Thursday, July 7th 2011
Great Crescent Belgian Style Wit
(Great Crescent Brewery)
We finally got our hands on some Great Crescent cans! Thanks to a very generous beer lover that was able to hook us up with a nice variety pack of their beers! Great Crescent is special in the canned beer world as they're not only canning some amazing beers but they're also utilizing a can that was graphically designed for anything they can possibly put in it - just stick a label on it and there you go!
From the Great Crescent site:
"Great Crescent Witbier is refreshingly crisp wheat-based ale with a slightly dry, tart finish. It has moderate sweetness with spicy aroma’s and a hint of coriander and citrus. This beer is very light in color with a dense, white head and some cloudiness from a special yeast strain.
This beer style has been around for over 400 years and originated in Belgium. The style died out about 60 years ago and has gained favor by many beer drinkers over the past 10-15 years.."
Here we go...
Pour - cloudy, pale orangish-yellow in appearance with a half inch or so of stark white head. Suspended bubbles and a glowing opaqueness make this a very nice beer to behold. A bit of a mystery that draws one in...
Aroma - spicy, sweet, pears, green apple, soap, lilac and some cloves. Very aromatic and just about worthy of an incense of perfume. Love the way this beer smells.
Taste - immediately this is soft on the palate with subtle fruit flavors like pears, apples, melon and grapes along with a bit of spiciness from the coriander. This definitely has a subdued clove flavor and a nice, mellow sweetness. Nothing overpowering whatsoever, just a very easy drinking and very refreshing beer.
Overall - considering this is a style without much to hide behind we really enjoyed this and freshness and quality is top notch. Not knowing much about Great Crescent I'd say we're off to a very good start and those other beers in the fridge don't have much time left...
Would I buy more of it? - yes. Excellent beer with lots of great flavors and perfect for a warm summer night - like this one! Cheers!
Availability - May - September
Note - Great Crescent is one of three breweries in the country can their beers in a multi-style can. What this means is that they stick a label on a generic can denoting the style and thus they're able to use the same can for multiple styles - including the country's first, and only, canned bourbon barrel-aged stout. The other breweries are Sun King Brewing Company (IN) and Dolores River Brewery (CO). Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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