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Brewed by Brasserie Du Bocq
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Purnode-Yvoir, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

bottled
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RATINGS: 816   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blond, cloudy, milky (colloïdal by cold). The cloudy appearance is created at low temperature but disappears when the beer gets warmer or when it is kept too long in the cold. Fine fruity with a scent of the used spice, coriander and bitter orange. Smooth beer, thirst-quenching but mild, slightly acidulous, powdery consistency on the tongue, not bitter


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2006
750, corked and caged. Lovely pale yellow, cloudy, with a suggestion of green and pink in my mind, good head faded slowly. This is exactly what a wit should look like. Aroma is pleasant, gentle wheat with a good bit of bitter orange, and a hint of coridander. Flavor is light anise intertwined with wheat and orange notes, finishing with slight coriander bitterness. Dry and light on the palate. Highly refreshing, integrated spices, really quite excellent.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - SEP 2, 2006
750ml bottle, Tesco. Cloudy straw colour, thin white head. Wheaty nose, coriander and orange (that’ll be the flavourings on the label), hops. Not much else. Flavour is wheaty, slight lemon, very metallic. Slightly sweet. Didn’t enjoy all that much.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
On tap. Pours hazy light golden with a rather large head. Typical belgian wheat beer. Slightly citric with a slight feel of coriander. Some sweetness and a hint of yeast.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2006
75cl bottle from Tesco. Cloudy old gold colour with thick lasting white head. Yeasty, spicey, orange, coriander, orange peel aroma. Hoegaarden wannabe. Nice, attractive aroma, hit of wheat to start with and then lovely lemon/orange mix to finish with herb and more cereal. This is very refreshing and overall a nice beer of its style.
Earlier Rating: 3/24/2006 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle. Cloudy lemon/gold, disappearing white head. Good Belgian white beer aroma. Lemon, cereal, refreshing in mouth. Ticks all the boxes. Not exceptional, but no faults either. Nice tasting wit. I like this style of beer.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (521) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle, 750ml. A cloudy pale yellow colour with an average head. Light aromas of orange and corriander. Pretty typical taste of wheat, orange and corriander. A citric finish with wheat and moderate sweetness. Light to moderate carbonation. A pretty typical, perfectly acceptable Witbier.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8134) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Sample at AleFest Dayton: Pours a cloudy pale yellow-gold color with a thin white head that lasts awhile. Thin and slick lacing. The aroma is spicy with cloves, along with some honey and wheat. Light-bodied and crisp with a mildly spicy character, plus citrus and wheat flavor. The finish is wheaty with a bit of hops aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2006
750mL Bottle from Belfast, ME co-op, best before 12/19/2008, drunk on 8/20/06.
Very frothy, white head decants from the bottle, filling up the glass and steadily receding, eventually to cover. Though it’s bottle conditioned and only lightly filtered, there is only minimal lacing left. Most likely due to the spicing, but moreso the very low residual sugar content. Clarity is high, leaving the sediment behind and the color is a very pale, straw/golden, with a light hint of peachskin/tangerine. Light carbonation seen in the liquid.
Very soft, easygoing nose does not scream of spicing, nor of sweetness. Banana is nearly absent, and in its place, a soft pale malt sugariness supports light bubble gum esters and orange peel zestiness. Coriander is lightly done, and not striking in the nose. Aroma strength is medium to medium-high for the style. Extremely clean, with very light esters, little if any phenolic activity and moderated spicing. Some light, peachy fruits emerge as it warms, with a touch of honey and more bubble gum, but it remains a soft, airy, reserved aroma.
Much like the aroma, the beer stays true to the session theme in flavor. Very light pils malt sugars provide just a hint of honey stickiness, while some wheat creaminess adds further texture and just a touch of nuttiness. Soft bubble gum is intertwined with orange zest, but lightly so. Coriander adds only light bitterness at best, while there is a touch of astringency (but in a pleasing way) from the licorice. As a good spice beer should be, the spicing is not overdone and you can barely pick out individual notes. Quite dry, highly attenuated, though the wheat keeps the body from being extremely light. Some light wateriness on end, keeps with the drinkability. No alcohol noted, moderate carbonation could be tighter. Assuming this is meant to be a very session-oriented wit, it’s quite successful.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
This might just be my favorite wibier yet. What an incredible beer. The aroma of coriander and orange peel is simply outstanding. The appearance is a paler than pale whitish/yellow with a nice fluffy head which gives off that incredible aroma. Mouthfeel is velvety soft with enough spark in it to keep things lively. Flavor of oranges and coriander with a little pepper, a little anise some malt and hops makes this really a refreshing beer. I’m on the lookout for this again!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
750ml corked bottle and served in my Hoe tumbler: Poured the traditional hazed milky yellow hue topped by a fizzy mostly disappearing head. The aroma has noted of lemon rind, orange zest, coriander, clove, wheat and pale grains, and other herbs/flowers. The taste displays a sharp citric sourness and is very herbal. The spices are strangely muted and the coriander is not a bold as I would have liked. The mouth feel is very lively and aggressive, perhaps too much for the style. Okay, drinkable enough but no where near the elite of the genre...not good enough to bring back memories of my summer in Wallonia.

Oh, does anybody want to send me an Abbaye dAulne Blache de Charleroi ?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Excellent witbier. Nice spicy aroma of coriander and curcao orange peel. Cloudy appearance - only complaint is a slightly thin/watery palate but otherwise and excellent wit.


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