The Peach
de Garde Brewing

The PeachThe Peach
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Wild Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #117
4.6 | pDev: 6.3%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
The PeachThe Peach
Notes: A golden wild ale aged in Cognac barrels. After extended aging, this was transferred into oak tank and refermented with Oregon Peaches.
Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 306 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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kevanb from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, aged in oak barrels, undated, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a bright peach color, orange and gold hues, cloudy with a finger of fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. The aroma is wonderful, lots of fresh peach, bright and lightly tart with a nice floral quality, underlying fruitiness, lightly bacterial with a nice funk, soft oak and earthiness. The flavors are great, tons of peach, juicy, fresh, bright and tart with a nice oak barrel, sweet and chewy with a nice mustiness and funkiness while a soft floral bouquet opens up as it warms. The mouthfeel is good, coating with a delicate and lively medium body that has a nice tartness and finishes with a lightly dry bite.

Verdict: A nice wild ale from de Garde. Lots of peach, bright, fresh, just a touch sweet that really demonstrates the great qualities of the peach.

Jan 16, 2021
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at share. Pale golden/pink, bubbly head. Aroma is stone fruity, peaches, light vanilla. taste brings a little citrus, but mostly the peaches, and a trace of vanilla.

Mar 16, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the beers i have been after for a long time has finally become a reality, definitely one i have been keen on, so cool to have beery friends out there! this is unique in that its not just a peach wild ale, but one aged in cognac barrels, really complex and good. its got a high shine and a pale color, bright but less than fully clear through most of the bottle, some little bubbles coming up, but somewhat unremarkable visually. it smells a bit more sour than a lot of the de garde beers have been in my experience so far, really piquant, slight vinegar character, white wine acidity, clean though, less funky, and i get the cognac immediately, some sweetness and some alcohol warmth to it, with the very natural peach its almost a baked dessert complexion, light vanilla and graham and even tobacco to it, nice complexity but very sour it seems. the peach is crazy juicy and real and ripe, very authentic here, and i knew it would be based on the other fruit beers ive had in the past from these guys, man i wish i had a reliable supply of their stuff! the flavor here is excellent, again more sour than expected, but its a clean and lightly citrusy sourness, it seems built to balance the sweetness of the peach and even highlight its essence, the peach is bold from beginning to end here. the wood is strong, but the beer itself is quite light, minimal on the grain side, the peach really leads the way. the cognac though is an amazing tough, and im not sure this would be anywhere near as exciting without it, despite the obvious quality. its nutty and deeper than the oak alone, a golden raisin hint maybe, a sweet alcoholic layer, even cigar or something in the mix, just crazy, its amazing with the peach. i get a little less of the de garde funk that i like so much, more generic acidity, so i would enjoy more funkiness, but i cant complain. this was awesome overall, different awesome than expected, but great and really distinct with this combination of fruit and barrel. i hate to admit i had a little sinus thing going on and may have not experienced this in its full glory as a result, cant control those things and certainly wasnt going to pass on it, so i will look forward to hopefully having this again. i love this brewery, its always a joy to drink their beers. this appears worthy of its hype!

Dec 27, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden body. Two finger creamy cap with good retention. Small sheets of lacing form after each sip.

S- Oh peachy beast. Great whole fruit, flesh and skin and pit peach authenticity. Stone fruit full on and in your face. Some lactic, funk and oak. Not much cognac here. Peaches and sourness are the driving forces.

T- Sour peach saturation. Beautiful ripe peaches with tart and somewhat bitter skin notes. Strong lactic acid sourness. Peach pith and juice bordering on nectar level. Vinous oak with a slight touch of cognac. A bit of Brett funk as time goes on.

MF- Crisp and light-medium bodied overall. A very high level of carbonation and a fluffy and foamy texture. Very sour and somewhat oily slick finish.

Fresh peach nectar with a ton of sourness and a bit of funk/barrel character.

Sep 16, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks hazy orange with a white head. Lots of peach and oak in the flavor. Good balance of tart and sweet - loaded with peach. One of the best sour's I've had.

Aug 16, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Semi-clear filling to hazy dark orange with a khaki blanket that fizzles out quickly to nothing.

It's pretty wild how drastically de Garde beers vary from one to the next, even within the same The series.

This one's ultra funky and oaky up front, then finishes quite sour. The funk is woody and a little cheesy, like blue with walnut and cashew, as the bright peach accent brings in some pear and overripe sweaty ass fruit under a hot sun. The prickly medium-light body swallows sharply sour and oaky, finishing dry.

Jun 15, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, to either Sam or Brian for this one. September 2018 release, 6.5%

A clear light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is quite exciting. The combination of cognac and peaches is inspired and genuinely works. The star of the show, however, are the peaches. Bright, ripe juicy as well as sour, semi-ripe peaches are present, fleshy, pulpy, juicy. A touch of vanilla as well. The palate opens with a bright and explosive peach character but unfortunately carried on a base beer that's pretty intensely sour. Strong lactic acid sourness with preserved lemons and a lemonade are present. A large peach note, a blend of ripe, juicy peaches and semi-raw, mildly tannic ones, are is present up front. Notes of cognac are present on the mid-palate and are mostly hidden by the peach and the lactic notes. Medium-light in body and softly carbonated and drying and sour on the finish with a blend of peach and lactic sourness with a little cognac. I am surprised by how sour this is, it reminds me of a 6 year old Fou'foune instead of a fresh beer. The sourness does hamper the balance and drinkability some. Still, this is quite enjoyable.

May 06, 2019
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: super hazy light yellow orange with a light white head

Smell: slight acetic acid, some oak and a lot of peach

Taste: its a tart sweet peach bomb

Feel: crisp, tart and clean

Overall the best sour ive had to date... now to try westly

Jan 13, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours with a very clear light orange hue, with a small head and not much lacing.

This smells like funky cognac, sour peach, acidity/vinegar, and a sort of mineral funk.

This is one of the more acidic de Garde beers I've had- it's bracingly sour, with the peaches adding a big additional tartness. The cognac adds a touch of funky sweetness to tone down the acidity a bit, but it doesn't cut it a whole lot. There's a prickly mineral finish a bit too.

This is light bodied, with a prickly and highly sour mouthfeel- with that feeling lingering long after each sip.

This feels a touch raw, but it's definitely tasty.

Dec 01, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3
The beer pours a Clear gold with a medium white head. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells tart, peaches, oak, and banana. It tastes tart, with peaches, oak, and light funk. The feel is medium light and dry. A good sour from De Garde, but not one of my favorites from one of my favorite breweries.

Sep 30, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11/2015 - Batch 1 - Love when this warms - the cognac pops incredibly, the peach is lovely, and the funk takes a back seat; more peach, cognac, and barnyard on the palate, with some classic dG funk to round it out; pretty great body, with a lightly sweet, a touch acidic finish.

Sep 26, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2, I think.

A: Light golden, very good clarity, a fizzy cap of bright white head with largish bubbles in the head despite tight-looking carbonation. No lacing, mediocre retention.

S: Pretty aromatic—I can smell the beer from my glass two feet away. Ripe peach, tart lemony twang, earth and light horse blanket. A little spice and leather as it opens up.

T: Moderate-high, bracing sourness that sort of shocks you into coherence, with a moderate undertone of peach, tangerine and light funk and barnyard. Long, mouth-pickering lemon and stone fruit finish.

M: Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation.

O: I assumed this would be close in character to Nectarine Premiere, which was phenomenal, but this is a fairly pedestrian, overly-sour-fruited sour which is not unlike many other versions coming out from breweries everywhere.

Jan 16, 2018
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jensenmoon from California

3.03/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Something has to have been wrong with my bottle. Poured like jelly, little to no peach flavor, no carbonation. An overall strange experience for sure.

Jan 09, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy straw appearance with slight white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a sour peach that is very mild and pleasant. Taste is a very nice sour peach.

Dec 29, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 drank in a snifter on 9/16/2017

A phenomenal beer that I will be thrilled to try again in the future. The tartness was done to perfection, the peach flavor was spectacular, and the barrel came through nicely as well. Really well done beer and another amazing offering from de garde.

Sep 18, 2017
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edthehead from New York

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

A wild ale's wild Ale. De Garde nailed it on this one. Appearance is a hazy opaque golden orange peach color, absolutely beautiful! This was B1 so the nose was in the face cognac from the moment the bottle was capped ... oh them barrels!! Flavor is big peach, with nice integrated Brandy tones, and the mouthfeel is as rich as a wild Ale can get. Home run with B1 de Garde!

Aug 11, 2017
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle on-site at de Garde. This one was as advertised and maybe even better. One of the best fruited wild ales I have ever had. Nearly perfect in execution - incredible fruit flavor and just enough sourness. I liked this better than Nectarine Premiere.

Jun 26, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into De Garde snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy orange body with a one finger white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave slight lacing, little retention.

Aromas are sour and fruit, lots of peach and lactic tartness, stone fruits, oak and sour warheads.

On the tongue is straight sour warhead sour peach, stone fruit bomb, lightly funky yeast, farmhouse.

Mouthfeel is easy, smooth and refreshing. Overall a fantastic beer, one of the best sours i've ever had.

Jun 24, 2017
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avas from New York

4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2, reviewed 6/20/17.

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with just a thin film of bubbles atop. Has an almost caramel color in the glass, very reminiscent of freshly squeezed peach juice. 8/10 on the opacity scale.

S: Punches with funk and peach skin up front. Mushrooms, earth, and a bit of gym locker stank. Meshes very nicely with an assertive peach skin note and a hint of wood. Sweet peach comes out more as it warms, but the blending of the fruit and funk is done damn near perfectly on the nose.

T: Explosively peachy. The perfect balance of funk and fruit is devoid from the taste, which is dominated by an overripe, juicy, almost candied peach flavor. Bright, sticky, sugared up yellow peaches jump out up front, followed by just hints of earth, a touch of rotten fruit skin, and rounded oak-y finish. Wood contributes some vanillin on the finishes, which melds very well with the candied peach flavor to offer a delicious aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with a soft effervescence and a medium-plus sweetness for the style. Dangerously easy to drink at over 7%.

O: Absolutely delicious. Some may complain about the lack of "complexity" on the taste, but if you're looking for an expression of peach in beer form, I can't imagine asking for anything more than this.

Jun 21, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

3.39/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, sunny yellow color, clouded, with a smaller white head, which disappears soon.

The nose is defined by rubbery funk, mushrooms and lots of young peaches. Funk and fruits collide in a very gentle way, creating an intriguing complexity with peaches being the most prominent ingredient.

Has a sparkly effervescence, together with a mineralic quality, while providing a very refreshing, easy drinking, yet very acidic body.

Tastes of lime zest, cucumber water, old herbs, minerals and wet basement. Crisp and refreshing on the tongue, leaving the heavy mushroom funk from the nose behind, which gets replaced by unripe peaches. Peaches are definitely recognizable on the palate, while they are less well pronounced compared with the beer's aromas. They go hand in hand with a tongue bumbing tartness, while a fruity peach pulp note is able to cut through. The beer finishes calm and clean, with an everlasting sourness among an aqueous, mineral blend.

This is solid, well balanced and perfect for a warm summer day. Its tartness is pushing it though, reminding me of a classical AWA, hindering the beer from unfolding subtle notes.

Jun 11, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours almost clear, but a cloudy straw yellow with a film of white head
S: big juicy peach and some sourness. Smells of pure peach, no funk.
T: just like the nose...all clean sour peach. Not funk or barnyard, no straw. This is just like fuzzy from side project.
F: oh man, so drinkable. Not puckering, flavors linger, so drinkable.

May 13, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this alongside the Imperial Apricot Bu. This one wasnt nearly as tart when but it got considerably more tart as it warmed. TONS of peach on the nose and palate here though and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Total Peach Bomb!

May 12, 2017
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: murky and cloudy bright yellow

Aroma: fresh ripe peaches! Very pleasant, eventually smells like the Jolly Ranchers Peach when it warms up. The sourness is there but it's like an afterthought.

Taste: very sour upfront and then the peaches just works its way in. Noticeable at first but as it warms up, it's full blown fresh tart peaches! One sip after another is really like taking a bite out of a peach, but on top of that you add complexity as it's highly sour. I do not notice trace of oak or whatever it was aged in, but that's okay, it's over abundant in peaches.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a sour bite in the mouth

Overall: it's definitely in the top 3 is sours I've tried. I only wish I get to try this again.

May 06, 2017
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 1 (cognac barrels), poured into a tulip. Juicy peach, just the right amount of barrel/funk. Not overly complex but a delicious beer. Looking forward to comparing with Batch 2.

May 01, 2017
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

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

Shared with a good buddy in Denver. Little 2 man share so boss pours for both of us. The nose was explosive peach and funk... incredible! Taste followed right along... the most expressive peach sour I have ever had, absolutely mind blowing. We both finished our glasses and immediately posted ISO's haha

Mar 22, 2017
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