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Brandy Barrel Peche - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 78
Gots: 50 | FT: 13
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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375ml into a glass. Pours a hazed yellow white peach indeed, nearly zero head faded immediately, zero lacing.

A wonderful treat of aroma, tremendous depth, sweetness, citrus and under ripe peach, a low acidity encased in funk. Mild oak and vanilla but no brandy.

The taste is all the scent promised, peachy keen. The barrel presents itself as a somewhat peculiar honey flavor which is smooth vanilla - a star here perfectly balanced - envelopes the tongue from start to finish. Nearly zero bitter, a peppery dry bite sits in, a very mild but clear herbal touch. Lightly acidic never crosses past tart. Unaware, never would I think of brandy barrels, I find no brandy here. Thin slick mouthfeel, negligable carbonation.

Absolutely delicious

impending, Feb 09, 2014
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Almanac Brandy Barrel Peche

A- pour yields a 1/2 finger white head fizzing away quickly. Beer is a hazy golden color. 3.75

S- the peaches and sourness is upfront. Also some sweetness. The brandy barrel provides some woody and sweet notes. Quite pleasant 4.25

T- nice juicy tart peach flavor is upfront and the dominant flavor. It's damn good. The brandy barrel isn't as strong as I'd hoped, but it's nice though. It's got that nice dark grape/woody/booziness and a little sweetness that is typical of good brandy. Light yeast in the background. Nice. 4.5

M- lighter carbonation fitting for the style. Medium body. 4.25

O- Another winner from Almanac, they have yet to disappoint me. So damn drinkable. Fantastic. 4.5

High A

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Poured on 7-Feb-14

From 375 mL bottle into Anchorage Teku glass.

The smell is fantastic. I get some tropical fruit, oak, and some additional sweetness that I'm assuming is brandy.

I get the tart blond ale at first, which gets rushed with sugary peaches and hints of lemon and apples. Get the soft oak barrel rounding everything out at the tail end. I want to say that the brandy heightens the fruity sweetness of the peaches. It's difficult for me to dissect all the flavors because they gel together so smoothly. Slight vinegar. I don't like my sours puckering sour that gets me smacking my lips and tongue a third of the way into a glass so IMO, the tartness in this one is spot on.

Typical of some of Almanac's barrel-aged brews, I didn't know what to expect. I'm not familiar with any other peche sour that's aged in brandy so I found it to be unique and was thoroughly satisfied. I prefer this over all their other sours I've tried (ranked below). Wish I was able to hunt down more.

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Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.