KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on tap in a pint glass at Red Baron.
Peaches & Crème has a hazy golden appearance with just a few wisps of a white head on top.
The aroma is straightforward. Peaches and cream waft into my nose, overlaying a slightly spicy grainy base.
The flavor starts out with some cereal grains, and quickly the combination of canned peach syrup and lactose result in a cascade of sweetness on my tongue. There is an authentic fresh peach flavor present with a surprising amount of depth. The real peaches are noticeable throughout, as is the lactose. There is a slight spiciness that mixes in with the sweetness as the sip comes to a close. The finish and aftertaste have a slightly syrupy remnant of peach flavor.
The carbonation is creamy and smooth, which definitely helps to accentuate the creamy flavor they are going for by using lactose. This has the effect of creating a peach pie a la mode sensation, which is fun. The body is on the full side of medium, but the 9.5% ABV is well hidden, and it actually surprises me that it is that high. It is strongly sticky sweet and leaves some residue on my tongue and lips after each sip.
Drinking Short’s beers on tap is a vastly superior experience to any bottle from them I have ever had. Their beers, this one included, go against traditional brewing processes and are not designed to sustain aging, so drinking them fresh on tap is the way to go. This way I was able to experience the real intention of the beer, and it was enjoyable. With how cloyingly sweet the beer is overall, I would not really have more than one of these at a time, but it is nice change of pace or dessert beer.
HisBoyElroy (301) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name description are spot on. This one was pretty good. I would have liked it to be a bit thinner.
bwa5879 (447) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Really cloudy orange pour with thin white layer of head, spotty lacing. Smells like sweet peach juice, sweet grass and floral hops. Low carbonation, viscous oily mouthfeel, bitter astringent finish. Very strong flavor, sweet tart peaches, and heavy sweet malt, pert bitterness. I will stay away from this one. Perhaps an old bottle?
weihenweizen (1383) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle from clownoisseur poured into a white wine glass. Pours deep golden white medium off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt with a hint of peaches, thick body, low carbonation, syrupy texture, and pretty thin small bubble lacing. Taste is caramel malt with undertones of peach and whip cream with bitter hop and hints of astringency finish. Expected more, more peaches please, and no astringency.
bytemesis (2156) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma is totally peachy - like canned or cooked peaches, some honey as well. Flavor is medium plus sweet, a surprising amount of zesty bitterness, perhaps from the skins. Light body, super creamy mouthfeel, a bit harsh on the finish. Definitely shows its abv, drinking almost like a peach liquer. Very interesting beer, would be better without that harshness.
Homer321 (539) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to mike! Strong fruity and sweet nose. Bright clarity, soft red color. Minimal head. Candy sweet flavor up front with strong peach and fruity flavors. Exactly as the name describes. Finishes sweet but not cloying. Like a candy.
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SpongeRuiner (423) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another fruit beer done well by Shorts. Would like to have this one again. Exactly what you would think.
RABinVA (991) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours light gold, slight white head. Aroma is amazingly spot on peaches and cream. Not much else can be said there. Taste is just a bit of a sweet malty, boozy mess. It works, but it’s not great. Nice light, warming booze burn.
Alextricity (375) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 8/14/13. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Appearance: A slightly hazed orange/peach color. Two and a half fingers of a rich, creamy off-white head. Lacing is pretty good at the start, but then disappears. Not too shabby.
Smell: Faint. It’s not as face walloping as I was expecting. Sweet peaches and cream, with maybe a slight spice character.
Taste/feel: Silky as all hell. That’s the first thing I notice. Unbelievable smooth drinking beer... like peach fuzz on your tongue. But... in liquid form. And... not unpleasant. Peach is obviously there, with a creamy milk sweetness. Coats the tongue nicely. Aftertaste is peach with a slight spice, and a very, VERY slight alcohol flavor and warmth. It’s hard to believe this is about 9%. I could sip on this all day if it weren’t so sweet. Truthfully, probably the sweetest beer I’ve ever had. I’m not shocked at all by that fact, as it’s what I figured. A 12oz bottle is almost too much for me to handle due to its sweetness, but this beer does what it wants to do, and does it well. As silky as the mouthfeel is, and as sweet as the beer is, I don’t ever find that it becomes cloying in a syrupy way -- it just has a huge amount of sweetness.
An awesome dessert beer, but it’s a specialty beer and a limited release for a reason, I think. I’m glad I didn’t buy a six-pack, but instead got two singles. A very tasty beer, but not one I could have often. Get your hands on this, especially if you have a sweet tooth -- I tend to not generally care much for sweets.
UPDATE 9/22/13: Having just aged this beer a month, the sweetness has toned down quite a lot, making this an easier-to-drink beer. It’s still very sweet, but it’s mellowed out very nicely. Changing my taste rating from 3.75 to a 4.
milewide (1324) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real peach aroma and taste. A bit too sweet. Clear amber color with average head. Rich body.
jbrana (247) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet, floral, and very peachy. Probably too sweet, but otherwise good and as advertised.
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