I’m going to start making my way through the Clown Shoes beers as they tend to make quality “big” beers. Decided to start with their White Ale (witbier) which unfortunately is not their best effort. Of course it may be that we have one of the best witbiers available right here in Maine with Allagash White that sours my review of this beer. The beer pours a pale orange with a towering frothy head. Citrus, coriander aromas abound and taste is about the same. These are the characteristics of a good witbier however there one is a bit off for some reason. Easy to drink at 5.9% ABV and certainly enjoyable but not up to the standards set by Allagash White. If you have the choice choose White.
Pros: Appearance, aroma
Cons: Something off with the taste
Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Clown Shoes
Brewers Description: Clementine is Clown Shoes Beer’s Belgian style White Ale. Light-bodied and crisp, this is a terrific White Ale with plenty of zest! Hazy in appearance and healthily carbonated, it utilizes Chambly yeast to energetically shape its wheat malt base. Incorporated in the brewing process is Clementine, sweet orange peel, a hint of Coriander, and Summit hops.
At a sly, easy-drinking 5.9%, Clementine is dynamic and flavorful enough to satisfy discerning craft beer palates, yet light enough to count among “sessionable” beers.
Poured high into a pint or traditional pilsner style glass, drinkers can sip away lazy summer afternoons. As for food pairings, it is the perfect compliment to a range of salads and seafoods or light cheeses such as Feta, Monterey and Gruyere.