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

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 10-08-2005

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.26/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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Photo of mortarit
2.33/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of davey101
2.46/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. The cork reads 08-2005, but the bottle says 08-2007. I'm assuming the former is the bottled on date, and the later the best by date? I purchased this bottle that has sat on a store shelf in the light for far too long at a discounted $3 off, making it $7.99. The foil was stuck to the bottle and crumbly, the cage was heavily oxidized and created powder when I unscrewed the twist, and finally the exposed portion of the cork was rough and looked like ants had chewed on it. Off to a great start!!! Surprisingly enough it created a light popping noise when opened. Poured into an over sized wine glass.

A - Darker than I was expecting. An opaque dark brown/light red body with some swirls of light brown foam resting on the top. Looks....dirty? Looking up the glass through the beer is like looking through contaminated pond water.

S - Funky peach juice. And not in the pleasant way that fou' foune has that funky apricot aroma. No, this is like leaving a peach in a dirty sock for a few months and then straining it into a juice concoction. Maybe throwing it into a bag and adding some bread to let it ferment ala prison wine. Its not horribly offensive, its just not pleasant at all.

T - Certainly better than that aroma. Peach syrup, bread, and a chemical finish. This is like an expired peach soda or something. Its not bad, but I don't find my self wanting to take that next sip. Did I mention this was a 750 ml? Thats about 25 oz of a fluid that I really don't want to be drinking...

M - Effervescent yet syrupy. Has retained a decent amount of carbonation after these 7 years. 2.6% abv? Whyyy?

O - I won't be refilling my glass to finish the bottle. I recently tried a similar beer of the same vintage, a 2005 De Boomgaard Peche. It was absolutely abysmal, This was a hair better as I actually found it somewhat drinkable. I keep buying these old sweetened lambics for some reason, its not even fun to experiment with them anymore. Perhaps I'm being harsh on a product that has been retired for a while and had no business being aged, but whatever. Avoid!

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Photo of sunofneurot
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of hotsudge
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
07-2007, no info available on the bottle.

A - Odd, this pours a dark burnt orange color with almost no head. Loose tan bubbles rest on top lightly. A bit cloudy, it's still mostly see-through.

S - Smelling this is like stepping into a Micheal's store. Undertones of potpourri, wood-paneled basement, and a bit of peach fruit. Funky but not wild yeast funky. Not bad though, just very different.

T - Heavy peach syrup with sugary sweetness that's not offset very well, this beer has a surprising lack of lambic notes. Faint wild yeast on the back end.

M - Low carbonation and high sugar makes for a thicker-feeling, medium body with a sweet finish with a lingering trail of dryness.

O - Purchased for $4.49, I paid $4 too much for this. It's odd, not very drinkable, and certainly not a good example of a fruit lambic. Given it's age and it's alcohol percent, I suppose I can't dock it too much.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.67/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I did this one with a bunch of friends during a sour beer tasting. It was an interesting experience.

This particular beer had a whole bunch of citrus apparent in the aroma with a mandarin orange and peach like presnece being the most noticeable. There is no real Lambic character in this beer which is disappointing. There is no dryness or sourness, but only a syrupy sweetness to linger for some time. The sweetness is such that it leaves you a very syrupy resiny and absolutely cloying impression to sit on the back of the throat for minutes after the sip. This beer was interesting to try, but I certainly can't see myself drinking another one of these any time soon.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep golden color with great clarity. Big bubbles cascade up from the bottom to keep a nice finger of head over top. Nose is candied peach with a touch of tart zing. Lots of sweetness in this one. Pretty solid fruit character. Flavor is full on syrupy sweet peach sugaryness. Only the lightest hint of a tartness hangs out on the initial flavor. Way over the top with the sweetness in this one. Feel is very syrupy, leaving a ton of sticky spit in my mouth after swallowing. Carbonation is light to modearte. I'm just not really getting into this one. Obviously sweetened for mass consumption. Pass on this one if I see it again.

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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of whynot44
2.87/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of dalepryor
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Auburn, peach colored beer, looks the part so far. Aroma reveals a sweet, fruity essence, peach if you say so, no funky aroma or brett feel to it.

Taste, sweet and sour come closer to balance, would like to see more sour though. Too much of a syrupy sweet feel instead of sour in this one.

Seems like it fits under the fruit beer category more than the lambic, too much thick viscosity and not enough sour and dryness to it. Not a bad beer per se, only $5 a bottle, but still. . .

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 10-2006. Poured from 12.7oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color with a large (for its style) tanned head that stays around a while but doesn't leave behind any lace.

Smell: Sweet peach backed up by slight lemon and earthy funk.

Taste: Begins very sweet and stays that way. There is some very faint funk and real "lambic flavor" in the background, but not nearly enough.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with light, fleeting carbonation and a watery finish.

Overall: This really isn't bad, but could use a little less peach and a lot more lambic.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of psychoholicagogo
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Suprisingly dark compared to other Peche lambics I've imbibed. Almost oaken in appearance with a very sparse head that dissipates within moments.

Smell: Mildly sweet with a minimal scent of peaches. A deep-seated sourish smell that is slightly offputting. Almost vinegary.

Taste: Very sweet upfront with a slight peach bouquet. A very hard to detect oaken flavor that is heavily masked by the overall sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thin yet flavorful, the flavor persists only momentarily though the sweetness persists in the back of the mouth for several minutes. Suprisingly refreshing.

Drinkability: Sweet, but not too sweet it could be enjoyed in quantity a bit more than its' competitors. Not a session beer for me, but I would enjoy it for dessert. I'm anxious to try this with cheesecake.

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Photo of k47k
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcmchew
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Beginner2
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Believe it or not, I had this in Singapore... a Muslim country that does not import a lot of beer.
Its effect on me was much better than the ratings... maybe because Singapore was hotter than hell.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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