Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Long Trail Brewmaster Series Double White

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (703) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2012
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright hazy apricot skin orange. Initially forms a large, white, foamy head but it fizzles away rather quickly and leaves only minute lacing.

Smell: Mild nose with a hint of orange sherbet. Virtually no spice.

Taste: I’m not sure what’s the point of taking the Belgian White or witbier style and doubling up on it since there isn’t a lot to be gained. Not that Long Trail Brewmaster Series Double White is a bad beer, far from it, just that it’s nothing particularly special or different from an average witbier except for the fact it has nearly twice the alcohol. Light bitterness up front with a zesty orange peel taste (the label indicates it’s brewed with "bitter orange and coriander"). There’s a brief kick of black peppery-like spice in the middle, but then there’s a stronger, almost syrupy sweetness. A hint of apricot flesh or maybe tangerine. It’s not what I would consider a fruity beer per se, just reminiscent of one.

The aftertaste is quite clean and there’s virtually no alcohol present in the palate except for a very subtle vanilla flavor. Since this is a special, more expensive beer I’d hope for some more impressive flavors and a more complex palate. It’s essentially the same as Long Trail’s regular Belgian White but just a bit more chutzpah.

Drinkability: I bet you could serve Long Trail Brewmaster Series Double White to someone without telling them it’s 8% ABV and they’d mistake it for a regular witbier. While there’s no overt alcohol presence in the palate, there’s a distinct heaviness to the mouthfeel even though it’s rather thin and crisp. It goes down very smoothly and the light orange flavors make it actually quite refreshing for a beer of its density. I killed an entire 22oz bottle by myself on a hot summer’s night and it really did the trick. Not sure I needed all these extra calories without more taste to show for it, though.

Grade: 7/10

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