Glassware: The Saison style is highlighted by bright, fresh Belgian characteristics predominantly portrayed through the beer’s yeast profile. The aroma is a showcase for all these features and glassware that captures that is perfect for the beer. The first choice is a snifter glass, although a tulip or oversized wine glasses will also suit the beer well.
Description: Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale pours a pale golden hue with foamy white head that leaves little to no lacing behind on the glass. The aroma has notes of fresh peaches and sweet grain up front with backing notes of earthy hops and Belgian yeast. The taste is also dominated by sweet grain and more subtle notes of fresh peaches backed with hints of peppery spice, tartness and Belgian yeast. The medium body and crisp, effervescent carbonation make for a truly refreshing beer. While the peaches aren’t dominant they are certainly present and maintain balance without creating an overly cloyingly sweet beer. The flavor profile of this beer has everything you could want from a summer beer with light refreshing qualities balanced in a light 5.3 percent ABV making it highly drinkable!
Food pairing: The light malt profile and subtle peach highlights make for a beer that goes well with many lighter summer dishes. Try pairing Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale with a light summer salad topped with your favorite fruit, goat cheese, almonds and vinaigrette. The light malts will gravitate toward the cheese while the peach flavors will melt into the other fruits for a wonderful explosion of flavors and the carbonation is strong enough to scrub the palate clean. Another great pairing is with a fried green tomato sandwich with garlic aioli sauce on ciabatta bread, the combination of flavors will make for a wonderful lunch pairing. This is a dream pairing with a wide variety of desserts but especially with peach based dishes such as peach cobbler, peach pie, peach ice cream and Georgia spiced peaches.
The Final Word: Terrapin Beer Company is a brewery that loves to experiment, especially with fruit and beer and they have an excellent track record. The Saison style is one that is perfect to enjoy on hot summer days as the beer profile offers many light and refreshing notes throughout. Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale has just the right amount of peach presence balanced against semi-sweet malts that melt into the Saison base of the beer. This is now available in cans which make for an even better and portable variation on the perfect summer beer. Fans of peaches and Belgian beers will most definitely want to try this refreshing beer.
Remember, enjoy responsibly!
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewer- Terrapin Beer Company
Beer- Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale
Style- Saison/ Farmhouse Ale
ABV- 5.30 percent
Weekender Rating: WWWW