Here’s your cheat sheet for Wit by Nogne Ø. In case you were wondering, the name Nøgne Ø means “naked island”. Their website tells me that Ibsen used it to wax all poetical about sea rocks. Which is fine, but I’m more interested in the beer to be honest.
Nogne Ø, Wit / Witbier / 4.5% ABV / IBU 15
Featured in main subscriber box on 7 June 2018.
Serve this beer between 4°C and 7°C; stick it in the fridge for a good couple of hours.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
Well, as far as I can tell this should be a fairly classic Belgian-style witbier. That means a smooth and silky body with a fairly full mouthfeel, and perhaps a touch of citrus from the wheat. On top of which, the coriander seed and orange peel add the traditional flavour profile that make this beer such a refreshing option on a hot summer’s evening. (Yeah, I’m taking a risk by writing that in advance.)
Witbiers are great with lots of different food, but especially with lighter seafood dishes. The classic option is steamed mussels. Squid should also work well. If you want to go meaty, then apparently rillettes are a good match.
You can do well with desserts here too. Banana orange crèpes; blood orange sorbet; panna cotta with lemon; white chocolate. All of these options sound delicious. Can I have one of each please?
Finally, cheese can work but think of the lightest cheese you can and then go one lighter. Mascarpone or ricotta. Boursin spread on light crackers.