Thick White Freeks - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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88
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wadsey on 06-16-2011

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
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 24
Photo of AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -Pours an update yellow color with a little bit of stock on the sides.

S - Smells of a healthy dose of yeast and a lot of sweet candy sugar and syrup.

T - this if exceptionally sweet and cloying. A lot of candy sugar with some belgian yeast. Big problem with this one is how sweet it is, makes it hard to get down.

M - Kind of syrupy and low carbonation.

O - Too much sweetness overpowers this beer and makes it hard to get a ton down. I'd pass on this next time.

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

On tap at FFF.

A very cloudy orangey color. This looks like I am making orange juice from frozen concentrate and it needs stirring. Very interesting.
Huge thick lacing forms sheets that slowly dry up into rings. Nice retention too.

Smells of oranges... Big time. Oranges are intense. I like it. Some peppery and spicy notes come through as well as a bite of spicy wheat.
This tastes just how I'd expect after the nose-- lots of oranges and coriander with white pepper and a spicy wheat malt underneath.

Very nice body-- hefty and full but holding plenty of carbonation.

This is a very solid beer. An imperial wit is a style rarely attempted, and even more rarely done this well. This hides the booze and retains the intents of its refreshing origins.
Well done.

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a different squat and stubby tulip glass.

A - Murky dark apricot body, with a finger of white foam that settles to a thick collar and leaves small splotches of lace.

S - Pretty typical witbier aromas - coriander, peppery yeast, creamsicle. Big emphasis on the yeast and wheat flavors.

T - Again, plenty of bread, wheat, and yeast, with less spice and pepper than I noticed in the aroma. There's some orange peel as well, but I'm guessing most of the orange concentrate fermented out?

M - Zesty carbonation, smooth medium body, dry finish, and some light warming alcohol.

D - Split a glass with Chris. Easy enough to drink, but not something I'd crave again in the near future. Still, I generally dislike Imperial Witbiers and this was pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Wadsey
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick White Freeks, because "that's what we are," accroding to Three Floyds' Brewmaster Barnaby Struve.

Served in snifter at Three Floyds on June 16, 2011 during lunch with buddies cetherid and hurfer.

A: Pours opaque amber-orange with creamy whit head. Very good lacing. No way to determine effervescence through the haze. 

S: Orange juice, cloves, pepper, and general spiciness. Wheat "tang." 

T: Sweet orange juice mixed with cloves and pepper.  Some sugary grapefruit. Mild bitterness. Spicy finish with twang from wheat malts and some orange peels.

M: Medium-heavy body and medium, fizzy carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. A little syrupy. 

O: This is obviously an imperial Belgian Witbier, and it has the big flavors and adjuncts to back up that claim. Nevertheless, abv is well hidden and it drinks very nicely. Recommended.

Thick White Freeks from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.