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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
White Farmhouse Ale with Rosehips & Elderflower

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borresteijn (6289) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2016
On tap at OIBF’16. Pale golden colour, white head. Aroma of pineapple, elderflower, light citrus, wheat. Flavour is light sour, wheat, citrus, elderflower, berries, pineapple fruitiness, light bitterness. Light bodied. Not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PietS (149) - Bergen op Zoom, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2016
A light beer with sweet, floral and herbal tastes. You really taste the influence of the elderflower. It’s an ok beer, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hrabren (791) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle at Svijet Piva (World of Beers), Zagreb. Shared with others. About a year ago. Murky light yellow, a lot of foam, big head, sediment rises to the surface. Fruit - apple and banana. Some sourness, light, boring. Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (3261) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2016
From tap at Oedipus International Beer Festival 2016. Aroma is floral, fruity notes, elderflower, spicy notes, bit yeasty. Flavour is light sweet and a slightly tart. Body is medium. Enjoyable floral saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (1850) - Hagen, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2016
Sampled from tap at the Oedipus International Beer Festival 2016. Clear, golden yellow with a white head. Fruity, floral aroma of lemon peel, some pineapple and fresh grass. Sweetish, fruity and floral taste of lemon peel, pineapple and fresh grass, followed by a short, slightly bitter, moderately dry finish. Thin to medium body, slightly creamy and a little effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11898) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
bottle from the stash. clear light yellow, smooth white head. nice citrussy and flowery aroma, faint sour malty, flavor is sour malty, flowery, faint citrussy, quite likeable flowery citrussy sourish. great composition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarcoDL (3880) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Golden pour. Aroma of funk, malt and grain. Simple taste of sweet yeast, flower and malt. Bit dusty and not funky unfortunately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (7966) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a cloudy lemon with lively carbonation and fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and completely. Smells mildly tart and funky with a nicely balanced floral presence. Tastes like it smells, but more tart and floral, and mildly bitter. Still well-balanced though. Some yeast on the back of the tongue as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pleasantly lively. A good take on the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2015
750mL bottle, undated (FROWN), from Downtown Spirits, drunk 11/6/15.
Lustrous white golden liquid is highly carbonated and sparklingly clear, leaving the moderate amount of sediment behind. White head atop is large and slowly recedes to cover.
All sorts of herbs and spices in the nose. Elderflower certainly the most prominent but I also get a big coriander-like quality, with white pepper, soft lavender and lemon oil notes also in the mix. No wild yeast/bacteria, which is kind of refreshing, as I thought for sure that would be in this. Instead, you have angel food cake-like malt notes, with moderate fruitiness (papaya, mango, very light pineapple) and a good deal of bubble gum lingering. No alcohol or flaws.
White farmhouse ale can certainly encompass a lot of different things, but this comes off to me mostly as a Belgian Wit. There’s the bubble gum character, prominent lemony-citrus notes and healthy dose of coriander-like dryness. A little more poignancy added from the rosehips and the elderflower adds both earthy and peppery qualities. Ample, natural carbonation (a bit fizzy at times), a very soft, even oily, texture with chewy wheat notes (actually spelt) and moderate pale malt sweetness. Very interesting, drinkable, well-done beer (not overdone on the spicing). I think most people are expecting a wild ride out of this when I’m guessing that’s not the intention here at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (3272) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Wow this beer is underrated. Pale color with frothy white head. Aroma is floral, pear, lemon, pepper, and light banana. Taste is dry lightly citrus tartness, mild fruity sweet. Palate is thin and a bit under carbonated.

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