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Beer #18 – January 18, 2010: Black Orchard

January 18, 2010

Beer: Black Orchard

Brewery: The Bruery, Placentia, California

Style: “Black Wit” (a one-of-a-kind)

Serving Type: 750 ml bottle

Price: $8

Availability: One-time release – no longer available, but some bottles are still out there

Glassware: Wine glass (the label suggests this, or a tulip glass)

Strength: 5.7% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Highly carbonated, making this a rather “light” dark beer.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a deep walnut, almost black, with a fizzy and foamy cream-colored head, with an audible fizzzzzzz…

Aroma: Slightly musty, yeasty, coffee

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, thin but very bubbly.

Taste: Initial yeasty flavor, wool blanket, quickly goes into a middle of raw sugar, black coffee, slightly roasted, with a hint of orange.  A sweet caramel and snappy peppercorn finish.

Pairing: Such an interesting, different and undefinable style that I’m a little up in the air on this one.  However, I can imagine it would be a great warm weather barbeque beer, fizzy and light to be refreshing in the heat, with roasted notes that would pair nicely with grilled meat.

Trivia: As a homebrewer myself, I appreciate brewers who dare to go beyond the bounds of traditional styles to invent something entirely new.  A traditional Witbier is light in colored, brewed with wheat malt, spiced with orange peel and coriander, effervescent, and is left unfiltered to allow the taste of the yeast to come through.  Black Orchard is dark, roasted, but still effervescent and yeasty.  It has the roasted coffee flavors of a porter or schwarzbier, but the lightness of a witbier.  It is truly a one-of-a-kind, and unfortunately is no longer brewed, otherwise, maybe it might just have caught on.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 18, 2010 11:25 pm

    Why you have to copy what I am doing dude? Haha just kidding… I like your site set-up a lot! I wish I could get my hands on a bottle of this but pretty hard to find here on the east coast 😦


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