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Brandy Barrel Peche - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

369 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 75
Gots: 50 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Historically, fruit-infused sour beers were a way of preserving the summer harvest. In that tradition, this blonde ale was added to brandy barrels with high-summer peaches, hand-picked by the Loewen family at Blossom Bluff Orchards in Reedley, California. We aged this liquid gold for six months until we needed a reminder that summer will come again. Pair with Prosciutto, crusty bread and fruit preserves.

(Beer added by: Tyrus on 02-04-2014)
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Ratings: 369 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

cnbrown313, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

nmann08, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

craftbeerasian, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

WolfsbaneBloom, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Adkins1203, May 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

GRG1313, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

jbaker67, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

yeaprolly, May 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

dranthony2012, May 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

garrettboatman, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Mikeypnh, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

robwestcott, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Trio2shine, May 06, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange, almost yellow. Almost no head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Smells like peach and then strong brandy. Lends to the fruitiness, but a deeper sweet fruitiness. Oak.

Taste - Bright lemony tartness. Some peach, but not a whole lot. Grain flavor as brandy builds in the finish. Oaky in the back.

Mouthfeel - Light and pleasantly sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not really complex or peachy, but it's nice.

Alieniloquium, May 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bleeps, May 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

JigsawRecords, May 04, 2014
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super sexy and refreshing like that one time my baby mama and I vacationed in the Bahamas. There is a soothing, light dose of peach (almost too light) but it still lets you know that it is there like when my lil soldier wakes me up at 6 AM on Saturday morning. The main man is getting a good amount of tart, sour, and pucker, but if it was a dash stronger this bad sucker would reign supreme.

Yep!

RaulMondesi, May 04, 2014
Photo of draheim
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden straw color w/ a minimal soft white head. Lively carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass, sustaining a thin film of bubbles at the surface.

Aroma is dry, oaky and tart. Subtle sweet fruit and brandy.

Taste is much stronger with the brandy and peach. Nicely sour and lemony, countered by the sweetness of the malt and fruit. Bready and clean, with good oak presence.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, refreshing. Finishes nicely dry.

Overall an enjoyable sour with a sweet, peachy twist.

draheim, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Jas45678, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Rjhami, May 02, 2014
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a beautiful and hazy light gold in color. A small, fizzy head forms but doesn't stick around too long before leaving a small amount of lacing.

S- Moderate to strong tartness up front with some fruitiness in the back. Peaches are fairly prominent in the fruitiness to go along with the sourness. There is just a touch of the brandy flavor behind the tartness and peach scents.

T- Starts with a moderate bang on tart sour flavor. Sourness is mostly citrusy in taste before the peach juiciness kicks in. Peaches make their presence known with a big blast of juiciness right after the initial sourness, before they themselves start contributing to the tart flavor. Just a touch of some darker fruits in the brandy towards the end of the drink before the lingering tartness sticks around on your tongue.

M- Light and highly carbonated, this beer is pretty thirst quenching overall. The tartness is the only restriction on drinkability here, but overall, this is more of a juicy than tart beer.

Overall, a terrific beer. I would have liked the brandy barrel to be more prominent, but the sourness and peaches are spot on.

boilermakerbrew, May 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

thewimperoo, May 01, 2014
Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.