Brandy Barrel Peche - Almanac Beer Co.
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4.26/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into my Hardywood Singel snifter...
A. Pours a cloudy pale gold, rich and hazy. A quarter finger ring of off-white head halos the brew with some frothy clumps of carb coasting on top. Lacing is consistent, with a tight sheen of suds lingering on the sides of the glass.
S. Cane sugar, candied peach skin, bretty funk, hints of lemon, some toasted grain, fruited liqueur. Relatively straightforward, if delicious. Peaches and brandy.
T. Tart, fresh peaches, sugary peach juice, barnyard funk, some drying grape and cherry notes from the brandy barrels, sweet malt and some drying yeast on the back end.
M. Moderately carbonated and fairly thick bodied. The peach flavors are fleshy and sweet, with a bit of underripe tartness. Brandy barrel adds even more body and it's all undercut with a somewhat drying finish that is equal parts booze and some toasted grain bill and yeast.
O. A tasty peach sour and an interesting blend of flavors, primarily tartness and a fleshy, earthy sweetness. Not intensely sour, but certainly more than just tart. I'm not sure the brandy barrel adds as much to this as you'd expect...its contributions are booze, sweetness, and a tannic dryness that undercuts the flavor profile a bit. That said, there is plenty here to enjoy. Almanac is creating some amazing concoctions with their local farm connections, excellent barrel program, and outstanding recipes. If this review sounds disappointed, then it's a credit to Almanac that they set my expectations so high with every sour that one can be slightly below my expectations and still pull a 4.25.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 20:33:15 | More by siege06nd
Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.