White AleMay 1, 2011 Durham, NC
Triangle Brewing Co.
Brewed under the supervision of Rufus, the patron saint of TBC, with local red wheat from Halifax County, NC and local coriander from Person County, NC.
Original gravity: 1052
I’m tired of the rush of witbiers. Everyone wants the Blue Moon market, and they’re all over the place. Still, the can’s a nice touch, as is the busy old-timey label proudly proclaiming use of locally-grown wheat. This is a sweeter interpretation, fruity and not overly spiced, but the spice and citrus zest hang nicely in the mouth. I like my whites drier, but this would be an excellent morning beer with a plate of pears and crisp apples.
- Lew Bryson
This canned, highly effervescent take on the Belgian-style wheat beer has a boldly perfumey, fruity nose, even served cold, that might put off some as too aromatic, but appeals to me greatly. There is an orangy presence, no doubt, but also a fragrant, vaguely peppery spiciness that grown in prominence as the beer warms. Not that warming will be too much of an issue with this quaffable beer, which manages to be sweet without being cloying, fruity without density and dryly spicy in the finish. If this isn’t served at the Durham ballyard, it should be!
- Stephen Beaumont
Lew Bryson writes about beer and whiskey from his home in southeast Pennsylvania. He has a family and two dogs. That's all you need to know.
Once described as “beerdom's Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel, and how it all goes together.
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