Imperial Witbier | Ten Ninety Brewing Company

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Imperial WitbierImperial Witbier

Brewed by:
Ten Ninety Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Witbier is a Belgian style ale that is typically pale and cloudy due to a high concentration of wheat and barley protein. Traditionally spiced with coriander and CuraƧao orange peel, witbiers are light, refreshing, and complex.

Ten Ninety Imperial Wit is highly versatile and compelling. Our Imperial Wit has a body and alcohol level typical of many table wines, with a drying acidity, lighter body, and notes of orange peel and coriander.

Added by emerge077 on 06-14-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 52
Photo of BellsGuy
5/5  rDev +22%

Simply one of the top 10 beers I've ever had. There is a sweetness that mellows the traditional Wit flavor - almost like an oak-aged whiskey. I actually didn't feel the high ABV like in other beers, went down very smooth.

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Photo of Lagrobp
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't get hung-up because this doesn't taste like Hoegaarden, this is an awesome wit that brings a little something extra to the table. Good on a summer day or when you're hiding out from a blizzard.

Great wit flavors mix well with the honey for a slightly apricot/orange flavor, and an ABV that will make the Belgians take notice.

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Photo of JBON
5/5  rDev +22%

This is my favorite beer from Ten Ninety. It's "Imperial" nature has just as much to do (or more) with flavor as it does with the ABV. The citrus and coriander are beautifully rounded out by the honey. I've yet to sample a better imperial wit. A great gateway craft beer for the Blue Moon crowd. (Warning: If you drink a Blue Moon immediately after finishing this wit, you'll swear that you're drinking water).

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Photo of curbmusic
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

awesome, the only honey beer i've ever had that actually tastes like honey, most are just sweet, super balanced, you can taste just enough heat to know that this is a big beer but i doubt anyone would guess this beer was 10.1 % in a blind taste, be careful, drinks like its 6%

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Photo of majorlance
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely delicious, and beautifully balanced in its use of honey. As others have noted, it goes down super easy for a 10.1% Overall, this is talent deserving wider recognition (and wider distribution).

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours an opaquely hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and honey/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge lemon, apple, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apple, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, honey, wheat, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness, balance, and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and honey/pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, very creamy/bready, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial witbier style. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and honey/pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy sunny orange color, moderate clarity for a wit oddly enough. Soapy lace around the edges and a wispy skim across the surface. Thin ring of foam after a few minutes.

Bubblegum and coriander aroma, yeast and spice dominate.

Medium bodied, moderately spicy with a hint of coriander and lots of clove esters. Booze is fairly apparent from the start. Fairly smooth wheaty feel. Nice attempt at the style, though its a one and done. Jan De Lichte is still my favorite big witbier.

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Imperial Witbier from Ten Ninety Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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