Worthy Coeur De La Peche

Reviewed by on August 15, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Worthy Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Bend, OR, US

  • Rated On: August 15, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The name means ‘heart of the peach’ – a saison made with peaches procured from Oregon Fruit Products.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium apricot amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy ecru head, which leaves a bit of roiling whitecap lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of earthy and gently funky farmhouse yeast, musty peaches, strong clove and lesser black pepper spice, bready and doughy wheat malt, and a mainly floral and grassy green hop bitterness. The taste is much more peachy (in the fruity sense), with a nice fresh drupe juiciness, crackery and grainy pale and wheat malt, a more laid-back yeastiness, muddled earthy spice (so probably the clove and pepper, joined at the hip), and some plain leafy and increasingly perfumed floral hoppiness.  The bubbles are fairly active in their oscillating and mouth-filling frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and so-so in terms of smoothness – just too much yeast and spice acridity kicking around to hope for better.  It finishes trending dry, the fruit calling it a day, with those jokers from the mouthfeel expanding their influence.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough peach saison, the fruit not overbearing or saccharine in the least.  Lots of yer basic style essences abound, especially the surprisingly agreeable yeast, and yes, the almost tacky spice.  At any rate, a decent brew, with a 14-proof alcohol quotient that does well to keep its grubby hands to itself.

Brady White

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