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Beer Review: Clown Shoes, Clementine

May 17, 2012

Ding Points: 70.00

Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00

Tasting Notes:

Beer looks like a glass of orange juice with a head (the picture below doesn’t quite do it justice)! Head that lacks much retention or lace.

Enormous orange whiff meets the nostrils when the cap is taken off but this fades quite quickly.

Clown Shoes, Clementine

Clown Shoes, Clementine

The nose reverts back to a more traditional wit after the initial citrus orange burst.

Tastes have quite a lot of soapy bitterness. A little coriander but this is relatively light on the spices for the style. Orange bitterness amongst what little spice there is. Somewhat strangely, much like Tramp Stamp by the same brewer, this beer has a tangerine hop elements that overwhelms much else. In the case of Tramp Stamp it was the Belgian yeast and candy that took a back seat, here it’s the spices typically associated with a Wit. Both this beer and Tramp Stamp seem to be suffering from an overdose of citrus bitterness that causes otherwise ‘should be prominent’ features, to drop off into the background.

Like Tramp Stamp I can honestly say that I don’t particularly dislike it, nor does it taste unpleasant, but it does seems to lack balance and both seem to be hopped out of their style and have an citrus hop component which is stronger than it should be.

Nice and spritzy in the mouth. Back end has more of that soapy tastes – not unpleasant.

Other: 12 oz single, Total Wine, Kennesaw, GA, USA. 6.0% ABV. Witbier.


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