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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,831 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2831
Reviews: 1206
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.91%


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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup. Just open and enjoy!

8 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-05-2007)
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TheCervezaChica

Vermont

5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is my favorite time of year right now because Festina is on the shelves in Total Wine or you might be lucky enough to find this beer to drink on tap. I have had this beer on tap as well as from the bottle on many occasions, and I have yet to be disappointed.

I can drink a ton of this beer especially during the hot summer months in Florida. The ABV is not ridiculously high that you can only have a couple before you are buzzed. It is delicious and refreshing. It is a shame that this beer is seasonal, but it does always give me something to look forward to.

I love the tartness of this beer and the fruit flavor. It is not too overpowering or too sour that it isn't enjoyable. Dogfish can pull this beer off, but I am sure it is not everyone's favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 22:36:04 | More by TheCervezaChica
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goethean

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass on a very hot and humid July day in Chicago.

Slightly musty aroma.

Quite tart, "gleeky". Lemonadey, almost astringent. Very refreshing. I wouldn't have guessed that there was peach in it if the label hadn't told me. Tiny bit of fruity sweetness. Bit of horsey funk in nose and mouth --- this beer used some wild yeasts and/or souring bacteria. No hops bitterness. A slightly dry, very pleasant, Germanic hops aftertaste.

I don't seek out light beers or weissbiers, but this is the most enjoyable example that I have encountered. 5 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 18:14:32 | More by goethean
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

Pours a murky yellow with a white head.

Acidic like lemonade with unripe peaches and a certain creaminess that's wonderful. Try it on a hot day and you'll never go back.

I wish this were available in my state, it is the ultimate summer beer. I'm not sure why this doesn't get higher reviews.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 15:20:51 | More by brownbeer
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been awaiting this one since it's "preview" at the EBF '07. One of my favorite styles of beer and perfect in the summer. A nice alternative to the seemingly endless pale wheat ales put out by other breweries in the summer.

Poured from the 12oz.bottle into a pilsner glass the beer is a hazy golden color with more than two-fingers of fluffy pure white head that blossoms over the glass and was quick to fade. Some sticky lacing throughout.

The nose had a soft peach aroma, very mild with some lemon(ade) aromas and fresh cut grass.

The tartness hits the palate upfront and grabs the tounge depriving it of moisture. A nice sour pucking follows up and the peach is barely detectable. (I thought the peach was more predominate at the EFB, I'm glad is was less present in the bottles). A dry finish that again sucks out the moisture of the mouth and puckers the lips. Crisp and quenching with soft citrus notes and a little lemon.

Th body is light, crisp, and dry ... spot on for the style.

Very drinkable, very enjoyable, perfect for the season. This will be a beer I buy up now and look forward too each summer. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 19:46:30 | More by Sycodrummer
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Perrumpo

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite summer beers. Even better on tap, of course!

Non-clear golden color with virtually no head. You can lightly smell the tart fruit and malt. A smoother tartness on tap with light fruit and malt flavor. The peach is not in the forefront. It's blended nicely with the malts... the tartness is the main thing. DFH dialed back the tartness a bit for 2010, and I think it is perfect now. Lovely mouthfeel for summer. High drinkability since it's so light and tart.... very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 17:15:01 | More by Perrumpo
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botham

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the Sugap Maple in Milwaukee on July 17, 2009. pours a clear golden color with a single finger of tight white head that has decent retention and light lacings.

aroma is of light wheat malt and a light note of sweet/sourness. somewhat ephemeral in the nose with a pleasant aura, albeit simple.

taste is of light breaded malt with a subtle sour character. distant notes of apple are present as well. overall the profile is lightly fruity, which feeds off of the sour note in the background. perfectly proportioned and wonderfully flavorful in the glass.

mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch tart on the palate with a mildly effervescent character. goes down smooth with a light bite from the sour note. very well put together.

drinkability is great. very fresh and perfectly proportioned, this light, easy going brew has the perfect amount of sourness while not taking away from its other qualities. all this comes together into a dangerously drinkable weiss beer that is perfect for a hot summer day or for a session out at night. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 23:30:26 | More by botham
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= This beer pours a nice slightly hazy yellow color with a great two finger head on it as well as some spotty lacing. The head doesn't last too long but has a little bit of retention.

S= Lots of wheat in the smell with a decent amount of lemon. The peaches are there but they are quite subdued. Nice wheat smell to it though. A little grainy and grassy. Decent Berliner.

T= Awesome taste to this beer. Wow. I can't believe people bad mouth this beer sometimes. The taste is realy nice on the wheat side when you exhale after the swallow. Your hit with nice acid tartness to it. There is a nice lemon taste on the back of the tongue as well as some peach. The peach is really quite subdued but still a little present on the back of the tongue.

M= The mouth actually feels a lot like some spritzy lemonade.

D= Love this beer. My favorite summer seasonal I've ever had actually. There is a nice complexity to it but the best thing is just how refreshing this is. Lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 22:53:19 | More by jjanega08
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stewart124

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with visible carbonation.

Plenty of pilsner malt and straw in the nose. Some peach in the aroma.

Sweetness up front with plenty carbonation and dose of tartness to finish. The sweetness up front is slightly syrupy but this is overall deliciously light in taste with just the right amount of sweetness and subtle peach to please the palate. Then there is generous tart punch that leaves you craving more.

This is a great summer seasonal that isn't done often enough. Why didn't I find this earlier? You gotta try this!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 00:41:38 | More by stewart124
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scottyg354

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour a crystal clear golder yellow. White head that fades quick. Really no head retention on this one, and lacing is minimal.

S: Peaches. Some slight bread and malty notes.

T: From the smell you would think the peach character on this would be very present in the taste, its actually not so. The is a peachy presence but it is in the background. This beer is rather tart and almost reminds me of a dry peach cider if that makes sense. Really nice.

M: Heavy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Definitely a decent summertime drinker.

O: This beer is pretty odd, but if you enjoy fruitier dry beers this one is definitely worth a shot. I will be purchasing more.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 06:09:08 | More by scottyg354
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gottabetweed

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a nice head that dissipated rather quickly

Strong smell of peach, lemon, and beer. The smell of this beer concentrated in the tulip glass makes my mouth water. Very intrigued.

Taste is sour with a very upfront peach taste. Some lemon. Man I love the taste. This beer is delicious!

Mothfeel is medium. Aftertaste fade to a peachy goodness.

Overall a great beer. I think peach is my favorite fruit flavor for a beer and this beer has inspired me to try some peach lambics. Just a great summertime brew! Gracias Dogfish!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:34:30 | More by gottabetweed
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rustyhamilton

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first sour beer and I was not sure what to expect. The beer pours anperfect golden color with light carbonation. It looks like a sparkling beverage. The smell is pleasant - you pick up the peach right away.

The flavor on this is wonderful. At first I got a light peach taste, and then sour when I swishes it around. The aftertaste is a light tart taste. I enjoyed this in a glass outside on a hot summer day. It really is a perfect summer beer and I'm eager to pick up more. Not too boozy so its easy to knock back a few of these at a BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 22:18:33 | More by rustyhamilton
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw, wheaty gold. Very pale. Initially pours with a full two fingers of head, fizzing like soda and dying out to nothing. Completely hazy.
Smells sour and fruity. Green apple and under-ripe peach, fresh off the tree you pick yourself at the orchard.
The flavor opens up light and airy, with a purely summertime feel. If this isn't refreshing, I don't know what is. The carbonation is effervescent, yet mellow and finely bubbled. Lightly flavored green apple tartness with the essence of peach. The flavors intermingle effortlessly, finishing off with barely a trace of floral hops and refreshing fruity sourness. Excellent, interesting and unusual. Who makes a berliner weisse in regular production? I could drink the four pack on the back stoop in one sitting, easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 04:36:10 | More by UnionMade
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a shaker pint on tap at Meridian Pint DC. Had this in the past out of the bottle and wasn't too impressed but that was some time ago.

Super stupid foamy super staying power white head. With a very cloudy dull yellow, with very fast hard to see rising carbs. Can't get over this head it's like muted whip cream with stick, incredible. I could spread this or dollop it on a bowl of strawberries or something.

Bouquet is incredibly soapy and perfume smelling. Perfume bent of sour fruit and shampoo, mild tannic peach pit seed, with a small hint of malt. I dig this, it smells like a tasty shampoo bottle that you know you shouldn't drink... but oh yeah... we are gonna do it baby, cause you know you want to.

Taste is an unreal combination of flavors. Jolly Rancher sour candy mostly of sour lemon, with an incredibly unexpected baked bread finish not anticipated with all the sourness in front. Sweet bread bakery dough with mild peach on the swallow, and floral perfume notes. I can't get over the feel of this beer, it's borderline creamy with a fruit explosion. Gentle sour candy and cream and malt beer character, it's almost as if this is the perfect beer lemonade. Stupidly low abv and high drinkability and palate packing punch!

Overall I have not had this style before, or a traditional Berliner Weiss say... "from the old original country". I would love to try one for comparison but this I think is just one of those things in craft where Sam and company have struck gold. And hell yeah it's nothing like it out of the bottle, it's fantastic on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 00:42:17 | More by smakawhat
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OStrungT

California

4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving minimal lacing, but a thin layer of head.

This beer has a grainy aroma. Behind that, I smell a subtle peach aroma. It has a slight spicy hop aroma. It also smells slightly tart.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It has a tart, slightly sour flavor. The peach flavor is sublte, but good. It has a grainy flavor also.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a tart peach aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer would probably make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it tastes great. The tart flavor might become overbearing after a while, but I still think it would be easy to put back a few.

Overall: Thanks go out to Himerman for hooking me up. This beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 23:12:45 | More by OStrungT
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rwinzing

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light straw appearance with little head that vanished quickly

light peach smell with a touch of floral

Nice taste of peach but not over bearing. The peach was in the finish more than at any other point. Had a sample out of a keg and it was much more pronounced

very drinkable. Summer pool side beer

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 23:11:40 | More by rwinzing
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detlefchef

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is a really nice beer. From an appearance standpoint, it looks like it's going to be light and refreshing, which is exactly what it ends up being. Pale, clear color with a wispy and pure white head that settles out rather quickly.

Super vibrant aromas of peach and citrus hit you out of the glass and are followed by tart and correct flavors of the same with a nice petulance. I could drink the hell out of this beer even though it wasn't one I immediately reached for.

But right now it's like 100 degrees and I'm having a hell of a time thinking of anything else that would be working better.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 21:04:39 | More by detlefchef
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tjsjostrom

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Festina Peche is a very light yet snappy beer. The peach immediately jumps out when you are smelling it. I had this beer literally after mowing my yard, and it smelled like 12oz of heaven. The beer has a very light feel (I would compare it to the feel of a half-breed of beer and champagne). While the beer tastes good, it is decisively peach and I could only have one or two before I had to move onto something else.

When visiting a Dogfish Head Alehouse, I was given the recommendation to mix the Festina Peche with their 90 Minute IPA. This is perhaps the wisest thing I have ever done, and my wife greatly appreciated it. For most people that do not drink a lot of IPA, they are turned off by the "excessive" hop taste (Being from Seattle, I do not think there is a such thing). With mixing in the Festina Peche, it cut away at the "excessive hop flavor" without taking away from the essence of the IPA. It was easy on the palette yet went down like an IPA. I liked it so much I got a growler filled with 2/3 90 Minute IPA and 1/3 Festina Peche.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2012 02:41:44 | More by tjsjostrom
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20cl Tripel Karmeliet branded tulip glass.

A: Similar to a witte beer; straw-like and unfiltered with small amounts of sediment in the bottom of my glass. No head and no lacing at all.

S: Crisp sour apple, some champagne with heavy peach/apricot in there as well. Sweet and fermented, papaya and dried tropical fruit.

T: Sour and bready, fruity and woody with a nice dry finish. Peach is prevalent but really well balanced. Very nice.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation that rolls over the tongue nicely.

D: Goes down real smooth - a perfect balance of sweet and sour. I can't get enough of these!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 04:49:46 | More by DeanMoriarty
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ngeunit1

California

4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of lots of peach, with a good amount of funk and tartness coming through as well, with a bit of wheat and farmhouse smells.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet and tart peach with some wheat and a hint of funky yeast. Through the middle, the sourness begins to build with some stronger funk and farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of tart peach with some wheat, funk, and sourness.

M - Light bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, tart, and sour finish.

D - Super drinkable. I really like the peach flavor and the funkiness and tartness really enhances it a lot. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 21:22:20 | More by ngeunit1
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Lindeman's glass.

Pours a very light yellow color with a thick head that lingers. High levels of carbonation.

Tangy and sour with hints of sour peaches mixed in somewhere.

Upon tasting, the sour, bitter notes dominate. The wheaty malt is felt in the nose. Whats really nice is that the sour peach flavor doesnt overpower anything. It's there (in extreme moderation mind you), but it cuts what would be an awful aftertaste from strictly wheat malt. The sourness stays with you through the end.

Aftertaste is all sour and slightly fruity. This is where the fruit comes out to play. If you can make it through the initial assault, you'll experience what this beer is really all about.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:51:05 | More by VncentLIFE
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GCBrewery

Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light golden, yellow when held to light, a few suspended particulates. No head or lacing but typical to style

S- This is no DIPA and can not be held to that standard. It is a "neo-berliner" and will be held to that standard. There is not supposed to be a huge hop presence and there isn't. It smells like moldy lemon peels with the faintest touch of peach skin (read delicious)

T- Probably somewhere in the medium to medium low tartness scale, but overall very pleasant and well appreciated. The peach is noticed in the aftertaste more than anywhere and is complimentary to the backbone of this brew.

M- Prickly just like a good Berliner should be. Finishes clean and enticing.

O- There is a high degree of variability on the reviews for this beer. For those who are not acquainted with sour beers, this may be a bit of a shocker. For those well acquainted, this may leave some to be desired. For me personally, I think that DFH nailed this interpretation of a Berliner and am thrilled to drink this beer every time (and I am generally a stout/porter head)

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:04:40 | More by GCBrewery
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weasbri

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale straw color, reminded me of lemonade in appearance, with a small white foamy head to it.
Aroma is mainly of wheat, with some peachy overtones.
Surprisingly, the peach flavor doesn't overpower here. Instead, it's a more passive participant, allowing a good bit of tartness (which I suppose could be classified as peachy, but seemed more like lemon or grapefruit, or even green apples) to come through. After the sourness fades, there's a small bit of peachy sweetness lingering on the palate as well.
Thanks to the low ABV, I could definitely put away a few of these on a hot summer day like today.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 21:44:12 | More by weasbri
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Augustiner719

New York

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled on 2/12, poured on 2/14

Appearance: Pours an almost crystal clear orange yellowish color with a nice foamy pure white head. Very little lacing and the head recededs moderately fast but leaves a nice ring on the glass. Very carbonated and great looking.

Smell: Smells a bit different, almost like budweiser. Corn, ethanol and a bit of grain husks come through. Very muted though and a bit macro like and dull.

Taste: Tastes very very interesting. Bitter citrus, kumquat, lime zest and a mango bitterness come through predominately. There is a medium bodied orange flavor. Very interesting and refreshing. Light body overall, but good flavors come through.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, but silky smooth despite the bitterness. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: this would be a great go to in the summer. Its refreshing and light with a touch of sweetness that grows after a few sips. Nice.

A) 4.5
S) 2.5
T) 3.5
M) 4
D) 4

***Review on 6/22/10***

Realized that my previous review was way out of season. Got a fresh 4pack and quickly changed my mind.

Appearance: Not sure why i rated the appearance so high. I find an orange yellow hazy color with crappy head retention due to the style. Fizzy at first and then totally flat after a minute.

Smell: This has a a great kumquat, orange peel type of sourness to the aroma that is very distinct. Some sour peach, with a bit of bitter cherry also. Highly aromatic.

Taste: Taste also went up because its fresh now and has bright vibrant flavors of sour peach, nectarine, mango, orange peel and a lemon acidity to it that is balanced by the malt that is ever so slight. Great summer brew and very very fresh tasting.

Drinkability: raise the drinkability also because this was so refreshing and the abv is nice and low yet it packs so much flavor. easlily went through the 4 pack.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2010 21:01:14 | More by Augustiner719
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quaffsalot

New York

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the luck to find it on tap at whole foods. Was not even expecting much from it except a "drinkable" summer drink, but it turned out great. Slightly sour, aromatic, tasty as hell, and perfect for a summer drink. Not sweet, but not at all bitter. Exceptional warm weather drink.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-29-2010 02:38:05 | More by quaffsalot
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ebby82

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, almost translucent color into a pint glass.

The smell is a bit yeasty, with a nice peach aroma as well.

The taste is crisp, tart, a little sour, with a light peach flavor.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. Crisp effervescence.

Really tasty and very drinkable on a mind numbingly hot day like today.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-09-2011 19:55:00 | More by ebby82
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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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