Brandy Barrel Peche - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by portia99:
4.09/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
375ml bottle (bottled Feb 2013) poured into a Jester King Funk n' Sour glass.
A - Pours a pale peachy golden color with a strong haziness. Almost no head forms - just a faint cap of white bubbles that barely forms a collar and leaves no lacing on the glass.
S - Sour up front, almost Sweet-Tart like, peaches, lemon-lime citrusy. Not really picking up much else - no real malt character and not getting any brandy out of this either. Smells good but lacking in dimension/complexity.
T - Nice firm tartness/sourness up front. Acidic lemony/limey citrus character makes the first impression. The brandy kicks in here adding some flavor but remaining restrained in the overall profile - definitely only complementary in the flavor palate. Mild funkiness mixes in with the peaches from here ending with a sour fruit presence that lingers past the swallow.
M - Medium body with a firm mid-high level carbonation that is finely bubbled and tingly on the tongue. Assertive sourness gives a slight puckering sensation. Tartly fruity and just a hint of funk play well off of the subtle brandy flavors.
O - Overall, I like this a lot. Not the most complex wild ale out there especially in the aroma department. Flavor is quite good with a firm sourness. The fruit and barrel contributions are well received, integrated nicely and not overpowering. Some would probably prefer a more forward barrel treatment on this, but I like the subtlety it provides - it doesn't overpower the beer, just adds a little more nuance.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 17:52:57 | More by portia99
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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.