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Thick White Freeks - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
88
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This massive thick freek of a white ale is brewed with a hint of fresh ginger, coriander, white pepper, orange peel, and orange juice concentrate. The yeast was donated by our friend Urbain from De Struise.

27 IBU

(Beer added by: Wadsey on 06-16-2011)
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
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mishtif

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

01-21-2013 16:04:12 | More by mishtif
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-18-2013 14:52:05 | More by PHBoiler
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

01-16-2013 13:33:03 | More by Sean9689
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zrab11

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-09-2013 02:23:30 | More by zrab11
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tsauce2

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-06-2013 06:28:06 | More by tsauce2
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huysmans

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-18-2012 02:30:19 | More by huysmans
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Drucifer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-13-2012 16:36:54 | More by Drucifer
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DruD

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12-05-2012 20:36:34 | More by DruD
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Talz420


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-13-2012 19:07:53 | More by Talz420
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Savearth

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-29-2012 23:36:36 | More by Savearth
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MSchore


5/5  rDev +26.6%

07-31-2012 14:09:28 | More by MSchore
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BarelyLegal33


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

07-15-2012 01:25:36 | More by BarelyLegal33
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denimdemon

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-13-2012 03:17:16 | More by denimdemon
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-16-2012 04:00:27 | More by brotherloco
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jdcooper88

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-14-2012 23:17:59 | More by jdcooper88
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-12-2012 16:50:25 | More by MarkIntihar
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PeterMatthes

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-11-2012 20:08:01 | More by PeterMatthes
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Jerry

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-04-2012 13:18:23 | More by Jerry
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-03-2012 06:02:19 | More by hilgart1
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery, into an odd tulip of sorts.

Hazy gold with a thick white head, dense lacing and mild retention. Sweet malt character, wheat, light spicing and some bright citrus notes. Taste has banana, sweet malts with an odd yeast character. More citrus flavours but this feels oddly artificial - wasn't surprised to find out this was made with and orange juice concentrate or something similar. More wheat and light spicing in the finish. Big and full body, a little more than what I wanted in a witbier. Not bad, but not that good either.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 00:38:59 | More by liamt07
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the ultra-finesse style of witbier meet the brash aggression of Three Floyds, of course an imperial version is eminent. But retaining what's supple and elegant about Belgian versions of the style, Three Floyds carefully keeps the refreshment and balance in check but also serving up a wallop of strength and flavor.

The burnish golden ale is brought to the table capped with a thick white, freakish head that captures the essence of the namesake. With opaque appearances, the beer's yeasty aesthetics allows the the faintest of a glow to emit. Very persistent both in head retention and lacing, this beer is undeniably Belgian-inspired.

The aroma of witbier is on proper display with a tart wheaty backbone, decorated with orange peel and coriander. But that's not enough, the almost-hoppy scent of orange pulp and freshly zested tangerine become larger than life and gives an overall juicy and rounded scent to the already fruity and floral ale. Soft and sharp spices come in the shape of the celery seed perfume with white pepper and freshly grated ginger root.

More fruity than malty to taste, the fresh citrus and tropical flavors carry a pleasant juiciness, sweetness, and acidity that sculpt the balance masterfully. Any malt flavor seems to give the fruit a candy-coated taste; grain tartness seems of clean citrus acidity, and ginger additions weave seamlessly into the spicy yeast character. The mild taste of sugar cookie dough is just enough to support the brilliant fruit and spice interplay. Only the mild grassy finish of mint and lemongrass deviate from the plan and begin to denote a fade to finish.

Medium bodied, the beer has a richer feel than does traditional witbiers of Hoegaarden, but doesn't seem thick. Creamy carbonation turns effervescent in finish for a light prick of the tongue as the fruit and grain acidity refreshes the palate and the hop and peppery spice closes with clean confidence with a short lived return of citrus fruit.

It's very impressive to see the flavors of witbier intact to this extent without disrupting the delicate balance that makes the original Belgian whites so charming, despite the additional complexities of orange juice, ginger, or elevated alcohols.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2012 18:52:23 | More by BEERchitect
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-27-2012 12:10:47 | More by atone315
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Mick-e-d


4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-21-2012 00:42:07 | More by Mick-e-d
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2Dreadnaught

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Three Floyd's in a small tulip glass.
A: Hazy pale yellow with a light orange hue. 1 finger bright white head leaving a speckled Bavarian lace.
S: Orange juice with cream and coriander and hint of ginger.
T: An adult Orange Julius. Taste like it sounds, it's lost and it's found hungry like the wolf. Sorry for the Duran Duran 80's flash back. But it does taste like orange juice with cream spiced with coriander and ginger with at crisp dry finish.
M: Thick and creamy light carbonation.
O: Very unique, just like 3 Floyd's. Not your everyday beer but definetly wort seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 18:38:00 | More by 2Dreadnaught
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mynie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, this review is from notes:

Pours, well, like a very thick witbier. Pale gray with little twinges of yellow, and as hazy as a storm cloud.

Smells like a pleasantly alcoholic wit along with a surprisingly big kick of orgeat.

White pepper dominates up front, followed by a very, very thick node of straight-up OJ and ending on some nicely alcoholic yeast complexities. Very creamy, very spicy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 14:40:58 | More by mynie
Thick White Freeks from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.