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Brewed by Brasserie Lefebvre
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Also sold as Blanche de Quenast in Dia/Ed supermarkets, as Floreffe Wit for Floreffe Abbey, as Mediterranea for the Italian market, as Blanche de Francorchamps, as t Geheim van de Smit, as Manneken Pis, and as L’Alsacienne Blanche de l’Eté.
Ingredients: Malted barley; wheat (40%); coriander; bitter orange peel; sugar; hops; yeast.
Blanche de Bruxelles owes its natural cloudiness to the large percentage (40 %) of wheat that goes into its composition. The natural spice aromas of coriander and bitter orange peels are added during the brewing process. The brewing method, which includes infusion, is very slow. The beer, which is not filtered, is bottled and refermented with yeast and brewing sugar. You need only take a sip of this delicious drink to appreciate the fresh and mellow flavour with its hint of orange. It is really not like any other beer. Always served chiled, between 3°C and 6°C.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7513) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle. "Blanche de Bruxelles" label. It’s hard to get excited about a beer that has a picture of a dude taking a piss on the label. Pours a murky straw yellow with a towering head of fine bubbles. Very fresh aroma of oranges (bergamot?) and coriander. Lightly yeasty, perfumey, with citrus and coriander as the chief flavour notes. Refreshing and excellent, especially when it is 30 degrees in Calgary!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2007
[bottle, "blanche de bruxelles"] Clean, wheat, citrus and sugar aroma. Pale yellow color; very hazy. Citrus aroma, with lemon and a dry wheat flavor. Fizzy carbonation, almost harsh.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Pours hazy gold with a two-finger white head. Tons of coriander in the aroma, with wheat and some citrus. The combination is not unlike pickled stale bread doused in lemon juice. Kind of a down-home good-bad smell, which apparently hit me at the right time of night; I, for some reason, like it. But the flavor’s another story. A small bit of wheat, a seed or two coriander, and an ingot of some astringent metal, melted and stirred. Fortunately, the entire thing steals away at some point in the middle of the sip, leaving an oddly refreshing emptiness on the palate. The wheat, however, sticks in the throat and there stays, continuing to age and sour as the night wears on.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Pours pale amber with a thin, fizzy head. Nose is sour with mild fruitiness. Flavor is dry citrus up front with a slightly astringent quality but disappears from the tongue rapidly. Body is way too thin. Clean finish.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jimhilt (2451) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2007
From my notes 6/5/2007 pours two-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light cloudy amber color. Sour citric nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is sourish wheat, not what I was expecting. 330ml bottle for €2.50 ($3.43) from Manneken Pis souvenir shop Brussels, Belgium.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle (Blanche de Bruxelles) and served in my Hoegaarden tumbler: Pours the expected hazy "white" golden hue with a lasting fizzy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of coriander, orange peel, rose hips, wheat and yeasty esters. The flavor approaches the "witbier for dummies" level, watered down and lacks the sharpness that makes the genre such a summer favorite due to the mouth watering refreshment found the best examples. The mouth feel is missing on all cylinders, watery and has a metallic aftertaste. Arggh, hoped for so much more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma of spices, citrus, and slight fruit. The flavor is citrusy, spices, and lemony. Nothing great, but drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6500) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Draft at Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse. Pours cloudy bright yellow with dense, fizzy white head. Big tart lemon and orange nose. A little bit of sweat there, too. Body’s on the high side of medium with very forward fizz. Lots of sharply defined flavors: lemon, orange, grass, wheat. Vanishing finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2489) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Draft. Very tart/sour. Not hyper-carbonated for a witte. Not that memorable either.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (4525) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Plain white with subtle sour taste. Sits flat in glass. Not my favorite white, but, then again, I’m not as big on the white as I am on other light styles.


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