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Idle Hands Craft Ales Blanche de Grâce

Idle Hands Craft Ales Blanche de Grâce
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Pilsen, Aromatic, Unmalted Wheat, Oats HOPS: Mt Hood, Tradition, Sterling OG: 1.051 TASTING NOTES: A Wit made in the traditional sense with unmalted wheat and spiced with citrus peel and coriander. Fermented with the Idle Hands house yeast in such a way as to add additional fruit complexity without the usual spiciness. This beer is unfiltered and cloudy as a hazy summer afternoon. The light tartness in the finish makes it the perfect beer to quench your thirst after a hard days work.
ABOUT BLANCHE DE GRÂCE: Literally translated to “the white of Grace”, this beer has been a favorite of Grace’s from the time it was first homebrewed several years ago. Over the years, the spicing in the recipe has undergone constant refinement to the point where the spices now serve to compliment the soft, wheaty character of the malt instead of dominate it. As with many of our beers, we prefer to subtly tease you with the spices instead of bashing you over the head with them. We think you’ll find that these flavors add an interesting note that is both quick and refreshing – just as wit should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2014
The beer pours a nice, softly cloudy yellow. It forms a pillowy head of eggshell white bubbles with mediocre retention. In body, the beer lets plenty of light through, but is a cloudy haze that only lets a little bit of the other side of the glass slip through, as is proper for the style. On the nose, the beer smells of tart lemons with a touch of orange peel and slight coriander. Beneath everything is a soft, doughy wheat malt that gives a superb softness to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes very lightly tart with a smooth, bready sweetness, subtle herbal bitterness and a very faint brininess. In flavor, the beer begins as tart lemons with a touch of orange creamsicle and orange peel. That mellows into a citrusy wheat dough. The finish brings soft herbal bitters and a touch of mint, while the aftertaste is nearly neutral, with just a lingering of bitter herbs and citrus. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a pillowy carbonation that snaps lightly over the tongue. Mouthfeel is crisp yet pillowy, which is really quite nice. Overall, this beer is supremely balanced and subtle, making it perfect to quaff, and really quite refreshing. The aftertaste of citrus grows in the mouth as the beer is sipped. Tart lemons linger longer and longer on the tongue, which is lovely and refreshing. This is a superbly easy sipper with a nice amount of flavor, and a great balance. This is a beer to drink on warm days and nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Thin and average wit. Some light coriander and banana type flavors typical of wits but falls short and is quite watery and a little astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
On draft at the brewery, light thin plain Belgian wit, mild flavors and light spices

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Very tasty belgian wheat ale. Well balanced. Smooth finish. Excellent for a summer night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (3016) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Pours a hazy yellow blonde with a couple fingers of fizzy foam. Aromas are typical wit notes of lemon peel, yeasty spice and a touch of herbal stink. On the palate it had great mouthfeel with a pretty well balanced flavor profile. I do get a bit of a herbal muddiness in the mid-palate that cleans up as the yeasty flavors and citrus fill out the finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
A hazed blonde wit with a thin white head. In aroma, a nice fruity and lemony malt with notes of cloves. In mouth, a sweet chalky malt wih bananas and cloves, a bit watery and light. On tap at Somerville Summerfest, July 14, 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 3, 2012
tap at atwoods tavern. pleasant herbal white, white grapes, clove. fresh bread. touch of yeasty cobweb and pear. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5502) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Pours light gold into a tumbler. Bright white head with good retention leaves sheet lacing as it recedes. Sour chardonnay aromas. Sharply carbonated with caramel, mild citrus and spice upfront turning to a lasting earthy bitter finish. Quite bitter with little of the wheatiness expected in a wit...closer to a white IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
damzz (464) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Pours a thick white head that dissipates leaving no lacing. Appearance is hazy as per a Wit. The nose is slightly spicy with hints of orange (citrus) and coriander lasting throughout the glass. Carbonation is average and makes its presence known with each imbibing. The medium body reveals a slight sweetness. The spice enhances the malt and hops not overpowering them. Also, the bitterness is slight as one would expect from a Wit. That this refined edition of a Wit was developed as a homebrew speaks to Chris’ dedication to fine brews. Frankly, he shows this in all his brews. Boston beer lovers need to find their way to Idle Hands Brewery.

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