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Unified Theory - River North Brewery

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River North Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 05-27-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an interesting witbier. Almost a kind of herbal lavender thing going on. The barrel is definitely doing something intereting things that you don't really get on a typical wit. I highly suggest this one. But again, like the Marie, this is a heavy interpretation. Somehow though, it all gets pulled off in high fashion. Imagine that: a barrel aged witbier.

RblWthACoz, Oct 15, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

oak aged imperial wit. pours hazy and radiant golden to yellow with a lasting one inch pure white head. smells like new american oak, belgian yeast, and orchard fruit. flavor is surprisingly oaky, i guess they use those oak sirals for this. also some mild sweet notes, maybe honey, and a floral but not quite perfumy essence as well. mouthfeel is great, lively carbonation and a medium body, dry in the finish with the wood being the last flavor to fade out. overall this is an excellent brew, and an ambitious undertaking for a brand new brewery. i was more than impressed with this one.

StonedTrippin, May 27, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to daniloknezic for trading me this bottle! Thanks Don!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 8/14/12.

Appearance: clear yellow bodied beer with a 1 finger white head.

Smell: Its got an interesting stink to it. never smelled anything like that before. Hay, grass, spicy, earthy.

Taste: This is a really busy beer with nice complexity! Hay, lemons, oak, grassy, herbal, spicy yeast, clove, honey, and mushrooms. Has a menthol finish that really makes this beer different.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A touch of syrup in the mouthfeel. No ABV is even hinted at; even when this beer clock in at 8.5%!

Overall: River North brewery is really doing some inventive and creative beers. A fairly new brewery that not many people have heard of or know about. I like what they are doing and how brave they are tring some really advanced beer right out of the gates. I cant say I that I have ever heard of an oaked witbier before, much less tried one until now. Really cool beer, its worth a try! BA's give this new brewery a shot. They make good beer!

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River North Brewery - Unified Theory [Oak-Aged Imperial Wit Ale] (22oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 8.5% ABV)

When choosing a bomber, aesthetics play a certain role even though it's the contents that are what's truly important... When I came across River North's selection, the bottles left much to the imagination, but when labeled "Oak-Aged Imperial Wit Ale," it's not something I'm quick to pass up... It pours light, with a hazy goldenrod color, with a 2 inch rocky head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving minimal lacing but a nice retentive little cap... A wheaty malt aroma shows up overlaying a little funk, and a touch of orange zest sweetness here and there, but it does seem a little bit aromatically challenged... Upon tasting, it's moderately light on the palate, similar to what one would expect out of saison, just with less carbonation... The oaky taste takes over midway through, bringing with it a spicy floral bouquet with cinnamon a prominent, but extremely pleasant note... A clean, crisp finish, with lingering spice notes and just a hint of bitterness to balance it out, every sip is a refreshing one... This brew has many fine components all harmonizing nicely to play a solid role, completing this well crafted ale as a whole... The sweetness is well balanced by the oak, and no one element overpowers another in its' quest for perfect unison... Definitely not what I expected, but I'm very pleased with the ale quickly diminishing from my glass!! Another good brew - Cheers!!

NSXAG, Nov 19, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: A finger and a half of stark white foam sits gently on top of a crystal clear, pale, bright, yellow beer. A few champagne bubbles slowly work their way from the bottom of the glass to the bottom of the foam as the head slowly recedes. This is a very good looking beer.

SMELL: Quite a unique, complex smell here; grass, some fruit aromas (lemon is big), plenty of spice and just a very faint hint of barnyard funk lurking beneath it all.

TASTE: Like the nose, there is a LOT going on in here. A ton of sweet fruit flavors attack the palate right off the bat, but a strong black pepper spiciness tames that sweetness a touch. A little oak and vanilla flirt with the palate as well before a slight grassy and citrusy hop flavor washes the sip down.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium bodies, the carbonation in Unified Theory is very lively with an excellent, champagne-like sparkle. While it is sweet to start, the finish dries out quite nicely, paving the way for the next sip.

OVERALL: This is a far more interesting beer than any other Wit I’ve had. Big enough to hold up during these winter months, but will be a nice summer sipper as well.

StoneTSR, Feb 18, 2014
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Unified Theory from River North Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.