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:
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Added by Jason on 07-03-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
15.47%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of acurtis
2.57/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one of the better fruit lambics going these days I think. very genuine, made with real peaches that mush have been at the oeak of ripeness. there is not artificial sweetness to this, although its still very sugary, it feels fresh from the orchard. orange and glassy clear in color with just a short white film for a head. the nose is like a home baked peach pie, bursting with the essence of summer. there is some caramel candy sweetness to this, but it dissipates quickly in the finish, making this a little more drinkable than some others. there is also a tartness to balance out the sweet, its yeast and almost wine-like, and it works very well with the peaches. upbeat carbonation helps wash down the sweetness too, and the low abv makes this beer more of a special thing to share than something you sit around and pound. overall a nice example of the style, and perhaps the best use of peaches ive seen in a beer to date.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a golden orange color with a thin white head on top. No lacing here which bums me out. The smell of the beer is very strong with Peach and plenty of sugars on the nose. There is a very minimal amount of tartness on the nose. The taste of the beer was like drink peach soda of some kind. It was very carbonated and very sweet. Overall this beer was drinkable in moderation.

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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 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 wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Warning: Inside Joke: It's peche! Nice. Anyway, this guy pours a clear ...well, peach color, topped by a little over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises medicinal peach and not much else. Simple and straightforward. The taste is very similar, though thankfully less medicinal than the smell. There is a slight tartness involved, but nothing major. Just good, ol'-fashioned peachiness. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a thin syrup feel. Very tasty, but still not the height of peachy lambics. Get some regardless!

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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 a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear tangerine/ tea appearance, huge, puffy head, leaving lace, most impressive.

Aroma: sweet, sweet, sweet! Pungent peach, with a wickedly sour undertow. Very vibrant. Funky, if not quite crunky.

In the mouth: sour, pucker, then sweet, like a Jolly Rancher candy, though not nearly as intense. A flash of flavor, then fading. Tasty peach, soft, pleasant, but lacking in anything resembling complexity. Slick, if insipid. Sweet, for sure, but simple.

Mediumish body...light, sweetish fruity finish. A decent dessert drink, but nothing much more. Brief lipsmacking moments of sourness, then it vanishes again. I wouldn't spend too much on this, if I were you.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 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 tigg924
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, minimal head, orange/brown in color, small carbonation, sediment

Smell: peach and vinegar

Taste: peach and sour mix.

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied, high carbonation, crisp

Drinkability: This one was a lot more sour than some other St. Louis beers, but still very good. I could have two or three and is certainly worth buying again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian lambic ale brewed with peaches.

A: Beautiful copper-orange color, moderate tan head.

S: Aroma bursts with fresh peaches and is very fruity and sugary sweet.

T: Big peach sweetness for flavor, very clean overall. Some slight acidity and tartness sneaks in but is covered mostly by the sweetness of the peaches. Extremely well balanced and rounded out from start to finish.

M: Light mouthful, fruity complexity, extremely smooth and silky on the tongue going down effortlessly.

D: Good drinkability, refreshing, and thirst quenching on a hot summer day. On a last note, I really liked this beer, flavorwise and drinkability but for some reason did not favor well in reviews.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark copper/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. There's also a few yeastie floaties noticable. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet peaches, yeast, and a little bit of vinegar. The taste is mostly sweet peaches, but there's also a little bit of sugar, funk and tartness noticable too. However, it is a very sweet brew (and seems to get sweeter as the beer warms). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink for the most part, although the strong sweetness of this brew does hurt it a bit. I think it's a decent overall brew, but if you don't like sweeter lambics then you might want to stay away from this one. I do like sweet peaches, so I did enjoy this brew!

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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 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 BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tipples pours a deep reddish orange with small fizzy white head. Aroma of sour vinegar and peaches, sweet sugar. Flavor is lightly sour peach up front finishing with big sweetness. High prickly carbonation keeps it plenty light. Lingering peach rind on the palate. Overall a mostly fruit beer but the sour aroma is nice. Not a lot of other character in the flavor besides the sweet fruit but overall nicely drinkable if in the mood. What’s with all the hate?

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St. Louis Pêche from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.49 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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