Cigar City Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale

Total Score: 7.8/10 Orange1 Clove1 Coriander1 Chalice1

My first ever chance to sample a Cigar City brew and would you know it – they ran out of their mother%&#king Stouts! I was disappointed by this fact (dear reader you know me as somewhat of a Stout aficionado). My bitter tears would soon be soaked by the dry and tasty Florida Cracker.

Poured from tap into 100ml sample cup at the Sip & Savour event in Sydney.

A: Cloudy pale straw body with a thin white lace on top. This really could have come from the Sixpoint Meatball Wheat Ale tap and I would have been none the wiser. 8/10.

S: Ok, it’s not Meatball then: Bold orange peel forward notes lead to a light toasted biscuit base with a hint of clove and earthy hops in the finish. It’s Hoegaarden and then some… it’s never a bad thing to be compared to the original Witbier if you are a Witbier. 8/10.

T: Yes, that big orange peel character shouts “Floriiiida!” before continuing to a mid-palate dry bread base, then following this are clove/coriander notes and a long dry Saison-like finish. It’s even more-moreish than Sixpoint’s Meatball (sorry Sixpoint!). 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation. This is the low point of the brew, could have used a more creamy texture, nonetheless it is still decent. 6/10.

D: This is the boldest Witbier I’ve had in a long time, the orange is prominent but well balanced with the clove/coriander notes and the long dry finish really makes it a constant sipper… in fact the sampler was gone before I finished my notes! Still it is bitter consolation for me as I was really, really, really looking forward to trying one of their famous/much lauded Stouts. 8/10.

Food match: Those pulled pork sandwiches I salivated over at the event… mmm, pulled pork.

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