Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.71/5 rDev +1.9%
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice glass. No discernible bottling or freshness date that I can see.
Appearance - A light lemony yellow with good clarity and carbonation bubbles dispersed throughout the body. Topped by a pillowy soft white head about one finger thick consisting of tiny bubbles, reminiscent of champagne, but it stays around much longer than champagne foam. No lacing to speak of.
Smell - Some general citric tartness. Not much peach characteristic, which surprises me given the use of peach concentrate. Interspersed with the light fruitiness is some grain, like water crackers.
Taste - Here the peach shines through a bit more, and it's like a fresh-cut peach, rather than the crazy artificial peach you will find in things like soda or candy. Balances with some lemon tartness and maybe a hint of green apple? I wish it was more sour, but I think the fair comparison here is a Berliner Weisse that has been enhanced with syrup, as I've been told is common for the normally puckering style. Festina is sort of a pre-syruped version. Since I've never had a BW with syrup added, it's hard to establish a baseline for comparison. Either way, the fact that it's tart instead of sour makes it highly drinkable.
Mouthfeel - Effervescent and light-bodied. Dry finish.
Overall, a wonderful summer beer, but perhaps not the one for you if you're looking for something with a bit of a pucker factor. Still highly refreshing and drinkable. I'll look forward to my second bottle.
07-03-2013 07:13:40 | More by LambicPentameter
3.84/5 rDev +5.5%
Keep reading about berliner weiss, felt obligated to try one.
Pour is a nice clear straw gold. Finger of white fizzy head fading rapidly. Tons of carbonation.
Nose is strong on the peach with a sort of dried corn/malt background. Interesting.
Taste is fascinating. Huge burst of juicy rich peach, with a component of citrus. Follows by a sour malt that feels both a little dry and biting, but also refreshing at the same time. Get a nice aftertaste of peach.
Feel is pretty thin and light. Lingering acid notes. Totally appropriate given everything else.
With nothing to base the beer on for the style, I'm left with my own personal tastes. It's defiintely good, and interesting. The peach is a little much at times, almost cloying, but I gather that is sort of how it's supposed to be. So I guess that's good. Do I like it? sure! Do I love it? Nah. Will I try more Berliner Weiss? Absolutely. Great hot day beer.
07-01-2013 21:14:21 | More by dheacck11
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 3,496 ratings.