A Foolish Wit | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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3.98
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A Foolish WitA Foolish Wit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We're not joking around here, the jester has returned! A Foolish Wit was our original Belgian style wit beer, brewed with amchoor, (dried green mango), lemony sumac, and traditional green coriander. This is a wit that even those wielding the sharpest of tongues will enjoy. Light, bright, and full of lemony wheat flavor, this ale is ripe with mischief.

Added by TMoney2591 on 09-23-2012

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 87
Reviews by kawilliams81:
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a very cloudy, dirty orange with a 2" thick white head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big orange and lemon aromas along with lots of spices. Definitely smell a Belgian yeast strain in there.

T- follows nose with citrus being more dominant over the spices. Lemon, oranges, spices.

M- medium body and high carbonation. More acidic with higher carbonation.

O- not you typical witbier for sure. Has the spice, but more of a citrus take compared to banana.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure if this was the "sour mango wit" mentioned as coming soon, or the base beer for it... A Foolish Wit is a very solid (nearly imperial) Witbier.

Straight down the middle our into a tulip glass generates a billowing head of foam, which recedes with plenty of sticky lacing. The color and clarity leave something to be desired, a dull opaque brownish-orange rather than the usual light pastel yellow-orange. Head breaks u fairly quickly also.

Aroma is fruity, orange eel supplanted with plenty of smooth wheat and moderate coriander.

Smooth feel, medium bodied, a light natural fruit tartness initially that segues quickly into seamless wheat softness. Not overly spiced, more fruit forward with plenty of wheat character in the middle and end. Lingering orange eel and soft traces of coriander. Very well put together, no flaws in my mind other than the appearance, which is pretty minor anyway. Can't wait to see a fruited version, if that ever comes to fruition (groan, lol)...

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting brew picked up in trade from rmcnealy... Thanks a bunch Rob... this is soooo very odd even for a witbier.

Poured into my slim tulip.. nice white head... the brew is hazed dark golden..

The nose shows bunches of weird tropical fruitiness that would NEVER BE called for in a witbier but somehow meshes with the background lime profile.. I guess I get some mild clove phenols.

The palate is thick for the style... heavy fruits and a bit of kaffir lime leaf... odd sour notes coming from the Sumac I guess.... The flavors just don't jive for me... too thick and ultimately too muddy.

Really, this is just an interesting heavy bodied witbier.. I APPLAUDE Pipeworks for doing a wit with ingredients that obviously took a lot of work to gather and make things happen.

3.5 across the board is probably too high... but the adventurism with the witbier ingredients brings it back into higher realms.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out of a bomber into a Matilda glass. Pours with a half finger head that fades almost instantly. Dirty lemon appearance with a satin shimmer. Tons of carbonation.

S - Really yeasty wheat. Definite lime notes.

T - Slight sting (just as it says in the bottle description) but a really nice spice to it. Breaddy but in a good way. Small hint of lime. Fades to an interesting bitter and sticks around a lot longer than expected. The final notes seem almost sour, not to my liking. There's a huge maltiness to it, but one that is much more bitter than usual.

M - Good carbonation level which seems to prefer a colder temperature. Hangs around a bit too much for my taste. Has a great refreshing feel initially but leaves you with a negative sour in your mouth.

O - Interesting. The initial taste is actually pretty good and decently refreshing. The bitterness is the aspect I don't really understand about this beer. Its not sharp, but almost sour. I like the idea of the zing it starts with, but the "exotic spices" it uses seem to be a little too exotic for my taste.

Heed their warning about not pouring the last little bits into your glass, you'll get sediment for sure.

Batch #45

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ichtegems tulip glass at Local Option.

I was surprised to see a Pipeworks brew on tap, but I guess the Fuckin' Catalina Wine Mixer means A-game all the way, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy sunset straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light wheat, coriander, clove, cardamom, and grapefruit rind. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of red apple flesh for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly prickly feel. Overall, a very nice "imperial" wit, one that brings everything on with some strength behind it, but also without overdoing it.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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