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Brooklyn Fiat Lux - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Fiat Lux
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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012)
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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 12-oz. tulip-shaped glass at Barley Vine in Bristol, Conn.

A: Poured a rose-colored amber with a thick, wispy head of off-white foam which left a nice ring of lace on the glass that dragged vinous legs down its walls.

S: Fruity and bracing spicy aroma with plenty of floral esters to go along. The spritzy Belgian yeast makes fine work of the delicate, fruity malts and sugar additives to create a slick, perfume of a beer.

T: Spicy and sweet at first with hints of strawberry, orange peel and rose hips throw in the mix. The spicy, herbal and almost peppermint nature of the yeast springs forward to cut through the musky, fruity concoction. A grassy, assertive hop character cuts the sweetness, leaving the palate dry and semisweet in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, sweet and delicate fruitiness add some tart and spicy sensations to the palate, with minimal bitterness left on the tongue.

O: The best example in recent memory of a wine-drinkers witbier, Fiat Lux is an unconventional, fruity Belgian wit that seems more engineered for a cheese pairing or fruity dessert than for general sipping. The 6.1% ABV wit would likely be well-received as an apertif as opposed to a session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beauty found at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT. This one shows a
pale cloudy yellow beige color with a neat finely packed white head that covers thoroughly
leaving a blanket of lace. The aroma is full of allspice/nutmeg and light banana
almond malt. Wow, very delicate but enticing! The flavor follows nicely with
maple wheat and light banana-bubblegum over cereal grain with a solid kiss of citrus and spruce hops. I love this as a spiced Belgian styled beer. It's not a very typical Witbier from my experience. Light peach, rice, lots of clove and a near minty overtone. It's a banana-bubblegum clove and very sweet light grain bonanza! I really like this. It may not be great to the purists out there but it works for me with a medium light body, tiny but full carbonation. The feel is pretty foamy and luscious. Overall this might be a little sweet for some, but I
was pleased. Good job Brooklyn.

Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a very lightly hazed almost straw-yellow colored brew with a decent white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to give a nice level of lacing

Smell - The aroma is biggest of a wheaty and lime smell. Mixed with these are aromas of yeast as well as some other lighter citrus aromas.

Taste – Throughout the taste there is a decent wheaty and bready backbone, with which other flavors come and go upon. In the start there is a stronger presence of the wheat then is present later on. A lime citrus flavor quickly comes to the tongue, along with a yeasty flavor shortly following. As the flavor advances further there are the spice notes that were detected in the nose; some pepper. A hay like and grassy flavor come to the tongue at the end with the lime growing even stronger in taste which leave a rather pleasant wheaty, lightly spiced lime flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are good for the style and make for a drinkable and refreshing brew.

Overall – It is very drinkable and an interesting twist on a more classic style using lime instead of lemon. Worth a try and an interesting experience. Not one I would go to on occasion, but pretty nice overall.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/06/12 notes.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coriander, pepper, spices, cloves, and bready malts. Lots of spice and pepper, but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coriander, spices, cloves, floral hops, bready malts, earthy notes, pepper, hay, and light citrus. A step up from the nose for me; more hops and less pepper.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice witbier. I liked the taste a lot as it was a little less spicy and peppery than the nose, but overall an easy drinking, nice witbier from Brooklyn. Would have it again.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Ninety Acres in New Jersey. Great restaurant with a very good beer list. I'm glad to see when beer gets the same respect as wine.

They served this in a tulip style glass almost to the rim with absolutely no room for foam.

You get a little belgian sour nose. There isn't much more there. I get a little citrus as well, but that's about it.

The flavor is extremely mild. I continue to get minimal belgian presence.

I would recommend this beer for the summer on a hot day, but it doesn't really work in the fall.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at Terrapin in Rhinebeck, NY. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a good deal of head. Spicy wild yeast aromas, but mainly herbal/heather/lavender aroma. Im not usually a fan of this type of aromas, but its not bad in this brew. Taste is very peppery wild yeast, some citrus, and some floral flavors. Its very complex, but one is all I could probably do. Very interesting brew, and well worth a try.

Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is one of my favorite beers of the year. A very big head that sits atop a basically clear golden brew. Some good lacing that coats the glasss lightly and a thin covering remains after a gentle fade. Aroma has a lovely sweetness that is not traditional of the style while giving a good solid wheat core that is. Some bubblegum and maybe a dash of clove. Citrusy notes are bigger than the traditional orange. Lime gives a dryness to the overall character that replaces the general sourness that is common for the style. Yeast and corriander give a zesty spiciness that is reminescent of one of my all time favorites, Cuvee de Cardoz. Taste confirms the break from tradition with a solid wheat malt core and a bright citrusy lime hoppiness. Bubblegum shows up a bit in a honeyed malt that flows throughout. Lovely spice and lime combination flow to a bright citrus finish that is dry and hoppy. Feel is crisp and light with a quenching character that makes it highly drinkable. Carbonation is spot on, actively mlid but effective.Supple as it flows over the tongue, medium light weight. Drinkability is superb and delightlful. This is an excellent summer beer but the hoppy citrusy character makes it a great session ale for anytime of the year. A great take on the usual suspect an I am glad I have more than one growler.

Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass
A: Pours a hazy wheat color with a thin head
S: Wheat, bubblegum and hints of spice and citrus
T: Spicy with a nice hop kick up front, but then a typical witbeir with wheat and bubblegum come through, followed by a lengthy spicy finish.
M: Light-bodied with a nice spicy kick
O: It seems I like this better than most on BA... it definitely is clear what style it is yet has a nice twist. Good beer that would be great if bottled to enjoy on the deck on a hot summer day.

Brooklyn Fiat Lux from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.