96 La Grande Blanche, De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium). 7.5% ABV (6/07)
Hazy golden amber color. Orange peel, mango pudding and lychee nut aromas are gentle and attractive. A round, supple entry leads to a creamy, fruity, sweet medium-to-full body of orange, pineapple, mango, coriander and clover honeyed sourdough toast flavors. Finishes with a sweet citrus, spice, buttered bread and delicate herb fade. Very elegant and masterfully spiced.
91 Double White Belgian Style Ale, River Horse Brewery (NJ). 7.5% ABV (6/08)
Cloudy pale amber color. Orange soufflé, caramel-drizzled dried apricot and zesty coriander aromas follow though on a round, supple entry to a fruity medium-to-full body with a great interplay of sweet spice and deep dried fruit flavors. Finishes with a long, tangy orange-peach marmalade, wet grain and praline fade. Delicious and dangerously drinkable.
90 Blanche de Chambly, Unibroue (Canada). 5% ABV (6/09)
Hazy golden color with a white blanket. Spice, orange custard and egg-washed brioche aromas follow through smooth, fluffy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with nice depth and a mellow texture. Finishes with lemon, mint and praline notes. Tasty.
89 Norwegian Frolic Wit Beer, Grumpy Troll Brewery (WI). 4.8% ABV (6/07)
Milky orange amber color with a lacy head. Vibrant orange cake and tapioca aromas are inviting and follow though to a rich frothy entry with a fruity medium-full body of orange cake, delicate spice and toasted meringue flavors. Finishes with a long fruit, citrus peel and honey fade. Thoroughly delicious, rich and very well balanced. Well done!
89 Summer Frog Witbier, Issaquah Brewhouse (OR). 5.7% ABV (6/08)
Slightly hazy amber color. Sweet potato, peach pie crust and baking spice aromas follow through on a buoyant, frothy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium with zesty accents of coriander and cinnamon bark. Finishes with a spicy toffee, shredded wheat and honeyed orange fade.
88 Scandia Ale, Summit Brewing Co. (MN). 4.8% ABV (6/07)
Cloudy golden amber color. Vibrant, almost piney, aromas of cardamom and coriander overlay a bed of honeyed banana-orange bread. A frothy entry leads to a crisp, dryish, medium-to-full body of vibrant spices, citrus peels and toasted caraway zucchini bread flavors. Finishes with a cleansing and lingering dried herb and spice fade. Very interesting in style and flavor with a ton of refreshment. Serve with Thai food.
88 White Frog Ale, Issaquah Brewhouse (OR). 5.7% ABV (6/09)
Aromas of honey-baked ham, candied ginger and cinnamon toast follow through on a round, silky entry to a dryish medium body with pine, lemon and mint nuances. Finishes with a delicate, coriander and mineral-kissed finish. Nice and gentle.
87 Blanche De Namur Witbier, Brasserie Du Bocq (Belgium). 4.5% ABV (6/07)
Hazy yellow straw color. Coriander, anise and lemon zest tart aromas. A frothy entry leads to a fruity medium-to-full body of floral bath talc, dried citrus peels, clover honey and rich spice flavors. finishes with a creamy and zesty citrus custard, buttered nuts, minty bath soap and spice fade.
85 Ommegang Witte, Brewery Ommegang (NY). 5.1% ABV (6/08)
Lightly hazy yellow gold color. Lemon-orange bread, honeyed oat and delicate spice aromas. A round entry leads to a dryish medium-to-full body of tangy honeyed lemon and orange peels, oatmeal, wet clay and faint coriander flavors. Finishes with a citrus and bitter herb, mossy earth fade. An earthy, zesty quaffer.
84 Wit, Bastone Brewery (MI). 5.6% ABV (6/07)
Very hazy sunny amber color. Bright coriander and orange peel aromas. A spritzy entry leads to a tangy medium body of sweet candied citrus, coriander, clove and pine sap flavors. Finishes with a sweet citrus and spice fade. A pleasant fruity quaffer.
84 Abbaye De Saint Martin Organic White Beer, Brasserie De Brunehaut (Belgium). 5% ABV (5/07)
Hazy yellow golden color. Lemon custard, lime zest and delicate spice mélange aromas. A frothy entry leads to a dryish medium body of nuts, baked oranges and slightly phenolic mineral flavors. Finishes with a metallic ore dust, salt and dried lemon fade.
84 Mygarden Wit, Gaslight Brewery (NJ). 5.1% ABV (6/07)
Almost clear golden amber color. Caramelized nuts, toasted pumpernickel, pine and orange marmalade aromas. A supple, round entry leads to a dryish medium body of clover honeyed dark toast, coriander and roasted nut flavors. Finishes with a fruity, wheat toast, orange zest and butter fade.
84 Wheat Ale, Upland Brewing (IN). 4.6% ABV (6/09)
Yellow color with a light mousse. Vibrant aromas of warm bread pudding, lemon curd and pine follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium body with lots of wintergreen and juniper notes and a hint of Mr. Clean. Finishes with a lemon custard Danish-like fade. Different.
84 Brunehaut Bio Blanche, Brasserie de Brunehaut (Belgium). 5% ABV (6/09)
Hazy straw yellow color. Aromas of Ivory soap box, crabapple and waxy lemon follow through on a mild entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with green pear skin and old spice notes. Finishes with a quick, dusty fade.
83 Great White Wit, Bastone Brewery (MI). 5.25% ABV (6/07)
Cloudy golden amber color. Pork rind, mint leaf and citrusy detergent aromas. A brisk entry leads to a slightly flat medium body of brown sugar, brown butter and baked citrus tart flavors with a quick, buttery spice finish. Curious.