Blanche De Grâce - Idle Hands Craft Ales
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4.05/5 rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a nice, softly cloudy yellow. It forms a pillowy head of eggshell white bubbles with mediocre retention. In body, the beer lets plenty of light through, but is a cloudy haze that only lets a little bit of the other side of the glass slip through, as is proper for the style. On the nose, the beer smells of tart lemons with a touch of orange peel and slight coriander. Beneath everything is a soft, doughy wheat malt that gives a superb softness to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes very lightly tart with a smooth, bready sweetness, subtle herbal bitterness and a very faint brininess. In flavor, the beer begins as tart lemons with a touch of orange creamsicle and orange peel. That mellows into a citrusy wheat dough. The finish brings soft herbal bitters and a touch of mint, while the aftertaste is nearly neutral, with just a lingering of bitter herbs and citrus. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a pillowy carbonation that snaps lightly over the tongue. Mouthfeel is crisp yet pillowy, which is really quite nice. Overall, this beer is supremely balanced and subtle, making it perfect to quaff, and really quite refreshing. The aftertaste of citrus grows in the mouth as the beer is sipped. Tart lemons linger longer and longer on the tongue, which is lovely and refreshing. This is a superbly easy sipper with a nice amount of flavor, and a great balance. This is a beer to drink on warm days and nights.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 00:38:37 | More by Maxwell
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bought this a little while back, bottled on 08/03/13, so def should have been drunk in the summer, and I'm a little pissed I let it go this long. I kept bringing it places and hoping to share, but it never got take out. So finally I just deicded to bite the bullet and crack it myself.
Struggle to get the cage off the cork which seems to be twisted about 30 times around and creates it's own spring action. The cork doesn't get much easier but I can eventually work it out and pour a light fizzy airy quickly fading head that hits about 1.5 fingers before cowardly collapsing on itself with its tail between its legs, eventually settling on pretty much nothing except some small bubble remnants like someone just dove into a pool, with a brilliantly clear slight golden tan colored beer with light specs of sediment floating around inside.
Nose is stronger than I expected for a witbier, lots of citrus right out, a tangy lemony aroma with a little sour fruit tang and perhaps a hint of funk, almost farmhouse saison like funk or perhaps a hint of Brett infection, with plenty of wheat aromas, a little creamy wheat too, with mild grainy notes, as well as hints of wit spices, a nice coriander aroma.
Taste brings a big creamy milky but tangy like flavor, possibly infection unfortunately, no wild funk but a nice saison like farmhouse flavor, and possibly a touch of lactobacillus. A nice bready doughy malt base with plenty of wheat and creamy flavors, a little toasted cracked wheat but not a lot of any of those flavors. Big coriander flavor there too, then into mild orange peel and citrus, rind bitterness, and a hint of an acidic bite. Lots of carbonation tends to get in the way too as it's distracting and pops off the tongue so much it creates a little tingle. Finish is sticky but dry, bit more creamy tangy notes, nice orange peel, some wheat toasty flavors and little bitterness lingering.
Mouth is med to lighter bod, tons of carbonation, way too much in fact, a little creamy wheat and some light lacto creamy and tangy notes.
Overall, not quite what I hoped for. I know this is way past its prime but there is a possible hint of infection, but either way too weird creamy and tangy. There is a bit of saison farmhouse funk like, either from faint infection or purposely used a bit of a saison yeast that is actually pretty nice, not too overly wheat or spiced either which is nice, just the right amount of a nice coriander and orange peel.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 00:32:42 | More by jlindros
3.98/5 rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
$6.50 for 17 oz. at Atwoods, Somerville MA.
That's right, 17 ounces. One more than a pint. I have finally beat the Cambridge/Somerville beer bar small pour racket. One ounce, one man, one destiny.
Opaque yellow with a fair white tuft. Retention isn't the greatest and the foam isn't the stickiest but BDG does alright for itself. Served in an Idle Hands tulip.
Pale malt, lemon aroma with a mild wheat sour tang and overall oaty farm-iness. Tastes like it smells, at times going from sugared lemon rind sweet to dry hay. Very balanced between the sweet and farm. Mildly spiced. Thick body for a wit.
This is my second Idle Hands (I didn't investigate them earlier because I think their logo is ugly. Neat but aesthetically unappealing) and I love their yeast and restraint. Good stuff.
Serving type: on-tap
07-26-2013 12:15:27 | More by donkeyrunner
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured on tap at Atwoods in Somerville.
Appearance: Soapy, murky golden with medium lacing. Not the most beautiful beer.
Smell: cinnamon, lemon, yeasty goodness. Belgian.
Taste: yeast, followed by lemon, and a slightly bitter back. Reasonably long finish that seems to get progressively more bitter as it sits in your throat. It's not a bitter beer, it's just a description of how it evolves in your pallet.
Overall: I enjoyed this beer. It's light and refreshing. A good end to the work week.
Serving type: on-tap
07-07-2012 00:50:39 | More by mellocello2003
Blanche De Grâce from Idle Hands Craft Ales
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