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Brandy Barrel Peche - Almanac Beer Co.

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392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 77
Gots: 49 | 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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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been digging Almanac farm-to-barrel series. Should be getting more hype. Brandy Barrel Peche was right up there with Farmer's Reserve #3 and Dogpatch Sour as the best I've had. A nicely balanced sour that hits all the notes from peachy sweetness to sour pucker, barrel woodiness to a bit of funkiness. It might not reach the complexity of RR or Cantillon, but still great. Seek this out.

jjdc, Mar 08, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow orange, some carbonation

S-Peaches, lemon, tartness, wheat, oak some spices.

T-Very fruity. Peaches and lemon abound. Some spice, but more of the brandy barrel would have been nice. As it warms it becomes more tart, but not quite sour.

M-Medium in body, nice carbonation, dry finish.

O-A very good beer. More brandy characteristics and sour notes would take this to the next level.

rlee1390, Mar 08, 2014
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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.

portia99, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

sirsteve42, Mar 02, 2014
Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.