Dark Wit | McKenzie Brew House

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Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by yourefragile on 11-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at McKenzie Brew House, Malvern, PA

Poured a dark, hazy brown with a finger of foamy head that receded to a thin layer with some lacing. Toasted bread in the nose, and some fruit sweetness detectable. Toasted malts and wheat in the taste, yeast; some fruit tartness, orange and raisins. A bit acidic. Medium mouthfeel, and a decent drink.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky deep dark brown with reddish edges and no head.

Smell is sweet and almost fruity, cherries come to mind. I'm also getting an almost burnt/smoky flavor, not really roast, but not really smoke either.

The taste reveals a few more complexities with some cherry sweetness and hints of roast but also some wine like oak flavors as well.

Medium in body and rather smooth with low carbonation, though I suspect this is due to a poor growler fill. It's pretty drinkable given it's smooth and only about 4%. Another interesting McKenzie beer overall, but not really my favorite.

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3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the menu... "A deep amber Belgian-style ale brewed with spices. A balancing acts of fruits and roastiness is complemented by a light barrel character. Gravity 11.5 Plato, ABV 4.8, IBU 15."

Pours a clear, dark reddish brown. Strong pour from the growler produces a thin tan head that leaves specks of lacing and a small cap. Aroma is at first off-putting, dominated by a smokey, meatiness. As the beer warms a more subtle fruit and roast notes push to the front as well as a by now easily identifiable typical McKenzie barrel character. The name of this is misleading as there is very little going in this beer to remind you of a traditional Belgian wit and as the menu says an amber is a better general descriptor for it. There is a deep, dark bready malt backbone here with smokey roastiness. The tip of the tongue and the finish are however treated to a sweet, mild fruitiness (cherries?) and some light tanniny oak. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with very light carbonation (a consequence of the growler fill). This is remarkably easy to drink and unique, but I'm still not sure how much I like this.

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Dark Wit from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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