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Festina Pêche

Rating: 3.6

My fourth beer from Dogfish Head now and my second of five brought back from Virginia for me as a gift (Sixty-One being the other), thing one being the first ever seasonal beer I’ve been able to try from the Delaware brewery. The beer in question is Festina Pêche, a summer seasonal from the brewery that was initially introduced back in June 2007 and has been available yearly since then. Coming in at 4.5% abv. it will also be the closest to a session beer I’ve tried from the brewery with the previous three offers all coming in at over 5% abv. This one is a beer that I’ve spotted a couple of times when look at the brewery’s beers or when scanning through the likes of Instagram but it wasn’t one that I was overly familiar with, in fact I only discovered the beer was a Berliner Weisse that is fermented with peaches when I was given this bottle, it was at least a pleasant surprise. As always with a beer from the brewery, this is a bottle that I am really looking forward to trying and hopefully it will be one that does the brewery’s reputation no harm in my eyes; I’m sure it will be another classic.

Festina Péche

Appearance (4/5): Pours a cloudy lemon yellow colour that has a surprisingly large, two centimetre tall head that foamy looking with load of tiny bubbles. This reduces in size over the opening thirty or forty seconds to leave a fine lacing that just about covers the surface without turning totally patchy.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a strong aroma, particularly for the style with quite a lot of peach coming through initially with some sweetness and solid citrus notes backing it up. The beer isn’t quite as funky as I’ve been used to with Berliner Weisse beers in the past but there is some acidity and tart there, it’s just not overpowering thankfully. Some faint fruits and syrupy notes come through as well, lemon seemingly being the most pronounced with the beer almost smelling like a saison at times.
Taste (6/10): Definitely more sour and tarty than the nose indicated, the beer has a strong funky taste to it with lots of lemon and citrus flavours along with the peach from the nose, although this doesn’t seem quite as strong as I was expecting. The syrupy flavours from the nose make an appearance here too with some faint biscuit and touches of wheat and sugar towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Quite smooth and sour, nothing overdone though with a medium body and some sweetness coming through from the fruits. The balance of this one was a particular highlight, particularly after it was given time to open up some. The beer was easy to drink despite being so sour and tarty.

Overall (14/20): I quite enjoyed this one from Dogfish Head, it definitely wasn’t the classic that I was hoping for but it had enough going for it to keep things interesting and enjoyable, particularly because I’ve frequently found Berliner Weisse beers a little too strong and overpowering at times. The beer had a pleasant citrus and peach taste to it that went down relatively easily, particularly after it settled down and opened up some; it’s one well worth trying but I’d probably opt for something else over this one if I ever came across it in future.

Brewed In: Milton, Delaware, United States of America
Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewery
First Brewed: 2007
Type: Berliner Weisse
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Virginia, United States of America
Price: Gift

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  1. November 7, 2014 at 10:35

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