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Brandy Barrel PecheBrandy Barrel Peche

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

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.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stemmed glass.

Appearance is hazy light apricot color with small almost non existent head that settles to a white ring around edge of glass. Slow carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Aroma brings white wine, lemon juice, nectarine, orange peel, and bright crisp green apple juice concentrate. Smells wonderful! Almost reminds me of Temptation and a bit like a much toned down Duck Duck Gooze.

On the palate you get a super tartness and semi sweet middle to back of the tongue. Definitely dry on the finish though. Lemon pulp, under ripe peach, juicy white grapes, some oak tannins, and a drying pineapple like bitterness. This is wonderful. Personally, I think the flavors have a lot in common with the ones found in beers like Temptation and Beatification. Trying to detect Brandy but can't seem to find it. I will say this though, there is an undeniable grapey, peachy juiciness that may be accentuated by the barrels. Obviously the actual peaches are playing a part but Brandy has that peculiar grape like essence.

The mouthfeel is just right. Light bodied, just enough carbonation to scrub away some of those flavors and leaves you wanting more. Maybe a tad under carbonated but no biggie.

Overall this is a delight to drink. There isn't much hype around Almanac beers compared to other breweries out there. May be due to some underwhelming offerings they have produced but this is not one of them. Everything blends beautifully and its ready to drink now. If I had to have a complaint it would be that the flavors could be a bit more aggressive, but then I'd be asking for perfection!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a beautiful and hazy light gold in color. A small, fizzy head forms but doesn't stick around too long before leaving a small amount of lacing.

S- Moderate to strong tartness up front with some fruitiness in the back. Peaches are fairly prominent in the fruitiness to go along with the sourness. There is just a touch of the brandy flavor behind the tartness and peach scents.

T- Starts with a moderate bang on tart sour flavor. Sourness is mostly citrusy in taste before the peach juiciness kicks in. Peaches make their presence known with a big blast of juiciness right after the initial sourness, before they themselves start contributing to the tart flavor. Just a touch of some darker fruits in the brandy towards the end of the drink before the lingering tartness sticks around on your tongue.

M- Light and highly carbonated, this beer is pretty thirst quenching overall. The tartness is the only restriction on drinkability here, but overall, this is more of a juicy than tart beer.

Overall, a terrific beer. I would have liked the brandy barrel to be more prominent, but the sourness and peaches are spot on.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on 7-Feb-14

From 375 mL bottle into Anchorage Teku glass.

The smell is fantastic. I get some tropical fruit, oak, and some additional sweetness that I'm assuming is brandy.

I get the tart blond ale at first, which gets rushed with sugary peaches and hints of lemon and apples. Get the soft oak barrel rounding everything out at the tail end. I want to say that the brandy heightens the fruity sweetness of the peaches. It's difficult for me to dissect all the flavors because they gel together so smoothly. Slight vinegar. I don't like my sours puckering sour that gets me smacking my lips and tongue a third of the way into a glass so IMO, the tartness in this one is spot on.

Typical of some of Almanac's barrel-aged brews, I didn't know what to expect. I'm not familiar with any other peche sour that's aged in brandy so I found it to be unique and was thoroughly satisfied. I prefer this over all their other sours I've tried (ranked below). Wish I was able to hunt down more.

Brandy Barrel Peche
Farmer's Reserve #3
Farmer's Reserve #4
Valley of the Heart's Delight
Dogpatch Sour

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of jjdc
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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 impending
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


375ml into a glass. Pours a hazed yellow white peach indeed, nearly zero head faded immediately, zero lacing.

A wonderful treat of aroma, tremendous depth, sweetness, citrus and under ripe peach, a low acidity encased in funk. Mild oak and vanilla but no brandy.

The taste is all the scent promised, peachy keen. The barrel presents itself as a somewhat peculiar honey flavor which is smooth vanilla - a star here perfectly balanced - envelopes the tongue from start to finish. Nearly zero bitter, a peppery dry bite sits in, a very mild but clear herbal touch. Lightly acidic never crosses past tart. Unaware, never would I think of brandy barrels, I find no brandy here. Thin slick mouthfeel, negligible carbonation.

Absolutely delicious

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Powderhornphil
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden straw color. Small amount of soapy head. Recedes pretty fast with little head.

Aroma is a bit of funk and peaches. Wonderful aroma.

Taste is tart and a bit funky. Hugely juicy and fruity but still finishes dry. Ton of lush peaches. Not very brandy forward.

Medium mouthfeel the finish is refreshing and dry.

Excellent sour. I don't find it exceedly or mouthpuckering sour but the balance between sour and juicy fruityness is just outstanding. I would buy this regularly if I could.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku glass

A-Pours cloudy amber gold with a small white head, dissipates quickly with decent lacing.

S-Aroma is tart lemon, oak, peaches.

T-Flavor is medium tart, a bit of initial sweetness, fruity, not necessarily peach per se, lots of barrel notes, but not getting brandy. Minimal funk.

M-Lightish body, medium plus carbonation.

O-Overall a great barrel aged sour. Quite funky good.

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Photo of t420o
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almanac Brandy Barrel Peche

A- pour yields a 1/2 finger white head fizzing away quickly. Beer is a hazy golden color. 3.75

S- the peaches and sourness is upfront. Also some sweetness. The brandy barrel provides some woody and sweet notes. Quite pleasant 4.25

T- nice juicy tart peach flavor is upfront and the dominant flavor. It's damn good. The brandy barrel isn't as strong as I'd hoped, but it's nice though. It's got that nice dark grape/woody/booziness and a little sweetness that is typical of good brandy. Light yeast in the background. Nice. 4.5

M- lighter carbonation fitting for the style. Medium body. 4.25

O- Another winner from Almanac, they have yet to disappoint me. So damn drinkable. Fantastic. 4.5

High A

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Photo of Lothore
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a golden peach hue with no head

S- Citrus, brandy, lemon peel

T- Sour up front with hints of brandy, lemon and wheat. Finishes with a lingering bright fruit notes.

M- Effervescent and medium bodied

D- Extremely drinkable beer. Another good on from Almanac.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours from a 375 ml bottle a slightly hazed straw yellow with a tiny (1/16") white head which vanishes leaving some spotty lace.

N: Lemony citrus, oak wood, tart, yeasty, floral, funk/barnyard, grassy/hay, and some spices.

T: Sour fuzzy peaches, wood, faint sweetness, bright lemons, acidity.

M: Moderate body and light carbonation. Prickly sour, fruity and yeasty finish.

O: Interesting sour, but I'm not detecting much of the brandy barrel aging other than the spicy sweetness. Summertime in a glass.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Hardywood Singel snifter...

A. Pours a cloudy pale gold, rich and hazy. A quarter finger ring of off-white head halos the brew with some frothy clumps of carb coasting on top. Lacing is consistent, with a tight sheen of suds lingering on the sides of the glass.

S. Cane sugar, candied peach skin, bretty funk, hints of lemon, some toasted grain, fruited liqueur. Relatively straightforward, if delicious. Peaches and brandy.

T. Tart, fresh peaches, sugary peach juice, barnyard funk, some drying grape and cherry notes from the brandy barrels, sweet malt and some drying yeast on the back end.

M. Moderately carbonated and fairly thick bodied. The peach flavors are fleshy and sweet, with a bit of underripe tartness. Brandy barrel adds even more body and it's all undercut with a somewhat drying finish that is equal parts booze and some toasted grain bill and yeast.

O. A tasty peach sour and an interesting blend of flavors, primarily tartness and a fleshy, earthy sweetness. Not intensely sour, but certainly more than just tart. I'm not sure the brandy barrel adds as much to this as you'd expect...its contributions are booze, sweetness, and a tannic dryness that undercuts the flavor profile a bit. That said, there is plenty here to enjoy. Almanac is creating some amazing concoctions with their local farm connections, excellent barrel program, and outstanding recipes. If this review sounds disappointed, then it's a credit to Almanac that they set my expectations so high with every sour that one can be slightly below my expectations and still pull a 4.25.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow orange, some carbonation

S-Peaches, lemon, tartness, wheat, oak some spices.

T-Very fruity. Peaches and lemon abound. Some spice, but more of the brandy barrel would have been nice. As it warms it becomes more tart, but not quite sour.

M-Medium in body, nice carbonation, dry finish.

O-A very good beer. More brandy characteristics and sour notes would take this to the next level.

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Photo of draheim
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden straw color w/ a minimal soft white head. Lively carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass, sustaining a thin film of bubbles at the surface.

Aroma is dry, oaky and tart. Subtle sweet fruit and brandy.

Taste is much stronger with the brandy and peach. Nicely sour and lemony, countered by the sweetness of the malt and fruit. Bready and clean, with good oak presence.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, refreshing. Finishes nicely dry.

Overall an enjoyable sour with a sweet, peachy twist.

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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


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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Photo of nataku00
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a half finger of loose off white head that dissipates immediately. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet ripe peaches, with some astringent peach and grape skin, oak, light lactic acidity.

Peaches and lemon hit the tongue, sweet stone fruit with a bit of lemon juice tartness and lactic acid, mellowing to biscuit malt sweetness and an old oak flavor. Not much brandy in the taste either, so the barrels used may have been old or second use.

Light body with soft but ample fine carbonation that lightly scrubs the tongue dry. Pretty peach forward wild .

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a long stemmed tulip glass.
Bottled: Feb 2013

Pours a gorgeous and slightly hazy yet bright orange with golden yellow notes. There is a nice thin yet dense head that recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma is quite delicious. Fresh and fruity tartness with nice notes of peach. Notes of midl sugary sweetness mixed in with some nice acidic yet not overpowering sourness. Nice notes of barrel wood and some slight earthy grain as well.

The flavor is outstanding. Nice notes of mild acidic citrus tartness. Its mild and fruity tartness and goes well with the notes of fresh peach skin and some nice funky yeast and wood. Nice notes of grain with slight sweetness is also perceived. Pretty dry brew with some nice peach notes and orchard fruit mixed in with tartness and some nice woody funk. The body is light and refreshing yet very flavorful. Dry and lightly carbonated.

OVerall a delicious sour with nice fruit notes and a balance that invites more sips.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a recent trip to Napa. Pours a slightly hazy light orange color with nearly no head. Sweet peach aroma with some fruity brandy behind it, a bit of tart and sourness, some yeast funk. Very nice. Flavor is big peach brandy notes, a kick of refreshing sour that lightens things up, then finishes with a hint of booze and along sweet peach finish. Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation. A really nice beer with flavors that blend nicely to give you something subtly different from, and a little mire hearty than, the average sour brew.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle sealed with a pressure cap

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer with 2 fingers of foamy white head that drops down to a thin ring. Spotty lace left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Mild tartness. Juicy peaches, sweet tangerines, green apple, white grape, and stone fruits. Very mild musty funk.

Taste: Mild almost moderate tartness. Dry peaches, tart lemons, and sweet tangerines. Moderate oak notes. Not getting much funk in the flavor profile. As this beer warms up, the sweet brandy makes some creamy vanilla notes pop out at you as well as an increasingly stronger oak presence.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Very drinkable and refreshing. A short burst of zippy carbonation when the beer first hits your tongue. Oak seems to start to dry the beer out slightly, but it never quite makes it to the semi dry finish.

Overall: What can I say... Almanac makes so many different sour fruit beers in the farm to barrel series. Very approchable for newbies to sours and still interesting enough for those dedicated sour fans. Nice flavors and mellow sourness with good balance. Not overly complex, but its enough to keep my attention through out the entire 375ml serving. I could have used more peach flavor in this one though.

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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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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of macrosmatic
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Bright gold, moderately hazy, with lots of visible carbonation and a thin white head.

S: Fruity peaches, dry tannins and some funk, mild boozy undertones, and a touch of wood dryness.

T: Underripe peaches, hints of bourbon, brightly tart and tamed funk, barnyard, and wood. Finishes with some lingering sourness, acidity and dryness.

M: Light bubbly body, and low alcohol flavors even with the brandy aging.

O: Quite enjoyable, nice peach flavor. Still not the best of Almanac's sours, but a solid and drinkable offering.

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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 BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque, almost hazy golden with a white head.

S: Sweet orange peel, peach, some sweet candied fruits, some oak, some red grape, some white grape in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange peel, mandarin orange, peach, a touch of pine, raspberry, blackberry, some funky Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: This was pretty good, but it was definitely a tart beer, so don't let this be your first sour, unless you really like sour.

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