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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

Festina PêcheFestina Pêche

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,834 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2834
Reviews: 1206
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.91%


Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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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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greenbeaner

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a first for me for this style, so hopefully I review it fairly, but I should start out by saying that I enjoyed it very much. Poured a pale and cloudy golden straw with a one and a half finger head that diminished to a ring around the glass. Very light/no lacing.

Very wheaty and yeasty up front on the nose, but citrusy lemon with a faint peachy scent.

Tartness right off the bat! Like I said, this is a first for me of this style, and I was not expecting it! After reading about it some however, and a few more sips, I've come to the conclusion that it's very intriguing to the palate. The tartness quckly moves towards a wheat flavored center and finishes once again with a lemony sour. I noticed that the peach is very faint and is really only noticable upon exhaling after you swallow...and in that aspect it really does taste like a lot like peach.

Feels fairly light in body in the mouth, and leaves you dry, clean, and crisp. Overall a very nice and welcome change from the typical summertime brews. I'll be picking up this instead the nextime I'm experiencing a heatwave.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 03:27:53 | More by greenbeaner
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a dense hazy pale yellow body with a snow white head that turns into a thick sticky mat of foam. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that race to the surface.

S- The notes of tart dry peaches with a lemon note and a light white bread note.

T- This beer has a dry tart flavor with a note of dry peach pits and a lemon note. There is a light herbal hops finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light pucker in the finish.

D- This is a bright tart crisp beer that is refreshing and a nice peach flavor in the background. I love this style and this is a really great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 02:58:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Festina Peche
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light yellow with a hazy & cloudy character. No sticky lacings appear.

Pleasant nose with fruity notes upfront and a peach presence.

My first sip is highly acidic and ripe on the tongue. Pressured carbonation and very spritzer-like overall. A hint of tart citrus flavors add to this semi-mouth puckering brew. A combo of peach, lemon & lime provide an intense fruit blast.

Quite refreshing, unique and easy to drink on this humid July evening. Not sure if I would drink more than a few of these in one sitting however.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 22:52:20 | More by Hibernator
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Tomas77

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light haze to this beer which is typical to a berliner weisse. Pale,yellow gold in color. Good carbonation. Small head on surface that leaves a slight trace of lace behind.

*Good looking summer beer.

A tart/sour aroma(probably from the yeast) is noticeable. I smell some peach but more citrus notes like lemon and orangy zest.

Very dry low bitter beer without much lactic sourness that I would expect from a berliner weisse but it's there just the same and very refreshing. Low to moderate on the malts(wheat) and hops(lemongrass,citrus). Good balance.

*Good tasting summer beer.

Light body. Thin. Dry, with a non-lingering seltzery aftertaste left behind. A great session beer. Two or 3 of these go down nice on a hot summer day.

*Just a good tasting, refreshing summer beer! (in case I haven't mentioned it already)

DFH does it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 21:26:10 | More by Tomas77
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy blonde color with a head consisting of a thin layer of tiny bubbles, little spotty lacing. Smells of lemons and some light peach tones. Taste is very tart, with a finish of lemons and peaches. Light in body with great carbonation dancing on the palate. Another unusual but great brew from Dogfish Head, perfect for summertime.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 21:03:13 | More by HopDerek
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Brent

Kentucky

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

I imagine this will be a love it or hate it beer. Being a fan of the Berliner Weisse style, the jaw-clenching tartness on the first sip is exactly what I'm looking for. Nice, biting lactic acidity that smooths out rather quickness with aromatic peach flavor wafting through. The peach is more of a complimentary flavor than a primary flavor in the beer, with less sweetness than you might expect. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 16:23:36 | More by Brent
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dfried

Minnesota

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

Just barely not see through straw yellow in color, thin white head formed mainly a ring after a minute or so. A lot of active carbonation. The aroma is wheaty and lemongrass like, plenty of sour notes coming through. Peach is noticeable but far from overwhelming, some other fruity notes as well like banana and bubble gum. The taste showed a sour edge I was not expecting after taking in the aroma, not acrid at all, quite tart and refreshing, just more than I expected. It made me pucker. After a second though sweetness folds in to balance it out. Peach flavor was there, but again it won't blow you away. Plenty of wheaty, zesty malt shines through, along with some apricot, banana, and cherry notes.

Overall: I figured there would be a lot of haters of this *fruit* beer, so I am pleased to see it's getting some decent reviews. I liked it quite a bit, it is a great summer session beer. A few refreshing, quality flavors, but not overly complex, relatively light in body. The peach juice used during brewing is well balanced with everything else and doesn't taste like generic concentrate. I am glad to see an off centered company take on this style and do a good job of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 20:06:21 | More by dfried
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shroompod

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into pint glass. A nice hazy color, thin head.

Smell is faintly peach.

This beer has a surprising tartness, with a hint of peaches. No maltiness or hops coming through.

Mouthfeel is thin, somewhat watery. Overall a refreshing beer I may grow to like.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 00:48:31 | More by shroompod
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

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

I have had this both on-tap and from the bottle. This review is for the draft version.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a nice white head. Some light spotty lacing is left behind.

The aroma is better than what I got from the bottle. Sour, tart lemon and peach. Smells like what I expect from a Berliner Weiss. Peach isn't as strong as I would like, but it is there.

The flavor is both sour/tart and refreshing...kinda like a good lemonade. The tartness is dominant but there is a nice hint of peach in there. Lemon is also present as is a hint of earthy hops.

Nice, light mouthfeel. Very active carbonation. Refreshing brew for a warm summer's day. On-tap is superior to the bottles, imo. But I do enjoy the bottles, also. My wife loves this beer. She has drank more of it than I ever will. Another hit from DFH.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2007 21:44:38 | More by Imstillthegman
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deanhead

Vermont

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to enjoy this beer on tap. WOW! It certainly is different.Consequently it was my first sampling of a Berliner Weisse beer. A very interesting beer to say the least. I enjoyed it with chilled melon soup which complemented it nicely.


Appearance: It was poured into a 6oz tulip glass. A golden, straw color with a lacey white head. Resembled some lambics that I have drank before. Lot's of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Smelled of horse blanket, and a hay barn with sour undertones. This beer did not smell like peaches at all.

Taste: Youzzzers, this was a tart beer. Way ove the top, reminded me of swee tarts :) The peach taste is present but, to me still seemed sublte enough to let the combo of malt and hops shine thru. A very Well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light beer, with limited body, Tiny bubbles that tickle your nose. Reminded me of seltzer.


Overall: This was a tasty beer, a light summer drinker for a hot day. I don't know if I could drink more than one or two in one sitting, as it was very sour/tart beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2007 19:39:05 | More by deanhead
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The Festina Peche pours a hazy, light gold color, with a nice white head on it. Aroma is slightly sour, but the taste is where this beer shines. For fans of sour beer, this is a solid entry. Having never tried a Berliner Weisse before, I had no idea what to expect, but am now quite interested in finding more. (Any recommendations?)

The taste is strongly sour, with a nice light taste of peach. No real noticeable hops profile, as the sourness is by far the dominant taste. Mouthfeel is good - nice and light, which fits this style well. This is a great summer beer - you could easily drink several of these in a night just lounging out on a front porch. Nice work yet again Dogfish Head.

Update (7/21): I had this on tap at Deep Ellum in Allston last night. On tap it came through even better than in the bottle. The tartness and sour were more bold than in the bottle, which made for an even more enjoyable drinking experience. I highly recommend this on tap, more so than in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 14:43:34 | More by YonderWanderer
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$4 a bottle at Capone’s in Norristown PA.

Abru17 was kind enough to share a sample of his and now I am drinking my own bottle.

I have always been a fan of Berliner Kindl Weisse and many great sour beers; so I really hoped to love this beer. Props to the lactobacillus and super sour making me pucker and smile.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemonade color with a big white sudsy head and spots of lace in my flute glass.

Smell: Boldly sour with the signature Berliner Weissbier tart and loads of lemon. The peach is there but barely noticeable. It takes a significant effort to identify the sweet element as peach. there is a fruit coming through the acidic vinegar.

Taste: The flavor is actually quite simple in its glorious sourness. The acidic sour funk of the Berliner Weis with a touch of peach syrup. A grassy herbal dryness along with the lemon and sour fruit coat the cheeks and force a lip smacking finish and then in the aftertaste the real flavors of the peach come through as sweetness that seems to seep back onto the tongue and gums after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy across the palate with a bit of a syrupy center and sour prickly edges but overall a light and lively beer.

Drinkability: This maybe the first sessionable sour I have fallen in love with. At 4.50 % ABV and the sour is bold but not to big to slow the sips of a sour fan. Refreshing and pleasant if you like your beers a on the sour side as I do.

hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 06:02:50 | More by Phatz
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

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

Dogfish Head Festina Pêche pours a hazy straw gold with a small but lingering head. Aroma is semi-sweet peaches as well as an opposing dry light maltiness, almost grainy. Flavor starts off with a nice peachy taste that goes from almost sweet to very tart in the after taste. Although the peach flavor makes the beer seem sweet, the tartness really comes through, its almost sour. Very refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day, although I can't see this one cutting it year round.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 01:31:33 | More by ericj551
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive starting head--very white! no lasting power and no lace on the glass side. The color is straw-gold and is extremely cloudy.

Almost no aroma--certainly very little in the way of peach. Not sweet, slight wheat smells.

Extremely dry beer from my expectations. Strong sour aftertaste, almost like tart cherries. Relatively thin body, with a correspondingly low carbonation.

Not the best offering from Dogfish--it's worth a drive-by, but I wouldn't buy a four-pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 22:55:05 | More by smcolw
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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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YankChef

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottled on 5/23/07

Appearance: Very thin bubbly head that quickly dissipates. Very aggressive carbonation bubbling up to the top.

Smell: Aroma is very intense when the top is popped of sour and acid. Once poured the smell is very faint. Subtle scents of orange and the wheat.

Taste: Wow reading about how tart this beer is one thing, but wow! Instant zap on you tongue like biting into a lemon. Very intense acidic that is very quick upfront, almost like a pickled lemon flavor (If you havent had one, its feakin intense). It gives way to a surprisingly sweet after taste that is almost linenkugel like, fruity pebbles, captain crunch a sort of wheat-mystery berry.

Mouthfeel: Light-moderate bodied, the bubbles really explode as soon as you take a sip, very very high carbonation almost sparkling wine like.

Overall: Props to DFH for taking the less beaten path to make something truly enjoyable and i generally hate wheat beers. Although not very "peachy" if you like sour candy or flavors you will love this.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 06:34:20 | More by YankChef
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack looking for a "change of pace" beer on a hot summer day while watching baseball...

DFH gets points for the cool label. I really liked the simplicity and the colorfulness- really suites the vibe of the beer.

Poured into a standard pint glass....

A- Cloudy citrus yellow color- minimal head- lots of carbonation.

S- Lemon zest, sweet peach, malts, and apple.

T- First thing I noticed- sweetness and almost tart/sour. Highly carbonated, great peach aftertaste lingering on my tongue.

M- Fizzy and light while consumed. This is truly a one of a kind taste for me, have never experienced something like this with a beer. Refreshing and light.

D- I could drink many of these in a sitting. It's a pleasure to drink.

DFH does it again...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 00:12:21 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

12 ounce bottle, with a bottled on date of 6/1/2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with a half inch white head. It smells like wheat, tart apples and a bit of peach. The taste is very tart, I can taste apples, citrus (lemon), and some wheat and peach. Taste is stronger than it smells, and the peach isn't as strong as I thought it would be. Mouthfeel/body is light, with some zippy carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's crisp, dry and definitely sessionable. It's a nice change of pace beer, and great for summer. Hopefully DFH will make this a regular offering, I would buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 23:19:46 | More by bluejacket74
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bobhits

Kentucky

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

I'm going to review this beer based on other summer style beers, instead of based on it's style as like most I’ve never had this style of beer before.

I sadly also drank it out of the bottle as I was out and about last night when I drank it and I had to take a few quick notes. So I base what I saw and smelled from the bottle instead of from a proper glass.

This was a really interesting beer. I've had a few fairly awful fruit flavored beers (I'm looking at you sam adams) that tasted like someone poured some fruit like flavoring in at the last minute and called it a beer. This beer however was brewed with the flavor and as such it comes off as a lot more natural and clean tasting. The other potential problem is that the beer will overwhelm with the fruit flavor and the finish will be sticky and very unpleasant. The finish to this beer (the actual beer flavor) is all malts and with the wheat flavor in there it really just kills the sweet flavor giving this beer an almost perfect finish.

Over all this is a really great summer beer. Far too many of the summer beers are boring and almost all the same. This is a great change of pace and at least in my opinion and better one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 18:37:51 | More by bobhits
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Yell O'bar in Philadelphia. Pours with a proper slight barm-cloudy pour with a light splotchy ivory head. Delicate scents of tart sout notes. The peach is not as pronounced despite being a key ingredient. The peach is more restrained. Excellent light fruit tart flavor. A total sipper but I swear that I could have glugged this down in one big gulp. These could go back all day easily.

What a difficult style to find but so worth it when you can. Leave it to Sam to add peach as the fourth Berliner Weisse flavor after raspberry, lemon and woodruff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2007 01:28:32 | More by blitheringidiot
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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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clvand0

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy light yellow color with a medium head that falls quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very interesting and light. Smells like fresh peaches with a very small hint of sourness behind it - very soft and pleasant aroma. The flavor is much the same. Just a hint of sourness on the finish that doesn't linger long. The peach flavor is very soft and smooth, but definately there. The body is light and the drinkability is good. The sourness seems to increase as the beer warms, but never becomes too strong.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 01:28:15 | More by clvand0
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phisig137

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy light gold with a one finger head. Little retention leaves nothing but liquid in the glass.

Aroma is a distinct mild peach, with faint hints of vanilla. Nice, but a bit mild. Also doesn't prepare you at all for the flavor.

Strong wheat presence on the palate, with a hefty, yet not overpowering peach flavor. Fresh and bright, this is not artificial at all, like some DFH beers can taste. Tart from front to back, and a dry finish with almost no lingering flavor. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good .

An interesting one from DFH. Quite the thirst quencher on a hot day. Nice to see a larger American brewer taking a stab at this almost dead style. I personally would like to taste it unblended, without the peach. Well worth trying for anyone out there that is interested in the sour side of beers. Perhaps a nice introduction to lambics and Oud beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 23:05:29 | More by phisig137
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Enola

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks a lot like lemonade. There is a thick head and a ton of carbonation. The smell is lemongrass and orange. The peach is in there but subdued. The taste is sour and citrusy. The mouthfeel is smooth and the sourness lingers. I could drink this beer again. Another strange release from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 21:47:12 | More by Enola
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