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Witte Noire - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
86
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.7%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Texasfan549, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Knapp85, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown-red color with a white head. The aroma is caramel and dark fruit. For the flavor I get some caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, wheat and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +5%

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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

ccrida, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

DrDemento456, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -5%

750 mL bottle without a freshness date. Pours an opaque brown color with a frothy tan foam. Retention is average, but leaves sheets of lace on the glass while descending.

Nose is fruity with a zesty aspect that is reminiscent of lemon peel or maybe grains of paradise. Dark malts smell of cocoa powder and even get a little nutty. Interesting...and smells pretty good.

Light and airy on the palate with lots of roast and chocolate malts. Yeast provides plenty of fruity esters and some bread dough. Hops are plenty notable, especially for a wheat beer...adds another layer of flavor. Wheat tang softens the mouthfeel, but it comes across as a little thin. ABV is well hidden, never would have guessed 7.5%. A lighter brew than one would think, but I am ok with that in this instance. Kinda like an amped up weizenbock with plentiful spicing.

twiggamortis420, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Exiled, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

harrymel, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Bung, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

JohnK17, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of HardTarget
2.98/5  rDev -22%

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.

HardTarget, May 11, 2011
Photo of MDDMD
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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

MDDMD, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Brown, amber with a thin fluffy tan heads with a lot of tight little bubbles.

S - Toasted wheat bread, dark fruits, spice and yeasty notes.

T - Toasted wheat bread mixed with other roasted malts, some clove spice, belgian candy sugar and yeast.

M - On the lighter side and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Missing some of the spices of a traditional wit and I am not sure those would go very well with the roast flavors but otherwise an interesting beer.

brewcrew76, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

sneaks2210, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.28/5  rDev +12%

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.

SkeeterHawk, May 21, 2011
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Kahlerbock, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

pours a semi-clear dark brown with a red tint, a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, some wheat, a touch of caramel, a little cocoa, and a little dark fruit.

taste is smooth, cocoa, some wheat, malt, and a touch of caramel, end on the dry side.

froghop, May 04, 2010
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Tiernan, Aug 21, 2013
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Witte Noire from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.