W'09 Belgian Style Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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W'09 Belgian Style AleW'09 Belgian Style Ale
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W'09 Belgian Style AleW'09 Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by msubulldog25 on 01-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by Monsteruss:
Photo of Monsteruss
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured, the foam was very light beigh, stiff and non-lacey. Smell typical pils wheat witha honey accent. Color was a golden honey. It had a heavy microbrew taste of wheat witha hint of honey and carmel. Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Drinkability was below average. Not really a fan of this beer.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a westmalle glass golden yellow with a thin white head. I'd expect a better head out of a belgian. No lacing.
Smell is rather faint, but does have the orange spices that a belgian should have. The taste is nice, like a light belian pale ale. Nothing is missing in the flavor, it's just not as strong as a real belgian.
Overall, this is really good for a brewery as big as Widmer. It's very drinkable.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: soft golden and straw color, very light appearance. Body is active with bubbles swirling to the top. Head lasted a few seconds and melted away leaving small formations of lacing...not very impressive, looks just like a standard pale ale. Where is the yeast?

S: toasted pale malts, spices of cloves and cinnamon, and wet paper

T: this guy pushes more towards being a Belgian...barely. Hints of fruity banana and soft yeast. As noted before in the nose, weak cloves and/or cinnamon with a somewhat pleasant sweetness of honey. Hops, if any, are dry and mellow

M: lighter body, bustling with carbonation. This gets a bit redundant after a while, still having trouble picking out much for hops. As it warmed it started to get a bit watery in the finish

D: personally i'll pass on this guy. In any event, I suppose you could sip a few. This guy is approaching some nice dimensions, just down the wrong road

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-orange color. Minimal head and lacing.

Aroma: Slight sweetness and some spice. Very little of the good funky yeast smell I associate with good Belgian Pale Ale's (one of my favorite beer styles).

Taste: Same as it smells, some interesting sweetness and a little spice...but again, it's lacking a strong yeast profile that most Belgian Pale Ale's have.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, but I prefer more of a Belgian yeast profile in my BPA's.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously filtered, the W'09 pours a crystal-clear orange amber body beneath a head of mildly off-white. The head retention is limited for the style, and it drops fairly shortly to an average collar and wispy surface covering.

The aroma expresses clove, and a little bit of sugar that leads it to become like bubblegum, over a fairly straightforward grainy malt base. Some pepper spices it up; and some mild, faded hops appear as backdrop, floral and leafy, but also almost minty and herbal (perhaps that's just due to a combination with the characteristics of the yeast).

The flavor follows suit, and it's remarkably easy to drink. The clove is there, but not overdone, as is the malt, and some spicy notes (from yeast and hops?) perks it up. It doesn't really deliver flavors in any sequence, but just as one big ball of flavor. An underlying bitterness balances it, and the spiciness helps to dry it in the finish.

The body could be fuller for the style, but I think it still fits; and the soft, restrained carbonation leaves it quite smooth across the palate - although that should also probably be higher for the style.

Very nicely rounded and balanced, it's really quite drinkable. Tasty, and worth trying!

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

Pours a bright golden color, topped by a half finger's worth of creamy, white head. Spicy aroma is heavy on the coriander, with a lightly sweet pale malt base. Palate is mostly light pale malt that holds a bit of honey sweetness, accented by coriander and white pepper. The tangy yeast rears its head in the dry finish.
The body is a little foamy, but is a pleasant creamy consistency with careful sipping. Overall, an enjoyable but not particularly inspired offering from Widmer.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden into a large wine glass with just a touch of haze. A half inch white head dissipates quickly leaving a surface film and offering some thin lacing.

Sweet malts and Belgian yeast on the nose though this beer needs more carbonation to get things moving. Yeast notes are light and not very complex. Taste follows the nose with summer fruits and a simple sweet backbone. Feel is a bit thin and sweet and keeps the drinkability in check. When agitated to bring forth a surface cap, the smell and taste and feel improve momentarily. A decent and rather straightforward stab at the style that would benefit from higher carbonation or bottle conditioning.

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

Grabbed a 6'er at Fred Meyer... went to see what they filled the empty holes with once the nice harvest and winter ales had gone bye-bye.

Nice golden to dark amber color... like a crisp new penny. Nice and clear, and the bubbly head vanished quickly.. little to no lacing on my glass.

At first the scent was a very tropical aroma but later the yeast set in and reminded me of a mild stone epic. A little banana.. some hop spice.. aged oak.. Same goes for the taste really... a common woody flavor with banana yeast... I certainly dont favor Belgians.. 6.5%? Hides that fact very well I must say.

A very drinkable Belgian.. clear, refreshing... and does no harm. I would say this is a very good job of Widmer for this... but I don't think the market is really there for Belgians.. even if it is as good as this one.

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Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a modest half inch of white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is malty and some Belgian style yeast. Taste is malty, yeasty, some lighty bitter hops. The boiled ham flavor is there but in a minor way. That suits my palate as too much of the Belgian flavors are not my favorite by any means. Think of this as Belgian light. This would be a good one for a first timer to try.

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

Got from lonestarbev - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my NBB snifter. Really like the Widmer bottles - letters and shapes molded into the glass so not your standard bottle. The front label had a bottled stamp of Dec 23 2008. It was a hazy yellow color with slight carb and no lacing. It had a small, fizzy white head that evaporated almost as soon as done pouring.

The aroma was spicier than I expected. Lots of coriander, clove, pepper and sugary malt. More like a wit or saison than a pale ale. Was good but unexpected. The taste followed suit. Good but more wit/saison than pale ale. Good spicy front and middle but then the sugary sweet kicks in and just doesn't finish right for my taste. Tone that down and this could easily move up in score.

Overall, a good solid middle of the road beer. Easy to drink. Won't win any awards for flavor but you can put several down with no complaints. Not sure I'd buy a six pack of it but would try on tap and/or drink from a friend's stash if offered.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-orange body. On top, one finger of off-white head that recedes quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma: A complex Belgian mix: coriander, clove, banana, apples, yeast, and sweet, bready malt. Good stuff.

Taste: All the same character from the aroma, with the intensity ratcheted up a few notches. There's lots of spices, yeast, and fruit over a solid bready pale malt base. Similar to a Witbier in some ways. The aftertaste is bready malt with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Decent enough--if you like the flavor profile you could drink a few of these easily.

Verdict: W'09 is a tasty enough Belgian-style beer, though it's more of an impression than a recreation if you catch my drift. It seems to me like it might be somewhere in between a Belgian Pale Ale and a Witbier, rather than just a straight-up Belgian Pale, but that doesn't bother me too much. A great beer to introduce some Belgian flavors to the uninitiated, and an okay substitution if you're in the mood for a Belgian but can't find the real stuff.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the 16th and State Albertson on Saturday for about $8.50/6'er.. My buddy Marc had 2 of them... I haven't yet.. soooo here we go. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger head sticks around leaving significant lace atop a crystal clear honey colored brew.

The nose is fairly malty with quite a bit of spicy hoppiness combined well with some yeasty esters.. a little bit of pear..

The flavor is surprisingly "Belgian" .. spicy both from yeast and from hops.. a little bit of citrus in the background.. but not enough to detract.. bready pale malts tie this together sorta loosely.. could use a bit more spice to really bring it up another notch.. the body is pretty much spot on.. so is the carbonation.. I like the drinkability .. If I wasn't just scouring the fridge tonight, I could see having a couple of these pretty easily.. I would compare this to a fresh tasting "Leffe Blonde".. as it warms.. a little bit more pear essence helps make the finish more interesting..

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel glass.

It looks great after swirling.

Not as hoppy as the packaging says. Not particularly hoppy for a fresh representation of the style.

Some Saison flavors, but alot of Trippel flavours (honey, banana, clove). Some peach and pear. Pretty yeasty but not too spicy. Reminiscent of a Wit. I dont think spices were added. A little sweet but very drinkable. As I finish my second one tonight, I def. feel like I could finish another with ease.

Not as complex as most Belgians with a yeast like this, but this also cost $7.5 for the 6 pack, so a great value.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my tulip a crystal-clear golden straw color with a one finger head reminiscent of a deflated pillow... not the yeasty Belgian head I'd dreamed of. It fizzled to nothingness fairly quickly, although a few hints of spotty lacing did follow down the glass.

Definitely Belgian in influence. aroma opens with an apple and banana kick, quickly replaced by dominant coriander and pepper, with a touch of pale malt and a bit of belgian-esque yeast making it through the blockade concocted by the dominant spicing.

taste follows the aroma pretty simply - belgian yeast with a bit of soft fruits, a touch of citrus, and a good bit of spicing. coriander and pepper dominate. A pale malt backbone is hiding in there, as is a bit of hopping that comes out in the finish.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a touch of slickness. The carbonation isn't as strong as I was expecting, although the meager head was probably indicative. Definitely drinkable, maybe even more so than the highly-carbonated Belgian brews out there.

Not bad on the whole. An interesting venture for Widmer, and it's interesting to watch this one move off the shelves. It's definitely a Belgian Pale style, although definitely lacking a few of the true Belgian characteristics. A bit mellower and more approachable, so I could actually see this as a great gateway Belgian. Nothing outstanding, but a valiant effort - plus it's always nice to see more west coast belgians in the bottle.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin cap of off-white foam that fades pretty quick to a sheen and collar. It's a pretty average looking brew.

The smell is surprisingly rich and pretty unique. It oozes sweetness of all kinds, candied yams, honey, light brown sugar and even a bit of karo corn syrup. Malts are expectedly light and somewhat grainy. Has a bit of bready yeast aroma that would be nice if it was a bit more pronounced and funky.

It is definitely on the sweet side of things flavor-wise, but that is cool with me. It is balanced some by a noticeable hop presence that seems to be all bittering and no flavor/aroma. Pretty light bodied and smooth. The yeast adds some Belgian character, but like the nose, could use some more funk and esters. Not a bad offering by Widmer, I think it is the best beer from them I have had yet and glad I bought a sixer.

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Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger head with great retention and a pretty clear orange color.

Smell is of some cloves and some pale malts. Cloves overtake the beer with some fruity undertones.

Taste is sweet with some unfermented sugar. I like my belgians not to be too dry, so this is a plus.

Mouthfeel is full and crisp, not too dry. There is some sweetness left over in this one.

This and BRRR impress me. Throw more of this stuff at me Widmer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A change from Widmers usual pale ales and wheat beers.

Chill hazed orange colored beer with a good off-white colored head. Can't really call it amber though, this is decidedly orange.

Sweet spicy and very malty, strong scent of Belgian Candi sugar and spicy clove aroma. Hops are mildly herbal but quite tame for a Belgian beer. Something of a coriander smell here but it is mild and I am not sure that it isn't all Belgian yeast. Powdery smell of Belgian yeast is here in spades. This is a wonderfully aromatic beer and far better than I expected.

Taste starts out spicy and malty with coriander and ginger flavor up from with a BIG malt backbone and a powdered sugar doughnut aftertaste. Sweetish but not, think cake not frosting. Faint apple flavor and smell, slight herbal flavor but not really hoppy. Lots of yeast flavors in this one.

Mouthfeel is full.

Super easy to drink beer, too bad it is a special release. I could see making this a one of my regular beers, it is very good and would easily boot Affligem Blond from its place in my beer cooler.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Appearance is slightly dark golden ale, with a tiny white head..goopd lace though.
aroma is slightly spicy clove and a slight tang of yeast, but it is very weak compared to most real Beligians.
Taste is way better though, the clove, spice and yeast are all there much more than in the aroma, esters dominate.
Mouthfeel is pretty OK for the style, long lasting flavours at end.
Its pretty drinkable, not GREAT but OK.

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Photo of KeefD
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange color with a small white head that fell into a lasting cap, sitting in a New Belgium globe. Aroma is bready, lightly sweet, some toasty grains, and nice dose of Belgian yeast. Flavor is a little light, some pale malts make up up the bulk of it, with a hint of fruitiness, some honey, bready, even flavors, not much in the way of hops, dry on the finish. Medium-low mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. A decent stab at a Belgian pale, but not great. Widmer had been surprising me with their new beers as of late, but this one I can't wrap myself around. Good try though.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pale yellowy-gold, slight haze, low head formation that wilts to a thin crown

Aroma: overripe, souring apples; coriander, hay, dried red berries

Flavor: sweet malt profile without much counterpoint; overly spiced with (I'm guessing) orange peel, coriander, and other "usual" Belgian spices; finishes semisweet with a mellow spiciness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium full body, pert carbonation, slight warmth

Other comments: Pretty unimpressed with this one. A very un-craftsmanlike stab at a "Belgian-style" ale. Overspiced. No subtlety. There is no beer in Belgium that tastes like this!

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Photo of PDXHops
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery in a pint glass.

At first glance, this looks like a slightly darker pint of Coors Light. Crystal clear straw colored body with close to a finger of white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a skim of white that lasts for the whole pint. Small amount of lacing.

I couldn't pick up a ton of aromas in the pint itself, but the little sampler glass I had before revealed a fresh smelling blend of cloves, bananas and fresh baked bread. In general. Pleasant if somewhat mild.

The taste isn't terribly complex, but is a pleasant blend once again of the cloves, banana and bread. There's also a bit of fresh orange sweetness. Medium carbonation with a nice bit of bitterness. Finishes fairly cleanly and the cloves linger a bit

Very quaffable and refreshing ale. It will be interesting to see how Widmer's first Belgian-style ale does in the marketplace.

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Photo of climax
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a mostly clear amber, small head which faded fast, no lace, looked flat after not too long

smell was pretty strong and mostly of coriander and sweet fruit, grapes, pear, pumpkin and slightly citrus, spicey backround

taste was as crisp yet smooth and like it smelled, sweet, spicey, and buttery, aftertaste was grape and banana, the flavors masked the alcohol well

mouthfeel was medium bodied and pretty sharp carbonation, refreshing followed by warmth, fairly complex actually

Not a typical style for a rather popular brewery so i was happy to find it in a gas station in western SD. it was good but id like to try the real thing

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes within seconds into almost nothing. The aroma is of yeasty with a nice maltiness, but it is very straight forward and simple. The taste is fruity which is odd for this style. There is some mild yeasty funkiness behind the fruit, but the fruit nearly overpowers it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer just doesn't work for me, and I can't see myself drinking it again.

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W'09 Belgian Style Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 63 ratings