Jan De Lichte | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Belgium
glazentoren.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Name : Jan De Lichte was an infamous robbers’ chief at the end of the 18th Century. He was broken on the wheel at the age of 23 at the Marketplace of Aalst.

Added by paterlodie on 12-06-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
134
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a big foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with some coriander and loads of wheat. Taste was also dominated by some spices with some notes of coriander and huge wheat malt profile. Body is full with some limited filtration and great carbonation. Very nice take on the style wit some nice balance with some great notes of complexity.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While commemorating the alleged, the Klein Brewery does so by creating a Belgian Witbier that's not quite a classic Wit. It shares a lot of Farmhouse Saison character, strength, and bitter spice that's just not quite true to style sake- it's better!

Kicking off the show- the beer could be either the Witbier or the Saison with its cloudy canary-yellow color and clarity. Fluffy, airy, and quite light- its head provokes the sense that this is a light and refreshing ale. Firm persistence and intricately laced, the beer simply looks like a well brewed Belgian ale.

Spice and fruit converge in the nose with the slight earthiness of dried lemons, lemongrass, and orage peels. Other spicy notes of obvious coriander, and more subtle clove, white pepper, and a tinge of saffron pull away from the coriander for a more spice-dominant balance. A tinge of alcohol and light grain sweetness offers a corkish must quality that set Saisons apart.

And the beer's taste follows a similar route: part-grain and part-malt provide a short-lived sweetness that is soon replaced by the fruit and spice interplay that takes place, hovering over the tongue. Notions of citrus fruit with fruit spice additions and natural yeast spices tilt the balance toward the more Saison spicy side. An aftertaste of whole wheat bread joins alcohol spice and earthen grass bitterness for a bolder taste than I'm used to in Witbiers.

Crisp, clean, and absolutely bone-dry, the beer's spice and lightly sulfury body dominates the mouthfeel. Near-champagne carbonation bounces off the tongue and carries with it any malt sweetness or textures. This allows for the spice and bitterness to drive the beer home with an arid scrubbing sensation that cleans the palate, offering only moderate acidity and mild spice astringency in the throat.

Sure, Jan De Lichte straddles the fence of styles- but this is what Belgium does. They don't make it easy for us to pigeon hole them into nice and neat little catagories. Its this whimsical and artistic way of brewing that them so great at what they do.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden body with 2-finger white head with small lace patches down the glass. A light, airy spicy clove smell with hints of citric fruit like orange tucked in there. This beer is lighter bodied and smooth, easy to drink, with a sharp, somewhat sour citrus (mostly orange and a little lemon/banana) + spicy pepper/clove taste (strong) that, coupled with excellent carbonation, leads to a strong, prickly dry finish after a citrusy wit drink. ABV hidden well; a strong wit but nothing crazy and excellently coupled with a hot summer day on the patio (of the bar).

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Beginner2
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed on the "1001."

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle pours a cloudy and hazy bright golden yellow color with a huge frothy clingy off white head that leaves some lacing in the glass that lasts, fruity lemon, grass and funky yeasty aromas. Fruity lemon, orange and spicy flavors, finishes dry. Medium bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, very nice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.25L pour - $6.00 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Presents a very clouded, yellow-hued body underneath an inch of creamy, lasting, whitish froth.

Smell: Pleasant, aromatic melange of soft malts, citrus accents of lemon and orange, dried herbs, light honey, and peppery fresh coriander.

Taste: Lightly bready, lightly grainy impression from the barley, wheat, oats, and buckwheat of the grain bill. Kiss of sweet-tasting honey candy. Traces of subtle lemon juice preceding the bolder curaçoa. Big boost of spicy coriander and dried bitter orange peelings. Minor acidity. Hint of herbal hops, though very, very little bitterness, leaving the added spices to do the job of countering the sweetness. Finishes dry, continually spicy, and quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely bigger than your garden variety witbier, but, with luck, the imperialization of the brew didn't turn this one ganky and unpleasant to drink. On the contrary, it was satiating and went down rather easily.

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Photo of emerge077
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull, cloudy yellow with a slight tint of orange. Only a finger of head results from the first pour into a Hoegaarden glass. For best results, pour two glasses, then swirl the yeast and distribute evenly.

Smells of faint coriander, curacao, citrus, and wheat.

Taste is fairly mellow in character, livened up by the racing carbonation that's present. A basic wheat & citrus blend, with faint spice again coming out halfway through. Carbonation gives the illusion of a fuller body, it's nearly too much, but tapers off eventually. Wheat and pale malt are the backbone elements, which give it a fairly sturdy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, it's agreeable yet mild for the style. The abv is nowhere to be found.

This is my 2nd experience with this particular Witbier, not sure if i'll return to it as often, since it's $12 in my area. To me, it was similarly well-crafted, yet plain like the St. Bernardus Wit, which I also had high hopes for.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold color. Nose of bitter orange peel and coriander. Tasted like a sweeter, denser witbier - almost like a grand cru. As the beer warmed up I detected aromas and flavors of white wine (sauvignon blanc?) that I found most intriguing. Sure, I would do it again.

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3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle with Ego and EPseja... an imperial witbier, with lots o' spices included with the price of admission. No freshness date on here.

Appearance- Cloudy and very active, there are many streams of carbonation flying from the base of the glass. Monster bubbles with a soda-like quality... the head settles to a snow white mat.

Smell- Big, perfumy aroma with Belgian candi sugar and coriander on the nose, then notes of lemon zest and bergamot... really amazing, without any alcohol evident at all. Concentrated spices.

Taste- A saison character hits me first... lemony, with sweetness in the finish. The second mouthful was totally different, with a blast of coriander much more like a typical witbier. Lemony tartness follows, with a doughy atmosphere lingering behind.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Fizzy and explosive at first, mellowing during the tasting session. A very tasty offering, definitely worth seeking out.

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Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
4.02 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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