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La Grande Blanche - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

La Grande BlancheLa Grande Blanche

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very good

61 Ratings

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-22-2007)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Has the American beer culture helped to inspire Belgian brewers to spawn a new style? Imperial White Ale it is--but is bigger better?

Perhaps the most stunning white head we have seen in a while; the beer is a tad foamy, but the active carbonation really does keep the meringue-like head afloat. Good haze in this pale-golden brew. Faint peppery aroma, with hints of citrus peel, husky grain and chalky yeast. Becomes very smooth after some of the carbonation comes out of solution, and the hefty medium malty body certainly flaunts more girth than your typical Witbier. Malty for sure, with a pale malt and faint oat sweetness. Spice balances the sweetness with citrus peel, coriander, light herbal medicinal phenols and a fruity, chalky yeast. Some warmth comes through after a few sips with a lineup of ripe, fruity esters. Finishes a bit sweet.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but since it's so drinkable, you really have to watch the 7.5 percent ABV. Consider this a sipping beer rather than a quaffer of a White Ale. Bacon-wrapped Boursin-cheese-stuffed chicken breast and some lemon-butter asparagus would pair well with this.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 13:57:22 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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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.

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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)

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Proef La Grande Blanche, double white beer.

Cloudy, golden appearance, puffy, snowy-white head, lasts long, leaves lace.

Aroma: gorgeous stuff, floral, perfumey, peppery spice, citrus and orange. Light and lovely.

Taste: slides effortlessly on the palate with a sweet, honey-ish component, plenty of fruit, with light spices in the background. Lean wheat malt, tasty as heck and refreshing to boot. Not too terribly complex, but neither is it supposed to be. Spice character comes through more and more, and the flavor generally beefs up a bit, near the end.

Stronger than a light wheat ale is supposed to be, and it creeps in towards the end of this 12 ounce pour from the tap. Don't know how I'd feel after a bomber of this.
It drinks down way too easy.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an extremely foamy white head, two-fingers high, that takes forever to die. A more malty, sweet aroma than typical for this style as there are also sharp citric and spicy, earthy notes. Smooth, somewhat creamy medium body, heavier than typical wit, with a citric/carbonation sharpness that has orange peel and spicy notes. What really struck me is the sweetness, though, as the caramel malt and fruit flavors like apple and pear (maybe tropical fruits as well could be tasted) give an all around sweetness not known in this style. A good beer to sip on but I'm not sure I'd go for this if looking for a wit. Also, the ABV is hidden but after awhile starts to creep in.

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3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Middle murky honey, near white head, leaves fast to disk. Lots of spotty lace.

S - Coriander and flowers. Some malt in there for good measure.

T - Butterscotch. Maybe in a bad way. Tasty enough, but often that is not a good sign.

M - Light body, medium carb, fair coating, ok balance.

D - Butterscotch too much to session.

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08-20-2010 04:58:49 | More by srandycarter
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap into a tulip at the Map Room...Pours a nice honey lemon with a really nice head, good retention. The aroma and taste are both really nice. Light honey, sweetness, a little citrus, a break from the normal strong yeast. Very tasty and totally crushable at 7.5%, one of the best witbiers out there for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 16:28:28 | More by jrallen34
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat. Mild amounts of lemon rind and a slight breadiness are also present. As the beer warms hints of white pepper waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bright light malt flavors with solid wheat twang kick things off with light hints of breadiness beef things up. Midway through the sip good amounts of lemon and lighter amounts of orange flavors make an appearance. Mild amounts of spices come into play before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this beer was very well done and very refreshing. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of MarenJensen


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The way this beer was served, paired with its taste, seems to be a beer for the girly-girl.

Served in a gold-rimmed De Proef flute (v. pretty) with a matching golden color, with a beautiful and foamy head.

The aroma was overwhelmingly sweet and smelled of honey and concentrated citrus.
Canned juice?

Very smooth and creamy.

The taste suited it's aroma, very honey-like, and was quite interesting, worth a try, but as I was just sampling a friend's, I had a hard time imagining drinking a whole glass of it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 16:05:25 | More by MarenJensen
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La Grande Blanche from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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