Acquiring the sweet orange-peeled coriander spicing of a light-bodied Belgian witbier, refreshing straw-hazed sedation also utilizes pure Icelandic water to heighten briskly clean minerality. White-peppered lemon lime tartness and herbal-nipped floral daubs underscore sunny orange-grapefruit tang. Easy to drink.
Ill-defined pearly-headed yellow-cleared moderation (with aggressive pour) ruined by cloying glutinous yeast, carbolic hop-fizzed desiccation and slick crystal malt sugaring. Candied lemony orange smear too far in the distance. Dreck.
Underwhelming yellow-paled “Vintage Age” witbier hybrid offers Sauvignon Blanc enhancement to smoothly buttered light-bodied fluff. Musty white grape tannins breach subtle white wining as floral hyacinth, lotus and hibiscus reminders fall away too quickly. Aromatic cider undertones stationed below Chardonnay and pinot grigios hints proliferate to sourdough underbelly.
Mild gold-hazed Belgian-styled witbier stays sweeter than previous versions. Honeyed citrus entry places floral peach-apricot-tangerine tang and zesty lemon-squeezed sourness above astringent peppery hop fizz. Doughy white breaded backdrop soaks up pallid plum-dried orange-peeled bittering plus tertiary hibiscus, rose hips, and vanilla illusions. It’s quite approachable for lighter thirsts.
Summery moderate-bodied ecru-clouded Belgian-styled white ale accrues sharp-spiced lemongrass-coriander-cardamom peppering above floral-hopped citric pleasantry. Tangy lemon zest and tart mandarin orange gain affluence but lightly buttered white bread spine falters. On tap at Dogfish Head 2016, serene floral-perfumed lemon zest glimmers alongside white-peppered lemongrass, chamomile and coriander adjuncts as well as newfound banana sweetness.
On tap, well-rounded golden-clouded Belgian-styled white ale rallies behind luscious candi-sugared banana-clove frontage and heady 9.5% alcohol whir. Creamy vanilla-butterscotch midst further sweetens ripe fruited sassafras as tangy lemon-aided apple, peach and orange illusions counter white-peppered hop spicing.
As long as these inviting spice-racked winter seasonals keep evolving, separate entries will be apropos. Lilting hazy golden ’08 version flings vanilla-sweetened coriander-anise spicing against plum-blueberry souring and orange-lemon peel bittering. Mild rose hip, dandelion, and jasmine traces lace soft peppery hop fizz.
Updated and bettered 2010 Imperial White recipe of glutinous golden-browned ‘wheat ale brewed with spices’ takes unlikely stylistic route, forgoing rudiment banana-clove-coriander expectancy for boozy malt-driven tropical-fruited 10% alcohol elixir. Bright hop-spiced, peach-brandied, nectarine-pineapple tang picks up bittersweet cherry-pureed bruised orange viscosity and minty tingle as whiskey-tinted caramel creaminess thickens.
Effervescent light-bodied golden-hazed Belgian-styled witbier with noticeable tender yeast sinew, ‘traditional spices,’ and carbolic excess proves to be crisp, clean lawnmower fodder. Coriander and clove permeate sour lemon candied burst, honeyed orange linger, white-peppered green tea illusions, and lemongrass snip. Beneath, dried banana speckles mild eucalyptus oiling.
Weak pale-clouded sunshine-hued off-dry Belgian-style derivative picks up early bubblegum scent and tart grapefruit-orange peel souring. But as tangy lemon bitterness fades, unripe banana invades blunt perfumed hop thrust, sweet clove lag and bread-crusted edge, becoming thin, watery, then metallic. 2011 re-tasting: carbolic Seltzer watering precludes candi-sugared lemony spritz, orange-dried coriander-ginger spicing and herbal tinge.
Heavily foamed moderate-bodied white ale with hazy golden viscosity, cumulous pearly head, and daisy-like floral aroma gets earthen wood-toned herbal-spiced pick-up. Clove, coriander, ginger, and allspice bedeck rosebud-dandelion bouquet to wheat-dried mandarin orange finish. Mild banana flourish seeps into tertiary lemon astringency.