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Vuuve - Brouwerij Smisje

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-08-2002

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 109
Reviews by jrallen34:
Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This is light yellow beer with a nice heavy white head, almost a bit much carboniation though. It has nice heavy lacing.

It smells of oranges, honey, coriander with lots of spice.

It has a sharp bitter taste with lots of spice and touch of orange..

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of mutterfudder
2.33/5  rDev -35.5%
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....

Photo of Metalmonk
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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.

Photo of cjgator3
2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of jackndan
2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of emerge077
2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Photo of Surlington
4.51/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz squat bottle picked up at the Coop Tuesday for ~$4.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head drops quickly back on to the hazy straw colored brew.

Aroma is grainy wheat and a little tartness... fruitiness leans toward the orange zest with quite a bit of coriander.

Flavor is sweeter than many wits.. but the added maltiness helps tie everything together. Again a litte tart too... the orange is more pronounced than the aroma.. with the coriander more of a background player... slightly sour dry finish... really quite a bit of orange throughout. Light medium body with lighter than average carbonation for the style.

pretty good ... not great ... given the price tag, I will probably only ever buy again if I am brewing a witbier and am looking for inspiration.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a quite hazy carmel amber with a three finger white head with an easy pour. Retention is good and the head leaves a lot of pillowy lacing. Aroma of orange family citrus, coriander, saison style yeast, slightly estery with mild mineral. Flavor is citrus dominated, with old orange juice, lemons, mild wheat, coriander; finishes with grapefruit rind Belgian spicing, hints of hop bitterness, tart, slightly vinegary and semi dry. Light to medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. An odd but interesting take on a witbier, rather tart and citrus-acidic. The profile seems somewhat like a cross betrween a tart Belgian pale style and a witbier, with the witbier not quite asserting it's flavor. An interesting ale to try but a bit too tart and citrus forward to be a repeater for me.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There have been a good deal of negative criticism of this one on here, and I am not sure why. I had a magnum of this yesterday during the family barbecue and was rather pleased with the results of it. The pour was nice, with a very hazy and cloudy bright golden yellow layed out in front of me. A decent amount of white froth on top, perhaps an inch high that settled down nicely into a thin crown that stuck to the sides throughout the session. A good deal of carbonation could be seen throughout the session as well.

The aroma was very light, airy, with a ton of fruit. This one almost gave of the aroma and flavor of dole pineapple orange juice at times. Simply very nice on a hot day would be the best way to put it. The initial smell was that of oranges, apricots, pears, and lemon. Very bright and floral with almost no bitterness in it. As it warmed it got a little sweeter and some nice hints of peach started coming through on it. The flavor followed suit as well, really coming across very light and very nice for a light summer beer. There was a touch of wheat in the back end of it, but the fruit was the real story here. Loaded down with a good amount of peach, pear, coriander, and a touch of spice. There was even a very light, and very subtle tartness on the finish. Really very well done, with a long lingering flavor of light pineapple and orange that stayed on the tongue for what seemed like an eternity. The feel was more then decent with a nice carbonation profile and a good light body to it. Nothing heavy about this one at all. As far as being able to drink it, it was simply awesome. A very easy drinker, and the fruit flavors really lended themselves to a hot summer afternoon type of flavor. I was very impressed with how much flavor there was in here coming off of it.

Overall while not being the best thing I have ever had, this was more then solid. I am not really sure why people would not like this as a light Belgian Wheat, it hits the description head on. A fine example of what the style can be, and a really nice drink for a barbecue. I would definitely head back to this one again, really could not go wrong here.

Photo of rallison
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden color with a 1/2 finger white head that completely disappears.

S: Nice and spicy with a ton of orange.

T: This is 5%?? That was my first reaction, as there is a ton of flavor in here. Lots of orange peel and a decent bit of coriander (and then I read the bottle to find those were the two spices used!). Has a citrusy/grapefruity herbal hop presence (not much in the way of true bitterness here). Earthy, wheaty sort of flavors too. Nice.

M: For a 5% beer, this has even a slight sticky aspect, although something about the carbonation makes it a bit watery too. Carbonation could be just a touch higher. Overall, a good, but not great, mouthfeel.

D: Extremely drinkable. Low alcohol, lots of flavor and enjoyable.

Highly recommended. I am impressed with the amount and complexity of flavor in a beer of this alcohol. Well done.

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow beer with an orange tinge to it. Ample white head dissipates quickly to a thin layer that leaves some lacing

Aroma: Spicy yeast notes...orange peel in the background with malt. Slight hoppiness (maybe styrians).

Taste: Initially like an orange blossom syrup popular in Greek and Mid-East desserts. Sweet malt character with a spicy clove (from the yeast) and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Quite bitter for a wit, but balances nicely toward sweet (though the balance leans more to the sweet side). Lighter carbonation than I expected (based on the pour)...dries out with a bit of tartness.

Drinkability: Fairly good, though the strong orange spiciness may get a bit old for it to be a session beer.

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Vuuve from Brouwerij Smisje
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