Review: Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Review of Dogfish Head Festina Peche from Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE.

Beer Type: Berliner Weisse  ABV: 4.5%  IBUs: 8  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Served as an apertif or summertime quencher, Festina is delicately hopped and has a pale straw color. To soften the intense sourness, Berliner Weisse is traditionally served with a dash of essence of woodruff or raspberry syrup. In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup. Just open and enjoy!”

The Reality: Starts with a tart sour scent with notes of peach. It has a nicely tart sour flavor up front, with crisp dry carbonation and a peach laced not-sweet finish that has hints of green apple. The aftertaste is clean and fleeting due to the dryness.

Final Verdict: I was mildly apprehensive about this beer going in, because I really like a good tart berliner weisse, but I don’t usually like peach flavor in my beer. Well, it’s a good thing I tried it anyway because I really enjoyed it and the peach was quite subtle, more like an aromatic with just slight flavor tones. This is really more of a refreshing tart seasonal summer beer that drinks light and keeps your mouth watering. In fact, I enjoyed this beer so much I could see myself getting into a Festina (De)Peche Mode, because I “Just Can’t Get Enough“.