Smuttlabs Pure Biss | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unconventional witbier gets its swerve from the contributions of Chef Jamie Bissonnette. Instead of the traditional coriander and orange peel, Jamie brought kaffir lime leaves, spruce tips and 25 pounds of grapefruit zest to the brewday. The rest of the ingredients are appropriate to the style.

Added by andylipp on 12-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Lime, Pungent, Fragrant

Smuttynose’s third chef collaboration, this time with Jamie Bissonnette. This beautiful-looking Witbier wafts big aromas of lime leaves, pungent tree sap and citrus zest. The kaffir lime leaves are the biggest contribution here, with only mild suggestions of spruce tips and grapefruit zest. A perfumey Witbier that works but begs to be paired rather than sipped on its own.

STYLE: Witbier  | ABV: 5.4% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light gold with a small to no head retaining. Effervescent. Nose is balmy, light citrus and plenty of spices..coriander and something sweet. Taste follows the nose .. Spices.. Orange or lemon peel and what tastes like rose..this definitely makes it different than other beers of this style. Definitely unconventional. Mouthfeel is foamy and then slippery/oily.. Gives me the impression that they used essential oils in making this which may or may not be.. Overall it's something different for this style..I'm a fan of rose flavor for sure, while others may not be as it can seem perfumey, but not here. The oiliness of the mouthfeel turns me off, but I do picture this being a brew drank medieval folk due to the antiquated spice combo.

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2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From the 12.7 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 9, 2014.

It looks like it should with its golden yellow pour and big, long lasting white fizzy head. Decent carbonation.

The aroma is disgusting and I rarely make such a rash statement. I feel like I am smelling cheap perfume or cologne. It is all I get.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste has an OK toasted biscuit malt character with a clean hop finish. But the aroma takes over everything and makes this beer difficult to enjoy.

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4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slightly hazed deep gold; finger of finely-bubbled ivory head

S: citrus and lime with hints of pine and fresh grain

T: soft lime edges the entire experience, with subtle points of pine and grapefruit pith; never gets too bitter - stays mild with a delicate sweetness, citric-edged but never sharp or bold

M: smooth and light, medium-to-light-bodied, fluffy; drying finish

O: I'm not wit bier expert, so I'm wary of misrepresenting this beer per the style, but rather than the typical clove and coriander and orange-citrus notes, this beer almost borders between an IPA and a witbier - for my tastes, this was a win; Certainly worth a buy for fans of pales regardless of your particularities.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of the Kaffir lime leaves are present in the nose along with some slight hints of spruce tips.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of Kaffir lime leaves. Slight hints of the grapefruit zest are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be very easy to drink, enjoyable and a refreshing change compared to other witbiers that use traditional ingredients.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a pretty damn clear light golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma certainly has a lime bite to it. Light pepper and coriander, and a hint of pine sap, with a sweet almost honey like malt and bitter pith round out the aroma. The flavor is light honey like malts with a huge spruce presence that almost feels like its smoked countered with a bitter pithy grapefruit flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. I was really getting into the keffir up front, but the spruce and grapefruit flavor contrasted just a bit to much for me.

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3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Smutty Big Beer tulip.

Appearance- Beautiful clear gold with no head or lacing. Strange seeing such a clear wit beer.

Smell- Definantly kaffir and pine up front. The lime and pine make a nice aroma together. A light funky yeast and pepper notes finish.

Taste- I can't tell if its the spruce I'm tasting or the hops, but there's a nice lightly bitter "pine hop" taste to it. The lime is there, but more in the background. Finishes with a nice mouth cleansing bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated and super light and easy to drink.

Overall-A nice "unconventional" look at wit beers. Clean and refreshing with a nice bitterness to it. 6 packs of this in the summer would kill.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12.7 oz. brewery bottle into my Hennepin glass.

A: A clear, inviting, bubbly gold with a loose white head that soon dissipated. A tenacious foam ring remained at the edge of the liquid to the end of the glass.

S: Definitely different for a witbier. The kaffir lime leaves were present, as were the spruce tips. Sweetish and a bit perfumey, but not cloyingly so.

T: I expected an obvious grapefruit quality, but it's just not there for me. The taste is no different than what the aroma would imply. The flavors are very well blended, to the point that the only thing that stands up tall and says "Here I am!" is the lime leaves with their herbal citrus note. That citrus quality is definitively lime. The spruce tips make their appearance again in the finish. Don't blink, because you might not see them wave as they ride by on kaffir coattails.

M: Pleasantly carbonated and just a little bit slippery on the tongue. The end result, though, is a slightly dry sensation.

Overall, Pure Biss is a pleasant experience from beginning to end. If I saw it available on draft somewhere, I would definitely give it a try for the sake of comparison. I only wish that the grapefruit zest had made itself known in a more obvious way, but that's merely a personal preference.

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Smuttlabs Pure Biss from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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