Pêche Mel - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 215
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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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Photo of msarver16
4.97/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Tapestry, Philadelphia.

This beer needs no complex review.

Smells like 100 pounds of peaches, and tastes pretty much the same. If you like peaches or fruit beers, you are in for an absolute treat.
On tap the 8.5% is hidden (dangerous), by bottle the booze is there, but still a massive peach bomb. Enjoy, I highly recommond it for all beer drinkers. (361 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bubbly fizzy head of 1 finger that fades at a med pace, no lacing, over hazy full of yeast chunks reddish orange beer.

Nose is ridiculously fruity, like magic hat #9 mixed with very fine fruit punch. Peaches galore, fresh, canned, etc, as well as other stone fruit like apricot, and berries with light strawberry and raspberry. Then hints of sweet reddish malt and candy syrup. The strong peach aroma eventually overtakes everything.

Taste starts really sweet, wow sweetness like candied candy peaches. Sweet caramel malts, reddish syrupy malts and candi sugar. Booze follows the sweetness closely with warmth and a light tingle, and typical esters. Fruit galore again, peach explosion, apricots, fruit syrup, jam, candied and canned peaches. Finish is slightly dry but still sweet and a bit syrupy, long lingering candied peach flavor, and a bit of booze.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, syrupy, decent carb, some warming and slight tingly booze.

Overall interesting but way too sweet for me. I did like the carbonation of belgian strong ale and fruits, but just too damn sweet. (1,091 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and lots of effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Looks good to me!

Smell: very good peachy aroma with a light sweetness and a good earthiness around the edges, no doubt representing the underlying malt. No doubt about it -- this is peachy -- but it's what I would call "as-advertised".

Taste: the peach is of an entirely different character than the aroma. It's a lot sweeter than I would have guessed from the smell. Peach flavor and and lightly malty finish are what you get; a bit heavy-handed and unsubtle. Not terrible, but it could have a lot more finesse.

Mouthfeel: big body with a big carbonation and resultingly huge creaminess. Ba-dow! Just the way I like it.

Overall: I have to give this beer an overall score to match its flavor. No doubt, it has a great mouthfeel and enticing aroma, but its lack of subtlety in the flavor department is getting to me. (981 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on a sunny spring day!

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a belgian-style snifter. Pours a hazy, cloudy peach/amber color with a minimal head consisting of tiny uniform bubbles. Carbonation is rather actice.

Smells of peach nectar, with hints of honey, and very mild malt.

The peach flavor is quite strong, sweet, fruity and slighty tart. Hints of banana, honey, allspice and cloves are present.

The feel is soft and fizzy, with slight tang-bite from the peach.

A pleasant fruit beer for a warm spring day, full of peach flavor without being overly sweet. (567 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a hazy brownish-orange with a moderate foamy head that dissipated almost completely, but left a bit of lacing on the way. Aroma pretty much delivered what was promised: peaches, and lots of them, seemingly in puree form, notes of bready malts and not much else. Taste was pretty much straight up peach syrup, no subtlety, no grace. Chewy and kind of sickeningly sweet, a bit phenolic. Not liking it. There's a way to make a good fruit beer, and these guys just didn't nail it with this one. Light-medium body, one dimensional. Not terrible, but not something I'd ever go for again. If you REALLY like peaches, this Bud's for you. (939 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

way too sweet, but some excellent real fruit flavors and a warming abv. not sure its a spring beer, but it pours hazy and orange, with a small off white head. smells like fresh muddled yellow peaches and belgian yeast to a lesser degree. flavor is so so so sweet. fresh peaches all the way. some spicy yeast notes in the finish, but this is a fruit beer through and through. fair carbonation and a medium body, but the sweetness here sticks to the teeth and makes the stomach turn. its just as sugary as orange soda, only peach. overall a beer i probably wont drink again, and one that could lead to a really brutal hangover, but worth a try if you get off on fruit beers. no extracts or artificials here, this tastes like the genuine article right from the grove. (764 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle: best before 25 May 2012, poured into my Wetmalle chalice on Easter Sunday 2012. Deep golden or light amber, you choose the colour! On top a quickly fading wisp of white. Very slight haze to the body.

The nose as you'd expect was peachy, as was the taste: a bit too sweet for me but not as sickly as I thought it might be, the alcohol content helps to calm the fruit down a little: I almost enjoyed it. (421 characters)

Photo of david18
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Not really a great beer but worth trying once.

Poured an orange/light pink. Very frothy head.

Aroma was of peach and yeast. A little bit of bread.

Flavor was a little too fruity to detect much of anything else. Not really that great. (330 characters)

Photo of RollBounce
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells like a Bellini, sweet candy, golden brown color, Drank at 60 degrees, less peach in the front than I would have thought from the nose, not a balanced beer, ABV comes out on the finish.

Overall; the beer is disjointed and I will not return to this brew. (260 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a massive 4" off-white head with decent retention but eventually vanished completely. The body is a clear gold yellow. The smell is mildly of peach, getting a little stronger with a little more warming. The taste is a mildly sweet canned peaches with an aftertaste a bit more tart. Some malt comes through. My only problem with this sample is Scaldis is such a great beer unadulterated and the act of adding peach detracts from that greatness instead of promoting it. But yeah, it's tasty. (496 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Looks like a Tripel....mostly clear orange color. Delicate bubbly small head. Fades fast. Film on the glass as you tilt it, not much other lacing.

Smell and taste are fairly robust, canned peaches and peach juice in a Belgian beer...some elements of maltiness, candi sugar and Belgian yeast. The peaches are most prominent in the aroma. The taste is actually more nicely blended, the peach is there but the other flavors make up a nice mix.

Mouthfeel is just right. A little warming alcohol but not much, a rich smooth presence, a little sweet but not overly so.

Overall, pretty good. Canned peaches is not my first choice as a flavor for a Belgian beer. I would much rather have a regular Tripel but this was not bad either. Enjoyable enough but a bit heavy on canned peaches and juice. (843 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 CL bottle into a brandy snifter.

Two fingers of bubbly, bone-white head. Pours a murky, burnt orange. Dirty amber gleams shine through in the light. Not gorgeous, but an interesting hue.

Aromas of peach nectar, candi sugar, overripe pineapple, Belgian yeast, and a touch of honey sweetness. Smells pretty damn inviting.

More nutty on the taste. The peaches aren't the fresh kind, more of the canned kind--you know, the kind that comes with light syrup? Still juicy and delicious. There's a nice bit of bitterness coming from the hop varietals used. Not cloyingly sweet. Well constructed fruit beer, and the 8.5% ABV is nowhere to be found! A little bit of caramel and dry cracker pairs harmoniously with the fruit. I'm a fan.

Feels a little syrupy (can't get the idea of light syrup out of my head) but very drinkable. There's a decent amount of residual sugar here, as intended. Carbonation is spot-on, however.

My favorite peach beer (and one of my favorite fruit beers), such a treat! (995 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.69 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull, darkened orange body with a couple fingers of shimmering, whitish foam.

Smell: Soggy bread showing tiny spots of molding underneath the prevalent scent of contaminated peach puree and fine floral bouquets.

Taste: Honeyed, delicately malted barley given a big additional dose of sugar. Candied apricots and sugar-coated peaches, still quite a few florals, and with a hint of wild yeastiness underneath all that sweetness. Hint of Yoplait peach yogurt. There is some alcoholic heat coming off that 8.5%. Finishes out as sweet and as fruity as ole Mel started, cut only by the alcohol and the crackling carbonation at the tail end of the close.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. High carbonation, quite spritzy.

Overall: Reminds me of the Wallaby Darned drink from Outback Steakhouse. What business do I have drinking a concoction like that? About the same as I do drinking Pêche Mel, really. (982 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz into pint, from notes

A: Hazy body, with light lacing and head. Medium level of carbonation. Hazy orange body with light white head.

S: Aroma holds a peach note, with a layer ofspice from the yeast. Medium intensity.

TM: Peach juice on the front, with a astrangient medicinal character. Esters from the yeast and a warm finish.

O: This is not really a brew I would return to, as flavors don't work well together and overall character is a bit weak. Would be nice if it had been sour. (492 characters)

Photo of match1112
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (2,367 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,521 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of tchenery
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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?). (492 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
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. (533 characters)

Pêche Mel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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