Deschutes has made a number of special edition versions of its popular Dissident sour, including this one, fermented with Oregon peaches. The finished ale is aged in oak barrels much like the standard bottling.
Rather tougher and hoarier than I was expecting, the peach character doesn’t really show up until late in the game, leaving the primary experience rather dusky and underdeveloped, notes of forest floor and green wood dominating — and the intensely sour elements hitting the tongue as more vinegary than one would like. The peach character is visible really only on the finish, but even there it is filtered through an overbearingly mouth-puckering and quite green character. While a bit of fruit is a nice touch, ultimately this just lacks the nuance that one expects from the standard Dissident — unless gritty tannins are really your jam.
B- / $15 per 500ml bottle / deschutesbrewery.com