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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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This is a variation on the classic Belgian Witbier style, but aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels

Brewed with lemon peel, black peppercorns and corriander (sic).
Triple fermented - first in the tank with Belgian yeast, second in french oak Chardonnay barrels with brettanomyces, and finally in the bottle with a third yeast for natural carbonation.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 30, 2011
bottle-pours lightly hazy dark yellow with a spritzy white head around the rim of the glass with cascading carbonation, this nose is off the chain-lots of wood, funk, spice (corriander), white grapes, estery funk from the brett and some phenols from the lemon. One of the best noses i have ever smelled if you ask me. Flavors follow suit for the most part-lots of earthy estery belgian brett funk, lite lemongrass, corriander and dry yeast quality. this thing is really dry!!!! THis is probably due ot the chardonay barrel aging, which gives this woody dry finish. An amazing beer of this style to have this much complexity. I thought Jolly Pumpkin was doing awesome things with their Wit, well they just met their match!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
C&C 750 mL bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a hazy straw color with a thin creamy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of tart bready notes, citrus and earthy notes. Very similar taste. Medium-full bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5813) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Had in NOLA and SA .. . Pours amber, white medium head, good lacing .. . good notes of light funk, tangerine, and light oak .. . great spritzy mouth, refreshing and full .. . shows the brewers quality, a good beer .. . . sorry i ruined your new years eve party, she tastes like cigarettes..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle:   Pale yellow, very pale yellow (looks the part), large white sudsy head, spotty lacing.   Musty nose, dank and basement like.   Also spicy.   I do get some sort of Chardonnay aroma as well.   A little muted on the tongue, spicy but somewhat dull.   Not as bright as I would have thought, and hoped.   Wheaty, and clean up front.   Just wished the spices were a little brighter.   As is its very enjoyable.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Finish is a little tacky, with some pepper notes.   A bit tangy too.   A little different, but welcomed.   I just wished it were a little spicier.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle sample courtesy of ucusty @ a Jackie O’s release. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a medium sized fluffy white head. The aroma was moderate lemony citrus, doughy malts, mild chardonnay notes and a touch of oak. The flavor is more lemony citrus with some mild chardonnay influences. Some doughy malts and mild oak barrel influences are noticeable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (1888) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Tasted on 11/13/11 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased at City Beer, thanks to Ben for sharing. Pours cloudy, bright yellow with a thick white head that leaves a thin layer of even lace. The nose is very dry and funky with very light malt, classic witbier orange peel and spices, and a malolactic Chardonnay character. The flavor is similar, extremely dry with spices, orange peel, and the same fruity and lactic Chardonnay character from the nose. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long, very dry, funky, and oaky Chardonnay finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thick cap/ring. Large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing are left behind. Earthy aroma with lots of zesty spice along with some musty, bretty funk and vinous light fruit. Lots of peppery spice, lemon zest and coriander followed by bready yeast, musty brett and light fruits. The barrel presence is there but the Chardonnay is more prominent in the nose than the oak giving off hints of grape, cider and pear. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and crisp effervescence up front that linger over the slightly funky, sweet vinous body into a slight dry finish. There’s a good amount of zesty spice, bready yeast and light fruit but the flavor is dominated by the Chardonnay barrel character. The spice profile has hints of pepper and coriander as well as a boatload of citrusy lemon zest that is complimented by the dry brett. The Brett provides some nice dryness and faint funk but doesn’t overpower the other notes. The barrel presence kicks in mid-palate and really dominates the flavor through the finish. There’s only subtle toasted oak adding to the dryness but the Chardonnay character is very prominent giving off sweet vinous notes that balances things out. Lots of sweet fruit notes, especially light grapes, apple cider and pear. I would even say that it’s a bit too strong taking away slightly from the other elements. Still, this beer is flavorful, very complex and easy to drink. Overall this beer could use some balance to counter the Chardonnay sweetness but is still pretty impressive. Another solid offering from this up and coming brewery.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Slightly hazed yellow. Thin white head. Funky nose of nice fresh leather and cow dung with some splashes of citrus. Flavors are very light with the brett taking a low key stance here but still exhibiting its pineapple/green apple spritzy refreshing character. Not much spice coming through thankfully, but the wine barrell and brett make for a nicely refreshing beer. Big props for making a belgian wit taste good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1950) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2011
bottle poured a bright golden in color with a thin but fluffy white head. aroma has some chardonnay from the barrels, pepper, yeast, and a nice sweet golden malted base. mouth feel brings on some brett, pepper, lemon skins, big chardonnay grapes, light spiciness, and a nice dry finish. interesting combination of grapes and barrel against the brett and yeast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (708) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2011
750ml bottle from New Beer shared with James, Streets and Andy. Hazy, yellow-green pour with soapy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is lemon zest, yeast, and funk. Taste is very funky - almost a saison. Not tart, but a little sugary. High carbonation. I like.


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