Not too long ago, I visited Boca Raton’s new production brewery Barrel of Monks. Now I see them everywhere. That’s a good thing; they make an excellent selection of beers.
It was with some happiness that I fond them while dining at Boca’s other brewery, the long-standing Brewzzi. There I was able to sample one of the Barrel beers I hadn’t been able to at the brewery, White Wizard Wit (Witbier, 5.5% ABV, 14 IBU).
A traditional witbier is a light wheat ale brewed with coriander and orange peel, and this is a fantastic example of what a good witbier should be. They used just a touch of spice and fresh Florida oranges to slightly accentuate what is a light, snappy, and incredibly refreshing beer.
It’s almost Sprite-like on the nose, with a light, effervescent citrusy quality. The hops are very low, almost undetectable, as the spices and wonderful complexity from the Belgian yeast come through more. The beer is also immensely sessionable, with just enough alcohol to be noticeable but not overpowering.
Pretty much everything I’ve had from Barrel of Monks has been nothing short of excellent. I’m a big fan of Belgian beers, so it’s nice to see a prolific and proficient brewery so close making so much so well.
Maybe I should just move to Belgium.
Drink Florida Craft,