Naked Nun | Adelbert's Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.65/5
129 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States
adelbertsbeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mora2000 on 04-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,385
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
129
pDev:
10.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
36
Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch No. 021. Bottled on 2/14/14.

Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better set of aromas.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of coriander and orange peel are present in the nose.
T: Very much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of orange peel and coriander, the latter of which stand out in the finish.
M: It feels just about shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice amount of orange peel and coriander. It feels a little too spicy and heavy on the palate to be thirst-quenching.

Note: Batch No. 11, Bottled on 6/5/2013

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
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 largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ApostleBrewing for this interesting beer. Bottled 3/02/12, my birthday yay, batch 001

way over carbonated as it makes a loud pppsssttt, and starts to rise up the neck, then pours a huge 4+ finger head that takes up 2/3 of the glass but fades at a decent rate with spotty lacing, over a mostly clear watery lemonade color.

Nose starts like a saison farmhouse, grassy hay and farmhouse earthy funk like, light lemon and lemongrass, some wheat aromas, light bright slightly floral spices, a little citrus and hint nutty even, as well as light Belgian golden malts, citrus comes out more as it warms.

Taste starts with citrus and light orange peel, then quick spices like coriander and clove, floral chamomile and other flower spices. Then fluffy wheat and wit flavors, light golden malts, light lemon grass, hint grassy hay and earthy wheat, faint hint of farmhouse saison funk and just a touch yeasty. It also has interesting orange vanilla taste that I have no idea where from. Finish is quite dry, light citrus, orange vanilla, creamy wit and spices lingering, faint bitterness from the spices.

Mouth Is med to lighter bodied, over carbonated even for a wit.

Overall not bad, interesting flavor that combine wit beer with saison almost, most wit spices and wheat flavors with light saison earthy funk, little yeasty, and interesting orange vanilla flavor, but over carbonated too. Still tasty and interesting beer.

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Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, bristling foam that leaves a thin veil in the St. Bernardus globe. This settles down to a very wheat and malty brew. It's almost rich, and definitely more robust than the typical Witbier. Intriguing funky aroma with a whiff of fermenting cider.

Very spritzy on the tongue but mellow and even fruity. Overall, this tastes more like a light Saison, with the big fruity and yeasty flavor. The spice is not so noticeable, though it's the same orange-coriander combo of the style. Some Hefeweizen estery notes and a dry, yeasty finish. Tremendously drinkable and more complex than I expected at first sip.

It cost ten bucks for the 750 ml bottle, which is silly for a Wit, but then it's imported from Texas. Purchased at Liticker's Liquors in San Diego, and I'm sure their Adelbert's beers have been on the shelf for months if not a couple years, but this one has survived in very good form.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively clear yellow with a white head. Some wheat an bread, a somewhat citric and lemony. A little bit of banana and good coriander aroma. Flavor is citrusy and lightly tart. Orange and lemon, bread, and light banana. Not too much coriander, but a little bit on the finish. Lightly sweet in the back end. Very light body with high carbonation.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone flute. Big pop when pulling the cork, but no gushing. Pours a light straw amber with golden notes and a three finger, large bubble head that still had good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of coriander, mild caramel malt, apple juice, saison style yeast. Flavor is coriander, bready malt with a hint of caramel, saison yeast, mild wheat, light orange and lemon citrus; finishes semi-dry with citrus peel, clove and coriander bitterness. Light bodied with peppery, active carbonation, nice mouth feel. A spicy wit that has characteristics of a wit, tripel and saison; wit malt and wheat, tripel intensity of spicing and a dry, saison yeast flavor. I thought it worked quite well; more intense than a typical wit, but with interesting yeast and spicing. Perhaps a bit overspiced for the ABV (a tripel would have had more intensity of other flavors to counter the spicing), but overall reasonably balanced and flavorful. I stumbled on this year old bottle on a trip and don't expect to see it again, but I'd like to try other ales from this brewery. I wouldn't be surprised if I scored a fresh bottle more highly, but even so, this has held up well with no visible age flaws.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very pale straw yellow in color with slight pale orange highlights and no head that left no lacing at all on the glass.

S: lots of herbs in the aroma with a little citrus, plenty of bretty funkiness, maybe. Slight pineapple in the background and hints of booze.

T: the funkiness is definitely there on the taste as well alongside herbs, slight citrus, belgian yeast character and hints of booze.

M: the brew was light in body with low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, bretty funky and slight crisp finish.

O: I thought it was just ok and a little thin for the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.1 oz bottle poured into an Adelbert's snifter. Batch 001, bottle number 118. Bottled 3-2-12.

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a large, fluffy white head. The aroma has quite a bit of coriander and wheat in it, with a little bit of orange peel thrown in. Smells about like I expected it to. The flavor is fairly heavy on the wheat, with a little bit of lemon and orange. There is also some lightly toasted malt and a little coriander. Thin to medium mouthfeel and a soft, medium carbonation. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with a frothy two finger head and lots of carbonation. Body has notes of yeast, lemon and light banana with a little clove and spice on the back end. Finishes with a light spicy bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Naked Nun from Adelbert's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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