Pêche Mel
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Pêche MelPêche Mel
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #233
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,960
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 16.03%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
277
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Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Photo of thehyperduck
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; labelled as Pêche Mel Scaldis in this market. Best before Jun 19 2020 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear, deep golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of smooth, creamy white head. Excellent retention; it hangs in there for roughly ten minutes, leaving a fine coat of lacing behind as it gradually seeps away. Peach juice, peach pit and alcohol come through on the nose, which is definitely on the sweet side. Hints of red licorice candy and cherry only exacerbate its lack of balance, but in the end it's still an appealing aroma.

Not bad at all - the peach juice is prominent, yes, but there's also hints of cherry, pear, bubblegum and apple, as well as a fair bit of bready malt and honey sweetness. The ethanol makes its presence increasingly known as you near the finish; hints of peach pit, syrupy juice and honey tie things up nicely, lingering into the aftertaste before fading from the taste buds after a few moments. Medium in body, with moderate carbonation levels that briskly prickle the palate at the start of the sip, but soon transition to a softer, very smooth mouthfeel. Too boozy to be very drinkable, and too sweet to be refreshing, but I finished my glass without a fuss.

Final Grade: 3.96, a B+. Pêche Mel is one of those beers that I'd like to love, but somehow falls just short. Don't take me the wrong way - this is still a well made peach beer with no flaws (major or minor) for me to home in on... it's just not my thing. Sugary, syrupy fruit sweetness and booziness don't usually do it for me in a beer, but if that sounds at all intriguing to you then by all means don't hesitate to pick this one up. I'd probably pick up another bottle if it came back to my neck of the woods in the future, but it's not something I'd deliberately look for.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review from notes. LCBO purchase for around $3.50 CDN. Labelled as Scaldis Peche Mel.

Appearance - Dark peach / amber colored brew with two fingers of light white head on top. Very good staying power. Fairly clear with some visible carbonation.

Smell - Wow, super peaches here. Delicious and inviting and not overdone as the peach aroma is organic and not forced. Some yeastiness and booze quotient can be picked up on the nose too. Kind of like a toned down tripel with loads of peaches.

Taste - Pretty much the same as the nose with a big sweetness kick initially with the peaches but then a balanced bittering mid sip to make this enjoyable. Yeasty flavors, booze and candi sugar all shine through.

Mouthfeel - A little thick and cloying, with that said It'd be pretty easy to knock a couple of these back. Dry finish as expected.

Overall - A very tasty fruit beer that hides the alcohol reasonably well and just tastes and smells so much like peaches. As advertised but even better. Certainly worth a try or two, I'm a little surprised at the reviews here.

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Photo of teromous
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There is a brown square on the back label that has white print: "09/11/2019 H 4 32 8 13:09"

Appearance: The beer has a light brown tea colored body with a slight bit of haze and a nice opalescence. The head is medium sized, fluffy, white, and has both good retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer smells of apricot, peach, tangerine, and a light bit of cherry. The very fruity aroma is inviting.

Taste: There is a bit of a candy sweetness to the beer at first, which is a bit like pure sugar crystals or unflavored rock candy on a stick. There is a flavor of peach Jolly Rancher that persists throughout the drinking experience. A slightly tangy and banana-like yeast flavor is there which is interesting. As a whole it is sweet and fruity.

Mouthfeel: The beer is light and highly effervescent. The label states that this is "8.5% Alc. By Vol." but it is extremely easy to drink.

Overall: It's a fantastic beer that is packed full of fruit flavor and aroma. It is a sweet beer so while it might not be for everyone, I would still recommend it. I would drink it again.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Had this one on draft.

Clear golden color.

Nice white head; decent lacing.

Smells like a fucking fresh peach.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tastes like a peach, but much better.

If you don't like fresh fruit, avoid this beer. If you do: welcome to heaven. A delight.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful head hides a stinky nose, but in the end, this is a smooth, refreshing Belgian fruit beer that is neither too sour, nor very sweet. The alcohol is completely hidden. An goodbalance that the Belgians do so well.
Not sure why it says "Bush" on the picture here, as this is a Scaldis beer and that's how it is sold in Canada.
A nice summer concoction.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle - dated 15/12/2017

Peche Mel a cloudy warm gold and produced a 1/2 finger off-white head. The lacing was limited. The nose is dominated by a pleasant and strong peach smell that seems also to be mixed with other light fruits such as pear. Also, a sweet aroma is noted. The taste as the nose is dominated by peach with also a sweetness present. The alcohol is well hidden and hops are not detected. The brew is medium bodied and smooth on the palate.

Overall, if you like the flavor of peach you will like Peche Mel. Very easy drinking and would be just right on a warm summer day.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a slightly hazy peach colored amber with a modest head, soon diminishing to nothing. Loads of peachiness in the nose. The mouth gets a sweetish peachy flavor, not unpleasant.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap. This one will knock your ass down to hell if you have too many of them. Strong and very sweet. It smells and tastes like the went super aggressive on the flavoring. It is a downright assault on the nose and tongue. I didn't enjoy it but was in the minority with those who also tried it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brasserie Dubuisson "Pêche Mel"
330 ml brown glass bottle, coded "15/12/2017 I 4 37 6 06:31

Notes via stream of consciousness: Firstly I should mention that this beer is available under two main names, Bush and Scaldis. In the United States it's labeled with the Scaldis name due to a conflict with Anheuser-Busch. It pours a very hazy deep-amber & orange colored body beneath a finger thick head of rocky yellowed off-white. I could smell a little peach as I poured it, and it's definitely there if you raise it to your nose. It's quite nice and seems totally authentic. The flavor follows and I'm quite surprised. It's probably the most authentic peach beer I've ever had. No, I take that back, it definitely is! It's just peach and sweet malt. I'm not finding any hops other than a very mild bit of leafiness in the finish, and no Belgian yeast phenolics. The question is, is it too sweet? I don't think so. There's a very light tartness that helps to balance it, and really, it's kind of like a dessert beer. This isn't the kind of beer that you just drink, you really have to sip at it. Looking at it in that way, no, it's not too sweet because it's supposed to be sweet. And what a charmer it is! Geez, I am loving this! I have one more bottle that I thought I'd give to my wife but now I'm thinking that maybe I shouldn't say anything and I'll just drink it myself. What have I missed? Mouthfeel. I'd call it medium, maybe medium leaning towards medium-light, and it's gently crisp-then-smooth across the palate. Very mild bitterness... I'm imagining less than 10 IBUs. Ahhh, the head retention and lacing, I almost forgot. Pretty average on both, which is a little unusual for a sweet beer but I guess that's at least partly to do with the soft carbonation. What head is there is nice and creamy though. The lacing is limited to some spots and splashes that you can actually see slowly sliding back down the glass into the remaining liquid, Oh man, that aroma is just killer! So, maybe that's it. I think it's pretty clear how I feel about it overall. If you're someone who loves authentic fruit tasting beers this one's for you.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +2.2%
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 +8.4%
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 +7.9%
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 +9.5%
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 +6.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +10.3%
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 +18.2%
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 -2.4%
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 +8.7%
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 +0.3%
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 +12.2%
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 +10.1%
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 +7.1%
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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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 277 ratings