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Vuuve - Brouwerij Smisje

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BA SCORE
82
good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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)
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Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

barcabadger, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +10.8%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +10.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a lingering puff of white mousse. Standard issue for this style really.

S: Aromas of citrus, coriander, and lightly buttered wheat toast on the nose. Again, nothing out of the ordinary.

T: Robust notes of coriander, orange peel, vanilla, heavy cream, wheat, and grassy, spicy hops. Finishes smooth with a pleasant combination of wheat, cream, and coriander flavors.

M: Transitions from light to medium bodied. There is a not entirely unpleasant graininess here. Feels like a Belgian witbier should.

O: I like this one. The sudden wallop of flavor after the mildness of the initial aromas was unexpected. Furthermore, the mellow, smooth finish was great. I would have no problem recommending this beer to fans of the style.

mrfrancis, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of JayQue
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is really a nice Wit. Poured from a short stubby bottle into my Busch Gardens Bud Select flute. Nice big delicate white head with good retention. Slightly hazy gold color. Lacing is good with a full coverage of rings around the narrow glass.

Smell is top shelf. Heavy duty Belgian yeast..almost as pronounced as a Tripel. Spices: coriander and orange peel, and some wheat bitterness.

Taste is similar to smell. Belgian yeast is a big player but there is lightness from the more traditional Witbier flavors. This is one of the strongest, most flavorful Witbiers I have had.

Mouthfeel is good. Richer than some, good carbination Very refreshng.

This is an impressive Witbier...I would definitely seek this out again.

JayQue, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of impending
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy butterscotch yellow, an aggressive pour failed to incite a head although it is not flat. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is not of a witbier, more of a spicy pale ale. Floral, spicy and sweet.

Taste surprises with the strength of a decent tangy tart citrus note. The floral signature of a witbier is strong as well. The aftertaste which is long lasting begins slightly dry and bitter. Thin sharp mouthfeel. A metallic taste begins to appear as it warms.
cheers
jd

impending, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of elginirishpunk
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly cloudy with an amber hue.

S- Aroma is of carmel and light citrus.

T- First taste is slightly bitter but mellows quickly and is replaced with orange and apple taste. Taste only slightly lingers.

M- Perfect mouthfeel, doesn't weight to heavy and nicely carbonated.

Overall - One of the best whites I have ever had.This beer is a little pricey but worth every penny. Wits are one of my favortie styles of beers, because every different brand can be different.

elginirishpunk, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Timtim's opening sentence caused me to scroll down the other reviews. I had bought this on my last European trip in December 2001/January 2002 while taking my late Pops' ashes to France to be scattered in Paris. I put a lot of it in my reefer and have been sitting on it since and I have recently been motivated to break some of these ten-year old bottles out and guuve, I mean give, them a whirl. Here goes!

I agitated the bottle since as a Wit, it should huuve (have) its yeast in suspension, as opposed to having fallen out over time. It was, indeed, fizzy as all get out and only quick action with the glass prevented more loss than I experienced. Color was a cloudy light-brown, like raw apple cider, if that means anything to you. Nose was muted, but still very yeasty and musty, like something left in an attic (or in a basement, albeit in a reefer). Mouthfeel was full, very carbonated even after all this time and it was quite lemony/citrusy in the mouth. This would be a fine beer on a hot summer's day. Finish was crisp, clean and refreshing. Man, I could definitely drink this on a hot day in mid-July, plus the yeast does wonders for my digestive system.

woodychandler, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

previous reviews if this beer really scared me. must be improper handling because this is a fine example of traditional wit to me. hazy glowing orange with a massive white head that holds well and leaves very pretty lace. nose is orange peel, wheat, fruity bubblegumminess, spice (corriander and pepper?) and just the faintest hint of mustiness (like country cellar musty). actually, as it warms, the spiciness really comes out, and although you can tell that some of it comes from the yeast, fresh ground, oily corriander is really prominent. maybe this is what some of the other reviewers are picking up on and getting turned off by. i use it in cooking all the time, so it is a very pleasant smell to me. taste is a well integrated mix of the above. very bright taste that i am assuming is partially due to the high level of tiny-bubbled carbonation that lend a very dry and slightly prickly finish that says orange peel and corriander for days. soft and light-medium bodied. this is a very refreshing beer that definitely has one foot in tradition as well as having it's own personality, which i think is kind of hard to do witbier-wise. i would gladly drink another one of these. cheers!

timtim, Dec 04, 2010
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 PorterLambic
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, medium brown. A big, fizzy head forms that drops like a soda and sounds like one as well.
Smell is spices, citrus and malt sweetness.
Taste is a slight sour note, malt and citrus.
A little watery with a lightish body. Slight warming. Good enough but just a middle of the road brew. Very unusual in my experience for a Belgian.

PorterLambic, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a rich, bulbous head that settles to a one-finger layer of foam, leaving loads of lacing.

Spicy aromas of ginger, orange, pepper, brown sugar.

Tastes of malt and oranges and coriander. Clean taste, not complicated. However, at times I thought I detected a spoiled milk flavor, but I think that is a reaction to the orange flavor in the beer, which is unexpected.

The carbonation is amazingly prickly and cleansing, with Alka-Seltzer scrubbing intensity.

I think it is a good high acid beer for a summer day, low in alcohol. I drank it at cellar temperature, but it is probably good at colder temperatures. It presents a different interpretation of a Witbier, and I enjoy the diversity.

Beerenauslese, May 28, 2010
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 erz316
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into la fin tulip. the mouth of the bottle is severely caked with yeast that does not come off in pouring.

I needed to do a pretty hard pour to get a full fingers worth of quickly dissipating foam. the body is yellow with a touch of brown making an ochre of some sort. the nose is pretty weak. there is a light citrus flavour, leaning towards orange or lemon, and a touch of coriander. the taste is pretty sour for a witbier, maybe it is from the orange peel used. that would serve to explain the lack of longevity in the head. there are some malts in the taste, but the bitterness of the peel is a bit overpowering. the body is light, with a weak carbonation.

erz316, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of adamette
1.5/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Live review. Poured from a short stubby Belgian style bottle much like the one pictured here into my Hennepin silver rimmed glass. Purchased at Lena's Beverage in Painesville a few days ago for $2.47. No observed "best by" or "freshness" date observed by me.

A First, visible sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Well, that sediment went right into my glass and it floats around in the bottom of said glass now. The head is brief, off white and within a minute it is a trace ring around the top of the liquid. Body, in addition to the visible sediment, is a kind of glowing yellow/brown and is translucent.

S Not good. I don't know how old this bottle is and the ABV and the style probably do not lend itself to a great amount of time to be cellared before it goes bad. When I opened it there was a nice release of pressure so I will assume that it is not completely skunked or oxidized or whatever bad things happen to beer over time. The smell is a grainy, spoiled type smell that reminds me pretty much of the smell of a vitamin pill (the type that you try to swallow quickly so as to avoid smelling it again). The smell was stronger at first but now it has dissipated a bit. Label says: "60 per cent barley malt, 40 per cent wheat malt, hops, coriander and fresh organic orange peel." Perhaps some of the off putting smell is the orange peel because I cannot imagine the other ingredients smelling like this.

T Oh no...the taste follows closely with the smell...this is not good. It calls to mind what rotten orange peels might taste like...the kind that you might find in the bottom of a trash can...There is maybe a malt background and I taste no hops but dominating are the gross orange peels.

M Moderate with putrid taste.

D I cannot finish this beer.

Notes: Perhaps I should look for this again when I have reason to believe that it is fresh? I dunno though, the release of pressure when I opened the cap suggests that it might have been o.k. and as intended. I will keep this review here for now and update as necessary.

adamette, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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..

jrallen34, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of mrkc
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is minimalist. A brown 33cl container with a rose red label held on with what appears to be tape. Definitely not the work of a large manufacturer. The bottle is capped, not corked, and opens with a light spray. You're hit immediately with a floral bouquet of esters, even before you pour. Honey, coriander, and light citrus zest permeate the air. The beer pours easily, but is heavily carbonated. My first pour left more head than beer. I gently added more, allowing me to reveal the hazy amber colour against a backlight. The taste is sharp, both from citrus and carbonation, and leaves a crisp feeling on the roof of your mouth. At 5% ABV, there are no heavy overtones of ethanol. But the finish is dry, leaving your mouth like cotton. It's a very forceful witbier, and if there were a lineup, it would stand out like a Hockey Player surrounded by Cubscouts. It's vaguely sour, but not in a way you can put your finger on; it's not at all bitter. Unfortunately, it's yet another uni-dimentional citrus beer. Disappointing, given it's wonderful odour.

mrkc, May 24, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Isaac Newton's in Newtown PA.poured from a stubby into a snifter. Pours a cloudy yellow. I waited and poured the rest of the sediments into the snifter which made it even more cloudy. White heading which settled quickly to nothing. Smell is pure oranges and very faint hops but the smell is amazing. Taste didn't lead up to the smell kind of a big build up and then aahh. Very flat looking and taste is not that far off.

TheFightfan1, Feb 15, 2009
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 ATPete
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a medium sized white head that leaves some sticking. Fresh nose of toasty wheat, lime, orange and lemon peel and spicy yeast notes. Slightly tart to the tongue, the smooth wheat and a subtle soapiness really rounds everything out mid palate and a small blast of citrusy hops give a nice bite on the finish. Light body, slightly coating and good drinkability. Nice beer Johan!

ATPete, Nov 17, 2008
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 Nipitato
2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Quarter inch thick flat (not rocky) white head with good retention. Straw gold hue. Slightly hazy.

S: Lemon zest and coriander lead. There also seems to be a bit of Belgian funk from the yeast but I don't find it out of character or not mixing with the rest of aroma. Some tropical fruits also are detectable in a less significant role. Wheaty malt base.

T: Wow, an awful taste. Flat, no wit character. Nothing promising from the nose comes up in the taste.

MF: Dry. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D, notes: No drinkability here - I dumped it before I finished the bottle.

Nipitato, Oct 16, 2008
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