lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into my snifter, it appears a thick, murky, opaque inky black. When held to the light, and watching the stream of liquid as it falls from the bottle, it fades to a matte coffee bean brown with hints of auburn peeking out just beneath the foam. Avant PÍche builds a rather mediocre two-finger thick head of a wheat-colored bubbly cream that falls in on itself from the inside out, leaving some thin lacing on the glass while dollops of foam gather in patches throughout the middle. * * *
The nose carries nothing overwhelming, everything in the aroma is presented in a pretty soft harmony. It begins with a delicious subtle peach, sour cherry and pear, followed by very faint hints of tart citrus, light roasted coffee and bits of chocolate. Damp oak and wet leaves begin to proliferate soon after, and carry warm notes of spiced molasses and toasted bready malts. Some mild wild yeast aromas pepper the scent overall, but are hidden fairly well along with the alcohol, which is hardly discernible over the fruit and roasts. * * *
Finally dipping my tongue into the brew, it opens with an initial tart, juicy, natural peach flavor enveloped in a smooth oak. It continues with thin toasted malts; then the sweetness of the peach rises, and it finishes with chocolate and a slight bitter pinch of roasted coffee right at the end. There was a small wave of heat from the alcohol as it warmly washed over my throat and into my belly as I finished the swallow. The peaches in this seem to be a combination of fruit that has dropped from the tree and has begun to ferment, as well as fruit that has just turned ripe and is ready to pick. It was easy to imagine I was in the middle of an orchard right as summer faded into fall, which is the image I was absolutely hoping for when I picked this bottle up 6 months ago. * * *
In conclusion, the feel is fairly crisp in the first few tastes, and it smooths to an airy, creamy velvet as my taste buds acclimate to the flavors. It presents itself with a medium body and soft carbonation, while a warming alcohol sensation grows through my chest. Finishes clean and dry, leaving my mouth watering for more. Definitely a delicious beer that is perfect for summer or fall, as itís not a heavy porter, and itís not a light fruit beer, itís the perfect combination of both.
Travlr (12475) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared at DC local tasting, courtesy of nbutler11 - thanks! The darkest peach beer I have ever seen in my whole life. Aroma of summer fruit, dilute coffee. A very odd flavor combination that doesnít quite work. Interesting idea, anyway.
Bacterial (1640) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Brown pour with a big, juicy head on it. The beer has a great nose on it, some roasted malt and some fruit. Taste was really nice, just a twinge sour with the peach coming through. I had the pleasure of drinking this along with some very ripe peaches, and it was a real treat to have a bite of peach along with a nice sip from my glass.
thomas15 (688) - USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is weird and intergrated but intriguing, peaches, funk, and roasty chocolate. Looks great, thick creamy one finger head, dark brown with some tingles of reddish orange. Light brown head. Taste is initially weird, never had abeer like this. Taste is very intergrated light a peach chocolate. Peach comes t brought with, chocolately roaste with a really great tartness that seems to balance it all. Texture is thin but kind of creamy. Between this And Friek Iím all in on Odell after some skepticism . This is really good and very unique...
Reynolds314 (2375) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one sounded interesting and the problem with it is that the reason it sounds interesting is because nobody else has done a peach porter and theres a reason for it. Weird chocolatey sweet peaches with an off sourness and some disjointed roastyness.
Ernesto987 (3794) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to matt for graciously Sharing this one. Awesome beer, sweet peach flavors with chocolate malts. Finishes sweet unfortuneatly
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
21st May 2011
Opaque black beer, good bubbly tan head. Light airy palate, semi dry. Moderate dark malt base with a whisper of roast and slightly tangy - sour. Tiny bit of wood and then sweet vibrant fresh and natural tasting peach. Dry finish. Interesting, tasty and very drinkable. Nice one Odell.
Glouglouburp (6085) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A weird mix of black ale and sweet fruit juice. Seems well made, but not my thing.
How: Bottle 750ml corked & caged. Not too sure about the age (1 year?), a bottle probably sent to me by either tyler_mn or oakbluff, these two dudes both suck major ass anyway so who cares.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose is strange, there is some blackened malts and roasty notes but also a weird fruity and kind of barnyard component to the aroma. I donít think I would nailed it to peaches without reading the name and description, but there is definitely a strong fruity component to the aroma, all types of light color fruits. Strange aroma that is not very inviting. Taste is more of the same, blackened smooth chocolaty malts, milky notes, creamy texture, high sweetness sensation and lots of fruit juice that clash with the rest of the beer. Nice full mouthfeel and no alcohol presence whatsoever. Like a peach juice mixed with milk chocolate, apple juice mixed with a stout, etc. Not a bad beer per say, but brewing a porter with peaches is probably a bad idea, Iím not against thinking outside the box, but did you brewers look inside the box lately? There are some pretty good ideas in there.
stumpyiliz (215) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful color in the pour. Dark molasses look to it. Long lasting thick beige head. Aroma tart peaches. Not bad for a two year old fruit beer. Tart, round, wild ale funk, peach flavor. Good round palate and mouthfeel. I wish Odell would bottle this one again. Othaís developed quite nicely over the last two years.
GarrettB (1062) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
June 9th, 2011 - The only other peach flavored beer Iíve had in recent memory is the ubiquitous Lindemannís Peche Lambic, which by itself is a fine treat and something of a bubbly dessert, but it feels a little less like a beer and more like a champagne. Odellís Avant Peche is a little more real, and more closely related to that ineffable core quality of beer. For example, instead of overly ripe peach flesh and sugars, the aroma features a light oak and sour bite, contrasted nicely against a puff of dark malts, painting a broader picture of peach AND good pairs for peach. And deep within that dark brown body (colored slightly by a light red blush in the foam), is a strange and eclectic bunch of flavors. Like a ragtag group of protagonists, they come together with no hope of synergy or success, and then save the day and much more. Deep dark sweetness rooted in brown sugar, raisins and a touch of that oaky sourness, with a fruitier sourness hiding behind the oak, but still just visible. This beer is marked with peach flavors, but not obsessed with them. No part of the flavor profile features too brightly or prominently, but blurs elegantly, like studying a painting from across a large room. That delicate balance suggests both careful brewing, but itís also hard to find a hook to keep dragging me back in for another sip. That blurriness means Iím constantly searching for what exactly makes this beer taste good, but I canít find it without some flavor to take the lead and speak up for the others.
scoth (516) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown, inky black in the glass with a medium tan head, fine clinging lacing. Aromas of peach, cherry, oak, grass, and bread. Medium-light body, crisp but mellow. Mild initial sweetness, medium sourness lingers into the finish, mild bitter. A pleasing complex, sour porter executed with panache.