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Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 120
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 18
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 12-06-2005

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.
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Photo of Freshie
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As I poured this into my sippy cup, the rocky white head boiled up like a volcano, mounting up like a frothy ice cream cone. At first, crystal clear bright golden pour, dulled at mid-bottle once I started swirling the yeasties around.

Sour apple champaign aroma, then it changed into a surprisingly sweet candied fruit & sugar cane in the quaff. Very nice finish with a dollop of coridnder.

Highly charged bubbly mouthfeel – in fact, a little to effervescent. Dry, dry, dry brew – this thing is a close cousin to champaign. But I really dug it, and the wifey likey too – a double score for me!

Beer snob, newbie or a crossover drinker will like this fine brew.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, capped 750ml bottle; simple white label with the name, brewery, abv, ingredients, and the usual blurbs about not driving, screwing, getting stupid, etc...

Poured into a Rapscallion goblet, it is a light-to-medium golden colored brew. Head is a healthy, snow-white mound of microscopic, tight bubbles. This topping slowly ebbs yet maintains a thick covering for quite some time, and laces the goblet very nicely. There's a plentiful stream of carbo rising within, akin to a fish-tank aerator. Nose suggests dryness and has a large dose of spiciness, It's a touch crackery as well as quite peppery. Very enticing, and a little Tripel-like. Mouthfeel is very light and airy, passing foamily and with a prickliness over the tongue. Body is just able to sneak into the medium category.

I found the flavor to be considerably fruitier than suggested by the aroma. It's a bit bready, and has a light citrus, lemony character. Crisp and light as a wit should be, with only a subtle hint of spiciness here, a lot less than expected from the what was in the nose. The bottle had a large amount of residue at the bottom, and this was swirled into the gob near the end of quaffing. Aside from giving the bier a murky, dull brown look, it did not change the flavor in any appreciable way. A standard wit, with nothing overly exemplary about it.


overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I uncorked a 750ml for thanksgiving dinner.

It had a nice cloudy look to it, medium brown golden mostly opaque.and had a grand cru type aroma to add to the citrus smell of the nose.

The body and mouthfeel were terrific, the tang balanced perfectly by the wheat malt. There was a terrific level of carbonation which cleansed the palate nicely with a fantastic dryness at the end. Alcohol was just in there enough, and it was noticeably 7% insterad of 9% or up.

This was a nice witch up with thanksgiving. It didn't fight the turkey like a saison or a heavier alcohol offering.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown glass flask with a dimpled bottom. Unlike other De Glazen Toren brews that I have picked up, this one did not have any of the rather cool looking white paper wrapper that is usually decorated with a repeating design that is found on the main label. For the ‘Jan De Lichte’, that main label design is of a blue colored brew kettle silhouette set against a red and blue background. No cork in this sample, as others have had, this bottle was just sealed with a large brass colored crown cap. Described as an ‘Imperial Style Belgian White Ale brewed with spices’. Listed at 7% ABV with no freshness date.

Appearance: Massive off-white head rises quickly; the carbonation is feisty and strong. Despite this strength, the head (at least when the beer is poured carefully) forms a super looking smooth creamy plug which seals at least 2” - 3” of my Duvel Goblet. The faded polished golden body has a straw depth when held to the light and is full of small sized fast rising streamers and exhibits a light haze. Restrained lacing forms and then slowly dissolves back into the brew whilst working my way through the bottle. Fine looks, a very Belgian Wit in appearance.

Nose: Strong fruity citric aromas from the Curaçao and Coriander seem to dominate. Spicy wheats blend with yeast and some zingy lemon sherbet to grab the nasal hairs. The finish exhibits some hops and floral aspects that add yet more complexity to the overall small. Tends to fill the air nearby with a lovely fresh aroma - deeply inhaled, it starts to becomes addictive.

Taste: Sharp start, the lemon citric elements assault the tongue like a squadron of fine pins. Floral character rises, as does the bitterness and spiced up fruits. Curaçao and coriander are relegated to the back end, but there are some sharp, clean “hop pulses” to balance out. A complex brew for sure. Hints of alcohol and light grain. Prickly body wraps up with a smooth creamy finish. At times the order of the composite elements seems to change around and move back & forth. Thing is, what ever order you experience the components they all work together. A word of warning too, the Orange burps that work up your nose rather than out of your mouth can tend to make your eyes water if you are not too careful !!

Mouthfeel: The lively over-exuberant head hints at things to come in the Mouthfeel. Sure enough, as with one or two other De Glazen Toren brews, the carbonation is prickly. Conditioning is high throughout and never seems to rescind. That said, once swirled in the mouth, the texture finishes with a creamy palate, soothing and comfortable like a thick towel bathrobe after a hot bath. It has a fine flyweight feel to it though, making it all too easy to quaff.

Drinkability: The only thing that slowed me down from polishing this one off sooner that I did, was simply the fact that the fast rising head had me patiently waiting around for it to settle after the pour before topping up. The 7% alcohol does peep through once in a while but the spices help to balance it out.

Overall: Another high quality from those very talented and nice chaps at De Glazen Toren. I have never seen this one before, so when I spied this at Holiday Wine in Escondido for $11.79 it was a no-brainer. Some attribute Imperial prefix style brews with the US, but it is very interesting to note that the “Imperial craze” has even reached back across the Atlantic to the shores of the Belgian Wit motherland. You can’t keep a good beer down no matter what its pedigree, or style, pseudo or otherwise.

This one is Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with an inch and a half head, leaving decent lacing. The color is that of straw, with a slight cloudiness. Citrus, grass, slight pepper in the nose.

Taste contains grapefruits and oranges, peppercorns, and a slight graininess. Mouthfeel is full flavored, but light on the palate. Slight bitterness on the finish. Great drinkability.

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Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is had not been by preferred style in the past, but wow, I am discovering that there are some really good beers in this style. Anderson Valley Double white step aside here comes Jan De Lichte.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden lemon color with a big head.

Smell: Lemon and lots of spices, meet some sweet flavors of wheat and marmalade and make a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Spicy. Coriander clove orange lemon and wheat swirled intricately together to make a light easily quaffable beer that still has plenty of flavor. It borders on wheat dry and there are also hints of alcohol that show through. The aftertaste is dry and pleasantly tart.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium body with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable Witbeir!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle pours a cloudy and hazy bright golden yellow color with a huge frothy clingy off white head that leaves some lacing in the glass that lasts, fruity lemon, grass and funky yeasty aromas. Fruity lemon, orange and spicy flavors, finishes dry. Medium bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, very nice.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 750ml with no label, just decorative yet informative paper surrounding the bottle

A: Pours a pale golden honey with just a touch of haze. Monsterous, towering snowy white head is keeping me from smelling this beer. Lots of microscopic bubbles meander to the surface from the base.

S: Fresh and inviting. Cloves, lemon grass, coriander and faint wheat all play nicely together.

T: Very acidic, citrusy base. Hits you immediately on the tip of the tongue then lingers on the front center the remainder of the process. Strong straw and grass flavors take the place of any real malty flavors. Fairly spicy with some metallic tastes. Cloying pineapple sweetness hits around the sides of the tongue. Bit of bitterness towards the end that coats the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of a fuzzy mouthfeel

D: Not nearly as fresh tasting as the smell would lead you to believe. A bit cloying and syrupy really.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours large white foamy head in chalice. Initial nose is of spices/pepper,along with somewhat recognizable wheat nose. attractive. this came from john's grocery in iowa city.

black peppery notes dominate the taste, making a routine wit bier into something somewhat interesting. as taste fades i am left with pepper on the tongue and faint wheat-malt aftertaste.

well worth trying, i am going to try the rest of this brewery's products while I am here in Iowa City.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed, bold and gold, under a huge, though crumbling pillow of froth.

Honey and lemon hit the nose first. Zesty, citric, clean, lightly spiced, he says at first, but growing. Sweet, floral, large and lovely.

Lemon is big in the mouth, almost too much so, and the rest of the flavors fall behind it. Body is too wispy and light, easily described as thin. But each new sip and gulp is a treat, despite the overbearing lemon at the front. Spicy kick in there. Nice texture, too. Really plays well on the palate.

Hoppy, spicy finish, body doesn't feel as thin as before...this is a beer that gets better as you drink it. Larger alcohol than a typical wit, but, then , this is a "double."

Drinks down very easy, with sufficient flavor the keep the tongue happy.

Don't know if I can taste the spelt in here...I'm sure I wouldn't know how to, though. All in all, a recommended Belgian wit, one I will purchase again, to share with a friend on a special night.

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Photo of ADR
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy lightly brownish yellow appearance, big and very homogenous head of over an inch. Not much lace, sheets slip down the sides. Bright aroma, not much spice, lots of stone fruit. Body is heavier than many Wits, lots of internal carbonation. Not a lot of coriander, not a lot of orange, not a lot of yeastiness -- on this one there is much more of a strong tanginess. Lemony with some apparent hop bitterness, a little bit of of banana esters. Unpleasantly carbonated at first, does a better job when it sits for a while. Slight sense of alcohol by volume. Doesn't strike me as a particular standout in its category and it has that de Glazen Toren gassiness that makes the swallow more difficult than it can be.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy white/yellow with a giant white head. This beer has a ton of carbonation. The smell is very pungent with citrus, spices,coriander and pepper, lemon zest, and even orange. The taste is very orange with coriander a very dry and crisp beer. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing masterfully. This is a great summer beer, although the alcohol is high, you can't smell or taste it. I tried to find something wrong with this beer and couldn't.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Explosively carbonated; I am only able to get two-fingers of beer into my tulip glass, the rest is foam. The head is a voluminous pale white color and the beer is a hazy, full straw gold color. The aroma is quite suitable for a Wit; notes of citrus, an earthy spiciness (from the coriander), a dry peppery note that is partway between ginger and grains of paradise. Overall the aroma is dry, a bit tart, and definitely spicy.

The taste is lightly tart with a spritzy lemon character. The finish has a certain tannic note to it that is lightly mouth puckering, perhaps there is a bit of chalkiness here as well. Quite dry, and quite light on the palate, this could almost pass for a normal Wit. Except for the bit of a bite of alcohol in the finish, and a soft creaminess that the body starts to pick up as the beer warms up. The dominant flavor in this beer is of lemon peel, though it is only lightly tart. Spicy notes of ginger, earthy and even lightly vegetal coriander notes, and a definite herbal note that seems to be a mix of mint, chamomile, perhaps some basil and even a note of licorice as the beer warms up. This is definitely a tasty beer, it remains quite drinkable just like a normal Wit, but with an extra kick of alcohol. It could be a bit richer though, more towards the double side of things, but it is actually quite in line with other Double Wits that I have had.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a tenacious, fine-bubbled head that leaves plenty of lacing. Huge aroma that presented itself two feet away -- lemon zest, coriander, slight yeast, and some white pepper. Brilliant acidity opens up the palate, with oily lemons bringing in a flavor that's just a touch shy of outright sour. Zesty coriander and raw alcohol enliven the tongue from tip to back. The malts that make up the "dubbel" component of this brew really come out in the finish, which is dry and bready. Full carbonation makes for a big mouthfeel -- it's not so much due to the grain bill.

This is quite a good beer, and perfect for summertime. It would go so well with lots of summer food -- anything with lemons in it, summer salads, but especially grilled or seared white fish. Very, very good beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent witbier, though I can't get past the "double" part. I think this beer would be much better as a single, but it's still good. The beer pours to a light yellowish color with not enough suspended particles to give it the white appearance, but very close. The head is nice and rocky. Lacing is there, but could be better.

The smell has a nice sharp orange zest with a none too impressive malt bill. Tons of coriander and other spicing. The taste is better. Strong orange and lemon zest. Not too bitter, but highly spiced. Has a sweet zing that dries off a bit towards the finish. A bit of alcohol in the taste as well.

The mouthfeel is very interesting. A tad bit tart. Fairly sharp from the carbonation, and seems to hit the palate in every possible corner of my mouth. Seems fairly light in body still.

I would say that I'd drink it again, but it's much too expensive to warrant buying it again.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy pale golden straw with a huge off-white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong coriander spice component. The fruit was citrus and was oranges and perhaps some lemons. More spicy phenolic aromatics were present with a bit of pepper in the mix.

The flavor was light with a crisp wheat flavor and a very light acidity which was not quite sour, but seemed to be heading in that direction. The flavor contained a light fruity component which was citrusy and mostly orange in nature. The spices in the flavor were muted, but contained slight coriander and a smidge of pepper. As the beer warmed the flavor became more bready in character.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of oranges and citrus and a light spice contribution of pepper and coriander most pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and the carbonation was very high. The mouthfeel contained a roundness and a presence of wheat. The beer was 7% ABV and contained a bit of alcohol warming. A nice beer that could use just a smidge more complexity in the flavor department.

750 ml bottle, crown capped with a paper wrapper. Bottled on 14 JAN 2006.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled okt 12 2005. Nice presentation with forever lasting head, nice pale golden white clouded beerthat continously has streams of bubles going to the surface. nice is very delicate also giving lts of sour citrussy, koreander and nice hoppy note, litle yeasty note gives it a bite and in the back there is also nice wheaty carracter. overall very fresh and fine.Taste is dry and pale wheaty, barley and oats maltyness next to a litle koreander and some candy. Not bad but missing IMO some body for the high alcohol level or at least a sprakling touch although it has some sourness to it. Good brew that's very enjoyable and probably with fine tuning work done by the brewer even better.

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Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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