Brewmaster Phil's Tasting Notes
Witte is our version of the classic Belgian wit or "white" ale. Witte, which is actually Flemish for white, is brewed with malted and unmalted wheat, orange peel, and coriander - offering a refreshing style that showcases the Belgian talent for brewing full-flavored ales that are also light and balanced. It is pale straw in color, slightly hazy from the yeast, and topped with a huge white, fluffy head.
Witte is pleasantly light on the tongue, balanced between malt and wheat sweetness. Hops and spice with a subtle clove note backed by flavors of lemon and sweet orange give way to a dry, crisp, refreshing finish.
Chef's tasting notes & recipes
A popular Belgian-style beer, Witte is also one of the most commonly used in cooking. It can be compared to a Sauvignon Blanc - light, biscuity, citrus fruit, and a touch of sweetness. Use it to steam mussels, clams, or steamers. Finish with butter and the Witte's mellow flavors work with the natural liquor of the mollusks creating a sauce no bread can resist.
One of Witte's unique abilities is how it accentuates certain flavors. Have it accompany a salad of crab, grapefruit segments and avocado and see how it sweetens the crab, softens the bitterness of the grapefruit, and lends a helping hand to cut through the rich avocado. Keep in mind what you would cook or eat with a Sauvignon Blanc and let the ideas keep coming.