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Mons Abbey Witte - Brasserie Belgh Brasse

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40 Ratings

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Belgh Brasse visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JayQue on 09-15-2012

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 10
Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle picked up at TBS; coded A0225 and served well-chilled.

This one pours a bright, sunny golden-yellow colour; clear in complexion and highly effervescent. Roughly two fingers of puffy, sparkling white head is generated at the surface, which then proceeds to wilt away over the next five minutes or so. A dense, creamy cap remains in place, with a foamy collar leaving behind a few deposits of lace as it recedes. The aroma is subtle, but enjoyable - pale, wheaty malt sweetness, and some breadiness, but it's mostly just grainy. Minor notes of lemon zest, coriander and orange give the bouquet some much-needed depth, but on the whole it just smells like an average witbier.

Turns out, the nose is not at all misleading - this is an approachable wit, but an otherwise unremarkable one. The flavour is pretty clean, with grainy sweetness and bready wheat malts preceding some citrusy nuances of lemon and orangepeel. Lightly yeasty, with coriander and perhaps a hint of banana at the finish, accompanying some grassy hop bitterness. Some briefly-lingering spice, but otherwise the aftertaste is dry. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation levels that give this beer a crisp, lively mouthfeel that works quite nicely with the lightly-spiced flavour profile. It's very refreshing, and quite easy-drinking.

Final Grade: 3.75, eking out a B+. Mons Witte is a pretty good example of one of my least-favourite Belgian beer styles. Everything you'd expect to find in a wit can be accounted for easily - some citrusy flavour, some wheat malt sweetness, some coriander and some yeastiness. I'm not enamoured with the flavour profile, but it feels great on the palate and goes down as easily as I'd expect a witbier to. Tasty stuff - it's solid 'summer patio' material and certainly worth a shot, but I'd probably take a Hoegaarden over this.

Photo of TheRiot
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very subtle brew. So subtle it may have missed the point.

Great bigs head, so it's a tough pour taking patience. Pale, pale yellow with a brilliant white head. Has all the elements you'd expect of a witte - yeast, fruit, spice, wheat - but very light handed. No real harmony, none of the presence you'd get from a proper witte.

Drinks easy enough, just too subdued.

Photo of Shaun871
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not difficult to see why this style came to be called 'Witbier' ("white beer"): though technically yellow they look far lighter than even the lightest pilsner and have a milky complexion and ghostly pale tone. Mons Abbey Witte fits that description and adds white suds and rock salt-like bubbles.

Belgian yeast, coriander and orange zest are all extremely aromatic ingredients. Witbier - made with all three - is hence a notoriously aromatic style. This particular example, however, though nicely perfumed, isn't exactly brimming. It has a general citrusy character but there's nothing especially 'zestful' to it.

Being impressed by the first sip is understandable: the combination of lemony acidity and Moroccan spice is indeed interesting, and makes a more than pleasant initial impression. But subsequent sips offer less of that dynamic duo and more of the wheat and yeast, making for a fairly plain bready flavour.

Care to know the difference between a great beer and an average one? A great beer leaves you with its flavour, and that flavour makes you desperate for another sip; an average beer soon tastes like nothing and leaves you indifferent about having more. I like this... but I'm not terribly attached to finishing the bottle.

Mons Abbey Witte is a lackluster example of the style (in that it lacks that enticingly zestful personality that characterizes the best examples). A pleasant beer, however, it has enough of the citrus and spice elements to impress most mainstream drinkers used to the likes of, say, Hoegaarden or Blue Moon.

Photo of lgmol
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsh420
2.08/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

look - pale pale yellow with tons of floating yeast 2 finger fizzy white head that fades to a small film

smell is very faint - smells a little medicinal and belgian yeast

taste is not much better watered down wheat no spice at all

mouthfeeel - light body very flat and blah

overall - very disappointing and puts me off from trying anything else from this brewery - i was a little ashamed that i shared this beer with another person

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

We can see the balance here, nearly perfect there though expect a very light bodied or slightly thin brew with light subtle complexities a best. Lands about a half step ahead of the middle of the pack. The one trait we probably appreciate the most is the dryness. Enough of a beer to do some pairings with as well.

ABV: 5.0%

LOOK: Hazed pale straw hue, bubbly, two fingers of head

SMELL: Lemon pith, nutty yeast, orange peel, coriander, dough biscuits, spicy hops

TASTE: Lighter bodied, dry, yeasty, walnut pith, bready, lemon oil, orange peel, pears, coriander, modest hopping, dried grass, nearly bone dry finish

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.24/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of saltercj
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a very special wheat, very carbonated, very crisp
not heavy banana, citrus, coriander. just fruity tasty refreshing
happy I can find this in Ontario, great with BBq on a warm day
pours typically cloudy, need to roll the bottle to get all the good stuff in the glass
We will have this on hand all summer

Photo of FilumDee
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JohnnyK
1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Initially very clear when coming out of the bottle but eventually fogged up due to the yeast. It was almost BMC like in color and very pale.

S: Very refreshing smelling. Bready yeast with coriander.

T: Like the smell. More yeasty flavors come through then I would have initially thought. Clove like phenols come through but are in the background of coriander and a touch of bitter curacao. Maybe a bit of spicy hops too but they are almost undetectable.

M: Very spritzy and somewhat seltzer like. Its refreshing but I do find the body a wee bit thin.

O: It was a good beer. A touch watery and not too overpowering but that's good for a simple Wit. I could easily drink a few and would enjoy it. I might possibly purchase some in the future and drink it with a group.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Mons Abbey Witte from Brasserie Belgh Brasse
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