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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A Belgian Strong Golden Ale, brewed with hibiscus flowers, ginger, thai palm sugar and local Chicago honey. Huitzi is a winter beer that doesn´t wallow in the dark cold days of this season. Like it’s namesake, the Aztec hummingbird god Huitzilopoctli who smashed the winter to allow the sun to return, Huitzi looks forward to the brighter promise of spring. We think of it as a winter cooler. As all our creations, this beer has it’s own Latin twist as it is brewed with flor de jamaica (hibiscus flower). The idea for this beer came when thinking about food and family gatherings. In Latin America, all family gatherings have something in common, “aguas frescas.” An agua fresca is fresh fruit or flowers diluted in water and (sometimes) sweetened. They are typically served at lunchtime in almost every restaurant in Mexico and Central America. The term means fresh water and their creativity and simplicity appeals to us. Aguas frescas represent a time with family, colleagues or friends as they gather and share a meal. A time to disconnect from the daily routine and enjoy food and conversation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2850) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bomber thanks to one of the cousins from the barrio - nose is sour berries. Tastes like currants to me. Interesting and not anything like a strong Belgian. Definite wheat finish akin to cardboard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5831) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 21, 2016
Aroma is fruit juice, citrus and grapes. The flavor is grapes/white grapes, malts, fruit, mild sweetness and a simple Belgian yeast/very lightly spiced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Sampled while visiting IL in June, 2014. Golden pour with a small off-white head, mild lacing. Belgian yeast spice on the aroma, fruity esters, mild floral honey aspect. Lightly sweet flavor, crisp, floral honey, yeast spice, fruity. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Poured from bottle, pours a clear gold with a thin head, the aroma is of some spices mixed in with a sweetness of honey and a slight fruit touch, the flavor has a yeasty front end with a sweet finish and a touch of fruit, interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden white head ring. Nose/taste of hibiscus, florals, ginger, tea, honey, alcohol soaked lemons and bubblegum. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TattooJack (514) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Poured from a coupla champagne bottle bombers into a pint glass. Pours a red hazy brown with about a finger of head. Sweet on top of sweet, works well with spicy food, can actually go extra hot if you are washing it down with this one. Very high alcohol points are cancelled out by price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Caramel /amber in colour with a creamy pale head. Aroma is hibiscus, rose, honey, wild flowers. Medium-full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, very sweet on the palate, cloying floral finish. Flavours are honey, caramel, hibiscus, rose, hint of ginger. Little too sweet, could use some balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Hog shack beer share. Thanks Lynn & Kelly. Pours a clear burnt orange and good off-white cap. Aroma of flowers, honey, spices. Taste is very sweet with a good tang. Sticky. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11406) - Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Draft. Amber color. Brilliant e of cinnamon, hibiscus and ginger. Flavor follows with a sticky and almost stale but dry finish. Also some Latin coffee and cocoa element In there. Has some inconsistency but I enjoy the spice integration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petkus331 (389) - Redford, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2014
An Aroma of mild sour apple with some hay and watermelon. Appears clear copper, thin ring of white head. Taste is very sweet of watermelon and cane sugar that is somewhat balanced by a hay-straw like bitterness. Palate, normal. Overall, good and unique.

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