The Sauer Peach
Sloop Brewing

The Sauer PeachThe Sauer Peach
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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #322
Ranked #9,942
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Sloop Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
The Sauer PeachThe Sauer Peach
Notes: This beer is Sloop Brewing’s artistic ale. The Sauer Peach’s complex flavors come from a natural sour culture. This tart flavor is woven with sweet peach nectar to provide your palate with a contrastingly balanced beer. It is light in body, and stands at alc. 4.3% by vol.

One theory holds that the Berliner Weisse style ale originated from the Huguenots passing through the Flanders region of Belgium on their way to Germany. Later, the Huguenots established a community in New Paltz, NY, which is just across the Hudson River from Sloop Brewery. This is our interpretation of their beer.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my first beer from these guys is a good one! very sour for a berliner, high acidity, but pretty bright and clean as they go. this is cool with the fruit. most beers with peaches either tastes like real peaches, or they taste like peach ring candy or some similar artificial overly sweet peachy thing. this is unique in that it sort of has both of these elements at work. in the nose its sweet and tart like the candy, concentrated and stronger than any other element. in the flavor though, its more of a natural peach, juicy and ripe, in balance with the other elements. its a cool progression, and the beer ends remarkably dry. the sourness is high, but there is very little of that front end souring sweaty element, just a tiny bit, its pretty clean. the acidity is bright, it highlights the peach, and the wheat malt has plenty of flavor here too, keeping it feeling like beer. great carbonation, even a sort of fuzzy feel from the peach, light and really flavorful. i can see why this one is popular, one of the more interesting berliners i have had in awhile.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy, opaque yellow with a thin filmy head that died almost instantly.

S: Sour peach. Not much else. Maybe some lime, white grape, and honeydew melon, but mostly white peach skins and lactic tartness.

T: White peaches sprinkled in sugar, balanced with an intense, zesty lime and citric acid sourness. White bread malt backbone, balanced with a crisp, apple and pear like tartness and dryness.

F: Thick and chewy, like white bread, lots of wheat, with a spritzy, lemon-lime soda like carbonation that moves the beer quickly across your palate.

O: Fantastically balanced and delicious!

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head, murky orange yellowish color.

Nose huge sour, acidic bacteria souring, big sourness, Brett sour funk, tart fruity but not really peach, little doughy malt wheat.

Taste big sour acidic funk, little Brett funk and sourness, sorting acidic bacteria, tart fruit and a little peach, golden peach, some creamy wheat and malt, touch d doughy and yeasty.dry sticky flemmy finish, sour peach lingering, acidity.

Mouth is med bod creamy but very acidic tart and flemmy, decent carb.

Overall a nice Berliner, great souring although probably too sour and funky, peach is very light.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a very turbid dark hay color with a quickly dissipating head, pretty active carbonation and visible chunks of yeast.

S: Acidic yeasty tartness with some wheat and ripe peach.

T: Extremely tart, even for the style. Nice upfront peach flavors with a decent amount of yeast and some wheat character. Very dry throughout.

F: Light body with very active prickly carbonation and a very drying mouthfeel.

Thoughts: I have to say I think they went overboard with the tartness – obviously it’s a hallmark of the style and I’m no stranger to it, but it really throws this beer off balance. It’s a halfway decent brew and the peach flavor works very well for the style, but as it is I would not buy this again.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a one finger white head that disappears quickly. Also no lacing. The smell is peaches apricot and kettle sour. Taste is similar, but an amazing juicy peach bomb with some sourness and also more funk than the smell would lead you to believe. Feel is light with good carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Love the juicy peach along with the extreme tart flavor.

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Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Murky apricot body with 2 fingers of white head. Low retention and lace.

S - Loaded with sweet delicious peaches.

T - Nectarines, acidic apricots, canned peaches and wheat.

M - Smooth, medium-light body.

O - Juicy with a great peach flavor.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours clouded

Fruity nose with a lactic back note

Nor then a moderate sour bite....fruity, sour and tasty

Berliner Weiss in a can and its well worth a is good

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Glorious cloudy peach, soft red.

S: a noseful of funky peach juice. Some sour notes.

T: juicy peaches

F: this is juicy, luscious, sticky, and full.

O: a delicious beer from NY State

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy this unique take on the style. It looks gorgeous, has a nice fruity nose, and tastes like a tart peach soda. It actually seems a bit more sour (sauer?) with some age on it. Give this a try if you happen to run into it in the NY area.

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Photo of clay23
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprising find! Deserves to be rated higher- the peach is great with just the right amount of funk. If you see this grab a bottle if you like sour beers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Half Time Beverages in Poughkeepsie, New York, and shared with Isaac and Will last night.

Pours a golden orange-ish yellow, with a quarter inch fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like peaches, lemons, and some dirty sour funk. Smells great.

My usual problem with Berliner is that there isn't a lot of naturally juicy fruit flavor left over, it's just sour and thin. This remedies that wholesomely. Lots of great sour peach flavor, peach skin and peach flesh both, with some hay, lactic acid, lemons, and lots of dirty tasty barnyard funk. It's pretty sour, but not overwhelmingly so, doesn't get old.

This is light bodied, with an airy, spritzy mouthfeel, and a higher amount of carbonation. It's really, really drinkable and quite refreshing, even in November.

This is one of the best beers I've had from New York State. Maybe this batch is better than previous ones, because I feel this deserves a much higher rating than it gets here.

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Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dan and Emma, big weekend thanks to you guys. Never heard of this beer or this brewery before Friday night.

A- Semi hazy golden orange body to a few pint glasses. A white head rises with a frothy consistency but falls to a tiny ring. The lacing is spotty at best to be honest.

S- Tart fruits off the top with a pretty big peach contingent. Lactic acid and lemony sourness with notes of peach, apricot, dried straw barnyard and citrus.

T- Peach flesh opens up here with a stone fruit feel combining with a funky, tart bug feel to produce the final product. Every sip brings lactic funk, heavy peach and pith notes, tangerine, white grape and just generally funky tones,

MF- Light end bodied with a pretty hefty carbonation. Foamy and puffy overall as the high end carbonation falls on the taste buds. Tart to sour in the finish.

Happy to try this brew as it combines a funky Wild Ale/Sour feel with stone fruits and the obviously added peaches. Thanks again Dan/Emma for this beer. Funky stone fruits overall.

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Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Updated review)
Hazy straw, all haze
Tart, peach rings, sweet peach, sharply tart. Light mouthfeel. Dry sweet tart. Smooth, with tart lingering on tongue. Brightly and tingly
The beer has an aggressive apricot jam or a strange chemical candy peach aroma.

The flavor follows with follows with that strange peach flavor. A nice tartness, and then onto a candy and grainy malt body.

For some reason, the beer just doesn't taste exactly right.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a hazy orangy pour with two fingers of head which diminished quickly into a thin ring. smells wonderfully refreshing.. lots of lacto sourness comes into the nose immediately, definitely getting some peach, lots of wheat, funky bretty notes. ohhh that tastes excellent.. a subtle sourness/tart flavor of lactobacillus and peach combined. not extremely mouth puckering sour or anything - but just enough to bring out the fruit flavor AND the wheat taste. light in body and high carbonation fits the style perfectly.

this is my first beer from sloop, and i'm impressed. this is a wonderful take on the berliner weisse style, and not to be overlooked. i'll have to check out some of their other brews.

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Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter. This review is a long time coming since cavedave put it on my radar. The brew appears a clouded golden color with a frothy cap that exceeds your typical berliner head formation and far exceeds expectations regarding the lacing and head retention.

The aroma is strong with more of an apricot jam aspect than peach. Somewhat earthen and lemony with a grain backing presence that doesnt necessarily scream wheat. The more I smell this, I cant get over how much this smells sweet and candy-like which is quite atypical of the style regardless of a fruit addition.

The flavor is quite tart almost to the point of being sharp and acedic moreso than lactic. Just like the aroma hinted, there is a deep fruit apricot flavor that is much more prevelant than the typical lemony lacto fruity quality typically seen in the style. Perhaps the most distracting part of this brew is the candy-like sweetness that lasts long after each sip and feels very unnantural. The sweetness is almost like marshmallow fluff.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Dont get me wrong, this is interesting and enjoyable by its own regard but it isnt something I would want to drink on a regular basis. That borderline cloying sweetness to the finish really clashes with the tartness and makes for quite a disjointed and seemingly artifical brew. Maybe the bottle I tried was an anomoly, if that is the case I wouldnt mind having this again. But as is, I would not seek this out.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to cavedave for the nice BIF beer. Tasted 25 January 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale orangey yellow, quite cloudy. It has an odd color, like a tangerine drink or something, with that soft orange tint. Thin layer of white head, thanks to a gentle pour; it quickly sizzles away, leaving little to no lacing.

Smell is tart, wheaty, with a twist of peach. All things that I expected, but they work really well together, dancing off each other, one adding highlights as another shines. Really nice.

Taste is clean and crisply citrusy sour. A pronounced peachy sweetness makes the beer all that much better, turning it into a sour-sweet contrast that I really enjoy.

Mouthfeel is delightful. Light-bodied, with a wheaty fuzziness. Carbonation that surges up, keeping things moving, then fizzles and fades. Quite good, and a perfect complement to the rest of the beer.

A darn good berliner weisse. I really like the peach, as the juicy sweetness makes a really nice complement to the citrus sour. Quite tasty.

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Photo of cavedave
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing this Justin and Adam delight. Live review. This beer is poetry.

It pours turbidly, the color of peach-tinged straw. A quick view of a two finger white cap all I saw.

That sour funky citrus that Berliner lovers crave, with peach so dreamy luscious it could put me in my grave.

Refreshing, tart the start of flavors bold yet smooth and clean, then peach a sweet reach to it starts the fueling funk machine. Some real hormonal in there never seeming too extreme, it ends just dry enough to make a fruit and sour dream.

Ah, but in the mouth, light and refreshing bright zest, the citrus clean and sour/ sweet in a wheaty finish

makes this a super refreshing beer with just the right amount of Peach. Love this beer, go get some.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very pale golden hue with plenty of haze, yielding a silvery-white appearance. Plenty of floaties in the beer, but that's due to my pour; this beer is bottle-conditioned on lees. Effervescence is huge, and the effect is more of a fizzy soda pop than a beer; head was quite fizzy and dissipated very quickly.

Smell: lightly wheaty with a hint of peach and a mild tartness. A very balanced concoction; I like it.

Taste: light, wheaty malt with a smooth, chalky undertone. Peach works well as an accent and isn't overdone. Sourness is mild but gives enough of a kick to be quite refreshing. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body but a massive effervescence and a big, if ephemeral, creaminess. I think it is quite good for the style.

Overall: a very refreshing and very drinkable beer. I could quaff gallons of this stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"This beer is Sloop Brewing’s artistic ale. The Sauer Peach’s complex flavors come from a natural sour culture. This tart flavor is woven with sweet peach nectar to provide your palate with a contrastingly balanced beer. It is light in body, and stands at 4.3 by volume. One theory holds that the Berliner Weisse style ale originated from the Huguenots passing through the Flanders region of Belgium on their way to Germany. Later, the Huguenots established a community in New Paltz, NY, which is just across the Hudson River from Sloop Brewery. This is our interpretation of their beer. "

From 10/13/12 notes. Thanks to whoever brought this to the Top Hops Tasting.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow color with a few white bubbles and low to moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of peaches, lightly sour fruits, citrus, light spice, wheat, some funk, and light rubber, which I think is from the funk. Nice peach up front, though the funky rubber balloon smell docks it a bit for me.

t - Tastes of peaches, fruit, earthy notes, spice, hay, funk, citrus, lightly sour fruits, grains, and wheat. Better than the nose as that weird rubber smell isn't present in the taste.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Not too sour or acedic, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice berliner from a NY brewery I've never heard of. Nose was a little weird and funky, but the taste was much better, and the peach shined through. Would try it again for sure.

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