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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #19 - Pêche - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #19 - PêcheHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #19 - Pêche

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: albern on 06-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The Harpoon Pêche is reminiscent of the peach lambics Rich and other Harpoon employees enjoyed on their trip to Belgium. As you pour this hazy golden colored beer, you will immediately notice the fresh peach aroma rising from your glass. A high carbonation level assists in releasing the aromatics of this crisp, sparkling ale. The five malts used to brew this beer blend nicely with the fresh fruit added during fermentation, creating a sweetness that is full but not cloying or candy-like. This sweetness is balanced by the tart acidity in the finish of the beer. The combination creates an incredibly refreshing experience. This is a perfect beer for the summer and can be paired with a variety of cheeses and deserts, or simply enjoyed on its own.

15 IBU
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 38
Photo of jpaltan
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled opened with a bit of a pop which gave hints to the giant head that poured into my glass. I had to wait some time to let it die down. Color is straw colored. Smell is all peaches and a bit tart. Actually has a real nice nose to it. Beer is quite tart and a bit sweet. The peaches are present, in the front, a slight hint of hop bitterness comes at the end to round everything out. Actually has a pretty nice flavor going on, nice and light, refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin, and dries a little bit. Wished it finished drier and think it would benefit from that. Champagne level of carbonation.

Photo of number1bum
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin!

This one took patience to pour...big fizzy and foamy off-white head wanted to explode on impact. Color is actually peach-like, as it's not quite orange but it's not really yellow. It's a bit cloudy and the head recedes to a fizzy lace and leaves bubbly stick on the sides.

Smells like fresh, sweet peaches that have been soaking in booze! Mmmm, me likey.

First splash of flavor in the palate is mildy sweet peaches, followed by some tartness and a bit of alcohol. Interesting that a beer that's only 5% displays the alcohol so much, but not in a bad way. Tart and sour flavor puckers the mouth a bit, as does the aggressive carbonation. Very simple, yet straightforward, clean and refreshing taste.

This one is a winner for me. Certainly lambic-esque in many ways, even though it's not because it doesn't use Belgian yeast. As far as fruit beers go, this is one of my favorites.

Photo of erosier
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden yellow color with a pure white head. The aroma is of palce malts, a few hops, and peach. The taste is of the pale malt base along with the hop bitterness and followed with a tart peach that intensifies in the aftertaste. I was expecting a sweeter peach flavoring but this was still good a refreshing surprise. The mouthfeel is good with the right amount of carbonation and it is very drinkable.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow and with lots and lots and lots of foam. Not sure what's going on here, but even with a slow pour, it would top out the glass and I'd have to wait a while for it to go down enough. Certainly too much head going on, even though it left some good lacing each time.

The smell is quite sweet, very tart with a smell of, you guessed it, peaches. A great smelling fruit beer.

Taste is pretty much indicated from the smell, tart and peachy, hardly any bitterness.

Every taste made my mouth explode with foam, much like how it poured out, it pours in. Way too carbonated, detracts from enjoying it. Maybe some time will calm down the carbonation... or make it worse, who knows.

Photo of Boto
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: I got a shot of foam out of the top of the bottle when I opened this one. It pours with a large, white frothy head. It is a clear, pale golden color with some constant fizziness. So far, not good. The aroma is a different story, however. Slightly sour peach aroma, with some mustiness to it. A definite improvement over the appearance. Somewhat of a peach flavor, with some carbonation lingering on the tongue. Slightly bready. A nice, lighter beer for a hot day.

Photo of WanderingFool
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Harpoon's Peche pours a hazy straw yellow with a BIG white head. The foam fills the glass on the gentlest of pours. Once in the glass a very active carbonation persists until the end. The aroma is all peaches.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very fizzy. The flavor is earthy with lots of peach flavor and some peat mixed in. Dry finish with some tartness that lingers when gone.

An interesting beer with an odd flavor. If you like peaches this one is for you.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in the 100 barrel series made its way into my house, and I wanted to get this one tried before the good cold weather and heavier brews start to set in. This poured a very vigorous and active light golden yellow with an enormous fizzy white head on top that had tons and tons of carbonation. There was literally seltzer like chains of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass to replenish a head that would not die. After finally settling down it left a very decent looking ring of lace down the sides. The smell was light, but very pungent. Huge aroma of peaches and tartness overtook you. Lots of yeast in the smell. The flavor was quite light and bright. It had a very full bouquet of peaches right up front and a touch of a sour grape not to the finish. The finish itself was long and dry, very good follow through with the flavor. Extremely light feel and tons of carbonation made this very nice session ale. Not too sweet at all as I thought it might have been, I actually picked up a lot more taste and bitterness then I thought I was going to. Overall this was a decent peach lambic. It was better then the first 100 barrel series I had, but this is still a bit disappointing as I thought it could have tasted a bit fresher and had a little bit more kick in the flavor. Still a better then average brew and definitely worth a try.

Photo of Gavage
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart immediately. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising from the glass bottom.

Smell: peaches, peaches, and more peaches.

Taste: the peach flavor is dominant here, while the malt levels are a bit light. Very dry and a bit of tartness near the end. No real bitterness here, just a one dimensional beer that is quite bold but not complex.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry from start to finish. Short but pungeant peach aftertaste. Light in body.

Drinkability: interesting for a one time try, but this is just a bit too strong on the peach flavors.

Photo of Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

light Orange soda colour. Peach and mold. I smell the peach nicely. Some initial fizzy head. Drying aftertaste. But the peach with mold secondary is not for everybody and severly hampers drinkability. This is fairly fresh. Above average carbonation may disappear over time. A bit of fruit sugar there, taste natural, but too earthy.

Photo of mvcramer
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I didn’t enjoy this beer. I did not get the sweet peach notes that I expected and the flavor was fairly bland. Nice fizziness to it and a color consistent with a peach lambic, but overall this one was lacking on multiple fronts. I wouldn’t try it again.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A *carefully* opened 22oz bottle in a tulip stem

Poured briskly, alive, full of energy & snap. Beautiful peach nose, not overly sweet or sugary, faint grass, slight pineapple & grapefruit rind. Malts are strawlike, dry, yeast are a tiny bit rancid with some sour qualities. The malts grow more dough like while the peach quality gets warmer, thicker but not any more powerful, like smelling overly ripe room temperature, kitchen countertop fruit....more pit than fruit.

The head is reminiscent of a Duvel - an insanely thick, sculpted 4 fingers of faint lemon tinged winter white foam laced like clouds in big, billowing patterns, slowly settling to a fat finger's worth of lunar landscape. Subsequent refills only restore it...most appealing eye candy. A warm, hazy, somewhat brassy, golden honey amber hue, syrupy, a steady parade of bubbles rising fiercely thru it.

I am surprised at how unpeach & unsweet the initial tongue is! Nicely dry and crisp with a soft, understated, back of the palate crunch, its semi-sweet with a very coy fruited sweetness that reveals itself as "peach" slowly. There is a steeliness to the malts, a little rocky, that adds a very nice overall balance to the brew. I must admit I was not expecting this level of complexity, unsweetness & was fooled by the title, but I am not complaining. This is nice.

The last repour yields a very clouded tulip full of yeasty goodness. Its very thick & semi-opaque now. The nose grows sweeter as it gets darker with a summer corn silk quality and late August fields, the corn quality carrying thru to the palate. Growing more bitter & less dry, the malts rise on the palate, getting deeper with a slightly burnt aspect. The corn sweetness continues to pervade the warming ale with a great example of how to be sweet but not sugary. Its nice to enjoy a sweetness that is not sugary.

It finishes bittersweet, a little claylike, somewhat slated but not obnoxious, clean, fading away with a smooth yet subdued sweetness of peach & freshly picked corn that is not filmy.

Its a damn shame that the circumstance surrounded the secondary bottle fermentation of this will deprive a lot of beer lovers from enjoying it. I am very impressed. Its a beautiful example that fruit beers do not need to be sweet or sugary. Refreshing, it would pair nicely with a salad, seafood, chicken, a lighter cheese. I am glad I got the chance to discover just how complex this beer is. If you have the chance, its definitely worth enjoying. One of the better surprises of this year.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I try not to review too many similar styles in a row, but this will be my third fruit beer today. First cherry, then pomegranate, now peach. I decided to drink this bottle of Harpoon Peche now because of the recent message from the brewery that bottles are exploding as a result of bottle conditioning run amok.

Rich goldenrod with no more carbonation than your average Belgian beer. An extremely gentle pour has created an attractive crown of alabaster foam that features a wonderful melted rockiness. Small clumps of sudsy lace adhere to the glass.

I don't care for peaches, but that doesn't stop me from recognizing the quality of this nose. Peche smells more like fresh peaches than any peach ale I've ever run across. In fact, if blindfolded, I probably wouldn't be able to tell if I was smelling fruit or beer. Simply brilliant.

There's definitely no shortage of flavor. As a result, the taste score is where I have to fight my bias against this particular fruit the hardest. How one feels about peaches will determine how one feels about Harpoon Peche. As far as 'natural versus artificial' (a question I tend to address in every fruit beer review), the flavor here is unquestionably natural.

My favorite fruit beers are those that are sweet and tart in equal measure. This one follows that blueprint to a 'T'. The best part is that neither is overdone. I'm at a loss when it comes to describing the other members of the flavor profile because there really aren't any. Peche is simply well-brewed, pale malted, peach-flavored ale. A Belgian yeast strain might have added complexity, but things are fine without it.

In spite of all the bubbles, the beer doesn't feel overcarbonated. It's nicely expansive in the mouth, with a silky creaminess that matches the flavor profile like hand in glove. Think 'peach fuzz' and you'll be close. Well done yet again Harpoon.

I had no idea that this 100 Barrel Series offering would be this good... especially considering my anti-peach bias. The brewery needs to figure out the problem that led to exploding bottles, correct it and start releasing Peche on a year-round basis. Get it before it's gone.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle> flute glass

AP: Whoa...major flow of bubbles, very lively and active. A yellow-straw color that is really clear and vivid creates a 2" light and pillowie, sudsy foam-white that appears to have excellent retention.

Nose: Sugar coated raspberry and peach, much like a canned fruit cocktail.

Flavor: Very light malted wheat with currents of sweet and tangy fruits, mostly peach and raspberry. Finishes sour and tart from a nice yeast that gives this fruit beer some balance.

Feel: Light body, crisp, lively and ...yeah very light.

DA: Not too shaby.

Photo of jdhilt
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Explodes out of bottle with a five+ finger white pillowy head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace - took 17 minutes to pour. Cloudy amber color. Ridiculous amount of carbonation and light-medium bodied. Musty peach nose. Flavor is a weird musty hay/peach, balanced, clean finish. $4.90 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 4" off-white head over the 2" of slightly cloudy golden brew. Rocky head lasts and lasts, with plenty of lace. Aroma is pervasive of peach.. Taste is peach from beginning to end. Hard to fault, since that's the name, but you wish there a bit more beer character here than just the light sweetness underneath. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and gassy, but drinkability is pretty good for the thirst quench, once you get by or accept the PEACH.

Photo of bigone4
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a fluffy two finger head. The head dissipated to a thin layer and left a decent lacing. The color was a dark golden yellow straw color with good carbonation. The smell is sharp and tangy of peach. It is certainly sweet smelling with a light mix of pale malt mixed in. Subtle peach tones mixed with slight apricot hints. There seemed to be a decent balance with the peach flavor and the pale malts. It was a light and airy taste with light peach flavor that was not overpowering and left just enough peach in the after taste. This is quite a different tasting fruit beer. I found this brew to be light and rather enjoyable as I am not really too fond of many of the fruit beers out there. This was my first peach flavored beer and it proved to be half way decent. I could only drink one bottle of this as the sweetness did turn me off a bit. My wife enjoyed it and so do many of her friends.

Photo of jmz62565
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy straw/orange with a giant white foamy head. The smell is a strong scent of peaches,sweet malt,and floral aromas. The taste is crisp and tart with the flavors of peaches,pears,and a ton of carbonation. It's OK,but it is too tart to really bring out the peach flavors. The m/f is light and the flavors really don't mix all that well. Another try at a fruit beer that falls flat. I'm not a fruit beer fan,so I shouldn't kill this,but it's not as good as I thought it would be.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at American Flatbread.

A: Nice golden orange color when poured into a tulip glass.

S: A strong peach smell to this one. Very aromatic with hints of floral

T: Tasted good. Crisp, refreshing with a nice peach finish.

M: Nicely carbonated and easily drank.

D: I liked this. I am not huge into fruit beers but this was good. I could probably only have one or two but all-in-all a great summer beer.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into a Lindemans fluted pokal the beer was a clear golden color with the slightest haze to interfere with its translucent body. Surprisingly not much going on in the way of carbonation, and a one-finger head of white fulffy foam was quick to fade away and leave little in the way of lacing.

The nose has a soft fruit flavor; some peach coming throught but I actually pick up a bit more pear - a little juicey juice like in the nose.

The taste has that pear flavor come through with peach certainly in there as well. No overpowering fruit flavors and no artificial sugary sweetness. Rather, a nice dry finish, with a little bit of tartness to keep the beer crisp to the end.

Light body, sharply crisp with a dry finish. Suprisingly light in carbonation, but still crisp in body with a short, unsustained finish to each sip.

This one is not too bad. I can't say I can see myself actively seeking it out, but it worked well for the season, was enjoyable, crisp and dry and an good summer time offering.

Photo of errantnight
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Just shy of complete drain pour... maybe the keg I had is bad?

Tried on tap at Cafe D... and it looks like a champ. Cloudy and golden brassy orange, thin but strident head that sticks, great lacing.

Smells lightly peachy... wheaty and crisp... a summer brew I'd like to session!

Hah. But it starts out alright, none too sweet there's a comforting wheat malt bill which the peach plays in and out of, providing a tender, distinctly tart/slightly sour fruit richness that... WTF? turns rotten and earthy out of nowhere as it goes down the gullet. It's barely there at first, when crisp and fresh from the tap, but as this warms the light fruit and malt give way more and more to this encroaching, wet paper bag mustiness... like peach concentrate past its prime. And it goes downhill from mildly unpleasant and distracting straight into god-awful.

This was a relatively fresh keg, and some locales seemed to be loving it, and I know they do a good job with their lines, but still I hope that this is not the same beer some of my friends were crowing about... I'm officially turned off to this beer

Photo of Tomas77
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

So far most of Harpoon's 100 barrel series came out good to very good. Everthing about this Peche was only average until you get to the taste and smell of the beer which I felt were below average. I'm not sure how they used the peaches or what kind of peaches but it almost like they were bad. I say this because I love this fruit. Were they over ripe under ripe I don't know. Sorry, just wasn't enjoyable. Still a killer series. Your regular beers are awesome, too.

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very large, big-bubbled head. It condenses into a tighter rocky that leaves a small amount of lace on the glass.

Slight metalic smell? A touch of dry peach.

This is lighter bodied brew, but the flavor is wonderful. The peach is up front and in the aftertaste. It reminds me of the sliced fresh peaches my Grandmother would give me, even though this is not a sweet beer. Very high carbonation--almost to the level of a soft drink.

The flavor makes this a worthwhile purchase. I would love to see a similar version with less carbonation; I think that would be a homerun.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that I was not only unimpressed, but disappointed with the Harpoon Peche. It's a specialty beer, in a specialty bottling, and it's advertised as being based upon the "peche" beers of Europe (I don't think they actually mention Belgium). What I got was a kind of peach flavored ale with a mild tartness and no real lambic character. Not even any Brettanomyces. It looked OK but the head retention was not that great, and the flavor and aroma were simply average. At least it wasn't syrupy sweet, I can give them Kudos for that. But it's an average kind of peach flavored tart-ish beer. I think that there are brewpubs that have done a much better job of producing lambic (Iron Hill comes to mind). They, of course, have more flexibility from both a production and sales position, but Harpoon did choose to go ahead and produce this certain style. Pass. I'd enjoy it on a hot day, and I like it better than the super-sweet 'false' lambics, but it's just not up to snuff.

Photo of viperpiper522
4.74/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on my trip to beerfest.

A- Slightly cloudy with a quicklt dissapating head.

S- Full of peaches with a hint of malt.

T- I love peaches so, divine, It also wasn't as sour as I expected.

M- Smooth and left peaches lingering. This was awesome because it allowed me the peaches but took away the wheat malt.

D- Finished a growler in an hour, the worst part is I wasn't trying. I wish this was available year round because it would be my favorite beer.

Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fruit beer fan but I'm a sucker for the harpoon 100 Barrel series, so I gave this one a shot. It pours a hazy gold, and is very carbonated with a thick head that sticks around. Aroma is mostly ripe peaches. Taste is sweet at first with a nice peach flavor then a bit tart and dry with a slightly bitter after taste. This is a nice beer for a warm summer day.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #19 - Pêche from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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