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Vuuve - Brouwerij Smisje

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BA SCORE
82
good

132 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 20.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | 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)
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Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

Had a terrible time finding this beer on the site because apparently I can't spell. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick and fluffy head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly an orange peel/corriander character with a lot of sweetness. The flavor is a sweet maltiness with some orange and grapefruit. A little thin. This was an ok beer, but I'm not sure that I'll have it again.

clvand0, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy orange-golden color. An active head of white rises to 2” and soon rescinds leaving a clumpy panacke batter head. Carbonation is high, and remains active throughout. A thin lace is all that finally remains of the head. Lots of yeasties and funk stay in the bottle.

Smell: Spicy, spicy, spicy. I'm battered by pepper, clove, and strong phenolic twinge--without having tasted it!

Taste: Whoa. This is different. This is great! I'm first hit with a real citirc sourness; this tastes of freshly mashed lemons, pulp and all. Within this huge acidity is the bite of phenols, medicinal and bright. Next flows pepper, grass, green onion (maybe I'm dreaming). This is a witbier to kick the collective ass of all those wishy washy wits with no taste. But, wow. Lemony. Orangey? Not so much. Think: Corriander out the Ass.

Mouthfeel: Nicely active, very alive across the palette. High carbonation and low alcohol make this light, and the brash flavor makes it feisty.

Drinkability: I really like this. I don't know about everyday, and I don't even know about thirst-quenching, though it is really REFRESHING in an eye-opening sense. This is a great sort of different. Certainly the most outlandish Wit I've ever had. Great.

99bottles, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.15/5  rDev +15%

33 cl stubby bottle. Pours a clouded bronze color with a volcanous off-white head. Had to stop pouring after the first splash beacuse it was filling up the tumbler too quickly. Strong smells of wheat malt, orange zest, cracked coriander and some tame fresh floral smells. Quite pungent for a witbier, not offly so; acrid and slightly sour maltiness with aggressive qualities of orange zest and coriander right up in front. Finished slightly dry and further fruitiness lingers. Carbonation is excellent, the carbonic acid even plays a role in the overall taste, accentuating the higher pH of the mash and moderate hoppiness. A very nice and welcomed change of pace to the style. Nice to see that a witbier doesn't have to follow a cookie-cutter standard.

crookedhalo, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

Not much to the pour of this one. Slightly hazed orange with just a thin wisp of a head. The orange peel comes out strongly in the aroma, undergirded by just a bit too much sweetness from the malt.

The orange also comes out quite strongly in the flavor, with a big, juicy presence right from the start. This, especially when combined with the tang from the wheat malt, creates a bit of an overly sweet presnence. The finish, however, is quite interesting with a strong corriander flavor that comes off with an almost smoky, roasted quality.

Mouthfeel is flat and a bit thin -- a bit more carbonation would do this a world of good. Still drinkable, but the finish is really the redeeming factor here.

mzwolinski, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of newyawker
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%

Hazy gold color, small bubbly white head. Smell is kind of lemony, and it bites the nose hairs a little. Small amount of vinegar in the flavor, which was very, very tart. A little dry, and not easy to enjoy. I never had a white beer like this one, and I hope I never do again.

newyawker, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%

Appearance: straw color, hazy, absolutely no head, almost looks flat

Aroma: orange rind, grainy malts, light hops, floral perfume, pine floor-cleaner

Flavor: grapefruit juice mixed wtih a light ale, slightly sweet, coriander(?), finishes tangy and dryish with an aftertaste of fruit juice and soap

Mouthfeel: light body, low carbonation, acidic

Other comments: Weird! I guess this is the Belgian answer to the infamous "mixed beers" in Germany. Not horrible, but would be better if it had more carbonation. After reading the ingredients, I can see that there is no grapefruit juice mixed in it. So, I guess it's really just a heavily spiced "wit".

GreenCard, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a golden orange with a thick frothy head. Offiwhite and extrememly lacy. Smell is citrusy. Wheat malt and lightly sour. Some coriander present if you breathe deeply.

Taste has alot of orange peel n it, that's for sure. Fruity, citrusy and bitter. Sourness with the hints of coriander and some very light hoppy flavors. Hops are more prevalent in the finish and for a wit it really has a pronounced stickiness that lingers on the tongue for sometime. It's pretty good. I like the orange peel flavors this beer imparts, sets it apart a bit form other wits I've had. But this bottle was $2.99 for a 33cl bottle. Way more than Wittekerke or Hoegaarden and those beers aren't THAT less in the complexity department. Price doesn't always matter but it does here.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of pio
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%

clean blonde with minor activity. sticky yet shorter white head. pretty banners of lace. the head eventually nearly abandons the volume.
umbelliferous vegetable scents along with old grain, wheat, orange oil and herbal mustiness. hint of pear and honey. very diffrent from any other beer i have smelled.
orange extract and sweet veggies are not very plesant to my palate on this start. gets a bit tart with a strong spice and herbal lingering with the sweet vegetable and citric oils of lemon and orange (curacao) remaining forever and cloying.
near dead carbonation, next to no effervescance. watery and powdery body.
stiring up the bottom of the bottle seemed to serve this beer better but i just did not like it either way. it seemed as though they put all these spice, herbal and fruit notes on top of nothing and it was way out of balance in my opinion. also i should note that i drank about two thirds[22cl] of this and tasted it on my palate well into the next day. gross.

pio, May 09, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

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 feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

Hazy, golden hue, small disappearing head.
Aroma, huge citrus, large orange, very sweet and airy, with minor spice notes, as well, rather ripe and pungent.
Taste, sharp, tasty, flush with citric flavor, some spice notes, as well. Finish is rather brief, body is medium/light, texture is rather ordinary. Actually, I like it better than the words previous indicate...the flavor is so bright and pronounced, so crisp and shiny, that I've got to crank the ranking up a notch. Really tasty, though it deviates from the normal type of witbier, I think. Mmmm....if you like oranges, I MEAN, really like oranges, try this one out!

feloniousmonk, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle, it's hazy gold. Although the head was minimal, carbonation level was pretty high. Maybe the pour was a bit on the cautious side. The smell reminds me of bike rides I used to take through orange groves when orange blossoms were in full bloom. The combination of the carbonation and the citrus tartness really makes the beer dance on the tongue. The spiciness from the coriander also kicks in for some added interest. A slight but pleasant soapy taste was also present. The glass was gone before I knew what happened. It would make a great session beer if not for the steep price.

mickeymac, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%

Remarkable wit perfectly spiced with coriander on the nose and orange peel on the midpalette coming off more as hops than flavoring. Astounding balance, velvety texture, and eternally drinkable. If not properly decanted, the yeast adds a mild breadiness, but is mostly clean. The best wit I've ever had.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce Duvelian Stubby with a simple crown cap. The front label has lots of brown writing set against an orange pastel background which itself depicts the open faces of sliced oranges. Listed as 5% Alc./Vol. with No Freshness Date.

“Vuuve” is Flemish for ‘Five’, and this was first brewed as a Fifth Anniversary Ale. Much of it is exported to the United States of Belgium lovers, so much so in fact that when this Beer does make an appearance and is seen in Belgium, it often has the US Bottle Label complete with Redemption Values & the US Government Warning.

Appearance: Hazy gold color, that looked to have a tangerine orange glow at times. Tins of carbonation help to form a thick white crusty head at first. This effervesces, and is audible and it pops and slowly settles to a thin broken off-white covering.

Nose: Refreshingly fruity, wheat and orange peel with some light coriander.

Taste: A lovely spicy White Ale entrance, lots of wheat and mild hops which give an acidic aspect to counter against the lightly toasted malt background. Orange is immediately detectable but it takes time to pick up the coriander in the latter third of the beer. Spicy with a fruity-yeast feel at the back end that adds a touch of funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation in the mouth which gives a fizzy and often prickly feel at times. But this is a relatively light beer that drinks well. Oranges linger on the tongue for some time afterwards.

Drinkability: Both of the glassfuls that I extracted from the small bottle were easily taken down. Even the spritzy mouthfeel does not detract from the overall experience. A refreshing White Ale with lovely fruitiness.

Overall: A very easy going spicy & fruity Belgium White Ale, nicely put together and eminently quaffable.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of Starchild
3.9/5  rDev +8%

Vuuve is an interesting bottle with as interesting wheat taste. First sip, the fruity banana, mango, orange, strawberry blend hit. Wow this is fruity beer. It reminds me of the mixed Dole fruit juices you find in the grocery store. Color is a deep cloudy apricot. Very refreshing beer, I thought I was sick of wheat’s until next summer, but with this one I’m intrigued. As I had more the orange becomes more apparent and tastes a little like a water downed screwdriver. Then, another wave of wheat hit the beer about half way. A little hop, then a little floral, and then big bad wheat. Yum. Sure I taste the coriander, but that mixed with wheat tastes to me like pear tangerine. Interesting, different, and I’d try this again.

Starchild, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a tiny head leaving no lace, appears a cloudy, light straw. Good carbonation. Yeasty, wheat nose. No yeast on the bottom, Crisp with a very slight sour after taste. Good summer beer, it's cold now and a heavier beer would be better. Light - Medium bodied. $2.75 for a 330ml bottle.

jdhilt, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

A nice orange color-a tad hazy from the yeast I am assuming.Slight head.Sweet yet somewhat spicy aroma.The sweetness pervades the flavor as well.Somewhat "caramel" flavor.No real spices come thru-again a dominant sweetness is what I get.Very mild hop bitterness.Smooth and pleasant mouthfeel.Overall a nice beer-dont know if I would put it down as a wit beer but a nice Belgian brew to be enjoyed non the less.

lackenhauser, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%

Holy Moses! Upon opening the bottle with a very solid PSSSSSHT, a wallop of foam bursts out from the bottle. Rushing to carefully pour it into my glass and at the same time lapping up the drippings on my counter-top, I have to break intermittently to suck some of the overflowing head from the glass. The delicate white head peaks, and peaks, and peaks.....spiral streamers of bubbles are scattering about like seahorses on methamphetamine. This is the most carbonated brew I've had in a long time.
Lightly cloudy, pale yellow-golden in color with a HUGE thin white head with excellent retention and THE best lacing I've ever seen...literally like 2 weeks of mold on some old bread sticking to the glass. Adding the yeast gives it a beautiful milky appearance. Aroma is intense with syrupy mandarin orange, surpassing even Blue Moon in that department. In fact, there is so much orange, that it's hard to decipher the faint crisp wheat, lychee fruit, and the subtle trace of cloves. Mouthfeel is very spritzy with a medium-light body. Taste is wonderful...sweet mandarin oranges, freshly baked bread, lychee fruit, dust & must, and a wonderful lingering cake-like sweetness. Minimal yeast funk going on here, with no perceptable sourness. Truly a dessert beer, this is a wonderful, over-the top example of the Belgian Wit amongst the Americanized versions. Seek this one out.

Mitchster, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of putnam
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

Where is the line between deliciously over-ripe and rotten?
Should a "beer" taste like a pile of oranges in the grips of noble rot?
How one answers these questions will determine how one appreciates this beer. Outrageously rich maltiness and vigorous, sweaty, yeast elements in the beer have attacked and substantially devoured a good chunk of the whole orange fruit introduced before bottling. A curious impression of canned water chestnuts appears. Coriander spice is there, but my impression is that the brewer chose to err on the side of impact, sacrificing any notion of drinkability. Perhaps with Peking duck, tropical salad, boiled cactus etc. this would be gastronomically benign.

putnam, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of yen157
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Cloudy yellow-orange (from yeast) with a thin, coarse, white crown topping it off. Toasted coriander and zesty orange, well… zest in the nose. Coriander followed through in the mouth from start to finish, but not in a overbearing, disgusting kind of way like La Binchoise Brune. Other flavors include roasted red bell pepper (big time) and a wonderful sourness that I didn’t see coming. Hops never really take hold beyond the initial crisp zing, but the sourness was much more than enough to counter the pale malt and wheat. As the mouth became acclimated to the unusual flavors (even for a wit) and the beer warmed, a little sweetness was elicited from this curious brew. The carbonation was a little bigger than I normally like, but this was a refreshing day-beer, not a rich, heavy nightcap.

yen157, May 05, 2003
Photo of jackndan
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%

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 philipt
1.83/5  rDev -49.3%

Not all beer from Belgium is worth writing about, but I thought this beer would average out my Belgian ratings. IOW, lower my average.

Pours a cloudy orange in color with no head (average at best). Tastes too sour. I cannot find much to like. A possible wheatiness to the beer, but doin't hold me to that. Has a very short-liived sweetness followed by too much sourness.

I cannor drink anymore. Not a good beer,

philipt, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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 oberon
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

I have to disagree with the majority of the reviews here. This is pretty much just what I am looking for in a wit beer. This beer poured a nice hazy peacg colour with a fluffy head on top. This smelled of orange, coriander, candy sugar, and citrus and it tasted like more of the same. Raw and refined at the same time with a somewhat bitter, herbal aftertaste and a wonderful citrus filled front taste. This had a wonderfully fizzy mouthfeel and a superb drinkability as well. Try this one if you have not as this is quite the beer. This is quite reminiscent of Hitachino Nest's White Ale as well, actually.
Cheers, Regenboog.
F.

francisweizen, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of ipogios
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours a cloudy orange colour topped by a poor head. The aroma is malty and moderate spicy and fruit hints. Not a very impressive brew by the Belgians. I would keep an eye out there for alternative ones

ipogios, Dec 04, 2002
Vuuve from Brouwerij Smisje
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.