AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750: A light, not hazy, golden. Actually, the lack of haziness was somewhat of a put off. Fairly wheaty, but the lack of haziness in appearness carried over to a lack of "haziness" in the flavor, that Iíve come to associate with wits. Overall, however, well crafted, just not the pinacle of wits.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle: Poured to a hazy golden hue with an initially large fizzy head which settled to a small ring but never quits and produced some fine lace on my NB snifter. The aroma has some wonderful notes of corriander, clove, white pepper, orange zest, wheat, slightly funky and earthy yeast esters. The taste didnít disappont either with a big spicy forefront with a nice moderate citric and wheaty backbone. Discovered some earthy and herbal notes through to the surprisely bone dry finish (due to the barrel aging?) and melon aftertaste and lingering pepper tones. The feel is very crisp and lively, perhaps a bit too much as it make it seem somewhat watery. The carbonation does keep this more akin to the refreshing nature of the style so Iím not going to deduct a lot for this observation. Overall, this is one top-notch wit that is worthy of all praise. Among the best found in America. The more I drink it , the more Iím digging it.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a hazy gold-orange color, it is topped by a frothy off white, creamy head that is held up by an ample carbonation. The aroma is spicy with orange peel dominating, but there are notes of ginger, pepper, a hint of musty cobwebs, earthy coriander, and a bright citrus acidity. The aroma is quite nice.
The beer is nice and light on the palate. It starts with a citrusy orange character and finishes with a bright acidity, that moves to an herbal perhaps woody tannic note. There is a nice light wheat character here that mixes well with the other refreshing components of this beer. This really is quite well done actually, at first it seems like a straight up Belgian Wit, but there are subtle notes of complexity here, and I do believe that there is perhaps a bit more acidity than is typical of the more simplistic Witbiers out there. This beer has lots of good spiciness to it as well, I get notes of ginger, pepper, coriander. I like that the coriander is used correctly in this beer, it is not too strong and the earthy-herbal note that is typical of overly-spiced versions is held nicely in check.
This is definitely one of the best Belgian Wits that I have had, I am a sucker for a good Wit, but I think that this has struck a really nice balance. It is bright, citrusy, and quite refreshing, yet it has some subtle complexity to it, but not so much that it gets in the way of this beer being refreshing like it should. Hopefully the barrels that this beer is aged in will be properly inoculated, because this could use a bit more funky complexity to it, that would definitely make this beer perfection in the glass come late spring to summer time. This is by far the best beer from Jolly Pumpkin that I have had, This is in fact just a world class example of this style, and I hope this brewery can get their Barrels going such that all of their beers can get to this level.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 750 ml bottle imbibed with joy alongside MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere. Hazy light blonde, with a medium lasting head...huge zesty nose offers vanilla, ginger, cumin and orangepeel, a complexity of spice beyond the typical wit...the body alas doesnít quite hold up, being predominantly orangy-lemony, too dry at the finish and with too much carbonation...still well above average and if this is the worst this brewer can do, he has only the sky as a limit!
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 The Lure:
Beauteous grapefruit pulp acting as a moat around the elegant spicing of levitating ginger, freshly-cut coriander leaves, white pepper and dessert-loving cloves. Perfumes meld and traverse the mind.
Doughy yeast attempts to ground the frolicking spices but a fervent effervescence propulses them to orgiastic intensity. Lemonade soothes the tongue and orange zest palpates the palate. Dryness ensues, encouraged by the puffy carbonation.
What a delight it is to find a unique treasure trove in the fields of a solitary farm.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice cloudy gold, rather dark for a white beer, gentle meringous head, sticking to the edges. Incredible spicy aroma, executed with grace. It seems so easy, this is troubling. Firm ginger roots, fresh ginseng, mellow coriander and a touch of lemon and vanilla combine into the most gracious offering. The closest one I can think of would be hitachinoís, but more subtle and elegant. Like a spice mousse, fluffy. Unfortunately, the flavor doesnít quite hold up though itís still far better than most contenders in the style. It is surprisingly bitter and has a sharp sour/vinous middle with rhubarb, ginger and cranberry notes. I donít find the same coherence than in the aroma, but this may be due to the agressive carbonation, full of big bubbles, which somehow detracts a bit. Nonetheless a stunning take on a witbier, world-class and beyond aroma.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2005 Original Rating (9-3-7-3-16=3.8): Orange, lemon, citrus aroma is very spicy with notes of coriander, oak and vanilla. Hazy yellow body is topped by a decent, fine-bubbled, white head that recedes to lasting cover. Flavour is very fresh - like a spring garden or gazpatcho soup with a crisp, dry finish and fair bitterness. Fair carbonation but heavy feeling in the mouth. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
Rerate (8-3-7-2-14=3.4): Tangerine, coriander and ginger are prominent in the wheaty, dusty aroma. Hazy, orange-gold with a low white head that recedes to a lasting cover. Ginger, coriander, spruce and orange flavour the wheaty base. Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slighlty hazed golden body topped by a white meraingue head. Glass lacing is superb. Spicy sweet banana aroma. The flavor is very nice, light sourness, yeasty esthers throughout, and a lighlty bitter hoppy finsih. Dry medium-light palate. Nice stuff.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 Absolutely delicious. This stuff is the best white ale in the U.S. -- dethroning another Michigan favorite, Celis. Brilliant luminescent gold with a tinge of olí redheadhead ... a strawberry blonde. Sour and zippy aroma tinged with some citrus and yeast. Delectable sweet finish which with some hoppiness. A very pronounced sense of freshness. This is a spring beer, no doubt about it, celebrating zymurgic life. Grand.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light blonde cloudy color, with a rich sudsy head. Sour but fruity smell. Taste of bananna. A good session beer works well with shrimp cocktail. ;)