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Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Jan De LichteJan De Lichte

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BA SCORE
89
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%


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 robbers’ 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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BEERchitect

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

03-28-2013 16:59:05 | More by BEERchitect
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at the farmer's cabinet. Served in a tulip. The brew appears a hazed yellow with a white cap about a finger strong. Patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is like coriander mixed with clove. Some wheat and a pleasant grainy freshness. Across the back is some sulfur and more wheat character like cereal grains.

The taste is full of coriander with an oily lemon essence. Some earthy yeast character is mid-palate mixing with a bitterness thats like rinds and pulp. Some alcohol is noted thats mildly solvent that increases in character as it warms up. Throughout the experience there are traces of sulfur present.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it wasnt bad but it wasnt very memorable either. This is a take it or leave it sort of saison.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 19:34:04 | More by stakem
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass as a super pale, slightly hazy yellow. Little head was suspended above the brew, and no notable (visible) carbonation.

The smell is of cloves, orange peel, and sweet bananas; very faint.

This beer is deceptively light-bodied (almost watery) and easy-drinking; the alcohol is completely hidden. A bit too light for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 06:38:34 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer wasn't too shabby, It looked like a traditional Wit. The color was hazy yellow white a foamy white head on it. The aromas were yeasty, citrusy and some what like a farmhouse. This beer has a bit of a salty taste to it, I'm not really sure how much I dig this. The other flavors are light and soft mostly wheat coming through. The mouthfeel is refreshing a light. It's not a bad Wit, the salty flavor is just a little odd for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 02:10:58 | More by Knapp85
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

.25L pour - $6.00 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Presents a very clouded, yellow-hued body underneath an inch of creamy, lasting, whitish froth.

Smell: Pleasant, aromatic melange of soft malts, citrus accents of lemon and orange, dried herbs, light honey, and peppery fresh coriander.

Taste: Lightly bready, lightly grainy impression from the barley, wheat, oats, and buckwheat of the grain bill. Kiss of sweet-tasting honey candy. Traces of subtle lemon juice preceding the bolder curaçoa. Big boost of spicy coriander and dried bitter orange peelings. Minor acidity. Hint of herbal hops, though very, very little bitterness, leaving the added spices to do the job of countering the sweetness. Finishes dry, continually spicy, and quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely bigger than your garden variety witbier, but, with luck, the imperialization of the brew didn't turn this one ganky and unpleasant to drink. On the contrary, it was satiating and went down rather easily.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 16:53:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bright wheat and light malt aromas with good amounts of mildly tart lemon peel, floral hops, and coriander.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors with solid amounnts of wheat twang kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of earthy and moderately lemon hop flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of coriander work their way into things before fading out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall I found this to be an easy-drinking beer for the style however my only (and admittedly small) qualm is that the malt and wheat flavors don't stand tall throughout the sip. Still, a solid beer that's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 19:53:34 | More by glid02
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a tulip glass. The beer is colored somewhere between gold and orange. It has a nice, thick white foam head. There isn't much carbonation visible in the glass. There is a slight earthy yeast aroma. You can taste orange and coriander as well as some candy sugar sweetness in the finish. It is an interesting mix of flavors, complex like a glass of champagne. It has a less-than-medium body and a near perfect mouth coating (just enough to leave you wanting another sip). This beer is highly drinkable. I could stick with this all night. Everything by De Glazen Toren is so good!

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 15:01:27 | More by ToasterChef
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at GingerMan in NYC...
Appearance: Sunlight-yellow hue... Thick,dense, foamy head that deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell: Oranges, lemons thrown into the mix...
Taste: Strongly complemented the aroma... Strong nuances of oranges and fruit, and the 7% ABV was not too detectable either...
Loose mouthfeel...
Good level of drinkability...
Not bad...

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 01:18:50 | More by dsa7783
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day. Thought I had reviewed this excellent beer previously, but apparently not.

The beer pours a somewhat cloudy honey orange color with impressive head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty complex, and I get some underlying bitterness that I normally don't associate with a wit beer. There is also plenty of spice on the nose as well. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and the beer has a nice dry, slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the beer is surprisingly drinkable considering the copious amount of spice in it.

Excellent beer. Just what I was in the mood for.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 18:20:22 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BSP, Decatur, GA. Definitely one of the better Wits I've ever had. Fuller and fruitier than most, and absolutely delicious. Poured a slightly cloudy golden with a thin , but tight head. The smell is of spicy coriander and pepper- very saison like. Taste is similar, with lots of coriander flavor and intensely fruity up front- leemon, apple, and maybe a touch of fresh apricot. Finish is also quite fruity, but the flavor shifts to pears and white grapes, with the pepper still lurking in the backgground. Very nice! Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, but with more body than usual for a Wit. Really world class Wit, and I was lucky to try it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2007 18:57:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold color. Nose of bitter orange peel and coriander. Tasted like a sweeter, denser witbier - almost like a grand cru. As the beer warmed up I detected aromas and flavors of white wine (sauvignon blanc?) that I found most intriguing. Sure, I would do it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2007 05:02:13 | More by dedrinker
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 20:50:04 | More by biboergosum
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Adamah_Adonai

Hawaii

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 11:08:57 | More by Adamah_Adonai
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impending

California

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

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 04:29:30 | More by impending
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rarbring

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clouded deep straw colored brew, a white high head, little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of oranges, sweet banana, cardamom.

A sweet orange marmalade start, elderberries and lemon juice.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a medium body.

Not very complex, but good at sunset.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 17:07:04 | More by rarbring
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DevilHawk

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in Williamsburg va of all places.

Appearance - super hazy. Almost opaque. Absolutely beautiful. The way wit should look.

Smell - Standard Belgian wit spice smell. Bready yeast with a bit of lemony hint.

Taste - starts with lemon peal, coriander, bready malts and plenty of alcohol. No pith at all. I am tasting a buy more hops than a usually wit. I am be wrong because I am a bit tipsy.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 00:29:57 | More by DevilHawk
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spicelab

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor. Bottled 9 April 2011. Hmm.

Honey straw, rather clouded, with a huge but light white head that falls noisily without lacing.

Very busy nose of clove, lemon zest, hay, zingy herbs, grapefruit rind, doughy wheat, honey and mild funk. Everchanging and awesome.

Clove, pear and banana esters with plenty of grassy and herbal action behind it. Lemon sorbet, marjoram, cut grass and marmalade.

Light to medium with vibrant carbonation and a modestly tart finish. Very easy drinking despite the various grains chucked in.

Great stuff. Complex yeast character, with the wheat, oats and buckwheat utilised to enhance this character without making it a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 10:43:04 | More by spicelab
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy pale straw amber. Massive white medium head that keeps growing. Really nice laces of carbonation on the side of the glass keep the head healthy. Faint aroma of wheat, light fruit; a bit of sourness. Taste is refreshing wheat, light orange and coriander. Finish is dry and a slight bit astringent, but with a orange peel component that redeems it. Light bodied. Very tasty. This is the best dry witbier I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:38:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A perfectly clear golden pour. Huge soda-like bubbly head that fades to nothing very very quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Wheaty with some strong spice character. Orange, coriander and white pepper. Pretty strong, including an alcohol presence.

T: Very orangey with quite a bit of wheat. Maybe some coriander and just a hint of pepper.

M: Smooth and highly effervescent.

O: Relatively simple yet fairly strong due to the higher than normal ABV. Appears to be filtered which is unlike most witbiers that I've seen, gives it a bit thinner body and a different appearance than I am used to.

There is a touch of oxidation in the nose and taste but I chose not to influence my review. Bottle was undated and who knows how long it sat on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:24:01 | More by Dope
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wschmit

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pint 9.4 fl oz. into a Duvel tulip. No apparent dating.

A: Huge, fizzy white soda pop head--very loud and lovely--that quickly settles into a little bulb of souffle on top. The body is a hazy goldenrod. Lots of fine bubbles from the nucleation point on the bottom. Pretty lovely.

S: Great orange notes, but not too sweet. Some coriander notes, some wheat, and not too yeasty, a problem I tend to have with this style. A touch of alcohol. Not much hopping at all. Like a usual wit, but somewhat bolder, a la the "imperial" on the bottle.

T: Taste is...unexpected, but nice. The orange is definitely there, but not juicy at all, more like highlights. It's also a bit grassy, presumably from hops, with a touch of bittering at the end. Coriander subtle binds the whole sip. Wheaty, straw notes prominent but not at all overwhelming. The slightly-upped alcohol content works well, too.

M: Medium-bodied and fizzy, slight alcohol burn.

O: Frankly, I'm not a frequent drinker of witbiers, preferring German wheats instead. Both tend to be a bit thick and gummy and sweet, so I like the greater hopping of Germans. This beer works precisely because it's fermented down a bit more. The spices, orange, and good wheat characteristics come out more with the higher alcohol and presumably lower residual sugars. A fine quaff. A gift, so I can't comment on price/value, but this is a fairly unique offering in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:27:52 | More by wschmit
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biga7346

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for about two years.

A - Golden straw color, bubbly soapy lacing, large rocky foam white head,

N - Wheat, green peppercorn, bubblegum with some over-ripe banana, lots of brett-like funkiness, wet hay, mushroom. Some old leather, lke boot leather, mossiness, astrigent.

T/M - Crisp, robust wheat-like crispness and carbonation followed by a cloying dryness; crisp pear, cracked wheat, more of the old banana and clove and this is more present as the beer warms. It all leads into a very long drying, tannin-like finish. The carbonation made the mouthfeel oily, champagne like, it was fizzy almost.

D - Would love to try this fresh and vertical this bad boy b/c I very much enjoy dry, grassy saisons which this reminded me of like an aged Saison De Lente. But this was more of a cross between a summer wheat beer and a brett saison.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 00:41:30 | More by biga7346
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, earth (the wheat perhaps???), funk, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one was really very standout-ish for me. I would not have guessed that this one was a Witbier based on the aroma and flavor at all. With that said, it was still a very nice brew, just not what I would have expected from the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 14:00:59 | More by thagr81us
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JorgeH

New York

4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured a beautiful hazy gold with the whitest head I've seen in a while. Wow! Amazingly spicy and fragrant nose. Cardamom, citrus, even a hint of brown sugar. Flavor mirror the aromas and this has an utterly smooth mouthfeel and incredible texture. The finish is smooth and quite long. An almost perfect beer if there ever was one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 20:48:40 | More by JorgeH
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a turbid opaque orange, with a soft fizzy white head, pretty cool looking. This is about as unfiltered as it gets. Solid head retention, no lace.

S: Sweet orange peel predominately with a hint of coriander, wheat malt, spicy.

T: Lots of orange with some sugary Belgian ester (cake-like) flavours mid-palate which I liked a lot. Yeasty finish with a hint of ethanol.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy light carbonation. I'd say don't tilt the beer at an angle, just pour straight down to get rid of the excess carbonation.

D: This is a nice intriguing Imperial wit, but in the end, it's too expensive to buy more than once. It was my most wanted wit, so I jumped on it when I finally saw it in the Southland. If it's on-tap, we'll meet again though.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:21:38 | More by Halcyondays
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