tennisjoel (1346) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle rating. Dark gold pour. Live active carbonating bubbles; champagne like. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, belgian sugar, vanilla. A nice wheat flavor to start out, the finish ends dry. Slightly overcarbonated when cold, but the mouthfeel improves as this warms. Despite the flaws listed, this is pretty darn tasty for a witbier.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy bronze with a large, frothy head. Dry aroma that is dusty and full of cobwebs. Sour citrus and wheat with some touches of spice. Grassy hops accompany the aromas. The flavors are full of citrus and a little wheat and spice. Dry, dusty palate with a citrus finish.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Rate from GBBF, with some updates from a Utobeer bottle. Beer number 5 at GBBF, so beer notes rather basic and sloppy. Fascinating beer! There seems to be some kind of violent storm within my glass. The carbonation rushing to the top of the glass is swirling rapidly and upon coliding with the head, there is an explosion of bubbles rushing back down. What starts as a mediocre head, gradually swells to something quite amazing. One of the creamiest (and one of the tallest) heads I’ve ever witnessed. Dense amber colour with a few resident yummies settling in. Strong-ish nose of alcohol with lemon and honey to compliment. Full bodied. Sharp, spicy start. Pepper, hops and citrus fruits. Abrupt finish, which is a bit of a let down. All round refreshing brew.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL, Best before end 2007. I open the cap and the cork is wet. Is this bad? I dunno, let’s see. Pours a hazy light golden with many floaties and a small white head. Aroma is of light ripe oranges, spices, yeast. They must use the same yeast in this as the Grand Cru? Maybe I’m talking out my ass, but something in the aroma reminds me of that beer. There is also some yeasty funk and dust in there. Light black pepper. I think a little bit of cork got into the flavor of my beer. Highly carbonated, light bodied, dry finish. Considering the ABV (6%), it was noticeable. Good, not fantastic.
Dorwart (2522) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin white head that reduces quickly to a thin foam. Great carbonation keeps a thin head on top. Light spicy aroma with some wheat and yeast. Zippy bitterness in the aroma also. Color is a slightly cloudy bright orange. Spicy and yeasty flavor. Plenty of pepper and corriander in there. More wheat and some rye. Sharp bitterness again. Fizzy in the mouth and pretty dry. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. A decent belgian whitbier but a very spicy one.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A very hazy orange coloured beer with minimal head. The aroma is very yeasty and spicy with a little lemon noted. The taste is also very yeasty and spicy. It is full bodied and tasty and seems to carry more alcohol than most Witbiers. I was very suprised that there wasn’t a plethora of protein floating about in the glass as is typical of AdR.
FrankJohansen (3616) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden hazy colour with a huge mostly lasting white head. Aroma and taste of coriander and citurs. Good wit
HenrikSoegaard (13090) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2008 Bottle Courtesy Niels Jørn at Wintercoat. Fantastic Witt.Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Yellow colour. Powerfull hoppy aroma, almost not wit-like, but delicate understading every little aromatype. Fantatic complex flavor, not that powerfull but exstremely delicate. Oily palate. One of most interesting beers I have ever tasted.
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle. Hazy nice orange colour with a good white head. Strong coriander aroma. Sweet flavours from the outset, then coriander takes over. Well-carbonated and full-bodied. A beer that looks and feels perfect, but ends up a little on the sweet and overspiced side.
OldMrCrow (2389) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 750ml bottle.
Pours an absolutely lovely light orange with a beautiful robust head. The aroma is intoxicatingly delicious - think witbeer meets barleywine - strong citrus and coriander and rich malty depth, peaches and hints of alcohol.
Unfortunately, the flavor and mouthfeel don’t carry through on the promise offered by the appearance and aroma. The flavor, while pleasant enough, comes off as rather bland in its absence of spicing and in the relatively subdued expression of the citrus hops. The mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated from the aroma, and despite the attractive head, my bottle was relatively limited in carbonation at least for the style.
The end result is a beer that is well crafted, with notable strong points and without any glaring flaws --- but it’s also a beer in a curious almost hybrid style that I have a hard time envisioning as the perfect match for any particular food or mood.