Pêche Mel - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Travlr on 01-03-2010

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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 77
Photo of Hawkster316
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet and smooth for a beer so potent. Would drink again

Photo of BeckySherman
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little sweet, but good taste and packs a punch

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a hint of pink. The head is very fizzy and dissipates quickly. The smell is full of peaches with a hint of the alcohol. The flavor however did a good job at covering any burn. A bit sugary for my taste but a favorite for those who enjoy sweeter beers.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/25/2014. Pours deep orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ripe peach, apricot, pineapple, citrus peel, pear, honey, candi sugar, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of sweet/ripe fruit, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of ripe peach, apricot, pineapple, citrus zest, pear, honey, candi sugar, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of ripe peach, apricot, pineapple, citrus zest, honey, candi sugar, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of ripe fruit sweetness, pale malt, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian fruit beer. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of ripe fruit, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Mitchster
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$5.49 for a 330ml (11.2 fl oz) bottle @ Siciliano's.
"Brewed since 2009 by the Brasserie Dubuisson with the same rigour as the other Bush beers, made to an original recipe based on natural peach extracts, the Pêche Mel’Scaldis has what it takes to satisfy everyone who likes fruit-flavoured beers with character. The natural flavourings and extracts of the fruit complement the original bitterness of the Bush Amber to create a rounded and perfectly balanced beer. Pêche Mel’Scaldis is a highly fermented, filtered beer with an alcohol volume of 8.5%, which will make it without a doubt the strongest fruit-flavoured beer."

Pours out to a slightly hazy, well...peach. Forms a poofy and billowing light yellow head with superior retention and gorgeous lacing. Carbonation is brisk, ~3.0 carbs or so. The aroma is overwhelming ripe and juicy peach nectar with a funky nose of BO like you will sometimes get with mango or guava puree. A little bit of distant dust in the nose as well. Otherwise, that's it. The mouthfeel is light at first, but becomes sweet and somewhat cloying. I have to guess that they sweetened this beer with non-fermentables after primary fermentation. The taste is really all about peaches and mango, with very mild bitterness only as an afterthought. Candied peaches. No perceptible off-flavors or aromas, but a touch of nail-polish remover remains in the aftertaste. This may or may not be fusels, as the fruity esters are so overwhelming in this one.

This is one-trick pony, and I'm glad I tried it, but it needs to be "digestible" as the Belgians like to say, to make anyone want to drink more than one of these. It's a bit heavy and needs to attenuate further, and heck, doing so would boost the alcohol, which the whole Scaldis thing is all about. As it is, cut it with some brut champagne for a nice spritzer.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, Light copper amber with an enormous white head that dissipates leaving good lacing, hazy

S: fresh peaches, not at all artificial, sweet

T: sweet and sour peach flavors, very fruity flavored, light yeasty tastes

M: very high carbonation with light to medium body, alcohol well hidden

O: a very nice fruit beer, no hint of artificial flavors, tastes like fresh sliced peaches

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up for 6 bucks shipped from Halftime Beverages. Into a pint glass.

A - A nice inch of head that quickly fizzes to a mild lace ring. Color is a hazy amber brown which is darker than I expected.
S - Smell is tart and dry peaches obviously with a nice sweet peach smell in the glass. The most inviting peach beer I ever smelled.
T - Has a bit of a bit mid palate but really balanced peach beer taste. I like how its not overbearing like a peach juice just balanced sweet taste with a bit of bitter yeast and some fruity esters.
M - Very refreshing despite the above average ABV. I could drink this all night.

Overall it was a bit expensive but I was impressed solid fruit not artificial flavoring. One of the great fruit beers I ever drank!

Photo of VoodooBear
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330mL brown bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Develops a thin, half finger head that goes away quickly. It leaves a ring, however. It's a deep, dark orange color, and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A very dominant sweet, peach scent is all that can be perceived.

Taste: Tastes very sweet, mainly of peach with a little malt. There's a tiny bitter note that's barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: It's crisp and light, but it leaves a cloying aftertaste after finishing it because of all the sweetness.

Overall: A very good beer that despite the high alcohol content is very sweet and easy to drink. This is a must try for fans of fruit beers or just anything sweet. Be careful though, it'll sneak up on you.

Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pêche Mel looks ostensibly like an inflated, liquified sour peach candy, blending yellowy-beige and orange blush tones into one pleasing aesthetic. It has a head just as tall and well-built as any of its Belgian-brewed counterparts, and it absolutely drenches the glass with lacing.

I just expect a peach beer to smell synthetic and saccharine, but Pêche Mel has an aroma like a quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: tart gooseberry, papaya, lime and other citrus fruits are all just as prominently displayed as the peach. This fruit cup is ambrosial enough to hook anyone in.

Somewhere right now a kid is walking out of a convenience store and tasting exactly the same thing I did when I drank this beer: candy peaches. Whatever dimension was contained in the aroma falls to the sweet, sugary, synthetically enhanced (or canned fruit cup) peach flavour.

Still, I can moan about the artificial-tasting peach flavour all I want but I can't deny that it's delicious. I also can't claim that this isn't an enjoyable beer to drink; it's not sickeningly saccharine and I was impressed to learn of the 8.5% alcohol only after the fact. It's not easy hiding that much booze, especially not in a dainty fruit beer! Marks have been upgraded.

Pêche Mel is a sort of cross between a quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Sour Peaches candy. While certainly not above criticisms of sugary sweetness or artificial qualities, it is a very enjoyable drink that has a bit more to it than merely the imitation fruit flavour. Unless you love fruit beers, make sure you're in the mood for it and keep expectations reasonable.

Photo of Samp01
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. Pours a copper/orange/amber with a small quickly dissipating creamy beige head. Aroma of sweet fruit and some apricot and peach notes with some yeast. Taste is sweet fruit, peach, malt and yeasty. Palate is a medium body, with some good fizzy carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet malt, yeasty and fruity. As it warms up it becomes very malty, yeasty, some brown sugar and some sweet alcohol flavors , light bitterness. Overall a good drinking after dinner brew.

Photo of GuzzLah
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A boozy, but smooth Belgian peach bomb. Nice peach aroma and flavor. The aroma is more peachy than the flavor. Despite the peach, it still tastes like a Belgian beer with some amber maltyness.

Substantial mouthfeel for the style. Oily. Slightly warm finish. Relatively sweet, but it seems right for a peach beer.

Overall, it was fun to try and I enjoyed it. The aroma was great. The flavor was a little rough around the edges, but still pretty good for a boozy peach beer.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle dated 24/10/13 Lot #G242.

A: Pours a hazy peach with an initial 1" slightly off-white head which fades slowly leaving spotty lace.

N: Juicy peaches, sweetness, yeasty, grassy, perfumy.

T: Sweet peaches with odd yeasty notes and malts clashing with the fruit when served cold. However, on warming pick up some caramel from the Scaldis amber blend and lots of woody peach pits. The fruit mellows and balances out with the yeast and malts.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Faintly bitter with a mostly sweet fruity finish.

O: Initial medicinal flavor yields on warming to a refreshing sweet peach extract gueuze. Give this time in the glass to fully appreciate. Claimed as the strongest fruit flavored beer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a murky, slightly dark orange. 2 inch head. Pretty good lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Smell is of pure peaches, both the actual fruit and the sweet juice.

Tastes incredible. Peaches, peaches, peaches, plus apricots, slight cloves, and Belgian yeast. Really tastes like real fruit, not extract. Slightly tart, but mostly just sweet, without being cloying.

Low carbonation which is good, because it would make this taste more like a fruity soda rather than beer. Full body, not too syrupy.

One of the best fruit beers I've ever had, just a masterful use of peach.

Photo of homebrew311
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy peach color with very little clarity, a small layer of head and minimal lacing. The nose smells like artificial candied peaches/ Notes of sugar, syrup, fruit juice and caramel comes through. Smells like it is going to be sickeningly sweet. The taste is as expected, straight sugary sweetness with artificial peach highlights. Not much else to taste here. The mouthfeel is thick and mildly carbonated. This brew is a bit of a mess, it tastes artificial and the flavors are cloying. No thanks.

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Don't know what Mel' means in French or Flemish, but my wife's name is Mel, and she's a peach, so I'm going with that.

This beer pours a hazy, apricot-tinged golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a very low ring of ebbing lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells mostly of sweet peach juice, a bit of bitter citrus, and some very faint grainy malt notes. The taste is still quite peachy (sorry, babe), but now with more visible (metaphorically speaking) sweet grainy, slight sour bready maltiness, a little bit of apricot stoniness, some musky white wine mustiness, and some slightly soused leafy hops.

The bubbles are prominent, but gentle with their imbued power, the body medium in weight, in that fruit-juice way, and mostly smooth, in a drying sort of manner. It finishes off-dry, and fruity, sure, with a semi-serious stab at balance from the turtling malt and ethereal hops.

Not too shabby a fruit beer, I would put forth, for it sure is peachy, in the literal sense now, but some consideration is at least given to the flip side, whose drying notes go far to make this actually more drinkable than a poorly-made smoothie. Oh, right - the 17-proof ABV sure does a number in its shadow impersonation.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep orange in color with some almost reddish highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of peach in the aroma (especially when you first open this beer) along with some fruit sweetness and very light amounts of citrus/orange hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale malts followed by moderate peach flavors and some lighter citrus/orange hop notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easier to drink than expected with the higher ABV - the sweetness and peach flavors hide the alcohol well and the beer is well balanced with the citrus hops. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled "Peche Mel - Scaldis". 11.2oz bottle split into tasters with the wife...

A: Hazy gold body with a decent ring of off-white head.

A: Fruity as expected, with lots of sweet aromas...peaches, apricot, white grapes...pleasant tartness, and some malt breadiness.

T: Slightly more balanced taste with peaches mixing with the malty sweet backbone of the beer. Its a sweet beer but not cloying. Apricot and other stone fruits, sugary, with a sweet white grape/moscato finish.

MF: Well carbonated creamy mouthfeel with a medium body...a pleasant light tartness cuts slightly through the sweetness.

O: Great fruit flavor here with lots of sweetness, low bitterness. Notes of sweet wine and other stone fruit, plus a moderate malt base, make this an elegantly diverse peach beer.

Photo of adamette
4.67/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed by me on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois July 26th, 2012 in the presence of my brother in law Mat. I believe the place had been renamed simply “Bavarian Lodge” but I still refer to it as “Chef Paul’s.” By any name this is a world class BeerAdvocate place. Anyone reading this should seek it out.

A Strongly fruit nose…certainly peach. Nothing if not interesting. 4.0

S Huge, creamy head that lingered for minutes. 4.5

T Excellent, authentic sweet peach taste that might be the best tasting fruit beer that I have ever had. There is also a great sweet cream taste along with the peach. Really, really good. I would not change a thing. 5.0

M Smooth as silk and a real plus for this beer. 4.5

D/O Great drinkability and overall this is a great fruit beer. 4.5

Notes: Fruit beers are not my favorite but this is a great tasting beer. Rated based on its style, this beer is a winner. Another interesting selection from “Chef Paul’s!”

Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle dated 06/05/13

Into a tulip glass it pours a dark saturated orange tone, bright and jewel toned. A wall of white foam extends to the rim of the glass and not a millimeter over. No visible carbonation, though there is some very fine micro sediment in suspension.

Pleasant fruity peach aroma, the canned in syrup variety.

Full bodied, sweet and vaguely tart up front with a little bit of booze lingering in the end. Hard to tell what the base beer is, as the peach juice addition forms the majority of it's taste. Sherry comes to mind... no, more like schnapps. Though not overly sweet thankfully, but simply imagine canned peaches in beer form, and there you have it. A somewhat one-dimensional wine-cooler alternative.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from V&B Nantes, tasted in 2012.

Appearance : dark orange color, with white foamy head.
Smell : fruity & peach notes aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet malty flavors and alcohol presence.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style fruit beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy dried orange hue with a thick light beige foam and a wall of microcarbonation gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The peach blossom aroma has some dry honey notes and borders the line between syrupy and natural fruit. It also turns a bit perfumy as the beer opens.

T- The sweet canned peach flavor has some mellow sweetness and honey notes to follow with a caramel malt touch underneath. There is a slightly dry bitter note in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice fresh canned peach flavor is just a bit to sweet but not really overpowering. It could use a bit more malt flavor to balance the fruit.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of peaches, peach juice, apricots, and peach/apricot jam and jelly aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight malt finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great fruit presence in the aroma and taste that make it super easy to drink.

Photo of bashiba
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly dark cloudy orange with a super creamy and stable 1/2 inch of tan head, great lacing as well, almost looks like it was on Nitro the head is so perfect.

The smell is all peach, big and fruity, a touch sweet and tart.

The flavor is a nice blend of classic belgian spices and tropcial fruit notes normally found in Tripels mixing nicely with the big sweet peach flavors. There is a bit of lingering bitterness and underlying tartness that keep it from being to fruity. A very good balance overall.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and very creamy.

This beer is done very well, easily one of the better balanced fruit beers I have tried.

Photo of jdhilt
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Peach nose and flavor is sweet peach, not cloying. Higher ABV is hidden, this is way too easy to drink. Pricey at $4.89 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of jeremy13586
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip glass. No bottle date.

Amber color with what looks like some tiny floaties. Formed a two finger off-white head that settled out very quickly.

Very fruity. Peach, sweet malt, Belgian sugar, and a little bit of yeast.

Peachy and sweet, but less peachy than in the nose. A little bit of a nutty taste at the end. The finish was very clean, though.

Pretty slick, leaving a oily feeling behind, but pretty damn clean finish. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Looked pretty average, but it was very drinkable and refreshing. A tasty brew that I look forward to having again.

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