Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Almanac Beer Company Brandy Barrel Pêche
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Almanac Beer Company Brandy Barrel Pêche - Ale Brewed with Peaches and Aged in Used Brandy Barrels.
From the Almanac Beer Company website: “Historically, fruit-infused sour beers were a way of preserving the summer harvest. In that tradition, this blonde ale was added to brandy barrels with high-summer peaches, hand-picked by the Loewen family at Blossom Bluff Orchards in Reedley, California. We aged this liquid gold for six months until we needed a reminder that summer will come again. Pair with Prosciutto, crusty bread and fruit preserves.
Farm to Barrel
Our Farm to Barrel beers focus on the eons-old tradition of aging beers in oak barrels. This American wild ale was aged in used wine casks with our house “Dogpatch” sour culture, a cocktail of wild Belgian and American yeasts, including San Francisco sourdough starter. The yeasts slowly morph the beer from a traditional ale into something wild, creating a mild acidic bite as well as pulling oak and vanilla flavors from the barrel. After maturing, the barrels are blended together—creating a vinous, delicate beer that captures the essence of a particular harvest. Farm to Barrel Beers are alive in the bottle, and will continue to mature gracefully for several years.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a hazy pale orange color with a foamy white head and light lacing.
Aroma: Tart, peaches, funky with a bit of oak and only the slight scent of brandy.
Taste: Tart and sour lemon, peach, vanilla, sweetness that seems to come from the malts used with a touch of oak and brandy in the finish.
Overall: Crisp, tart, sweet and refreshing Almanac Beer Company Brandy Barrel Pêche is terrific! This 7% ABV offering is totally enjoyable. I tried this at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala (here) and loved it.
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