Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Witbier
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Belgian Imperial White Ale

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Hazy "dirty" dark golden liquid with a smaller off-white head. Nearly sickeningly sweet scents of raisins, candi, and rotting pears. There is a little more depth in the aroma, but I don’t care to look for it anymore. Sweet flavors all over the place in the flavor as well. Start has some melon and citrus. Quite bitter in the finish and really dry and bitter with an iron twist in the linger. I’m only a few ounces in and this is close to being one of less than a dozen actual drain pours. I make one more pour and will try and slog my way through this. Actually the it seems to "mellow" a tough as it warms. Still syrupy sweet, but some of the volatiles seem to be driven away. This is, at best, a poor strong golden, and certainly no Grand Wit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pleasant enough. Not as hazy looking as a lot of witbiers. Big white head. Honey banana and spice in the aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity with just a hint of citrus at the finish. Sweeter than most any witbier you’ll find.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 27, 2008
From a very hazy dark gold body with a huge bright white head. The aroma is light clove with some plantains. There is also an artificial peach smell, like peach flavored Jolly Ranchers. The taste is rich with peaches and some light clove. There is also some pecan. Too sweet in the finish, there is also a strange canned passion fruit finish that hits me the wrong way. This is pretty bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a hazy amber with a rocky white head. Smells of ginger, coriander, wheat. Tastes of citrus, coriander, dough. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
750 split two ways. Hazy golden in color with a big off white head that retains well. Aroma of spices- coriander and citrus, light banana, honey sweetness, bready yeast. Taste is citrus and spices, initially sweet with honey, light banana, finishes dry. decent, I think I like the Southampton more though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3803) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2008
750ml bottle-Has an orangish appearance unlike most other Wits and has a head of ice cream and soda mixed. Aroma of banana, wheat, and yeast. Taste of coriander, banana, wheat, yeast, and a little citrus. This light bodied brew has a dry sweet finish. Not what I was expecting from an Imperial White but still very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (5536) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 28, 2008
A nice spicy aroma, a little surprising in that there isn’t much wheatiness in the aroma. Flavor is definitely wheaty up front but with a fair amount of dryness. Interesting, okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JUN 19, 2008
hazy yellow orange pour with huge fluffy white head, the aroma is very yeasty with a hint of orange citrus and lemon, tasty brew and very refreshing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1428) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2008
This was the first in a series of beers for my second and most recent outing to Denver’s premier watering hole, Falling Rock Tavern. I chose the DeProef La Grande Blanche as a starting brew solely on it’s name, hoping a Blanche, or white-ish beer might be a good starter. Indeed, this beer is on the delicate side, a femme brew, leaving murkier favors for later in the drinking session. The Grande Blanche’s color is maybe less grand than Grande, but it is still a clear, white grape juice color, maybe like a white wine. The head is a mottled aspen white with a firm lacing. Despite this well webbed top, the aroma comes punching through, pleasant and dense. The smell of sweet white grapes, almost hoary in its refreshing coolness approaches a sugar content near high fructose corn syrup with a taming grain touch. The smell, if dense, is still challenging to read; I find myself struggling to jot any other flavors down besides "sweet and lightly grainy." The taste is comparatively muted, or rather, normal. A light dripping of honey, well weighted palate and refreshing character make this a simple taste, but a pleasant one. Perhaps the Grande Blanche would make a better accompaniment to food than as company to nothing, as the simplified flavors are strong enough to pair with fairer dishes. The second tasting of this beer, which came many months after the first, introduced a much more bitter beer, with a sneaking sourness and a slight touch of sour cherries in the aroma. Otherwise, it is as simple and nice as it was the first time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2008 In short: A superior thick nourishing witbier
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed a week after purchased.
The look: Cloudy yellow body with a medium white head
In long: Body is very pleasant, full, fluffy, very yeasty. Very bready, one of the most bready beer I’ve had. Light phenols notes. Usual lemon notes but also fresh bananas and some orange peels. Tartness level is below average for the style. This is more a nourishing wheaty beer than a light refreshing lemonade witbier. If you thought that all witbiers were light thin lemony you were wrong because this is The Proef.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 11 12

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50