Festina Lente
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #737
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,302
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 16.75%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
59
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 19, 2021
Added:
Oct 23, 2003
Wants:
  150
Gots:
  12
SCORE
88
Very Good
Festina LenteFestina Lente
Notes: 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: 4.75 by Vylo from New Jersey

Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 +5.3%
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 +13.5%
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 +5.8%
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 +1.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.15 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.43 by cp45 from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Feb 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by kvgomps from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by jtk21351 from California

Feb 04, 2016
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Rated by Davelucas88 from Delaware

4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2004 bottle peach was still present and vicious tartness. Very enjoyable, lots of acidity and after 10 years still good amount of carbonation.
Jan 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by Chuckletheturtle from Delaware

Nov 27, 2015
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours an amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has various tropical hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a generous tart tropical flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Lambic
Aug 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.24 by FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania

Jun 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.15 by Mike from New Hampshire

Apr 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.83 by swanfungus from California

Apr 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.98 by tectactoe from Michigan

Nov 12, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Nov 05, 2014
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
wow, this is a stunner. i wish they would fourpack this one instead of the base version. this is ten times the beer, and i like festina peche. this has way more peach, riper, less candy-like, and the oak takes it to the next level, blending subtle vanilla and sap into the fold. the beer is also much more sour than the base berliner beer we all know. its way more lactic, puckery as anything and super dry. carbonation is equally aggressive as it is in peche, but in lente the beer is bigger, so its more in demand. im not sure if the grain bill is bigger, the peaches added that much more fermentables, or if its just a more patient brew. perhaps some combination of all three. but i love the wheat weight to this, its got body but its also really light without sacrificing flavor. the peach is so forward, i love how intense it is, driven home by effervescent carbonation too, very cool palate on it. not often a beer this dry can retain so much fruit flavor, but somehow it does. i also like how the oak brings it all together, its only minimally oaky, not weighty and mature, its still young and clean, but it helps. maybe just as a vector for the bugs, but this has the perfect mix of carbonation, fruit flavor, sourness, and alcohol. one of the best dogfish beers i can recall, and its ones like this that keep me a loyal supporter through the less impressive musings.
Oct 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

Oct 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by mrebeka from Michigan

Oct 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.6 by JasonR1975 from Michigan

Oct 04, 2014
 
Rated: 2.25 by gueuzegossage from California

Aug 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.4 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Aug 27, 2014
 
Rated: 2 by largadeer from California

Aug 24, 2014
Festina Lente from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 144 ratings