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Vuuve | Brouwerij Smisje

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje
Belgium
smisje.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 02-08-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
138
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
22.78%
 
 
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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly cloudy with an amber hue.

S- Aroma is of carmel and light citrus.

T- First taste is slightly bitter but mellows quickly and is replaced with orange and apple taste. Taste only slightly lingers.

M- Perfect mouthfeel, doesn't weight to heavy and nicely carbonated.

Overall - One of the best whites I have ever had.This beer is a little pricey but worth every penny. Wits are one of my favortie styles of beers, because every different brand can be different.

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Photo of marc77
4.69/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick, persistent white head. Light yellow with haze from the suspended yeast and oat protein. High carbonation that is true to style. Wonderfully fresh & crisp Curacao orange peel and coriander dominate the aroma, but a subtle Belgian phenolic note is noticeable but subdued. This seems like the way fresh Hoegaarden tasted a few years back. Medium body with a silky mouthfeel from the oats. Well balanced orange and coriander flavor-- it tastes like how it smells minus the slight phenolic notes. Finishes w/ a hint of sweetness. This is the best Wit I've had in a while, and this bottle was damn fresh. I should've gotten more, but $2.89 per 11.2 oz bottle is pretty steep.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy Moses! Upon opening the bottle with a very solid PSSSSSHT, a wallop of foam bursts out from the bottle. Rushing to carefully pour it into my glass and at the same time lapping up the drippings on my counter-top, I have to break intermittently to suck some of the overflowing head from the glass. The delicate white head peaks, and peaks, and peaks.....spiral streamers of bubbles are scattering about like seahorses on methamphetamine. This is the most carbonated brew I've had in a long time.
Lightly cloudy, pale yellow-golden in color with a HUGE thin white head with excellent retention and THE best lacing I've ever seen...literally like 2 weeks of mold on some old bread sticking to the glass. Adding the yeast gives it a beautiful milky appearance. Aroma is intense with syrupy mandarin orange, surpassing even Blue Moon in that department. In fact, there is so much orange, that it's hard to decipher the faint crisp wheat, lychee fruit, and the subtle trace of cloves. Mouthfeel is very spritzy with a medium-light body. Taste is wonderful...sweet mandarin oranges, freshly baked bread, lychee fruit, dust & must, and a wonderful lingering cake-like sweetness. Minimal yeast funk going on here, with no perceptable sourness. Truly a dessert beer, this is a wonderful, over-the top example of the Belgian Wit amongst the Americanized versions. Seek this one out.

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Photo of Surlington
4.51/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow. Pour out 2/3 and then swirl the rest for a decent head, otherwise you won't have any. Either way, it dissipates quickly.
S: Citrusy and fresh. Very bright.
T: It's assertive for a witbier. Strong citrus peel as well as sourness dominate. It's a little spicy, possibly a result of the heavy carbonation, with a hint of coriander. Extremely refreshing, great for summer.
M: Heavily carbonated and light.
D: Refreshing and clean.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to disagree with the majority of the reviews here. This is pretty much just what I am looking for in a wit beer. This beer poured a nice hazy peacg colour with a fluffy head on top. This smelled of orange, coriander, candy sugar, and citrus and it tasted like more of the same. Raw and refined at the same time with a somewhat bitter, herbal aftertaste and a wonderful citrus filled front taste. This had a wonderfully fizzy mouthfeel and a superb drinkability as well. Try this one if you have not as this is quite the beer. This is quite reminiscent of Hitachino Nest's White Ale as well, actually.
Cheers, Regenboog.
F.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

previous reviews if this beer really scared me. must be improper handling because this is a fine example of traditional wit to me. hazy glowing orange with a massive white head that holds well and leaves very pretty lace. nose is orange peel, wheat, fruity bubblegumminess, spice (corriander and pepper?) and just the faintest hint of mustiness (like country cellar musty). actually, as it warms, the spiciness really comes out, and although you can tell that some of it comes from the yeast, fresh ground, oily corriander is really prominent. maybe this is what some of the other reviewers are picking up on and getting turned off by. i use it in cooking all the time, so it is a very pleasant smell to me. taste is a well integrated mix of the above. very bright taste that i am assuming is partially due to the high level of tiny-bubbled carbonation that lend a very dry and slightly prickly finish that says orange peel and corriander for days. soft and light-medium bodied. this is a very refreshing beer that definitely has one foot in tradition as well as having it's own personality, which i think is kind of hard to do witbier-wise. i would gladly drink another one of these. cheers!

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. The # five is intended for their five year anniversary of being a brewery, they started brewing towards the end of 1995.

Appearance: Cloudy radiant yellow with beige highlights, a wonderful head poured after 2/3 of the beer was decanted then the rest was swirled to agitate the sediment for the rest of the pour. Even after a little while a thin yet strong white lace sticks around.

Smell: Fresh ground coriander with citric rinds of lemon and orange, slight black pepper perhaps from the alcohol or esters. Fruitiness goes even further with suggestions of mangos and pears.

Taste: Medium body shows of the malt a bit, lightly crisp with a smooth center and slightly creamy back end. Malt sweetness is a smaller yet intricate part to this layered beer. Prickly, almost biting though not sharp … herbal and earthy with a vague nuttiness from the yeast. Coriander lays in the back ground and the orange peel jumps to attention when the hop bitterness kicks in. Thinning out a bit in the end to let some dryness through, more of the herbal characteristics are seen of the hops as well as the drying of the orange peel.

Notes: Not as refined or soda-sweet as some witbiers, more of a raw in your face and more bitter witbier than what most beer drinkers think of. Personally I think it is great to see a different face of the witbier, one that slaps your tongue around a bit rather than massaging it.

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Photo of JayQue
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is really a nice Wit. Poured from a short stubby bottle into my Busch Gardens Bud Select flute. Nice big delicate white head with good retention. Slightly hazy gold color. Lacing is good with a full coverage of rings around the narrow glass.

Smell is top shelf. Heavy duty Belgian yeast..almost as pronounced as a Tripel. Spices: coriander and orange peel, and some wheat bitterness.

Taste is similar to smell. Belgian yeast is a big player but there is lightness from the more traditional Witbier flavors. This is one of the strongest, most flavorful Witbiers I have had.

Mouthfeel is good. Richer than some, good carbination Very refreshng.

This is an impressive Witbier...I would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of jbart
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I generally like white beers, but I particularly love the ones that are a bit different. This is one of those.

I love the spicy, citrusy flavor. It definitely has a sourness, but not overly so. It has the same qualities as a lot of wild ales that I love. It also reminds me of the Hitachino Nest White--perhaps my favorite white of all.

There isn't much head, but mouthfeel is carbonated. I could drink this all day--if only it were readily available.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Remarkable wit perfectly spiced with coriander on the nose and orange peel on the midpalette coming off more as hops than flavoring. Astounding balance, velvety texture, and eternally drinkable. If not properly decanted, the yeast adds a mild breadiness, but is mostly clean. The best wit I've ever had.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of 99bottles
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy orange-golden color. An active head of white rises to 2” and soon rescinds leaving a clumpy panacke batter head. Carbonation is high, and remains active throughout. A thin lace is all that finally remains of the head. Lots of yeasties and funk stay in the bottle.

Smell: Spicy, spicy, spicy. I'm battered by pepper, clove, and strong phenolic twinge--without having tasted it!

Taste: Whoa. This is different. This is great! I'm first hit with a real citirc sourness; this tastes of freshly mashed lemons, pulp and all. Within this huge acidity is the bite of phenols, medicinal and bright. Next flows pepper, grass, green onion (maybe I'm dreaming). This is a witbier to kick the collective ass of all those wishy washy wits with no taste. But, wow. Lemony. Orangey? Not so much. Think: Corriander out the Ass.

Mouthfeel: Nicely active, very alive across the palette. High carbonation and low alcohol make this light, and the brash flavor makes it feisty.

Drinkability: I really like this. I don't know about everyday, and I don't even know about thirst-quenching, though it is really REFRESHING in an eye-opening sense. This is a great sort of different. Certainly the most outlandish Wit I've ever had. Great.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-ish gold topped by a thick and fluffy white head propped up by a high level of carbonation. The head holds well and leaves some Belgian-lace. Bold - and rather exciting - aromas of citrus and spice: orange peel, coriander, fruitiness. Light bodied but with a zesty mouthfeel. The flavor follows the aroma with big fruit and spice notes of gently soft coriander and bright orange peel, a wide maltiness and some yeastiness. The finish is big, with an aggressive bitterness and a yeasty/bready mouthcoating character. Definitely one of the bolder witbiers! However, it seems a bit unbalanced with the almost delicate, thin and crisp character up front - stomped by a heavy finish. Unique. May require several tastings.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was a deep yellow, hazy brew with almost no head. What little there was died almost instantly... it was quite fizzy.

The aroma was sweet and of citrus, a hint of spices, and definitely had more than a hint of lambic character.

Taste was... wow. Tart and a little sour... sure this isn't a lambic? There was a citrus bite, but it was not overly sweet. I didn't taste much sweetness at all. There were definite spices and a hint of mixed fruitiness.

Mouthfeel was quite good... not too heavy for a witbier, but not watery.

Drinkability... wow. This stuff went down REALLY easy, I could drink a six-pack of it and not get tired of it. Damn good.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I always notice this beer when I go into Downtown Wine & Spirits, but the layer of dust on the bottles makes me worry that they're past their prime. I thought a Witbier would be refreshing after the heavy meatloaf. This came in a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. The dots in the U's make them look like boobs. It was served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden, with a half-inch white head that quickly diminished to a thin layer.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly peppery with citrus notes. If I knew what coriander smelled like I would probably detect that as well. I get an earthy aroma with agitation.

Taste: Floral but not hoppy flavors are evident upfront. Citrus and spicy notes emerge in the center. The finish is sweet and tart with a slight zesty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This was light and refreshing, which was nice after the heavy meal. The beer also cleansed the palate well. It remains very drinkable even after it warms.

Overall: Nice, light and refreshing.

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Photo of rallison
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden color with a 1/2 finger white head that completely disappears.

S: Nice and spicy with a ton of orange.

T: This is 5%?? That was my first reaction, as there is a ton of flavor in here. Lots of orange peel and a decent bit of coriander (and then I read the bottle to find those were the two spices used!). Has a citrusy/grapefruity herbal hop presence (not much in the way of true bitterness here). Earthy, wheaty sort of flavors too. Nice.

M: For a 5% beer, this has even a slight sticky aspect, although something about the carbonation makes it a bit watery too. Carbonation could be just a touch higher. Overall, a good, but not great, mouthfeel.

D: Extremely drinkable. Low alcohol, lots of flavor and enjoyable.

Highly recommended. I am impressed with the amount and complexity of flavor in a beer of this alcohol. Well done.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce Duvelian Stubby with a simple crown cap. The front label has lots of brown writing set against an orange pastel background which itself depicts the open faces of sliced oranges. Listed as 5% Alc./Vol. with No Freshness Date.

“Vuuve” is Flemish for ‘Five’, and this was first brewed as a Fifth Anniversary Ale. Much of it is exported to the United States of Belgium lovers, so much so in fact that when this Beer does make an appearance and is seen in Belgium, it often has the US Bottle Label complete with Redemption Values & the US Government Warning.

Appearance: Hazy gold color, that looked to have a tangerine orange glow at times. Tins of carbonation help to form a thick white crusty head at first. This effervesces, and is audible and it pops and slowly settles to a thin broken off-white covering.

Nose: Refreshingly fruity, wheat and orange peel with some light coriander.

Taste: A lovely spicy White Ale entrance, lots of wheat and mild hops which give an acidic aspect to counter against the lightly toasted malt background. Orange is immediately detectable but it takes time to pick up the coriander in the latter third of the beer. Spicy with a fruity-yeast feel at the back end that adds a touch of funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation in the mouth which gives a fizzy and often prickly feel at times. But this is a relatively light beer that drinks well. Oranges linger on the tongue for some time afterwards.

Drinkability: Both of the glassfuls that I extracted from the small bottle were easily taken down. Even the spritzy mouthfeel does not detract from the overall experience. A refreshing White Ale with lovely fruitiness.

Overall: A very easy going spicy & fruity Belgium White Ale, nicely put together and eminently quaffable.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

06/15/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz Duvel-esque stubby bottle. No dating. Poured into my Reinaert tulip.

Appearance- Nectarine juice colored pour. Slightly cloudy. Small head and light lacing.

Smell- Scents of pear and peach juice along with a good amount of corriander.

Taste- Wow, much more sour than I expected. Lots of tart citrus fruits. Mainly orange and lemon and a nice amount of peach. Mucho corriander as well.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level. A bit spritzy.

Drinkability- What a wonderful summer drink this is. Wish I had some of these while I was in Cancun last year. Fruity and refreshing.

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Photo of horshack7
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a clear golden color with a very dense bright white head on top.

Aroma: Lots of spice in the front clove, corriender and a wisp of allspice. Dried fruits, and a twinge of dryness in the nose.

Taste: Floral hop, clove, allspice, dried apricot, light citrus fruit. Crisp mouthfeel but not to crisp and a pleasant dry finish.

Notes: What a solid Witber top to bottom the light dry finish gives it a good touch. Cheers.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ver clear golden straw color, foamy head dissapates quickly. When yeast is added in it swirls thickly througout the glass,turning the beer a murky lemon-tealike color.Beautiful appearance. Aroma-yeast,orange,apples. Very granny-smith like taste,orange bitterness,co
riander comes though,very tart,more biting
and less sweet than expected,like extra dry champange, a difference that I apreciated.Very very good, I liked how special this beer tasted, good go-to aeritif

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a wheat beer, all cloudy and hazy. Beautiful and complex body. Head settles too soon, almost flat in seconds.

Smell is intriguing and unusual. You know this isn't a run-of-the-mill ale, with elements of funky yeast, moldy oranges, white pepper and sour cheese.

Taste is as wicked, complex and funky as the smell, with a pleasing sourness and a huge hit of barnyard funk. You gotta love Orval and Flemish Primitive Wild Ale to dig this one. Plenty of orange and coriander in there too if you like it spicy.

Too tangy in the mouth, could use a rounder, chewier feel.

I love this one, but it's a special occasion sort of thing. Loads of personality and I can't really think of another beer exactly like it. Certainly tops in the Witbier field. A one of a kind.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved it. Very heavy on the orange peel, which should be expected considering the label. But it was very refreshing and a nice change of pace in the world of wits. Love this style. And this one was markedly different from any other i've had. What's more, my wife loved it, and this makes only three beers she really enjoys, and she's now tried a lot. One day i'll have her drinking IPAs...

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Photo of Nesued
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy bright yellow coloring. A very vibrant three-finger white head formed upon pour. A bit of lacing retained as the head decended to a more managable level. Hard to see the carbonation, but something has to be keeping the head alive. Looks very inviting.

Smell - A little bit of sweet, a little bit of citrus, a little bit of yeasty aroma. Very pleasant.

Taste - Very citrus and very, very light carbonation. This lack of carbonation really allowed the tart/sour citrus body come thru. Very unlike many witbiers I've had before.

Mouthfeel - Thin, as you would expect from a witbier and the lack of carbonation doesn't help add to the body. But, it does aid in being able really feel the flavors.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. I would very much put this on my list of witbiers, except for the price per bottle. A bit pricey.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There have been a good deal of negative criticism of this one on here, and I am not sure why. I had a magnum of this yesterday during the family barbecue and was rather pleased with the results of it. The pour was nice, with a very hazy and cloudy bright golden yellow layed out in front of me. A decent amount of white froth on top, perhaps an inch high that settled down nicely into a thin crown that stuck to the sides throughout the session. A good deal of carbonation could be seen throughout the session as well.

The aroma was very light, airy, with a ton of fruit. This one almost gave of the aroma and flavor of dole pineapple orange juice at times. Simply very nice on a hot day would be the best way to put it. The initial smell was that of oranges, apricots, pears, and lemon. Very bright and floral with almost no bitterness in it. As it warmed it got a little sweeter and some nice hints of peach started coming through on it. The flavor followed suit as well, really coming across very light and very nice for a light summer beer. There was a touch of wheat in the back end of it, but the fruit was the real story here. Loaded down with a good amount of peach, pear, coriander, and a touch of spice. There was even a very light, and very subtle tartness on the finish. Really very well done, with a long lingering flavor of light pineapple and orange that stayed on the tongue for what seemed like an eternity. The feel was more then decent with a nice carbonation profile and a good light body to it. Nothing heavy about this one at all. As far as being able to drink it, it was simply awesome. A very easy drinker, and the fruit flavors really lended themselves to a hot summer afternoon type of flavor. I was very impressed with how much flavor there was in here coming off of it.

Overall while not being the best thing I have ever had, this was more then solid. I am not really sure why people would not like this as a light Belgian Wheat, it hits the description head on. A fine example of what the style can be, and a really nice drink for a barbecue. I would definitely head back to this one again, really could not go wrong here.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, goddammit! Zing! Pow! This is a tangy sweet citrusy pale witbier reminiscent of an unspiced Jolly Pumpkin brew but much sweeter without the balancing spices. No apparent malt or hop bite and that's probably for the best because it seems well served as a candy. It's ironic that I found this seeing as I was in search of a relative or rival to the Jolly Pumpkin brews. It doesn't quite have the deft touch of a Ron Jeffries master creation but this is a good little monster to keep in the fridge to give the ants hope and the little lady a break from num-nums.

Note for the cognoscenti: serve at 45 degrees with a King Size Kit Kat (2 for $2 at your local Speedway.).

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a cloudy, dark yellow appearance. After it is poured, there is no head...where did it go? The smell is a combination of fruits (pear, apples) malts, and spices (pepper and coriander).

The taste is very sharp...immediately it takes the tongue head on with an aggressive fresh fruit/citrus experience that mixes into a bright flowery blend of spices. This is a 'wake up the senses' beer.

Overall, this is a repeat experience. I wouldn't probably enjoy more than one in a night, but it is worth experiencing over and over on multiple nights.

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3.6 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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