Mons Abbey Witte | Brasserie Belgh Brasse

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81
good
59 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Mons Abbey WitteMons Abbey Witte
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Belgh Brasse
Quebec, Canada
monsbeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JayQue on 09-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a hazy yellow color with a decent transparency about it to allow a slight carbonation to be seen rising into a one finger white foamy head. Once the head dissipated and in fact, that head barely lasted twenty seconds, boy did that fade fast, there was some light stringy speckled lacing roaming all over the glass. The smell had a zesty lemon, clove, banana esters combined and coming through in a sweet sort of way. The taste took those flavors and combined nicely. On the palate, this one sat fairly light and came across fairly sessionable. The carbonation was there and decent as a witbier and good to me. Overall, good witbier I’d have again if I could get it.

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Photo of eberesford
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pinkish pale no head or lacing. Lots of clove in the aroma. Flavour sweet, citrus with some clove / banana.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look pours a 'honey lemon' cloudy (but attractive) yellow with a solid lace. Gives off citrus aromas; particularly orange as others have noted. There's a wheat imprint on both aroma and taste. For me, it's highly carbonated that pinches; the bubbles continued to rise throughout the drinking session. It's a nice beer.

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Photo of Supergenou
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of groleau
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Poljazz22
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pale yellow and cloudy. White head melts to a white ring of foam.
Citrus and light hops.
Tastes orange and lemon peel.Some bitterness. Neither sweet nor bitter.
A very refreshing beer. Tasty citrus flavors. Feels very light but not thin nor watery.Lots of carbonation but the bubbles melt into an evanescent froth. Buy it in summer!
Very nice and easy to drink with no heaviness and some complexity.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mons Abbey Witte from Brasserie Belgh Brasse bought a 12 mix pack for 21,99$

Look: Pale golden color. Very hazy

Smell: Orange, like the orange juice

Taste: Lot's of orange. A little bit of wheat. A zest of carbonation.

Feel: Easy drinking beer. Nothing too spectacular.

So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, I mean it is a refreshing but this beer is way too expensive for what it is...

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Photo of Lewnanny
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lets start with the smell. The first impression is that beer is past date. The smell is Horrible. The sulfur smell is not attractive.

For the look the white is a nice whitish orange.

The taste is like other white I had in the last months. A little bit less attractive than other white I love.

The 330 ml bottle retailed for 2.79$. The ABV is 5.0%.

The verdict, .... The smell make this beer less attractive than all the other white on the market.

Pretty sure my bottle had a problem of freshness. I really don't have the same feeling for smell than other rating people gave.

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Photo of Max8787
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO about 6 weeks ago for something in the neighbourhood of $7 CDN.

Appearance - Pours a very pale golden colored beer with brilliant clarity, copious amounts of effervescent carbonation and a finger and half of bright white head that won't quit.

Smell - Inviting, fruity and yeasty, orange peel, coriander and plenty of pepper. Maybe a spritz of lemon too.

Taste - Initially sweet, fairly grainy with the fruitiness translating to the flavor as hints of orange and lemon mix with some coriander and pepper. A certain amount of zest here. A slight metal finish.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth, carbonation is plentiful but soft. Slightly dry finish and body is exceptionally light.

Overall - This is a very well made and very light wit bier. Mons Abbey Witte is definitely worth a shot although I can see this being even more popular in the summer time as opposed to on the brink of the biggest winter storm this year.

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Photo of fortyfield
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaydee01
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MatChar
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color with a powerful amount of activity. Frothy white 1 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with a good amount of leggings.

Aromas of lemony citrus, fresh flowers, and sweet grains. Flavors of coriander, malty and yeasty, lemony, floral spices. Well balanced sweetness and sharpness.

Smooth full body with strong zesty carbonation. Light and short clean finish, ending with a slightly roasted grainy feel and a citrus tongue coat.

Overall a good quality craft offering pleasant flavors and good freshness. Well balanced and rounded, but lacking a little sharpness intensity. Slightly metallic.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimWakimika
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle picked up at TBS; coded A0225 and served well-chilled.

This one pours a bright, sunny golden-yellow colour; clear in complexion and highly effervescent. Roughly two fingers of puffy, sparkling white head is generated at the surface, which then proceeds to wilt away over the next five minutes or so. A dense, creamy cap remains in place, with a foamy collar leaving behind a few deposits of lace as it recedes. The aroma is subtle, but enjoyable - pale, wheaty malt sweetness, and some breadiness, but it's mostly just grainy. Minor notes of lemon zest, coriander and orange give the bouquet some much-needed depth, but on the whole it just smells like an average witbier.

Turns out, the nose is not at all misleading - this is an approachable wit, but an otherwise unremarkable one. The flavour is pretty clean, with grainy sweetness and bready wheat malts preceding some citrusy nuances of lemon and orangepeel. Lightly yeasty, with coriander and perhaps a hint of banana at the finish, accompanying some grassy hop bitterness. Some briefly-lingering spice, but otherwise the aftertaste is dry. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation levels that give this beer a crisp, lively mouthfeel that works quite nicely with the lightly-spiced flavour profile. It's very refreshing, and quite easy-drinking.

Final Grade: 3.75, eking out a B+. Mons Witte is a pretty good example of one of my least-favourite Belgian beer styles. Everything you'd expect to find in a wit can be accounted for easily - some citrusy flavour, some wheat malt sweetness, some coriander and some yeastiness. I'm not enamoured with the flavour profile, but it feels great on the palate and goes down as easily as I'd expect a witbier to. Tasty stuff - it's solid 'summer patio' material and certainly worth a shot, but I'd probably take a Hoegaarden over this.

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Photo of TheRiot
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very subtle brew. So subtle it may have missed the point.

Great bigs head, so it's a tough pour taking patience. Pale, pale yellow with a brilliant white head. Has all the elements you'd expect of a witte - yeast, fruit, spice, wheat - but very light handed. No real harmony, none of the presence you'd get from a proper witte.

Drinks easy enough, just too subdued.

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Photo of Shaun871
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not difficult to see why this style came to be called 'Witbier' ("white beer"): though technically yellow they look far lighter than even the lightest pilsner and have a milky complexion and ghostly pale tone. Mons Abbey Witte fits that description and adds white suds and rock salt-like bubbles.

Belgian yeast, coriander and orange zest are all extremely aromatic ingredients. Witbier - made with all three - is hence a notoriously aromatic style. This particular example, however, though nicely perfumed, isn't exactly brimming. It has a general citrusy character but there's nothing especially 'zestful' to it.

Being impressed by the first sip is understandable: the combination of lemony acidity and Moroccan spice is indeed interesting, and makes a more than pleasant initial impression. But subsequent sips offer less of that dynamic duo and more of the wheat and yeast, making for a fairly plain bready flavour.

Care to know the difference between a great beer and an average one? A great beer leaves you with its flavour, and that flavour makes you desperate for another sip; an average beer soon tastes like nothing and leaves you indifferent about having more. I like this... but I'm not terribly attached to finishing the bottle.

Mons Abbey Witte is a lackluster example of the style (in that it lacks that enticingly zestful personality that characterizes the best examples). A pleasant beer, however, it has enough of the citrus and spice elements to impress most mainstream drinkers used to the likes of, say, Hoegaarden or Blue Moon.

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Photo of lgmol
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Mons Abbey Witte from Brasserie Belgh Brasse
3.5 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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