Name: Orchard White
Brewery: The Bruery website
Region: Placentia, California
How served: 750ml capped bottle poured into a Augustijn Grand Cru glass.
I paired this beer with: Steamed Tilapia marinated in lemon and butter, yellow squash & green beans.
Tasted on: Wednesday February 3, 2010.
Note: The Bruery has just become available in the S. Florida area for the 1st time last week. This is great news as I have had to have their beers shipped in from out of state, including their highly rated Black Tuesday. Now this witbier is very refreshing and would be great to drink during a hot Florida summer day, but I feel it lacks the complexity of other Belgian & Belgian style witbiers I have had in the past. Orchard White should still be on you “wants” list, as it is worth a try. I will re-visit this beer on a hot summer night & who knows, that just might be enough for me to raise my rating to a very good.
On the Label: Unfiltered Bottle-Conditioned. Belgian-Style Ale. Brewed with Spices, Wheat & Oats. Our unparalleled California White Ale offers flavors of fresh citrus, bready wheat and a hint of lavender. Enjoy! Our White Ale is best enjoyed fresh. Until then, please store in a cool, dark place. Ideal serving temperature is 45° f (7° c) in a dark place. Best served in a tulip or wine glass. For chef recommended food pairing and recipes, please visit our website.
From their website: Orchard White is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned Belgian-style witbier. This hazy, straw yellow beer is spiced with coriander, citrus peel and lavender added to the boil and whirlpool. A spicy, fruity yeast strain is used to add complexity, and rolled oats are added for a silky texture.
ABV: 5.7%, IBU: 15, SRM: 3, Release: Year Round
BeerAdvocate Magazine, October 2008, “A” Rating
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