Beer Review: THE BRUERY PROVISIONS SERIES: IMPERIAL WHITE ORCHID

Beer Review: THE BRUERY PROVISIONS SERIES: IMPERIAL WHITE ORCHID

The Bruery takes a shot at reimagining the classic Belgian-style wit with their Provisions Series: Imperial White Orchid. This 9% ABV concoction, a spin-off from the frequently misnamed Orchard White, ditches lavender in favor of orange peel, coriander, and nutmeg, promising an earthy flavor profile. Claiming inspiration from the world’s best wit beers, let’s break down this attempt.

Appearance

The pour reveals a pale gold liquid crowned by a sudsy, soapy white head. Visible carbonation ascends through the body, setting the visual stage for what’s to come.

Aroma

The olfactory experience is marked by a spicy, fruity yeast character, accompanied by notes of clove and fresh herbal hops. A promising start to the sensory journey.

Taste

In the realm of flavor, the Imperial White Orchid presents a combination of clove, spice, pale malt, and candi sugar. A seemingly well-thought-out blend that aims to capture the essence of a Belgian-style wit.

Mouthfeel

However, the experience falters in the realm of mouthfeel. The carbonation levels are notably high, bordering on excessive. While this critique is based on a tap sample, one can’t help but wonder if the bottled version offers a more balanced carbonation profile.

Overall

Concealing its 9% alcohol content admirably, the Imperial White Orchid still falls into the shadow of being just another robust golden offering from The Bruery. Despite the commendable effort to pay homage to wit beer excellence, the brew doesn’t quite stand out in a crowded field. Perhaps a reevaluation of the carbonation levels and a more distinctive flavor profile could elevate this rendition to a level befitting its ambitions.