geoduck wrote:According to wikipedia (so we know it's true) it was created by Keith Villa at the Molson-Coors brewers off of Coors Field, originally named the Bellyside Belgian White. That could be the marketing version, but there you go. That was back in 95 so I'm confused as to how you'd be comparing the "original" version with the mass produced version. Also, and really no offense meant, but how much Belgian wit have you had? It's extreme hyperbole to say Blue Moon is to wit as Bud is to porter. It's far less delicate and complex as compared to a true Belgian, but the flavors of the gruit (or, rather, the coriander and orange) are all there. It was sneaky of them to try to pass it of as an actual Belgian beer though.
I may have been thinking of what was the original recipe for Bud Wheat or something and gotten my stories crossed. I've had a shiatload of Belgian wit. I'm a die hard beeradvocate and greatbrewers member and I basically seek out good, rare beer any time, any place that I can. I think my biggest complaint is that I don't think the gruit is done well at all in the Blue Moon - it's too heavy and lacks any sense of nuance and just reeks of shitty American beer brewing. I had a sip of someone's Blue Moon last night and it tasted even worse than I remembered.