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W'09 Belgian Style Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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W'09 Belgian Style AleW'09 Belgian Style Ale

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-13-2009)
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Reviews by hoplover82:
Photo of hoplover82


4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, for a belgian beer, this is exceptional.

A-Pours the clearist light colden color. Has a not overly bubbly medium white head that dissapates fast and leaves ok lacing. IMO, should be a little hazy and better head retention...

S-Spicy hops up front, then fades to a pale yeasty dough nose. Pine hops too with faint cloves, that don't over take the hops. Good job.

T-Spicy and pine hops with pale yeasty bread dough, with a very clean bitterness. Slight cloviness and bannanas in the back where they should be.

M-Full to medium bodied and very smooth and a little crispiness.

D-Very sessionable, drink this all night. A very good interpretation of the style imo.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 19:28:23 | More by hoplover82
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-04-2014 14:39:21 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-18-2013 00:42:03 | More by Kopfschuss


2/5  rDev -44.4%

06-28-2013 20:00:15 | More by IDABEERGUY
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-01-2012 20:32:29 | More by netshark
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-01-2012 07:16:40 | More by shelby415
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-08-2012 03:53:28 | More by Wetpaperbag
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-07-2012 04:32:17 | More by Stoffel
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-11-2011 05:53:53 | More by PhatAtUT
Photo of philbertk


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--W'09 Belgian Style Ale--Brewmasters' Release 2009--12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--26 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Golden--Flat light lace white head. Clear bright yellow gold color. Mellow floral Belgian mild hop front. Crisp mild sweet creamy mellow Belgian fruit ester banana clove rich tasty body. Clean mild hop spice EtOH hint mild citrus end. Tasty rich mellow Belgian Golden. Sampled 11/10/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:56:00 | More by philbertk
Photo of randawakes


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

More impressed by the Widmer Brothers (I have not been too fond of the other --about 5--beers from this brewery, but this is the best I've had to date), The ale base is solid with good hops and slightly sweetish candy sugar/ yeasty notes on the finish and the nose that shows the Belgian side. The beer is easy to drink and has a strong mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 23:37:28 | More by randawakes
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-orange color. Minimal head and lacing.

Aroma: Slight sweetness and some spice. Very little of the good funky yeast smell I associate with good Belgian Pale Ale's (one of my favorite beer styles).

Taste: Same as it smells, some interesting sweetness and a little spice...but again, it's lacking a strong yeast profile that most Belgian Pale Ale's have.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, but I prefer more of a Belgian yeast profile in my BPA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 21:41:16 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of JBogan


3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What started out as a thick creamy white head atop a bright golden body soon turned into a thin film which left moderate lacing. Decent appearance but nothing spectacular.

The aroma was very promising. A bit of fruitiness anchored by sweet malt, some spices (perhaps cinnamon) and yeast.

Unfortunately the taste wasn't up to par with the smell. The same traits prevailed as in the nose, but in a much more muted way. It seemed a bit tame compared to what the aroma first promised.

The mouthfeel could have used a bit more body and carbonation. The beer just felt flat and lifeless.

When all is said and done I found this to be an average brew at best. It's nice to see Widmer and other American brewers make an attempt at a Belgian style brew, but while this is not a bad beer, it's well below the beers it tries to imitate.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:32:07 | More by JBogan
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

. A change of pace for the W Bros and a nice example of a easy to drink, not too high ABV Belgian style pale ale. The ale base is solid with good hops and malt balance but what stuck with me is the slightly sweetish candi sugar/ yeasty notes on the finish and the nose that shows the Belgian side. The beer is easy to drink and has a strong mouthfeel. This was a present from a friend in Seattle but I am guessing a six pack probably sells for about the same as their other beers which make this very good value for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 16:19:44 | More by canucklehead
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously filtered, the W'09 pours a crystal-clear orange amber body beneath a head of mildly off-white. The head retention is limited for the style, and it drops fairly shortly to an average collar and wispy surface covering.

The aroma expresses clove, and a little bit of sugar that leads it to become like bubblegum, over a fairly straightforward grainy malt base. Some pepper spices it up; and some mild, faded hops appear as backdrop, floral and leafy, but also almost minty and herbal (perhaps that's just due to a combination with the characteristics of the yeast).

The flavor follows suit, and it's remarkably easy to drink. The clove is there, but not overdone, as is the malt, and some spicy notes (from yeast and hops?) perks it up. It doesn't really deliver flavors in any sequence, but just as one big ball of flavor. An underlying bitterness balances it, and the spiciness helps to dry it in the finish.

The body could be fuller for the style, but I think it still fits; and the soft, restrained carbonation leaves it quite smooth across the palate - although that should also probably be higher for the style.

Very nicely rounded and balanced, it's really quite drinkable. Tasty, and worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 22:56:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of mrkc


2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm immediately struck by the moulded glass, with a compass rose and a W inlaid in the glass itself. A ring around the bottom says "Widmer Brothers Brewing Company," as if the red and beige label would leave any doubt as to who produced this. The label is a bit much, and makes the beer seem like it's trying too hard. The beer itself pours quickly, with little carbonation. It's a transparent, pale copper, perhaps a few hues from the colour of honey.

Immediately, the odour is sweet, with a heavy citrus hand. The beer isn't particularly odiferous, even in the most encouraging of stem-ware. Despite the low carbonation, the beer has a crisp feel in the mouth. The flavour principally dominated by wheat and yeast, definitely disappointing. Before leaving the mouth dry, there seems to be a few final notes of sweetness from the W'09. It's moderately heavy at 6.5% ABV, and would be easy enough to mindlessly drink. A unengaging beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 03:44:27 | More by mrkc
Photo of natelocc787


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. I was very impressed with the nose on this beer. The aroma is fantastic and smells like a great belgian. So excited i was by the smell I was already thinking this could be a beer I would buy multiple sixers of.

No head in the tulip, no retention.

The taste let me down and the mouthfeel completely. Has the mouthfeel of a malty low carbonated witbier. The taste is so uncomplex and simple. This is a wannabe Belgian. Maybe a watered down duvel that sat opened in the fridge for 2 hours before reviewed. Yeast, coriander, apple, banana, pear.

All ingredients thrown together with a yeasty malty finish. The flavors are here but the beer should have been perfected long before it was bottled and released. This is an experiment gone wrong.

No more of these for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 23:33:23 | More by natelocc787
Photo of ccrida


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, W'09 Belgian Style Ale is a clear gold with a white head. The head is a miss for the style - too loose and short lived, and doesn't leave hardly any lace.

Smell is spicy, clove esters and sweet cereal grains.

Taste is similar, but not as spicy, sweeter. Estery and phenolic, but a corn pop taste. Pretty tasty, but not as subtle as I'd like.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty blond, particular considering the value. Drinking more then 3 of these though I'd probably get sick of the sweetness. I love estery blonds, but I can see this being to much for some.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 04:26:18 | More by ccrida
Photo of Zorro


4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A change from Widmers usual pale ales and wheat beers.

Chill hazed orange colored beer with a good off-white colored head. Can't really call it amber though, this is decidedly orange.

Sweet spicy and very malty, strong scent of Belgian Candi sugar and spicy clove aroma. Hops are mildly herbal but quite tame for a Belgian beer. Something of a coriander smell here but it is mild and I am not sure that it isn't all Belgian yeast. Powdery smell of Belgian yeast is here in spades. This is a wonderfully aromatic beer and far better than I expected.

Taste starts out spicy and malty with coriander and ginger flavor up from with a BIG malt backbone and a powdered sugar doughnut aftertaste. Sweetish but not, think cake not frosting. Faint apple flavor and smell, slight herbal flavor but not really hoppy. Lots of yeast flavors in this one.

Mouthfeel is full.

Super easy to drink beer, too bad it is a special release. I could see making this a one of my regular beers, it is very good and would easily boot Affligem Blond from its place in my beer cooler.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 20:11:48 | More by Zorro
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin cap of off-white foam that fades pretty quick to a sheen and collar. It's a pretty average looking brew.

The smell is surprisingly rich and pretty unique. It oozes sweetness of all kinds, candied yams, honey, light brown sugar and even a bit of karo corn syrup. Malts are expectedly light and somewhat grainy. Has a bit of bready yeast aroma that would be nice if it was a bit more pronounced and funky.

It is definitely on the sweet side of things flavor-wise, but that is cool with me. It is balanced some by a noticeable hop presence that seems to be all bittering and no flavor/aroma. Pretty light bodied and smooth. The yeast adds some Belgian character, but like the nose, could use some more funk and esters. Not a bad offering by Widmer, I think it is the best beer from them I have had yet and glad I bought a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 00:36:15 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of ThickestHead


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had thought that my review for this beer could never be the most succint nor all-encompassing in either regard since the sixer that I purchased was well over three months old and on sale, but, as I was reading the reviews of other BA folks I shared their viewpoint with them of A)Color {golden-orange} B)Head {3/4 inch, quickly dissipating} C)Smell {not bad} and, (unfortunately) D)Taste (or lack thereof) and (even more unfortunately) F)"Mouthfeel". The overall experience and aftertaste of the brew still registered a 3.5 in my opinion, but if it had been fresher it may have been tastier and less needy, but if freshness can no longer be the case (as it appears to me to be) and if there is no discount on the price then be prepared for a flat and bland let-down.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 04:45:33 | More by ThickestHead
Photo of HalfFull


2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden into a large wine glass with just a touch of haze. A half inch white head dissipates quickly leaving a surface film and offering some thin lacing.

Sweet malts and Belgian yeast on the nose though this beer needs more carbonation to get things moving. Yeast notes are light and not very complex. Taste follows the nose with summer fruits and a simple sweet backbone. Feel is a bit thin and sweet and keeps the drinkability in check. When agitated to bring forth a surface cap, the smell and taste and feel improve momentarily. A decent and rather straightforward stab at the style that would benefit from higher carbonation or bottle conditioning.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:16:05 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Onslow


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got from an in person trade with Lindsey624, thank you sir, enjoy your DFH ... . . my 2nd brew to kick off cinco de mayo (1st was joose dragon shared with scoobs during the 3-1 semi win for man utd vs arsenal, CL final here we come!)..

Pours a slight murky golden hay colour ..
Has medium foam, with extremely good lacing...

Happy to say, Flavour is awesome! light sweetness, light bitterness: playful flavours within, honey, yeast and a eerily awesome honey cornflakes taste, wonderful!!

i didn't even get a chance to mow her...

sweet light aromas in the nose, This brew so far is really respectable and truly Belgian inspired...

The best widmer i have had, and honestly the only one that i would recommended (highly), and i would buy it again!!

Hank, keep the dog in the house for an hour!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 23:25:03 | More by Onslow
Photo of BDLbrewster


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy orange peel amber. Solid one finger head that doesn't hang around too long. Smell is pretty ripe with Belgian yeast with a hint of sweet cream soda. Taste has a sweet, light malt, butterscotch front with a super mild Belgian yeast finish. Feels light and not over carbonated in your mouth and I could definitely see knocking back a few of these. Good for introducing folks to the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 03:44:11 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of KarlHungus


3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes within seconds into almost nothing. The aroma is of yeasty with a nice maltiness, but it is very straight forward and simple. The taste is fruity which is odd for this style. There is some mild yeasty funkiness behind the fruit, but the fruit nearly overpowers it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer just doesn't work for me, and I can't see myself drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 19:20:48 | More by KarlHungus
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W'09 Belgian Style Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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