Ahh, Belgian wits. I have tried my share. More often than not, they are either way past their prime (from Belgium and shipped over sea) or they are ridiculously far from what is actually found in Belgium (What the big guys call Belgian wit/white/wheat). My first time sitting at Mort Subite, in Brussels, was an epiphany. I have been trying to match that drinking experience ever since. Perfumey, with a balance of citrus, bubblegum, light clove and herbs, this traditional Belgian-style Wit is as close as you’ll come to Leuven without a passport. Though light in color, the body is milkshake-like from the judicious use of unmalted wheat and oats. The finish is liquid-silk; absolutely no apparent bitterness to speak of. Feel free to bring in your own fruit if you must. I was never served the style with an orange in Belgium, so I make no offering here. There is plenty of citrus flavor in this anyhow, especially served this fresh.
Westchesterco (769) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brew pub a cloudy pale yellow with a slight head aroma of citrus and coriander taste of spicy citrus that remains on the palate.
Iphonephan (2609) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brewpub in Albuquerque. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a white head. Citrus aroma. Flavors of lemon and coriander. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Crisp finish.
smaynard6000 (510) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at La Cumbre. Light yellow in color, extremely hazy and opaque with a small frothy white head. Good lacing and heavily particulate. Aroma is predominantly belgian yeast; what my senses exclaim to me as "banana" even though I know that’s not entirely accurate. Light bodied in texture with a creamy finish and soft carbonation. Flavor is a bit citrusy but not at all bitter. Probably my favorite example of this style to date. Well done.
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