Festina Lente
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #558
Ranked #13,903
3.93 | pDev: 16.79%
Dec 17, 2023
Oct 23, 2003
Locally grown hops and malt, fermented with both Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, aged for 18 months in freshly emptied chardonnay barrels, and then finally finished on over 2,700 pounds of fresh Delaware peaches from Fifer's. Yes … 2,700 pounds. The result is a tart and delicate American wild ale with a bright and effervescent carbonation. Perfect to enjoy now, or several years down the road.
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Rated: 2.75 by mpenske from California

Dec 17, 2023
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Reviewed by nickb2000 from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Imperial pint
Look: slightly hazy straw yellow, pouring near zero head with just light lacing left behind

Smell: Lactic acid, musty yeast funk, hint of fresh peach. Medium strength

Taste: Bright lemon tartness with a wisp of fresh peach. This leads to a finish of musty yeast, doughy malt and sweet peach

Feel: Light-medium body, with a crisp finish and gentle carbonation

Overall: its good. Not impressive, but no bad characteristics
Jan 30, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by Vylo from New Jersey

Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12.7oz bottle into a tulip. 2019 bottling.

Looks very good in the glass. Lightly hazy yellow body with a small white head. This fizzes out to a ring, only a trace of lacing.

Pleasant slightly musty fruit aroma.

On tasting, tart and sour, very dry, hint of peach throughout the drink.

Mouth medium, finish dry and tart.

Overall, enjoyed this one. Dont find many american brewed fruit lambics, so happy to have tried it.
Oct 04, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia

Jul 27, 2020
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A thousand thanks to larryi86 for sending me this in NBS BIF #11
Release #008 This bottle shows ABV of 6/5%.
Pours a brilliant gold. White effervescent foam leaps up and quickly dissipates to a thin film.
Nose begins with a crisp blend of peach, slightly acidic vinegar notes, and dry white wine notes cut by some earthy funk.
Bright Brett laden peach leads, but tapers off before getting too funky. Sour notes seem firm in the beginning as well, but retreat just enough to let the peach share the spotlight.
Feel is crisp, a little bit of a tongue scraper from the sour notes. All good. Active carbonation throughout.
Overall, a solid peach wild. Thanks @larryi86!!!
Apr 27, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Apr 15, 2020
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Reviewed by aasher from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2019 batch. A phenomenal beer that lived up to the years long journey to acquire one, even if from a fresh batch. This beer is incredibly clean with buttery oak with loads of fresh peach. It's fantastic.
Mar 01, 2020
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
375 ml bottle, 2019, poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy light gold with a small white head.

S- Sour, peaches, some white wine, touch of vinegar, some peach skin, mild funk.

T- Sour, peaches, peach skins, mild funk, oak, chardonnay.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A nice peach sour, easy to drink.
Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2020
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Rated by GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
BA Exreme Beer Festival 2016 - I just found my notes!
Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by bluehende from Delaware

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 20, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by Dicers from California

Feb 21, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by acurtis from New Jersey

Feb 18, 2016
Rated: 5 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Feb 12, 2016
Rated: 4.47 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

Feb 09, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Feb 08, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by HugeBulge from New York

Feb 07, 2016