Huitzi | 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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Brewed by:
5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian Strong Golden Ale, brewed with hibiscus flowers, ginger, thai palm sugar and local Chicago honey. Huitzi is a winter beer that doesn´t wallow in the dark cold days of this season. Like it’s namesake, the Aztec hummingbird god Huitzilopoctli who smashed the winter to allow the sun to return, Huitzi looks forward to the brighter promise of spring. We think of it as a winter cooler. As all our creations, this beer has it’s own Latin twist as it is brewed with flor de jamaica (hibiscus flower). The idea for this beer came when thinking about food and family gatherings. In Latin America, all family gatherings have something in common, “aguas frescas.” An agua fresca is fresh fruit or flowers diluted in water and (sometimes) sweetened. They are typically served at lunchtime in almost every restaurant in Mexico and Central America. The term means fresh water and their creativity and simplicity appeals to us. Aguas frescas represent a time with family, colleagues or friends as they gather and share a meal. A time to disconnect from the daily routine and enjoy food and conversation.

Added by GbVDave on 03-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 750ml bottle in a snifter. This almost UN-classifiable ale pours a red tinged
cloudy peach color with a modest head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring,
subtle light pool, and features some nice light lacing. Nose is complex and all over the
board---floral notes (not hops) collide with fresh grated ginger and get friendly with
sweet honey and hibiscus mixing with light yeasty funk and sweet candy sugars.
Flavors are complex and worthy of warming and savoring: sweet balanced ginger dipped
in candy sugars crystallizes with hibiscus and rose water over a light bed of yeasty saison
styled yeast notes with a touch of herbal hops and seltzer notes with rose and mead infused
notes. Complex as the day is long, matured nicely to say the least. Excellent mouth feel; effervescent
mouth feel gives rise to lively body that dances nicely off of the notes of the zesty ginger and sweet
candy malts with a crisp medium high carbonation and a sweet ginger and candy sugar finish.

Overall--one of the most complex and unique brews I have had to date.
Unique in the mead meets Belgian golden pathway----excellent.


Cheers 5 Rabbit----excellent job!

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3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fruit juice, citrus and grapes. The flavor is grapes/white grapes, malts, fruit, mild sweetness and a simple Belgian yeast/very lightly spiced finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of neenerzig
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from my sister as a gift well over a year ago now. Let it sit in my cellar for awhile and finally wanted to crack it open tonight. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to deep amber color with a white head that is probably about half an inch when first poured and that settles very quickly to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. The beer also has a rapid and continuous rise of several stream of bubbles coming to the beer's surface. Barely any lacing to speak of unfortunately. Nice Belgian Yeast aroma along with some good ginger hints accompanied by the hibiscus and ginger that is followed by strong floral fruity notes of pear, figs, etc. Has a sweet, Belgian candy sugar and bready, slightly toasted biscuit, yeasty flavor upfront that gives way to ginger, honey, and hibiscus and that is followed with earthy fruity flavors of pear, fig, and a hint of orange. No discernible hop presence here whatsoever. Good balance of flavors here and they seem to compliment each other quite nicely. Has a crisp, smooth, somewhat prickly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink, as the 8.7% ABV certainly sneaks up on you. Each sip finishes clean. The only drawback for me is that flavors don't really seem linger on the palate/inside of the mouth after each sip as much as I'd like them to. A very good beer all around though.


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3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LacquerHead
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice Belgian taste with spice.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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Huitzi from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
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