La Grande Blanche - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
American brewers simply cannot help themselves- the yearning to "imperialize" beer styles is apparently too strong to be ignored. And when they turn to imperialize the witbier style, it always- always- always ends up in a sticky, spicy soupy beer... except for when this Belgian brewery does it.
With a moderate uptick in strength, the finesse ale shows slightly darker hues than its original counterpart. A thick lather builds on the beer and endures the session- revealing the softness of powdered sugar and citrusy spice. Wafts of white pepper, light cumin and balsa balance the wheat sweetness in both aroma and initial taste.
As its richer body layers on the middle palate, its pillow texture keeps the soft malts of light bread, confectioner's sweetness and light grain supported as well as smoothens out the tang of citrus peel, coriander, pepper and slight smoke. Its citrus tilt invites a light vinous note of white wine to permeate its creamy structure.
Yet like the lighter bodied farmhouse wheat ale, this heftier version lifts its creaminess just in time to let its gentle dryness and warmth to finish with refreshment and effortless taste. De Proef pulls off what I had previously thought was impossible- make a good imperial witbier.
08-18-2014 16:42:55 | More by BEERchitect
3.49/5 rDev -9.6%
Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, honey, floral, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, honey, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting honey aspect in both the aroma and flavor.
05-02-2014 03:22:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge pear, apple, grape, herbal, lemon, earth, pepper, wheat, coriander, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of pear, grape, apple, wheat, pepper, herbal, lemon, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian imperial witbier! Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.
09-01-2012 05:24:32 | More by superspak
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
Poured from a 750ml and very cloudy with a large amouth of setament in the bottle. MUST SWIRL! Aroma is of apples and coriander, a lot less sweet then your usual white ale. Light citric taste and ending with a hint of hopiness and sutally starts to fade as it hits all your taste buds. Unique beer but if you are looking for something that is going to blow your socks off, keep looking.
07-06-2011 00:13:08 | More by elginirishpunk
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a pale hazy yellow body with a slow motion carbonation of microbubbles and a cobweb white head that sticks to the glass even after it fades to a thick ring of big bubbles.
S- The clean aroma has a soft lemon yeasty ester to it with a fresh wintergreen quality in the finish that is also very light.
T- The dry woody quality is not really barrel wood with some wheat dough hints to follow and a lemon note to finish. There is a soft spice character that comes through in the finish as the beer opens up. There are also some pear and unripe banana flavors along with a lemon note that come through aswell.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz in the finish.
O- This beer is very light and crisp but only hings of pear and lemon come through making it a bit bland in taste and smell.
06-27-2011 20:44:25 | More by rhoadsrage
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with some bits of sediment with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.
S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with some strong wheat notes.
T - It tasted yeasty and spicy with a good wheat backbone. There was a subtle orange zestiness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It was medium bodied with a dry finish and an alcohol warmth.
O - This is a pretty good witbier. Good flavors and aromas throughout.
05-27-2011 02:22:30 | More by zeff80
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
De Proef Le Grand Blanche
Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
A - Pours a clear but strong golden color with some nice straw yellow hints. There is a thin quarter of a inch head that is white and recedes at a moderate pace but is quite sticky and leaves some nice lacing. (4.0)
S - Aroma starts off with strong cider like hints. Some apple pear and slight lemon zest notes. There is some definite tartness in the aroma. There is some nice wheat notes mixed in with the malty grain notes that give this a nice fresh baked bread background. Slight vinous character is definitely present. (3.5)
T & M - Flavors start off with some fluffy and clean wheat notes mixed in with some slight tart notes. The beer is quite bready and smooth with emphasize on the grain. There is some white wine like character and some nice pear and slight granny smith apple juice in there as well. It is quite dry and clean in its flavor and has some slight boozy sweetness from the higher ABV. There is a nice light body with some slight sweetness and nice crisp and fluffy carbonation. Quite refreshing and delicious. (3.5)(4.0)
D - The beer is delicious and a goo take on the style. (4.0)
02-15-2011 00:53:45 | More by JoEBoBpr
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
750 mL bottle tried 6 Sep 2010. Served in the (512) One snifter.
Medium sized white head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy dark straw color. Smells of coriander, yeast and honey. Starts sweet and toasty. Lots of coriander and honey. Some toasted bread. Becomes a bit yeasty through the middle. Some golden raisins. Lots of honey. Finsh and aftertaste are somewhat sweet with a touch of astringency. Moderate ethanol. Medium creamy body.
A says almost mead like.
01-29-2011 05:53:56 | More by htomsirveaux
La Grande Blanche from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.