De La Senne Qroontje

Formerly brewed at Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Witbier
Brussels, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Qroontje, brewed on express demand of the largest Flemish Dentists’ association, is a Belgian wit - however, NOT in the ubiquituous Hoegaarden style, but more in the line of Leuvense Peeterman, Neeryssche Dobbel-wit or other historic wheatbeers (wit has to be translated as tarwe, wheat; not as white). The name is a reference to something dentists like to make, as to the peculiar spelling, the label says it all.
55% pilsnermalt, 35% wheat, 7% oats, 3% biscuitmalt, Spalthops. Separate fermentation Saccharomyces and Lactobacillus.

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SkillsFactory (738) - ITALY - MAY 22, 2016
Wadesda #2, 3.8% ABV, 33 cl. best before 20/11/2012, aperta il 22/05/2016, bottiglia vintage da Belgiuminabox, che ha retto abbastanza bene il passare del tempo. Color arancio quasi impenetrabile, schiuma bianca copiosa (troppo) di media persistenza. Aroma di limone, tè, miele, note di ossidazione, erbaceo secco e note pepate. Al palato limone e miele, successivamente si passa al tè, molto marcato, che permane sul finale insieme ad un erbaceo secco molto molto persistente. Molto carbonata, corpo leggero, texture acquosa.

Alengrin (5893) - BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2015
As Wadesda #2, older bottle from Belgiuminabox; now apparently continued as Qroontje, which I haven’t seen anywhere so far. Experimental Belgian specialty grain with very thick, rocky, densely moussy, egg-white head captured after a light amount of gushing; colour is a warm, lightly orangey ’old gold’, clear with very strong sparkling, almost champagne-like, turning more sedate and misty with deposit, as expected. Somewhat unusual but not unpleasant aroma of freshly cut grass, sweet red apple, fresh banana, soap (probably the wheat), apricot, straw, dry cookies, yoghurt, dry earth, gooseberry, sourish grains (oat?) and some onsetting oxidation. Crisp, lively onset with an interesting play of sour (unripe stonefruit), sweet (hints of banana, pineapple and peach) and bitter (firm grassy hop bitterness already manifesting itself in the foreground); prickly carbo but not overdone, supple bready malt base with soapy wheat undertone, bit oily mouthfeel, hop bitterness increasing towards the end and ending bone dry, spicy, tonic water-like and herbal, deeply bittering, lending it a very quenching effect. I do not get much of the Lactobacillus here, are we sure this earlier version is also fermented with bacteria? In any case: interesting, appetizing Belgian blonde for sure, but perhaps not the best in this series. In terms of style, I would hesitate to recommend this as a witbier, considering the amount of hop bitterness, which is totally unexpected for the style. Rather a ’Belgian bitter blonde’ as there are many others nowadays following the example set by XX Bitter in the nineties, but distinguished by the grain bill and fermentation.

Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Thanks to grownfool for this one. This one was...ok, I guess. Smells pepper and piney, taste is more grassy hops and...tobacco? Weird mix of flavors, not sure if it all comes together.

kraddel (9335) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle from Pours clear blonde , huge white head . Smelll is soaly , bit spicy wheat . Taste is bitter , smoky , plastic . Very , very overcarbonated .

Theydon_Bois (21480) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell - thanks to Paul, 15/02/14. AS Wadesda #2. Lightly hazed golden orange with a moderate off white covering that retains well. Nose is tangy citrics, straw, earthy, peach, bitter orange. Taste comprises bitter fruits, orange tang, straw, scorched grass. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lingering bitter notes. Ok stuff - Belgian Wit - really ?

madmitch76 (26413) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
15th February 2014
Scopey 5K Tasting in deepest Croydonia. As Wadesda #2. Cheers Paul. Light haze on this burnished gold beer. Little white head. Palate is light and crispy and dry. Mild minerals. Pretty intense grapefruit bitterness along with an unsweet lactose. Light dry finish and a strong bitter linger. Bitter bastard beer.

maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Cheers to Paul for this shocker. Hazy golden pour with a big white head. Nose is big lemony biscuit, sherbert and quite peachy. Taste is very, VERY bitterwith heavy tangy lemon. Bitterness is just so over the top it comes across as burnt. Not good at all

Leighton (22818) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 Bottle shared at the Scopey 5K tasting - big thanks to Paul for this one. Pours clear, yellow-gold, effervescent with a frothy white head. Sugary dough in the nose with nips of cereal, puke and corn. Light sweet flavor with dry wheat, bitter hay and grains. Light bodied with average carbonation. Bitter, husky grain finish with dirty hay in the mix as well. So so. The bitterness is a bit harsh, though.

Scopey (16273) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle at my 5K tasting. It pours clear light amber with a thick white head. The nose is hay, toast, peppery, biscuit, orange peel and dough. The taste is doughy, hay, spice, toast, decent bitterness, biscuit and citrus peel with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a whole lot going on, but fine anyways.

Martinus (4737) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Slightly hazy golden colour, white head. Aroma of malts, hops, bread and marmelade. Bitter flavour, malts, yeast and orange zest. Bitter finish, malts, hops, bretty citrus peel, hefty carbonation. Nice, also for its age. I quite like De la Senne brews!
(From 33cL bottle (as Qrootje) @ the pre-RBBWG get-together at Tim’s place. Shared by Tim, thanks!!)

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