97pointsNew Glarus R&D Wild Peach Batch: Cave 2

Cellar Selection

Brew (and fruit) master Dan Carey does it again with this latest R&D release: A sour brown ale brewed with Michigan peaches that's spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts and aged in oak, with the final product being a blend of one-, two- and three-year-old beer. It opens with assertive sour-peach aromas, supported by secondary notes of barnyard, leather, toasted malt and oak. The medium-weight mouthfeel is round but juicy and vibrant in tart acidity and medium carbonation. The palate booms with a pure peach flavor, laced with hints of Bourbon spice, Bretty funk and hay. It finishes dry, tart and mouthwatering, leaving you ready for more. Cellar ready, try in fall 2015. Lauren Buzzeo

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  • Rating
    97
  • Alcohol
    7.25%
  • Bottle Size
    500 ml
  • Category
    American Wild Ale
  • Date Published
    12/31/2014
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    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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