Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #19 - Peche

Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Rich Doyle, Harpoon’s CEO and co-founder, first tasted this Belgian style beer in Brugge three years ago while traveling on a Harpoon beer culture trip. He immediately fell in love with the beer and wanted to brew a batch ever since.

The Harpoon Pêche is reminiscent of the peach lambics Rich and other Harpoon employees enjoyed on their trip to Belgium. As you pour this hazy golden colored beer, you will immediately notice the fresh peach aroma rising from your glass. A high carbonation level assists in releasing the aromatics of this crisp, sparkling ale. The five malts used to brew this beer blend nicely with the fresh fruit added during fermentation, creating a sweetness that is full but not cloying or candy-like. This sweetness is balanced by the tart acidity in the finish of the beer. The combination creates an incredibly refreshing experience. This is a perfect beer for the summer and can be paired with a variety of cheeses and desserts, or simply enjoyed on its own.

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yespr (48876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
Sample from tap at the brewery. Pours hazy yellow with creamy off white head. Citric fruity aroma, sliht barnyard and candy notes. Flavour is candy peachy, not sweet but just mildly citric to sour. Mellow lambic. Very nice.

fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
Draught at Brickseller, Washington DC
Cloudy blond color; big head. Aroma of peach syrup. The flavor reminds me more a watered peach drink than a beer, plus some bitterness. Drinkable, but useless as beer.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2007
(22oz bottle) Lightly hazed apple juice body topped by large white head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is medium sweet, strong peach, light tartness. Taste is medium sweet, peach, some tartness, some unpleasant cheese/funk. Light-medium body, light effervescence.

Sammy (12978) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2007
Peach and mold. I smell the peach nicely. Some initial fizzy head. Drying aftertaste. But the peach with mold secondary is not for everybody and severly hampers drinkability.

ClarkVV (6941) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Draught at ABF on 6/16/07
Chill-hazed, light peach-gold color with a nice glow to it. Off-white head is firm and mostly well-retained, leaving light lacing.
Not intensely sweet in the nose, so that was a good start. Actually has a touch of peach tartness dryness to speak of, though some candy sweetness shows up on the finish. Vanilla and caramel flavors from the malt are slightly sweet in the nose as well, while there is a buttercreaminess that emerges (from the peaches). No alcohol or flaws in the nose. Nothing complex, but it’s simple and pleasant enough.
Actual tartness, though very, very reserved comes from the peaches, I guess, as there isnt any Belgian yeast flavor here. But the malts are chewy, not syrupy and sticky, and the peach flavor is true enough. Vanilla, light caramel and a slight mustiness that I couldnt identify. I immediately took this as a fruit beer, and in that sense, it’s quite good. The high carbonation helps fight back the sweetness and keep it spritzy. A whole hell of a lot better than the framboise, that’s for sure.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a giant and stubborn white head. Smells of pronounced peaches, cream, some caramel, mellow tanginess. Taste is peachy with a fairly tarte base. The malt profile isn’t as perceivable as I’d like, but there is a nice balance of peach and citrus. Mouthfeel is tarte. Finish is peppery and sweet. Above average as far as fruit beers go.

thornecb (6147) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Pours bright gold into a tumbler. Bright white micro head with excellent retention. Aroma like a freshly opened peach - complete with fuzz. Upfront muted peach, quickly turning to a slightly flat and watery aspirin sour/tartness. Back to peach pit and on to a lasting, dry finish. Like a peach BerlinerWeisse.

ganache (6087) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle as an extra from 46er3498 - thanks! Big, enjoyable peach aroma with a touch of anthill dirt. Hugely excited in the glass - 80% head to start, extremely effervescent. Hazy golden with medium carbonation and a huge soapy off-white head. Taste is potently sour with light bitterness, crispish attack levelling off and finishing with a smooth, bready aftertaste. Yeast also prevalent throughout. Peach notes tend to veer toward the metallic after a while, but they aren’t exactly artificial. Gentle, calming, refreshing beer.

muzzlehatch (4974) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2007
22 ounce bottle purchased at City Market, Burlington VT (May 19 2007) and consumed just above fridge temperature from a Lindemans flute. Big hiss of carbonation as top is popped….lovely bright, deep gold with a big quite stable creamy just-off-white head slowly slowly falling in the glass…..very pleasant fresh peach/peach pie aroma, hints of cinnamon and bready crusts though as it warms it flattens out and almost disappears….dry, dull, watery body alas, barely a hint of peachy sweetness and what’s there seems artificial and frozen-juice-like rather than fresh fruit, some unpleasant metallic qualities, inappropriate dry, bitter herbs....thin, watery, mineralic and with unappealingly hard carbonation….an unfortunate finish given the quality beginning. I wish I could say this was a disappointment, but the 100 Barrel series has been very erratic of late....

dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Pours out golden peach color with a huge white head that takes forever to settle. Bitter slightly peach aroma. Taste is great balance of hop bitterness and peach sweetness. Not cloying, very refreshing with a clean aftertaste.

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