Peppercorn Imperial Wit
Monkless Belgian Ales

Peppercorn Imperial WitPeppercorn Imperial Wit
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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #58
Ranked #12,401
4.07 | pDev: 4.42%
Monkless Belgian Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Peppercorn Imperial WitPeppercorn Imperial Wit
Notes: It's time to rethink your Wit! Belgian boldness is brimming in this big, yet light-bodied Wit. Citrusy freshness abounds with a clean peppery finish.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i liked this as a strong wit, but i didnt get a ton of pepper from it, i had higher hopes for that element being more robust, but its a well made beer, as they all were in here. many of the beers seem to have the same yeast profile, which i get in a belgian styled place like this, but there isnt a whole lot of differentiation between them in terms of fermentation profile, i think its more flattering in this one than almost any other though. i like that it still is a wit through whatever else is added, the higher alcohol, more hops, peppercorns, whatever, its still got the yeast esters driving it, it still has an orange and coriander complexion, and it still drinks refreshing, even if its quite a bit stronger than is common in a wit. the alcohol never really comes out much, and even though this is a bit sweet for me to want to drink a lot of it, the beer drinks relatively easy for what it is. some nice bitterness from the orange here, a candy sugar thing, some orange soda sweetness too, and a light earthy spice from the pepper, almost more of a floral pink peppercorn than a spicy black. i wanted more of an obvious black pepper vibe, its there only minimally in the finish, but the beer overall is delicious. complex with layers of orange, wheat, confectioners sugar, flowers, and the spice of the pepper and the yeast. unique and very good.

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Photo of imposterzilla
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a deliciously spicy wit and I think it may be the best wit ever. Its flavor profile is full of character from the peppercorns and other spices.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear light golden yellow in color and has a column of bubbles rising from the center of the glass. It poured with a short bright white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of peppercorns and hints of candi sugar.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of Belgian yeast along with notes of candi sugar and hints of peppercorns.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is definitely a souped up witbier as you get candi sugars in both the smell and taste, but the alcohol is well masked. I thought that the peppercorns would have been a little more prominent.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Reidrover
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from Lifesource Natural Grocer in Sale OR.
Pours a cloudy yellow coloured body with a lovelly large, thick and frothy white head.
Spicy, peppery , yeasty aromas..some over ripe bananas and citrus. Nice.
Taste the same..smooth banana..then pepper..then creamy citrus...
Very nice mouth feel pretty luxuriant..but never sticky or sloppy.
Very nice indeed,

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Photo of JamarcusMarinovich
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Tavour offering. Pint glass, short-lived head with a little lacing. Light citrus/orange on the nose and first taste. Crisp and not overwhelming. Not strong on the pepper, which is a plus, but a 'wheat-y backbone' for lack of a better descriptor. Which is great for the style. Lingers a bit on the tongue but quite good and surprisingly refreshing for an 8+ ABV. Pretty darn tasty, now I wish I could find it locally.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy, golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, mild orange and clove, inviting. Flavor follows, but more complex, with rich wheat, light orange, clove and Belgian yeast, with nice peppercorn notes developing into a full, wheat, mild citrus and light, fresh pepper finish. Medium bodied with light to medium creaminess and pleasant mouth feel. A very enjoyable take on the witbier style, the basic profile is classically witbier, but with a little more orange then the typical lemon notes. The pepper is not that strong, but shows up near the finish and really blends in with the other flavors very well. This is one of the better uses of pepper in a beer that I can recall, well done. I really liked this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, some peppercorns. Taste is wheat, oranges, peppercorns, spicy or the style, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Tavour foray CANtinues with yet more CANs that they have shipped to me since signing up. I had a pretty good run during New Beer Sunday (Week 693), but I was left feeling unfulfilled. I am doing my best to get to these as quickly as possible simply because they are just so intriguing. It is an integral part of The CANQuest (tm) to have this inherent curiosity.

From the CAN: "Belgian-style Wheat Beer brewed with Spices"; "it's time to rethink your Wit! Belgian boldness is brimming in this big, yet light-bodied Wit. Citrusy freshness abounds with a clean peppery finish."

I Crack!ed open the vent & since it was a wheat-based beer, I gave it an inverted Glug. This caused rampant foaming, forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, fizzy bone-white head with modest retention. Color was a slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled mostly of orange peel along with a wheat tang, but not so much of peppercorns. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft in the mouth and on the tongue. The taste was definitely Belgian yeast with an orange peel citrusiness and a wheat tang. It was as it warmed that the spiciness of the peppercorns began to assert itself, acting like that explosive chocolate in a Monty Python sketch! Whew! If it was not dry enough initially, now it was extremely dry. Wow! Finish was really dry, especially thanks to the spice adjunct. Man! One was good for this cat, but it definitely kick-started the weekend.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hits all the notes very nicely. The peppercorn works wonderfully well in the wit context and the imperial strength adds an excellent touch of seriousness.

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Peppercorn Imperial Wit from Monkless Belgian Ales
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 25 ratings