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Pêche MelPêche Mel

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Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light mud brown with a smallish head. The aroma is very simple of peach juice. The flavor is similar, a fairly neutral brown ale base dominated by fresh peach juice. The mouthfeel is full, sweet, and sugary. Overall if you want peach juice, this is a great beer. It goes down very easily. Not much beer about it, but honestly, I am not going to complain. I was in the mood for simple, and that is what I got.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown-orange colour pouring with medium head. Smells peachy.
Tastes very nice, a mixture of peach, citrus and hoppy flavours with a little sour aftertaste.
Recommended to be served cold, during summer.

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Photo of janubio
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange color, with a good head that fades slowly, leaving a correct lace. Intense aroma of peaches, with oranges and spices, I can't say for sure which ones. Medium body and carbonation. Silky palate. Taste of peaches, peach liquor, oranges, spices, some acidity and bitterness. Really good.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This tastes and smells very intensely of a freshly cut open peach. There is a substantial feel to it sort of like a wheat beer, but not a lot comes through here except fresh peach, and in this case that's a very good thing.

This is the most peach forward beer I've yet encountered. It is dangerous because it comes through so smoothly, as the booze is really well balanced. There are so many bad versions of beers that try to add peach, this is definitely a standard bearer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why the low score as this is pretty tasty brew. Not great, but certainly serviceable. The Lambic seems to have toned down the sweetness nicely as while this is a sweeter beer, it's not overly so.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a one finger off-white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma dominated by peach juice with a hint of lemon citrus, somewhat spicy; light bready malt. Flavor follows with lightly sweet/tart peach and apricot with lemon and orange citrus, finishes mildly tart with a suggestion of citrus hops. A mild sweet malt supports the fruit flavors. Medium bodied with active carbonation. A nicely made peach infused ale with a great balance between sweet and tart. The malt provides little flavor, but supports the peach and stone fruit flavors well.There is a tasty lemon rind/peach flavor in the finish which was particularly inviting. Fruit ales are not a style I usually seek out, but this one I will try again. ABV well covered.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lucid orange amber, mostly clear, topped with fine, fluffy, uniform off white head of moderate retention. Peaches, not too sweet. Bit of malt. Some booze perhaps. That's just the aroma. Peaches and assorted fruit throughout on the palate, but doesn't sweeten or sour until carbonation has fizzed up and nearly died back down again, a process which can be accelerated by sloshing it around one's mouth. Then, it's incredibly sweet, but more than tart enough — aided by a smattering of malt and yeast influence — to keep one from gagging. Leans toward dark fruit in the back. I suspect that is partly the alcohol's doing. Medium bodied, lots of sudsy carbonation. Crisp, mildly warm, wet finish. Would definitely drink again. Not sure if I should hoard my other three or try to woo my friends who think beer is of the devil.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light hazy orange color with a billowy white head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite large of a peach smell mixed with some other fruits of an apricot and pear. Along with these aromas comes a rather strong smell of a yeasty smell with lots of grass, hay, and a light sour green apple smell. Overall it has a rather fruity sweet aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter peach flavor mixed with a little bit of funky green apple taste. As the taste moves on other fruit flavors of apricot and peach join the tongue along with an increase in the tart a bit. All the while a little bit of a yeasty and grassy taste develops on the tongue with a rather stronger showing of a lemon flavor coming as well. With some earthy tastes and a bit of hay coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a sweet peachy and slightly funked flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For an 8.5 % brew the body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the fruity and crisp nature of the beer along with the lighter sour and tart flavors, the feel is fantastic and makes for a very refreshing and flavorful feel overall.

Overall – This was a quite tasty and far too easy to drink fruit brew at 8.5 % abv. A nice peach flavored brew that was never too over the top and which has a great presence of fruit, sour, yeast, and grass/hay.

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Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours bright peachy gold under a 2” rocky white foam cap that produces intricate lace.
S: Peach, honey and spice.
T: Big peach flavors and light honey over biscuit malt with a light hop accent on the finish. A little on the sweet side but not over done.
F: Medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: A very drinkable peach beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Taste is sweet peach, peach juice, and wheaty lager. Had on tap and this was amazing. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Could have several. One of the better peach beers I have had.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a hint of pink. The head is very fizzy and dissipates quickly. The smell is full of peaches with a hint of the alcohol. The flavor however did a good job at covering any burn. A bit sugary for my taste but a favorite for those who enjoy sweeter beers.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/25/2014. Pours deep orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ripe peach, apricot, pineapple, citrus peel, pear, honey, candi sugar, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of sweet/ripe fruit, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of ripe peach, apricot, pineapple, citrus zest, pear, honey, candi sugar, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of ripe peach, apricot, pineapple, citrus zest, honey, candi sugar, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of ripe fruit sweetness, pale malt, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian fruit beer. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of ripe fruit, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$5.49 for a 330ml (11.2 fl oz) bottle @ Siciliano's.
"Brewed since 2009 by the Brasserie Dubuisson with the same rigour as the other Bush beers, made to an original recipe based on natural peach extracts, the Pêche Mel’Scaldis has what it takes to satisfy everyone who likes fruit-flavoured beers with character. The natural flavourings and extracts of the fruit complement the original bitterness of the Bush Amber to create a rounded and perfectly balanced beer. Pêche Mel’Scaldis is a highly fermented, filtered beer with an alcohol volume of 8.5%, which will make it without a doubt the strongest fruit-flavoured beer."

Pours out to a slightly hazy, well...peach. Forms a poofy and billowing light yellow head with superior retention and gorgeous lacing. Carbonation is brisk, ~3.0 carbs or so. The aroma is overwhelming ripe and juicy peach nectar with a funky nose of BO like you will sometimes get with mango or guava puree. A little bit of distant dust in the nose as well. Otherwise, that's it. The mouthfeel is light at first, but becomes sweet and somewhat cloying. I have to guess that they sweetened this beer with non-fermentables after primary fermentation. The taste is really all about peaches and mango, with very mild bitterness only as an afterthought. Candied peaches. No perceptible off-flavors or aromas, but a touch of nail-polish remover remains in the aftertaste. This may or may not be fusels, as the fruity esters are so overwhelming in this one.

This is one-trick pony, and I'm glad I tried it, but it needs to be "digestible" as the Belgians like to say, to make anyone want to drink more than one of these. It's a bit heavy and needs to attenuate further, and heck, doing so would boost the alcohol, which the whole Scaldis thing is all about. As it is, cut it with some brut champagne for a nice spritzer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, Light copper amber with an enormous white head that dissipates leaving good lacing, hazy

S: fresh peaches, not at all artificial, sweet

T: sweet and sour peach flavors, very fruity flavored, light yeasty tastes

M: very high carbonation with light to medium body, alcohol well hidden

O: a very nice fruit beer, no hint of artificial flavors, tastes like fresh sliced peaches

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up for 6 bucks shipped from Halftime Beverages. Into a pint glass.

A - A nice inch of head that quickly fizzes to a mild lace ring. Color is a hazy amber brown which is darker than I expected.
S - Smell is tart and dry peaches obviously with a nice sweet peach smell in the glass. The most inviting peach beer I ever smelled.
T - Has a bit of a bit mid palate but really balanced peach beer taste. I like how its not overbearing like a peach juice just balanced sweet taste with a bit of bitter yeast and some fruity esters.
M - Very refreshing despite the above average ABV. I could drink this all night.

Overall it was a bit expensive but I was impressed solid fruit not artificial flavoring. One of the great fruit beers I ever drank!

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330mL brown bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Develops a thin, half finger head that goes away quickly. It leaves a ring, however. It's a deep, dark orange color, and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A very dominant sweet, peach scent is all that can be perceived.

Taste: Tastes very sweet, mainly of peach with a little malt. There's a tiny bitter note that's barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: It's crisp and light, but it leaves a cloying aftertaste after finishing it because of all the sweetness.

Overall: A very good beer that despite the high alcohol content is very sweet and easy to drink. This is a must try for fans of fruit beers or just anything sweet. Be careful though, it'll sneak up on you.

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Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pêche Mel looks ostensibly like an inflated, liquified sour peach candy, blending yellowy-beige and orange blush tones into one pleasing aesthetic. It has a head just as tall and well-built as any of its Belgian-brewed counterparts, and it absolutely drenches the glass with lacing.

I just expect a peach beer to smell synthetic and saccharine, but Pêche Mel has an aroma like a quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: tart gooseberry, papaya, lime and other citrus fruits are all just as prominently displayed as the peach. This fruit cup is ambrosial enough to hook anyone in.

Somewhere right now a kid is walking out of a convenience store and tasting exactly the same thing I did when I drank this beer: candy peaches. Whatever dimension was contained in the aroma falls to the sweet, sugary, synthetically enhanced (or canned fruit cup) peach flavour.

Still, I can moan about the artificial-tasting peach flavour all I want but I can't deny that it's delicious. I also can't claim that this isn't an enjoyable beer to drink; it's not sickeningly saccharine and I was impressed to learn of the 8.5% alcohol only after the fact. It's not easy hiding that much booze, especially not in a dainty fruit beer! Marks have been upgraded.

Pêche Mel is a sort of cross between a quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Sour Peaches candy. While certainly not above criticisms of sugary sweetness or artificial qualities, it is a very enjoyable drink that has a bit more to it than merely the imitation fruit flavour. Unless you love fruit beers, make sure you're in the mood for it and keep expectations reasonable.

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Photo of Samp01
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. Pours a copper/orange/amber with a small quickly dissipating creamy beige head. Aroma of sweet fruit and some apricot and peach notes with some yeast. Taste is sweet fruit, peach, malt and yeasty. Palate is a medium body, with some good fizzy carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet malt, yeasty and fruity. As it warms up it becomes very malty, yeasty, some brown sugar and some sweet alcohol flavors , light bitterness. Overall a good drinking after dinner brew.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A boozy, but smooth Belgian peach bomb. Nice peach aroma and flavor. The aroma is more peachy than the flavor. Despite the peach, it still tastes like a Belgian beer with some amber maltyness.

Substantial mouthfeel for the style. Oily. Slightly warm finish. Relatively sweet, but it seems right for a peach beer.

Overall, it was fun to try and I enjoyed it. The aroma was great. The flavor was a little rough around the edges, but still pretty good for a boozy peach beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle dated 24/10/13 Lot #G242.

A: Pours a hazy peach with an initial 1" slightly off-white head which fades slowly leaving spotty lace.

N: Juicy peaches, sweetness, yeasty, grassy, perfumy.

T: Sweet peaches with odd yeasty notes and malts clashing with the fruit when served cold. However, on warming pick up some caramel from the Scaldis amber blend and lots of woody peach pits. The fruit mellows and balances out with the yeast and malts.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Faintly bitter with a mostly sweet fruity finish.

O: Initial medicinal flavor yields on warming to a refreshing sweet peach extract gueuze. Give this time in the glass to fully appreciate. Claimed as the strongest fruit flavored beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a murky, slightly dark orange. 2 inch head. Pretty good lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Smell is of pure peaches, both the actual fruit and the sweet juice.

Tastes incredible. Peaches, peaches, peaches, plus apricots, slight cloves, and Belgian yeast. Really tastes like real fruit, not extract. Slightly tart, but mostly just sweet, without being cloying.

Low carbonation which is good, because it would make this taste more like a fruity soda rather than beer. Full body, not too syrupy.

One of the best fruit beers I've ever had, just a masterful use of peach.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy peach color with very little clarity, a small layer of head and minimal lacing. The nose smells like artificial candied peaches/ Notes of sugar, syrup, fruit juice and caramel comes through. Smells like it is going to be sickeningly sweet. The taste is as expected, straight sugary sweetness with artificial peach highlights. Not much else to taste here. The mouthfeel is thick and mildly carbonated. This brew is a bit of a mess, it tastes artificial and the flavors are cloying. No thanks.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Don't know what Mel' means in French or Flemish, but my wife's name is Mel, and she's a peach, so I'm going with that.

This beer pours a hazy, apricot-tinged golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a very low ring of ebbing lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells mostly of sweet peach juice, a bit of bitter citrus, and some very faint grainy malt notes. The taste is still quite peachy (sorry, babe), but now with more visible (metaphorically speaking) sweet grainy, slight sour bready maltiness, a little bit of apricot stoniness, some musky white wine mustiness, and some slightly soused leafy hops.

The bubbles are prominent, but gentle with their imbued power, the body medium in weight, in that fruit-juice way, and mostly smooth, in a drying sort of manner. It finishes off-dry, and fruity, sure, with a semi-serious stab at balance from the turtling malt and ethereal hops.

Not too shabby a fruit beer, I would put forth, for it sure is peachy, in the literal sense now, but some consideration is at least given to the flip side, whose drying notes go far to make this actually more drinkable than a poorly-made smoothie. Oh, right - the 17-proof ABV sure does a number in its shadow impersonation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep orange in color with some almost reddish highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of peach in the aroma (especially when you first open this beer) along with some fruit sweetness and very light amounts of citrus/orange hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale malts followed by moderate peach flavors and some lighter citrus/orange hop notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easier to drink than expected with the higher ABV - the sweetness and peach flavors hide the alcohol well and the beer is well balanced with the citrus hops. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled "Peche Mel - Scaldis". 11.2oz bottle split into tasters with the wife...

A: Hazy gold body with a decent ring of off-white head.

A: Fruity as expected, with lots of sweet aromas...peaches, apricot, white grapes...pleasant tartness, and some malt breadiness.

T: Slightly more balanced taste with peaches mixing with the malty sweet backbone of the beer. Its a sweet beer but not cloying. Apricot and other stone fruits, sugary, with a sweet white grape/moscato finish.

MF: Well carbonated creamy mouthfeel with a medium body...a pleasant light tartness cuts slightly through the sweetness.

O: Great fruit flavor here with lots of sweetness, low bitterness. Notes of sweet wine and other stone fruit, plus a moderate malt base, make this an elegantly diverse peach beer.

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