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Brandy Barrel Peche | Almanac Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Historically, fruit-infused sour beers were a way of preserving the summer harvest. In that tradition, this blonde ale was added to brandy barrels with high-summer peaches, hand-picked by the Loewen family at Blossom Bluff Orchards in Reedley, California. We aged this liquid gold for six months until we needed a reminder that summer will come again. Pair with Prosciutto, crusty bread and fruit preserves.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
430
pDev:
7.53%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
45
Trade:
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Ratings: 430 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by Adkins721:
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe for sharing!

Hazy orange with a thin layer of white foam that slowly recedes to a ring around the edge.
Initial burst of charged carbonation.

Aroma is acidic and fruity, distinct peach note and barrel complexity.

Taste is sour and acidic with peach at the forefront, slightly acetic, drying in the finish with some light barrel traces. Feel is spritzy with a sour bite. Overall it's pretty tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml
$13

Shall I say this newish sour from Almanac pours the color of a high summer peach? I shall. Haze is heavy enough to keep much of anything seen through the body but I did just pull this from the box. The head grows easily to a finger in height, snaps, crackles and pops before fading to a thick ring and swirling. Pure white foam decorates the glass thinly on the way down.

If the smell is any indication Almanac has done another great job in their Farm to Barrel series. Spring wildflowers makes my nose twitch, husked grains, and minerality all have their place. Each swirl brings forth a burst of juicy peaches, somewhat alcoholic, like peach brandy as a matter of fact. The fruit and brandy barrel seem to come together as one. A little dusty and a little musty. My mouth is watering.

Flavor is light up front but quickly bursts into bright peach with a mildly acidic aspect. Big vinous notes join the party in the middle and push through to the finish. Musty peach and soft floral notes pass throughout. An undercurrent of husked grains and green apple add welcomed depth. The barrel notes are very soft but the vinous brandy is a nice compliment to the bright peach. As it warms the tart peach invades every nook and cranny.

Mouthfeel, nailed! A light body, somewhat slick, is accompanied by a masterfully executed champagne frothiness. The finish dries up rather quickly and there's enough tartness to give me heartburn halfway through the bottle.

Bright acidic peach leaves its mark. The barrel aging was deftly handled, never getting in the way. Carbonation, near perfection. I have thoroughly enjoyed every Farm to Barrel beer I've had from Almanac, Brandy Barrel Peche being no exception. These guys know what they're doing.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a muted golden color with a slight off white head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Definitely get underripe white peach out of this. Some cinnamon and oak as well. A touch of doughy yeast in the background. Not getting anything close to brandy.

T: Opens with a light lemony smack of tartness. The tartness morphs into underripe white peach, nectarine and white grape. Finish shows a touch of oak and spice and just a hint of grain and bready malt. Zero brandy. Pretty good, but the lack of brandy leaves me wanting a little more.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, poured into a tulip

A- pour a hazy pale golden-yellow color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- juicy peaches with fruity notes of green apple skin, tangerine, white grape, lemon zest. Slightly woodsy with some tart funk and a hint of sugary sweetness

T- puckering gusher of fruit up front with flavors of green apple, fresh peaches, lemon & grape skin, floral perfume. Oaky mid-palate, the brandy barrel is faint, but does add a bit of cherry-sweetness. Drying funky yeast on the finish with lingers of peach

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slick, puckering, bone dry finish

O- mouth watering sour notes, with some complex fruity notes. Would have liked a little more brandy barrel presence

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours an un-characteristically filtered looking clear golden yellow (light haze) with a thin head that fizzles into nothing rapidly. The nose had a marmalade/jam/jello sweetness upfront, some deep woody notes and a hint of booze. The taste is a slightly tart unripened peach, some caramelized brandy sweetness, and minimal funk. It drinks with a light body and is quite refreshing. There is minimal sweetness or carbonation, lingering tart fruit, well integrated barrel characteristics, and a chardonnay-like semi-dry oaky finish (truthfully one of the most wine-like beers I've ever had). I'm thoroughly impressed with this beers complexity and drinkability, it's very much a thumbs up.

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Photo of jjdc
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been digging Almanac farm-to-barrel series. Should be getting more hype. Brandy Barrel Peche was right up there with Farmer's Reserve #3 and Dogpatch Sour as the best I've had. A nicely balanced sour that hits all the notes from peachy sweetness to sour pucker, barrel woodiness to a bit of funkiness. It might not reach the complexity of RR or Cantillon, but still great. Seek this out.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy light orange with a small white head that fades quickly
S: smells of peaches, a slight funk, and some slight maltyness. There is a bit of tartness on the nose as well
T: the drink starts off with a nice smack of sourness, there's some nice peach flavors and some oak. There's some funk in there as well. swallow brings a nice bit of sourness and peach in the finish with some clean wheat flavor
M: lighter side in medium on the mouth with good carbonation. drying finish
O: Another fantastic sour beer from Almanac. It's a little expensive but it's world class.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 430 ratings