Saturday, September 5, 2015

Avery Perzik Saison

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1446) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2015
There 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 edition.

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.

RATING: 8/10

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