Budapest Gambit | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
During these dog days of winter, when the sun seems to be constantly M.I.A., it's nice to at least have a bright beer. The berry-tart notes from the hibiscus, and sharp, spicy notes from the ginger are really well balanced with the belgian wit yeast in this batch. We are pleasantly surprised. This brew has us dreaming of those warmer, spring months. Not too early to dream, right?!

Added by ahbithwabm on 03-18-2014

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Reviews by facundoCNB:
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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well wow.. A peachy pink hue with a finger of head, slow dissipation.. This is a very unique looking color for a beer. Smells a bit of spicy white pepper, coriander, very bready, lemongrass. The flavor is a bit like a saison with lots of herbal spices, very bready with a nice saison like Belgian yeast.
Medium body with higher carbonation but drinks smooth like a light bodies beer.
This is a really nice, interesting beer and perfect for spring season. Pipeworks, you've done it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #349-350 printed on the label. Another new creation from Pipeworks, this one proclaiming itself as an 'imperial wit beer brewed with hibiscus, ginger, and spices'. I'm not too sure what to expect here.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours an interesting an unexpected ruby-orange-grapefruit color with about a finger of bubbly pink tinted head. Some thin spotty lacing. Strange, yet interesting to look at, but this isn't a very 'wit beer' type appearance.

S - Smell is comprised of the floral hibiscus, juicy citric lemon tartness, fruity Belgian yeast, some pungent Berliner Weisse beer related aromas, and the fresh juicy ginger root is very apparent.

T - Taste is comprised of peppery clove, florals, Belgian yeast / breadiness, juicy citric ginger, lemon, banana, & berry fruitiness. It's definitely different tasting than most typical 'wit beers', but I can't be entirely sure as to why. Lightly metallic on the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy. Feel finishes lightly dry and sticky with some residual banana hanging out on the palate. Light bodied with good carbonation for the high 8.00% abv.

Overall, an interesting take on the style by Pipeworks; these guys are constantly changing their game. A unique and worthy addition to the Pipeworks family. Worth trying if you can get it, although I'm not sure it is a beer I would want again.

Pipeworks Budapest Gambit ---4/5.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch # 585-586 bomber tasted on February 22, 2015.

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4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an interesting blood orange color. Super hazy and completely opaque. A finger plus of a bubbly head that fades slowly. Leaves a bit of a lacing on the side

Smell: belgian yeast, sweetness, wheat, and a strong kick of ginger.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of closes. Belgian yeast combines with hibiscus to make a grassy and fruity taste. Ends with strong ginger

Mouthfeel: pretty heavy. Hot ginger and spices. Too much to be drinkable.

Overall: interesting and pretty good but the lack of drinkability takes away for the beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a transparent light red/pink color. Half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated quickly. Average active carbonation for the style. Sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Airy ginger front hits first. Some juicy fruits are picked up underneath the potent ginger. Cinnamon and pepper spices are well done, a nice accessory without being too overpowering. Solid belgian yeast backbone which provides accents of cloves, bread, and dough rounds out a complex and enticing aroma.

Taste: Juicy berries wash over the palate immediately. Those get replaced by a much more earthy ginger root flavor that lacks the sprite airiness detected in the aroma. Some zesty lemons pull the flavor back to the bright side, with more sweet berries making their return as well. The finish is some grassy, biscuit yeast tones and lingering dryness induced by the cinnamon and peppery spices.

Mouthfeel: Not overbearing on the palate even with so much going on in this brew. Textures and flavors roll off one another well leaving a slight dryness behind. Carbonation is done well, an accessory without being a distraction.

Overall: I've been less then impressed by most of the PW offerings I've had the last month or so, but this one recharges my enjoyment of their unique offerings. Tons going on here, each flavor and aroma playing along well together. Wits are a style PW does very well, this one very much included.

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 50 ratings