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Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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89
very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 2 | 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 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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Photo of JorgeH
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%

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.

JorgeH, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Halcyondays, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a 1.5L magnum into my Hoegaarden tumbler. Something of a slow but festive gusher.

Metallic gold, urobilin, and hansa yellow all show up in the cloudy gradient of liquid. A very active yet well-fed finger of soft ivory merengue forms a loud but lasting head. Dense soapy lacing and light tears coat the sides.

Lovely delicate yeast aromatics suggest sourdough starter, fresh bread dough, digestive biscuits, and honeysuckle, while the curaçao comes forward to contribute a faint orange blossom fragrance in the background.

Surprisingly phenolic palate entry, which in addition to the coriander thrown into the boil, you get hints of various varieties of peppercorn and nasturtium. Orange-honey and a clean mild bitterness come forward as well to offset the spices. The finish is lightly tart, both from the suggestion of citrus and from the wheat.

Medium-light bodied, with a heavy effervesence, the carbonation is almost too high at first, but this only seems to add to the drinkability. The alcohol comes on in sharp yet modest waves, and while subdued, could maybe be better integrated into the whole.

Most any weakness I point out is really nit-picking though, as this is one of the best wits I've thus far sampled - another winner from one of my favorite breweries.

augustgarage, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

.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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

glid02, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

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!

ToasterChef, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured a clear golden body with 2-finger white head with small lace patches down the glass. A light, airy spicy clove smell with hints of citric fruit like orange tucked in there. This beer is lighter bodied and smooth, easy to drink, with a sharp, somewhat sour citrus (mostly orange and a little lemon/banana) + spicy pepper/clove taste (strong) that, coupled with excellent carbonation, leads to a strong, prickly dry finish after a citrusy wit drink. ABV hidden well; a strong wit but nothing crazy and excellently coupled with a hot summer day on the patio (of the bar).

clayrock81, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

750ml bottle

A- Capped bottle wrapped in a decorative paper poured into a snifter. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very nice! It is slightly tart with some wheat, citrus, spices and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma has plenty of wheat and spices with some lemon and orange peel. The finish features some yeast and some hops as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a jacked up Imperial Wit so it isn't as drinkable as some of the lighter bodied White Ales out there, but it is refreshing in it's own right. This is a very tasty brew that is definitely worth picking up.

cjgator3, May 18, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev -4%

A - Slightly hazy yellow with a bubbly, foamy white head and cascading bubbles.

S - Coriander, curaco, floral, lemon and orange zest, green apple and wheat.

T - Coriander, citrus and wheat with a spicy pepper. Pears and a touch of candy sugar.

M - Prickly carbonation with some artness makes it feel a bit heavir than it is.

D - Enjoyable.

brewcrew76, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of SilentSabre
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

This poued from its 750mL bottle into my pint glass with a wreckless amount of CO2, and thus, created a glass full of foam which I immediately poured away and started over. A very gentle pour resulted in a nice, cloudy orange body with a white foamy head. Tiny particulates and a couple of larger bits could be seen floating about. As I have said in other reviews, when it comes to many Belgian styles, the more debris and crap floating in it, the more appealing it is to me. Smell was assertively fruity. Fresh cut green apples, perhaps a bit of pear, a pinch of spice, and a bit citrusy, too. Very nice. Taste reflected these, but not with the strength they displayed in the aroma. Also, alcohol is a bit too detectable at only 7%, which surprised me a little. Mouthfeel is okay, but as I mentioned earlier, this thing is very carbonated; a bit much for my liking, actually. Drinkability, too, suffers on account of the CO2 in this one. It's good and I like it, but I would not be able to tolerate too much of this as gassy as it is. A good beer, though, and I'm certainly glad I had the opportunity to try it.

SilentSabre, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

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...

dsa7783, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

John_M, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -2%

Smooth drinking Belgian wit, one of the better I have had, that's cross to a saison. Looked saisonesque, with lace in he cup. Pleasant wheat and yeast aroma. Creamy on the tongue, appropriate carbonation, above average on mouthfeel. Not too complex in taste.

Sammy, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

pours a clear gold color with a large loosely bubbled head. laces pretty well. the head fades to a thick film.
in the aroma corriander hits you right away. that's followed up with peppery powdery yeast and some mild flowery tropical fruit aromas, including banana, citrus, pineapple, and some soft pear (not tropical, i know).
the flavor also has a heavy dose of corriander, this time followed up by chalky yeast, wheat characteristics and fruit flavors (as in the aroma). peppery hotness towards the middle and lingering in the aftertaste. citrus grows as you make your way through the bottle. vanilla notes towards the back end. some hops appear and balance things out a bit.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with active carbonation. it's also refreshingly dry.
the has god a very nice drinkability to it, it got lots of complexity and a substantial amount of booze, but it remains quenching and very sippable.,

kmo1030, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Fairly cloudy pale golden color with nice 2 finger head that quickly dissolves leaving a thin soapy layer of foam.

Smell: Lots of floral components along with the standard wheat and coriander smells indicative to the style.

Taste: Smooth blend of wheat, coriander, lemon zest, dough, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: An ideal amount of carbonation and a medium body

Drinkability: Easy to drink this smooth witbier

koopa, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%

A naked Champagne-style brown bottle attractively swaddled in logoed white paper, poured into a goblet (as suggested on the packaging) yields a sunny golden body capped with a huge white tower of medium-bubbled head. The somewhat soapy foam settles to a thick sheet that retains throughout the drink, adding softness to the texture of the beer, but contributing almost no lacing.

Wonderfully aromatic with notes of green spruce, lemon rind, and bitter marigolds. The tingling aroma is tangy, floral, and crisp.

Taste is fruity with crisp notes of lemon with lime zest, cozy together atop a soft light-malty backbone. Zippy, tingly, the drink is not tart enough to pucker my lips, but almost! When I think the beer is about to reach the level of 'sour', a bit of sweet juicy orange and spicy coriander draws the drink back from the brink.

Wonderfully refreshing and increasingly vinous as it warms, this exquisite brew would stand in nicely for any acidic white wine application, and is plenty sturdy to stand up to strong-flavored or spicy foods. Milder and sweeter as the drink warms a bit.

Superb feel and drinkability. Outstanding crispness, and just plain-old kickass-good.

cvstrickland, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener. Poured a translucent pale orange-gold. Good clarity with an amazing amount of effervescence; I would liken it to champagne. Rocky, three-inch head took up half the glass. Very good retention with fluffy clouds of lacing adhering to the glass. Head was refreshed with each pour. Scent was a little funky from the bottle but revealed itself as lemon zest, wheat and yeast in the glass. Taste consistent with nose, very clean with a faint citrus astringency at the finish. Spices are very much subdued in this one. Mouthfeel is light and lively without being watery; not much burn considering the copious head. Excellent drinkability; went down easy, but not your typical wit. Flavors were much more subdued with some saison-like qualities.

Jwale73, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Franchise
3.73/5  rDev -7%

This offering pours a bubbly pale gold leaving a thick off white head. The aroma is wheat, honey, tart sour apple, sweet musky aroma very earthy mineral scent.

The taste is tart upfront with a mild balance of honey, malty sweetness that finishes smooth very drinkable with a tart backbone, crisp, dry, refreshing, overall a nice drinkable beer.

Franchise, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale golden color with a surprisingly modest head that manages a few stabs at lacing

Smell: Picking up a lot of wheat and coriander, with the curaçao coming through as well; somewhat sweet and lemony, too

Taste: Opens sweet and lemony, with plenty of wheat and coriander flavor and, by mid-palate, there arrives the curaçao; after the swallow, the flavor is saison-like, with a doughy, yeasty blend of interesting spice and candi sugar sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to lively carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that borders on saison territory

brentk56, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Poured a hazy lemon color with a huge pillowy white head that was mostly lasting. Visible carbonation was moderate per style.

S: a spritzy fresh lemon aroma, light bread and a touch of yeasty sourness.

T: The initial flavor was yeasty, with some sour citrus, oranges, lemons, along with a good spiciness and peppery notes (coriander).There was a tangy fresh lemony citrus flavor, spicy oranges along with some fruitiness (apples, white grapes) that were highlighted against a soft wheaty palate. The finish was yeasty, and not overly tart with the spicing well balanced that provided a smooth sourness and refreshing citrusy lemon ending.

M: slick and lively from the carbonation with warm orange peel coming through upon warming.

D: drinks like a dream. very nice.

beerthulhu, May 05, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +8%

750 ml bottle dated 12 May 07 on the wrapper (1 year old) , poured into my large Gulden Draak glass, Jan De Lichte is murky burnt straw with a large white head that quickly settles to thick skim and leaves scattered lace. Brewed with barely, oat, wheat, spelt, coriander and curacao.

Smell is strong, lots of wildflower and spicy citrus, with minerals and sweet cereals.

Taste is pretty good, nice sweet malt, almost more like a belgian pale ale. I'm not a huge fan of spices, but they really complement things here harmoniously, very nice balance. I like the grain bill, and need to remember to drink more spelt ales! The finish is clean and drier, quinine like, though more still then effervescent, with the ABV well hidden. Saison like.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker, yeasty side, but lighter bodied and digestible in the belly.

Drinkability is really pretty good for me, this is the first double wit that I've really liked - in fact, I've really disliked all the others! Here, the extra alcohol isn't gratuitous, and the extra flavors are well blended (although I'm sure the year of aging has certainly helped in that regard). Paired fantastically with some fresh spring chinook.

ccrida, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

750 ml bottle.

A tasty Belgian witbier that would be hard to improve upon, the cloudy straw yellow pour and HUGE head the thickness of a broomstick, with lumps and clumps and craters, that settled down to a minefield of lace, while wafty yeasty wheat lemon vapors up my nose, leading to a cristp, effervescent mouthfeel, bubbly and crackling, no bitterness on the finish as I swallow.

Ah, yum.

watchnerd, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Enjoyed this bottle with Ego and EPseja... an imperial witbier, with lots o' spices included with the price of admission. No freshness date on here.

Appearance- Cloudy and very active, there are many streams of carbonation flying from the base of the glass. Monster bubbles with a soda-like quality... the head settles to a snow white mat.

Smell- Big, perfumy aroma with Belgian candi sugar and coriander on the nose, then notes of lemon zest and bergamot... really amazing, without any alcohol evident at all. Concentrated spices.

Taste- A saison character hits me first... lemony, with sweetness in the finish. The second mouthful was totally different, with a blast of coriander much more like a typical witbier. Lemony tartness follows, with a doughy atmosphere lingering behind.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Fizzy and explosive at first, mellowing during the tasting session. A very tasty offering, definitely worth seeking out.

yelterdow, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of PEBKAC
2.7/5  rDev -32.7%

Pulled from the fridge, left to sit for a few, & uncapped all in a few minutes(my fridge isn't very cold). Served in a random pilsner glass that I don't recall ever owning before. I don't really drink any pilsners, so it's strange to find such a glass floating around my bachelor pad. I better change the locks.

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1) A snippet of white froth develops atop a dusty, sulfur-colored body. It dies, we move on.

2) Your nose dives in & begins to drown, just seconds after opening, you're nearly put down by a big fruity/floral gust of aerosol to the face. As much as you can take in, you can grab. She even conveniently forgot to wear any underwear. Lucky you. Limes, copper, pepper, dry leaves, with fresh buttery cantaloupe drooling all over it. Oh, I can't wait to dive in & taste it!

Prepare to be disappointed.

3) Dry, bready, & boozy all the way through. Bitter orange greets you at the beginning, mixed up with bushy greens, & ending with the obligatory yeast finale. Is that it? Really?! I just don't know what to say. Thats never happened to me before. Well, not enough to write it off as simply a bad day.

4)The alcohol is just way too obvious, & the brew just sits there. Soothing carbonation that tingles, but does not bite. Refreshingly thin, but slick like a glaze or chicken stock.

5)Questionably quaffable, but it needs to be cold, straight out of the fridge. It has as much going for it then, as it ever will. Go for the lemon wedge if you want, but help yourself by grabbing some frosted cookies(something crispy with a ridiculous amount of artificial vanilla on it) instead. I bought a case of these "Nonni's Limone Biscotti" at Costco for like eight cents, & considering how shitty I brew coffee, I think I've finally found a use for them.

PEBKAC, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of stcules
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

Golden yellow, good and thin perlage, compact head.
Very fresh smell, camomile, white and yellow flowers, and a good pepper (pink, maybe).
It's a dubbel wit, with all the witbier notes, a little more strong.
The taste i still fresh, fruity, with a great flowery note. Orange peel, coriander and peppery. Citric.
Well done, and pleasant.
Quite light body.
In the aftertaste the spiciness is stronger, coriander, herbal, and a long citric.

stcules, Dec 06, 2007
Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
89 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.