Le Peche | Mad River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian golden aged with peaches and Brett c. and Brett b. in a Chardonnay barrel.

Added by DaveJanssen on 08-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by KevdoggNasty:
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one during a small ticking session at his house last night! Served from bottle into a Russian River -tion chalice. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, peaches, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, peach, funk, sour, and vinegar. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. I really loved how this one carried the funk in it. Mix that with the fruit aspect in this one and you have something truly wonderful. Really glad that I got the opportunity to try this one as it was thoroughly enjoyed!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

much thanks goes out to my kind west coast friend for sending these my way. poured into a hfs glass.

this was an exceptional beer. in the context of the session, this may have very well one hands down. a smooth, light hazy color comes out of the bottle and produces a monstrous white head that foams up wonderfully and settles down quickly.

aroma is soo deep. lots of fruit notes, tons of peaches, hints of brett sourness and a rich, light hoppy, floral note to it. such a clean feel and flavor here. tight, smooth, and crisp the flavor just popped at all the right places. clean dry finish with a cap of fuit in the end.

one of the easiest and best drinking beers i have had in a long time, really well done.

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado during their 23rd anniversary party.

Peach flesh hue, pale with a slight haze. Not much head, but there's plenty of visible carbonation.

The aroma is redolent of ripe and tart peaches. Beneath the fruit there are layers of buttery oak, mild musty funk and damp wood, hints of acetic acid and tropical fruit. A great, well-rounded aroma.

Drying and spritzy on the palate, the peach and tropical fruit flavors are dominant, but oak lends a big tannic backbone. There's a light sourness, acetic in character but at a pleasantly low level. There are vinous notes toward the finish that suggest that this spent time in wine barrels, but it doesn't beat you over the head with wine flavors. It's dry on the whole, with a great peach flavor that lingers throughout.

This beer was a big surprise for me, a very good first sour for Mad River. Thanks to MrFootstones for bringing it down.

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3.57/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ar: Pleasant tartness, acid (lactic, light acetic), peach, floral, mild oak, nice fruity aroma, *tropical fruit

Ap: Low white head, fair retention, clear/fine haze, dark straw, lace hints

T: Sweet fruit with warm acid, oak, acid is milder than in the aroma and the oak is stronger, peach, pitty/earthy/mild brett, good mild funk and sour mix with the fruit, floral, tartness is present throughout, lingering peach/pittyness with drier brett character in the finish, lactic and light acetic warmth, *light candy sweetness, *tannic hints

M: Warm acid end, medium body with sweetness, low/medium carbonation, tingly acid end

O: better than New Belgium's Eric's ale, a little young but pleasant, some clean/controlled American sour character, great sour/fruit balance throughout, a bit sweet, *the aroma is the best part, *would like more funk, *not especially drinkable

* = ideas from fellow taster

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at the Toronado Anniversary. Light golden, lactic peaches with a slight musty quality, some peach skin character and subtle Brett notes. Very expressive, very nice. Flavor is lactic peaches with a moderate tartness and notes of pit, skin, and earth. Mouthfeel is smooth, the beer is moderately light bodied, and carbonation is soft. Very enjoyable and quite excellent for a brewery's first sour.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Toronado 23rd Anniversary party - probably the first keg to kick. Served in a thin tulip glass.

A - Poured to the brim, so I have no idea how good the head volume is. The dime that there was settled to a thin collar, and spotty lace remained as the beer was consumed. Transparent golden orange body.

S - Loads of ripe peaches and funky brett clausenii notes, white wine vinegar/acetic acid, as well as some light oaky vanilla.

T - Taste is also quite vinous and barrel-influenced, with less overt peach flavor, even though it's still quite fruity. Bretty, lightly sour finish. Probably more of a 4.25.

M - Great smooth medium-light body, soft but active carbonation, and no trace of the listed 7.5%. Extremely dry finish. Quite refreshing stuff.

D - I had multiple pours of this one. This was the surprise of the party. Big thanks to MrFootstones for bringing us this treat. I'm not sure I'd ever had a Mad River beer before this, but I was pretty impressed.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thank you goes out to MrFootstones for driving five hours after work to drop off this keg at Toronado. I am 90% sure this was the best beer on tap for the Anniversary Party.

Its probably not a coincidence that the color of this one is a 'peachy' with a nice golden heart with slight hues of pink and yellow on the edges. Served into a small flute glass this did not have any head, but the color was beautiful.

The smell was of lactic funk, ripe peach, apricot, some stale must, and barrel.

The taste was fantastic straight from the keg and got better while it breathed for a while. What I loved about this one was the real juicy fruit characters were paired equally with the oak-y funk flavors. It had an astringent mouthfeel that paired well with the white wine that was definitely in the tastes. A very complex beer with lots of fruit and funk.

It was perfectly carbonated and was oily in nature. I helped drink two glasses and with all of the beers consumed on this trip was a very memorable beer. Thanks goes out again to Mrfootstones for bringing it and hopefully Mad River starts really experimenting with the bugs and barrels.


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Le Peche from Mad River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 14 ratings