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St. Louis Pêche - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 20.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 07-03-2003

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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 87
Reviews by mrfrancis:
Photo of mrfrancis
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold with a puffy white head. This ale looks very similar to Lindeman's Peche, which I suppose it was modeled on to a certain extent.

S: Aromas of peach, minerals, and cream are readily apparent on the nose. There is little, if any, authentic lambic character here.

T: Fruity and sweet on the palate with the expected mix of peach, candy sugar, mineral, and cream flavors that remind me so much of asti spumante. The finish is short and confected with peach and sparkling wine notes.

M: Light bodied and dry with active carbonation. In some respects, this feels much more like a sparkling wine than a beer. Drinkable, but not all that appealing.

O: I suppose if one were looking to try a sweetened lambic, then this one would not be that bad in a pinch. It compares favorably to Lindeman's Peche Lambic, but is not as assertive on the palate. It's way too sweet for my liking, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of tigg924
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, minimal head, orange/brown in color, small carbonation, sediment

Smell: peach and vinegar

Taste: peach and sour mix.

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied, high carbonation, crisp

Drinkability: This one was a lot more sour than some other St. Louis beers, but still very good. I could have two or three and is certainly worth buying again.

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Photo of Dinkel
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rastaman
1.66/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very sweet cordial peachyness, very light and sweet. Sparkling fruit cordial to the max, unexciting, yet mildy drinkable and slightly refreshing, one for the girls or the friend who only drinks Bacardi Breezers or something. Hard to say too much more about it.

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of acurtis
2.57/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

250ml bottle, another day, another flavour from this prolific Belgian brewer.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with one skinny-ass finger of weakly puffy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of spectral coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musty, kind of yeasty peach cobbler, more free-range light and dark sugars, some other sort of muddled orchard fruitiness (cherry, I suppose), and a twinge of earthy drying bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a mixed peach/apricot/cherry sugary fruit joint, a softly sour yeast/bacteria collaboration, and more understated leafy, earthy hop bitters.

The carbonation is adequate in its tamped-down frothiness, the body a sturdy, saccharine middleweight, and smooth, sure, but with too much interference from nasties and hop alike to be all that proud about it. It finishes still sweet, but increasingly afflicted by said yeast, bacteria, and off-seeming fruit esters.

Lambic? Wait, whut? Yeah, if this is a (fruit) lambic, then it is among the most disjointed, fettered versions that I have yet come across. The peach isn't all that bad, but recedes a little too readily into the shadows, as it were, and lets the other less agreeable characters have the run of the house. Nope.

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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a fluted champagne glass from Abe's in Bethlehem, PA. Bottled 09/08.

A- Average amber color with thick white head fading quickly.

S- Evident peaches and a clear Belgian yeast aroma. My wife thinks it smells like "candles."

T- A very sugary peach flavor with a semi-sour peach profile.

M- A creamy mouthfeel with appropriate, medium carbonation.

D- Very high drinkability, and a nice traditional lambic flavor considering the 3.5% ABV.

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Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle

Had I not known it was a fruit beer, I'd not guess it from the look. It looks like any ordinary beer with an orange/copper color, fairly clear and a bright white head up top. The head is a finger and a half thick with only moderate retention, leaving a thick ring around the top edge.

The fruity nose isn't overwhelming, like the fruit is seeped into the drink as opposed to fake juice being added. The citrus bouquet is obvious, but subtle. However, lurking is an acidy, vinegar, kriek-like smell.

Fortunately, the vinegar isn't there in the taste, only sweet, and tart, peaches. Also, you can taste the carbonation. It's not very beer-like, more like a wine cooler, but it's still pleasant enough.

The sweetness is borderline cloying, but stops just shy of the point of no return. And the carbonation is non stop. Sweet up front, then acid and tart takes over. The finish is a battle between sweetness and tart and the sweetness evertually wins. No hop presence for balance.

It would be better suited as a wine cooler, though the ABV is way low. Not much of a beer, but a fairly pleasant sipper nonetheless, if you can handle the bite of the carbonation.

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Photo of bouncepass
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of aepb1
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Peach-colored body with a small white head

S- Peach and yeast

T- Sweet peach and a little malt too. Really like a peach tea sweetened with sugar

M- Creamy medium body with moderate carbonation

D- Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Will certainly return when able!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian lambic ale brewed with peaches.

A: Beautiful copper-orange color, moderate tan head.

S: Aroma bursts with fresh peaches and is very fruity and sugary sweet.

T: Big peach sweetness for flavor, very clean overall. Some slight acidity and tartness sneaks in but is covered mostly by the sweetness of the peaches. Extremely well balanced and rounded out from start to finish.

M: Light mouthful, fruity complexity, extremely smooth and silky on the tongue going down effortlessly.

D: Good drinkability, refreshing, and thirst quenching on a hot summer day. On a last note, I really liked this beer, flavorwise and drinkability but for some reason did not favor well in reviews.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark copper/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. There's also a few yeastie floaties noticable. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet peaches, yeast, and a little bit of vinegar. The taste is mostly sweet peaches, but there's also a little bit of sugar, funk and tartness noticable too. However, it is a very sweet brew (and seems to get sweeter as the beer warms). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink for the most part, although the strong sweetness of this brew does hurt it a bit. I think it's a decent overall brew, but if you don't like sweeter lambics then you might want to stay away from this one. I do like sweet peaches, so I did enjoy this brew!

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Photo of jsh420
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goldbot
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Label says bottle on "070710". I suppose this is July 10th, 2007, and not July 7th, 2010 (4 months in the future).

Coppery brown with a medium, bubbly, off-white head. Lots of carbonation. A bit of spotty lacing.

Fruity aroma of green apple and some peach, although not too much actually. Hints of grainy malt with an underlying tart sourness and some yeasty notes throughout.

Stronger peach flavor; comes on a bit tart at first, yielding to a very sweet fruity flavor. A brief hint of yeasty sourness at the end. Finishes with a sweet, powdery, peachy aftertaste.

Very crisp, a bit cloying on the backside. Leaves a residue-like feeling on the tongue from all the sweetness.

The fruitiness is pleasant in this, although it could have used more yeast and sour flavors to balance the intense, cloying sweetness.

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Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really clear like applejuice with small bubbles coming up from the bottom and making a slight ring around the top of the glass.
Smell is peach and alum. Mostly peach skin adorns the aroma on this one.
Taste is mellow peach. Not too candyish and not too sweet. Really, just right.
Mouthfeel is clean with just a slight stickyness.
Overall , this is another great beer from St. Louis belgium brewery. Very good.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: not much carbonation upon opening the bottle. pours dark orange, copper. clear for a lambic. two-finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: acetic/slight vinegar that immediately mixes with a sweet sugary peach aroma, some earthy/outdoor/horse-like lambic aroma as well.

T: slightly acidic and vinegary, but balanced with sweet peach again as in the aroma. Wild character notable, resembling horse-blanket character notable in lambics. ends with an acidic sourness that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: low carbonation as this bottle has been likely aged. contributes to an almost syrupy feel, with slight puckering in the back of the mouth.

D: this might have suffered from aging but still not a bad beer. Not a "purist" lambic as it is significantly sweet and seems like it might have added sugar. For what it is it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Jwiss22 and reviewed from notes, why is reviewing such a pain in my ass?

A- A nice looking amber color with a rich golden hue. A surprising light amount of carb leads up to a thin white head. I would have thought there would be a little more carb, but it's a quaint looking little lambic.

S- A very pleasant aroma of musty peaches and earthiness. Also a slight warming and the underlying wild yeast brings out the earthy mustiness more. It doesn't give off a lactic smell, but more of a musty old peach smell with some earthy oldness.

T- A surprising sweet and succulent burst of juicy peaches. It has a sweet and sugary quality with a nice tartness and some sour pucker. A light warming and a little of the woody undertones show up to mix in with the succulent peaches.

M- Has a slight tingle, but more of a sweetness and a tartness from the peaches. Surprising that it is not more acidic and puckering, but more tart and causes some light salivating.

D- It's a little on the sweet side and more tart than sour or puckering. The sweet sugariness would get old and the peaches are more juicy and succulent rather than old and musty.

Not exactly what you expect from a lambic, but it's pretty good. Love the peach taste, but wanted more sourness.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky apple cider appearance with a fizzy tan head of big soda pop bubbles. Sweet candied peaches and sour lemon in the nose. Syrupy,sweet peaches with puckery sourness and a slight,dry champagne yeast quality. St. Louis Peche is okay but has too much sweet fruit and lacks the complex flavors of a truly great lambic. Fizzy and syrupy mouthfeel, much like a fruity soda. A less than great lambic.

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Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blakelive784
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent copper color with a thin, 2 finger, off white head. Retention is poor. Looks highly carbonated and inviting.

S - Caramel, peach, candy, and a bit of bacterial funk. Simple and reserved, but pleasant.

T - Tart peach and funky yeast open. The malty body is present, but more reserved than the nose predicted. The natural sweetness of the fruit and malt are balanced nicely by the tart/sour notes. Built quite well.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and dry on the finish. Compliments the flavors nicely.

D - Doesn't suffer from being cloyingly sweet or overly funky. Fair quality and highly drinkable, but a bit pricey for what it is.

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St. Louis Pêche from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.