De Achste Hond (Peach Sour)
Laughing Dog Brewing

De Achste Hond (Peach Sour)De Achste Hond (Peach Sour)
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,132
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,956
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
91
From:
Laughing Dog Brewing
 
Idaho, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  6
SCORE
89
Very Good
De Achste Hond (Peach Sour)De Achste Hond (Peach Sour)
Notes: The Eighth Dog was Laughing Dog's first Belgian Style sour ale. Its flavor is derived from souring our mash to achieve a mild tart brew that appeals to nearly every palate.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 91 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Pies & Pints in Charleston, WV. No head or lacing when it hit the table. Clear, peachy-orange color. Nice aroma of peaches, tangerine and mango. Light-bodied and light on the sour side, but with the same fruit notes as the nose carrying over in perfect balance. I like a bit more funk in my sours, but the amount of fruit in this one was spot-on and delicious.

Jul 20, 2015
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WillieMoe from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 10, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Laughing Dog Brewing "De Achste Hond"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 5/14/201" - I hope that's not supposed to say 2014 :(
$6.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this is the eighth dog? Under "detect language" Google translate told me it was the "worst dog" but let's hope not. It's poured a cloudy dark-orange/copper colored body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. It sure smells good! I get peach, but also some generic fruitiness, maybe like apricots and ripe red apples, but also some herbal notes as well that are similar to cannabis. That's unusual, and I wonder what hops they're using, or is that just coming from a combination of hops and malt? I'm not finding anything that would indicate it's sour though, which is fine. On to the flavor... there's some tartness there, and some of the fruit but it's not nearly as fruity as the aroma suggests it will be, and there's some caramelish, bready, and almost toasty malt to it. For some reason at first taste that maltiness didn't seem to fit, but now I'm getting more used to it. I guess it's just a little unexpected, I'd have thought it would be more of a golden malt to allow the fruit and tartness to shine, but whatever. It's fairly tart but not what I'd call sour, and there is some bitterness to it which is also a little odd, somewhere in the 25 IBU range. That's OK, it's nicely balanced with the bready malt that's there, and I think without it it might be too malty. And maybe I haven't gotten used to that malt, there's a toasty and bready note that lingers in the finish and it just doesn't seem to fit for me no matter how hard I try to be open to the fact that this is a brewer's different take on things. I do like the peach though, and the finish is malty, fruity, and herbal - again, kind of like cannabis. Weird. Ahh, but there's also a honeys note that lingers, and that works nicely with the residual peach. The head has dropped by now, well actually a while ago, and there's just an average collar and only minimal lacing about the glass. That's pretty common with sour beers though so I'll give it a pass. In the mouth it's light-medium in body although there is a somewhat dextrinous edge to it, almost as if they'd used Cara Pils but I doubt it. So, what to say overall? It's unique, that's for sure. And it's nicely balanced and well-polished. The peach is pleasant, and it's overall refreshing and tasty. I don't recall the price on this but if it's not that expensive I'd revisit it.
Review# 6,203

Aug 15, 2018
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shivtim from Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Oct 29, 2014
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 05, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of fresh peaches, lemon and caramel. Nice tart peach taste with green apple notes and sweet caramel.

Jan 05, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a few specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass; these bubbles eventually faded away leaving only a thin ring around the edge.
S: Light aromas of peach fruits are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has lots of peach flavors with some associated sweetness. Subtle hints of oak and sourness are also noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very interesting beer aged in wine barrels as you don't get much of the wine but you get a ton of the peaches. It has some nice complexities.

Serving type: on-tap

Dec 06, 2014
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Alright....this pours an orange/brown color with tinges of red/pink....carbonation appears fine and plentiful and the head...well, its about 2 fingers thick at first then settles quickly into a ring around the glass.....it is white in color. Lacing is quite robust, with lots of foamy fingers clinging to the side of the glass. Overall, slightly above average looking.

S- This totally smells of fuzzy peaches, the candy, not the fruit. There is a sour aspect on the nostrils......I agree with the previous reviewers and find there are aromas of strawberries and plain yogurt too. Floral hops on the finish as well....not bad but sweeter and not as sour as I though this would be.

T- Ok, I'm kinda/sorta lost on the flavor profile here for what this style is supposed to be.....while there are tinges of sour peach fruit here, it is rather candied and sweet for my liking....the peach fruit is most definitely there....reminds me of fuzzy peach candy again! There are underlying fruit flavors of strawberry, rhubarb, raspberry and even hints of orange zest.....not against the flavors here, but it is not of the style in my opinion.

M/O- Nicely carbonated and a light/medium body, this is definitely refreshing and would make an ideal hot summer day quencher! Not really what I expected but it's a very nice fruit beer for sure....alcohol is hidden well, it is slightly tart, but overall it's lacking in what I thought the style should be...too sweet....not offensive beer by any means however.....

Dec 03, 2015
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KensWorld from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 13, 2021
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - cool name - I was fooled for a few mere moments into thinking this was from Belgium, upon first glance.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and slightly creamy dirty white head, which leaves some low-lying landfall vista lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of strong, sugary peach flesh, bready pale malt, a twinge of sour yeast, and subtle earthy, weedy noble hops. The taste is more tart up front, the underripe peach/nectarine/plum fruitiness predominating, with some plain grainy malt sweetness, gritty yeast, a touch of musty funk, and leafy, weedy, and mildly perfumed hops rounding things out.

The carbonation is fairly tame and ineffectual, manifesting in but a minor frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and a bit clammy in its otherwise genial smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the guest stone fruit and base malt carrying on, while the one-hit wonders vanish into the remains of the day.

While a tasty and engaging fruit ale overall, the proclaimed sour character is trending ethereal, at best. No big loss, really, as the peach still does well to wake my palate out of its stupor, and the rest of the esters pull themselves up by their bootstraps just enough to ensure that the Belgian street cred here is maintained.

Jul 01, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 20, 2015
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Oct 10, 2014
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pjs234 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Nov 18, 2014
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mozim from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Nov 30, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a touch of haze and a thin layer of ivory foam atop. It's actually not too bad.

Smell: big on peaches and sweetness, but low on tartness. So, the "wild" part doesn't really shine here, but the peaches are big and beautiful in the aroma. Overall, I like it a lot despite its lack of wildness.

Taste: the flavor provides a nice counterpoint to the aroma in almost every way. There's a bright tartness here along with a big caramel sweetness. The peaches come through as well, although in an earthier way than the aroma. Between the aroma and the flavor are a complete profile; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a relatively low carbonation. Acceptable for the style, although not outstanding.

Overall: a very tasty and, by its nature, a highly refreshing and drinkable beer. It's not perfect, but I really like quaffing this.

May 17, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very rich scent of peaches greets the nose on every sip. Clear dark amber in color. Modest amount of foam in the Stella Artois goblet but quite zingy on the tongue.

This is on the tart side, not really sour, and fortunately no hint of vinegar. Very drinkable and deeply fruity. Yeasty finish with a little scratchy bitterness. Apparently no hops to speak of. A pleasure to drink.

An interesting and very fruity brew, and if you think of it as some tangy peach-flavored beer rather than a Belgian sour, expectations might be more realistic. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

Aug 02, 2015
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elglueckert from Montana

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 09, 2016
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AlexFields from Tennessee

2.7/5  rDev -32.2%

Oct 19, 2014
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whatname from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 15, 2015
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smithj4 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Oct 05, 2014
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Howlader from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 26, 2015
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 03, 2017
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 22, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed yellow-orangish color with a tiny white head. The head fades almost instantly to leave just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is dominated by a slightly sweet peach smell mixed with some other aromas of a sour apple cider vinegar smell. Along with these smells comes some light grainy smells as well as a little bit of yeast.

Taste – The taste begins with an apple cider vinegar flavor that has a decent cracker taste with it. There is a bit of a lemon flavor upfront as well, and while there is both the vinegar and the lemon, the flavor is not over the top on sourness. The peach which is very light upfront grows in strength as the taste advances to the end and with some sweetness accompanying the peach, one is left with a modestly sour (for a sour) and lightly peachy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather light and thin with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thin body makes for an easier sipping brew for a sour and with it at 7%, somewhat dangerous…

Overall – A fairly easy going sour with a nice light peach flavor. Rather good overall.

Dec 14, 2016
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lic217 from Connecticut

3.09/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The only aroma and flavor seems to be peach. It has a nice slight sweetness at the start and ends dry and tart. It does not taste bad, but it has almost no complexity. Hope my wife wants the rest of my bomber...

Mar 03, 2017
De Achste Hond (Peach Sour) from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 91 ratings