Category Archives: Belgian Witbier

Cigar City Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Belgian Witbier
Other Notes: White Ale brewed with curacao peel and coriander

Brewer Description: (from can) The Cracker Cowboys of Florida were colonial-era settlers, often of Scots-Irish descent, who arrived in Florida when Spain traded their territory of La Florida to the English. The term Cracker in Florida usage relates to the whip these “cow hunters” used to herd cattle in Florida’s Palmetto Prairies. Called Quaqueros by the Spanish, these hardy and hard working Cracker Cowboys helped to shape the history of Florida, the nation’s oldest cattle raising state. We brew Florida Cracker White Ale with unmalted wheat, orange peel and coriander and then ferment it with a French Saison yeast strain to give it a spicy and dry finish. Perfect for a warm day on the Palmetto Prairie.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.39
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 7th September 2016. Poured into a Spiegelau Wheat Ale glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden straw yellow colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Wheat, coriander, clove and overripe banana sweetness with a hint of citrus peel.
Taste: Coriander and wheat upfront with a touch of lemon citrusness. However after that, the taste just suddenly falls off to almost nothing.
Mouthfeel: Dry-ish, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: It was certainly refreshing and quite nice when it first hits your mouth, but after that, I felt that its main problem appeared which was that the taste just falls off really quickly to nothing after the initial hit.

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Timmermans Tradition Blanche Lambicus

Brewery: Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Country: Belgium
ABV: 4.5%
Style: Belgian Witbier

Brewer Description: (from website) There is no other beer like Timmermans Tradition Blanche Lambicus anywhere in the world because it is the only white lambic beer. By adding spices such as coriander and dried orange zest, a light, fruity beer is created. It is subtly spicy and deliberately made cloudy. Should ideally be drunk from an authentic stoneware pot.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.71
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle with a cork date of 2015 and best before date of 10th May 2017. Poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden yellow colour with a two finger bubbly white head that dissipated quickly but left great lacing.
Aroma: Lightly funky, candy sweetness, orange, orange peel, lemon and hints of mango and pineapple.
Taste: Orange peel and honey sweetness is surrounded by a touch of lemon, light sourness and light funkiness.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: It’s overly sweet in my opinion, but has a nice aroma. The taste is actually fine but I would have preferred it if the sweetness was toned down or even soured.

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Artisanale de Nice Blùna

Brewery: La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice
Country: France
ABV: 4.8%
Style: Belgian Witbier

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Orange and coriander.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 7th June 2017 and poured into a plastic cup (all that was available at the hotel).
Appearance: It poured a hazy dark yellow brown colour with a huge three finger off white head with great retention and good lacing.
Aroma: Wheaty, bready, banana, orange and coriander.
Taste: Sweet banana, wheat, bready, orange peel and lemon. But other than the banana, everything else was quite light.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was not too bad, but the main thing was that the colour was quite unappealing.

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Bière du Comté La Blanche Bio du Mercantour

Brewery: Brasserie du Comté
Country: France
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Witbier

Brewer Description: (from website) (in French) Bière blanche de fermentation haute. La Blanche du Mercantour est une bière fruitée et épicée qui pétille avec élégance. Ses notes d’agrumes et sa pointe d’amertume surprenante lui procurent un caractère rafraîchissant. Elle peut s’accompagner d’une rondelle de citron qui fera ressortir son côté fruité. Un dépôt de levure riche en vitamines et gage de qualité se forme naturellement dans la bouteille.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date sometime in 2017 (I forgot to record the exact date), and poured into an old fashioned glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy straw yellow colour with a one finger white head with decent retention and some lacing.
Aroma: Lemon, wheat, zestiness and pepper spice.
Taste: Lemon, lemon zest, breadiness with a hint of orange and coriander. There was also some booziness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Again like the Ambree, I was getting some booze on the finish which was not ideal.

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Crooked Stave St. Bretta Late Spring Citrus Wildbier

Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Country: USA
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Belgian Witbier
Other Notes: Seasonal Citrus: Tango Mandarin

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Artisan ale brewed with citrus fermented in oak foeders.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml bottle bottled in April 2015, poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden colour with a huge three finger white head with good retention and leaves nice thick lacing.
Aroma: Strong tangy citrus mandarin, lemon and floral aromas with only a hint of oak and brett.
Taste: Citrus peel, orange, mandarin, flower petals, oak, pepper spice and some brett.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was nice and refreshing. I would prefer a bit less of the floral element, but it was not a deal breaker.

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