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Brandy Barrel Peche - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 76
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stemmed glass.

Appearance is hazy light apricot color with small almost non existent head that settles to a white ring around edge of glass. Slow carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Aroma brings white wine, lemon juice, nectarine, orange peel, and bright crisp green apple juice concentrate. Smells wonderful! Almost reminds me of Temptation and a bit like a much toned down Duck Duck Gooze.

On the palate you get a super tartness and semi sweet middle to back of the tongue. Definitely dry on the finish though. Lemon pulp, under ripe peach, juicy white grapes, some oak tannins, and a drying pineapple like bitterness. This is wonderful. Personally, I think the flavors have a lot in common with the ones found in beers like Temptation and Beatification. Trying to detect Brandy but can't seem to find it. I will say this though, there is an undeniable grapey, peachy juiciness that may be accentuated by the barrels. Obviously the actual peaches are playing a part but Brandy has that peculiar grape like essence.

The mouthfeel is just right. Light bodied, just enough carbonation to scrub away some of those flavors and leaves you wanting more. Maybe a tad under carbonated but no biggie.

Overall this is a delight to drink. There isn't much hype around Almanac beers compared to other breweries out there. May be due to some underwhelming offerings they have produced but this is not one of them. Everything blends beautifully and its ready to drink now. If I had to have a complaint it would be that the flavors could be a bit more aggressive, but then I'd be asking for perfection!

MarcWP, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a half finger of loose off white head that dissipates immediately. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet ripe peaches, with some astringent peach and grape skin, oak, light lactic acidity.

Peaches and lemon hit the tongue, sweet stone fruit with a bit of lemon juice tartness and lactic acid, mellowing to biscuit malt sweetness and an old oak flavor. Not much brandy in the taste either, so the barrels used may have been old or second use.

Light body with soft but ample fine carbonation that lightly scrubs the tongue dry. Pretty peach forward wild .

nataku00, Feb 14, 2014
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Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.