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Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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89
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Name : Jan De Lichte was an infamous robbersÂ’ chief at the end of the 18th Century. He was broken on the wheel at the age of 23 at the Marketplace of Aalst.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 12-06-2005)
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Freshie

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the Belgian Beer Fest last October. It has been aging in my beer fridge, ever since.

Nice stream-lined bottle. 1 pint serving. Basic label, but all the Belgian makes it look very foreign. Which depending on how shallow a beer drinker you are, may add to it's street cred. HAH.

Pours a nice clear, pale golden color, with active bubbles, and frothy large white head.

Aroma is wild yeast, with fruity spices. Sweet grain malt.

The taste is very lively. Coriander, with malty backbone. Active carbonation lends to the spices brewed into the ale.

A very great example of witbier. What a treasure I snagged.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 01:05:55 | More by Freshie
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heygeebee

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Leura.

A witbier? Really....???

Pours like a saison, smells like a saison, tastes like a saison, and let's not forget that delightful Belgian Yeast and lemons and funk and barnyard and zest, cloves and spice.
Dont get that in a witbier, now do you?

Really well made, very drinkable, it's just not a witbier. Nor does it taste like a 7%-er.

Cheers.

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03-08-2014 09:46:33 | More by heygeebee
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, paper-wrapped bottle, no real label, in fact it would be easy to mistake this for home brew from afar, once the covering is removed.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of patchy sudsy lace around the glass as very slowly abates.

It smells of earthy, mildly funky Belgian yeast, a sour orchard fruitiness, moderately sassy lemongrass, white pepper, clove/coriander, and cardamom spice, gritty crackery pale malt, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more malty up front, the dry bready pale malt gaining a hint of caramel sweetness, with some softly lilting earthy yeast, muddled lemon and orange rind fruitiness, more clove and coriander zing, and a kind of beguiling grassy, weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is mild, and yet quite duly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, a wee prick and prod from yeast, spice, and hop alike not really a bother. It finishes well off-dry, the malt, fruitiness, and two-faced spice all gently pushing things thataway, with barely a twinge of warming alcohol nodding the sleep from its eyes.

A rather pleasant, and rounded witbier, with jacked up flavour (which is totally right there), as well as ABV (which totally isn't). The spices are deftly rendered against the citrus fruit character, and the nervously joyous hops are the icing on the cake. Teehee - I always get a bit giddy when I encounter the exception the proves the rule - as far as not giving a shit about a particular style, that is.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The color is a light cloudy yellow with moderate white head.

Spice, citrus and a little must funk com off the nose.

As far as the flavor there is some light citrusy sweetness but followed by some nice herbal bitterness that finishes dry.

The beer is very light and fizzy.

This is head and shoulders above most wits on the market but comes across almost like a saison either way a must try beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a fairly transparent dull pale yellow, pure white dense frothy head, hyperactive nucleation, excellent lacing.

The aroma is much of powdery yeast and confectioners sugar backed by a pleasant musty spiciness, apple, pear, citrus.

Mildly sweet, vague apple and pear. More dry than bitter, the bitter is more herbal than hop. Hint of zinc. Medium bodied mouthfeel is illusionary thin at the first impression due to being so lively. As much a saison as a wit.
cheers
jd

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While commemorating the alleged, the Klein Brewery does so by creating a Belgian Witbier that's not quite a classic Wit. It shares a lot of Farmhouse Saison character, strength, and bitter spice that's just not quite true to style sake- it's better!

Kicking off the show- the beer could be either the Witbier or the Saison with its cloudy canary-yellow color and clarity. Fluffy, airy, and quite light- its head provokes the sense that this is a light and refreshing ale. Firm persistence and intricately laced, the beer simply looks like a well brewed Belgian ale.

Spice and fruit converge in the nose with the slight earthiness of dried lemons, lemongrass, and orage peels. Other spicy notes of obvious coriander, and more subtle clove, white pepper, and a tinge of saffron pull away from the coriander for a more spice-dominant balance. A tinge of alcohol and light grain sweetness offers a corkish must quality that set Saisons apart.

And the beer's taste follows a similar route: part-grain and part-malt provide a short-lived sweetness that is soon replaced by the fruit and spice interplay that takes place, hovering over the tongue. Notions of citrus fruit with fruit spice additions and natural yeast spices tilt the balance toward the more Saison spicy side. An aftertaste of whole wheat bread joins alcohol spice and earthen grass bitterness for a bolder taste than I'm used to in Witbiers.

Crisp, clean, and absolutely bone-dry, the beer's spice and lightly sulfury body dominates the mouthfeel. Near-champagne carbonation bounces off the tongue and carries with it any malt sweetness or textures. This allows for the spice and bitterness to drive the beer home with an arid scrubbing sensation that cleans the palate, offering only moderate acidity and mild spice astringency in the throat.

Sure, Jan De Lichte straddles the fence of styles- but this is what Belgium does. They don't make it easy for us to pigeon hole them into nice and neat little catagories. Its this whimsical and artistic way of brewing that them so great at what they do.

Serving type: on-tap

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Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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