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Alchemist Sterk Wit

Alchemist Sterk Wit
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Formerly brewed at The Alchemist
Style: Witbier
Waterbury, Vermont USA
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
This double white ale is brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, plenty of coriander and curacao orange peel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkyHigh420 (12) - USA - MAR 22, 2009
Enjoyed at the brewpub Feb’09. Cloudy golden color with a smell of lemony citrus and spice. tastes of wheaty spice with a citrus background. Very nice and refreshing after a hard day on the slopes and and even better summer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1706) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2011
On tap at the Alchemist. Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange/gold with a thick white head. Aroma is very fruity with scents of orange, pear & apricot as well as wheat and coriander spice. Flavor follows the aroma to the tee. Moderate in the mouth with prickly carbonation on the tongue. This one was loaded with flavor and character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Cask at Brewpub: Ample white head, golden cloudy color with a citrus/spice aroma. Taste of citrus,wheat and spice. This is a gold medal winner from the GABF and this batch is even better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 19, 2004
12 oz at the brewpub. Light yellow-gold, green-tinged, smoothly translucent. Lemony-orangy yeasty nose; lemon-banana, dry red wine in the intitial flavor; very sweet, mild alcohol presence, a bit Mountain-Dew like late, well carbonated, warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Draft - Pours a golden yellow in color with a relatively thin white head. Nicely laced. Yeasty aroma with hints of the coriander and orange. Slightly sweet but with a dry bitter finish. Alcohol is present. Easy to see why this beer was awarded a gold medal at the Great American Brewfest this year. A very good witbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 The Lure:
Its perfume is boastful and colourful, with tons of curaçao, coriander, lavender and rose allusions. Really fruity and vibrant.

The Festivities:
Biscuity and bready malts withstand the devoted spices. Curaçao, coriander, orange pulp and cereal sweetness team up to offer assertive flavors. The big body is very comfortable, while clearly stating that this is not your typical, quenching Witbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
On draught at the brewpub, 4/16/2005. A lovely white-gold color with plenty of straw yellow highlights, quite hazy with a one-finger white head, low retention. Aroma of oranges, chewy malt and bubblegum, light sugar and angel food cake. Flavor of vanilla, lemon-poppyseed muffins and light curacao. Soft, but evident carbonation adds a pleasant texture, while the malt sweetness stays strong to the end. Not exactly a delicate example of the style (not that it’s supposed to be). Ample yeast flavor definitely signifies that these guys can make a real Belgian ale, but when comparing this to T’Ij Schaarel Wit (which I can not help but do), this one comes off as very juvenile and undignified. Could stand a bit more tangerine-like flavors and a finer-bubbled carbonation could add a more delicate feel to it. Still, a wonderful beer, especially considering its American descent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Rather repelling flat yellow-gold murky looks. The first whiff tells you appearances matter not as a genuine honey and candyish maltiness unveil a rich spiciness, obviously leafy, milky coriander paired with bitter orange. Very spicy and wheaty, yet whispering a floral note that echoes in post taste. Bubblegummy banana esters also contribute to the Belgian character. Medium bodied, rather sweet and slightly sticky.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
En fût-Arôme de biscuit, bananes et de coriande, couleur jaune très trouble, très salé au début mais avec une finale sucrée, goût de blé et de miel.--On tap-Biscuit, bananas and coriande aromas, cloudy yellow, very salty at first but sweet at finale, taste of wheat and honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2006
Partly cloudy yellow body with a generous white head. Complex aroma of cheese, fruits (bananas) and some citrus. Taste is not typical for a witbier. Feels more like a citrusy hefeweizen. Fruity, wheat, citrus. Nice round and oily body. The high abv for this type of beer is very well hidden. A superior if atypical witbier. This Alchemist may not be able to turn metal into gold but turning water and cereals into good beer is impressive enough for me.

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