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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1014   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2007
From a 11.2 oz. bottle, best before date on the back label (2008), on the four pack carton/container is a short history and serving suggestions, sampled in a pint glass. Poured a hazy pale straw yellow with a frothy, rocky white head, good retention, small amount of laced sticking. Mild and sweet nose, coriander, candied orange peel, lemony, earthy and lightly spicy. The carbonation is pretty active, so I was a bit surprised the body isn’t more firm, a tad watery, dryish, softly crisp, tastes of sweet orange and a subtle sour lemon, coriander, a light zippy, spicy, herbal hop, subtle sweet malts that have a dry graininess, gets watery tasting in the finish, but still, a pleasant summer smooth drinkability, nice on a humid July day. I read about this witbier in a couple of Belgian beer guides, one praised it, the other was so-so, I agree with the so-so review, not bad, but there better Belgian witbiers out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Magtek32 (76) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
330ml bottle. Hazy/cloudy pale yellow, almost white, with a thick white head. Aromas of wheat, citrus, banana and coriander. Sweet and wheaty taste with citrus and coriander aswell. Kinda watery, but smooth and refreshing none the less. A typical Belgian wit, nothing new here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
altonbrownd (5290) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2007
On tap at Gruter Cafe, A’dam - sold there as "Gruter’s Speciale Witbier." Traced back through cafe and distributor to correct beer. This is a nice Witbier with citrusy taste, yellow and quite foamy. Sweet, fruit flavours and enjoyable for warm summer nights.
Earlier Rating: 6/12/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle at home. Citrus colour with white head. Spicy, coriander and fruity nose. Hoppy and grassy texture. Citrus, orange and grapes flavour. Bitter lemon finish. Quite nice. Floreffe is a favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 11.2 oz bottle. The bottle reads "Blanche de Bruxelles. I was really excited when I noticed the little gold boy on the label is taking a piss. I love piss. Actually, this belgian wit was different from the ones ive tried in the past. I believe the aroma is yeast and coriander - but i could be wrong. Alot of wheat in the taste. decent beer SECOND TRY: On Draft at monk’s in Philly, labeled as Blanche de Bruxelles. Pours a cloudy yellow with thick white head. The aroma is great - one of the best witbiers ive ever smelled. The taste is nothing special - just very smooth and tasty. Easy to drink - you could throw back these all night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9022) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jimhilt (2544) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6526) - 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.

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