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Avant Peche Imperial Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Avant Peche Imperial PorterAvant Peche Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 50
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

45% Ale with Peaches added
19% Ale Aged in Oak Barrels
36% Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Peaches.

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 12-30-2010)
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Beerdregs
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served from a corked 750 ml bottle. Deep dark brown color, no translucency. 2 fingers of mocha brown head.

S: Smells of dark malts and dark fruits (raisins, figs, dried peaches).

T: Holy sour! Did not expect a sour ale with the description. There is a smoky flavor within the sourness with a moderate sweetness.

M: Medium bodied beer with a dry finish. Slight warmth in the belly after a few sips.

O: This was a surprising beer. I don't know if this was maybe contaminated with a wild yeast but it was damn tasty! I could not perceive a whole lot of peaches in this beer considering how many were used. Would love to drink this beer again.

Photo of PalatePilot
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this 750ml Cage and cork bottle up to drink after a nice steak dinner of New Years Eve.
Poured it into a glass and it was an opaque brown to black with a toasty tan head.

Smell was not indicative of the taste. I had a hard time picking up peaches, but had a really nice and rich chocolate nose.

Taste was phenomenal. A great Imp. Porter and the wild yeast and blending was perfect for me. Peach is one of my favorite "flavors" often times the fake, sugary, over the top flavoring of peaches can really ruin things for me. The subtlety of the peaches is what I really loved about this. It is an Imperial porter with just a touch of peach and the wild yeasts make it a touch sour. Just Fantastic. Made me wish I would of bought another bottle.

The mouth was a real treat too. Silky, finished clean without a syrupy lingering.

The Drinkability of this beer is the reason I signed up for an account on this site, just to rate it. It was so so great and I still cant get over it. I headed to the liquor store this morning to buy 4 more bottles. 1 to drink tonight and 3 more to cellar.

I am really excited to try this beer over the next couple years as the wild yeast plays with this already fantastic beer.

Thanks!

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Huge thanks to my buddy for bringing this one to me from a recent Colorado beer trip!

This pours up very dark. Almost black. It has some nice ruby highlights, which are exposed with backlighting. An easy pour produces a three-finger head of thick and creamy looking light brown colored foam. The retention is good. The lacing produces a couple of random thin strands, which are sticky enough but the lack of more lacing is kind of dis-heartening.

The smell of this is almost exactly, lots of peaches, including skins, floating in milk chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder, inside a fresh oak barrel.
Very interesting.

Oh, my. The peach comes out first, all smooth, soft and seductive. Then you get just enough of a hint of smoke to distract you while the cocoa powder comes on. This gives way to milk chocolate. Then comes the peach skin which brings with it a very nice hint of light tartness. Finally, you get just a hint of coffee, a bite of dark chocolate (around the 60% range) and a hint of drying oak presence.

This is almost full-bodied and has a medium level of natural carbonation. Those tiny little bubbles give this a wonderfully creamy, velvet-like sensation. Wonderful.

The 9.50%abv in this drinks like it's less than half of that. Flavorwise, it's extremely balanced. This is mighty drinkable, indeed.

Photo of GabrielM
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A - pitch black with a nice amount of lacing and white head on top.

S - dark fruit, a little peach, some funk, chocolate, oak and roasted malt.

T - same as nose, but less peach than expected. The funky yeasts are definitely there, which add a nice bite and complexity to this porter. Really good brew.

M - great carbonation and mouthfeel from the yeasts are placing this one high on the charts for me. Very unique.

D - good all around and one I could drink a lot of.

Photo of xuptygm
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown caged and corked magnum.

pours dark black with a big frothy cream colored head. Smells of fermenting peaches. Super smooth drinking. Light bodied for a porter. tons of lace. Where to begin with taste? This is a very complex beer. Somewhat tart flavor with mild roasted malt. Peachy sweetness balanced the beer nicely. Alcohol compliments the flavor profile. Other flavors of oak and roasted grain. Dry finish.

This one is worth seeking out for its complexity and unique character. A GREAT beer for sure! I will be finding this one again. It pushes the limits of traditional brewing. This is the direction that modern brewing needs to take. Creating new styles, experimenting, innovating. My hat is off to Odell.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of pdoran10
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah the perks of working @ a craft beer store. One of our 24 bottles. split with my co worker.

Pours out a viscous dark color with two fingers of off white head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell is whoa, funky wild yeast roasted malts in the background. Big funky slightly peach nose, sour basement smell.

taste is nice tartness with a big bodied chocolate roasty porter fading in the background. Somehow the two profiles manage to mesh well for me. the peaches are a bit of an afterthought, but linger as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick with moderate and just right carbonation.

this wild ale from Odell is actually nicely tart from release date and certainly drinkable. A great unique experience. As drinkable as I can conceive am imperial porter base wild ale to be.

Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a long-lasting, three finger head of tan, bubbly foam. It left a good deal of sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - Peaches are the first aroma to hit your nose following by burnt molasses and a floral/phenolic aroma.

T - Sweet and sour notes from the ripe peaches hit the tongue. There is a chocolate and roasted malt backbone with a mild oak flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that has a dry finish.

D - I love it. A aged beer that doesn't taste like bourbon or vanilla! It was so unique.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown with a thin mocha head. Aroma is lots of syrupy, caramelized malts, almost a burnt marshmallow type smell. Some fruitiness on the nose though I would not have placed it as peach without knowing that peaches were added. The taste is where this beer really opens up. The syrupy burnt marshmallow opens to a balance of roasted malts, caramelization and oak. The fruitiness on the nose opens up to a tart combination of peaches, with a hit of acidity and funk. The bitter, sweet and tart are perfectly balanced on the palate. The mouthfeel and carbonation are just right for this style, it is a big beer but you are not overwhelmed with alcohol or carbonation, there is just enough present to support the complex flavors of the beer. Overall this is a very interesting beer. When I bought it, I didn't realize that it was a blend, some components having "wild yeast" in them so I was impressed with the complexity that it brought to the table.

Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown body with a tan head.

Toffee, cocoa, mild hop character. A rather muted nose.

Cocoa, roasty malt, brown sugar, toffee; malt is the early takeaway. As I drink more, I notice some vague fruity notes (maybe?) and if I really try, I can almost detect some soft brett and slight barrel character, but that might be the power of suggestion. At the very most, funk, fruit, and oak are small contributors to the flavor profile, if they are even present at all.

I can't help but think that Odell could have produced a very similar beer without using peaches, wild yeast, or used Saboteur barrels. So why even bother?

Medium body, great mouthfeel, very smooth.

This is an awesome imperial porter. Wonderfull drinkability. I could drink a pint and never notice the ABV.

That said...this is not the beer that is advertised on the label. Odell seems to have a problem with their labels not matching the bottles' contents. I don't taste peaches, it does not taste like a wild ale, it is not sour. This does not mean it is not a good beer, but if you read the press releases and the label, you would have expected a funky, peach flavored porter and this is not it. Maybe it should have spent more time in barrel?

One of the most important purposes of beer packaging is to set some expectations for the consumer, give them an idea of what the beer will be like. My perception of what this beer would be and the reality of what it actually was were very different. That is a failure of marketing.

Still, this is one of the best imperial porters I have tried. Nicely brewed, poorly advertised.

UPDATE 1/11/11:

In the weeks since my first bottle of Avant Peche, I have had the fortune of tasting two more bottles. In both of these bottles I tasted undeniable peach and brett notes that, while mild and in balance with the rest of the beer's flavors, added another layer of complexity that made this beer that much better. Perhaps my harsh words about Odell were a bit premature. Sorry guys.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml brown caged and corked magnum.

Odell going out a limb with this one, a blend of three ales two of which have had some time in oak barrels. Bottle conditioned as well, this you can tell right away from the epic amount of stick lace this beer is showing on the glass. Dim brown color with some haze. Smells of a peach orchard during late harvest with hits of over-ripened peaches that have started to ferment, hint of musty earth and come chicory. Smoothness talks up the bottle conditioning with a deep smoothness. Slight tartness puckers the palate, mild roasted edge comes over the top and plants its porter flag on the taste buds. Oakiness pulls on the palate a bit after the tartness fades. Hint of peach tartness is more of a dry fruitiness. Hopping is modest. Mellow alcohol warmth for its size. Oak flavor grows with a faint vanilla and the roasted grain flavor is well complimented. Bone dry finish.

Very happy this beer is on the dry side, the porter character might be a bit tame but the blend does really well IMO. Controlled chaos? Each sip grows on me, if you second guessed picking up a bottle you should have gone with your first instinct.

Photo of Lucklys
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter, it appears a thick, murky, opaque inky black. When held to the light, and watching the stream of liquid as it falls from the bottle, it fades to a matte coffee bean brown with hints of auburn peeking out just beneath the foam. Avant Pêche builds a rather mediocre two-finger thick head of a wheat-colored bubbly cream that falls in on itself from the inside out, leaving some thin lacing on the glass while dollops of foam gather in patches throughout the middle.

The nose carries nothing overwhelming, everything in the aroma is presented in a pretty soft harmony. It begins with a delicious subtle peach, sour cherry and pear, followed by very faint hints of tart citrus, light roasted coffee and bits of chocolate. Damp oak and wet leaves begin to proliferate soon after, and carry warm notes of spiced molasses and toasted bready malts. Some mild wild yeast aromas pepper the scent overall, but are hidden fairly well along with the alcohol, which is hardly discernible over the fruit and roasts.

Finally dipping my tongue into the brew, it opens with an initial tart, juicy, natural peach flavor enveloped in a smooth oak. It continues with thin toasted malts; then the sweetness of the peach rises, and it finishes with chocolate and a slight bitter pinch of roasted coffee right at the end. There was a small wave of heat from the alcohol as it warmly washed over my throat and into my belly as I finished the swallow. The peaches in this seem to be a combination of fruit that has dropped from the tree and has begun to ferment, as well as fruit that has just turned ripe and is ready to pick. It was easy to imagine I was in the middle of an orchard right as summer faded into fall, which is the image I was absolutely hoping for when I picked this bottle up 6 months ago.

In conclusion, the feel is fairly crisp in the first few tastes, and it smooths to an airy, creamy velvet as my taste buds acclimate to the flavors. It presents itself with a medium body and soft carbonation, while a warming alcohol sensation grows through my chest. Finishes clean and dry, leaving my mouth watering for more. Definitely a delicious beer that is perfect for summer or fall, as it’s not a heavy porter, and it’s not a light fruit beer, it’s the perfect combination of both.

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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros at his Birthday Whale Tasting. Reviewed from notes. HUGE thank to miketd for this bad boy.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown hue with a nice quarter inch head that faded to leave spotty side lacing and a slight halo.

S - Woah, this is cool. Aromas of well, peaches..and chocolate. Along with a very subtle sour note. For the most part though this is nice fleshy peaches and dark chocolate. Super enticing.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, solid amounts of peachy chocolately goodness! Almost like chocolate covered peach candy with some light malts. Subtle musty funk and super faint vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, nicely carbonated considering its age.

O - Overall a damn fine porter. Had this one for a while and was waiting for the right time to crack. This was a very nice way to end the peach section of our whale tasting.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bay01 for bringing this one by.

(A) Pours dark, opaque brown/black. Has a foamy tan head that hangs around for a long while. Leaves lacing.

(S) Peach and toasted malts blend together and make it obvious that this is indeed a porter with a fruity twist. There are some sweet hops amidst cocoa and some other lighter fruits and some citrus.

(T) Lightly citrus and acidic. There's some cereal and a bit of biscuit from the toasted malts. Cherry and peach make up the middle of the flavor and it ends with cocoa and coffee, just like a porter should.

(M) It's a medium bodied brew that is slightly acidic on the palate. It's not as grainy as most porters.

(O) This one was different. After reading the description, this beer lived up to what was written on the bottle to a T. It's a really neat take on a porter and was well executed.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Avant Peche Imperial Porter from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.