Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Marble Brewery Double White Ale review

Marble Brewery Double White AleSouth of the Colorado border calls with this offering from Marble Brewery of Albuquerque, NM. This time it's a bomber sized bottle and a bigger beer to go with it - Marble Brewery Double White Ale. It's billed as a Belgian Wit only with a bit more kick to it.

I spied a few bombers at my local store and Marble Brewery seemed to have a prominent location in the bomber section so I couldn't resist this brew, particularly when it was a hot summer afternoon.

The label describes Marble Brewery's Double White Ale as follows: "This Belgian-style pale wheat ale is fragrant, dry and a touch tart. We brew it with coriander and orange and lemon peel to give it a distinct and delicious flavor."

Marble's Double White Ale weighs in at a respectable 7.0% ABV and comes in a 22oz bomber bottle in its distribution here in Colorado. This seemed to be a nice treat for a long summer's work day and I opened it up once it cooled down outside for a bit.

Appearance: Marble's Double White Ale poured a very light yellow in color. As you can see from the picture, under the light it seemed to glow and it came with a brilliant white foamy head that stuck around for a while. The brew itself was a bit cloudy as most wheat beers tend to be, but I found as the beer warmed a little the cloudiness went away and left this brew with a high amount of clarity and an above average amount of carbonation. Swirling the beer left a nice sticky white lacing along the edge of the tulip glass.

Aroma: Wheat beers and Belgian-style beers seem to have their own unique classic aromas. And when the two are used together in one beer then you have a nice battle of the senses going on. I could pick up a bread-like wheat malt in the nose as well as a subdued banana-like yeast aroma in the classic Belgian style. The coriander and citrus peels used in this brew gave this beer a more summer-like tone. I could even pick out some spicy and lemon grass-like hits in the air as well. Somewhat funky and earthy with a citrus twist.

Taste: Now here was a nice blend of flavors. The yeast and the wheat seemed to mix very well and gave a hint of tart with some citrus with a dry, semi-sweet yet mildly bitter finish. This beer seemed to go down easy and the higher alcohol in this recipe wasn't immediately noticeable. The beer seemed a bit lighter in body than some wheat beers for the alcohol level, yet was very enjoyable. I liked the fact that the coriander and citrus peel wasn't over done here. Just a nice nudge to let you know it was there, but didn't go any further.

Overall: For a wheat beer, it had just enough flavor and spice to be almost a sessionable brew. I couldn't tell that it was a higher ABV beer. The body could have been beefed up just a bit, but other than that I wouldn't change much else. This was just the thing for relaxing with after a long work day. Savor this one a bit more slowly than most because the ABV will eventually catch up to you.

While this wasn't my favorite Marble beer, I'd still definitely have this one again as a nice selection when I'm in the mood for a Wit or a Belgian-style lighter ale. I could easily finish this entire bomber though. Overall, a bit above average, but not one of the very best. What would you say about this beer?

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer.

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