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I don't usually geek out about beer here, but the beer blog has disappeared, and I wanted to tell folks about a really good, new beer.

Long Trail Belgian White

I find it really interesting that after so many breweries have marketed a Belgian White – including one of the early entries, Coors’ Blue Moon, and the recent Anheuser-Busch product, Shocktop – that one of the top microbreweries in the U.S. would come forward with their own at this late date and do it so well.

Long Trail Brewing, Co., of Bridgewater Corners, Vt., has just started marketing a “Belgian White,” and it’s right up there with the current standard-bearer, Allagash White.

The beers ours the requisite hazy yellow – but not too hazy or too yellow, and has a thin white head and a light nose. The taste takes longer than you’d expect to develop, but it’s extremely easy to drink, and the spice – coriander that’s ground freshly at the brewery – comes through clearly after several seconds. It also has some of the traditional fruit tastes associated with a wheat beer, including a light flavor of banana, but it clearly establishes its own place among American Belgian Whites against the three previously mentioned beers, as well as Sam Adams White Ale and Saranac Belgian White.

The taste is reminiscent of a custard topped with spices, although those not used to the style might catch it as a little sour. It’s clearly a session beer. You could knock down three or four of these on a summer afternoon, and not realize it. Yet, it’s the kind of beer you savor while you drink it.

It’s equally good on tap and from the bottle, although the coriander is even sharper on tap. It’s been introduced as a Spring seasonal, but I am willing to bet it may well make the regular rotation.

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