Orchard Wit
Bruery Terreux

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #47
Ranked #14,050
3.97 | pDev: 7.05%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Very Good
Orchard WitOrchard Wit
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 47 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Beginner2
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Could be wit, but more like a wild.
Rated on the assigned style, Orchard Wit Looks like not much; no foam to speak of well. Smells are mostly lemon with some mild wheat in the back. Tastes follow, but quickly the tartness takes over. Not too tart, enough to salivate the buds. Finishes tart. But, I'd still like see a more traditional wit yeast because I miss that sweet fruit.

I'm not a big consumer of Bruery Terreux because I don't have buds for Wilds (even though The Bruery's are most palatable to me than many other breweries flamboyant use of Brett.) But I do give some OA Big Hugs for the long-term genius of The Bruery's founder and his commitment to excellence and pushing the envelope of disciplined brewing... without getting crazy. A formula for younger brewers to emulate.

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Photo of Tony210
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium straw color, minimal head. Faint sour aroma. Fruity and crisp, nice toich of tart sourness. Very enjoyable.

Draft at Brickwall
4.25 rating

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Photo of malrubius
2.48/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pale hazy orange yellow with no head. Funky citrus and raw dough aroma. Orange wheaty sweetness with funky tartness is puckering finish. Slick light and cloying with mouth-coating woody funk. I think I'm done with barrel-aged sours for a while. After 35 years of drinking craft beers, I think I just want a beer that tastes good.

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Photo of erk0607
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Straw golden clear color, small bubbles after the initial head quickly died down. Crystalline.
Smell: Funky, tart, sweet, sour, grape/apple, kind of lambic-y, oaky citrus
Taste: Much like the smell - tart, citrus, green apple
Feel: Moderate to heavy mouthfeel, though not overly viscous. Moderate carbonation. Drinks kind of like a wine.
Overall: Funky, almost sour beer with wild ale characteristics. For the price point not that bad though!

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Photo of stercomm
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass, hazy golden straw in color with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly dissipated leaving an edge of lacing around the glass on the beer. On the nose getting lemon, new oak and a very slight hint of banana. Very tart with lemon, fresh oak, slight coriander finishes very dry and lemony. Medium carbonation, very clean and refreshing. Another good brew from the Bruery.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really glad they started to can/bottle smaller format versions of their beers. Picked this up for around 5 bucks into a pint glass. Pour is not so impressive a bright yellow beer clear with a nice 1/2 inch of froth that quickly fades because of high carbonation. Smell has some coriander spice but its mostly sour apple and raisin skins. Taste is fairly sour but smooth probably due to the oak aged. Really liking the sour in this with every sip. Body is fairly light crisp and easy to drink.

Overall The Bruery surprises me every time and hopefully these smaller format beers may mean other beers can be produced cheaper!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Treated as an American wild ale and poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy semi-bright yet stifled yellow color with a small foamy white head quickly subsiding. Just some concave lace slid with the sips.
The aroma had some lemon, funky tart sweetness, light on the white pears then some oak. Decent sour edge of lemon rind-like character. Crisp grassiness ever so slightly.
The flavor leaned sour and bringing in an ample tart fruity pear to lemon skin-like edge. Light on the sweetness. Then a nice sour to tart clean aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Some sour harshness wants to warn my tongue of puckering capabilities but mainly stays held at bay. Nice carbonation and ABV. Crisp tart finish.
Overall, not a witbier, no Belgian yeastiness or coriander-like spiciness. I hate to be too harsh on this because I know The Bruery likes to think outside the box and do wonderful things with beer but if this was labeled an American wild ale, I'd rate it much higher.

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Photo of Lucular
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow. Lots of tart/astringent leather/oak flavor and feel. I'm worried that the enamel is peeling from my teeth. Not the most sour beer by any means, but somehow it FEELS sour. Tart green apple, some citrus, and maybe some of the witbier spices come through but the oak barrel aging dominates this beer from beginning to end.

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Photo of bobv
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 375 ml. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a light golden body with no lacing. Nose of lemon, oak, and slight funk. Taste mirrors nose with bit of extra sourness not quite anticipated from the aromas. Nice feel for the style and overall, a nice, tart wit that I'd have again. Cheers!!!

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Photo of kitch
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 375ml bottle, bottle on 19th December 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left pretty much no lacing.

Aroma: Tart, sour, stone fruits, peach, apricot, grass, wheat, oak and funk.

Taste: Sour and tart, light stone fruit, citrus, lemon, orange, coriander, wheat and funk.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An interesting twist on the classic Witbier with tart and sourness coming through prominently, while still keeping it nicely balanced.

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Photo of colts9016
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at 45 degrees. A hard pour produced a frothy and airy head. The head is bright white with poor retention. The head dissipated quickly, typical with this style. The beer's color is SRM 4 a pale yellow color with golden hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. The beer presents with carbonation.

The aromas in the beer are grass, wheat, lemon, yeast, and biscuit.

The flavors in the beer are grass, wheat, lemon, yeast, and biscuit.

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp and sour.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and light finish.

A perfect summer beer refreshing and sour.

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Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured out a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of dark cherry, lemon, oak and hints of sweet wheat. Very tart and fruity with a cherry-like flavor.

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Photo of hophugger
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear gold in color with ample carbonation. Aroma is yeast, funk, lemon and a bit of light spice. Taste is tart with essences of tart lemon and a good balance overall. MF is clean and crisp and finish is refreshing and somewhat short-lived

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Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a medium hazy golden color, with a thin white head--------------- the aromas are of Belgian yeast, hay, funky cheese and citrus--------------- the flavors are of wheat, tart lemon and funk, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a refreshing dry finish------------------- overall this is a damn good witbier, I love the little bit of funk that comes through with these bruery beers, it really took your average witbier to the next level

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very complex wit, with a lot of wild ale elements, such as oakiness, funk, and fruity acidity. A very refreshing beer too. Could be paired with any food items that sours are often enjoyed. A great wit beer!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale bodied beer. The nose is oak, with tart citrus, a little dry and zesty. Smells inviting. Flavors lack a touch compared to the aromas. Still a refreshing, slightly tart wheat ale. Enjoyable.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Eureka! Woodlands Hills. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin but creamy head of white foam that settles nicely and sits evenly on top.

The nose is slightly tart, with a noticeable apple juice presence. Sweeter than I expected, even a little tropical. Tart lemons ring throughout and balance a nice bready malt finish.

Tart, green apples out front. Tart, slightly sour. More lemon, but it’s got a great dryness and you get that oaky presence from the foeders. Finishes with a very familiar dry white wine flavor profile.

Light, thin body. Low but sharp, effervescent carb. Slightly dry, very crisp.

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Photo of mntlover
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light pale hazy yellow color with an effervescent thumb sized white head that falls fast. No ring no lace really need a little something from the head but nothing on this one.

Aroma is tart lemon white wine type of fruity notes, white grapes, green apples on a cracker bready malt base that soon fades to musty like hay notes then sweet bread. Some dry oak and light earthy spice notes to round it out.

Taste is like the nose base is wheat crackers more then the bready notes I smelled. Good tartness though lemon grass, sour apple notes, white grapes lingering tartness that reminds us of Brett. Finish is only light spice for a Wit anyway or its over powered by the tartness.

Mouthfeel is close to medium but the peppy carbonation makes it seem lighter and fizzier.

Overall a nice tasty treat lots of light fruitiness and good tart sour all over. Would enjoy having this one again.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/19/2017. Bit of a gusher upon opening, but not instantly. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, coriander, orange peel, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; with light notes of leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, spices, oak, and pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, coriander, orange peel, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; with light notes of leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness, yeast/oak tannin spiciness, and light wheat tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, coriander, orange peel, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, oak, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, spices, oak, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/acidic, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.7%. Overall this is an outstanding sour/wild witbier! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, spices, oak, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestely acidic/spicy/drying finish, never overly lactic. Really awesome balance of Brett/Lacto/Wit yeast complexity, spices, oak, and pale/wheat malts. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on base style example.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head, no retention or lacing, lots of carbonation, cap flew off and foam intensely spewed out.

A: Good amount of lemon-like tartness, touch of oak along with a hint of sweet oranges, slight spice, definitely smells like a Bruery sour.

T: Nice hit of lemon peel-like tartness with an added touch of subtle sourness, notes of oak and spice, finish has lingering notes of orange peel, mix of tart and sweetness.

M: Light bodied with a really dry finish, good amount of carbonation that leaves a prickled feeling on the palate.

O: A solid offering from the Bruery, lots of complexity and depth, balanced, nothing really dominates except for the lingering citrus peel in the finish, very refreshing, makes for a great summer beer.

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