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