Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Taste of the Midwest 2008
With time to kill until the special releases started to flow I decided to hit one of the two most interesting offerings from the Livery. Known for well balanced big beers this one was no exception. A little unsure how it would turn out I was excited to try in nonetheless.
Aroma / Appearance - The brownish red body was flat in the glass. Giving off a nose that was mostly peach Jolly Rancher, sour mix and malt it was thick enough to be almost suffocating. The sugary aspects might not be evident at first but they lurk under the surface.
Flavor / Palate - For being 12% this went down very smoothly. In less than five minutes I’d finished off the sample. Along the way I got a blend of sour peach and oak that left me wanting more. Very balanced despite the high alcohol this could sneak up on you much like the Trippelbock or other barrel aged beers from Livery.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
light brown pour w/ no real head. Full well coated pal. Fruity aroma very sweet fresh sugars hints of peach flesh but light. Really nice lightly tart flavors dry oak tongue pulls the moisture from your tongue fruits are light peaches. Pretty good.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GTMW ’08 sample. Clear amber body, no head. Caramel malt, light peach in the aroma. Tastes like a sour Lindeman’s - sweet malt, light peach, grapefruit rind, and finishes with an acidic bite. Good but needs more time to funk.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy deep amber hue (not a golden beer) with a small head and minimal lace, some oily tears and fleshy floaties. The aroma has notes of carmel and crystal malts, earthy Belgian yeast, over ripened peach, some vanilla, oak and wine vapours, vinous nose. The taste is the shining moment for this brew, tart peach and grapes over sweet malts with a EXTREMELY dry and woody finish. Very fermented and almost no hint of residual sugar on the palate. You get just a hint of alcohol on the very end but this is a very dangerously drinkable beer. For someone who is not much of a peach person, I am amazed by how much I like this creation. A must try at the Great Taste IMO.