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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sherwood Forest Brewers - Friar's Belgain Style White Ale

Bio 
I'll admit, I know very little about this brewery other than it's based out of Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Appearance 
This one pours a pale straw color. The appearance is a swirl of crystal clear and cloudy, which I've found isn't at all unusual for the style. Almost no carbonation is visible, but the head was fluffy and white.

Aroma 
The aroma is light and yeasty, like fresh, buttery bread. Coriander is prominent, followed by a mild spiciness. The second bottle was a bit more floral than buttery, giving it a somewhat soapy scent.

Taste & Feel 
Much like the aroma, the flavor is light and bready up front. All of the tastes are mild, with citrus and coriander being the key players. It has a lightly citrusy hops finish, with a lingering herb essence.

This beer has a very light body, and slippery smoothness. Only a whisper of carbonation is evident in the mouthfeel.

Verdict
I was a bit hesitant to give this one a try, because I had another beer by the same brewery awhile back, and found that one to be absolutely awful. Having only a casual appreciation for witbiers, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this one was much better. 

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