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Pêche Mel - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Pêche MelPêche Mel

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Travlr on 01-03-2010)
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Photo of match1112
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a cloudy straw color with a full finger of off white head that settles rather fast to a thin film on top of the beer with no lacing.

s: strong peach smell with a slight medicine smell in the background.

t: rotten peach taste with something off in there as well.

m: medium body, creamy,

o: not worth it. i bought two bottles, one for me and one to send out in a trade (as an extra). now i feel bad for sending it. hope he enjoys it. the peaches are overpowering in a bad way.

match1112, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

True peach character is the overriding flavor and aroma, however just barely. The more beery components are alive and well in true Belgian form, but the authentic peach notes are an amazing complement to this classy Belgian Ale.

Pouring a hazy, well... peach color, the beer releases a creamy and airy stark white head that reduces to a creamy sheet before holding firm through the remainder of the session. Light on lace, the beer only allows for a random pocket here and there to adorn the glass. A good looking beer, but it's haze and fleeting head points toward pectin and tannic compounds weighing on the beer's appearance.

Belgian Ale scents dictate aromas with a soft sweetness of pilsner malts that give impressions of fresh baked breads, bread dough, and yeast. Soft Pez-like sweetness carries an inherent fruitiness that's undecernable whether it's peach, appricot, mango, or another tropical fruit note. Peppery with a peppery scent of orange zest, cinnamon, and corriander.

Opening again with a very Belgiany flavor of soft breads and yeast with a candied fruit sweetness based around a powdered sugar-type of arid sweetness. But quickly after the first sweet and spicy taste, the strongly acidic flavor of fruit (peach, appricot, or mango) flood the mouth and command the attention of the taste buds through the rest of the session. Accompanied by a solventy taste of baking soda, the phenolic balance of pepper, cinnamon, and corriander balance the beer but in an oddly unsettled kind of way that amplifies the acidity.

Medium to start, the carbonation seems to beat on the palate quite a bit with a spritzy sparkling wine feel. Exacerbated by the sharp acidity, the beer is somewhat harsh on the mouth but finishes with a refreshing dryness and lightly fusal heat.

An aftertaste of peach is really only a memory of flavor that emits from the retro-olfactory senses and allows for a quick return to the glass.

I rather enjoyed the beer from the aspects of its true fruit flavor with very few flaws that are normally associated with fruit beers, and also because of the appropriate balance of beer character to that of the peach. If not for the unsettles acidic and solventy note at mid palate, this beer would have garnered some major high marks. So when describing this beer as, "Just Peachy!" it doesn't have to carry a negative sarcastic tone.

BEERchitect, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice enough, having a brown-tinted/burnt dark orange color, somewhat copper/bronze maybe, and a thinnish but creamy and long-lasting head.

The aroma has a nice soft peach presence that doesn't totally overshadow the other elements of this beer; it remains dominant, but all the usual ingredients show up for roll call, especially the yeast (very clearly having that unique Belgian twist) and a sweet kiss of alcohol.

I'll get to the taste in a second, but I have to immediately go to the mouthfeel. For a beer as fruity and crisp tasting as Peche Mel, the texture is a bear: syrupy and just plain thick, but with ample carbonation to offset that and turn this into the feature of this beer. It could be too much for some to grapple with, but I dig it. Flavor-wise we're looking at plenty of gin-soaked peach, as there's equal presence of both the fruit and alcohol here. Hops are bright and vibrant, malt lays down a considerable layer of comforting graham cracker-like sweetness, while the yeast doesn't play quite as much a role on the tongue as in so many other Belgian beers.

At 8.5%, not a humongous ABV, you still feel it. And from the makers of Scaldis, whose high alcohol flagship beer makes you feel it too, I guess this is the stamp of the Dubuisson brewery...they're not afraid to feature the alcohol in their beers.

So, a chewy and fairly big-tasting fruit beer here, one that would be advisable to sip slowly rather than drink in big gulps as you can lesser, or lighter, fruit beers. Goood stuff.

Metalmonk, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice orange color, with a good two finger head that quickly goes away. Nice lacing and carbonation.

S- Peach juice with some malt, that's about it. Very nice smelling though.

T- Tastes like a peach beer. Actually really like this for what it is.

M- Syrup/Smooth feel to this beer. Pretty good for the style.

O- Enjoyed this one, for the style it's really good. Pick it up if you're looking for something new.

jayhawk73, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of tchenery
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Absolutely awesome rocky head on this one. The body has a slight roset color to it, but is crystal clear. Super clean pouring beer. Very 'belgian-golden' in color.

The smell is out of this world. It's peppery and almost hot upfront. It's not alcohol hot, but more like a jalapeno hot. It then fades into the slightest peach aroma that is more similar to a peach soda than a peach. It's slightly medicinal, but in a good way. Very rustic and intriguing.

The taste is surprisingly malty after smelling it. It doesn't display much malt on the nose, but it is dominating in the flavor. The peach is almost an afterthought on the flavor profile, which is much appreciated. It's very sweet, but a dark malty sweet.

The texture of this beer is super silky. It's almost oily and coats the inside of your mouth. It's not as spritzy and refreshing as I thought it would be but it is very very good. One of the most interesting beers I've had in a while.

tchenery, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle picked up at my local whole foods as a single for around $3. this is a beer ive never heard of from a brewery that i havnt tried yet. drank from my russian river "tion" glass.

A- this one pours out a light orange (peach?) colored body with a solid finger of bright white head on top. the head has good retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing. off to a good start.

S- the peach juice in this one hits me immediately. very real and fresh smelling. it adds a rather intense level of sweetness to the nose. pretty one dimensional, but thats what this beer is going for.

T- the real peach smell turns into real peach flavor in my mouth. fresh and juicy. very sweet, but theres also a very slight underlying sourness to this that helps balance it out. a little bit of belgian yeast adds to the mix. there is no trace of the alcohol.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is just about right for your average belgian ale. the alcohol is masterfully hidden, there is virtually no warming.

O- fruit beers usually arnt my thing (unless in lambic form), but i cant help myself with this one. putting it down is hard. not the most thought provoking beer, but its hitting the spot right now. ill go back soon for another couple.

jwinship83, May 17, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. See-thru light amber with a soft, fluffy off-white head. Good retention with scattered patches of soapy lace.

Nose is full of pleasant peach and floral aromas. Peach flavor is more intense, as is the flavor profile in general. It's tasty if a bit disjointed. Peach, Belgianish esters, grapefruit zest and juice, husky grain. A surprising amount of grapefruity, actually- kinda keeps the sweeter peach flavors in check. A touch boozy, but not harsh. Fluffy carbonation.

Overall impression: Pretty tasty, although it seems like it would benefit from some time in the cellar.

PDXHops, May 12, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cellar temperature bottle was poured into a white wine glass.

The beer has an orange colored liquid, with copper notes. Initially there was a large white foamy head, but it has settled down to about a finger's worth of thickness. The beer is translucent and has plenty of very tiny bubbles rising within. Some lacing is left behind.

The beer smells of apricots. There is some sweetness to the nose that reminds me of powdered sugar. I can also smell some Belgian yeast.

This beer is sweet and sour with a big fruit flavor. I taste candied apricots at first. A slightly sour yeast flavor moves in. As I swallow, an effervescent flavor that reminds me of ginger ale comes to the front and lingers on.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. A little bit sticky. There is some coating that is a mix of the beer's sweet and sour flavors.

I wouldn't drink this beer again. It's not bad, just not for me.

ToasterChef, May 01, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip. This is a murky dark orange with a big fluffy head. It's settling down quickly, but leaving sticky lace. When it settles it leaves a nice pillow of white foam.

Not much to the aroma on this one. Just boozey peach juice with a mild bitter hop aroma. Honestly, the aroma kind of reminds me of the cough drops. Ugh, this taste like a cough drop too. It's like those viatamin C drops that are supposed to taste like orange. I don't think I'll make it through this one.

Heavier than I'd hoped. I'd rather a light fruit beer. This one is too boozey and too heavy. Overall, I want my five bucks back.

Bendurgin, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange color; lots of sediment. Poured a 1 finger white head that fell to a wispy skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet peach fuzz; that about it. Maybe some other fruity esters well in the background.

T: Peach up front, in the middle and in the finish. Some warming alcohol in the finish that ends up dry.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Very sweet then turning dry and warming.

D: Peach flavor dominates everything. Gets to the point that its artificially flavored (maybe it is?).

Haybeerman, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled scaldis, pours a nice brown amber with a huge head that stays throughout drinking the beer. Nose is slightly vegetal with a strong apricot (i guess the peach) that shows being underripe and sour. Also i picked up some artificial/chemical notes. Taste is of sweet fake peach fruit flavors, like a sour patch kid. Comes acrsoss almost as a fake sour as if the fruit is ment to be sour but it is really just a contrived artificial flavor. Not to drinkable and the abv is too high to pass it off to my girl. Not a very good beer.

Trilogy31, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Served in a flute, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like sweet peaches, mostly like the syrup or juice from a fruit cocktail or canned peaches. I can also pick up some apricot and sweet malt in the aroma. Unfortunately, the peach taste isn't very sweet, and it has a weird bitter finish. And the taste got a little bit worse the longer I drank it. With that being said, it wasn't bad enough to drain pour. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and sticky and has moderate carbonation. I didn't care much for this brew, mainly because I didn't like the taste of it. Oh well, hopefully the next beer will be better.

bluejacket74, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Semi hazy orange/hay colored brew topped with a white foamy head with lots of active medium sized bubbles around the rim ... good lacing.

S: WOW peach alright! White peach preserves overwhelm in a very fruity bouquet.

T: Scaldis can do no wrong. Essence of peach meets a balancing bitterness from hopping and a nice spicy yeasty flavor. This is a great take on a style plagued with overly sweet beers. Not the most complex beer of all time but its quite good just the same.

M: dry and sticky all at once.

O: Great take on a fruit beer, this is a must try!

flannelman808, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
1.58/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Fort peach syrup on the nose. The mouth is not as strong as the nose might suggest. Enough alcohol to taste, slightly bitter flavor but without control and with a spicy aftertaste syrupy. Not at all easy to drink, let alone for thirst. You would think Bush amber drink with a syrup Tesseire fishing style. For fans of Bush, they find disgusting pervert the product by adding glucose fruity. For others, they will find the blend deeply missed, limited to the question of who makes decisions from Dubuisson to have been able to lay such a lousy association, association as any drinker lambda could have found a drunken evening deep mixing Bush's with everything that comes into his hand.

ThaCreep, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of taigor
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured orange slightly cloudy color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Strong scent of peaches with presence of yeast, honey and malts.

T - Very sweet and fruity. Belgian yeast comes through as well with slight bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Good beer but definitely not a lambic. Very enjoyable and easy-going.

taigor, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from tap into a goblet. Poured orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apple juice, and prune juice. The flavor was of sweet malt, apples, grape juice, cranberries, and badly fermented apples. It had a light feel on the palate with very mild carbonation. Overall this felt like I was drinking a fruit smoothie only it wasn't as cold. Can't say that I was a big fan of this one if I'm honest. Just glad this thing didn't taste like prune juice otherwise I would have been in trouble since I left my Depends at home this day. I initially got this as a palate warmer-up for upcoming beers, but regretted doing so. Pounded my way through it and moved onto the next beer as soon as possible.

thagr81us, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I was warned this would be rather peachy, pun most definitely intended. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of light off-white foam. The nose is very one-sided: It's all the syrup from the inside of a can of peaches. Straight up (without the tin/aluminum, though). The taste doesn't deviate all that much, though some peach flesh is in there as well, along with a tinge of what seems like apricot and white grapes. There is no flavor arc, though, as I call it, just a pleasant bludgeon of peach, peach, and more peach. The body is fairly light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a feel that borders on the watery. Overall, I found it hard to believe that this weighs in at 8.5%...it's just so damn easy to drink. Peachy danger in a bottle right here, mateys.

TMoney2591, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear orange in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There moderate aromas of peach in the nose along with some hints of citrus hops. The smell exhibits some sweetness as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is sweeter, but there's also nearly an equally strong amount of hop bitterness to help balance this off.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is surprisingly easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the bitterness prevents it from being cloying or overly sweet.

metter98, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hard to objective on this one as the extreme sweet nature and character "gets in the way."

Pours a clear medium dark orange amber with a nice firm and thick white head.

Nose is full peaches. Assertive, fresh, fruity peaches with undertones of Belgian candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy and well balanced (once you get over the flavor shock).

Flavors - here's the shock - ultra sweet; perhaps one of the sweetest of over 3,500 beers I've tried; simple sweet, not complex sweet. Front palate is all sugar and simple sweet. It goes to a cooked sweet peach, sweet compote, sweet carmel and sweet cooked banana flavor and finishes with sweet toffee and maple syrup.

Actually well made but just way too sweet to drink.

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of vince4953529
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer appeared to be light copper colored, fizzy carbonation but a filmy head retained.

Very noticeable smell of peach alright. They promised peaches and they delivered peaches, no fault with that.

This tasted like a cocktail composed of peach juice and vodka that you get in a club with bunch of girls living devil-may-care. I wouldn't say that's a bad thing, but I can maybe mix that myself with stronger abv with a lesser price.

vince4953529, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a wine style glass. Picked this up in jerz, never even knew this existed.

A nice hiss with the pop, Pêche Mel pours out a bold burnt orange with a sort a punkin look. A hard pour produced not even a small cap, just small sparse bubbles, no lace at all.

Smell is really sweet, peach juice is really used a lot, smells kinda artificial, almost like a peach snapps type scent, booze peaks it's ugly head too. Not sure what the base beer is, Im guessing a BSPA, but it does not show up.

Taste is well, how should I put this, something that a girl would probably like. This is really sweet, kinda cloying, yet not something that im dumping. It varies with each sip. Peach snapps flavor with some butterscotch and some booze, not hot though.

Feel is slick and and semi glossy with a quick coat, a bit warm and did I mention sweet. Medium build and not very lively on the tounge carb wise. I got through my glass, but won't be getting this again, unless it's for a girl that im digging.

BARFLYB, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of benfons
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear orange little carbonation, very small head

S: peach, a bit cider like, malts and yeast also, fairly balanced for a fruit beer

T: very sweet, again the peach, but also honey. There is also a bitterness to it. For me this doesn't really work. It's fine when you smell it not when you taste it.

M/D: a bit too heavy on the alcohol, i think, carbonation is fine

Not my cup of tea, altough i do appreciate the effort to try to make a different kind of fruit beer.

benfons, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a nice orange/gold/amber color with a foamy white head that sticks surprisingly well.

Personally I think it smells great. It smells like nicely tart peaches with a little bit of sugar for good measure. It isn't complex, but it is fresh and uplifting. It is a full-bodied aroma.

The flavor is more of a belgian pale than anything. It wasn't peachy or tart enough for me, but rather sweet and malty. You can taste the fruit, but it more or less comes off as yesty fruity flavors. The malt is huge, with the taste of dark wheat bread and burnt sugar. It is not alcoholic, but decently sweet and cloying. There is an interesting bitterness that is hard to pinpoint.

Overall it is a bit too sweet for me, but it isn't artificially sweet or anything, it is just a lot of malt that was crammed into this one.

crossovert, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a nice heavy orange peel color with a strong white head of thick bubbles.

Smell of strong peach nectar, malt, and a very light belgian aroma.

On the taste, the belgian character really comes out. I was excited to see this as it is not a Sour beer and contains peaches, which is a relatively rare occurrence and one that should be celebrated when available. Taste of caramelized sugars along with belgian yeast and malts. This is very nice and sweet and does not have the artificial peach flavors that one might suspect. Not overly sweet, but done well. I would drink this again. Light carbonation and a medium body. Not syrupy

alpinebryant, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peche Mel Scaldis, Belgian Ale with Peach Juice added. So they say.

Poured fresh off the tap, and into a Scaldis chalice. Cloudy, apricot/peach color, bountiful head, ivory toned, lace-leaving, looking good. Very inviting visuals.

Aromatics invite, as well, sweet, peachy, and gorgeous. Bright, fruity, beautiful. I can't help liking this, so far.

Tasting it, ...Mmm, a little bitter, a little sour, just enough to cut the sweet, but the fruit carries forward and keeps on coming. Little honey, little bit of booze. Slightly rough, but over-ridingly smooth, -ooth,- ooth. Full in body, no slouch in flavor or texture in any stretch or degree.

Incredibly delicious. How else to put it? Just enough bitter and sour to match the sweet fruit. Excellent match of fruit and ale. Deeee-licious. Mmmmm meets yum.

Never had a Dubuisson brew I haven't liked, yet. And the streak continues.

feloniousmonk, Oct 27, 2010
Pêche Mel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.