Brasserie Dunham – Wit Blanche Belge


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ABV: 5.0% (Bottle)
STYLE: Witbier

I really enjoyed Dunham’s English IPA, so when I saw this in the grocery store I decided to pick it up. Aside from liking their other beer I am also really attracted to the labeling on their bottles. Very simple with the style of beer in big text. And yes, as specified on their website, the pink label is not a misprint.

Notre blanche belge, ou Wit en flamand, est une bière de blé naturellement voilée. Rafraîchissante et légèrement épicée, elle offre des arômes de coriandre et d’écorce d’orange. Et non, ce n’est pas une erreur d’impression, l’étiquette est vraiment rose. Pour vrai.

Appearance:
It pours a hazy yellow straw colour, with a puff of yeast floating like smoke in the middle. It’s a bit clear and not very vibrant though. A one to two finger foamy white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a bit of lacing around the edge of the glass. Hard to see the carbonation bubbles but there are there.

Aroma:
Very floral and spicy. Coriander and citrusy notes like lemon and orange. A bit yeasty and earthy. It has a very pleasant smell.

Taste:
Right away I can taste the spices, mostly clove and coriander. Through the middle the fruity esters hit the tongue with a big of lemon and orange. Body is a bit thin and watery and is missing wheat malts from the taste. Nothing spectacular until the nice zesty hop finish and aftertaste. Mostly Goldings hops in the taste come through for me.

Overall:
This is a bit thin for a witbier and not incredibly complex. However it hits the right notes for me with the hop finish. It’s not a go to and at the price it might be a bit expensive but this would be a great summer session beer. Unfortunately, not as good as Dunham’s English IPA which so far is my favourite from them.


Brasserie Dunham – English IPA


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ABV: 5% (Bottle)
STYLE: English IPA

I’ve had this brought to me a few times during tastings and I’ve really grown fond of it. Dunham IPA is a traditionally brewed English IPA with a nice malt backbone and subtle hops.

Appearance:
Pours hazy orange with a off white head. Very nice 2 finger head but unfortunately it dissipates quickly. Good amount of carbonation as the bubbles just float off the bottom of the glass.

Aroma:

This is a well rounded smell of malts and herbal hops. It’s not bursting with aroma hops but there even is a hint of citrus in there I think.

Taste:

Very bitter in the front and finish with a good balanced malt back bone. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of astringency in the middle. This then bites back with a nice bitter finish and after taste. I also tend to get a bit of a smokey after taste. It’s subtle but it is definitely there.

Overall:

This is a great tasting IPA and it is very drinkable. Nicely balanced as to not crush your taste buds with hops. I could probably easily put down a six pack of this without feeling any kind of fatigue. Not sure where that smokiness comes from or it is just me, but I kind of like it and feel it gives it a bit of a unique taste.

I would definitely go back and have more of this any chance I get.