Naked Nun | Adelbert's Brewery

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Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

5.8% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting Adelbert's label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm not big on the brewery but I'm in the mood for the style it has a decent 83 rating currently. Reviewed as a witbier because it clearly identifies as such on the label. "Ale brewed with spices. Bottle conditioned." Batch No. 013. Bottled on 07/16/13.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As soon as I removed the "cage", the cork popped off of its own accord and hit my ceiling with an audible pop. Definitely seems overcarbonated, but then no liquid surged out after that incident, so maybe it's alright.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy airy consistency. Subpar creaminess. Okay thickness. Doesn't have a soft complexion. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable cloudy yellow. It's fairly dull for the style; lacks vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent but nontransparent.

Overall, it's within style conventions and looks generally appealing, but it's far from unique or special. There are no obvious flaws. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Pilsner malt, weak wheat, faint crackery malts, muddled unevocative artificial lemon, some orange, a sad attempt at coriander, hay/straw, and a kiss of funkiness. Lemongrass, white pepper, Belgian golden malts, generic citrusy esters. Generic citrusy hop notes.

A clean, fairly pleasant aroma of mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

If I had to pick a highlight, I'd go with the orange, though it seems pretty shallow.

T: Quite generic for a witbier. Belgian golden malts, wheat, pilsner malts, light crackery malts, hay/straw. Artificial lemon. Unevocative barely-present coriander. Lemongrass and accompanying citrusy esters. Generic floral and citrusy/fruity hop character. Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is its inclusion of faint funkiness, which isn't at all to style but lends it a saison-esque character that kind of works. Has a vague herbal note - perhaps sage or something else in the mint family.

Somewhat shallow. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It has a loose cohesion and a decent balance, but it's far from gestalt. Okay complexity. Not much subtlety or nuance.

No alcohol or yeast character comes through.

I do like it in a general sense. It's pretty unimpressive for a witbier, but outside style conventions it's not unenjoyable.

Mf: Not real refreshing, due in large part to its obvious overcarbonation and its overdone thickness. Crisp. Too full-bodied on the palate for the style. A proper witbier should be very light - almost fleeting - on the palate, and should be refreshing as hell. This isn't. Okay presence on the palate. Lightly biting. Wet. Has too much rough coarseness for the style. Hides its ABV decently. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but it's way off of style conventions.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: I definitely wouldn't get it again, and I'm not looking forward to the barrel-aged variant. The horrid overcarbonation really restricts drinkability. A very forgettable witbier that veers slightly into saison territory. That said, it hides its ABV decently and I'll have little trouble killing the bottle alone. You could do worse, but Adelbert's continues to fail to impress. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, and while it's drinkable, it's ultimately rather average.

If you're looking for a great American-brewed example of the style, grab Allagash White.

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Photo of bufb88
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Would try again.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at BRC in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, but dull pale yellow/orange color. More pale than anything else. At first a two finger white head forms and recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Snappy, spicy yeast. Very soft coriander, soft biscuit malt aromas. Everything is enjoyable, but very muted.
T: Follows the nose. Peppery, phenolic yeast is light and subtle. Coriander is soft as is the biscuity malts. Everything is just to mellow.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and effervescent. A bit thin however. Not hard to drink at all. Though there is not much here to grab on to.

Not bad, but just inoffensive and to bland, I guess soft is the word, for me just too subtle. There are plenty of other great Wits around. Other Texas breweries at that. I am not going to discourage anyone from buying this, but not anything I am coming back to soon.

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Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer, an average wit style beer. It's very nice to sip on while watching tv. Very sippable.
Not much of a head on the pour. Has a straw coloring and allows light to come through it well. You can smell the spices in the beer before you take a sip, really good. But the taste isn't as good as how this beer smells.

All in all this is a good and clean beer. I like it as a wit and it does its job.

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3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 8.65 (Including tax)/25.4 oz bottle ($ 0.341/oz) at Central Market, Alamo Heights, TX
Bottled 5/06/2016 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – slight odor of coriander, fades to nothing
Head large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy but dense, diminishing to a five mm ring and complete thin layer
Lacing – none
Body – medium yellow, hazy (Bottle conditioned)
Flavor – lightly spicy, cloying honey sweetness; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends with faint mercaptan skunkiness
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Another Belgian wit. Ho-hum.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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