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Witte Noire - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.81%


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

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WalrusJockey on 12-06-2009)
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Reviews by Stinkypuss:
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Witte Noire

LOOK: Pours a dark amber with an off white soapy foam and leaves behind a solid sheet of lace.

SMELL: Chocolates and raisin comes through initially with a waft of alcohol. Belgian yeast and a touch of mineral.

TASTE: Once again powdery chocolate upfront, mild tart and fruity Belgian yeast character. Nutty with big time caramelized malt and molasses flavor. Light peppery spice. A touch of fresh cherry acidity. Fig and plum are also present. Towards the end of the bottle it was like some chocolate syrup candy drink. I like this ale, it has character and ample complexity.

FEEL: Full bodied, smooth, creamy with a chocolate toffee flavor lingering in the finish. This beer is rich.

OVERALL: What do you get when you mix dark roasted malts, wheat, semi wild Belgian yeast and careful crafting? You get this gem. The best way I can describe this beer would be a cross between an authentic German Doppelbock and a rustic Belgian Saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 06:03:56 | More by Stinkypuss
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Scepter

Texas

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Kansas

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Texas

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sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-13-2013 20:30:00 | More by sneaks2210
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this for 5 bucks from the House of 1,000 beers discount shelf. More than likely it's over 2 years old.

A - Ugh it's another rubber cap. This could be good or bad. I believe this is the first time I ever pulled a cork and didn't hear a pop. It just slid out like a slug. At least when I poured it I got a layer of foam that seems to stick around for a bit. Color us is a very dark ruby brown, clear but almost porter like.

S - Smells of mild cherries, some sherry, raisin/plum, and some vinegar apple kind. Not a bad smelling dopplebock.

T - Its pretty good it's a standard approach to a dark wheat beer (dopplebock). Starts of mildly sour with some cherry notes then goes for the raisin and finishes with a sour sort of wheat twang that gives it a mildly dry finish. With a wet cardboard like body it seems this beer did not get better with age.

M - Light to medium it hides the ABV well.

Overall I kind of wish this was a collaboration since the regular versions of these beers tend to be sort of average. I blame it on the rubber cork.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 01:37:22 | More by DrDemento456
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown hazy color with a nice light tan head and some lacing

S-malt, caramel, spices, banana

T-toasted malt, caramel, fruity, hints of spice

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-decent flavor but not all that reminiscent of a witbier

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 02:05:46 | More by MDDMD
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, yeast, and spices. Taste is of toasted malt, slight caramel, fruits, yeast, and spices on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 00:59:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Pennsylvania

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a generic BSDA. A simple, if pleasant flavor dominated by the grape esters. Accentuated by the caramelized sugar notes. Pretty fluffy head. Smooth. Enjoyable, but forgettable. Reminded me a lot of delirium tremens, but with less spiciness, presumably from the lower ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 18:48:54 | More by ccrida
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

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MisterGrizz

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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Bung

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. A very dark brown pour, just a thin layer of light tan head, but it retains pretty well. There was no pop when I got this opened, so I was a little worried.

Aroma, heavy bread and fruitcake. Caramel, a little booze.

Taste, some malt and spice almost more like rye than wheat. Bannana, some molasses and cocoa. There are some other light red fruits, strawberry, cherry, very small orange/citrus as well.

Enough carbonation to keep it lively in the mouth. Solid medium body, not as warming as I expected.

A pretty interesting brew. Definetely more bock like.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:07:35 | More by Bung
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out on the darker side. The head was fluffy and fan in color. The lacing a little light on this brew. The smell of the beer was a little roasted but had lots of soft grainy aromas in there as well. The taste of the beer was a little bit like a hefeweizen to start off and rapidly switched over to a dark roasted dryness. The mouthfeel was soft like more witte beers. Overall I liked it, it was an interesting beer in my opinion. I'd enjoy having it again one day.

Serving type: on-tap

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harrymel

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like it was bottled 01/2011. But it's smudged.

A: pours a dark Graham brown with excellent clarity. Single finger caramel head falls over a few minutes to a sheet of the same. No lace.

S: Green apple, caramel, allspice, brown sugar. Banana yeast. Sweet smells.

T: bitter but sweet and buttery. Cool eggy tones and some alcohol punch. Nice flavors. Some wheat sweetness.

M: thin with moderate carb. Dry finish.

O: okay. Above average.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 15:24:45 | More by harrymel
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a bit surprised to find that this beer only has like 18 reviews so far. I picked this beer up at the Downtown Spec's in Houston. Let's see what only 18 other people know about.

Appearance: Pours a very dark color that looks like it would probably be a dark garnet when held to the light. There was a small cap of light tan foam on top that was about 1/4" at its height, and fell to a solid layer across the top that stay there. There is some solid lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma is really nice, though it is mixed enough to make it hard to pin down. There is a mild wheat and sweetness with a subtle chocolate. I am anxious for this beer to warm up so that I can get more aroma from it.

Taste: The flavor is really balanced toward the sweet with lots of body and chocolate. This beer has a lot going on. Especially with the chocolate notes make this beer come across like some kind of exotic candy or something. The alcohol is well masked and is only come across as warming about half the bottle down. The body is medium with plenty of carbonation so that it goes down smooth and full.

Opinion: I have been really impressed with this beer. Between this one and Dogfish's new one Namaste, I have been really happy with where the witte style is going. I am not a big fan of spicy beers, and the newer versions are depending more on well blended malt and the other characteristics of the beer instead of dumping a bunch of spice and orange peels in there. This is a good beer, and I would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:13:59 | More by SkeeterHawk
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HardTarget

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black glass holds almost a finger of dark tan tight head that drops to a thick collar and laces a bit.

Smell: Wheat, dark malt extract, and a mild peppery note. Smells a lot like a German Weizenbock with the black bread aroma.

Taste: Roasted grain is on the edge of burnt, the black bread taste is pretty strong, alcohol comes through a bit. Something just keeps saying "German" to me, having a hard time describing it.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation is almost painful to hold, soaks the chops a bit and leaves a coat.

Overall: Saw this was listed as a Witbier, and am disappointed that this has almost nothing Wit about it. Nothing seriously wrong with the beer beyond a misleading label.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:47:27 | More by HardTarget
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Spineypanda

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber, with a good but somewhat rocky head.
Smells of alcohol to me, just really bites the nose.
Taste is interesting, has a good amount of almost mocha and raisins. The alcohol bite is there in the taste too... not sure if maybe I got a bad bottle? Either way it tastes okay.

I probably would not buy this again, but it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:41:25 | More by Spineypanda
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roblowther

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged, poured into a chalice. It's (no surprise here) noire with a thin tan head that quickly leaves the beer looking like a stout in the wrong glass. Smells of cocoa, raisins, and crusty bread. The taste is coffee, bread, and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a vague wheat-ness (it's close enough to a word) about the mouthfeel, which is soft and substantial without being heavy. Drinkability is fantastic for a dark beer like this. The flavor is actually very mellow, not too challenging but not too roasted either. I have no idea what this beer is besides good.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:30:43 | More by roblowther
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL bottle to wine glass, caged synthetic cork reads 'WN0109' after uncorking. $17. Indicated on the bottle as an Amber Wheat Ale, Special Reserve from the Brewmaster's Collection.

A: Witte Noire pours with a 1 and a half finger, medium brown creamy head that is fairly fast to diminish. Lasting film. The body is a very dark shade of amber-brown with transparency only along the edges. Lightly particulate. Good lacing initially, but stickiness is lacking, resulting in a glass scantily clad with erratic strings of lace.

S: Malt head, featuring aromas of grains (wheat) plus light chocolate. Between toasted and roasted. There is a piney/woodsy scent that nearly goes by unnoticed. Pleasant yeast aromas start with leather and ease into dough. Refined nose.

T: Light dark fruit flavors of plum and cherry that are more than likely derived from yeast esters. Maybe a hint of strawberry. At just 7.5% ABV, the alcohol is perhaps a touch too noticeable, which starts at the belly and works its way up.

M: The mouthfeel extends the flavor duration. The wheat component of the grain bill has a profound impact on the mouthfeel. The body is extra full, creamy, and extremely smooth and supple. Effervesence is gentle yet ample enough not to be disappointing, even though I was looking for more crispness at the end, not the astringent finish I experienced.

D: Overall, a very quality brew. But what was intriguing to me at first, ultimately became tiresome towards the end of the bottle. Perfect to share casually among friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 14:35:09 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Witte Noire from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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