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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A neo-lambic ale that goes through both a yeast and bacteria fermentation and is then aged on oak chips and 400 pounds of Delaware peaches. This beer is very tart and complex. It arrives cork-finished and bottled-conditioned in champagne bottles.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9853) - London, Greater London, - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle at the Funky 8, Brooklyn, NYC. Vintage 2004. Great tang in here. The fruits seem to have faded mildly but this is still a phenomenal beer. Loads of great tang. Super balance, very well rounded and drinkable. A real treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Batch 1. Pours a slightly hazy copper with just a thin white head of foam. The aroma is musty, tart, peaches. The fruit profile is phenomenal on this. Taste is more of that peach sourness. Lighter body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (214) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Taster pour at the brewery, their last case, hazy gold, minimal head, subtle aroma, powerful sour peach flavor... What a blast! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Draft pour by Sam himself at NHC pro brewers night. Pours a hazy golden orange with thin off-white head. Nose of lactic acid, barn funk, peach, oak. Light body, quite tart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1230) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Another generous share from Diego by way of the Tower of Power, I really loved this beer and it had an incredible amount of peach flavor remaining for a bottle of its vintage. I wish that DFH would rebrew this beer, it’s better than probably every 750 they have released since.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (1852) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Huge tip of the cap to maltzilla for sharing this bottle at the TOPSH. ’04 vintage. Cloudy dark yellow pour with no head. Peach nose. Tart and tangy, a little watery, with all kinds of peach and sour stone fruit flavors. What a treat to get to try this 7 year old DH gem.......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (180) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Thanks Maltzilla for this gem. This is now my second favorite DFH after D’Extra. For a 6-7 year old bottle, this was nothing short of amazing. Peaches in a sour beer equals greatness and they need to brew this beer again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Big thanks to Maltzilla for showing this rarity. 04’ bottle. This has definitely still held up over time. The aroma still had a good amount of peaches in there along with some sour funk. The flavor had that soft peachy flavor with a toned down sour funk. Very good though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2011
In short: A very barnyard (borderline funky) sour peach beer. Surprisingly good.
How: From a 750ml bottle. Consumed when 6.5 years old, shared by a friend.
The look: Cloudy peach color body with almost no head
In long: Strong nose of peaches and barnyard. Taste is very countryside barnyard, almost funky. Plenty of peaches, lactic acid, medium-strong sourness. So I am told that this beer was crap when it came out and then a few years later it kicked-in. I can’t comment on that because I can’t remember having it fresh but I can say that this beer as it is today is one of the best American fruit-lambic I’ve ever had, better than any Upland and others. I definitely want to score some of these old bottles. I never had this beer fresh but I hear that it was pretty bad when fresh and it took years to develop. With this beer the secret was to be as patient as anybody who is waiting for me to grow up and be a man.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This poured a light semi cloudy yellow color with a small white head. Aroma is of very sour peaches, medium funk and light nail polish. Flavor was Very inrtreresting, a nice blend between funk and tartness, way better than the peche and ahead of its time. Great stuff.

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