Festina Pêche | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Festina PêcheFestina Pêche
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup. Just open and enjoy!

8 IBU

Added by dherling on 02-26-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,308
Reviews:
1,358
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
17.26%
 
 
Wants:
187
Gots:
705
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz glass into Stone Brewing Goblet. Bottled on May 1st 2017.

L: Hazy pale yellow, thin white head fades quickly as usual with this style.

S: Fruit, sour funk, wheat.

T: Peach really comes through in flavor and not aroma, very fruity and has a good tartness. Wheaty here too.

F: Light bodied, crisp and slightly dry.

O: I am not a big sour guy and the first sour I liked was Bell's Oarsman Ale, this is also good and hopefully it opens the door for me to try more sours.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BeerTest
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pew_slag
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased as 64 ounce growler. Nice head after moderately gentle, tilted pour. A little light in the bod but not nearly as thin and lifeless as some other Berliners.

Nice subtle peach. Perfect amount of fruit for my taste for when I'm in the mood for fruit. I breathe the peach more than taste it.

Taste is a pleasant neutral sour but I'd like it more if it were more sour. Could use A LOT more funk. Nice for warm sunny day, I guess.

Not sure what cost is on those 4-packs but the growler was cheap. If it were more than $8 or $9 I'd probably do something else.

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Photo of I3eer
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues, the next brewery's horizontal to be conducted is that of DFH. Interestingly, this one was a recent purchase at my former place of employment, Molly's Carryout. I have no idea how they came up with a vintage bottle, but it does not really matter.

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with peach juice"; "Festina Peche is a neo-Berliner style Weisse. Unique, tart and refreshing, this brew is so down with the dog days of summer."; "Dogfish Seasonal Art Series 6th Annual Ltd. Edition 2014 Jermaine Rogers".

I Pop!ped the cap and began a very gentle pour in keeping with my newest self-imposed standard. There was no need for an in-glass swirl since there was a LOT of foaming action going on. It finally created just under three fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head with better retention than I actually expected to occur. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an undeniable tartness that immediately caused my lips to pucker, but accompanied by a peach sweetness which was easy to identify. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, just a step or two above watery. It was initially quite tart, but the sweetness of the peach began to creep into the picture and smooth things out. I was reminded of those gummy sour peach candies with the coarse sugar that also start vey tart and become slightly sweet. Finish was tart and dry and I can see how this would be refreshing on a hot, humid summer's day. I will probably revisit it when this year's batch is released. For now, I am anxious to get rid of that creepy-looking raccoon on the label ...

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

Photo of Beerma
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of 88caprice
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass with sediment roused.

Overall: Tart and refreshing. Peaches are not the star, but that's probably ok. A more palatable Berliner.

Look: tawny yellow, cloudy, fizzy bubbles, no lacing. Sprite-like carbonation.
Smell: twangy wheat and sour. Nothing else. No peach smell.
Taste: lots of sour tang and wheat twang up front, but not as sharp or unpleasant as Berliners can be. Juicy with hints of lemon or tart apple. A slight yeasty finish. Oh, there it is. The slightest hint of peach in the aftertaste. Subtle as can be.
Mouthfeel: sparkly, medium bodied. A little dry.

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Photo of sjrider
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, straw color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor lacing and poor retention. Smells of peaches, bacterial funk, slight hop, hint of fruit, wheat, slight pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight peaches, hint of bacterial funk, slight hop, hint of fruit, wheat, hint of pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kathleenturin22
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benl7217
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaketaz
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ooosh
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigRed10
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MemphisSooner
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just a fantastic beer. The peach aroma and taste seep through in this sour and perky Berliner Weiss. As usual, dogfish head represents a style with their Owen take and skill. Well done.

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