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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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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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the ultra-finesse style of witbier meet the brash aggression of Three Floyds, of course an imperial version is eminent. But retaining what's supple and elegant about Belgian versions of the style, Three Floyds carefully keeps the refreshment and balance in check but also serving up a wallop of strength and flavor.

The burnish golden ale is brought to the table capped with a thick white, freakish head that captures the essence of the namesake. With opaque appearances, the beer's yeasty aesthetics allows the the faintest of a glow to emit. Very persistent both in head retention and lacing, this beer is undeniably Belgian-inspired.

The aroma of witbier is on proper display with a tart wheaty backbone, decorated with orange peel and coriander. But that's not enough, the almost-hoppy scent of orange pulp and freshly zested tangerine become larger than life and gives an overall juicy and rounded scent to the already fruity and floral ale. Soft and sharp spices come in the shape of the celery seed perfume with white pepper and freshly grated ginger root.

More fruity than malty to taste, the fresh citrus and tropical flavors carry a pleasant juiciness, sweetness, and acidity that sculpt the balance masterfully. Any malt flavor seems to give the fruit a candy-coated taste; grain tartness seems of clean citrus acidity, and ginger additions weave seamlessly into the spicy yeast character. The mild taste of sugar cookie dough is just enough to support the brilliant fruit and spice interplay. Only the mild grassy finish of mint and lemongrass deviate from the plan and begin to denote a fade to finish.

Medium bodied, the beer has a richer feel than does traditional witbiers of Hoegaarden, but doesn't seem thick. Creamy carbonation turns effervescent in finish for a light prick of the tongue as the fruit and grain acidity refreshes the palate and the hop and peppery spice closes with clean confidence with a short lived return of citrus fruit.

It's very impressive to see the flavors of witbier intact to this extent without disrupting the delicate balance that makes the original Belgian whites so charming, despite the additional complexities of orange juice, ginger, or elevated alcohols.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Three Floyd's in a small tulip glass.
A: Hazy pale yellow with a light orange hue. 1 finger bright white head leaving a speckled Bavarian lace.
S: Orange juice with cream and coriander and hint of ginger.
T: An adult Orange Julius. Taste like it sounds, it's lost and it's found hungry like the wolf. Sorry for the Duran Duran 80's flash back. But it does taste like orange juice with cream spiced with coriander and ginger with at crisp dry finish.
M: Thick and creamy light carbonation.
O: Very unique, just like 3 Floyd's. Not your everyday beer but definetly wort seeking out.

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4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, this review is from notes:

Pours, well, like a very thick witbier. Pale gray with little twinges of yellow, and as hazy as a storm cloud.

Smells like a pleasantly alcoholic wit along with a surprisingly big kick of orgeat.

White pepper dominates up front, followed by a very, very thick node of straight-up OJ and ending on some nicely alcoholic yeast complexities. Very creamy, very spicy.

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@ the brewpub

Pours a light orangish/hay color with a bit of fog. A finger of wgite head that leaves plenty of lace.

The nose has light corriander, citrus, wheat, and light booze.

The flavors are bigger than the nose suggests. Oranges, wheat, yeasty esters, and some more oranges.

The mouthfeel is indeed thick. Thicker than other wits. Zesty carbonation suits this beer perfectly with the orange flavors.

Overall, this is a damn decent wit that I would certainly revisit.

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Thick White Freeks from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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