A departure from Unibroue’s classic Belgian-style ales (or as master brewer of Unibroue Jerry Vietz likes to call them, “Unibroue Style” ales.) The Autre Chose Peach IPA is a response to consumer demand of the brewery. Released in mid 2018, Unibroue’s Autre Chose has received a great welcoming from their devotees, and winning new fans alike.
BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: International IPA
Brewed since 2018
Origin: Chambly, Quebec
The Peach IPA is the first of the new AUTRE CHOSE series and the very first Unibroue beer to step out of the Belgian brewing traditions. Its is a dry hopped, unfiltered, and non refermented brewed with Cascade, Galaxy, Citra and Lemondrop hops. Recognized as pioneers in the craft beer world, it is this same passion that inspired us to develop the very first Unibroue IPA. As Quebec precursors in the use of aromatics and herbs in beer, we wanted to add a more complex touch with the peach, a hint at our traditions.
“O, what has possessed me so in this sacred cavern? O, what madness brews under this bowler hat of mine? Well, dear mortals, brace yourself for this brew made with peach. Because just one sip is enough to make your tastebuds preach.”
GOLDEN WITH ORANGE HIGHLIGHTS
OUR BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S AUTRE CHOSE PEACH IPA
APPEARANCE / THE POUR: We served it at 45° F in the signature Unibroue Sommelier Teku shaped glass. (Our apologies for not having the Autre Chose glass available for us to pour it in!)
The initial pour gave an easy 2-finger height head which was white colored, dense and creamy. We did ensure the glass was “beer clean”.
The Teku shaped glass is a perfect vessel for beers to express their best characteristics. In the initial pour, there were very fine streams of champagne bubbling- very impressive for a beer that is not bottle refermented!
The Brussels lacework the head left behind once it collapsed (it took close to 10 minutes) was dense and patchy. During consumption, (as with previous Unibroue BrewViews) it held a 1/8″ height until the bottom of the glass. This is consistent of the Unibroue products.
TASTE: This is where the hops dominate, but just slightly. The fresh peach taste is not far behind, with the biscuity flavors of malt.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Medium effervescence level, nice hop bitterness balanced with the peach flavors. The finish lingers a long time, as IPA’s do.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
Wide range of cheddars, herb cheeses, mild brie, spicy pepper cheeses, stilton, blue cheese.
As someone who has practically sworn off ever consuming IPA’s ever again, I found Autre Chose to be a great delight.
I tired of uber “1000-IBU-IPA’s” long ago. (That’s an exaggeration of course, but you get my meaning.) I have been very outspoken about my dislike of what I consider to be overhopping in beers. I have also been the recipient of harsh backlash of my opinions.
So when the brewery decided to release their first ever IPA, I thought to myself “If anyone is going to brew an IPA that I will actually like, it will be Jerry Vietz.”
What I dislike about typical West Coast / East Coast IPA’s is how dry they leave my mouth feeling. Furthermore, I also dislike how the flavors change for the worse as they warm up. Not so with Autre Chose. Master Brewer of Unibroue Jerry Vietz ensured that the classic Unibroue characteristic of flavor and aroma profiles improving as the beer warms is very present here.
Currently, Autre Chose is available in Canada, with plans to release it in the USA to select markets in 2019. We hope they make it more widely available here, as this IPA would be an excellent introduction for the first-time IPA drinker. Sessionable, and refreshing, seek this one out, as it is unique in the IPA world.
Huge thanks go out to the following individuals for making this BrewView possible:
Andrew Murphy of Unibroue in Portland Oregon, Al Spina, and always, Unibroue’s Master Brewer Jerry Vietz, for brewing an IPA that I actually enjoy!
BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.
He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy beer! Ecclesiastes 8:15