Thick White Freeks | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This massive thick freek of a white ale is brewed with a hint of fresh ginger, coriander, white pepper, orange peel, and orange juice concentrate. The yeast was donated by our friend Urbain from De Struise.

27 IBU

Added by Wadsey on 06-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 24
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of jrallen34
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Three Floyds with Mike and Sean.. Murky milky gold, uglyish, decent retention and lacing... Nose is all belgian yeast, ok, a bit boring, very soapy... Taste is sweet and soapy yeast, too sweet no hops, no balance, not a big fan of this, my least favorite of the 3 new Belgian's

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a chalice at Northdown.

Appearance: My glass arrives with a cloudy orange liquid filling up the glass with the identifying Three Floyds off-white head on top. Spots of lace cling to the glass as the level drops. This certainly looks imperial compared to any other Witbier I have had.

Smell: This smells like an orange, almost like Blue Moon with half an orange squeezed in it. That's not really a compliment. Full wheat, coriander, and orange zest really dominate.

Taste: The flavor is full to be sure. Sweet wheat up front, some banana, pepper, coriander, and a burst of orange citrus. There is only one level though, there is no depth or real complexity here.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel follows the name of the beer - thick. A medium carbonation exists here but seems to undershoot what would be necessary to make this better. Sticky.

Overall: This is just too cloyingly sweet. As I consumed the glass, I kept knocking off half a point here, half a point there from the score because it was fairly difficult for me to finish the glass. It does not surprise me to learn afterward that orange juice concentrate was used. Hopefully that is a mistake they will not make again.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -Pours an update yellow color with a little bit of stock on the sides.

S - Smells of a healthy dose of yeast and a lot of sweet candy sugar and syrup.

T - this if exceptionally sweet and cloying. A lot of candy sugar with some belgian yeast. Big problem with this one is how sweet it is, makes it hard to get down.

M - Kind of syrupy and low carbonation.

O - Too much sweetness overpowers this beer and makes it hard to get a ton down. I'd pass on this next time.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Three Floyds brewpub, poured into a snifter.

A - Very cloudy orange twith a nice thick white head that lingers for a long while.

S - Lots of coriander/ginger in the nose with citrus backing. Little off putting actually. Some yeast playing around in there as well.

T - Bold taste but a little unbalanced. Citrus flavors and spices don't play well together. The coriander and ginger dominate the beer, and have to look hard past those spices to get to the witbier. Very bold, but overpowering.

M - Could be easy drinking with nice carbonation and body, but the spices and bold flavors make the mouthfeel become a little heavier.

O - Little too much on the spice for me. Had it with some food and it helped subside the beer and cut through the spices. Not a beer I would seek out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery, into an odd tulip of sorts.

Hazy gold with a thick white head, dense lacing and mild retention. Sweet malt character, wheat, light spicing and some bright citrus notes. Taste has banana, sweet malts with an odd yeast character. More citrus flavours but this feels oddly artificial - wasn't surprised to find out this was made with and orange juice concentrate or something similar. More wheat and light spicing in the finish. Big and full body, a little more than what I wanted in a witbier. Not bad, but not that good either.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a different squat and stubby tulip glass.

A - Murky dark apricot body, with a finger of white foam that settles to a thick collar and leaves small splotches of lace.

S - Pretty typical witbier aromas - coriander, peppery yeast, creamsicle. Big emphasis on the yeast and wheat flavors.

T - Again, plenty of bread, wheat, and yeast, with less spice and pepper than I noticed in the aroma. There's some orange peel as well, but I'm guessing most of the orange concentrate fermented out?

M - Zesty carbonation, smooth medium body, dry finish, and some light warming alcohol.

D - Split a glass with Chris. Easy enough to drink, but not something I'd crave again in the near future. Still, I generally dislike Imperial Witbiers and this was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of iadler
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Served in a chalice glass.

A- Cloudy gold with a one finger head that slowly dissipates. Leaves some spots of lacing.

S- Orange juice, orange zest, coriander, fresh ginger and some wheat.

T- Orange zest, lemon zest, orange juice with pulp, banana, clove, white pepper, coriander, bubblegum, spicy ginger and wheat. The ginger and orange linger in the finish.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. The 8.5 ABV is undetectable.

O- This is the strangest FFF offering I've had. I enjoyed it but only after getting through half the glass, as the ginger and orange juice concentrate were big in the flavor. While it was a very unique beer, I'm not sure if I could have one more glass, as it is quite sweet.

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Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at FFF, poured into a snifter.

A: Poured a cloudy orange, almost like an overly sugared orange juice. Nice thick white head, a little over 1 finger, with not much retention. Leaves a good lace on the way down.

S: Very yeasty and sweet smelling, almost like bubblegum. There was also some citrus and spiced pepper notes in there.

T: There are so many flavors going on ridiculous. Big bubblegum yeasty with an orange citrus backbone. The white pepper gives it a nice spiced kick at the end. A nice web of flavors.

M: Very creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Leaves a nice spicy citrus on the palate.

O: Ridiculous cornucopia of flavors. I liked this, but I don't think I could have more than one in a sitting. I'm glad it came in the mini-snifter. Anything else it might have been too much.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub on 06/23/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a cloudy orange hue with a tuft of gritty lily-white head. It kind of looks like an Orange Julius. Interesting is an understatement.

Smell -- Very aromatic, with coriander and ginger being most prominent, along with orange, cracked wheat, and clove.

Taste -- Pronounced ginger and coriander spice, ripe orange, and cream of wheat. Semi-tart yeast flavor and clove make themselves known once the shock of all of that citrus and spice begins to wind down. To call this an intense Wit is an understatement - very spicy, very fruity, but still with a hearty dose of cracked wheat. Finish is coriander, ginger, and orange pulp.

Mouthfeel -- It feels like an Orange Julius: thick, fluffy, pulpy, and with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but it definitely takes a few sips to get accustomed to.

Overall -- This beer was weird. Good weird. The mouthfeel takes time to get acquainted with, and the orange and spice flavors are very intense at first, but I found myself really loving this beer as I kept working my way down the glass.

A noble experiment. I'm REALLY glad I went against my instinct to avoid a beer with orange juice concentrate in it.

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Thick White Freeks from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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