radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Cloudy golden-yellow in colour. Aroma was quite spicy with lots of coriander, wheat, lemons and oranges. Spices dominated the flavour, coriander, pepper and citrus all battled to get noticed as well. A rather yeasty mouthfeel, medium body and high carbonation. Finishes with a lingering peppery bitterness. I thought this was a witbier. It was just a bit too over the top with coriander for my liking but I at least respected it’s quality.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wheaty, grainy aroma with lemon / orange citrus flesh and equally light coriander. Syrupy-sweet pale malt. Pretty simple flavor, a sweeter bolder wit with a stronger citrus element. Good mouthfeel. Thanks to Jason for hauling this back from NY!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale gold with a slight haze and bubbly white head. Aroma is super sweet whole kernel corn and the traditional Belgian Wit characteristics (lemon, coriander, pepper, etc.) Flavor reaffirms most aroma suspicions, drawing out lemon, orange zest, coriander, cloves, sourdough, pepper and vanilla. It’s like they hit on all the elements that ring my bell with this style. Bright on the palate; very lemony citric and effervescent. Cloves, indeed. Slick and sweet. Very citrusy. Big thanks to JCapriotti for sharing!
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. yellow golden color and mostly clear. thin creamy white head that goes fairly quickly. aromas of raisins, sweet bready malt, a little spice and orange peel. yeasty aroma too. flavor is dry and spicy. kind of like a lightweight tripel. a little bit of cuacao flavor, almost lemony too. mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is fizzy. quite refreshing on a hot summer early evening. finish is dry and tart like a white wine. nice white peninsulas of lacing on the glass.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale yellow color, not to cloudy as the yeast had settled. Nice white head. Aroma is malty, sweet and spicy. Some clove and lemon notes. I think I also picked up a little barnyard. Flavor was much like the aroma, a sweet lemon grass with a spice twist. Dry finish, felt really good on the palate. Thanks to JCapriotti for sharing.
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a very light champagne looking w/ lots of carbonation and a big frothy well laced white head. Smells odd wierdly sour and yeasty w/ a touch of dough. Palate is a little light well coated and lightly carbonated. Flavor is a touch wour a wierd yeast taste hints of an odd light fruit sweetness and a light touch of alcohol. Overall pretty good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
muddy yellow pour with a thin white halo of a head. Straw-like & grassy aroma with evident yeast & pineapple notes & subtle white grape & banana cream and lingering wheatiness. Tart & lactic characteristics surround grassy & yeasty flavors. Subtle spicing remains mostly hidden in the tart and yeasty shadows. Impressive mouthfeel..creamy & full with a lingering tartness and straw-like bitterness. Quite dry. Pretty straight forward wit IMO.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle (2005) shared with the scintillating, sensational ClarkVV in his humble abode. Furious bubbling action erupts from the yeasty core at the center of the still pale golden body, a dark planet at the center of a bright sun...moderately snowy head graces the lip of the glass, lasting forever and providing opaque sheets of lace...butter cookies, tart lemon, vanilla and subtle spices in the effervescent nose...sensuous mouthfeel with a bitter-honeyish floral character, soft and warming with a bit helping of cookie sugar and cookie-dough yeastiness...acidic lemon and sweet orangepeel prominent in the finish...another absolute gem from Phil & company.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2005 2005 bottle provided by and shared with Muzzlehatch, 5/20/2005. Perfect appearance in my book: huge white head, which lasts forever and provides for tons of lace. Intense, tiny bubbles, cloudy, goldenrod appearance. Aroma of coriander, lemon puffs, Belgian yeast, starfruit. Flavor is coriander bitterness, Belgian yeast, floral hops, lemons, sugar cookies with moderate acidity on the end. Juicy tangerine finish with a good dose of bubble gum esters. Fluffy, tingly unfiltered mouthfeel. A touch of wheat sourness on the end. Wow. I approached this and rated it as a witbier (a big witbier).
As an addendum, maybe it wasnt the 2005 bottle that I had. Whatever year it was, it wasnt the garbage Saratoga contract brewed crap. It was the real, corked stuff brewed by Phil.
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First pour withough massive yeast at the bottom of the bottle is cloudy golden with a dissipating egg white head. Aroma is spicy/yeasty with a touch of hops. Bit of orange peel and coriander but not as much as some wit bieres. Flavor improves upon the aroma a bit, IMO. Definite orange oil, coriander and yeast goodness. Mouthfeel is a delicate balance of high carbonation, but not too much. Well done, and probably represents a pinnacle for the style.