Belgian Wit

The Belgian Wit is a very popular style around the world and has a rich history in Belgium. The style can be traced back at least as far as the 18th Century with historical documents regulating its sale in open air markets. Before the widespread recognition and use of hops, beers were spiced to be able to provide more distinctive characteristics and flavorings other than a straight malt bill. During this time, Belgium could acquire the freshest possible spices due to the strong presence of the Dutch in the spice trade. Unfortunately for Belgian brewers, imported beers were taxed at a minimal rate allowing for an increased presence of lagers after World War I and an eventual semi-extinction of the Belgian Wit style. The style was revived by Belgian brewer Pierre Celis in the town of Hoegaarden, which after gaining popularity was sold to larger brewing giants due to poor insurance management. Celis’ revival recreated the love for this Belgian style.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company’s Belgian Wit spares no expense. The base malt is split between Pilsen malt and pale wheat. The pale wheat has an abundance of proteins that it contributes to the beer, helping to give it the beer its distinctive hazy appearance. The malt bill is further rounded with an abundant addition of 75 lbs of flaked oats, which adds a softer, fuller texture to the body of the beer. Bitter orange peel was added at the whirpool stage and coriander was added to the last 5 minutes of the boil. The Dangerous Man Belgian Wit has an ABV of 6% and IBU rating of 16; this beer is crisp, refreshing, and has the zest that most of us are in dire need of at the moment.

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Dreamy Photo Courtesy of Paige Elizabeth of  Alcohol by Volume.

Photo Courtesy of Paige Elizabeth of Alcohol by Volume.