St. Louis Premium Pêche
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #174
ABV:
2.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #47,693
Avg:
3.27 | pDev: 16.82%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
51
From:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  0
Gots
  3
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.26/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12.7 fluid ounce green glass bottle which has a dimpled base. Thin but clinging bronzed-orange foil wraps the neck and covers the large crown cap. Main label has the words “Premium Peche” above a pair of juicy peaches. Recommended to be served at 5°C (that’s 41°F). Allegedly this stuff is the regular St. Louis Peche (3.5%) but with more Peach juice/extract. Best Before 10-2006. No strength listed but research tells me that this is a massive 2.6% ABV...oh my, do Belgians understand the word “Premium” I wonder!?

Appearance: Rising carbonation supported with streamers. Copper-orange body with some peach flashes. Finger thick white head is resilient and easily supported. Light off-white lacing with Asti Spumante conditioning.

Nose: Boiled sugars soaked with thick syrup Peaches. Candy-like with some distilled apricots.

Taste: Sweet sickly peaches and apricots run in the front and never go away, though it does fade a little. Sticky and syrup like the peaches are way too concentrated. Fruit beer with more extract than anything else. One-dimensional and way too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Cloying throughout. Sticks around on the teeth and lies way too heavy on the tongue with a sugary residue. Awful.

Drinkability: Low key beauty. Peachy in the worse possible sense. Not very nice at all.

More Standard… than Premium.
More Beer with Fruit Extract… than Fruit-Lambic.

Overall: Uurgggh, totally unappealing.

Oct 09, 2005
More User Reviews:
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4ster from Canada (ON)

3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Feb 15, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev +7%

Mar 07, 2014
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mrcraft from California

4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 31, 2017
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Cynic-ale from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

May 07, 2014
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SoCalBeerIdiot from California

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Nov 15, 2014
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DanGeo from Michigan

3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

May 18, 2017
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GraduatedCashew from California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Oct 21, 2013
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jcubz from Canada (SK)

3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

smells great.. thats about it. tastes like a mix between a fuzzy peach and a sour patch kid candy mixture

Apr 18, 2015
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jul 04, 2015
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TruePerception from California

4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

St. Louis Peche Lambic: medium head, steady fade;

Appearance: peach color;

Smell: decent acid, peach skin;

Taste/Mouthfeel: bright acid, nicely sweet, peach/nectarine, active tiny carbonation; very short peach bitterness on the finish; good/really good

Poured into a pint glass.

Sep 01, 2013
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dcmchew from Romania

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Mar 06, 2014
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ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +22.3%

Sep 12, 2014
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BIll_Currie from Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev +7%

Jul 24, 2014
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Zazzi82 from Tennessee

3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jun 13, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Peach colored peach beer in here. Mild 1/2" white head. Aroma is sweet fruit, nothing in terms of lambic bugs in here. Darn.

Taste has a little sour, too much sweet though, going into Lindemens territory here. Too much viscosity.

Below average lambic, average to slightly above average fruit beer. Decently priced.

Mar 22, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Believe it or not, I had this in Singapore... which is attached to an official Muslim country that does not import a lot of beer.
Its effect on me in 2015 was much better than the ratings... maybe because Singapore was hotter than hell.
At any rating, Van Honsebrouck's importers deserve some credit for a good match to what is essentially a Chinese kitchen that one can also sample sweet and sour (tart) as in this beer.

Had again 8/1/19 and since there are no ratings in 2018 and only 4 in 2017, something tells me this was sitting on the shelf. But the good news is the ale was still good, refreshing and tasty and balanced the sweet fruit and tart funk well.
I may have this again next summer as I am not afraid of its age.

Van Honsebrouck is probably among my top 5 Belgian-Belgian brewers (as differentiated from Belgian-inspired.) They do a good job distributing largely great products. Van Honsebrouck is on my bucket list of breweries to visit as they are also among the most contemporary. In the meantime, Kasteel is a staple in my stable.

May 07, 2016
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.13/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal, the appearance was a soft semi-glossy semi-transparent bronzed color. It had a quickly dissipating finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly quick to leave some spotty lace sticking to the sides of the glass.
The aroma plays with a fine blend of sweet peach flesh and a little bit of clean sour to tart skin. Light clean funk (somewhat grassy with a touch of lactic character).
The flavor brought the sweet peachy flesh forward toppling the funk to brighten some of the sour and tartness. Light sticky sour to tart peachy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected. Finish was quite refined pulling the sour to the sweet side of the stickiness and playing with some acidic character that felt really nice.
Overall, very nicely done lambic with authentic peach character telling me that I would love to come back to this preferably in the Summer.

Nov 13, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

De Beershooter. En copa Teku. Jugando a Slay the Spire. Ligeramente agria y con cierto toque a melocoton, aunque no especialmente fresco, pero con poco recuerdo a cerveza sino mas bien a refresco

Nov 14, 2019
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper. Small dirty beige head. Barely laces at all. Big sweet fuzzy peach aroma. Very sweet beer. Nothing of note as far as lambic chacteristics. It's sweet, but the peach flavor isn't all bright and everything. It's just kind of drab. Mouthfeel has a bit of a spritz to it. But it's not overcarbonated. Just a little fizzy. Medium bodied. They shouldn't call this a lambic. Very sweet overall. O.K. for a "fruit beer." But nothing I'd need to revisit soon.

Jun 14, 2007
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oelergud from Virginia

3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy green 12.7oz glass bottle with gold orange foil around the neck and a black orange label showing two peaches.
Translucent maple body with large floaters. Large off-white head of small to large bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.
Sweet peach suryp smell.
Sweet peach flavor with a puckering tartness that takes over fairly quickly and lasts into becoming the aftertaste. An odd metallic note is unfortunately present.
Medium body, puckering and dry.
Pretty good drinkability. Seems to be more of a peach soda than a peach lambic. Still refreshing and tasty.

-Oelergud

Mar 01, 2008
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mortarit from North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tell already that it isn't looking good when the thumbs says 56%for bad.

I think the exp. date is 6/2007 so a little late.

Smells is peach and vinegar.

Dark golden appeal with little head to scoop off of the top.

Now the taste, tip of the tongue burns like acid but quickly goes away. Taste like it has concentrated orange flavoring.

It's a one time try on this one, not to impressed here. I think that is needs some more work.

Sep 22, 2007
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whynot44 from Missouri

2.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brownish copper color with a moderate off white head that disipates fairly quickly with no lacing.

The aroma is mildly peachy but with a tart overtone - kind of like a peach vinegar, but milder.

The taste starts out tart, then sweet. The tartness at least keeps the sweetness from being overpowering and cloying. Plenty of peach flavor, but it's not a clean fresh peach, more like old fashioned home canned peaches, if anybody remembers those. Finishes very tangy and acidic, with a lingering taste like dried peaches or apricots marinated in vinegar.

Light/medium body, fizzy carbonation, easy enough to drink but a little puckering.

Aug 17, 2007
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color beer with a small fuzzy head with minimal retention. Aroma of peach syrup is totally dominant. The peach syrup, which I am not too fond of to begin with, and some very subtle sourness also dominate taste. I would have Lindemans pêche any days over this, which I guess says a lot about my fondness for peach based beer.

May 02, 2006
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

August 2005 Cork Date; Sampled June 2008
As I pour this a floral note of peaches mixes with a lactic tart aroma. A reasonable pour produces an almost two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a clear, amber colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, full copper color when held up to the light. A fuller inspection of the nose yields more lactic sourness, more than I was expecting from this beer. Floral peach notes are here as well, but they actually play less of a role than the tartness; a peach flesh floral note becomes a bit more noticeable as I get used to the tartness. This really is quite floral smelling.

Quite sweet tasting, more than I was expecting given the tart leaning aroma. There is some tartness here, but the sweetness does a good job of drowning it out at first, luckily it is substantial enough that it cant be repressed and it does help to balance the ample sweetness. While this is sweet and fruity tasting, in fact amply so, this does not scream peach; this makes sense as I have found that peach is more floral than being a distinctive flavor in and of itself. This has a fairly viscous body and heft to it. Thicker than your typical soda, but probably at least as sweet as one. There is a prickly carbonation here as well that probably helps to lighten this beer just a touch.

Not really beer, even the noticed tartness doesn't make this seem any more like a Lambic.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Jun 15, 2008
St. Louis Premium Pêche from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 51 ratings