Belgian-style 40% wheat ale brewed with traditional Belgian spices, coriander & orange peel. 6% ABV, 20 IBUs
375 ml (12.7 fl oz) cork & cage bottle. Rockmill Brewery, Lancaster, OH
By Bill Lau
Posted July 20, 2015
If you’ve read my previous review of their Petite Saison, you know I’m a fan of Rockmill. I think they’re making some excellent Belgian-style beers. And I really love these smaller bottles they’ve added to their lineup alongside the 750 ml bottles. So very convenient for one. Even cooler that the small bottles retain the cork & cage enclosure. I have to admit that there’s something enjoyable about that; a bit retro, and maybe even a little more refined. And you can’t deny that they’re fun to open!
As for the witbier style, my first exposure to it was back in the ’90’s with Celis White. Hard to argue with that being one’s introduction to wit! For those who never got to try it, Celis White was a classic witbier crafted by Pierre Celis, who had come to the US from Belgium, where he had revived the style at Hoegaarden. This was well before Coors rolled out Blue Moon and the massive proliferation of the style that ensued. A style now being produced by an artisanal brewery in the heart of Ohio. Not bad for a beer style that had gone out of production in its homeland in the ’60’s!
I gently rolled the bottle before opening to rouse the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
Appearance (5/5): Appropriately hazy for style, bright yellow-straw hue capped with a thick, dense white head of foam that leaves behind heavy sheeting on the glass.
Aroma (8.5/10): Fruity, spicy, earthy, & yeasty aromas; I get lemon peel, coriander, and some bready yeast.
Palate (4.5/5): Medium bodied with a smooth & creamy texture. Very fine, lightly effervescent carbonation.
Taste (8/10): Crisp, crackery malt followed by zesty, tart lemon peel and coriander spice. A bit zippy and very flavorful. Some yeasty earthiness joins in past the middle, with a light, drying bitterness. Finishes with a gentle tang and late burst of citrus then fades. Really refreshing and quaffable. Although brewed with orange peel, I keep getting lemony citrus notes, which I find intriguing.
Overall (17.3/20): Outstanding example of the style. Pair with lighter flavored fish, a salad and baguette or croissant and perhaps some soft cheese, or grilled chicken breast.