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Vuuve - Brouwerij Smisje

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82
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 20.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-08-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by NolanGTI:
Photo of NolanGTI
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a straw color with minimal head and lacing. Nose was full of fruit and a touch of alcohol. Predominantly orange shined through, not overly complex in the nose and not completely appealing based on looks. On to taste...

This is a wit? Really? While some Wit's are lacking in a ton of complexity, this one really falls short. Yeasty and fruity, but not much else. It has some nice citrus but it has an overly light mouthfeel and lack of complexity in flavor. Very disappointing overall. Drinkable, but uninspiring.

NolanGTI, May 27, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never seen or heard of this beer,I saw it on the shelf in a little bottle with a numbe5 on it.Really liked the way this beer looked unfiltered hazy orange color,smeled like a typica wit orangy and spicy.Very easy to drink with very citruisy tones.A good find,easy to drink on hot summer day.

oberon, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at random from "the Foodery" beer/sandwich shop in Philadelphia. Not cheap - somewhere around $4 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

It is golden/orangish in color with minimal head retention as you pour. Very bubbly, almost like champagne. The coriander is pretty much equal in both the scent & taste. There is also a noticable citrus flavor from the orange peels used in the brewing process.

This is a light bodied beer but still has a bit of complexity. It is very crisp and refreshing and if it was a bit less pricey, you could drink many of them in a row. This is a solid Belgian whitbier straight across the board. Nothing mindblowing, but certainly enjoyable.

chOAKbarrell, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. The # five is intended for their five year anniversary of being a brewery, they started brewing towards the end of 1995.

Appearance: Cloudy radiant yellow with beige highlights, a wonderful head poured after 2/3 of the beer was decanted then the rest was swirled to agitate the sediment for the rest of the pour. Even after a little while a thin yet strong white lace sticks around.

Smell: Fresh ground coriander with citric rinds of lemon and orange, slight black pepper perhaps from the alcohol or esters. Fruitiness goes even further with suggestions of mangos and pears.

Taste: Medium body shows of the malt a bit, lightly crisp with a smooth center and slightly creamy back end. Malt sweetness is a smaller yet intricate part to this layered beer. Prickly, almost biting though not sharp … herbal and earthy with a vague nuttiness from the yeast. Coriander lays in the back ground and the orange peel jumps to attention when the hop bitterness kicks in. Thinning out a bit in the end to let some dryness through, more of the herbal characteristics are seen of the hops as well as the drying of the orange peel.

Notes: Not as refined or soda-sweet as some witbiers, more of a raw in your face and more bitter witbier than what most beer drinkers think of. Personally I think it is great to see a different face of the witbier, one that slaps your tongue around a bit rather than massaging it.

Jason, Apr 24, 2002
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +10.8%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium to darker yellow (cadmium yellow), plenty hazy with almost a lava lamp like apearance. Good pale 1/4 inch head of good duration and leaving nice lacing. Citric oil aroma, lemon and orange zest, almost candied. Mouthfeel is decent, plenty of fine carbonation enlivens the start. Lots of citric flavor elements, again, candied with coriander back notes. Then, like some other Wits, it takes a plasticky, stiffling turn at the end, tones of artificial pine cleaner. This combines with a thickening that makes the beer decent to start but unsettling to my stomach at the close.

ADR, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of glid02
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at the BSP in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon color with a half-finger white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells alright. Equal parts citrus, light fruits, and spicy aromas, although it's not as pungent as I'd hoped.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light banana flavor mixed with oranges up front, followed by light spice flavors. The aftertaste is equal parts sweet fruits and citrus. Much like the smell, none of the flavors really stand out.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness is just a bit on the thin side, but the carbonation is good.

Drinkability is alright. It's certainly not bad, but there's nothing that makes me want another one.

Overall this is a decent wit, but I probably won't be ordering another any time soon.

glid02, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Trashcat
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Trashcat, Friday at 05:08 PM
Photo of mutterfudder
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Wow, not what I expected!

A - Copper pour with huge, fluffy head.

S - Ew... Fruit and corriander, but the fruit smells like it's gone bad.

T - Yeah, it tastes like it smells. Funky and not in a great way. Interesting maltiness but overpowered by the rancid orange taste

M - Good in this regard, liked the carbonation for the style.

D - Ouch. Barely finished it.

I can't say I dug this....

mutterfudder, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a wheat beer, all cloudy and hazy. Beautiful and complex body. Head settles too soon, almost flat in seconds.

Smell is intriguing and unusual. You know this isn't a run-of-the-mill ale, with elements of funky yeast, moldy oranges, white pepper and sour cheese.

Taste is as wicked, complex and funky as the smell, with a pleasing sourness and a huge hit of barnyard funk. You gotta love Orval and Flemish Primitive Wild Ale to dig this one. Plenty of orange and coriander in there too if you like it spicy.

Too tangy in the mouth, could use a rounder, chewier feel.

I love this one, but it's a special occasion sort of thing. Loads of personality and I can't really think of another beer exactly like it. Certainly tops in the Witbier field. A one of a kind.

Metalmonk, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of daftafne
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow/gold appearance and not much of a head - I poured it when it was probably too cold. Floral smell with orange and citrus. Bitter taste of vinegar reminiscent of some flemish ales. A bit of a funky yeast. Lightly sweet malts fairly inconspicuous. Coriander present throughout. Dry finish. Light body, good carbonation. Interesting brew worth trying.

daftafne, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wispy mustard hued topped with a oppressing tower of stained ivory.
Dog biscuit nose dashed with dried cilantro, and lime juice.
Begins with a papery malt base, quickly cut and disintergrated with a vinegary cider and citric acid tartness. Reforms with a floured dinner roll notion in the middle, along with pricks of pepper and coriander. Ends with a roughshod carbonation that mimmicks hop levity.
Scraping and fizzy, but what is underneath is clingy and sticky-sour.
Not too special. But then, this might be old.

cokes, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-ish gold topped by a thick and fluffy white head propped up by a high level of carbonation. The head holds well and leaves some Belgian-lace. Bold - and rather exciting - aromas of citrus and spice: orange peel, coriander, fruitiness. Light bodied but with a zesty mouthfeel. The flavor follows the aroma with big fruit and spice notes of gently soft coriander and bright orange peel, a wide maltiness and some yeastiness. The finish is big, with an aggressive bitterness and a yeasty/bready mouthcoating character. Definitely one of the bolder witbiers! However, it seems a bit unbalanced with the almost delicate, thin and crisp character up front - stomped by a heavy finish. Unique. May require several tastings.

NeroFiddled, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured foamy but that might have been my own fault. It smells great and the massive amounts of foam die down quickly to a nice head. Coriander and orange peel not overpowering, it has a nice dry finish. Towards the end of the glass gets a little harder to drink. A good beer but nothing to write home about.

mclaughlindw4, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a murky golden orange color with a very small head that quickly disappears. The aroma is fruity with notable orange peel and coriander. The taste is tart with some citrus with a hint of spices. The mouthfeel is overly thin and watery. Not a big fan of this brew. The taste I find to be very unpleasant and I even thought that this was a bad bottle at first, but judging by other reviews with similar characteristics, it seems that is the way the beer is. Not recommended.

cjgator3, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of beerluvr
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a soapy-looking very white head over top of cloudy orange-golden liquid. Nose has notes of tartness, coriander and yeast. Taste is sour with a lomony tinge to it, some fleeting sweetness and spice behind it. Finishes sweet/sour...more sour than sweet though. An interesting, if anything Witbier.

beerluvr, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, IL. Nicely fizzy and lemony. The citrus notes make it a little sour, like a Berliner Weiss more than a wit. But a very pleasing flavor. This should have been tasted from a nice tall weizen glass instead of a teeny sampler, but them's the breaks.

DrunkMcDermott, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of jackndan
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Vuuve: in a stubby brown bottle. A Belgian white beer brewed with spices. Dirty, cloudy orange beer, with very little head. Nice orange aroma. Wow, not a very good beer at all, think spoiled orange juice. The coriander spice is present, but the taste is dominated by the sourness, like rank citrus fruits. After my palate gets used to it, I can avoid throwing it out, but only just. Pass it by.

jackndan, Apr 20, 2003
Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

zonker17, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of barcabadger
5/5  rDev +38.5%

barcabadger, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled as a witbeer.

A: Pours a bright golden-orange color.

S: Aroma is lemon pledge furniture cleaner with strong hints of ammonia.

T: On the nose was a huge orange peel scent with an highly acidic flavor, citrusy hopping with some medicinalnotes. The initial flavor yielded some sour orange peel and strong ammonia and medicinal flavors similar to that of a bathroom cleaner. 40% wheat palate only highlights the medicinal flavors in this beer. There was some lemon citrus grind in the finish but otherwise lacks spicing typical per style.

M: typical regenboog, light, fizzy with a touch of sourness. Limited drinkability.

D: It was the pungent ammonia aroma and flavor that really turned me off to this beer.

beerthulhu, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of emerge077
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow. No head, yet there are tiny occasional bubbles. Unpleasant brown yeast is caked around the neck of the bottle. Clumps of yeast-like matter float on the rim of the glass.

Odor of band-aids. Yeast is added, making for a sickly yellow-brown color. Smells like cream left out overnight, orange peel, and coriander.

Taste is sour, astringent, and watery. Second sip is like expired orange juice. Can't help but think the two bottles I bought on separate occasions were spoiled somehow, but they were identical in every way.

Sadly this was a drain-pour...
Disclaimer: I love sour ales and Lambics, but this was clearly not an intentionally sour ale (multiple infected bottles), therefore the low marks.

emerge077, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Surlington
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow. Pour out 2/3 and then swirl the rest for a decent head, otherwise you won't have any. Either way, it dissipates quickly.
S: Citrusy and fresh. Very bright.
T: It's assertive for a witbier. Strong citrus peel as well as sourness dominate. It's a little spicy, possibly a result of the heavy carbonation, with a hint of coriander. Extremely refreshing, great for summer.
M: Heavily carbonated and light.
D: Refreshing and clean.

Surlington, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of weird spices is not the most enticing. Taste is different from your average wit but not necessarily for the best; there is way too much orange peel with limited coriander which contributed to the misbalance character of this beer. Body is slightly oily and not full at all. Weird take on a style that doesn’t provide much error margin to begin with.

Phyl21ca, Feb 21, 2007
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Vuuve from Brouwerij Smisje
82 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.