Pêche Mel | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium
br-dubuisson.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Travlr on 01-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
254
Reviews:
85
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
16.99%
 
 
Wants:
3
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35
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Ratings: 254 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of GRG1313
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hard to objective on this one as the extreme sweet nature and character "gets in the way."

Pours a clear medium dark orange amber with a nice firm and thick white head.

Nose is full peaches. Assertive, fresh, fruity peaches with undertones of Belgian candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy and well balanced (once you get over the flavor shock).

Flavors - here's the shock - ultra sweet; perhaps one of the sweetest of over 3,500 beers I've tried; simple sweet, not complex sweet. Front palate is all sugar and simple sweet. It goes to a cooked sweet peach, sweet compote, sweet carmel and sweet cooked banana flavor and finishes with sweet toffee and maple syrup.

Actually well made but just way too sweet to drink.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of peaches, peach juice, apricots, and peach/apricot jam and jelly aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight malt finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great fruit presence in the aroma and taste that make it super easy to drink.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

way too sweet, but some excellent real fruit flavors and a warming abv. not sure its a spring beer, but it pours hazy and orange, with a small off white head. smells like fresh muddled yellow peaches and belgian yeast to a lesser degree. flavor is so so so sweet. fresh peaches all the way. some spicy yeast notes in the finish, but this is a fruit beer through and through. fair carbonation and a medium body, but the sweetness here sticks to the teeth and makes the stomach turn. its just as sugary as orange soda, only peach. overall a beer i probably wont drink again, and one that could lead to a really brutal hangover, but worth a try if you get off on fruit beers. no extracts or artificials here, this tastes like the genuine article right from the grove.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear orange in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There moderate aromas of peach in the nose along with some hints of citrus hops. The smell exhibits some sweetness as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is sweeter, but there's also nearly an equally strong amount of hop bitterness to help balance this off.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is surprisingly easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the bitterness prevents it from being cloying or overly sweet.

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

True peach character is the overriding flavor and aroma, however just barely. The more beery components are alive and well in true Belgian form, but the authentic peach notes are an amazing complement to this classy Belgian Ale.

Pouring a hazy, well... peach color, the beer releases a creamy and airy stark white head that reduces to a creamy sheet before holding firm through the remainder of the session. Light on lace, the beer only allows for a random pocket here and there to adorn the glass. A good looking beer, but it's haze and fleeting head points toward pectin and tannic compounds weighing on the beer's appearance.

Belgian Ale scents dictate aromas with a soft sweetness of pilsner malts that give impressions of fresh baked breads, bread dough, and yeast. Soft Pez-like sweetness carries an inherent fruitiness that's undecernable whether it's peach, appricot, mango, or another tropical fruit note. Peppery with a peppery scent of orange zest, cinnamon, and corriander.

Opening again with a very Belgiany flavor of soft breads and yeast with a candied fruit sweetness based around a powdered sugar-type of arid sweetness. But quickly after the first sweet and spicy taste, the strongly acidic flavor of fruit (peach, appricot, or mango) flood the mouth and command the attention of the taste buds through the rest of the session. Accompanied by a solventy taste of baking soda, the phenolic balance of pepper, cinnamon, and corriander balance the beer but in an oddly unsettled kind of way that amplifies the acidity.

Medium to start, the carbonation seems to beat on the palate quite a bit with a spritzy sparkling wine feel. Exacerbated by the sharp acidity, the beer is somewhat harsh on the mouth but finishes with a refreshing dryness and lightly fusal heat.

An aftertaste of peach is really only a memory of flavor that emits from the retro-olfactory senses and allows for a quick return to the glass.

I rather enjoyed the beer from the aspects of its true fruit flavor with very few flaws that are normally associated with fruit beers, and also because of the appropriate balance of beer character to that of the peach. If not for the unsettles acidic and solventy note at mid palate, this beer would have garnered some major high marks. So when describing this beer as, "Just Peachy!" it doesn't have to carry a negative sarcastic tone.

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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 oline73
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle dated 06/05/13

Into a tulip glass it pours a dark saturated orange tone, bright and jewel toned. A wall of white foam extends to the rim of the glass and not a millimeter over. No visible carbonation, though there is some very fine micro sediment in suspension.

Pleasant fruity peach aroma, the canned in syrup variety.

Full bodied, sweet and vaguely tart up front with a little bit of booze lingering in the end. Hard to tell what the base beer is, as the peach juice addition forms the majority of it's taste. Sherry comes to mind... no, more like schnapps. Though not overly sweet thankfully, but simply imagine canned peaches in beer form, and there you have it. A somewhat one-dimensional wine-cooler alternative.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bubbly fizzy head of 1 finger that fades at a med pace, no lacing, over hazy full of yeast chunks reddish orange beer.

Nose is ridiculously fruity, like magic hat #9 mixed with very fine fruit punch. Peaches galore, fresh, canned, etc, as well as other stone fruit like apricot, and berries with light strawberry and raspberry. Then hints of sweet reddish malt and candy syrup. The strong peach aroma eventually overtakes everything.

Taste starts really sweet, wow sweetness like candied candy peaches. Sweet caramel malts, reddish syrupy malts and candi sugar. Booze follows the sweetness closely with warmth and a light tingle, and typical esters. Fruit galore again, peach explosion, apricots, fruit syrup, jam, candied and canned peaches. Finish is slightly dry but still sweet and a bit syrupy, long lingering candied peach flavor, and a bit of booze.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, syrupy, decent carb, some warming and slight tingly booze.

Overall interesting but way too sweet for me. I did like the carbonation of belgian strong ale and fruits, but just too damn sweet.

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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 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 Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a hazy brownish-orange with a moderate foamy head that dissipated almost completely, but left a bit of lacing on the way. Aroma pretty much delivered what was promised: peaches, and lots of them, seemingly in puree form, notes of bready malts and not much else. Taste was pretty much straight up peach syrup, no subtlety, no grace. Chewy and kind of sickeningly sweet, a bit phenolic. Not liking it. There's a way to make a good fruit beer, and these guys just didn't nail it with this one. Light-medium body, one dimensional. Not terrible, but not something I'd ever go for again. If you REALLY like peaches, this Bud's for you.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.69 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull, darkened orange body with a couple fingers of shimmering, whitish foam.

Smell: Soggy bread showing tiny spots of molding underneath the prevalent scent of contaminated peach puree and fine floral bouquets.

Taste: Honeyed, delicately malted barley given a big additional dose of sugar. Candied apricots and sugar-coated peaches, still quite a few florals, and with a hint of wild yeastiness underneath all that sweetness. Hint of Yoplait peach yogurt. There is some alcoholic heat coming off that 8.5%. Finishes out as sweet and as fruity as ole Mel started, cut only by the alcohol and the crackling carbonation at the tail end of the close.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. High carbonation, quite spritzy.

Overall: Reminds me of the Wallaby Darned drink from Outback Steakhouse. What business do I have drinking a concoction like that? About the same as I do drinking Pêche Mel, really.

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Pêche Mel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
3.65 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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