Vuuve | Brouwerij Smisje

138 Ratings

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Brouwerij Smisje

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 AlexJ
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Undoubtedly the strangest "Witbier" pours out cloudy peachy orange in color with a very high, dense head that is light beige. Head retains well and leaves moderate lace.

Aromas are fresh squeezed lemons, buttermilk biscuits, yeast, ans subtle spice notes.

Flavor is immediately sour, like lemon juice. It gives way to green apples and peaches, sour cherries, and yeast notes. A very light hint of spices makes it's presence known towards the end. There is a rather dry bite of hops in the finish.

Body is medium with a slick and full mouthfeel. Ample carbonation rolls the flavors across your tongue. Refreshing, but very unusual. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, IL. Nicely fizzy and lemony. The citrus notes make it a little sour, like a Berliner Weiss more than a wit. But a very pleasing flavor. This should have been tasted from a nice tall weizen glass instead of a teeny sampler, but them's the breaks.

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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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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 horndecker
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice wit, though a bit off the beaten track, which is fine with me.

A stubby little bottle with a cool label. The label design is fun and fanciful and so is the beer. Nice golden hue with a billowing spritzy head. Lemons and limes and something spicy wafting over the top. First sip is sweet and sour - might be good with chinese food, (honest) - and the sour lingers almost like a gueuze, though not as severe - just beautiful. Lots of coriander, orange, tangy and refreshing, but I don't know if I want more than one or two at a sitting. It would depend on the meal.
The mouthfeel is pleasing. A real interesting take on witbier. Hoegaarden can sometimes get a bit cloyingly sweet and soapy after a bit, but this one commands your attention and rewards your taste buds.

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Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a terrible time finding this beer on the site because apparently I can't spell. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick and fluffy head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly an orange peel/corriander character with a lot of sweetness. The flavor is a sweet maltiness with some orange and grapefruit. A little thin. This was an ok beer, but I'm not sure that I'll have it again.

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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 crookedhalo
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl stubby bottle. Pours a clouded bronze color with a volcanous off-white head. Had to stop pouring after the first splash beacuse it was filling up the tumbler too quickly. Strong smells of wheat malt, orange zest, cracked coriander and some tame fresh floral smells. Quite pungent for a witbier, not offly so; acrid and slightly sour maltiness with aggressive qualities of orange zest and coriander right up in front. Finished slightly dry and further fruitiness lingers. Carbonation is excellent, the carbonic acid even plays a role in the overall taste, accentuating the higher pH of the mash and moderate hoppiness. A very nice and welcomed change of pace to the style. Nice to see that a witbier doesn't have to follow a cookie-cutter standard.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much to the pour of this one. Slightly hazed orange with just a thin wisp of a head. The orange peel comes out strongly in the aroma, undergirded by just a bit too much sweetness from the malt.

The orange also comes out quite strongly in the flavor, with a big, juicy presence right from the start. This, especially when combined with the tang from the wheat malt, creates a bit of an overly sweet presnence. The finish, however, is quite interesting with a strong corriander flavor that comes off with an almost smoky, roasted quality.

Mouthfeel is flat and a bit thin -- a bit more carbonation would do this a world of good. Still drinkable, but the finish is really the redeeming factor here.

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Photo of newyawker
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold color, small bubbly white head. Smell is kind of lemony, and it bites the nose hairs a little. Small amount of vinegar in the flavor, which was very, very tart. A little dry, and not easy to enjoy. I never had a white beer like this one, and I hope I never do again.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: straw color, hazy, absolutely no head, almost looks flat

Aroma: orange rind, grainy malts, light hops, floral perfume, pine floor-cleaner

Flavor: grapefruit juice mixed wtih a light ale, slightly sweet, coriander(?), finishes tangy and dryish with an aftertaste of fruit juice and soap

Mouthfeel: light body, low carbonation, acidic

Other comments: Weird! I guess this is the Belgian answer to the infamous "mixed beers" in Germany. Not horrible, but would be better if it had more carbonation. After reading the ingredients, I can see that there is no grapefruit juice mixed in it. So, I guess it's really just a heavily spiced "wit".

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a thick frothy head. Offiwhite and extrememly lacy. Smell is citrusy. Wheat malt and lightly sour. Some coriander present if you breathe deeply.

Taste has alot of orange peel n it, that's for sure. Fruity, citrusy and bitter. Sourness with the hints of coriander and some very light hoppy flavors. Hops are more prevalent in the finish and for a wit it really has a pronounced stickiness that lingers on the tongue for sometime. It's pretty good. I like the orange peel flavors this beer imparts, sets it apart a bit form other wits I've had. But this bottle was $2.99 for a 33cl bottle. Way more than Wittekerke or Hoegaarden and those beers aren't THAT less in the complexity department. Price doesn't always matter but it does here.

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Photo of pio
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

clean blonde with minor activity. sticky yet shorter white head. pretty banners of lace. the head eventually nearly abandons the volume.
umbelliferous vegetable scents along with old grain, wheat, orange oil and herbal mustiness. hint of pear and honey. very diffrent from any other beer i have smelled.
orange extract and sweet veggies are not very plesant to my palate on this start. gets a bit tart with a strong spice and herbal lingering with the sweet vegetable and citric oils of lemon and orange (curacao) remaining forever and cloying.
near dead carbonation, next to no effervescance. watery and powdery body.
stiring up the bottom of the bottle seemed to serve this beer better but i just did not like it either way. it seemed as though they put all these spice, herbal and fruit notes on top of nothing and it was way out of balance in my opinion. also i should note that i drank about two thirds[22cl] of this and tasted it on my palate well into the next day. gross.

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Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium to darker yellow (cadmium yellow), plenty hazy with almost a lava lamp like apearance. Good pale 1/4 inch head of good duration and leaving nice lacing. Citric oil aroma, lemon and orange zest, almost candied. Mouthfeel is decent, plenty of fine carbonation enlivens the start. Lots of citric flavor elements, again, candied with coriander back notes. Then, like some other Wits, it takes a plasticky, stiffling turn at the end, tones of artificial pine cleaner. This combines with a thickening that makes the beer decent to start but unsettling to my stomach at the close.

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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 mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle, it's hazy gold. Although the head was minimal, carbonation level was pretty high. Maybe the pour was a bit on the cautious side. The smell reminds me of bike rides I used to take through orange groves when orange blossoms were in full bloom. The combination of the carbonation and the citrus tartness really makes the beer dance on the tongue. The spiciness from the coriander also kicks in for some added interest. A slight but pleasant soapy taste was also present. The glass was gone before I knew what happened. It would make a great session beer if not for the steep price.

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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.

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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 Starchild
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vuuve is an interesting bottle with as interesting wheat taste. First sip, the fruity banana, mango, orange, strawberry blend hit. Wow this is fruity beer. It reminds me of the mixed Dole fruit juices you find in the grocery store. Color is a deep cloudy apricot. Very refreshing beer, I thought I was sick of wheat’s until next summer, but with this one I’m intrigued. As I had more the orange becomes more apparent and tastes a little like a water downed screwdriver. Then, another wave of wheat hit the beer about half way. A little hop, then a little floral, and then big bad wheat. Yum. Sure I taste the coriander, but that mixed with wheat tastes to me like pear tangerine. Interesting, different, and I’d try this again.

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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 lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice orange color-a tad hazy from the yeast I am assuming.Slight head.Sweet yet somewhat spicy aroma.The sweetness pervades the flavor as well.Somewhat "caramel" flavor.No real spices come thru-again a dominant sweetness is what I get.Very mild hop bitterness.Smooth and pleasant mouthfeel.Overall a nice beer-dont know if I would put it down as a wit beer but a nice Belgian brew to be enjoyed non the less.

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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 putnam
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where is the line between deliciously over-ripe and rotten?
Should a "beer" taste like a pile of oranges in the grips of noble rot?
How one answers these questions will determine how one appreciates this beer. Outrageously rich maltiness and vigorous, sweaty, yeast elements in the beer have attacked and substantially devoured a good chunk of the whole orange fruit introduced before bottling. A curious impression of canned water chestnuts appears. Coriander spice is there, but my impression is that the brewer chose to err on the side of impact, sacrificing any notion of drinkability. Perhaps with Peking duck, tropical salad, boiled cactus etc. this would be gastronomically benign.

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Photo of yen157
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow-orange (from yeast) with a thin, coarse, white crown topping it off. Toasted coriander and zesty orange, well… zest in the nose. Coriander followed through in the mouth from start to finish, but not in a overbearing, disgusting kind of way like La Binchoise Brune. Other flavors include roasted red bell pepper (big time) and a wonderful sourness that I didn’t see coming. Hops never really take hold beyond the initial crisp zing, but the sourness was much more than enough to counter the pale malt and wheat. As the mouth became acclimated to the unusual flavors (even for a wit) and the beer warmed, a little sweetness was elicited from this curious brew. The carbonation was a little bigger than I normally like, but this was a refreshing day-beer, not a rich, heavy nightcap.

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Vuuve from Brouwerij Smisje
3.6 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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