Friar's Belgian-Style White Ale | Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.

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Friar's Belgian-Style White AleFriar's Belgian-Style White Ale
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Friar's Belgian-Style White AleFriar's Belgian-Style White Ale

Brewed by:
Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheManiacalOne on 09-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Oct. 2010. Sampled on August 2, 2010. It has the expected cloudy, pale yellow pour one comes to expect from a Belgian style white ale. There is about a quarter inch of long-lasting, silky white head. The aroma is alive with wheat, yeast, malts, and clove. I liked the look and the aroma but the taste and body were more of a disappointment. Not so much the taste as it had a good Belgian style wheatiness to it but the body was extremely thin and almost watery. I was looking for more in the way of the mouthfeel.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy light gold. Smallish head, didn't last long, definitely needed more. Moderate carbonation I thought was spot on for a Witbier.

S - Sweet aroma, smelled like candied pineapple, with a little spice to boot.

T - The sweet and spicy aroma had me expecting a lot of flavor. Was a bit disappointed to find it lacking in this department. The spices are coming through pretty good with a touch of hop bitterness, but then it falls flat. No real malt to balance it out, reminded me a bit of herbal tea.

M - Thin and refreshing with a tart finish. Pretty nice, wish the flavor matched it.

D - Goes down easy and is refreshing, but so is water. It is good, but very forgettable.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle with a freshness date of Jan '11

A - The beer pours a cloudy straw color with a small, lasting head. Some lacing along the glass.

S - Coriander, coriander, and more coriander. The orange is also present along with a small wheat note.

T - Tastes like it smells. Sweet orange and coriander along with wheat up front. The brew didn't have much bitterness but it wasn't overly sweet either, very good balance.

M - Light but in a good way. What you would expect from a good witbier.

D - Super drinkable. A six pack wouldn't last very long at all with a thirsty drinker.

Overall a very solid beer from the local Sherwood Forest brewery. This beer definitely wants to make me try more of their brews.

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Photo of RickS95
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw colored, looks like ginger ale in a glass with a cloudy head.

Smells like summer; flowers and spices dominate.

Has somewhat bitter, peppery taste, which is expected given the smell.

A little harsh in the mouth, bitterness comes on strong and stays into the finish.

A decent beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: cloudy golden yellow. head retention seemed to be a little lacking

Smell: typical herbal/spicy aromas balanced with tart, citrusy and grainy wheat notes

Taste: slight orangey/citrusy note with herbal/spicy and wheat character. hop flavor, though mellow, seems to be just a little too much. bitterness is low. finish is dry with a slightly herbal hop presence

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate c arbonation

Notes: decent wit, but not that great either. fruity notes seem to take a backseat in this one

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Photo of matjack85
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All the beers from this brewery follow a Robin Hood theme on their labels. This one features Friar Tuck enjoying his witbier. $1.49 for a single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL. A March date is notched out on the side of the label, but no clue as to whether it is a born on date as in March of '10, or if it's a best consumed by date as in March of '11.

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with very little head, very short-lived retention, and very little lace.

The beer had a nice fruity pineapple/orange smell along with a hefty dose of coriander spice.

The beer has a touch of sweet wheat flavor and lots of orange/pineapple fruit flavor, but what it is really loaded up with is coriander spice. Just a touch of herbal hop bitterness in the finish.

Light, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Very drinkable with no alcohol flavor, although you'll have to like the flavor of coriander spice to enjoy this one.

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Photo of Amalak
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. Like the Sherwood collection, love the bottle itself. The beer has a good straw color, fairly opaque and bubbly with a strong wheat/barley scent.

It's very wheaty...perhaps too much so. Carbonated. The only flavor coming through is wheat, but lacks a distinct other taste.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours a very carbonated half finger head. Murky golden yellow hue, definitely unfiltered. Not very much lacing here.

S: Bananas and cloves. Orange/lemon zest - some type of citrus. Some spice as well.

T: Belgian style for sure. The standard bananas and cloves taste here too. Some citrus hints.

M: Very thin and carbonated. Decently refreshing hefe style flavor that lingers.

D: Glad to have sampled this one from my BotM club. Nothing to leave me searching for this beer but would be highly enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly cloudy amber, with a very thin white head. Small amounts of carbonation were rising from the bottom. Aroma was wheaty and yeasty with a touch of orange fruitiness. Taste was white bread, with a bit of sweetness. Felt ok in the mouth, a touch thin, but not bad. Easy to drink, a good summer sipper.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle (no date despite having a laser stamp that was halfway removed and a best-by mark on the side of the label that had nothing on it - sloppy quality control) poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The yeast in the bottom of the glass did not carry over on the pour (makes me think this was on the shelf for awhile), which led to a clear yellow-amber-gold color, with lots of carbonation bubbling up and a very persistent white foam. The foam was almost self-replenishing when drinking it down. Chunks of lacing here and there.
Poured again into a shaker pint - rotating the bottle a lot to get the yeast in. This time the beer is a cloudy yellow-amber gold. The head is still white, but the lacing is greatly diminished.

Smell: Musty - faint coriander smell. I'm not getting the love here.
Upon pouring again with the yeast coming over in the pour, the smells are stronger - the mustiness is reduced and the coriander is stronger. Some faint fruit/banana smells as well - definitely better with the yeast.

Taste: Earthy with a hint of citrus, and a a hint of sour pucker finish. I wonder how this would have been if the yeast had made it through.
With the yeast coming along in the 2nd pour - the earthiness is more grain-like (wheat), and there is more of yeast flavor combined with the hint of citrus. The sour finish is mostly gone.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation which cleans the palate and leaves a crisp finish in the mouth.
Carbonation is diminished with the yeast coming over and the finish is not as crisp.

Drinkability: No...I'm not enjoying this. I will try again and see if I can get the yeast to come through. Went okay with a meal (pork BBQ and sweet & sour green beans) but I've had better.
This beer is definitely better when the yeast comes along in the pour, making it a good, but not great beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer. It has nice but unusual hoppy aroma at least unusual for this style. The body is a hazy and straw colored. Great, off-white thick head and lace. The flavor hopped more than most whites. There is a lot of citrus flavor and some spice. The spice is overshadowed by the hops. Overall this beer has a combination of fruity/sweet and hopped/bitter flavors. The body is extremely carbonated and light.

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Photo of CHickman
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came with the Beer of the Month Club.

Pours cloudy gold orange with a foamy off white head that lasts for a while; decent lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of spices, yeast, coriander, wheat, orange peel, pepper and slight skunky grass odor. Typical Belgian wit beer aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with a mix of yeast, grains, coriander, spices, wheat, orange peel, pepper, lemon, clove, apple, bread, herbs, light caramel, light hops, light sweet malt, faint banana and like the nose there's a slight skunky grass taste, which gives a dry sour pucker at the end. This is a pretty complicated beer that seems to be spicy up front, but isn't very spicy at all and just has bold flavor which reminds me of roasted garlic - the flavor is evident, but it doesn't offend the palate and actually seems to allow a lot of different tastes to peek through but none dominate.

The mouthfeel is creamy with light crisp carbonation, and the overall body is light and crisp which leaves a dry sour pucker.

This beer really has too much going on, as it's all over the place, and while it's not bad it is confusing. Definitely an interesting beer that bombards your tastebuds, but I'm not sure I could have more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. It was decent.

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Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale, hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white head that forms to a minimal size. Frothy ring stays around leaving some spots of lace.

S- Heavy on the clove, fig, raisin and spice. A bread aspect behind this with banana, bubble gum. Dominated by yeast as I see often with the style. Some toasty nuts here.

T- Once again heavy yeast notes of raisin, clove, banana, fig and spice. Banana is a bit more subdued and more fruit comes in the way of lemon/citrus. Some floral hops.

MF- Creamy light body with high carbonation stinging the palate. Very foamy and light.

DB- A pretty good witbier. Nothing really jumps out to take away from the balance. Drinks smoothly and easily.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, spices, Belgian yeast, light malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is very spicy up front, with flavors of clove & coriander. Then there are flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and citrus that follow. There's a mild hops presence that brings a good balance. The malt character is thin but it's about right for the style and there's enough of it to create a complimentary breadiness. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good lighter Belgian beer that's a little refreshing and is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a BotM shipment. Cool label art.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: translucent, medium golden-orange body with a sudsy collar & just a thin whisp of head. Bubbles of varying sizes & speeds make it feel like I'm looking into an aquarium.

Smell is nicely dominated by orange peel & coriander, right where they should be. Subtle tea-like dryness.

Taste is there with the smell, but complemented by a kind of biscuity, baked flavor I can't put my finger on. Some notable hops that come on like tobacco, giving it a slightly toasty flavor.

Feels medium-bodied, enticing, with just enough spring to keep the mouth engaged but not tire it out.

Overall pretty well done: highlights the strengths of the style while adding some interesting twists.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden yellow amber topped by a fizzy, leathery skinned white head that recedes to a thin disk a little quicker than it should. thankfully, some nice splotches of lace adhere to the glass.

S- the aroma is big on coriander, huge on coriander as a matter of fact, with very few other aromas perceptible. Some hints of orange are in there, but they are along the same bandwidth as the citrusy coriander aromas and the two become nearly indistinguishable. thick volatile coriander compounds are felt heavily in the nostrils. too. much. spice.

T- the taste of orange peel definitely comes through, seeming like navel or sweet valencia as opposed to bitter curacao. juicy fresh orange flavor is nice, but coriander still dominates and fills up the sinuses in such a way that discerning other flavors requires a shovel and an archaeological sifter. there's some grassy hop flavor, very little bitterness (good), and decent pale malt and wheat sweetness. finishes with a brut sweetness but not quite dry, with still plenty of coriander. the fashion that the orange peel was used here is what bumped the score up from average to good, but there's still a very hard line between this 4 and a 4.5.

MF- lacking that wheaty softness that i'm looking for, this one starts out plush but quickly goes to thinly juicy as soon as carbonation gets a foothold. that would be fine if the bubbles lasted-- they are prickly and tight but disappear as quick as they came on, leaving the brew flat, thin, and unsatisfying.

D- this dude has alot of ups and downs. the friar could be an excellent example of wit with just a few minor tweaks. the first being carbonation and perhaps grain content, and the second being not so damn much coriander. with these ideals in mind, it's really not that bad but could be far better.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours three-finger white head that fades slowly and leaving some lace. Hazy pale amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Yeasty nose. Flavor is yeast and light semi-sweet lemon. $2.15 for a 12 oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Random single happened-upon at my local Binny's. Worth a shot, thought I. It pours a mostly clear golden straw topped by a half-finger of light off-white foam. Plenty o' floaties hangin' 'round in here. The nose comprises lemon zest, wheat, cardamom, and sweet caramel. The taste really hammers home the lemon and cardamom, with a touch of rye bread, nutmeg, and light biscuit writhing in the background. It's interestingly good to me... The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda grainy feel. Overall, an okay wit, more like a Belgian-inspired radler than a wit, frankly. It's not the paragon of the style, but it's surprisingly enjoyable.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Friar's Belgian-Style White pours a hazy honey yellow with a small, fizzy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace behind.

The aroma is spicy with notes of clove, lemon grass and orange peel. A little bit of bready yeast in there too.

Each sip of this light to medium boded beer is slick on the palate with a light carbonated snap at the tip of the tongue. The flavor is sweet and spicy. Bubblegum, banana, wheat, clove and lemon grass are all present. It finishes slightly tart with a lingering flavor of banana and clove.

This is an easy drinking beer that's not overpowered by spices. A good beer to introduce someone to Belgian styles.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of WakeandBake
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange color body with a thin fizzy short lasting white head ,medium carbonation. Aroma is slightly yeasty , coriander or some other spice , banana and a fruit like maybe apple skins . Flavor is quite malty but not too sweet , a nice wheat tang , more spice a light bitterness , orange peel coriander and a hint of alcohol . Medium body with a full mouthfeel , slightly dyr finish . Quite sessionable and not a bad drinker . Better than expected .

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a very small, off-white head of thin foam. The head was short-lived and left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of coriander, yeast and orange peel.

T - It had a spicy, yeasty bite with some sweet wheat flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was a surprising good brew considering how slowly it has been moving off the shelves here.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this brewery when I picked up this bottle today as part of a mixed six pack. Poured a medium straw color, with a nice little bit of billowy white foam. Smells like any other white ale, lemon, Belgian yeast and coriander. Flavors follow along pretty closely, a little bit sweet, with a lot of coriander on the finish.

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Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yup, this is a solid B of B- beer. It pours a fairly light colored golden, with ample carbonation. Not tons of head on the beer, just a thin cover of retention, a bit of lace but not much. The nose is herbal, sweet malt, Belgianesque candied sugars, some grassy pricklishness in there too.

The taste is better once things settle. It's very light bodied, very light tasting, sweetish malt, a touch of prickly mouth feel, a touch of florals, some coriander type tastes are coming through too. There is a bit of greenish apple in this beer, but not of the tart variety. This beer is just too light and insubstantial to be taken all that seriously. Its a decent witbier and I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with moderate carbonation, and a thin white lacing, minimal head.

S - Grainy, earthy, very light lemon and coriander zest with a mild grass/compost and hemp aroma. (???)

T - Mimics the nose. Overall, slight herbal zest and grainy. The other flavors fall in behind it in one of the other two categories.

M - Heavier side of light body and leaves an earthy grit in the mouth. The aftertaste is pronounced herbal.

O - Just not doing it for me.

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Friar's Belgian-Style White Ale from Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 39 ratings