Belgian WhiteSeptember 1, 2008 Bridgewater Corners, VT
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Bridgewater Corners, VT
Available: VT, NY, NH, RI, ME, NJ, MA, PA, CT
Longtrail’s new summer seasonal is modeled after original Belgian witbiers, spiced with coriander and orange.
Alcohol (vol.): 4.7
Alcohol (wt): 3.7
Original gravity: n/a
Unfortunate moniker. It is unfair to call a beer made here “Belgian,” even if it is of a traditional Belgian style, a fact indicated only in tiny letters on this label. Hazy gold with a tint of chartreuse, topped with an off-white head, a lemony nose masks the malty flavor, which is light for this genre. There is a pleasant bubbly mouthfeel and clean finish. Refreshing on a summer day, perhaps garnished with sliced fresh apricots or peaches.
- Charles Finkel
Wheat haze infused. Remarkably attractive head. Assertive and exciting aroma of coriander and lemongrass-like luster. Wow. Aromatic preamble is well done. Lemony fruitiness with minimal acidity. Subtle and balanced hop bite that enhances the thirst quenching aspects of this Belgian-style wit experience. Flavor mirrors aroma and is quite memorable. Nicely balanced and worthy of “classic” designation. I love the coriander statement. This beer would go wonderfully with spicy and aromatic Asian curries. Here’s my money.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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