Technically, NAKED NUN is our second BrewView for Adelbert’s Brewery (the first was for their TRIPEL B BAD BOY BREW) but this is the first BrewView for their BREWERY OF THE MONTH spotlight. Brewed to excellence, Naked Nun easily stacks up to the classic Witbiers from Belgium, but with it’s own unique style.
BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION FROM ADELBERT’S BREWERY
Style category: Belgian-Style Witbier
Silver medal by World Beer Champions Awards
Rating: 87 points (Highly Recommended)
THE ALE: This ale has a well-rounded rounded aroma of citrus notes, clove, and apple. It is refreshing and soft, with balanced hints of bitter orange peel and coriander. It finishes dry and clean, making it perfect for pairing with lighter foods such as mussels, salmon, and chicken.
THE STORY: Naked Nun was named to mark the time in Colombia when Del was robbed by bandits while hiking down from Cerro de Monserrate. They took his wallet, watch and every stitch of clothing. After hiding for a while behind some sheep, he finally got the attention of some local nuns, who were nice enough to give him a blanket and bus fare to get back home. Technically, he was the naked one, but Naked Gringo just didn’t have the same ring to it!
OUR BREWVIEW OF ADELBERT’S NAKED NUN
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
5.8% ABV. Poured into a pokal shaped glass, (the brewery suggests to pour it in a wide-mouthed flute shaped glass, but we did not have one available) and served at 45°F. Pours a hazy, medium light straw color. It is bottle conditioned, and of course we poured the yeast sediment into the glass… The head easily poured a 3 finger height (we ensured this was a “Beer Clean” glass). The head color is white, thick, small and large bubbles, and rocky. As the head collapses, it leaves behind dense, even sheeted Brussels lacing in the glass. The meniscus is medium rising.
AROMA / BOUQUET:
Immediately, you get the soft citrus notes- orange peel, coriander, cloves, spicy, peppery. Nice Granny Smith apple bouquet.
Intense citrus notes, orange peel, slight grapefruit, green apple, pepperiness from the coriander. You do get a nice subtle hop grassiness / bitterness. However, this is a citrus forward beer, (more than hoppy) as witbiers usually are. There is also a very light “Poire Williams” taste to it.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
You get that nice citrus tartness and acidity and peppery dryness. The smooth, yet complex effervescence of the beer fills the entire mouth that lingers.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Garrotxa, Bucheron, Ossau Iraty.
Steamed Mussels (Moule en Frite), Baked Salmon, Grilled Chicken.
Blood Orange Sorbet, Banana Orange Crêpes, Panna Cotta with Lemon.
ADELBERT’S NAKED NUN is brewed at World Class level, for sure. This beer should please all Belgian Witbier fans out there, and should please the local Belgians living in Austin. What’s nice, is Adelbert’s made this a bit more peppery than many Belgian witbiers- just enough of their American creativity and unique mark on a classic beer style.
Very refreshing, it’s great all year round, excellent for the Summer months! We picked this up at our local Liquor Barn in Redding, California, and we can’t wait to BrewView the other 5 Adelbert’s beers. What a great beer to kick off August 2014’s BREWERY OF THE MONTH! Another terrific value for the price. Top notch, seek this one out… we highly recommend it!