Huitzi | 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 94
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of jzlyo
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of neenerzig
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of superspak
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. No glass lacing and some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of strawberry, pear, apple, white grape, honey, bread, candi sugar, light caramel, herbal, floral, light pepper, light ginger, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, floral spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of strawberry, pear, apple, white grape, honey, bread, candi sugar, light caramel, herbal, floral, light pepper, light ginger, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of strawberry, pear, apple, white grape, honey, bread, candi sugar, light caramel, herbal, floral, light pepper, light ginger, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, floral spices, and pale malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian Strong pale ale. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, floral spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of fastenoughforphish
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy, dark gold.

Smell: Nice Belgian yeast, phenolic, with some spicy ginger on the nose. Sweet.

Taste: Delicious. Wow I am impressed. By FAR my favorite 5 Rabbit beer. Delicious Belgian yeastyness, with a background honey and some ginger, though not as much as one the nice. Minor orange peel without the orange peel pithy bitter. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Bright and highly carbonated, brings out the flavors well.

Overall: Super super impressed. This beer was the bomb.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Dark cider. Murky. Swirling ginger gives an actual "seasoned" look. Fast receding head.

S-Juicy. Strawberry. Golden apples. Champagne.

T-Hibiscus takes root and blossoms on the tongue. Sour cherry. More floral notes. Pear. Cider. Very faint malt on the finish. Smooth flavors mask the ABV.

M-Light to medium body. Slight viscosity via sugar and honey possibly. Carbonation sparkles the palate.

O-A great fruity alternative to common spiced/sweet winter beers. Cool and refreshing and yet ginger warms the veins. Worth the 750ml bottle buy. Enjoy in an oversized wine glass.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy dark copper with an inch-plus head of off-white.
A partial skim coat and some short streaks of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics are floral and spicy with a malty backbone. Hints of cloves, flower petals, ginger, apples, and caramel.

Medium bodied with a slickish mouthfeel.

Plump malt leads off the palate with spice-dusted apples and shards of candied fruit. A hint of tartness steps forward with ginger following through.

Finishes with sweet malt, candied apples, and spice.

A nice level of spiciness for a winter beer, but the carbonation is severely lacking for the style and the malt is a bit sweet.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle has 8.7% abv.

Pretty orangey pink hue with good Belgian style bubbling. Pretty quick head, but there's a thin layer of off-white foam that sticks around pretty well.

The aroma is a good blend of soft floral, herbs, spices and somewhat tart fruit.

Some fruity tartness upfront with delicate floral notes. The middle has a somewhat spice and soft herbal laden backbone. Palate has some winey texture, but finishes pretty thin. The carbonation I see is not the carbonation I feel. I still think this is a tasty beer I will buy again.

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

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy reddish-brown body with a bubbly white thick head that last for a few sips before becoming a thick band.

S- The aroma of hair perm and hibiscuis flowers gives way to a woody caramel malt note in the finish.

T- The fruity tart flavor of jamaca juice has a light herbal finish with some ginger spice and a bitterness mixed with fruit punch that lingers after each sip. The dry herbal spice flavor grows and clashes more with the other fruity flavors as it opens.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and some alcohol warmth enhances the bitter herb bite.

O- This beer has lots of different flavors but they are all odd and seem to fight each other and there are no malt or yeast character flavors to anchor it. Just odd and a bit weird.

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Photo of Etan
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours brownish-amber with a soapy off-white head.

S: Very earthy, flowery aroma. Honey, herbal, apricot seed, light grassiness, molasses, subtle ginger.

T: The taste lets the base BSPA shine through a bit more. Cakey pale malt, estery clove, honey, light floral bitterness, a bit of peach.

M: Light-bodied with zingy carbonation.

O: Although the smell was a little off-putting, this tasted pretty nice. Nothing too special, but decent.

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Photo of Rainblows
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Capone's in Chicago poured into a tulip. Pinkish gold hue with a small white head that dissipates. Smell is alcohol and belgian yeasts. Taste is tart at first from the hibiscus- I was hoping for this and happy to find it right away. Tartness breaks to some sweetness, ends with yeast notes. First brew I have tried from 5 Rabbit and I'm not disappointed- this is unique and not at all bad.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Similar to Firestone Walker Barrel Ale, something I had in this same tasting. Honey-golden with excellent crystalline carbonation and nice lacing. Rosy tint as well.

Smell: Tangy sweetness and bitterness with a hint of hibiscus. Also some chamomile?

Taste/Mouthfeel: The first thing I taste is ginger, which creates an excellent bite in the mouthfeel. Very clean beer. Zesty herbal ginger subsides, and some herbal sweetness takes over. Definitely some hibiscus in this.

Overall Drinkability: I was very happy with this. One of the best beers I've had recently.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass at Fountainhead.

Gotta admire these guys' commitment to the whole Aztec mythology schtick. This stuff pours a partly cloudy sunburst auburn topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, ginger, clove, banana, light wheat, Belgian candi sugar, and a touch of mild lactic sourness. Everything comes together merely cosmetically (as far as the nose can perceive cosmetic scents, o' course), with no true chemistry bringing them together to overcome a common adversity. (I may or may not need to stop watching Major League and Mighty Ducks...) The taste really showcases the ginger and flowers amidst a sorta bland Belgian pale ale backdrop, one that consists of wheat, clove, light black pepper, banana, and a touch of orange peel. There's a lingering sweetness throughout, detracting from any Belgian-style character the yeast may or may not have been vainly imparting the whole time. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, an alright brew, but one whose use of flowers and herbs and whatnot seems to detract from what could have been a decent BPA (...or they covered up a mediocre one...). Not my cup o' tea.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours brights orange with a collar of white head, sticky lacing, mildly cloudy

S: wild flowers, spices, some grassy hops, some note of coriander

T: very spicy and fruity, floral notes paired with orange peel, white grapes, some green apple in there as well

Mf: light body, medium carbonation

O: not very exciting, lots of fruit and sweetness, not much balance

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Photo of GbVDave
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 5Rabbit tulip at Bad Apple.

A: Served a slightly hazed, light golden color with a touch of rose. One finger of bright white foam shows off good retention and leaves a fair amount of lace behind.

S: Definite herbal/dried flower aroma. Spicy ginger, raw honey, and snatches of Belgian yeast. Pretty subdued.

T: See above. On the mild, "subdued" side. Could've used a little more pop.

M: Very smooth and creamy, no doubt because of the honey and Thai palm sugar. Finishes clean with a hint of pepper.

O: Pretty good, but a little too restrained for something like this. Their beers seem to start off their careers a little wobbly before evolving into something a little more exciting. Hope this one follows the others' paths.

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Huitzi from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 94 ratings