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Witte Noire - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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85
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WalrusJockey on 12-06-2009)
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Reviews by roblowther:
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roblowther

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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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seedyone

New York

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

08/11/11 Company claims: Imperial Amber Wheat Ale Deep amber/chestnut color with an off-white head. Roasty & chocolaty aromas with a hint of spice. Lightly roasty notes on a soft palate. Wheat lightens the body and clove-like spice notes are present on the finish. Exellent with smoked foods.

As for me, I found it to be like a black and tan with a porter and a wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2014 18:28:14 | More by seedyone
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a very strange beer indeed, dubbed an imperial amber wheat, there is nothing amber about it. its a chocolate milk colored brew, with a ton of yeast in suspension and an average khaki head. its got notes of holiday spices, fresh baked breakfast rolls, chocolate cereal, and belgian fruity yeast. its complex as anything, but i never really get amber from it. its way darker and richer from the outset, and surprisingly not the least bit sweet either. a furious amount of malt in here, wheaty and thick on the palate, even with pretty good carbonation. chocolate dipped frozen banana and wit yeast come are there, but so is a much more reserved bakers flour complexion, bready and doughy and filling. its a hard beer to explain because it touches to many brewing traditions and styles. its not my favorite brew out there, but its a new interpretation for a belgian brewer, and like most stuff from these guys, is extremely unique. i appreciate the innovation, but im not sure i would choose this again. worth a try though for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 15:55:33 | More by StonedTrippin
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-10-2014 05:45:36 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-10-2014 03:29:32 | More by kjkinsey
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-22-2014 20:05:00 | More by afsdan
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Disease

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-24-2014 14:33:02 | More by Disease
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Scepter

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

03-16-2014 17:14:02 | More by Scepter
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-13-2013 02:39:22 | More by jaydoc
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-21-2013 03:37:37 | More by Tiernan
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JDavidRice

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-18-2013 00:08:31 | More by JDavidRice
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valkyre65

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-24-2013 00:24:26 | More by valkyre65
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sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +5%
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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-08-2012 18:36:15 | More by JohnK17
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-23-2012 08:22:41 | More by msarver16
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-06-2012 15:10:55 | More by Kahlerbock
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MisterGrizz

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2012 22:17:26 | More by MisterGrizz
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-27-2011 00:48:36 | More by Exiled
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2011 21:16:21 | More by djrn2
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Bung

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Witte Noire from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.