A tasty little witbier that was developed in 1993 as a joint venture between two brewing families. It is brewed at the Sint-Jozef Brewery in Opitter, and marketed in partnership with the Martens Brewery of nearby Bocholt; in the province of Limburg in the northeast corner of Belgium.
It is a nod to the history of the style, with the spicing being coriander and lemon zest (as opposed to the more common curacao orange now).
The style was very popular, and has its origin dating back to the mid-15th century. But with the introduction of pilsners in the mid 20th Century, this style all but disappeared.
The style was revived in 1966, thanks to Pierre Celis and his Hoegaarden beer. Now it is a staple of the Belgian beer culture.
It is a pale yellow colour, with wheat strong in the nose and flavour. The obligatory coriander and lemon zest are also present, with a smooth mouthfeel and dry finish. Well balanced, and refreshing.