Beau’s / De Koningshoeven Vrienden

Formerly brewed at Beau’s Brewing Co.
Style: Witbier
Vankleek Hill, Canada
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
To commemmorate the 65th anniversary of liberation of The Netherlands by Canadian troops, this special beer was commissioned by the Dutch embassy. A collaborative effort with De Koningshoeven brewery, this cloudy wheat beer uses organic juniper berries and maple syrup as a way to feature traditional ingredients from both countries.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2010
Draught at Volo. Pours a cloudy yellow with an average size diminishing white head. Mild aroma of grain, some banana, wheat and herbs & spices. Flavour’s the same, grainy with wheat, light banana and herbs & spices. Average bodied. It’s fine and well made but I find it a bit dull overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (9222) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
[2917-20100622] Tap. Musty old wet log aroma with odd wheat notes. Hazy, light brown orange body with a long-lasting foamy white head. Nice wheatie fruit flavour has a hint of lemon. Medium body. Quite refreshing and quenching.
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3986) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
Ceramic bottle, 1 l, bottled on May 11 10, gift from Steve Gamble (thanks!), savoured on June 27 2010; eye: unfiltered apple juice, opaque, no effervescence, white head that falls and turns into a tiny sheet, light lacing; nose: wheat, yeast, light acidity, light spices; mouth: wheat, yeast, light acidity, light spices, light sugar, banana, finale in wheat with light presence of spices, medium-light body, not much carbonation, light acidity, slick texture, lightly sweet; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille de céramique, 1 l, embouteillée le May 11 10, cadeau de Steve Gamble (merci!), savourée le 27 juin 2010; œil : jus de pomme non filtré, opaque, pas d’effervescence, mousse blanche qui tombe et se transforme en une très petite couverture, légère dentelle; nez : blé, levure, légère acidité, léger épices; bouche : blé, levure, légère acidité, léger épices, léger sucré, banane, finale en blé avec légère présence d’épices, corps moyen-léger, peu carbonatée, légère acidité, texture coulante, légèrement sucrée; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2010 From Beau’s workshop, ceramic. Thanks to Jennifer and Nikki for this one. Pours pastel yellow, forms a not-so-cute whitehead. Spicy nose, and much more wheaty than expected (didn’t expect much, though). Some spruce as well. Flavor is mainly cloves, bread, with a HINT of juniper. Rather dry. Nice collaboration, although I hope they’ll come up with another variety along with this one next time, as the Vrienden -- while interesting -- was kindof tame. I could have thought it was an Hefe Weizen, and not a Wit. Oh, and I totally missed the maple syrup on that one. On second taste (and might be a little "older" as well) : it was certainly more grainy, like eating fresh wheat grains, and retained pretty much all of its other features. That one would get a 7+ for taste, and a 16 overall. Adjusted OA to 16 and Taste to 7.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
2010-06-22. Hazy pastel yellow, modest white head. 3+ Aroma is spicy, light wheat and estery yeast. Flavour is similar, spice, hints of mint? Tart wheaty character, modest bitterness throughout and grassy hints. Subtle. Average palate is just a touch light for my preference, but the glass at the table across from us is downright murky - the pours had an inconsistent level of yeast. A bit mild overall, but an enjoyable take on a wit. Tap at Volo, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6611) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
Draught pint at Volo 2010-06-21. Boy for a beer that was supposed to be available once ONLY in ONLY one place, this sure has a lot of ratings. And the Beau’s dude was at the bar when I walked in - he knew who I was and thinks I hate him - hell no, I just hate a bunch of their beers (and the way they passed off fuck-ups are new beers in their early days); they’re making some decent stuff now - except for that syrupy mess that was their "DIPA." Anyway. Very cloudy orange-yellow with a solid lasting creamy head (4-). Smells thick and malty - fruity (apple/pear/banana), sweet, yeasty, and a bit boozy with a shitload of pungent coriander. Taste - follows, but a bit thin - I was expecting massive malt and spice, and this seems a bit of a let-down, even a tad papery - but the aroma was 7+ and this is more than 6, so ... (7-). While the malt presence was less than beefy, this is actually pretty thick, almost too much so - I felt I could choke on it if distracted while gulping it; this finishes quite dry and bitter from the coriander - I could wish for more malt and less newsprint, but ... still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
Tap at Chancey Smith’s, London, ON- Many pints- A turbid yellow liquid produces a fluffy and creamy bleached white cap that lasts and laces. Lemon and corriander in the nose lend a hand to custard, oranges, sugary wheat malts, and a bit of fresh herbs. The mouth fills with typical wit flavours- citrus and curacao, a bit of spice, sweet banana. Sweet and tart, very creamy, medium bodied. Quite the quencher. I don’t get the juniper of maple, but perhaps they are lost in with all the other good stuff. Great offering!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barncatmatt (2283) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2010
on tap at chancey smiths. muddy beige with a frothy white head, really ugly but the snow white head had great retention and left nice lace. aroma was fairly standard for a wit, didnt pick up any maple. the flavour is similarily decent but nothing special. it cool that this collaboration happened but the result is rather average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle with Robby Stuntman from Beau’s. Amazing pour, nice carbonation, yellow with great rocky head that mellows. nose is spicy but bready as well. flavor is spot on for a wit. sooo drinkable. wish i could get more of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1696) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap: puts a clouded light gold ale in the glass, decent puffy bone white tight poured cap...moderate retention, good glass lacing.Soft small bubble natural carbonation. Thin nose; some sweetness, cereal, leafy hop and pine-like spice. Very dry up front, dry biscuit malts against citrus and what seems like a light juniper herbal tone...clean dry finish. Very fresh tasting and quenching...a boilerplate domestic witbier. Vrienden is dutch for friends and I can see this easy drinking wit gain thirsty friends wherever it’s on top.

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