Vuuve | Brouwerij Smisje

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 02-08-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
138
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
22.78%
 
 
Wants:
8
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5
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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 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 doesn’t provide much error margin to begin with.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours an orangey gold color with a tiny 1/4 finger foam cap. Very slight haze, left the sediment in the bottle.

S: Malt and coriander with notes of citrus and a faint honey sweetness.

T: Slightly tart, slightly sour. Bitter orange or lemon up front with an earthy, spicy middle, and a small malt and hop finish.

M: Thin and quite dry. Like a dry white wine. The sourness is puckery and it strips your tongue.

D: I wasn't expecting this to be so sour. It took me a few sips to get my palate used to it (I was expecting something more along the lines of a fruity/spicy BPA). Once I got used to it I found it to be enjoyable. Would be interested in trying this on tap.

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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 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 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 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 jettjon
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now here’s a hefe weizen that has piqued my curiosity, though by no means converted me to the style. From the 11.2 oz bottle into the pint glass a nice hazy orange translucent color with a few bubbles evident around the bottom of the glass. Head is disappointing, very thin and fading to nothing, leaving no lacing. Possibly attributable to a bad pour on my part. I’d like to try a larger bottle of this. Nose is quite intriguing. I get a sweet citrus smell (the bottle says orange rinds) along the lines of pineapple or sweet pink grapefruit. There’s also the requisite clove and spice aroma. Taste—again, there’s that pineapple/grapefruit presence. There’s also some yeast, cloves, and unidentifiable “spices.” Unfortunately, there is little flavor depth or complexity. It’s almost like drinking a weak, yeasty pink grapefruit juice cocktail, but in a good way. The intriguing flavor quickly fades away to a light bitter finish. Mouth is very watery, borderline flat, which detracts somewhat for me. Drinkability is good overall, with the sweet flavor balanced against the watery mouthfeel. Makes for a very easy drinking brew which borders on weak punch.

Overall: This is a tough call. I like the bold citrus take on a hefe weizen, but appearance and mouthfeel both literally fall flat. This one’s worth a try; I’ll certainly try it again just to see if I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of mynie
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange yellow, almost flat, with no head.

Smells sour, big nodes of orange and very tart lemon juice. There's a bit of a funky hop in there, as well. No real spice of which to speak, nor any hint of wheat.

Very sour, almost cidery. Lots and lots of sour, different stages of sour. Starts more tart, like lemon juice, moves into a dryer, white wine middle, and ending on a more of a light, semi-sweet orange sour. Could use a bit of a bitter or sweet balance at the end, but still is pretty good.

A unique beer, to say the least. Could benefit from a bit of something at the end, but is drinkable enough as it is.

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Photo of Crosling
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy early autumn leaves in color with a large and long lasting white colored foam. Fresh coriander, but predominantly orange peel spicing in the aroma, which when put together smells like bitter tang. Enjoyable yeast character, which I have come to expect from this brewery, but the orange peel addition was too much for me and what makes it worse is that it’s bitter orange peel, not sweet orange peel. So it makes for an overwhelming bitter tang flavor, without much to balance it out.

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Photo of sinistrsam
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured an opaque orange-pink butterscotch color with little carbonation and absolutely no head or lacing. The aroma was oranges and caramel, spices(possible clove?) wheat and vanilla. However, the taste was disappointing. It was sour first and foremost, with orange, mild peach, some citrus. It was mostly bitter and sour. The mouthfeel also affirs this: bitter, flat, watery. I'm going to go out on a limb and say I got a bad bottle. Every other review talks about great carbonation, when my bottle had virtually none. If it had, this would have been a much better brew.

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Photo of stcules
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orange, quite hazy, and quite carbonated. White foam, average compactness.
At the smell coriander, pepper and orange peel quite strong. A hint of grainy.
In the taste too the spices are quite strong, with coriander and pepper. And again some grainy. Citric, and a hint of white peach. After some while, the fruity notes are perceptible in the smell too.
In the style, even if a bit more fruity.
In the aftertaste spices again and fruitiness (orange). Right body for the style.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow beer with an orange tinge to it. Ample white head dissipates quickly to a thin layer that leaves some lacing

Aroma: Spicy yeast notes...orange peel in the background with malt. Slight hoppiness (maybe styrians).

Taste: Initially like an orange blossom syrup popular in Greek and Mid-East desserts. Sweet malt character with a spicy clove (from the yeast) and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Quite bitter for a wit, but balances nicely toward sweet (though the balance leans more to the sweet side). Lighter carbonation than I expected (based on the pour)...dries out with a bit of tartness.

Drinkability: Fairly good, though the strong orange spiciness may get a bit old for it to be a session beer.

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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 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 Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An unusual witbier. Pours out to a frosted golden color with a trace of orange. From a tulip glass. Dense white foam head, medium to medium high level of carbonation. Aromas are very citrus and spicey, with a note of twizzler candies. Nice. Taste is mildly complex, yet very palateable; malts, yeast, sweet spice, some citrus and coriander notes. Very enjoyable. Mouthfeel was accentuated buy the active carbonation that kept the flavors rolling across the tongue. Drinkability is only average; as good as this beer is, I can't really see myself having it all that often. And as enjoyable as it is, it doesn't really fit my idea of the "classic witbier". Nonetheless, it's a good brew, and worth a try.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ultimately, wits are just too light for my tastes, but I wanted to try something new with dinner (actually appetizers) last night. I'm glad I tried it, as it is a bit more interesting than the usual witbeer. Cloudy, earthy appearance. Head disappaited quickly. Aroma and taste are fruity for sure (lemon and coriander way up front). Thins some as it goes, and (as is always the case for me with wits) is somewhat unsatisfying in it's lightness. Oh well, back to saisons!

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

Picked this bottle up at random from "the Foodery" beer/sandwich shop in Philadelphia. Not cheap - somewhere around $4 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

It is golden/orangish in color with minimal head retention as you pour. Very bubbly, almost like champagne. The coriander is pretty much equal in both the scent & taste. There is also a noticable citrus flavor from the orange peels used in the brewing process.

This is a light bodied beer but still has a bit of complexity. It is very crisp and refreshing and if it was a bit less pricey, you could drink many of them in a row. This is a solid Belgian whitbier straight across the board. Nothing mindblowing, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So how do you pronounce Vuuve? Well Im not sure of the pronunciation but I can tell you it pours a bright lemony yellow color. Also it has a slight cloudy haze. A nice head retention but limited lacing.

The smell is light limited Belgium notes are present as well. There is a zing smell that has a somewhat campaign quality to it. There are notes of citrus and orange.

The taste is a little too bright and tangy for a wit. Really has more of a stronger carbonation that limits other flavors. Some qualities are noticeable, like the orange and white pepper. But limited malt backing that is really sweet and not much of a wheat flavor (even for a Belgium) is noticeable.

The carbonation is high and the body is light. Overall Im not impressed. But it is nice to have an actual Belgium beer.

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Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wispy mustard hued topped with a oppressing tower of stained ivory.
Dog biscuit nose dashed with dried cilantro, and lime juice.
Begins with a papery malt base, quickly cut and disintergrated with a vinegary cider and citric acid tartness. Reforms with a floured dinner roll notion in the middle, along with pricks of pepper and coriander. Ends with a roughshod carbonation that mimmicks hop levity.
Scraping and fizzy, but what is underneath is clingy and sticky-sour.
Not too special. But then, this might be old.

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

Fizzy off white head that fades to nothing on impact leaving no lacing. Swampy, cloudy burnt orange/light brown mixed with golden hues.

Semi-tart orange and citric aroma; faint musty wheat. Some hints of pepper and corriander.

Big orange peel flavor joined by a strong underlying coarse wheat character. A wave of carbonation hits along with a moderate corriander spice. The sourness of this wit is unusual and dark, but the style's true flavors are still evident.

Medium bodied; coarse and grainy on the palate. A gruff and organic tasting witbier.

It's nice to try a beer that's both unique yet true to the style. The novely alone re: flavor and coarseness is worth sampling this one.

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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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Vuuve from Brouwerij Smisje
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