Patience in Oak Frederick Berg
5 Stones Artisan Brewery

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #416
Ranked #36,489
3.67 | pDev: 11.44%
5 Stones Artisan Brewery
Texas, United States
Patience in Oak Frederick BergPatience in Oak Frederick Berg
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

$ 11.73 (Including tax)/16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.694/oz) at Spec’s on DeZavala, San Antonio, TX.
Undated bottle cellared and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Initially strong peach but this rapidly diminishes to nearly nothing.
Head – None. A fizzy head appears as the pour begins but is gone before the pour ends. No ring, no layer.
Lacing – None.
Body – Gold, clear, effervescent. Some sediment in bottom of bottle which appears in the glass on the second pour.
Flavor – Borders on cloying – sweet and thick. The peach is subtle – so subtle I can’t find it other than on the initial nose. There is a general fruitiness but to call it specifically peach would be incorrect – it’s more of a remembrance of stone fruits past. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no chardonnay, and no oak.
Palate – Medium, just short of syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression: Unfortunately, as much as I want to like this, I can’t. It is more like a cough syrup than a beer. I can appreciate that it spent a year in Chardonney barrels (Hence the series Patience in Oak) but that seems to be a waste of barrels, IMHO. This has the aspect of a minimally spiced winter warmer or perhaps a mass-produced generic fruit beer – at least if it were a BMC product, it would taste of peach extract. Michael, I apologize for sending one of these to you.
Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 2.75.

Dec 05, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Unbranded black pry-off pressure cap. Great label art and appealing label design. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz.

Reviewed live as an "ale handcrafted with fresh peaches" (i.e. a New Glarus-esque fruit beer). Batch #1. 2014 vintage. Purchased at a local Austin, TX bottle shop. Served cold into a pilsner glass there. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Soft appearance. Plump, supple, and aptly frothy, with a smooth even consistency. Nice bright complexion. Leaves an even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Head retention is superb - easily 8+ minutes.

BODY: A clear and translucent albeit cloudy yellow-copper. Clarity is such that text is readable through the beer. Above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. But it seems bottle fermentation was the right choice here; that light cloudiness lends it more of a lively look.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special looking for a fruit beer, but generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Artificial peach puree, neutral pale malts, a hint of apricot puree, juicy orchard peaches, a hint of faint white pepper, some vague graininess, and clean barley. It's a soft fragrant aroma of mild intensity, and evokes peaches, yes, but the peach could certainly come off more authentic. It's a bit extract-y, which some drinkers will find off-putting. Ale yeast lends it some mild esters, but there's no overt yeast character. The hop profile is (aptly) minimized, with some generally complementary fruity hop notes coming through but little else.

No off-notes or overt alcohol are/is detectable.

Somewhat generic for a peach beer aroma.

TASTE: Dominant notes of peach and apricot puree/extract with concomitant sweetness. Too much sweetness for my tastes, rendering it imbalanced. The malt backbone is neutral and easily imposed on by the fruit puree - it's comprised of just plain clean barley and neutral pale malts. Some esters bounce around from the ale yeast, but attenuation is too low. Authentic genuine peach fruit is never evoked, to its detriment. This isn't the rich evocative build of a great fruit beer (like New Glarus' offerings), nor does it have really any complexity or nuance. It's a plain overt brew with not a whole lot going on. Average duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour. Depth of flavour is disappointingly shallow.

I don't dislike it; it just leaves a lot to be desired. The raw sweetness is particularly pesky.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, and puree-like in its thickness and slight syrupy feel. It's too full-bodied and heavy on the palate for its absence of deep or intricate flavours, and its overcarbonation doesn't help. Slightly sticky. Nectary. Could be softer and more refreshing.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This texture complements the taste nicely, but doesn't elevate the beer or accentuate specific notes from the flavour profile. Well-executed, but needs fine-tuning.

APPEARANCE (cont): I should pause here to note that as I get through the glass, a fantastic lacing effect is noticeable whereby even rings of foam cling to the sides of the glass in a manner akin to Guinness - more points for appearance.

OVERALL: It's a downable albeit forgettable peach beer that won't impress the discerning drinker. Ultimately, its emphasis on peach puree over genuine peach really holds it back, and its fundamental failure to evoke real peach is its biggest flaw. Devout fruit beer fanatics are better off going after New Glarus' impeccable offerings, but this isn't an uninspired attempt from 5 Stones. I continue to be curious to see what this relatively new brewery will put out, and will continue trying their releases. This hides its ABV well and will scratch your fruit beer itch. But the price point is suspect considering the quality.

High C

Jan 15, 2015
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mhksuccess from California

3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer looks nice has a funky smell and taste is odd a little metallic
not what i expected in this style
would not get this one again I would rate it a C-

Dec 17, 2014
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden straw colored pour with a small white head. Light fruity and funky aroma. Light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Flavor has a light peach taste upfront backed by a hint of grain. Can also taste some yeast and a very light sour fruit flavor develops as the beer warms.

Dec 10, 2014
Patience in Oak Frederick Berg from 5 Stones Artisan Brewery
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