jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Magtek32 (76) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
altonbrownd (5290) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DuffMan (9022) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[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.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jimhilt (2544) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.