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Terrapin Maggie's Peach Farmhouse AleTerrapin Maggie's Peach Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Not a bad Saison, considering that it's intentionally fruity. I noticed considerably more apricot than peach in both the aromas and flavor, but that's me. Light level of yeast funk. Sweetness is certainly on the high end for a Saison. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, and well carbonated, so in that respect it scores well. Had I seen the BA score before purchasing, I would've avoided it, but glad that I picked up this 4 pack while on vaca. New and different.

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Photo of twistwrist
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me, this is one of the best summer beers out there, but you've gotta like peach! This Southern belle does. Refreshingly crisp, it's a great tasting beer on a hot ass day.

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Photo of SebD
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of peaches, apricots, wheat malts, faint pepper and a touch of Saison yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some peaches, wheat, some black pepper and faint Saison yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by passable flavors and aromas. Nothing exciting here.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of fmccormi
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to a can glass. There’s a freshness date of October 31, 2014 printed in yellow ink on the neck of the bottle (“14134.136 10.31.2014”), which would mean it’s got another two and a half months or so before it “expires” or what have you. Which I think would make this about a month and a half old now.

Appearance (3.0): Two fingers of crackly, just-off-white head comes off of the pour easily, capping a golden body with light orange highlights and just a very light chill haze. Retention is moderately below average, with the head lasting an average period of time but leaving very little behind—no lacing to speak of, and just a thin residue on the surface.

Smell (3.25): Overripe peach juice, peach candy flavor (like a lollipop), a little dusty hay and dried grains. Light, dry common crackers underpin the fruit esters a bit, but it’s very light.

Taste (3.0): Following the nose, the flavor’s dominated right off the bat by peachy fruit esters that, while they may not be, certainly feel artificial. It’s got a light fruit bitterness on the backside, but it’s pretty vague. The malt base is pale, clean, simple, and crackery. An amorphous spice comes through on the back end, bringing a vague pepper/clove character, but it doesn’t hold up particularly well. It’s pleasant enough, though.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Light carbonation that doesn’t quite tingle helps lighten the body, which is a bit on the light side of medium, give or take. The pale body, light spice, and peachy esters help the beer to finish on the dry side.

Overall (3.0): I dunno, I really liked the idea of this beer but it’s just not there. It’s average-ish, because it’s refreshing enough and not inoffensive, but it’s not in any regard a decent representation of the style, nor is it a particularly interesting fruit beer. But, like I said, it’s refreshing enough and in no way does it offend.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This one pours a cloudy peach color with a frothy white rim of foam.

Smells of soapy hops with a dim peach in the background.

The soapiness is there in the flavor and it reminds me of an old dishrag! Too bad. There's a soft wheaty taste behind it along with a thin and easy peach.

Feels a little full for what the flavor delivers.

Not so hot, yet not entirely terrible.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle best by Nov 2014 at 35 degrees into snifter
Aroma of peach
Head average (3 cm), white, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body golden, clear
Flavor starts sour, ends slightly sweet; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Definitely smells like peach but can’t seem to find it in the taste. I have to think of Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale, Side Project # 7, back in 2009 and compare the current peach version to the original. The peach seems more of a marketing ploy – it just isn’t very good, lacking a defined peach flavor, having instead some sour breakdown product which leaves a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a light lemon gold color, very slight haze, with a sugar white head that dissipates to a bit of lacing. Visible effervescence.

Smells of peach cobbler and a hint of citrus, coriander, and fresh grassy malt.

Flavor is notably peachy with some grassy malt and citrus with a very slight hint of dry hoppiness.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very refreshing warm weather beer which has just the right amount of fruit presence. It's distinctly peach flavored but it doesn't stop being a beer. It's more of a pale ale than a farmhouse in terms of taste, but otherwise this is fairly underrated as far as fruit beers go. Worth a try if you think peach and beer sound good together.

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Photo of papajohn56
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear orange, with a lot of head that dissipates quickly and residual effervescence after pouring. Smell is very clean with a hint of peaches and citrus. First taste that hits me is a very slight funkiness, then a mild peach flavor. Wish this delivered more peaches on the nose and the tongue. Mouthfeel is exactly what you'd want from a saison/farmhouse ale. Light and refreshing.

Overall pretty good, wish I got more peaches, but an easy to drink saison/farmhouse ale that would be a great intro to newbies to the style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy-ish golden color. The white-colored head, however, sucks - it doesn't even form a finger high before quickly fading into nothing. No lacing is left behind.

S: Wow, that's huge peach coming through. Peach is the dominant note, but there also seems to be a strong lactic acid quality - at times, it's more redolent of a Berliner than a saison. Some sugary notes (as expected) come through. Good as a fruit beer, not good as a saison.

T: I'm picking up a faint touch of flowers to start, while the peaches appear around the mid-taste and linger into the finish. Confectioner's sugar is sprinkled around throughout (pun completely and utterly intended). Peach flavors are shown off acceptably, but it's just dull. There are some weird off-notes in the retronasals at first, but they disappear to just leave an average fruit beer (and a sad-sack saison).

M: Somewhat heavy and sweet. This kind of feel is completely unworthy to a saison, but again, it works fine as a simple fruit beer. It is, as the style would dictate, well carbonated. It isn't all that drinkable.

O: I'm rating this as a fruit beer. In that regard, it's average, maybe a mite below. As a saison, though, it sucks. Period. Try it if you really like peach anything, otherwise give it a miss.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange-gold coloring, with no head. Nose of fresh and sweet peach, subtle funky notes, and a biscuit backbone. Flavors are peach sweet forward, with a very tart and slightly sour undercurrent. Crisp grape-like characteristics cut the sweet feel quickly. Steady carbonation flow keeps the body light and crisp. Fruity peach aftertaste, with a subtle grain linger. The finish is tart, crisp, and refreshing. Very solid, warm weather brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep brassy orange color, and very clear nearly bright crystal. Thin capped off white head but about two fingers tall. Falls fairly readily to a thin puck on top. Some minor carbonation rising throughout the glass but not much.

This smells like canned fruit. Practically Del Monte in a can here. Not too much cocktail syrup action at least, it does have an obvious fruit quality but doesn't really come off like fresh or decent peach. There's also not much else to detect as this aroma is overbearing.

Palate at least brings some saison character. Mild sense of dry yeast a bit, but much of the fruit quality takes over particularly in the finish. A bit wet and fleeting and finishing with a watery sweetness. Malt depth is very light and non existent with a wet backbone. Some decent carbonation and a little bit of club soda like qualities, but with a sweet fruit watery finish.

It comes off as a dumbed down saison fruit beer of sorts. While easily drinkable it's not really doing it for me.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of fresh peaches with a lighter aroma of wheat and peppery saison yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a hint of slightly sour wheat notes. That is followed by light flavors of slightly spicy saison yeast and slightly stronger than moderate flavors of natural fresh peaches but without a lot of sweetness - just light sweetness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin/watery.

O: I enjoyed this one more than I thought I was going to...the peach has a natural flavor unlike many of the other peach beers that I have tried. There is something that I cannot quite place which makes the mouthfeel on this beer a little off-putting.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a snifter. Acquired in a trade.

A- pours a hazy yellow orange body with a 2 finger whit head that reduces fairly quickly.

S- Strong peaches, mango, citrus, wheat, spices, cloves.

T- Huge peach punch upfront, gives away to bready, malty, fruity, spicy finish.

M- Easy drinking, somewhat thin body. Great summer beer.

One dimensional, but definitely a easy drinking, nice tasting thirst quencher. Wish it was available around me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden color with a soapy white head. One of the best aromas in a brew featuring peaches. Peach juice, wheat, bread and light floral.

In the taste, fruity peach, light tartness, some spicy yeast. Has a mellow herbal note and hints of cantaloupe. Almost has a fresh unripe peach skin taste. The peach and hops lead the palate to a state of subtropical confusion, in a good way.

Light to medium bodied with a light carbonation. Fruity and enjoyable at that, yet it really carries the Saison style quite well. Overall this is a good brew, pretty interesting stuff.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

When I poured this beer it has light orange color with a big foamy white head. The aroma smells like a fresh peach. The taste has some peach to it but not much, has more of a grain and yeast flavor to it. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall this batch was over carbonated but tasty.

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Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AtlCarl for this bottle, the last man standing from our last trade...luckily to be replenished as soon as the cold front from hell leaves town. 12 oz. bottle with typical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles label.

Pour is a fizzed, fuzzy yellow that's clearer than I'd expect from the style. The nose is a rip-snorter of a Georgia peach covered with sweet sugar which, I must add, is quite a pleasing mental image. Farmhouse? Not unless it's in the background of the pin-up. Outstanding start.

Maggie's Peach Farmhouse Ale brings a sunny, peachy smile to a scene that seems to be trending heavier & darker all the time. Light ripe peach explodes out of the beer like taking one right in the kisser during a harvest fruit fight. Lovely, dry yeast bite that yields a tartness that sets off the peach sweetness nicely. Flecks of grain, zingy spices, touch of other light fruits rounds out the experience. Flits through my teeth like so much air, & vanishes about as fast.

This might be the surprise of the year; the peach/farmhouse combo complements one another like conservatives after a Tea Party electoral rout. Excellent beer & one of the better I've tasted from Terrapin.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Extra from johnyb - thanks! Served in a DryHop mini-pint glass.

A - Giant white foam slow settles to a creamy, thick cap, leaving specks of lace behind. Transparent straw body with a few stray bubbles racing around.

S - Very phenolic farmhouse yeast here, with a good deal of peach flavor as well. Not the most complex or subtle Saison, but delivers exactly as promised. Cereal grains, a surprising strawberry note, peppery, and a touch of hay and grass.

T - The taste, unfortunately, doesn't live up to the promise of the aroma. Mostly cereal grains, with a touch of phenolic yeast, and very little of the peach and other fruity goodness. Mild lemon tanginess in the finish, with no obvious alcohol.

M - Zesty, aggressive carbonation, medium-light body, and a fairly crisp finish. A tad gritty, with a touch of lingering stickiness.

D - Aside from the overly harsh carbonation it's quite easy to drink. Definitely would have been more appropriate for summer, as it's pretty refreshing. Just wish the flavor was closer to the aroma.

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Photo of Mojo
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into snifter

A - pours up light straw with a towering, fluffy head that manages to stay around for awhile. Loads of sticky lacing remain.

S - one word: peaches

T - basically a very tart peach flavor giving way to a dry yeasty finish. There are some metallic notes present as well.

M - great carbonation

O - nice offering, easy to drink

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale peach-orange color upon the pour yields a monstrous cornsilk white foam head that was very audible, pitty and pockety around the edges with large soapy pockets. Chunky, soapy, lace adores the glass, visible carbonation doesn't seem as strong on the insided. Longtivity on the head retention, dense clarity with micro-bran particles floating about on the end of the pour.

S: Nice sweet and tart mixture of peaches, hints of strawberry quick powder and light funk of oranges.

T: Flavor was tart peaches on first impression, touch of straw and pale grains, again light funk with minor hints of orange. Touches of wheat and dry alcohol come on the close.

M: Crisp mouthful, active, lots of tingly senstaion, has a smooth creaminess when things settle.

O: Overall crisp, nice tartness, the peaches add some nice influence,but wish the peaches were just a bit more fresh, sweet and pronounced. Decent summer time quencher.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lovely pale, opaque golden yellow color. Soft orange hue around the rim. Head is massive and vibrant white and retains very well and leaves a shit ton of lacing. Damn good looking brew.

S-Sweet, juicy peaches with some faint spices in the background. Dry grass hits the nose as well, but the sweet peaches overpower everything in a pleasant manner.

T-Not impressive. Flat, almost tasteless. No notes of peaches as it fades into a yeast-bomb with dry grass flavor.

MF-Very carbonated with a dry finish. Light bodied and refreshing, but too carbonated

O-One of the best smelling beers I've ever had, but the taste is deceivingly flat. There's almost nothing to the taste. Worth a try, at most.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

I tend to be skeptical of fruited-up saisons. But Terrapin makes great beers, and this is the first saison of theirs I've had the chance to get my hands on. Thanks to cubanbeerguy for the bottle. Tasted 25 August 2013.

Pour is beautiful. Clear pale golden yellow. A thick column of bubbles rising up. Three fingers of fizzy white head, mostly big bubbles. Excellent retention, thick bands of lacing. Wowzer.

Smell is really nice. About half sweet, canned peaches, and half fruity-floral saison esters. A really nice blend, as the juicy character of both forms a bridge between them. Sweet, luscious, and quite inviting.

Taste is kinda flat. It tastes more like peach flavoring, less like juicy peaches. Sort of astringent, and surprisingly flavorless, especially after the smell. Odd.

Whoa. This is overcarbonated. So overcarbonated that I have a hard time tasting the beer. Sometimes high carbonation helps the flavors dance, but here it's so active that they barely touch my tongue, and I can't get a read on them. Toned down just a touch, it would be really nice. But there's a tipping point with high carbonation, and this is clearly beyond that point. Also has a dryness that, while it may be typical of saisons, doesn't really work with the juicy roundness of the beer. The main issue is that the feel markedly detracts from my enjoyment of the beer.

A two-faced beer. The appearance and smell had me thinking of great things, but the taste and the feel were far below that level. Overcarbonated and dry, two elements that really don't fit with the beers aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz courtesy of Westmeister

A: Light, cloudy peach with a foamy white head that's well retained.

N: Fresh peach flavor on top of straw, attic, and hints of earth and lavender. Very floral. Some lemon zest in here. Gentle sugar sweetness.

T: Very earthy, and slightly sour. There's a significant hop presence to this over a light citrus/peach sweetness. Can be a little soapy.

M: Light and well carbonated. Not particularly dry, so it's not really a great representation of the style.

O: A solid beer with some great peach presence. However, each time I sip this, I can't help but feeling it's missing dimension and an extra oomph to take it over the top.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Maggie's Peach Farmhouse Ale delivers a wholesome host of peach flavor and a refreshing spiciness that will get your juices flowing. Brewed with Georgia grown peaches and a lot of love, this Old World style of beer will take you back to a simpler time." Brewed in the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. First launched in Summer 2013 as a Summer Seasonal replacing 2012's Easy Rider, this beer uses a previous side project, "Maggie's Farmhouse Ale" from 2010 and adds peach juice for a new twist on an old recipe. This seems a fair compromise to those who greatly enjoyed the 2011 collaboration "Peaotch" Ale between Terrapin and Left Hand brewing.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Terrapin Pint glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing off-white head of a foamy consistency with a touch of crispy fizz over a moderately hazy golden yellow body with ample fevered carbonation. Retention is above average, and some thin lacing streaks the sides of the glass. The appearance is solid for the style. 4

(Smell) Aromas of tart peach concentrate, bready pale malts, a pinch of clean spice and a moderate acidity make the bulk of this aroma, the peach aroma being front and center. The aroma comes off as a bit sweet in balance, with a simple malt build fading to the background. The fruit profile is a touch sweet with a dry tartness and a moderate acidity. It isn't too far from a peach syrup concentrate, although the sweetness isn't all that harsh, it's not going to appeal to everybody. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) The balance is a bit better in the aroma, as well as the general presentation of flavors within. The malt bill is still quite simple, with a blend of cracker malts and a light wheat malt with a reserved sweetness, collectively overshadowed by peach juice, quite surprising in tartness, perhaps even more than expected by farmhouse standards, with a moderate dry, acidic finish. A much more potent spice blend of peppercorn and coriander compliment the peach character well and make this more reminiscent of a moderately-spiced Saison. Although I enjoyed the flavor over the aroma, I found the combination of the acidity and peach tartness a bit wrenching on the drinkability of an otherwise quaffable Saison. Overly tart beer isn't a common complaint made by me, but in this case, there just isn't enough malt balance or peach sweetness to justify it. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Malt texture is slick, very light syrup drizzle with a mild fuzzy dryness. Carbonation adds an expected dose of fizz and fluff, not overly done. The body is medium for a saison, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is light. Drinkability is, as I've mentioned before, hampered somewhat by the acidity and tartness of this beer. The texture is fine for the style. 3.75

(Overall) Terrapin seems to have a love affair with Peaches, and this beer demonstrates that peaches actually do have a tart, zesty side opposite of the dreaded thick, viscous heavy peach syrup- that makes it a great candidate for a Farmhouse choice fruit. On a critical level, I found this beer very tart, acidic and dry, the combination of all three of these factors limits drinkability, which is a shame for such a drinkable style. I'd like to see a touch more fruit sweetness or malt body brought into this, and I think that would work wonders for the recipe of this beer. 3.5

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Terrapin Maggie's Peach Farmhouse Ale

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Photo of mntlover
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale yellow with lots of bubbles rising a big fluffy white head that falls with lots of lace. Plenty of carbonation pour slow or you will have lots of foam.

Aroma is imagine that peach lots of peach but some light funky wheaty like farmhouse notes underneath the peach. Some light spice under neath it all.

Taste is too fizzy some good farmhouse notes light funk on grainy notes with peach. Finish is lingering funk and spice along with lingering each. Taste for me is hurt by the amount of carbonation present.

Mouthfeel is light but this beer is way to fizzy lots of zest all through the brew. Personally don't care for fizzy brews.

Overall the flavors seem nice a peachy saison sounds like a great idea. Flavor is good but mouthfeel ruins it for me. Might be good if you poured and lit it sit for an hour.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy orange color with almost no foam. Aroma is redolent of peach/apricot and a kiss of sweet malt.

First sip is a nice sweet peach flavor, with a semi-dry finish. Very refreshing and pleasing to drink. Peach flavor is dominant, but not overwhelming and really works nicely with this beer.

This is a nice flavorful summer beer. Another solid offering from Terrapin

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Terrapin Maggie's Peach Farmhouse Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 644 ratings.
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