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Brandy Barrel Peche - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 71
Gots: 53 | FT: 14
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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siege06nd

Virginia

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
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-03-2014 14:01:35 | More by Kelp
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sourdog

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-03-2014 05:24:09 | More by sourdog
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OnWisconsin

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-02-2014 12:35:29 | More by OnWisconsin
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-01-2014 09:07:14 | More by zestar
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-30-2014 22:34:23 | More by jarrgal
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EB1

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-29-2014 20:25:16 | More by EB1
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-29-2014 18:04:24 | More by Kirk
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Andonato

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-25-2014 03:11:19 | More by Andonato
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ThreeFishes

Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-24-2014 19:31:22 | More by ThreeFishes
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cultclassic89

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.6%

06-24-2014 15:43:43 | More by cultclassic89
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scottfrie

California

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into snifter. Bottled February 2013.

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a finger of fluffy bright white head that faded into a soft film and collar. A few soapy streaks of lace was left down the glass.
S: I get notes of the light blond ale base, clean and refreshing, with hints of tart acid and fruity peaches. There’s perhaps a touch of oak in there as well maybe vinous white wine barrel, but I’m not really getting anything that screams brandy.
T: Follows the nose with notes of stone fruits and juicy peach over the pale malt blonde ale base. The finish is tart, acidic, but not exceedingly harsh or vinegary. The bandy barrel comes through in the late finish and aftertaste, but it is really just a suggestion of flavor. The aftertaste lingers of fresh peach and tannic oak, and perhaps some white grape.
M: Very fluffy carbonation is soft and frothy. Tart and biting acid hits the mouthfeel, and after it subsides this beer is drying and gritty. Medium-full body is thicker than some blonde based sours.
O: A great acidic sour, but the flavors were not as bright as I had hoped. Maybe I waited too long to drink this, peach is a delicate flavor. Either way, what I have in my glass right now is damn good, but it’s not my favorite blonde sour, peach sour, or Almanac sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 03:36:55 | More by scottfrie
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-22-2014 22:03:37 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-22-2014 00:07:09 | More by mportnoy
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straightlambic

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-20-2014 20:45:21 | More by straightlambic
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mgr78704

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-20-2014 15:25:52 | More by mgr78704
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DNA_craft

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-18-2014 13:40:08 | More by DNA_craft
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

06-16-2014 19:40:37 | More by Kmlund
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Matthewpakula

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-16-2014 18:38:05 | More by Matthewpakula
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch 1. Thank you, Chris.

A mildly hazy light orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk leaving patchy lacing, this looks solid. Served a little on the cooler side, the nose is a blend of pomace, mildly oxidized wine and peach. The oxidized sweet white wine note from the brandy pairs beautifully with the peach; this is an inspired blend. As it warms up, the sourness, with its unripe grape characteristic, becomes more apparent, along with a faint hint of sulfur, a moderate vanilla sugar note and lactic acid.

The palate opens with a full and balanced sourness, a blend of lactic acid, verjus and a little drinking vinegar. Buttery chardonnay, vanilla, brandy and peach are present on the mid-palate. Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation and a long, drying finish that's sour with a blend of peach and brandy.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 04:41:50 | More by DefenCorps
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DerrickW

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-14-2014 23:59:44 | More by DerrickW
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-14-2014 03:05:12 | More by outoffocus
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-13-2014 15:54:04 | More by Davepoolesque
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scotv

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-13-2014 12:44:37 | More by scotv
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

06-13-2014 05:28:17 | More by taylor714914
Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.