerines. Oak and vanilla. Lightly tart. Faint mustiness. Faint acetone note and a touch of honey, which is strange.

T: Peach and tangerine with a moderate citric acidity and a mouth puckering tartness. Light sugary sweetness throughout, with notable vanilla and oak. Finishes fruity and sweet. A whisper of acetone.

M: Upper light in body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: An enjoyable fruit sour. Much better than Whisky Richard. 

HopHead84, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Kan.

A - Orangish beer with a bit of a white head that settled to a tight ring with a bit of lace on the sides.

S - Lots of peach on this one, which is quite nice. Some acetic tones and barrel, with a bit of tartness and funk. I like this quite a bit, if only for the very full peach aroma.

T - Taste has a lot of peach in it, and is a bit souring. There is a lot of juice and lactic sugary character to it that I'm not a huge fan of. Wish the taste was a little bit lighter. Still quite good though.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, juice-like, with good carbonation.

O - Enjoyed the peach flavor on this one, but the mouthfeel and juice like qualities detracted a little bit. Wish it was lighter and more refreshing, like a more standard American Wild. Surprisnly good though.

AgentZero, May 17, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kan for sharing this one last week. Served in a HopCat tulip glass.

A - A small amount of white foam settles to a partial cap, thicker collar, and some tiny spots of lace. Murky peach colored body.

S - Peaches, sharp whiskey and oak, acetobacter, and some yogurt-evoking lactic notes. Has some of the generic American wild yeast starter character to it. Not the best integration of flavors, but still quite pleasant.

T - Taste has more sourness, as well as hefty notes of peach, and touch of oak. Nice tartness and acidity. Less overt whiskey character.

M - Crisp carbonation, medium-full body that is a bit too heavy for a "lambic" although not far off for the speculated ABV of 8-9%. Dry, lightly tannic, finish.

D - First off, this is much better than the base beer - Whiskey Richard. The peaches have cut some of the overpowering oak, and the acid-producing wild yeast seems to have taken hold compared to some early reviews. Still, Dark Horse's MO of high alcohol and kitchen-sink flavor doesn't totally jibe with the required delicate touch and subtlety for which this style calls. Worth trying, but many other American breweries do it much better.

MasterSki, May 15, 2011
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Dark Horse Lambeak Wants Peachy from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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