Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Dogfish Head Namaste Belgian White Ale
Dogfish Head Namaste, a Belgian-style white ale brewed with coriander, oranges, and lemongrass by beer iconoclast Dogfish Head Brewing, poured a cloudy, pale yellow filled with dull white sediment into the glass with a frothy white head and mild carbonation. The nose carries forward strong notes of wheat and Belgian yeast, but there is a clearly detectable aroma of orange, lemongrass, and white pepper in the background.
Dogfish Head Namaste White Ale opened bright and crisp, with grassy and lemony (but not quite lemongrass) notes spiced by a peppery punch over the slightly dusty, yeasty wheat. As the ale warmed, the coriander and lemongrass came through (but never overwhelming), and a constant yeast funk lingered in the background. Surprisingly, the ale thickened and became almost creamy in mouthfeel.
Dogfish Head Namaste is a distinct twist on the Belgian Wit style, and succeeds in almost every way. For my money, I could have stood a little more lemongrass added to brighten the somewhat dull orange flavor, but that's a small complaint given how enjoyable the ale is overall. Namaste!