La Tache (Rum Barrel Aged W/ Peaches)
The Ale Apothecary

La Tache (Rum Barrel Aged W/ Peaches)La Tache (Rum Barrel Aged W/ Peaches)
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
not listed
Score:
99
Avg:
4.6 | pDev: 6.3%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
70
From:
The Ale Apothecary
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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SCORE
99
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La Tache (Rum Barrel Aged W/ Peaches)La Tache (Rum Barrel Aged W/ Peaches)
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Photo of WA_Brian
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle of the second batch. Bottled 05/08/2019, 11.29% ABV, 311 bottles produced. Aged 18 months in Oregon Spirit Distillery dark rum barrels on top of fresh white peaches from Thomas Orchards + 6 months in the bottle.

L: Pours a cloudy straw color with decent white head but not much lacing from the head but there is quite a bit as I drink down the glass.
S: Light peach but very clean peach flavor. There is a hint of something else there that I can't describe but I wouldn't say rum.
T: Whoa! It starts almost spicy but then you get hit with this boozy peach flavor while the spice lingers. While some beers have more depth and buried flavors, these are all front and center. I'm caught off-guard every time I take a sip.
F: Medium light body, crisp. Great carbonation.

I drink a lot of wild ales and have had lots of Ale Apothecary beers and I've never had anything like this. This is really an assault on your taste buds and the impressive part is that somehow it works. The rush of spice from the rum barrel on the front doesn't mask the excellent peach flavors. Some AA beers tend to be thicker and a bit more syrupy but this is light and refreshing. More than just drinking a beer, this is an experience. Well done.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served in a teku glass.

Pours a vibrant lighter yellow body, hazy and cloudy, one finger white head with good retention time and thin collar, no film and not much lacing. Smells of lemon, a bit of vinegar and lactic tartness, moderate floral notes, oak, light peach skin, sugar, not much alcohol. Flavour is complex; with lemon, a bit of Bretty citrus, fair amount of floral notes, more but still mild peach skin than in the nose, a bit of sugar but not quite clear rum flavour, oak, minerals. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit on the lighter side, effervescent and crisp, refreshing. Overall, a very tasty, relatively unique AWA that I felt holds up against some of the big names out there. It has a different profile with a decent bit of fruit in it, but even that is a bit different in a good way.

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Photo of TreeBear
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an unmarked bottled purchased at the brewery into two Ake Apothecary snifters. Pours a golden yellow. Smells funky with light peach notes and rum notes. Tastes starts off spicy and finishes with sweet peach. The right amount of tartness. Has a great mouthfeel with incredible bubbles. Leaves you wanting more. I don't give this 5 rating lightly however this beer stood up to my expectations.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange, almost yellow. No real head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Light lemony tartness. Yeasty herbal aroma. Some rum. Oak. Light fruitiness.

Taste - Bright fruitiness. Light tartness. Dry. Lemon and some stone fruit. Not much peach. Oak and some rum liquor in the back. A little bit of herbal flavor in the finish, too.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Crisp. Nice tartness.

Overall - Not a lot of the adjuncts here, but it's still a great beer.

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La Tache (Rum Barrel Aged W/ Peaches) from The Ale Apothecary
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 70 ratings