Friday, June 12, 2009

Long Trail Belgian White


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (597) - Albany, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Is it even possible to make a bad Belgian White? I’ve only sampled a few of them and I’ve loved them all. In fact, it actually makes reviewing Long Trail Belgian White a bit of a challenge – what praise can I give this beer that I haven’t already given the other great ones of the style? How do I spend the rest of this review explaining in detail that this is a delicious beer that goes down smooth and is nice and light?

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

The beer pours extremely smooth to a pale gold complexion. This is an unfiltered wheat beer, so it is quite hazy, although I didn’t see any sediment. It forms a perfectly-proportioned, bright white, foamy head that lingers for a little bit but then completely evaporates without much lacing on the glass. This might sound like a detriment, but lighter beers aren’t known for their head retention and impression.

As soon as I cracked open my first bottle I knew I was in for a good brew. I inhaled deeply and the aroma was sweet and citrusy. It almost reminded me of Fruity Pebbles and for a moment there I was concerned the beer might be too gimmicky like a lot of the fruit-flavored beers that are all the rage these days.

TASTE

When I took my first taste of Long Trail Belgian White I was totally sold because it was an explosion of flavor. The most notable flavor here is lemon, followed by a lightly spiced palate of perhaps orange peel and/or coriander. The beer is definitely citrus-like in taste, so it’s very sweet but not in that sugary way so many seasonal brews seem to be.

The only problem is it’s still a watery beer at the core, like a watered-down version of Hoegaarden. Regardless, I found it to be absolutely delectable and I’m sure this beer would appeal to just about anyone that likes tropical fruit juice.

FINISH

Since this beer does have a bit of a strong citrusy taste, it’s possible it could have a bit of an acidic finish, right? Fortunately, the brewers at Long Trail have crafted a beer that is not only good-tasting, but very easy to drink. In fact it’s almost too easy to drink because it’s so tasty and finishes so clean that I was tempted to down my beer a bottle at a time instead of drinking it in swigs.

BODY

It’s beers like this I’d like to hand out to all the lightweights who can only handle one of the big threes’ "lites". Long Trail Belgian White is so easy to drink and so tasty you’d think the catch might be its weight. Fortunately, this beer is light on its toes at only 4.7% ABV. The brewery’s website doesn’t list the amount of calories, but I’d guess it’s quite low (probably between 130 and 150 per bottle).

FINAL THOUGHTS

Long Trail Belgian White is so good that it’s extremely versatile. It would work well as a party beverage since its good taste, smooth finish and light weight would appeal to just about anyone. It would also accompany a meal quite well. I honestly can’t imagine not liking such a beer because it’s tasty and easy to drink without being gimmicky.

Grade: 8/10

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