This past week has been quite busy, putting together a new website (still in progress at time of typing this review), dealing with four seasons of weather over a week in North Carolina and just the day-to-day living. My wife came with me this time to choose the two beers to review. First on our list was Westbrook Brewing‘s White Thai.
Wow. What a beer! On our pour, the body was a cloudy yellow with a pale head that lingers for a bit due to its Belgian Witbier roots. The aroma as the glass came up was sweet lemon and ginger, very light but quite intriguing. On tasting, a clean and bright citrus flavor hits your tongue, with mild herbal notes and a noticeable ginger bite on the back end. The flavors stayed on the tongue but was not over powering with the lemongrass and ginger. Westbrook did a wonderful job at adding an asian twist to a belgian witbier, and it paired well with foods of similar roots.
Recipe ideas: Possibly use this as part of the base in a lemon tart or to marinate tuna, prior to covering in sesame seeds and searing. Mmmm, seared tuna.
This is the third year that Wicked Weed Brewing has produced this wonderful seasonal. With 220 POUNDS of raspberries and French Broad Chocolate Lounge coco nibs, this was quite the experience.
When looking at this Belgian inspired brew, it had a minimal head on pour from my growler and a nice dark caramel color with a hint of color from the raspberries. Aromatically, you definitely can tell that they did not skimp on the berries as it hits you with both sweet and tart notes.
This beer was also met with mixed reviews by my group of friends, as it is not a “beer tasting” beer. With the tartness of the raspberries followed by a bit of a sour note, not everyone picked up on the dark chocolate bitterness on the back end. We all agreed that the mouthfeel was like thin, syrup and just as sweet.
Yet another that you should not drink straight from the fridge, it does mellow and the flavors become more complex. Comments shared were “I want more chocolate with this” and “I want this with pancakes or crepes!”
Rating was 3.5/5
Recipe ideas: Use as a glaze for fish or in desserts.
Author’s note: It really was delicious with homemade pancakes during a “breakfast for dinner” evening. Yum.