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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 07-03-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
91
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
20.63%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 91
Photo of beerwolf77
1.6/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for cracking this oddity to kick off one of our weeknight tastings.

A: Strangely the beer is clear cinnamon brown. Tiny wisp of dirty white head fades and leaves no lace.

S: Woody spiced fruit, a touch of sweetness and cough syrup. I imagine this is what a 1970's area basement reeked of.

T: Oh my this is not good. Sickly sweet fruit syrup with a tart finish. There's a distinct well water aspect that leaves a metallic taste in my mouth after every sip.

M: Thin and almost flat.

O: Well this one was a dud. I've had the St. Louis Raspberry and enjoyed it. Sadly this one does not even compare.

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Photo of rastaman
1.66/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very sweet cordial peachyness, very light and sweet. Sparkling fruit cordial to the max, unexciting, yet mildy drinkable and slightly refreshing, one for the girls or the friend who only drinks Bacardi Breezers or something. Hard to say too much more about it.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
1.96/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours copper with a small beige head. Faint lacings.

S: Peaches, brett and sour yeasty notes. A faint sweetness feels like an off-smell.

T: Obviously peaches, some brett and sadly enough lots of sweetness - it's like peche-lemonade...

M: Body is medium, carbonation is non-excisting and aftertaste is short.

O: If your plan is to produce a Lambic - use fruits - not juice!!!

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Photo of GradyS1
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark golden color with a small lacing and quarter inch head
S- Very sweet peach, honey, peach and apples
T-Tastes like honey and peach juice mixed together, very sweet and fruity
M- light overall, slight syrupy finish
D- Did not like this, way too sweet and creamy, needed to be more carbonated to balance it out more

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Photo of paterlodie
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best before 07-2006. Pours in ok but without a huge head and what was there went as quick as it came. Beercolor is good though; bronzebrown and totaly clear.
Nose is peach, sweet, sour and think there is some hops too. All together making it a good smell that i can appriciate.
Taste is lot less, sour& sweet unbalanced and peaches up on top. This makes your mouth cramp together and no way I'll ever get into this kind of fruitbeers. BTW I'll refuse to ever call this a lambic!

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Photo of sweemzander
2.52/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12.7oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 10/2008 printed on the label. Thanks to jstilwell for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark muddy blush color. Produced some off-white bubbles.

(S)- Lots of earthy overripe peaches. Some oaky tartness.

(T)- Sweet, not really even tart or sour, but peach juice. Some damp wood and earth.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A decent balance, though overall, just very sweet and muted characters with no acidity or sourness to speak of.

(D)- There are far better lambics out there, though I would compare this as a lesser Lindemans. Makes me want to have Fou Foune!

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Well, I knew this was no traditional lambic going in and I got what I deserved. Clear orange color, guess all the yeast was filtered out, bummer. It smelled at first like it might have just a note of funk but no, it was not gonna happen with this "lambic". It tastes like peach juice and syrup and really not like lambic at all. It does not taste bad but its just a sweet beer that tastes a lot liek lindemans. not up my alley.

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Photo of mmahut
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear and light yellow with no head and minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet peach smell, very sweet.

T: Peach, sugar, caramel. Not very natural feeling tho.

M: Light body with no carbonation.

D: Very sweet lemonade good for very hot summers. Although may be too sweet for some people.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy, dirty orange. Thin cap on top with some lacing.

Extremely aromatic, one of those beers that you can smell right as you nudge the cap. Moving in closer it is nothing but peaches/apricot - ripe and candy like.

Too much peach in my opinion. The peach is so dominant in the taste, it is also cloying and a bit too one-dimensionally sweet for a beer.

Syrupy mouthfeel is not beneficial to this style in my opinion. Tiny bit of sour (I think) helps round things out a bit. Heavy carbonation.

Closer to a Mike's Hard Peach Lemonade than a fruit lambic. Not undrinkable but I won't be buying again.

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Photo of goldbot
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Label says bottle on "070710". I suppose this is July 10th, 2007, and not July 7th, 2010 (4 months in the future).

Coppery brown with a medium, bubbly, off-white head. Lots of carbonation. A bit of spotty lacing.

Fruity aroma of green apple and some peach, although not too much actually. Hints of grainy malt with an underlying tart sourness and some yeasty notes throughout.

Stronger peach flavor; comes on a bit tart at first, yielding to a very sweet fruity flavor. A brief hint of yeasty sourness at the end. Finishes with a sweet, powdery, peachy aftertaste.

Very crisp, a bit cloying on the backside. Leaves a residue-like feeling on the tongue from all the sweetness.

The fruitiness is pleasant in this, although it could have used more yeast and sour flavors to balance the intense, cloying sweetness.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is brown and dark in color. Not much head. Smells like apple cider vinegar and a slight hint of peach. The flavor is loaded with peaches. No sourness. Sweet peaches. No apple cider vinegar flavor even though that is all you smell in the nose. Thin and not very carbonated. A little bit goes a long way.

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Photo of zeff80
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, rust color with some sediment in the bottom of the glass. It had a thick, foamy, white head. Not much lace.

S - It smelled of sweet peaches. There was some yeast and grain aroma, too.

T - It was very sweet and very peachy. Light yeast flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and fizzy. A light bodied lambic.

D - This is an okay lambic. Like most peach lambics it was very sweet.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear orange gold with no head and no lacing.

S - Peach with a slightly musty, soft, sour aroma.

T - Very sweet peach with a slightly tart aftertaste. Aftertaste is almost exactly like the aftertaste of SweetTarts.

M - High carb, thin, refreshing.

D - This is a peach soda a la Lindemans. It is easy to drink, but it is hardly great. Actually it is a tad cloying.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold with a puffy white head. This ale looks very similar to Lindeman's Peche, which I suppose it was modeled on to a certain extent.

S: Aromas of peach, minerals, and cream are readily apparent on the nose. There is little, if any, authentic lambic character here.

T: Fruity and sweet on the palate with the expected mix of peach, candy sugar, mineral, and cream flavors that remind me so much of asti spumante. The finish is short and confected with peach and sparkling wine notes.

M: Light bodied and dry with active carbonation. In some respects, this feels much more like a sparkling wine than a beer. Drinkable, but not all that appealing.

O: I suppose if one were looking to try a sweetened lambic, then this one would not be that bad in a pinch. It compares favorably to Lindeman's Peche Lambic, but is not as assertive on the palate. It's way too sweet for my liking, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: not much carbonation upon opening the bottle. pours dark orange, copper. clear for a lambic. two-finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: acetic/slight vinegar that immediately mixes with a sweet sugary peach aroma, some earthy/outdoor/horse-like lambic aroma as well.

T: slightly acidic and vinegary, but balanced with sweet peach again as in the aroma. Wild character notable, resembling horse-blanket character notable in lambics. ends with an acidic sourness that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: low carbonation as this bottle has been likely aged. contributes to an almost syrupy feel, with slight puckering in the back of the mouth.

D: this might have suffered from aging but still not a bad beer. Not a "purist" lambic as it is significantly sweet and seems like it might have added sugar. For what it is it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Suds
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I split this one with my wife, during a quiet night at home, playing cards. It pours a light amber color, you could call it peach I guess. The head is fizzy, very white, and (for the most part) stable. The aroma sure lets you know that you're drinking a beer flavored with peaches. It's got an almost overdone sweetness to the aroma, that's tempered by an acrid sourness. It's a funny balance, and it's a little rough-hewn (given my high expectations), but it more or less works. The longer I sipped, the more I enjoyed the smell. The taste is similar: extremely sweet, balanced by a tartness. Fairly light and carbonated mouthfeel...a little more depth of body would have gone a long way. It lacks the complexity of a lot of fruit lambics, but for those who enjoy peach aroma, this isn't half bad.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After experiencing good results from the Kriek, I expected more from the Peache. Though the brew was solid, it did not live up to the hope. A standard peach jelly flaovr and aroma dominates the glass, but with little contributing character and variety, the beer gets rather borring. The peach character behaves much like simple sugars and soda pop. Mild tartness and lambic qualities don't shine enough to make much of an impact. Prickly carbonation distracts from the mouthfeel. Finishes with simple sugary tackiness and a lingering peach flavor. Solid, but not at the top of the list.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

250ml bottle, another day, another flavour from this prolific Belgian brewer.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with one skinny-ass finger of weakly puffy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of spectral coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musty, kind of yeasty peach cobbler, more free-range light and dark sugars, some other sort of muddled orchard fruitiness (cherry, I suppose), and a twinge of earthy drying bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a mixed peach/apricot/cherry sugary fruit joint, a softly sour yeast/bacteria collaboration, and more understated leafy, earthy hop bitters.

The carbonation is adequate in its tamped-down frothiness, the body a sturdy, saccharine middleweight, and smooth, sure, but with too much interference from nasties and hop alike to be all that proud about it. It finishes still sweet, but increasingly afflicted by said yeast, bacteria, and off-seeming fruit esters.

Lambic? Wait, whut? Yeah, if this is a (fruit) lambic, then it is among the most disjointed, fettered versions that I have yet come across. The peach isn't all that bad, but recedes a little too readily into the shadows, as it were, and lets the other less agreeable characters have the run of the house. Nope.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky apple cider appearance with a fizzy tan head of big soda pop bubbles. Sweet candied peaches and sour lemon in the nose. Syrupy,sweet peaches with puckery sourness and a slight,dry champagne yeast quality. St. Louis Peche is okay but has too much sweet fruit and lacks the complex flavors of a truly great lambic. Fizzy and syrupy mouthfeel, much like a fruity soda. A less than great lambic.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz green bottle with a bottled on date of 070710.

Pours a clear orange color with less than a finger of slightly offwhite head. Not much power of retension to be seen outside of a thin lace sitting on top. Nose is sweet with the peach fruitiness and a little sour/vinegar note in it as well. As it warms, only a slight bit of some funk comes out in the nose. Aroma is mostly dominated by the peach sweetness. Taste is sweet with the peach but also tart/sour. Light body and prickly amount of carbination. Slowly taking sips of this, it literally makes me salivate and pucker. Lingering taste of peach is left in the mouth along with just a minor amount of funk. It is quite drinkable, but could be better if it wasn't so sweet. For what it is, it is good. Don't approach this unless you really enjoy highly fruited/sweet lambics.

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Photo of Premo88
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

10 oz. on tap at Hay Merchant, Houston
(Aug. 31, 2015)

L: clear copper, brilliant, creamy head of white/off-white foam that won't dissipate; slight lacing, keeps a nice collar

S: cherries and peaches, just a hint of tartness but mostly sweet

T: sugar ... super sweet, like cherry syrup, slight toasted malt that turns into a bit of peach pie flavor; over time the palate tries to adjust to the extreme sweetness, but it's still super sweet

F: soft, light, watery ... not much carbonation

O: way too sweet ... the flavors are nice, but it's almost like drinking out of a bag of sugar; in fairness to this beer, I might have tainted my experience by not drinking this first to lead off a session.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12.7oz bottle.

Pours a nice solid copper and golden color with a white head.

Aroma of sweet peaches, apricots and sweet candied sugar. There is also some funk notes in there and some woody notes. Tartness is perceived as well.

Flavor starts off with more sweet peaches with a balancing tartness. Very nice mix of sweetness and tartness with some slight funk notes. Very refreshing and simple. Crisp and clean with great sweetness.

Very good yet straightforward brew.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent copper color with a thin, 2 finger, off white head. Retention is poor. Looks highly carbonated and inviting.

S - Caramel, peach, candy, and a bit of bacterial funk. Simple and reserved, but pleasant.

T - Tart peach and funky yeast open. The malty body is present, but more reserved than the nose predicted. The natural sweetness of the fruit and malt are balanced nicely by the tart/sour notes. Built quite well.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and dry on the finish. Compliments the flavors nicely.

D - Doesn't suffer from being cloyingly sweet or overly funky. Fair quality and highly drinkable, but a bit pricey for what it is.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 1702; March 2010
This arrives with a very hazy, orange / gold color that is topped by a thin, pale head. The aroma is a mix of peach and musky, slightly moldy funkiness up front. This smells quite floral and sweet and there are other notes of earth, wood, butyric acid, barnyard funk, lactic tartness; this last can become quite lemon like.

This tastes quite sweet, maybe even a bit more than I expected, but note quite as much as a Lindeman's would though. This finishes with a nice tartness and both the sweet and tart flavors bring out a peach fruitiness that is quite floral and a bit like an orange / watermelon jolly rancher (if you can imagine that). This is quite light bodied and has a fizzy carbonation to it; this makes this quite quaffable, quenching and nicely balancing to the sweet and fruity notes up front. My glass of this disappears quite a bit faster than I expected.

This is actually a nice desert-like finish to my meal. It is light, despite being sweet and fruity, but tastes more like peach juice than beer. I could also wish for a bit more funkiness in the flavor, but much of this is masked by the sweetness.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12.7 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass. Also, I am just now realizing that this was bottled 09/07/09. Here goes nothing.

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy orange with a fluffy as hell three-finger off-white head. Not really any lacing on the glass, but still pretty.

Smell: Well, it certainly smells fruity and earthy, as well as spicy yeast notes. Slight funk to it, reminds me of a wine.

Taste: I can't even tell that this is old, or it's aged very nicely. Sweet, sweet, and more sweet; the lack of alcohol is very noticeable, as this reminds me more of a soda or wine cooler than a beer. It has a tart, sweet peach/apricot flavor to it, which is surprisingly good. Basically, this tastes like a peach wine cooler. Really. Which I can dig, as I do have a sweet spot for wine coolers.

Mouthfeel: Really carbonated, which definitely works for the flavor. Seriously, I feel like I'm drinking a Fuzzy Navel.

Overall: This was surprisingly GOOD, despite the bottling date and my distaste for beers like this. If you're looking for a light, sweet, soda-like beer, look no further.

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