Friday, November 5, 2010

Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Festina Pêche

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware, USA

Berliner Weissbier

4.50% ABV

Commercial Description:
A refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse fermented with peaches.
Food Pairing recommendations: Grilled chicken or fish, salad.
Glassware recommendation: Pint
Wine comparable: Pinot Grigio

General Pricing:
12oz bottle, ~$8.00 4 pack, ~$45.00 case

This has been sitting around in the beer fridge for a long time. I think it was a leftover from the tasting table at my last beer event; John's Second Annual Craft Beer Event. I have had this before and it’s really not my mug of beer, (cup of tea) if you well. Since another one showed up I thought I would give it a full review.

The beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw with a diminishing white head.

Sweet peach and citrus notes are on the nose of this beer along with a yeasty background.

Wow, pucker up for this one. I forgot how tart this was and it just hit me hard. Now tart doesn’t faze me, I love the Flemish Red’s and the sour Geuze’s of Belgium. But this one sets me back a little. OK, let me try a play by play.

Well, maybe I can’t. This is really tart.

The tart aspect of this beer starts up font in the beginning of the sip. This is where you usually pick up sweet malts. The tart flavor builds the first sensory experience up front on the tip of the tongue throughout the middle of the sip. There is also a tingling over the tongue in the mid-sip. This seems to be effervescence but there is no evidence of carbonation left in the glass. The back end is just an explosion of sweet tart flavors. It almost makes this hard to swallow; it is certainly not easy drinking. The back of my jaw quivers during the swallow from the tart flavors. Surprisingly this building tart experience stops dead at the finish leaving just a hint of tart, citrus and peach notes on the finish and final aftertaste.

Part of my problem with this beer is that I expect some sour and yeast complexity to complement the tartness similar to the Belgian Flemish Red’s and Geuze’s. But this experience is just tart with no other aspects or complexities.

The easiest way to describe the taste of this beer is a peach flavored sweet tart. So if you think that you would like a peach flavored sweet tart than you will love this beer.

I’m not going to give this a rating. I really do not have much of anything in style to compare this too. I find this very tart and without any other malt, yeast, or sour complexity that would make this more enjoyable. Even the Belgian Flemish Red’s and Geuze Sour’s have more going for them than just tart flavors. 

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