Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Being the beer nerd I am, is it blasphemous that until now, I’d never had Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche? Does that mean I’m not a real beer lover (despite my uncontrollable adoration for Dogfish Head) or does it mean I just hate summer?

Well, I can cross both those answers off, at least. With temperatures well above 100 in North Carolina this weekend, it was as good of a time as any to get this perfect summer beer  ̶u̶n̶d̶e̶r̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶b̶e̶l̶t̶  in my stomach. For good measure, I had it with some peach cobbler made by The Missus. A winning pair all the way around.

In case you’re wondering, it’s got an 82 on Beer Advocate.

If you’ve had Festina Peche, you know the profile is very simple. If you haven’t, take this into consideration: If it smells like a peach, tastes like peach and it’s a beer, it’s Festina Peche, a Berliner Weisse-stlye beer made with peach concentrate/juice. And let’s not beat around the bush here, if peach is what you want from this beer, peach is what you get. With just 8 IBUs, there’s not enough hop flavor or bitterness to expect more than the peach flavor, which is OK.

Peach is about the only thing I could smell (maybe some tartness) and peach is the only thing I could taste, although I got just a little hint of sour notes you may find in a farmhouse ale, like the Weizen Bam I had not too long ago. This is such an immensely easy beer to drink, especially at 4.5 percent ABV. Could it be the ultimate summer lawnmower beer? Do I not hate summer any more? Yes and yes.

Hit the jump for my “Rate That Beer” sheet.

3 thoughts on “Dogfish Head Festina Peche

  1. Berliner Weises are sour by nature. They go through lactic fermentation. As a style, they never get higher than 8 or 9 IBU. It would inhibit the microbial growth of the souring agents,and be a detriment to the style’s flavor. I reviewed this beer a few weeks ago.

  2. I didn’t know about the lactic fermentation – thanks very much for pointing that out! I’m currently working my way through all the different styles in Ray Daniels’ “Designing Great Beers,” which I’m finding is a treasure trove of info. Thanks for putting me in the know with the Berliner Weisse tip.

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