Friday, September 4, 2009

66. Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Yet another in the long line of Dogfish Head beers—we like ’em, and we’ll keep drinkin’ ’em. And, by proxy, you’ll keep reading about them. That is, unless you start ignoring us (which would also reciprocally assume that you actually paid attention to us in the first place). And that would be downright mean, I say. We had this on tap at the Trolley Stop.

Festina Peche is a hazy straw color with a light white head that has small bubbles like champagne. The nose is tart and fruity with a slight peachy aroma. It starts tart and sour mixed with a light peach flavor—the two flavors marry nicely together in the front of the beer. There is a building sourness in the middle with some light sweetness, along with a drawn out finish—there is a slight chalkiness from the sour at the back of the tongue and some lingering malt and bready notes. The mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, but also a bit thin. While Festina Peche is lighter than many other sour beers—there is less candy sour tartness and a thinner body—it is nonetheless an excellent and well-crafted beer. And we say this as a couple of people who are hesitant about fruit beers.

From the Dogfish Head website: “A refreshing neo-BerlinerWeisse fermented with honest-to-goodness peaches to (get this!) 4.5% abv! Because extreme beers don't have to be extremely boozy! Available in 4-pack and draft during the sweaty months. Sadly, there are only a few breweries left in Berlin still brewing the BerlinerWeisse style which is characterized by its intense tartness (some say sour). There were once over 70 breweries in Berlin alone making this beer! In addition to fermentation with an ale yeast, Berliner Weisse is traditionally fermented with lactic cultures to produce its acidic or green apple-like character. It is delicately hopped with a pale straw color and served as an aperitif or summertime quencher. To soften the intense sourness, Berliner Weisse is traditionally served with a dash of essence of woodruff or raspberry syrup.In our 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 - open and enjoy!”

ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 8


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