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


on tap


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5806) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2006 I’m going to go against the grain on this beer. I thought it was very good and comparable to St. Bernardus. Aroma has coriander and other spices, citrus, and sweet wheat. Flavor is sour; more coriander, grapefruit, and some sugar. Considerable spice in this beer; more than many wit beers. Cloudy gold appearance with a thick white head. Medium palate. Tasted at Cellars; Roseville, MN.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
750 ml. bottle. Aroma of wheat, light lemon citrus, coriander, and banana? Hazy lemon gold color with a white head that was substantial, and left light lacing. Thinnish body, and a moderate, very creamy, carbonation. The flavor is mild, non-acidic citrus, with wheat, light stone fruit, and overall quite a light anise tone. The finish is that very light anise, stone fruit and banana. It really is quite mild, refreshing, and unlike anything else I’ve ever tried. Unique. It is standard fare, but such fare as is rarely encountered. One heck of a nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle: Pale straw, cloudy, lively carbonation, moderate to large fluffy white head, sticky lacing.   Spicy nose, seems tart, orange peel and coriander.   Well balanced spices and sweetness on the tongue.   Spritzy, full bodied, long lasting flavor.   Finishes a bit bready, especially if you get the bottom of the bottle.   Solid example of the style.   Clean.   This one worked for me.   Thanks for sharing mattbob.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1473) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Hazy yellow, white head, coriander and citrus nose, flavor is spicy, coriander and more citrus, as well as some yeast. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5533) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Pours bright yellow into a tumbler. Bright white micro head quickly recedes to skim surface. Coriander and citrus peel aromas. Crisp and slightly salty with a dry lemon yeast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Friday, November 17, 2006 Employee Tasting Notes (Belmont Station)--This beer is one being considered by local distributors, and it was quite qualpable. At 4.5% ABV it offers a mildly spiced, light and crisp flavor with faint lemon notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4947) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 27, 2009
From a 750 ml corked and caged bottle this poured a cloudy lemonade color with a very large and long lasting head and good lacing rings as it settled. The nose is pine, citrus,and coriander. Somewhat fizzy mouthfeel. The flavor shows a lot of fruit and the finish is light.

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