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.

Added by Tyrus on 02-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
428
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
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69
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is hazed golden yellow with a small amount of tight white head. Nose is faint, light sweeter barrel with some slightly un-ripened peach and notes of grain. Taste is a hint sweet; but not sugary. The sweet brandy barrel and the loads of peach in this seem to pile onto each other a hint more than I would like. It still drinks easily with a light body and soft carbonation.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into snifter. Bottled February 2013.

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a finger of fluffy bright white head that faded into a soft film and collar. A few soapy streaks of lace was left down the glass.
S: I get notes of the light blond ale base, clean and refreshing, with hints of tart acid and fruity peaches. There’s perhaps a touch of oak in there as well maybe vinous white wine barrel, but I’m not really getting anything that screams brandy.
T: Follows the nose with notes of stone fruits and juicy peach over the pale malt blonde ale base. The finish is tart, acidic, but not exceedingly harsh or vinegary. The bandy barrel comes through in the late finish and aftertaste, but it is really just a suggestion of flavor. The aftertaste lingers of fresh peach and tannic oak, and perhaps some white grape.
M: Very fluffy carbonation is soft and frothy. Tart and biting acid hits the mouthfeel, and after it subsides this beer is drying and gritty. Medium-full body is thicker than some blonde based sours.
O: A great acidic sour, but the flavors were not as bright as I had hoped. Maybe I waited too long to drink this, peach is a delicate flavor. Either way, what I have in my glass right now is damn good, but it’s not my favorite blonde sour, peach sour, or Almanac sour.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange, almost yellow. Almost no head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Smells like peach and then strong brandy. Lends to the fruitiness, but a deeper sweet fruitiness. Oak.

Taste - Bright lemony tartness. Some peach, but not a whole lot. Grain flavor as brandy builds in the finish. Oaky in the back.

Mouthfeel - Light and pleasantly sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not really complex or peachy, but it's nice.

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Brandy Barrel Peche from Almanac Beer Co.
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