Pêche Mel | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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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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Added by Travlr on 01-03-2010

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Photo of icehawk
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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 Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Samp01
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +5.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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 +19.6%
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 mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kuemmelbrau
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of raizin
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of desint
1.25/5  rDev -65.5%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of homebrew311
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
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 2neardead
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 SFC21
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jessicapreuss
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Jeffreytmoore
1/5  rDev -72.4%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Pêche Mel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 264 ratings