are plenty of fruit beers out there, but most of them tend to be a
generic pale wheat ale base – why not use a saison as a base? That’s the
idea behind Avery Perzik Saison – a saison with the addition of
peaches. Those flavor components wouldn’t ordinarily seem to match up
since saisons tend to be dry and peppery and fruit beers are lush and
sweet. But good breweries can make odd flavor combinations not only
possible, but enjoyable and that’s what this is.
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 7/8/15 and cost $3.25 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Peach or apricot skin yellowish/orange. Extremely hazy with
no visible carbonation. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which
retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Familiar saison aroma with the usual esters, though mild. Peach
is barely detectable, but does seem authentic and lightly sweet. Some
alcohol presence as well.
Taste: When I went into this beer I wasn’t sure if I should approach it
as a fruit beer that happens to be a saison, or as a saison that happens
to have peach added to it. The latter became evident after the first
sip, as I noticed the palette conformed quite well to saison
specifications. A light spicy sensation up front with a bit of a
wheaty/grassy/farmhouse component. Perhaps even a hint of tartness,
especially on the finish as the peach flavor emerges. This has an
authentic fruit taste; it is not overly sweet or cloying at all. The
peach character works well with the saison palette as it offers some
balance and contrast. I think this would also work well as a Brett
Drinkability: A summer fruity wheat beer should be light, so I’m
surprised to see Avery Perzik Saison weigh in at 6.4% ABV. Though the
mouthfeel is not too intense and it does finish crisp and dry, there is a
bit of a thickness and creamy texture to it. I can taste and feel the
alcohol at times, which is odd considering this isn’t too potent. This
is entirely too heavy to session, but it would pair well with an
ambrosia or other fruit dessert in the summer.