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Brandy Barrel Peche - Almanac Beer Co.

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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 79
Gots: 49 | FT: 12
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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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.

scottfrie, Jun 23, 2014
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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.

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