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Brandy Barrel Peche | Almanac Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States | website

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.

Added by Tyrus on 02-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
428
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
43
For Trade:
9
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Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle (bottled Feb 2013) poured into a Jester King Funk n' Sour glass.

A - Pours a pale peachy golden color with a strong haziness. Almost no head forms - just a faint cap of white bubbles that barely forms a collar and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S - Sour up front, almost Sweet-Tart like, peaches, lemon-lime citrusy. Not really picking up much else - no real malt character and not getting any brandy out of this either. Smells good but lacking in dimension/complexity.

T - Nice firm tartness/sourness up front. Acidic lemony/limey citrus character makes the first impression. The brandy kicks in here adding some flavor but remaining restrained in the overall profile - definitely only complementary in the flavor palate. Mild funkiness mixes in with the peaches from here ending with a sour fruit presence that lingers past the swallow.

M - Medium body with a firm mid-high level carbonation that is finely bubbled and tingly on the tongue. Assertive sourness gives a slight puckering sensation. Tartly fruity and just a hint of funk play well off of the subtle brandy flavors.

O - Overall, I like this a lot. Not the most complex wild ale out there especially in the aroma department. Flavor is quite good with a firm sourness. The fruit and barrel contributions are well received, integrated nicely and not overpowering. Some would probably prefer a more forward barrel treatment on this, but I like the subtlety it provides - it doesn't overpower the beer, just adds a little more nuance.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Swongler
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a champaign glass.

A - Cloudy, wheat beer appearance. Golden-orange in color. Slightly murky

S - Almost smells like a Blue Moon. Not the best smelling Almanac beer I have had. Slightly funky, slightly peachy.

T - This is where it shines, and to be honest, probably the only category that really matters. Sour taste, but not overpowering... almost overpowering. Wave of citrus and peach come at you, followed by a sweet brandy and woody flavor. A little bit of bread in the taste with just enough funk.

M - Makes you pucker. Makes your tounge curl just a little. Makes your mouth salivate - even far after your last sip. Interesting interesting mouthfeel. Medium body.

O - Overall, a really good sour. I actually prefer Dogpatch and many of Almanacs other sours to this one, but this is a fine addition to their lineup. Definitely more interesting in flavor than the Dogpatch. Love how this beer leaves my mouth watering.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.16/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of dirtylou
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on-tap, Chucks Central District

Light straw-orange body - aromas of peach, lemon, apricot jam. Barrel notes are nice, albeit light, though it's hard to really pinpoint the brandy other than the residual sweetness it imparts on the beer. Tart and lively body but a bit of an off grainy finish that didnt sit well with me.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.
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