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Smaak | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Halcyondays on 11-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Golden liquid, white virgin head 3/4". Aroma was citrus, orange. Really mimosa big. Soft wheat.

Taste crushes it with wheat and orange. Very tart, more and more waves of orange descend upon thee. This is so tart through the mouthfeel. This beer would be purchased by the gallon if they sold bottles of it (to me).

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Thanks merc for sharing
The beer ours a hazy light golden yellow with an inch of fluffy white, sticky head. The nose is very interesting with notes from the yeast, wheat, and tart citrus, most reminiscent of a kumquat. The taste provides a bit more sweetness and yeast, but the kumquat is still a lingering aftertaste along with a herbal bitterness reminiscent of lemongrass. The beer's body is a light-medium, drinkable, yeast-forward witbier with a tart, dry citrusy aftertaste. It's near-sessionable, pairable with most fish dishes, but certainly doesn't blow me away.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into a stem-goblet at the now defunct Bruery Provisions. Cost was $6 for a 14 oz serving. Reviewed from notes. "Smaak! Witbier" per the menu. 5.9% ABV confirmed. This being Provisions, they served it entirely too cold.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and decent retention. Body colour is a cloudy pale yellow. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Funky, pale malts, biscuit malt, pleasant yeast character (evoking mainly clove), lemon zest, and citrus tinges. Minimal floral hopping. Some lemon peel. Delightfully fresh and appealing. Hints of orange.

T: Lemon zest, orange peel, pale malts, hints of funk, tart lemon, orange juice on the finish, minimal floral hopping, and heavy citrusy notes. Quite zesty. Well balanced and built for a witbier. Goes beyond mere lemon notes and really builds a citrusy character. I like it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and crisp. Good thickness. Bear ideal carbonation, even a bit of bite. Complements the flavour profile really well. Refreshing.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. A lovely witbier. A bit pricey but quite delicious. I'd have it again if I were in a witbier mood. The funkiness and fruit are quite well executed. Lovely stuff. A unique take on the style. A surprisingly good beer from The Bruery. Maybe they're good for beers other than stouts and sours after all.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Huadog for sending this! First bottle to be opened for the 8 crazy nights BIF. My review was done blind as I didn't know what the growler was until after I wrote my notes:

A- Pours a straw yellow with a thin white cap that leaves minimal lacing behind.

S- Oranges, followed by a white wine with notes of green grapes, oak, apricot, pears and lemon. A bit of vinegar and horse blanket at the end. Reminds me a lot of a mimosa. Very floral and fruity. I'm guessing it was aged in a white wine barrel?

T- Orange is prominent upfront followed by green grapes, apricot, pears, lemon peel, oak and some wheat. Subtle tartness from the oranges as well as some vinegar at the finish, which helps cut the sweetness.

M- Light carbonation with a fairly thin body. For a barrel aged beer, this might be the lightest beer I've had. Quite drinkable though.

O- After being very disappointed with Chocolate Rain and BT, this was a big surprise to me as I'm not typically a fan of the Bruery offerings nor Witbiers. Really like how the barrels were integrated into the base beer as well as the orange juice adding some sweetness and tartness. I had no problem drinking multiple glasses of this and could see this being a great summer beer.

Thanks again, Huadog!

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Smaak from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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