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Saison De Peche - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Saison De Peche
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 34
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
The name refers to the "season of peach". This brew IS NOT a saison (as in the style) with peaches.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-05-2005)
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Photo of naproxen
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow!! had on tap at SG on 9/25/08.

This is one damn tasty Saison, maybe my favorite that I have had to date. Not one normally for the fruit beers, this one has proven me wrong.

Poured into its goblet a hazy, slightly peachy, golden color. What I loved about the smell was the peach. As in, real peach. Just enough of it to that I assured myself I wouldn't take a sip and think I had Kool aid. The rest of the aroma was a very mild, yeast, peach, candy, and maybe some natural spiceness from the yeast. Very much standard saison fare with a peach kicker

This saison brings all the flavors together in one juicy bouquet of awesome. I could see this being an amazing saison w/o the peach as well, and the peach just adds a very refreshing aspect to the whole experience.

Now accepting all generous growler offers from lucky PA residents, because I didn't have the smarts to grab one there.

On another note, for my last beer of the night they have a short list of "popular mixes". Out of curiously I had the Peach Saison/Organic Triple blend and MY GOD I was in triple peach heaven. I highly suggest it for something different.

naproxen, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample poured from growner into Rodenbach glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach with a 1 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Peaches (duh!), pale malt, a hint of spice...brown sugar perhaps if not cinnamon.

Taste: Same as the nose with the peaches dominating.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The peach has so much presence but isn't overly sweet at all.

koopa, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Brewpub.

A - Pours just like a fuzzy peach would look with a very small white head, dissipating down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass, leaving very little lace down the glass.

S - Smells of fresh, ripe peaches from start to finish. Hints of pale malt, spicy yeast and some light sugary sweetness round things out. This one is all about the peaches, making a bit one dimensional in the nose.

T - Starts off with a ton of juicy, ripe peaches that never really fade away. Hints of spicy yeast, pale malt, sugary sweetness and some orange marmalade. Balance of tart to sweet is pretty good from start to finish. Finish is sweet with some lingering dryness, not sticking around for very long.

M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel from start to finish. It goes a touch watery toward the end of the glass.

O - The two year wait was a grueling one but it was worth it, I could drink this beer all day. If you like peaches this is your beer. It is very easy to drink and packs a TON of flavor into a small package. Get some while you can!

orangesol, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of CoolJosh
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Adam (Akorsak) and Trey (treyrab) for sharing this with one! Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

This beer pours a ruddy light brown with tons of carbonation bubbles lining the glass and no head. It looks alright, though the color is a little bit displeasing.

The smell is of light sweet peach. Really nice, with a decent malt sweetness to back. The taste mirrors the scent very well. Really sweet peach and very malty with almost no hop presence. This beer goes down swell. Really easy drink, could and willing to drink the rest of this growler tonight. The mouthfeel is good for the style, though I would like a little bit more carbonation but I can't blame the brewery for that. Trade for this one!!

CoolJosh, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap 8-14-10. served in chalice.

A: A cloudy orange pour is highlighted with some brass tones, similar in color to that of those large street vendor pretzels (which I happened to have ordered along with my beer). A seashell white head, slight in statue and retention sits briefly atop before dissipating to a patchy covering. Inside lied a vibrant strong carbonation, quite visible and dominant even in the muddled orange coloring. Though the head was not as impressive, it did cling well to the sides of the glass forming a frothy large band around the perimeter.

S: The nose was slight in strength, composed of light tart tangerines and fresh juicy peaches backed by a dry wheat backing. Slightly dry but soft overall.

T: From the first to the very last sip will have you going wow. Things open up sweetly with some belgain candy and oranges set against a creamy wheat backing. Spicy hops, reminds me of goldings, add a zesty zing along with some fresh wet tropical fruitiness of pineapples, apricots followed by the guest of honor peach juice. Wet luscious peach juice which finished out dry and crisply with a supporting cast of tangerines and some orange liquor on the fade. I really enjoyed the fresh and locally utilized peaches which were perfectly balanced giving you great influences without drowning out other fine qualities it had supporting it.

M: Nice bubbly and creamy mouthful, medium bodied that finishes up with a peach tartness on the tongue. Words simply fail to describe the creamy and luscious body so i'll let the rating speak for itself.

D: As with the flavor, drinkability was very good, damn good. Juicy peaches add to this summertime quencher delivering sweet and fruity notes upfront while finishing up with a dry crisp tartness. This beer literally disappeared in the blink of an eye and can easily be mentioned in the same sentence as other greats per style such as Fantome and Saison du pont. A hefty price of $29 per growler seems steep only before you sample this but well worth it, hell I wouldn't blink at a keg price. A great experience to beat the heat that will leave you cool and refreshed.

beerthulhu, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

TimoP, Oct 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Rhettroactive, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Peachy/orange/amber. Not surprising! No head, no signs of carbonation or lacing.

S: Peach juice. Sweet honey-caramel. Nothing like farmhouse funk, but inviting nonetheless.

T: Much like the nose, this screams juice. Peach + a tart kick + yeast finish = delicious.

M: Juicy, thick, not much carbonation. Real sweet and tart on the tongue. Missing the dry refreshing quality of saison (although the sweet, juicy refreshing quality ain't bad).

D: A unique and top notch brew.

callmemickey, Oct 02, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

dfhhead25, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Gatordaddy, Sep 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of eagles22
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

eagles22, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tanger for hooking the Chicago crew up with a few Selin's Grove growlers. Served in a NotLA taster glass.

A - One finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a light haze. Not much in the way of lacing. Looks like peach juice - light hazed straw yellow color.

S - Lots of saccharine peach flavor. Not much saison flavor - only the slightest bit of saison here, with a touch of yeast and spice. It's mono-dimensional but delicious.

T - Again, this is like drinking peach juice from concentrate, but with a touch more tartness and yeast to it. As a fruit beer it's pretty awesome (a la New Glarus), but as a Saison it's a little underwhelming. The saison characters do come out a little more as it warms, but it's still very much in the background.

M - Very nectar-like and sticky - almost a medium-bodied juice-like consistency, but with a touch of carbonation. Finish has some light stickiness, but it's not cloying. Very appropriate for what they were trying to do.

D - This would be a pretty refreshing in the summertime, although maybe not as much as a regular Saison, with the thicker mouthfeel and sugary character. Still the ABV is low and I could drink a lot of this one.

Note - just read this isn't a "Saison" - that make sense, as it doesn't taste much like one. Still - it was too one-dimensional for me to bump up the taste/smell scores.

MasterSki, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev -1%

This was a cloudy, white-ish peach color. It poured out of the growler with a short lived fizzy head.

Wow, what a peach showcase! The nose is syrupy peaches, both tart and sweet with hints of warmth. On the palate as well this is peach first and beer a distant second. There is a nice balance between the tart and sweet peachiness. This drinks like a peach liqueur diluted with peach juice. The mouthfeel is syrupy and heavy.

Glad this was on when we came through, there is nothing else like this out there.

DIM, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub in Selinsgrove, served chilled in a goblet.

A - The appearance is of peach juice with a hazy appearance and no head to speak of. The color is like butternut squash flesh

S - Very fruity like a fresh peach nectar was poured in place of a saison. The nose also has slight notes of honey

M - Thick feel like a nectar (again), the texture is slightly sweet w/ a modest amount of carbonation which comes and goes. The feel is kept from cloying territory by the carbonation, however it finishes pretty sweet.

T - A peach nectar in most ways, very slight similarity to a saison other than a light tartness w/ fresh fruit taste throughout. The beer is really un-saison like when it comes down to it with fruit syrup taste and mellow taste of malt. The yeast is clean and is barely noticed until the finish

D - tasty beer, I won't knock it since I love peaches, but the drinkability is less than stellar since it lacks the effervescence to seem refreshing.

Slatetank, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy peach nectar color; the modest head leaves a bit of lace behind before fading away entirely

Smell: Fresh peach aroma; very aromatic

Taste: Fresh peaches, up front, with a developing orange element; after the swallow, the peach flavor picks it up a notch but the orange bitterness adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better fruit beers I have encountered, yet I wouldn't want to have more than a pint at a sitting; by the way, I think the "saison" in the name is more of a pun than a descriptor of the style as there is nothing Belgian about this beer

brentk56, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours hazy pale yellow. a small white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. peach. white bread and cracker. caramel. light alcohol. bit of apple. honey. a bit earthy.

taste is good. sweet. peach. white bread and cracker. caramel. bit of apple. light earthy character. pretty much zero alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. light body. just above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. good balance. a bit sweet, but it shows almost zero alcohol aside from a hint of warmth. good stuff!

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -4.5%

nh2032, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking orange color with a white head on top that fades rather quickly. There is no head retention or lacing on this. The smell of the beer gives off some sweet peach aromas and some subtle hints of malt. The taste of the wee gives off some tart and sweet peach flavors. The mouthfeel is a good at first but gets a little syrupy toward the end. Overall this beer is really good at first but after a while it starts to get a little too sweet. A glass or two of this would be awesome, but after several it's get to be a little much. Still good though.

Knapp85, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -4.5%

BMart, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of kkipple
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, big thanks to Deuane for shooting this my way for my birthday, no questions asked! Best growler packing job I've ever seen, too...

Cracked this one up in the mountains with friends, the general consensus from beer geeks and noobs alike was: "good!" From notes:

A. Pale, unfiltered yellow. Half inch white head falls a bit too fast, leaving no lace, and eventually flattens out entirely, leaving only spots on the surface. No active carbonation present in the beer... then again, this WAS mailed to me from PA.

S. Mmm, peaches! Wet, fresh, semi-sour, a tad bready. Quite peachy, really, these are sweet and juicy and front and center. No Belgian character, spice, or estery complexity... but the peaches are there in spades.

T. Wet, juicy peach all the way. Rather simple (which is not to say not good) and VERY fruit-forward, this is a tasty beer. No real hop character here, just fresh, tart white peach and sugar, perhaps a hint of lemon-funk. The finish is peachy-pit and a perfect blend of tart and sweet, quite refreshing. The whole thing has a sort of kid-like innocence about it and is a bit too approachable, if that makes sense. I think a "real" Saison would be using a different yeast, but then, no one asked me.

M / D. Soft, wet, thin, really tastes like carbonated juice. Quite drinkable, assuming you don't tire of peach.

Selin's Grove has a fine beer here, but I can't help but say that it is misnamed. Peach Saison lacks any real Belgian Saison complexity, and at 5.5% is probably something else entirely. Ultimately, this a wonderful peach beer, but not a good Saison. Still recommended.

kkipple, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of joe1510
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz Growler

I was lucky enough to receive this growler today in a great trade with Kegatron, thanks Heath! Selin's Grove Peche Saison gurgles from the filled to the brim growler into my tulip a hazy apricot orange. The haziness is enough to keep me from seeing through the glass. A two finger clean white head formed on the first pour but fell rather quickly to a skimming and small ring. The second pour had a little better retention and thin sheet lacing down the glass.

The nose is right there between a fruit beer and saison. I'm not completely sure which way this beer leans. The peach shows some sweet and some tart in the nose as it's the first thing to hit me out of the glass. The saison flits around underneath the peach with hints of tart green apple wafting through here and there. Faint earthiness lays down the base of this peach infused saison with some white pepper sprinkled in for good measure. The nose of this beer is very appetizing but I would have liked to see a little more of the saison coming through in the nose.

Luckily the saison comes through more in the flavor then in the aroma. Green apple mingles with the peaches and creates a fruitiness I've never come across before. The peach is more tart then sweet and the tartness actually grows as this beer works through the mouth. There's a faint earthiness that's barely detectable before a residual sweetness washes over my tongue quickly mid palate. The tartness kicks in on the backend and swallow. This is an interesting saison.

The mouthfeel of this beer doesn't have that perfect mouthfeel of the best saisons but it does have an incredible dryness on the swallow that leaves me parched while the tartness takes hold. The body is fairly light and the carbonation pretty mellow for a saison. At this point I've come to expect different things then a normal saison.

This growler is going down the hatch no problem. Peche Saison would be one of those perfect outdoor summer sippers, and even though it just cooled down here it's still hard to put down the glass.

This is my first taste of Selin's Grove and hopefully not my last. I really like the idea behind this beer and they did a great job putting it together. If I had any complaint, which is just me being too picky for my own good, it would be that the peach seems to overtake the saison at times. Thanks for the generous growler Heath!

joe1510, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And its back. SGB's peach fruit beer that was MIA last year due to an unfavorable peach harvest. Poured from a growler into a couple goblets and shared with the family. It appears a hazed golden orange with a white frothy cap that is quick to fade (just like the other SGB fruit offerings.) Faint patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of bubbles back to the surface.

The smell is strikingly strong with a spice of clove. Peach juice with earthy quality like grass and yeast mixes with a touch of alcohol. The fruit is certainly there in the nose with a complenting complexity brought forth by a yeastiness that is similar to their triple.

The taste includes spices similar to clove coupled with fresh juicy peaches. It integrates with a mild earthiness and tart wheat flavor. More sips bring out a tartness similar to peaches that arnt quite ripe enough while other sips are contrastingly sweet and seemingly over-ripe to caramelized. There is a minor herbal hop touch with some fusel tinges of alcohol and lots of yeasty quality filling the void and confirming this as a fruited beer.

This is a heavier side of medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is creamy smooth and nicely drinkable. I really enjoyed the layering of peach flavors here but found myself distracted a bit by the clove which seemed over-done and out of place. This was long awaited for me as it was not available last year and I missed it the year before. Has it really been 3 years since I last tasted this? Ouch.

stakem, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Selin's a few weeks back.

Pours a somewhat cloudy light apricot color with a white head. Smell is of sweet peaches, very reminiscent of a peach Jolly Rancher with a touch less sweetness. Somewhat one dimensional, but this is one of the things that they do best--great fruit beers that offer up exactly what their name tells you they will. Taste is similar to the nose, although the peach flavor is just a tad bit cloying in these concentrations without much else backing it up. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Very drinkable. Very nice and refreshing during the hotter months.

Thorpe429, Sep 28, 2010
Saison De Peche from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.