I went through this Belgian White stage years ago… if there was a Belgian Wheat beer around, I’d drink it (hold all the crappy fruit though, please). When I saw that this new brewery (or at least one I hadn’t heard of) called Blue Moon was now making a Belgian White Ale that you could buy at any grocery store, I was floored – I must have! Once the six-pack was mine, I had a big ‘ole gulp of this new ale. I swear, I almost spit it out… I know that sounds harsh – but it tasted like soapy water to me. Belgian Whites are supposed to have a coriander and orange peel taste – and this one was way off base, tasting more like lemon Dawn detergent. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting this new beer to taste as stellar as my beloved Hoegaarden, but I really found it not to be drinkable.
Despite not having my patronage, Blue Moon has raged on – so I guess some people out there like it. If you enjoy Blue Moon Belgian White, pick up a real Belgian White like Hoegaarden, and you’ll see why I was so confused with where they were going.
May 2nd, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Have you had the Avery White Rascal? The Wookie, The Alemonger, and I split a six pack of this tasty brew (there was also a Hitachino Nest White Ale, some Duvel, and an Ommegang Hennepin involved) while out with the wives for a sushi dinner. Very good beer! As good, and possibly better than an Allagash White, and it’s even a few dollars cheaper. What’s not to love?
May 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 pm
Never trust a brew that recommends serving it with a slice of orange. If you have to “fruit” the beer to make it drinkable then it is no good.
With that said my wife loves Blue Moon … don’t ask me to explain why.
May 3rd, 2011 at 11:06 pm
I don’t think I’ve tried the White Rascal, although I have heard of it. I may need to pick one up soon. I do love Allagash White though – it’s super delicious! Allagash makes some good beers!
May 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 pm
They most definitely do! The Allagash Tripel and Hugh Malone are outstanding.
May 7th, 2011 at 2:55 pm
Ha, ha. Not a fan of Blue Moon either.:)