Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Southampton Double White

You’ve probably heard of "Double IPAs" but now a new niche style seems to be emerging - the "Double Witbier" which I’m all for because I find regular witbiers to be a little too mild. But if you’re going to "double" a witbier the outcome should be a little more impressive than a standard good beer, and that’s what Southamptoon Double White is - a good witbier with a little more to it, but nothing amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (712) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: White gold color, but opaque with haziness. Forms a small, white, soapy head which leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Orange and lemon pith but not "citrusy" per se. A touch of spice.

Taste: Mild fruit flavors up front. Since it’s brewed with orange lemon peel it’s not surprising it has a citrusy flavor to it, sans tartness and acidity. Little to no bitterness through the middle, but a touch of coriander spice. The finish is the best part with a remarkably sweet, almost candy-like taste of orange and lemon. It’s basically the same palate you’d get in any other brew of the style, just a bit more energy to it. Perhaps my bottle was old (and I wouldn’t doubt it), but it’s all I have to go by. At least there’s no dryness whatsoever, in fact it’s quite refreshing considering the style and bigger body than most. Tasty to be sure, but nothing in the ballpark of amazing.

Drinkability: Most witbiers brewed in the traditionally Belgian style tend to be low in weight and alcohol. Southamptoon Double White is a bit bigger at 6.6% ABV, but it’s just as easy to drink as the smaller beers. The body is thin, wet, and surprisingly tepid. There’s an almost watery texture to the body as well, but I wouldn’t describe it as weak - just maybe a little too mild for its own good. I don’t think any drinker of any experience level will have any trouble with this brew whatsoever.
 Grade: 7/10