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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Day 10 Drink: Witte Noire Imperial Amber Wheat Ale

Belgian brewer Dirk Naudts founded the De Proefbrouwerij in 1996. The relatively new and small craft brewery uses a 9-barrel brewhouse and twists traditional recipes. Witte Noire Imperial Amber Wheat Ale was created by SBS Imports President Alan Shapiro and Naudts as a companion to De Proef's La Grande Blanche Imperial White Ale.

Witte Noire is a rich brown ale that has a thick tan head. The wheat used in the brew softens the flavor profile, while there is a good level of caramelized malt sweetness and some lingering spice notes. Smooth, yet flavorful, the ale would go nicely with a smoked turkey or roasted pork loin.

The 7.5% alcohol by volume beer retails for around $10 per 750 milliliter bottle.

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