Provisions Series: Imperial White Orchid - The Bruery

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Provisions Series: Imperial White OrchidProvisions Series: Imperial White Orchid

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Retsinis on 02-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by notchucknorris:
Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very hazy muted golden color with a half finger white head.

S: Lots of spices on the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of banana bread in there.

T: A bit of a peppery hop bite upfront followed by some smooth notes of banana, lemon curd and pale malt. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but there's a touch of warmness on the finish. Overall a really nice beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow and orange pour, small amount of head and lace to it. Big on the coriander and other spice aroma, some sweetness.

Taste, wow, a huge witbier for sure, again, big wallop of spices and sweetness. Hopping is nudged just enough to follow as an imperial style, while still keeping the ibus in the 20 range I would guess. Bready, nutmeggy. Orange peel and coriander deliver as stated on the label, all the spice flavor seems to obscure the 9% alcohol nicely.

Plenty of carbonation throughout, yeast is Belgianesque, bring some friends to share this one with, it becomes a little much to drink most of the 750 yourself if this is not your cup of tea style wise.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today at Bruery Provisions. Poured into my La Fin Du Monde glass (tulip) since I feel that is a more appropriate glass as opposed to the Bruery Snifter.

Pours a golden honey color. Nice white head. Dissipated to a film. Nice lacing.

Aroma is not strong. But some orange peel and citrus with some Belgian yeast.

Taste is great. Another Bruery beer that hides it's ABV well. Tastes much like a regular wit beer. Citrucy and Belgian-ie. Not really tastin the nutmeg though.

Mouthfeel is the only indicator of the ABV. It just feels a bit heavier than aregular wit. Good carb.

Overall it's a tasty beer. Get some if you can. It's gunna be best fresh.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Split with my wife because she loves wheat beers.

Appearance - Hazy and cloudy light orange, almost yellow body. Big white head that's gone in a flash. No retention or lace. After the head is gone, it looks flat as hell.

Smell - Wow, it's a nice smell. I really don't like witbiers, but this is nice. Yeasty and belgian-y aromas. Spicy background and some wheat. Smells like a big saison, really.

Taste - The taste is pretty good, too. I'm amazed. Yeasty and the slightest bit funky. It has a nice citrus flavor to it and a bit of spice in the background. I'm no good at identifying spices, but it has a strong presence, whatever it is.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation makes it feel heavy. It's 9%, so I can forgive the heaviness of it, but it's still a sluggish drink. It has the flavors of a nice, light Belgian ale, but it's got the drinkability of DFH 90. Not a nice combination.

Overall - Great flavors. I ended up finishing my wife's glass, as she fell asleep before she could finish it. I just wish it were easier to put away.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium light orange amber with yellow/gold tones and a firm pure white head.

Nose was an inviting orange, coriander and sweet "Belgian like" character. Some sweet lemon mousse/citrus assertive character.

Mouthfeel is a medium plus body with a rich bold and mouthfilling character with nice balance. Alcohol is well hidden and the mouth is big, bold and rich but smooth.

Flavors follow the nose with a big assertive semi-sweet/sweet orange peel and lots of layered spices. Alcohol is not hot but there is a hint of the alcoholic sweetness in the flavor profile - not a bad thing. There is a rich lemon peel bitter sweet in the med to end palate.

A nice big assertive and flavorful brew from Patrick, Tyler and crew.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SwillinBrew for the bottle!

Pours slightly darker hazy orange than a normal Wit, which could be expected as "Imperial". Head was still stark white, maybe a finger due to an aggressive pour. Dissipates to a film fairly quickly, which again, could be expected with the ABV.

Aroma was slightly fruity and sweet, bready, crisp, with a slight bit of alcohol heat.

Taste has a nice bready bite, some citrus, light fruity tones, and noticeable alcohol.

Medium bodied, rather low in carbonation. A bit more cispness would have made it more refreshing.

Overall, it was a good brew, though I don't think the imperializing a Wit betters the style any. At least it wasn't as boozy as Sam Adams Imp. Wit.

Photo of jsanford
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip.

A - Pours a hazy light gold with a creamy white head that recedes to a slight haze and thin ring.
S - Belgian bubblegum yeast, crisp wheat malt, and a whole bunch of spices like orange peel, coriander, and nutmeg. Smells like a big Witbier, which makes perfect sense.
T - Very similar to the nose, lots of crisp wheat malt and Belgian yeast. The nutmeg really shows up in the finish, reminding me of a Holiday-spiced beer of some sort.
M - Slick mouth-feel with a medium body and fairly crisp carbonation.
O - Very nice "big" Witbier, the 9% ABV is very well hidden. Really glad I got to try this, it's always nice to try a Bruery rarity!

Photo of JoshVandy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to Smarcoly for throwing this in a trade. Thanks man.

750mL bottle into a Bruery snifter.

A- Pours a nice and clear golden hay color with a 1.5 finger brilliant white head. A beautiful looking beer.

S- Very clean scent of oranges and coriander come through immediately, along with some nice Belgian yeast in there as well. A fantastic and welcome smell.

T- Starts out with a nice and sweet malt bill, then comes in with oranges, coriander, and that glorious Belgian yeast. I really like the taste of this, as it's refreshing and light.

M- Clean, refreshing and light on the palette, considering it's 9% ABV. The Bruery really know how to mask the ABV of their beers incredibly well.

O- A great wit beer and a fine example of the scope that The Bruery's offerings have. A perfect beer for a summer evening with your significant other.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex L. for picking this up for me and getting it out to VIrginia. Served in a Jackie O's snifter.

Pours a light straw yellow color with a bit of haze. Small white head forms and sticks around for just a bit. There is a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose has a strong scent of coriander, followed by orange peel and, to a lesser degree, nutmeg. There is a bit of light wheat and bread in the background as well. The flavor starts out with quite a bit of malt sweetness and is followed up by some spice. The coriander stood out to me, but others In the room got more of the nutmeg. Mouthfeel was medium and a bit cloying. No alcohol presence. Overall, a good beer, but not something I would be terribly excited about trying again.

Photo of treehouse
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this bottle is a few years old, stored well. opened with no outward expression of carbonation. using a bruery chalice ...poured flat with no head...bubbles clinging to the side sparsely..cloudy in appearance. medium straw color...

nose - pineapple...mangoes...sweet wine must....peaches..

mouth - tropical fruits....yeasty...a bit dry...lots of small bubbles...but somehow....still tasting...peach juice...slight tannins...easy and quick on the palate...

moderately meow...would drink again....

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden colored beer with a decent sized white head that left some solid lacing on the sides.

S - Very sweet with malts and some wheat characteristics. Has a decent amount of spices and some lemony citrus.

T - A lot of malt sweetness in this with some phenolic belgian notes. The spice is pretty present, particularly nutmeg and coriander. I'm not a huge fan as it's overly sweet, but it's not like it's a horrible beer.

M - High carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - It's not a bad beer, but if I never drink this again I won't care. Too sweet for my liking.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - light yellow/hazy color with a big white head. Lots of carbonation

S - big lemon zest and slight banana aroma. Very spicy from the yeast. Very pleasing

T - very light for the style but still packed with flavor. Banana, lemon, light pepper, and yeast esters. Complex and pleasing

M- medium body with lots of carbonation. Nice aftertaste that stays with the palate.

O - for the style it's definitely an imperial. Awesome flavor combination from the malt and Lots of spices from the yeast. One of the best examples of the style I've had

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

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a hazy orange color with a nice finger or so of white head and some mild lacing.

S: Immediately the sweetness of the beer is apparent. Sweet malt and wheat, with a touch of sugar to go with it. The lack of lavender in this beefed up version is most appreciated and allows the other spice notes, esters, and phenols to really come through.

T: Sweet malt and wheat bread characterize the flavor as well. The nutmeg provides a really excellent flavor and works quite well with the traditional coriander flavors. The orange peel flavor is there, but perhaps not as strong as in other witbiers. Despite being 9% alcohol, there is really no booziness.

M: The body is medium, but probably on the fuller side for a witbier, with a moderate carbonation.

D: So much better than regular Orchard White, especially without that medicinal lavender flavor. One of the few Provisions Series beers that's actually worth getting a bottle or two of.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow/tan and hazy, white head lasted a bit and left some decent lacing.

Smelled and tasted of lots of coriander, yeast, and spices. Somewhat sweet. Citrus qualities were really nice. A well done witbier, especially for an imperial strength one. You can't smell or taste the alcohol at all.

Feel was exceptional, slick and sweet with a great full body, remaining easy to drink the whole way.

Overall it's a very fine brew, right on par for what I expect from Bruery.

Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

311th review on BA
on-tap to goblet style @ provisions store

App- A very delicate looking crystal clear yellow with a fluffy white one finger head. Had a very nice cling to it.

Smell- Very light and clean on the nose. A big 1st whiff and got that trademark Bruery belgianesque note with a little orange and spice.

Taste- This was good I expected it to be a bit bigger though. The profile was good and the flavors were pretty spot on while dropping the as all have mentioned over bearing lavender.

Mouth- Light bodied with a high carb level. Left a nice spicy citrus peel like taste.

Drink- One of the only provision series I would like to have again. Very good for a hot day.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.22.11

25.4oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light hazy orange with a bubbly white head that fades quickly to the edges.

S - Lemons and wheat.

T - Peaches, lemon, and candy.

D - Sweet with a tart finish.

O - Overall I liked it, but I wish it was a touch less sweet.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a remarkably clear light golden color with a huge four finger fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lace in its wake. Smells of sweet malt with that spicy wheat twang. Hints of lemon, orange, and nutmeg in there as well. I can't find the coriander in there, but then again I can't say I know what it smells like if I did encounter it. Taste is light and sweet. Orange lemon and apricot mixed with candy sugar with hints of nutmeg. Finishes kind of sweet with a touch of alcohol showing itself in the finish. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, medium body with and ample level of carbonation. Not exactly a style that I gravitate towards, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from my RS shipment. I hated Orchard White, and don't have very high expectations for this one.

The first pour is a clear orange with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk, leaving no real lacing. The nose is surprisingly nice With a blend of bright citrus, moderately floral orange peel and some spicy coriander to go with the malt backbone of honey, a little sugar and a moderate wheaty, bready character, this smells quite refreshing. Sweeter than a wit needs to be, but still solid. The yeast isn't super-expressive here, though it does offer a mild spice note.

The palate opens with a blend of honey, flowers, some orange peel and some sweetness. The spice is an accent to the citrus, and in that sense, the balance of flavors here is great. The yeast is most expressive up front, with some white pepper to go with the really toned-down coriander note (compared to the base beer) Honey and a melange of flowers (rose and jasmine, for the most part?) are most noticeable on the mid-palate. With a blend of fruity sweetness and some honey on the finish, this medium-bodied beer is moderately carbonated and is quite pleasant on the palate. Quite enjoyable, I do wish the ABV was dropped to a more sessionable range and then sold in 6-packs. Given its progenitor, this beer is an unabashed success.

Photo of harrymel
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to this surprise.

Pours a light gold with near excellent clarity. Etched white central dome and rim of white foam. Smells of flowers - almost a lily character, some sweet wheat, some orange pith, a bit of seed of paradise - nice nose. Flavor is a nice wheaty, grainy, slightly sweet bready beer. Some bits of squash and a slight tartness on the edge. Medium bodied with soft, but well allocated carb, slightly dry. A nice beer.

Photo of Phelps
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle shared by ottovon and whiterascal. Into a tulip it goes.

Tarnished pale gold, mostly clear and effervescent. A frothy, large-bubbled white head about a finger tall pops away quickly, leaving behind a very thin, soapy ring.

The nose: booze-spiked apple juice, coriander, tangerine and hints of spicy nutmeg. A heavy, sugary blend.

Pear and apple cider appear again in the flavor, along with booze, some toasty biscuits, earthy hops, spicy coriander and bitterish tangerine peel. Smooth, with a lingering sweetness between sips.

Extremely low, massaging carbonation with tongue-numbing alcohol amid a syrupy medium body.

Well, this definitely tastes like a beefed-up version of White Orchard. Not bad, though definitely not as refreshing or drinkable as the original.

Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw, small near white head, leaves to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Light citrus, very lemony. Really, not much else.

T - Small light malt center, surrounded by citrus.

M - Light bodied, good mouth in general. Nice balance, good carb.

D - High abv well hidden. Can have lots of this.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, spice, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, honey, dried citrus peel, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing some oxidation that is slightly worse in the smell.

Serving type: bottle.

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

A: poured a translucent golden yellow with orange highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a good amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: belgian yeast was noticeable on the nose with some citrus, spice, a little bubble gum character, and had a grainy presence as well.

T: the spice and belgian yeast was more potent on the taste with lots of bubble gum flavor, herbs, some sweetness from the malts and a touch of clove.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a spice, slight herbal., and belgian yeasty finish.

D: it was a good drinking brew and decent in taste but to me was not a notch over to cal it imperial white orchard.

Photo of Retsinis
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap yesterday at the The Bruery's tasting room, I also picked up a growler to share this up coming Saturday with friends. I had a full glass.

The beer pours a clear amber gold, with a very small head that settled fast to just a ring of white bubbles. Some light lacing stick to the sides of the glass.

The beer smells of fresh wheat bread, with a tinge of nutmeg spice. Also has some notes of orange peel, and sweet malt. My wife had a taster glass of Orchard white, so I was able to do a bit of a side by side, and that way I was really able to tell just how much the lavendar dominates Orchard White, and with that ingredient not in this beer, the other notes really come through.

On taste, again for me the wheat and spice come through the most, with the orange peel and citrus sweetness taking a back seat. Not to say it was spicy, just that it had subtle herb notes, or a bridge between the initial bread flavor in the draw, and the slight crisp bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden too, the 9% barely registers.

Mouth feel was medium to full, with refreshing carbonation that held up throughout, and I could easily have had another.

Overall, I would NOT say this is on par with some of their other rare releases, (especially calling this Imperial, granted it's 9%, but it's not overly complex, and is close to style)

However, with that said, I do wish they had this beer on tap year round, as it was thirst quenching, refreshing, sessionable, and goes great with California weather. It would also go well as part of tasting flight. Glad I got the two bottles allocated with my RS membership, well done.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a white head that did not stick around forever but left some very light lacing.

Aroma of light belgian yeast, very light malt aroma, and a sweet presence.

Taste of sweet wheat with coriander flavors and belgian spiced yeast. Over the top sourdough yeast flavors in here with slight floral tastes. I think the original had lavender in it and while I do not taste overwhelming lavender here, my mind may be placing lavender into this because many of the other flavors are so similar and are associating that taste to this beer even though it is not in this brew. There is a medium to light carbonation and the abv is nearly completely hidden. Even when below 55 temperatures, on a 90 degree day in CT, this one is refreshing and delicious.

Overall this is a very tasty Witbier. I would definitely recommend it. I would argue that this should come in four packs in cans with reduced pricing. Maybe one day the Bruery will catch on to this and increase distribution. Regardless of their announcement to increase their barrel aging program, I think they could afford to create a few year round bottles that do not come in 750 ml bottles.

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Provisions Series: Imperial White Orchid from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.