Kent Falls Brewing Co. is named after a particularly spectacular series of cascades formed by a mountain brook in the town of Kent, Conn.

The farmhouse style brewery is not open to the public yet but it has been pumping out brews to local bars and stores since the winter of 2015. Its focus is on local ingredients, maximum efficiency, and sustainability.

Kent Falls Second Nature Peach bottle

Today’s beer up for review is Second Nature Peach, a mixed-culture barrel-aged saison with fruit. It spent six months in oak barrels before being transferred onto 200 pounds of peaches from March Farm. The beer was released in 500ml bottles on Dec. 19, 2015 at the New Milford Farmer’s Market.

On the beer, Derek Dellinger wrote:

Beers like this, the product of scale-brewing and production schedules and McGuyvering and improvising and last-minute decisions and luck and timing and patience and terroir, are less like painting a portrait, one careful and deliberate brush stroke at a time, and more like some Jackson Pollock expressionist bullshit, dangling from a wire above a canvass, with a bucket of paint, just flinging shit in all directions and trusting that it’s going to look pretty cool in the end.

Kent Falls Second Nature Peach

Poured into a Teku, Second Nature Peach shows a brilliantly clear straw yellow color and minimal carbonation. A straight pour produced only a thin ring of foam that dissipated posthaste. Aroma is massive peach/apricot upfront adjoining lemon zest, and cardamom. A new-plastic like phenolic is also detectable. Taste brings a sharp acidic bite with an earthy funk and chalky feel. Oddly, the peaches are more subdued here. Giving way to a more citrus-like detail and after a bit of warming the vanilla oak flavors are coming about.

Kent Falls Second Nature Peach
BREWERY: Kent Falls Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Kent, Conn.
STYLE: Saison
ABV: 5.4 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $12
RELEASE DATE: Dec. 15, 2015
AVAILABLE IN: 500ml bottles
Overall, Kent Falls Second Nature Peach is sweet, clean, and bright on the nose while being sharply acidic and earthy in flavor, a pleasing and refreshing contrast. Keep an eye on these folks, good things are coming.
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