Brandy Barrel Peche - Almanac Beer Co.

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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 78
Gots: 49 | FT: 10
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 | 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.

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A: Pours a muted golden color with a slight off white head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Definitely get underripe white peach out of this. Some cinnamon and oak as well. A touch of doughy yeast in the background. Not getting anything close to brandy.

T: Opens with a light lemony smack of tartness. The tartness morphs into underripe white peach, nectarine and white grape. Finish shows a touch of oak and spice and just a hint of grain and bready malt. Zero brandy. Pretty good, but the lack of brandy leaves me wanting a little more.

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Bottled February 2013.

Pours a murky gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, peach, perfume, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, grain, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with no distinct brandy qualities apparent in either the smell or taste.

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Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.