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Arbor Brewing Brasserie Blonde Sparkling AleArbor Brewing Brasserie Blonde Sparkling Ale

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 05-24-2007

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by beerad666:
Photo of beerad666
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

This beer pours a very hazy cloudy orange color. At first there was over a finger of light brown head but within moments it was all gone. The smell of orange comes out right away along with the yeast. For the taste, you get some nice citrus with a nice sour bite. Maybe a touch too much carbonation.. but I guess that is why its says sparkling ale on the bottle. In the finish you get some carbonation with a sweet clean taste. Leaves the mouth moist with some sourness.

At first drink I wasn't sure if I liked it, I'm not a big fan of sour beers. But as I had a few more sips it began to grow on me. If you're looking for something on the slightly sour side that doesn't go too far with it this might be a good pick.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with a thin head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is big butterscotch and some sour apples.

The flavor is the same as the aroma - butterscotch and some caramel and sour apples with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall, it's not terrible, but it is rather strange. I kind of wonder if this was a bad bottle or if it was meant to be like this.

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Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Creamy head from a hard pour, pale amber is slightly hazed

SMELL: Faint spice, faded orange zest, yeast, crackers, phenolic, yeasty, fallen apples

TASTE: Smooth, Bready malt, vague spicing, yeast, mild bitterness, orange pith, light caramel, finishes grainy and dry

Not sure where they wanted this beer to go but the whole orange peel / corriander thing did not seem to work to its potential and the flavors don't meld well together either.

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Photo of weasbri
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light copper, a bit hazy. Heady, but it fades fast, light lacing.
I get mostly yeasty aromas. The flavor is sweeter than I expected, citrusy sweetness. A tiny bit of tang in there too.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but certainly I had hoped for a little more flavor, more oomph, and so I was a tad disappointed.

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Photo of Shumista
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger white head.
S- Lots of fruit in the smell, especially citrus.
T- Lots going on here. Some citrus, sour apple, wheat, and very sweet with a dry finish.
M- Very carbonated, not too thin, not too thick.
D- An interesting, different beer. I'm still deciding if I like it enough to buy it again, but I'm glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of nmyers
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orangish with a tint of gold and very little head with no retention at all.

S- A nice wheat aroma, with sugar sweetness to it.

T- Wheat right off the bat and a nice sweet candy like finish.

M- Medium bodied and it coats you tongue, not real bitterness detected. A nice sweet finish and after taste.

D- This beer goes down really easily.

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Photo of 7Durandal7
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BierFan
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No freshness date. No listed abv. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy rusty orange. Almost no head. Very little to no carbonation. You would expect something calling itself a "sparkling ale" would have a lot of carbonation, but not this beer.

Smell: Real sour. Kiwis and sour apples.

Taste: Lots of lemons. Under-ripe kiwi. Very sour, takes a while to get used to the sourness.

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Photo of EL48823
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a juicy looking hazy orange-brown color with a creamy, light-tan, 1/2 finger head.

S: Fresh aromas of floral and citrus hops, toasted malt, biscuits, and orange zest.

T: See above. Orange peel, floral hops, toasted malt, spices, toasted bread crust, and apple/pear.

M: Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of bite.

D: Very refreshing. A perfectly respectable summer beer!

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Photo of soupyman10
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in an Arbor Brewing Co. taster from Holiday Market in Royal Oak (love that place). A very strange beer, that's for sure. A copper color with a large head of big bubbles. Nose is mostly orange with some other fruity hints as well. Taste is likewise strong on orange, and this one's surprisingly sour - not unlike some other ABC beers I've had. Way too carbonated. Overall, this isn't one of ABC's better beers, and, in my mind, not even a wit.

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Photo of TurboBrew
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall very respectable.

Have tried on on-tap two different places, as well as a few bottles.
Draught seems under-carbonated, bottles seem over-carbonated.

Prominent yeast, deliberate citrus sour tones.

Seems to be popping up in more and more restaurants & stores.
Is this an Oberon response from Arbor?

An excellent gateway-beer.

UPDATE : Originally had this beer at B+ with 3.85, but got a second batch of this beer and it was completely inconsistent with what I previously have had. So I've knocked down the rating. Second 6pack was sour and flat. Sounds like a process control issue.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is mildly cloudy and had a very small head. It doesn't quite look like the Witbiers I'm used to.

Smell: Has a citrus kick in the aroma that fairly dominates the wheat backbone of this beer. Again, not bad, but not expected.

Taste: Nice sweet flavor that has a good balance between sweet and bitter and has a little bit of citrus to give it a slight kick.

Mouthfeel: It has a light body, but it seems to work. The carbonation kind of tingles the tongue as it goes down.

Drinkability: It has a fairly low alcohol content which is nice in my book, and it's smooth and balanced. Pretty good. It's a nice local brew that I could get again.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A 3+ finger, cream/white, fluffy head developed, never really went away, and left a fluffy, sticky trail. The body was a deep golden color, nearing copper with loads of carbonation (big, little, and furious bubbles).

S- There were a lot of fruit tones (something of a berry aroma) mixed with a slightly musty scent from the yeast.

T- More fruit in the flavor. Again, something of a mixed berry going on. There were also sour tones (green apple).

M- Loads of carbonation leave a tingle. Otherwise, it was a pretty clean feel.

D- It was a little on the sweet side. Refreshing enough on a hot day, but a bit much to have more than a couple in a sitting.

Overall- I picked this up thinking it was going to be some sort of Blonde and actually thought I may have got a bad bottle. After drinking a second and realizing BA calls it a Wit, things started to make sense. As a Blonde, it was a bit too much. I usually like full flavors and robust beers. This took it a little too far for that style. I would be looking for something a little cleaner/subdued in a blonde. As a Wit, it's missing some of the citrus and spice I would expect. Therefore, it was difficult to score this one.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of flowerysong
2.34/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium tan with a fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Smells like orange peel.

Taste: Slightly sour, coriander and orange zest showing on a background of vegetal malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The coriander is overpowering and the beer seems very sweet. Not a winner.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Copper orange with a faint head.

Fruity with a splash of bitterness. Well balanced.

Oranges and a hint of spice. Decent bitterness to compliment the other flavors.

This is were the beer suffers, big time. Felt syrupy. I've noticed this in other Arbor Brewing beers. Really detracts from the flavor and leaves a musky aftertaste behind.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh, blonde ales. Just the thought makes me bored. But right from the pour on this one, I can see that I am getting something different. Fully clouded with a more brown than blonde color to it. Fruit tones remind me of mature fruits. Seems somewhat hearty with an earthy thing going on. I dunno. There is something about this beer that screams originality and just a bigger load of balls than most brewers would be able to put on the table. I enjoyed drinking this beer.

Adding on: They labeled this a witbier? Ha! Funny. Well....I'll just leave the ratings here as I originally thought of them.

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Photo of MDekker
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours out nearly amber - not what I was expecting from a blonde ale - it a German kolsch glass, and comes with a luscious head of more than two fingers and a constant rising cascade of bubbles. Looks nice.

S: WOW! Sour lemon aromas, and that's it, overpowering everything else.

T: Along the same lines - it tastes like malty lemonade - the lemon flavor is very strong. Sour, bitter finish. Interesting, I guess.

M: A little chewy - not too fizzy. Not bad.

D: I'm not really all that big on the lemony punch in the mouth. I'll finish this, and it may float the boat of some people, but not me.

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Photo of callmeSteezy
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of SirDalton
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Rich540
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of gmfessen
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with an almost non-existant head and has small amounts of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The smell in't very overpowering, but orange peel and corriander is percievable. The flavor revisits the fruitiness of the smell, kicks it up a notch and has a little mouth puckering bite at the end. The mouthfeel is very light with a thin carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer to try but I don't think that I could drink more than one of these.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.02/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is listed on the website as being "A deep golden colored Belgian-style spiced ale brewed with a unique blend of rich malts, sweet orange peel, spicy hops, and zesty coriander." 6.0 ABV. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed and bottled by the Corner Brewery LLC in Ypsilanti.

Hefty whoosh upon releasing the cap. Gentle pour reveals a brisk foam up and over the glass. Excessively carbonated. Cloudy medium amber...quite dark for a Wit. Aroma of very strong green kiwi fruit, subtle orange, phenols, and oxidized pennies. Mouthfeel is a bit oxidized and ruddy with a metallic twang and medium-light body. Taste is a recap of the aroma. It shouldn't be this sour...too much kiwi fruit with lots of metal. Makes me a little nauseous, honestly, but it's not a drain pour like the Olde.22 Little touch of lingering orange peel in the finish. Very mild bitterness, but it's hard to tell over the sourness and metals.

Another revolting beer from Arbor Brewing. I won't be trying any more of their bottled beers soon.

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Arbor Brewing Brasserie Blonde Sparkling Ale from Arbor Brewing Company
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