Total Score: 5.55/10
The Forager: Sweet mighty forager, picking berries and wild herbs, jumping from vast redwood to redwood, singing to the heavens “I’m a forager and I’m OK, I sleep all night and I forage all day!”… have I used that Monty Python reference yet? No? Good, it’s in now *crosses item off list*. So Stone & Wood have decided to start releasing beers that are made with ingredients that have been foraged locally in Byron Bay – expect forthcoming beers to be brewed with a hint of cannabis and surf board wax then.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Hazed very pale straw, I mean there’s very little in the way of colour on this body – which is standard for a Wit, with a thin white lace ring in the glass. Agitated it for head but it was pretty much a “meh!” from the beer, what came about dissipated fairly quickly… on the plus side I won’t be getting any ‘Belgian dip’ from this Wit. 6/10.
S: Nose is quite dry “and how can one smell dryness?” you might ask, well I just can… it’s drying out my nose as I breathe in… shut up! Notes of orange peel, coriander, spicy yeast and something herbal that sticks out (and no it isn’t cannabis)… trying to wrap my head around it but I can’t quite place it – it’s got to be something random like ‘St. John’s Wort’ or ‘Horehound’… or ‘St. John’s Hore’s Wort’, in any case I’m stumped. 7/10.
T: As far as Wits go this one is a bit on the boring side, yes it has the above flavours: orange peel, coriander, spicy yeast, St. John’s Hore’s Wort. However it is all a bit wishy-washy and reminiscent of Hoegaarden – only a lot more expensive. Apart from that it ticks all the Witbier flavour boxes: Crisp; check! Dry; check! Spicy; check! Orangey; check! But I’m over paying way too much for craft beers that can’t even compete with macro beer flavours. 5/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with medium carbonation. 6/10.
D: Far and away Stone & Wood’s weakest effort of a beer, what happened to those guys – they’ve always been pretty decent, but this beer left an $11 hole in my wallet (ergo my heart) and I don’t know if I’ll ever trust another limited release from them after this… the description of ingredients in the next Forager would have to be pretty damn interesting/bizarre/experimental in any case. S&W WTF?!? 5/10.
Food match: Wit stuff – seafood, chicken, salad, chicken salad, salad chickens, etc.