Vuuve | Brouwerij Smisje

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Brouwerij Smisje

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of emerge077
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow. No head, yet there are tiny occasional bubbles. Unpleasant brown yeast is caked around the neck of the bottle. Clumps of yeast-like matter float on the rim of the glass.

Odor of band-aids. Yeast is added, making for a sickly yellow-brown color. Smells like cream left out overnight, orange peel, and coriander.

Taste is sour, astringent, and watery. Second sip is like expired orange juice. Can't help but think the two bottles I bought on separate occasions were spoiled somehow, but they were identical in every way.

Sadly this was a drain-pour...
Disclaimer: I love sour ales and Lambics, but this was clearly not an intentionally sour ale (multiple infected bottles), therefore the low marks.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of weird spices is not the most enticing. Taste is different from your average wit but not necessarily for the best; there is way too much orange peel with limited coriander which contributed to the misbalance character of this beer. Body is slightly oily and not full at all. Weird take on a style that doesnÂ’t provide much error margin to begin with.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never seen or heard of this beer,I saw it on the shelf in a little bottle with a numbe5 on it.Really liked the way this beer looked unfiltered hazy orange color,smeled like a typica wit orangy and spicy.Very easy to drink with very citruisy tones.A good find,easy to drink on hot summer day.

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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 chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle with most, but not all sediment added in the pour, leaving the body clear but with light hazing and some visible particulates. Large bubbly head soon dies down to a top coat.

Malt, citrus and yeast dominate the spicy aroma. The flavor adds mild bitterness and tartness, clear and stronger coriander, and more orange and lemon notes.

Overall: excellent, complex and a bit funky for style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fuzzy lemon-amber filled with fine yeast and larger flecks that are being being buffeted by a spirited amount of carbonation. The bright white cap is on the small side and doesn't look to be a very good lace maker. While thin, patchy sheets are starting to appear, they don't seem very committed.

The nose is somewhat interesting, but that's as far as it goes. It smells musty and slightly funky to me, as if Belgian yeast is in use. Where's the orange peel and the coriander? What fruitiness I can appreciate smells more like musky peach skin than orange or any other type of citrus fruit.

Vuuve isn't bad, but it isn't much of a wit. Because I'm still struggling to appreciate orange peel and coriander, and failing, it reminds me of a Belgain pale ale more than the stated style. The malt backbone is thin and moderately wheaty. I don't mind sour beer (which this is) if there's some bitterness or sweetness to counteract it.

To be fair, I'm feeling better about things as the ounces disappear. Not enough to bump the score though. I've come to the conclusion that the yeast is too much of a contributor and the ingredients that should define it as a witbier are too subtle. Orange is more prominent on the finish as the beer warms, but it's too little, too late. The light mouthfeel isn't out of line for the style.

Vuuve hovers on the border between 'buy again' and 'don't bother'. One glance at the $2.99 price sticker affixed to the cap puts me solidly in the latter camp. Partly because I had a pint of a much superior witbier at a local brewpub this past week (an establishment that doesn't normally brew great beer), I'm pretty sure that better wits shouldn't be too hard to find.

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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 Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted cool into my mug, poured from the 11.2oz brown bottle

A - A gently hazed amber liquid w/ a thin white head and a minute bead.

S - Wheat malt, Belgian yeast w/ subtle spiciness and a bit of citrus zest in the nose.

M - A burst of fruit in the carbonated snap w/ a touch of melon and spice texture w/ nutty dry qualities.

T - A smooth fruit taste that is both fresh and tropical w/ a subtle citrus note combines w/a creamy wheat taste and plenty of yeasty belgian flavor. The dry nutty coriander note w/ classic orange peel flavor makes for a tasty, refreshing white ale.

D - Very drinkable, fresh and full of flavor w/ a nice bottle conditioned yeast essence. Very high on the list of wits for me.

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Photo of smcolw
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very cloudy straw yellow. Very large head that dissapates very quickly to single layer of tight bubbles. Very little lace--but it is sticky.

Soapy and crisp in aroma, the wheat is the main smell. Yeast is the next strongest. There's also a hint of orange rind and corriander.

Lemon is the first taste up front. Surprisingly thin body. Very sour, the aftertaste is largely citric acid. I think it's too much, it's distracting.

If I was envisioning a dry malt lemonade, this would be it.

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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 woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Timtim's opening sentence caused me to scroll down the other reviews. I had bought this on my last European trip in December 2001/January 2002 while taking my late Pops' ashes to France to be scattered in Paris. I put a lot of it in my reefer and have been sitting on it since and I have recently been motivated to break some of these ten-year old bottles out and guuve, I mean give, them a whirl. Here goes!

I agitated the bottle since as a Wit, it should huuve (have) its yeast in suspension, as opposed to having fallen out over time. It was, indeed, fizzy as all get out and only quick action with the glass prevented more loss than I experienced. Color was a cloudy light-brown, like raw apple cider, if that means anything to you. Nose was muted, but still very yeasty and musty, like something left in an attic (or in a basement, albeit in a reefer). Mouthfeel was full, very carbonated even after all this time and it was quite lemony/citrusy in the mouth. This would be a fine beer on a hot summer's day. Finish was crisp, clean and refreshing. Man, I could definitely drink this on a hot day in mid-July, plus the yeast does wonders for my digestive system.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, golden hue, small disappearing head.
Aroma, huge citrus, large orange, very sweet and airy, with minor spice notes, as well, rather ripe and pungent.
Taste, sharp, tasty, flush with citric flavor, some spice notes, as well. Finish is rather brief, body is medium/light, texture is rather ordinary. Actually, I like it better than the words previous indicate...the flavor is so bright and pronounced, so crisp and shiny, that I've got to crank the ranking up a notch. Really tasty, though it deviates from the normal type of witbier, I think. Mmmm....if you like oranges, I MEAN, really like oranges, try this one out!

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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 LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a quite hazy carmel amber with a three finger white head with an easy pour. Retention is good and the head leaves a lot of pillowy lacing. Aroma of orange family citrus, coriander, saison style yeast, slightly estery with mild mineral. Flavor is citrus dominated, with old orange juice, lemons, mild wheat, coriander; finishes with grapefruit rind Belgian spicing, hints of hop bitterness, tart, slightly vinegary and semi dry. Light to medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. An odd but interesting take on a witbier, rather tart and citrus-acidic. The profile seems somewhat like a cross betrween a tart Belgian pale style and a witbier, with the witbier not quite asserting it's flavor. An interesting ale to try but a bit too tart and citrus forward to be a repeater for me.

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Photo of Gavage
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear pale yellow in color with a wispy thin head that breaks down immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: fruity, yeast tones, and a hint of tartness.

Taste: yeast, ripe fruit sweetness, tart green grapes, coriander, clove, and a soft bitterness is wrapped in a light musky and a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and lightly dry throughout. Very short aftertaste as the yeast and spice linger briefly. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: pretty easy to drink though not too refreshing as it was slightly dry. Decent beer overall.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz squat bottle picked up at the Coop Tuesday for ~$4.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head drops quickly back on to the hazy straw colored brew.

Aroma is grainy wheat and a little tartness... fruitiness leans toward the orange zest with quite a bit of coriander.

Flavor is sweeter than many wits.. but the added maltiness helps tie everything together. Again a litte tart too... the orange is more pronounced than the aroma.. with the coriander more of a background player... slightly sour dry finish... really quite a bit of orange throughout. Light medium body with lighter than average carbonation for the style.

pretty good ... not great ... given the price tag, I will probably only ever buy again if I am brewing a witbier and am looking for inspiration.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. stubby Belgian bottle,

A: Pours cloudy, murky, dark yellow, with a fizzy head that disappears after a few seconds, almost like soda pop. There is what looks like an underwater vent of bubbles coming to the top, which was cool, but overall, not impressive.

S: Quite fragrant for a 5% beer, fresh fruit and yeast run the show.

T: The taste is kind of weird, not at all what I was expecting in a witbier, tastes more like a spiced Belgian Pale. Huge Granny Smith, green apple flavour along with orange peel and coriander and other esters, maybe a little bit of pear and lemon (definitely).

M: Light and fizzy, a little too much residual carbonation though.

D: An interesting wit, though at times, just a little too strange, but I bet a lot of Belgian fans will get a kick out of it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tiny head leaving no lace, appears a cloudy, light straw. Good carbonation. Yeasty, wheat nose. No yeast on the bottom, Crisp with a very slight sour after taste. Good summer beer, it's cold now and a heavier beer would be better. Light - Medium bodied. $2.75 for a 330ml bottle.

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Photo of weeare138
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jasonmech77 for breaking out this magnum bottle at the tasting...
Appears a hazed light orange with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Little speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dusty, spiced, pils malt, along with pepper and vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mild citrusy funkiness going on.
Mouthfeel beads off the tip of the tongue to a chalky, dry finish.
Overall, it's not what I had expected from a witbier.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a murky golden orange color with a very small head that quickly disappears. The aroma is fruity with notable orange peel and coriander. The taste is tart with some citrus with a hint of spices. The mouthfeel is overly thin and watery. Not a big fan of this brew. The taste I find to be very unpleasant and I even thought that this was a bad bottle at first, but judging by other reviews with similar characteristics, it seems that is the way the beer is. Not recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled as a witbeer.

A: Pours a bright golden-orange color.

S: Aroma is lemon pledge furniture cleaner with strong hints of ammonia.

T: On the nose was a huge orange peel scent with an highly acidic flavor, citrusy hopping with some medicinalnotes. The initial flavor yielded some sour orange peel and strong ammonia and medicinal flavors similar to that of a bathroom cleaner. 40% wheat palate only highlights the medicinal flavors in this beer. There was some lemon citrus grind in the finish but otherwise lacks spicing typical per style.

M: typical regenboog, light, fizzy with a touch of sourness. Limited drinkability.

D: It was the pungent ammonia aroma and flavor that really turned me off to this beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A great looking brew with a 2 finger head of foam sitting on a slightly hazy golden liquid.

Spicy as heck with big coriander, cloves, wheat and orange.

The taste is a tad milder than the smell. More of a balance between the spices and the orange fruit. Still, it's testing my palate.

Nice mouth feel for the style.

This bursts with flavour but it isn't something that I'd seek out again.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.1/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours an orange colored hue. An effervescent-like white froth produced.

(S)- A mildly funky straw and biscuit-like yeast. Bits of sawdust and lemon.

(T)- Very earthy and bitter. Mildly metallic. Funky and heavy yeast components.

(M)- Very high carbonation level. Very thin and funky/metallic body. This gone south?

(D)- Not sure if this has gone south or what, but definitely not what I was expecting. No clue on its bottled date either.

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Photo of avalon07
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden color, with a cloudy appearance. The head was almost nonexistent. Some lacing, though.

The smell was fruity, with traces of spices and yeast. Not overwhelming, but decent.

Had an citrusy flavor with some coriander and yeast, but mainly it was really thin. Not especially complex either.

The carbonation was a little below par here. There was a smooth finish, giving this an uneven mouthfeel.

On the whole, this was not a great beer. It was a little thin and watery for my taste. I know witbiers are supposed to be a little lighter in character than others, but I think they took that a little to literally with the Vuuve.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This is light yellow beer with a nice heavy white head, almost a bit much carboniation though. It has nice heavy lacing.

It smells of oranges, honey, coriander with lots of spice.

It has a sharp bitter taste with lots of spice and touch of orange..

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