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Brewed by John Martin
Style: Witbier
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Previously brewed at DuBocq (Nov 2013)

Blanche Des Moines is brewed on 60% pilsener malt and 40% unmalted wheat. In spite of a close affinity to the Flemish witbiers this is somewhat different. It is brewed with a higher proportion of unmalted wheat which adds even more of the special, wheaty notes that are so characteristic for the style. Naturally the beer has been added coriander and dried orange peel. Furthermore an extract of licorice root has been added. Primary fermentation is with a classical Witbier yeast and the beer is bottle fermented.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Pours a light hazy yellow with lots of fine tiny bubbles and a small white sudsy froth. Strong citrus aroma of lemon-grass and pine with light hints coriander, soft ripe banana and wheat. Tart citric lemon first taste that is quickly quelled by soft wheat. I like the tartness a lot, however, its funny I would have guessed that the wheat was malted as its not gritty tasting. The spices are barely noticeable as the tart/sourness really is the focus. The licorice root and coriander play nicely together but are very faint. Crisp lemon, licorice and a touch of banana in the finish. The licorice and banana flavors really do taste like a juicy pear. Light bodied with light but very sharp carbonation, mine is not nearly as carbonated as others indicate, it is very clean and yea... lemon-soda-like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1206) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
It’s hard to say no to a fancified beer like this, the Blanches des Moines, complete with ornate drop cap. With a lighter wallet and a full glass I dive into the beer with relish. A semi-thick head clambers to the rim of the glass, with larger bubbles exploding into miniaturized versions. The body is very cloudy, looking like a full glass of melted butter. Dry orange rind, clove, juniper and evergreen needles lunge out and grab the nose amidst a wheaty backdrop, commanding the attention of your entire olfactory faculty. The flavor is similarly dry at first, but comes with a surprise burst of sweetness right before the aftertaste. Bright and crisp, the Blanche Des Moines delivers a lemon and wheat sparkle, before hitting the drinker with the concluding sweet banana esters. Served fresh and cold, this is a wonderful beer for the Spring season.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10716) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
750 mL bottle purchased at Coaltrain Wine and Liquor. Pours hazy yellow with an average, frothy, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw), average hops (flowers, lemon), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of pear, coriander, and ginger. Light bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
750ml bottle. This wit bier poured with a thick white head, eliciting a spicy aroma. The mouth feel is highly carbonated and the flavor is fruity and spicy with a malty tinge.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2008
750, corked and caged. Pours hazy yellow with a lacy white head. Aroma of corriander, lemon. Cotton candy and fruit taste. Light-ish body with medium carbonation. Spicy, but otherwise kinda nothin’ finish. I’m not getting any indication of the extract of licorice root.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5085) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 27, 2008
This numbered 2814 corked and caged bottled brew from Indianapolis, IN pored a glass of all foam. The head was made up of finely sized white colored mostly diminishing bubbles. Once it died down, it it left behind a softly carbonated slightly hazy yellow white colored body. The aroma was of mild coriander malts and hops. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish. The flavor was slightly acidic with soft floral hop notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
An average beer would be about the best thing I could say about this one. It didnít really have one particular thing about the beer that stood out, but it was a decent beer all the way around. An aroma of oranges, herbaceous and hay. Very light in the mouthfeel with an overabundance of carbonation (what is is with Belgianís and carbonation?). Flavors of spiced oranges and wheat. Sublte yeast characteristics make an appearance, as does corriander and lemongrass. Good enough to be refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
This Belgian Wit pours a light yellow gold color from a cork 750ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is wheat, lemon and citrus. A lighter bodied wit. The malts are fruity and wheaty. Lots of lemon, lemon peel and citrus flavors as well as some wheat and spice. Lively carbonation, really lively, fizzy is the word. Itís a little thin tasting as well, probably due to the lower alcohol content. It is light and refreshing at least. Kind of a cross between a wit and a tart raddler, a nice beer for a warm evening. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Poured pale yellow with huge white head that persisted. The nose was citrus fruit and spice, but the flavor was overwhelmingly lemon. Puckering lemon.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle: Bright yellow pour with a slight haze to the body and a vanishing head. Light wheat in the nose, subtle lemon, musty basement and light coriander. Fizzy-seltzer-like body. The flavor seems watered down with restrained lemon notes along with paper and subdued coriander. Watery and lacking character.


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