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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The 2nd experiment in our eXile series, X.2: Imperial Wit is a juiced up Belgian White Ale that pushes the sensory envelope with a nose and palate of coriander and Curacao bitter orange peel. Its fluffy mouthfeel, BIG 9% abv., and spicy finish will leave you X-cited for your next pint.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
22 oz bottle in early 2013 from notes. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small fizzy white head. The aroma and flavor have big orange citrus notes with banana, coriander, additional spice, wheat grass and yeast. Quite a bit of sweetness with mildly tart citrus and some alcohol burn to the finish. Medium bodied. Not one of my favorites from these guys.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayzz (299) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
I am not sure how old this beer is... I think this beer may have been last brewed in 2012? I had a bottle on 3/22/2014 and it seems to have mellowed quite a bit. Based on other reviews, the booziness has changed from forward to almost non-existent. This allows the other flavors to come forward- like pepper, corriander?. It has almost a sour profile. The bottle was shared and enjoyed but left us a little confused - which is a good thing.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ret12 (450) - Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2013
Iím not much of a wit fan so this wasnít my favorite. Huge wheat flavor with a highly carbonated yet thick feel

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4652) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Hazy light copper coloured body with a nice orange glow and trillions of small bubbles rising from the bottom and sides with small, one centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of tons of bread, yeast, coriander seed, curacao and a lot of unfinished sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong wheat flavour with a few tonnes of curacao and coriander seed in the mix and a pungent yeast and alcohol flavour at the end. Aftertaste is very deep with a lot of body, showing some good freshness, some sweetness from oranges and a pungent spice kick at the very end. Overall, a perfectly true imperial wit, however that said, itís simply too much beer and too much of the style packed in the bottle. Nice to try, and not a bad beer - but I donít particularly like this choice of íimperialí. The large format bottle doesnít help either. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 16-February-2012 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on 13-October-2012.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Braudog (5583) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle. Hmm, pours like old soda, with barely a whisper of any carbonation, quickly settling into a quiet pond of orange-gold liquid. This drinks with an initial impression of something wit-like ... with a vague coriander introductory note. But it falls pretty much on the underwhelming side if it was going for something íbigí ... thereís a bit of an alcohol burn belying the 9%, which I guess is enough to label it as it was. (#4719, 8/6/2012)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3733) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Clear deep golden pour with ring of bright white head. Definitely a belgian strong or triple to me. Just like the description, curacao and coriander through and through. Massively sweet. A little boozy, but enjoyable in the way that a euro strong lager is. Too sweet for my palate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5176) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle. Hazy gold with a medium, foamy white head. Strong coriander and citrus up front in the aroma with spice notes, grains and some boozy notes following it up. Taste is coriander, lemon zest, orange peel, candied citrus, spices, grains, sweet malt, yeast and alcohol. Body is medium with a strong, prickly carbonation and moderate boozy warmth. Ends with more spices, orange peel, grains, coriander, and alcohol. A touch too boozy, really.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (3784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Normís, 4/27/12

Aroma: It has a good amount of lemon/citrus/orange, lots of spice, and some yeast
Appearance: It pours a cloudy gold-orange color without too much head or lace-work
Flavor: Tastes somewhat sweet: citrus, spice, and a little wheat, with some boozy flavors too
Palate: The body is fairly light, with lively carbonation, some stickiness, and a little bit of heat
Overall Impression: I thought this was a decent beer, it had some nice components, but I found some flaws in it as well, so I cannot go too high with the score.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2012
22oz bottle. Large white head atop hazy light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange peel, coriander, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, orange peel/orange, some coriander, bubblegum, light ginger, alcohol. Medium body, some stickiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1340) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2012
22 oz. bottle. A hazy old gold pour with a light and fluffy beige head. A pungent aroma of coriander, orange peels, juicy oranges, cloves, tropical citrus, a yeasty funkiness, vanilla cream, and a touch of light caramel off in the distance. Goes down full-bodied and almost syrupy. DEFINITELY not the average witbier. Wheaty and yeasty upfront taste-wise with some very light caramel and bananas. Some cream in the middle. Zesty orange rinds and lemons at the drying end. Lots of spiciness with cloves and coriander. Plenty of warming alcohol all the way through. A tad boozy by the end. Not quite cloying. Kinda intense, but still quite enjoyable.


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