theisti (3008) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle purchased at Metcalf Discount Liquor on 135th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. Batch 1-2009 stamped on the label. Poured into my mach 2 Boulevard chalice (the taller one). Pour is a murky, cloudy orange juice, light brown with a frothy two inch pure white head. Head falls quickly with not much lacing. Pretty in the glass. Aroma of oranges, wheat, coriander and general yeasty spices. Initially quite strong, then gets a bit muted. Near the back there is a clove cinnamon, honey sweetness. Taste starts immediately with the honey sweetness, them moves to orange peel / fruit and wheat, finally finishes with the spice and yeast notes. There is also some white grape / wine aspect that is interesting. The finish is orange peel and honey, and cloys a bit. At the very end of the finish, I get floral (lavender apparently - I can buy that). Palate is medium, mouth coating, cloys a bit with sweetness and has some light residual alcohol. I was hoping to get more lactic tartness out of this. I will need to sit on a bottle and see what it does. I can’t believe alagnak rated this before I did! He still sucks at air hockey.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 from Tipsys. Really pretty in the glass, bright copper. Smells very orange-y with some coriander and something a little astringent - white grapes? Taste is very orange peel and more of the coariander and cardamom with a slight alcohol kick. Solid Wit, although I wasn’t as impressed by it as I was expecting, given I generally love Boulevard’s stuff. I think I need to try it again.
heemer77 (5064) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange gold with a fluffy off white head. Smells of oranges, flowers and light coriander up front. There was also some banana and sweet biscuit notes. Taste is strong with orange peels and pineapples. Then you get a bread crust finish with some notes of coriander. The body is smooth and fairly creamy, but feels highly carbonated in the back of the throat. Better than other so called double wits I have tried.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle Batch 1. Consumed in a BLVD Smokestack Series glass. Color was somewhat yellow orange that was sort of hazy. Poured with a nice head that partially dissipated. Lots of carbonation that lasted the entire time the beverage was consumed. The first thing noticeable was the tartness of the beer. However, in no way does that take away from this gem. Coriander is noticeable and there are hints of citrus and wheat. Medium light body. Once again, the Smokestack Series does not disappoint. This beer is incredibly enjoyable. Not like other wit beers that I have had, but I would choose this over Allagash White or Hoegaarden any day.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle served in the short Blvd chalice glass. Lots of spice apparent in the aroma, corriander being the predominant one. The other spices seem to combine into a single pleasant general spiciness making it difficult to ascertain individual spices. There is also some biscuit, wildflower honey and a light fruitiness. Very full bodied. Murky orange color with lots of carbonation and a perpetual head. The spices are front and center in the flavor along with a nice light breadiness, a lactic tang, and some white pepper. The spices seem to contribute more to the flavor than I would have liked. The lactic acid lingers, which is nice. There is an impression of a big body, or rather a creaminess, which is nice for most Belgian style beers, but I would have enjoyed the crispness of a typical wit. It is my hope that the lacto will continue to add acid to the beer that will cut through the body. Is it enjoyable? Certainly. Is it a wit? That I am unsure about.
blutt59 (5917) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, batch1, golden color with good white tight foam, aroma of eucalyptus, orange zest and coriander, flavor is strong on the coriander, clove, menthol and wheat, lemon, reminds me of a duvel, good body and solid finish
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden color with an off-white head. Lots of carbonation in the smokestack bottle. Nose of belgian yeast - cotton candy, maybe a bit of citrus. The tart aftertaste in the back of the mouth hits - it’s full of flavor. And the initial shock of the tart goes away after one or two sips and you’re left with a refreshing beverage with a nice flavor - not as much cotton candy on the yeast as the nose would have you believe. Nice one to crack and look for corriander and what not, while you kick back in a hammock.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a cloudy orange with nice off-white head. Aroma of some citrus, wheat, orange, some farmhouse. Flavor of wheat malt, citrus, farmhouse, some tartness. Mouthfeel is medium body, soft, fizzy carbonation. Overall, a pretty tasty and refreshing beer...
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy straw color body with an off-white head that has some legs. Smells of yeast, zest, and clove. Flavor is acidic, yeast, little barnyard, and spiced. Finish is acidic, citrus, and fading.
Ernest (5929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is cloudy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of eucalyptus, coriander, golden raisin, pepper, lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Starts off with a very pleasant nose, more balanced and complex than most but still maybe a little coriander-heavy. Sadly, though, as with most of these strong witbiers, it’s just not that much fun to drink. It certainly has a decent enough balance, but the spices play too large a part in the aftertaste and the mouthfeel doesn’t quite support the body properly. Overall solid, given the limitations inherent in this confused (IMHO) style.