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I decided to have another beer at the restaurant in NYC. This was from a brewery that I can honestly say that I had absolutely no familiarity with, which given how long I’ve been writing and following a beer blog, is very, very odd. I came to find out that this is a New York brewery (no surprise there) out of Syracuse. They also have a really good-looking menu at their brewpub. I guess if I ever manage to get up to Syracuse, I have to make a stop there. Anyways, let’s see if I enjoyed this one.

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ABV: 5.6%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Belgian style Wit Ale brewed with wheat malt, lemon peel, ginger, and lavender and fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast strain.”

Random: The meow is lounged out on the couch on the remote. Silly cat, you definitely don’t control the remote in this house.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that was slow to dissipate. It left some lacing on the nonic glass. The body was a cloudy, light orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose had serious citrus notes with additions of banana and sage. The sage really threw me for a loop. The taste was very medicinal with sage and a touch of mint. Significant citrus was present as well with a touch of sweetness. After a few sips, I got another weird flavor: lavender. It had a medium thick body, more than the style really needed and moderate carbonation that could have been dialed up. The finish was rather long with lots of the medicinal and herbal notes that were apparent in the taste. This was definitely an interesting beer, but not one that is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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