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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,832 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2832
Reviews: 1206
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.91%


Brewed by:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Moan and Dove in Mass., the no.1 rated bar in the country. Light and cloudy. Peach and wheat flavour. Bit of head and lace. Straight up peach flavour, above average carbonation. A bit fruit soda taste, medium or lighter mouthfeel. Drying but satisfying. Sessionable ABV appreciated

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 18:52:57 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a very pale yellow with a small head that fades to a cap. Lacing is minimal.

S - Fruity sour peach notes mixed with biscuit malt smells.

T - Very tasty yet slightly sour. The peach flavor is not overpowering and the wheat mixes very well overall. There is no bitterness whatsoever to this beer.

M - Very tart and crisp with a great level of carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkability. This is a very refreshing and easy going beer. I just tried this for the first time recently, but I can say with certainty that this will be a frequent go to beer for the hot Southern California months ahead.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 06:48:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weak lemonade yellow that comes close to losing all color as the eye travels to the edge of the glass. The bright white cap is soft and frothy, gently rocky even, but doesn't grace the glass with much lace. The final pour murks things up beautifully.

The nose is both tart and peachy, just as a peach-infused Berliner weissbier should be. It also has a deeper, more interesting muskiness (like the skin of a freshly picked peach) that puts it squarely above average. Make that well above average.

Dogfish Head made a great choice in releasing a Berliner weissbier with the fruit flavoring already added. It may rub purists the wrong way, but so what? Berliner Kindl Weisse probably would have been much better with either raspberry or woodruff syrup.

The peachiness tastes fresh, despite the fact that this 4.5% beer has been in the bottle for at least 9 months. The lactobacillus-derived acidity must be a great preservative (which is why I felt confident in not drinking this bottle until now). Aging Festina Peche seems silly, but it has legs for sure.

One has to like tart to like this offering. That said, it stops well short of being punishingly sour and doesn't give the salivary glands the workout that some lambics do. I also like the fact that the fruitiness isn't overpowering. It's an accent rather than a 900 lb. gorilla. The finish borders on Saharan.

I haven't had enough Berliner weissbiers to know what the mouthfeel should feel like. It's light and is energetically bubbled. Bottom line: it works.

While I would never drink this odd little ale on a regular basis (even with easy access), it's good for what it is. Dogfish Head doesn't always hit everything out of the park, and there are some errors now and then, but it's always interesting to see if what they throw against the wall sticks. Festina Peche sticks.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 13:57:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I normally shy away from fruit beers, but on the other hand, I cannot resist a Dogfish Head Speciality release, sometimes this can present a conflict, at which times my desire for something new and unique always wins, this was one of those times. A Peach Concentrate infused malt beverage...hmmmm. Poured an extremly light golden yellow with a brief white fizzy type of head. Very light and considerably hazy, with a ton of visible carbonation, making its way up through chains of bubbles reaching from the nethers of the glass, my intrest has been piqued.

The aroma was very fruity and light. Lots of peach flavors which one would expect naturally with something infused with peach concentrate. There were also some decent hints of grain mixed within that fruit assault. Some yeast and a light cut grass made its way through as well, all aromas were very light and crisp, clean. Now for the test, first impression of the taste was, very sweet and very light. Great mouthfeel as the carbonation is very heavy, pretty much like that of a wine cooler. The flavor profile pretty much followed suit as well. Lots of sweetned peach flavors mixed on top of a bland malt liquor flavor. Nothing really too stand out about this.

Overall this was a wine cooler to me. Way too light and just not enough character. Had a great feel, and the low ABV makes it a nice very hot summer days treat, in fact my wife would probably love this and will have to give her a taste next time I see one, but for the price, if I wanted a wine cooler I would go for a wine cooler. I will stick to DFH's bigger and in my opinion better offerings. Speaking of which, got a red and white due up next.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 21:18:34 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy pale yellow with a nice white foam.

S: Wheat, lemony sourness, some peach.

T: Excellent level of tartness, the peach is present primarily on the finish, rather than an overpowering flavor throughout the beer. Some notes of wheat and lemon are there as well.

M: Quite light on the tongue with a very pleasant tartness.

D: A very refreshing, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:07:15 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale but cloudy lemon juice color with a soda head that fizzes away quickly without leaving much in the lacing department; not too familiar with the style but perhaps that is typical

Smell: Peaches, primarily, with a sour aspect

Taste: Opens up with a sour peach and green apple flavor that billows in tartness by mid-palate; there is an underlying wheat element that softens the profile; after the swallow, the sour elements build, but the finish is dry and crisp

Mouthfeel: Light and puckerish; with plenty of fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: If you like sour beers, give this a try; a nice change of pace

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 22:40:50 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a cloudy bright yellow color beer with a big huge pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of tart malt with a hint of fruit sweetness. Taste is quite tart but not up to a lambic level with some light fruit sweetness. Body is about average with some great carbonation. I’m not sure what to make of this one or really to expect since I know so very little of the style. I sure couldn’t have tell there was peach in there and would have loved more tartness but that just me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 19:05:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a wonderful and surprising beverage. Both challenging to the taste and wholistically satisfying at the same time. The beer opens with a Witbier-lika hazy, cannary-yellow appearance, except with a dainty foamstand that proved withstanding. Strong, tart aromas of lemons and a trace of lime and cookie dough, decorated with a sharp spiciness from aged hops, acidicy, and wheat malt esters. A medium undertone of muskiness and woodiness remain throughout. Very sharp, tart (or sour) flavors of lemons dominate the brew with only a hint of underlying ripe (actually under-ripe) peaches for character. A firm wheat malt base tempers the sourness, but only modestly. The beer alternates from vineous and acidic, to soft and lightly malty. The body is light, but somewhat velvety, when not thinned by the acidity. Mild alcohols add to the sharpness and complexity. Very clean despit the light barn-yard mustiness, with a powdery finish. Sometimes dry, sometimes mouthwatering in the finish (depending on how big of a drink I take). Very alluring and intriguing beer that I'll be certain to have more of this summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 14:47:39 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A bright semi-orange color with plenty of carbonation and a bone-white head.

S: Light with the peach scents coming through in addition to same pale/grainy malt.

T: Very tart. Less like a peach and more toward the tartness of a not-quite-ripe apricot.

M: Lots of acidic and tart flavors. Light body.

D: I enjoy the taste and the mouthfeel is alright, but the drinkability is not too high. I'd like to try this with some age, as I've heard some suggest.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 13:39:52 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down and left some lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness and peaches in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a slight amount of sourness and although it has flavors of peaches, no traces of sweetness are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of peaches helps to balance off the sourness associated with this style, much like fruit syrups are added to other Berliner weissbiers to make them more palatable. It’s easy to drink for the style and the low alcohol content makes it very sessionable, if you can handle the light amount of sourness.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:10:16 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a medium, white head that vanished in the time it took me to shoo the roommate's cat out of the room. Way to go, Daphne the Cat!

Smell: Faint, slightly musty aroma of damp hay and Del Monte canned peaches with an underlying tartness.

Taste: Moderately tart flavors of wheat and peach juice. Slight saltiness along with a mild citrus taste on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light-bodied. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: A peach of a thirst quencher!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 02:26:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very very light yellow not far from transparent a thin fizzy quick to fade white head atop,hmm odd aromas overripe stone fruit, lactic sourness and mineral.That Berliner weiss character shows thru in a genuine tartness that lingers with a hint of grass the peach flavors are slightly subdued but came on more as I drank more and made it pretty appetizing.Leave it to DFH to come up with new and creative ideas in beer this is a summer quaffer no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 21:38:48 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind for the Blind Beers BIF. Here we go: It pours a hazy orange straw topped by some white foam that dies faster than the Cubs' chances for a title. The nose comprises lemon pulp, coriander, mandarin oranges, sweet corn, and a tiny bit o' flowers. The taste starts with some nice, bitingly tart lemon wedge, then moves into some green apple, cardamom, coriander, and a late sweetness like that found after a Sour Patch Kid has been in your mouth awhile. The body is light, with a moderately active carbonation and a dry, almost sticky finish. I was thinking wit for most of the tasting, but the tartness destroyed that possibility. I had forgotten about Berliner Weisses. It was interesting that I didn't get too much in the way of peaches, but there is a possibility this was a slightly vintage bottle, so that could have influenced things a bit. Good times, regardless.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 20:03:17 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, with a few fingers of thin puffy white head, which leaves a small ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of vegetal (?) peach essence, and a light white grain. The taste is sour orchard fruit, more nectarine than peach - almost lemony, apple, and musty white grain. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weighted, and fruit-juice-like, and it finishes dry, with some earthy pit fruit.

A solid, dry fruit beer, the tartness not overwhelming. A refreshing end of summer quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:51:23 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a spiffy Belgian tulip-type glass...

Hazed faint peach/pear appearance, nice, if slim slab of white foam above.

Effervescence at large in aroma, light fruit, again, peach and pear, ...pilsner-like...slightly sweet, slightly dry.

Taste: sour, puckering, spritzy, ...citric, tart, then dry...like pear champagne. Light bodied, light finish, too...and the flavor's not doing it for me.

Boy, I've been meaning to try this for a long time, grabbed a bottlle in Wisconsin that was foul, and now this time...not crazy about this. It's probably as good as it should be, but, clearly, it's not pushing my buttons.

It's actually growing on me as I finish it. Would make a nice
dessert brew. Sparkling, dry, and a little fruity. Good. Not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 09:59:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but is still fruity, containing peaches, wheat and light malts.

T: The taste is tart and sour with the peach flavor remaining prevalent the whole time. The malt character is very thin and although the style does not really lend itself to having much of a hops presence, I would swear there is a hint of some in there. There is also a strong acidic burn as you swallow, like I normally get when I finish my wife’s Malibu & pineapple juice or hard lemonade. There after-taste is sour and slightly bready.

M: Very crisp with a little smoothness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Although I am not a big fan of anything with a peach flavor, this beer was still a little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, this beer seems to be what many fruit-flavored beers try to be. If I liked peaches, I would have enjoyed this beer more, but even so, it was still pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 01:31:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance starts out strong, with lively carbonation, but by the end of the glass it starts to lose steam a little. It pours a nice pale orange tone, with bubbles that cling to the sides of the wide fishbowl-style chalice. Pouring the yeast is recommended, it boosts the mouthfeel and tartness.

Light aroma of peach, lemon, and white grape juice. Vague sourdough bread in the background, but not as pronounced as Berliner Kindl Weisse.

Tart upfront, like lemonade without the sugar. Pale malt or wheat in the middle, clean not funky. Peach is soft and light, and comes out toward the end, lingering with a mild zesty tartness. After half the glass, it seems to ebb away.

Feels like peach schnapps and seltzer, without the sweetness or alcohol. The tingling carbonation centers itself on the tongue, and spreads outward. Spritzy, juicy, not especially dry.

After finishing the first, I had to have another. Perfect for the summer heat. Definitely gets points for creativity...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 23:57:48 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed straw color with minimal white head. Some lacing & no head retention

S: Cereal notes, some grassyness & tartness

T: Tartness in abundance, grassy hops, lemony fruittyness & some flinty dryness up front. Chalky dryness, puckery lemons, & a touch of sour cherry as this warms. Finishes tart with some fruittyness (peach or apricot)

MF: Light bodied, spritzy, dry

Drinks pretty easy, the tartness really quenches the old thirst. Not a style I'm crazy about, the German Berliners I could stand with out the syrup, so although not really feeling or tasting peaches, I do believe they help. If there's a tastier take on the style I haven't had it yet. I am sitting on 1809, so we shall see...

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 04:12:13 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale and wheat malt scent along with a mildly tart yeast aroma. There is only a hint of the peaches. The taste is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt flavor that is crisp and tart with a slight peach feel. It goes down easy and finishes dry and sour. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I'm so glad they didn't make this 11+ %abv or whatever. It's nice to have a session beer with some style.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 02:43:49 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on tap in a shaker pint. Beer is gray in color and almost looks like dirty water. Forms a big white head of medium bubbles and the carbonation level is appropriately high. The head falls away slowly leaving almost no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lactic mildly with some peach flavors in there as well. Interesting.

Beer is thin and mildly sour. Its very drinkable and there is some nice carbonation in the mouth that accents the peach flavors well. I'm in good company when I say that this is not exactly a berleinerweiss but its a decent sour wheat with fruit. I could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 19:53:49 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage sampled on tap at the Garland Flying Saucer.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is peaches with some light tartness and some wheat. The flavor is wheat and peaches with only a little bit of tartness. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very drinkable, but I wish the beer was a little more tart.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 04:04:50 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No head, clear watery tan yellow color.

Nose peach, peach syrup and canned peaches, syrupy with little sweet malt, mild malty aroma.

Taste more peaches, mostly canned peaches with syrup, little fresh peach flesh, juicy peach with mild malty flavor, hint of bitterness. Finish is sticky and syrupy with mild sweetness, lingering canned peaches in syrup.

Mouth is lighter bod but mild syrupy, decent carb.

Overall there no beer here, mostly just canned peaches. Tasty though, and plenty of peach, but why make it a beer, I can just go to the store and buy canned peaches and pour some vodka in it and call it a day.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:25:13 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 24, 2007; Sampled August 2007
Pours with a hazy, yellowish, gold colored body and is topped by a frothy, meringue white head. The aroma is lightly tart, with a solid, wheat like, grainy aroma. The acidity leans towards / accentuates a nice fruitiness; notes of peaches, apricots and orange blossoms are noticeable as part of the fruit component.

Lightly tart, quite light bodied, actually the combination is really quite refreshing. The beer is very dry, yet the peach / fruit flavors are still noticeable. Almost more aromatic than fruit flavored. Lactic acid tasting, which at times is quite dry and bracing. At other times though, the nectar-like fruitiness adds a softness and a perceived sweetness which softens the total effect of this beer. Flavors of citrus-honey, orange blossoms, peaches & apricots all form layers of the tart fruit flavors found in this beer.

This is a really nice brew for the Summer season; light, refreshing, fruity, simplistic at times, it really captures the essence of a hot weather refresher. I could easily have drunk a couple pints of this on this 100°F + day.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 21:25:58 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had this on tap and I must say that it's much better than when I had it the first time from a bottle. It's got a very light and refreshing pêche flavor that is well balanced with the wheat. I'm very surprised by the difference I noticed with this. The bottles I had picked up must have gone bad or something, On tap made a world of difference. Glad I tried it again.

Bottled Review - Like most beer nuts I love this brewery and I consider myself quite lucky that at anytime I could take a 3 hour road trip to DfH and have a lot of wonderful brews. But I must say that I do not enjoy this brew specifically. When I received a 4 pack from my family as a gift I was really excited to try it because it was new at the time. I poured my first one into a glass and everything looked good it smelled a little funky but that didn't bother me. It was the taste it was really not my cup of tea. To this day I can't figure out why I think this beer tastes like vomit to me. I feel really bad that I can't enjoy this brew like a lot of other people do but this is one that I can't get passed my lips anymore.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 15:50:31 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy lemon-drop yellow with a thin head. Well, this style isn't exactly known for its head retention, anyway. There is a lasting thin island of a patch, though.

The smell is of hints of peach. A candy-like sweettart aroma is there.

The taste is sweettart. Peach skin (no syrupy fruit here) blends with a malty sweetness with a balancing tartness. Finishes refreshingly dry.

Refreshingly light, a nice flavor hangs on. Smooth.

A broad interpretation of the style - well, what do you expect from DFH. I do have to say, though, that they put a nice twist on the style. A nice summer brew. Wish it came in six-packs for the same price!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 03:18:54 | More by jwc215
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Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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