that I’m living in Florida, I have a feeling I’m going to be drinking a
lot of witbiers since it’s a style that pairs well with this climate.
So first up is “Trapeze Monk” by Big Top Brewing out of Sarasota. It’s
definitely true to the style for the most part, though it’s a little
sweeter and almost soda-like in its presentation.
I poured a 12oz can into a red wine glass. There was no freshness date
and it cost $2.49 ($0.21 per ounce). Thanks to Mike for this can!
Appearance: Clear, glowing, flame-like hue of light orange/gold.
Effervescence is always visible. Pours to a thumb-width, white, soapy
head which evaporates quickly and completely.
Smell: Strong coriander and orangepeel aroma. Some banana and other classic esters. Almost flowery or perfumey.
Taste: I like beers that are sweet, as long as it’s appropriate for the
style. Witbiers tend to be sweet and spicy, though this brew seems
especially sweet for the style. It’s almost like an orange-flavored
soda. From start to finish there’s a strong orange presence; though it’s
probably from orangepeel added to the brew and possibly from the use of
hops; it does seem a little faux. The coriander imparts light spice
towards the middle and on the backend. Actual hop bitterness is fairly
low. Overall, it’s plenty tasty and fun to drink.
Drinkability: If this beer tastes like a soda, it also drinks as such.
The body is thin and spastic in its effervescence. Carbonation actually
gets stuck in my throat. Not that it’s a challenge to drink, but it’s
not as smooth as I’d prefer. Big Top Trapeze Monk is only 5.1% ABV which
is relatively light, and has the palette for it. Refreshing while in
the mouth with a clean aftertaste, which makes this tempting to session
in the Florida heat.