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Grimbergen Blanche - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thierrynantes on 11-24-2007

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of pale lemon yellow. It holds a foamy white head of one and a half fingers. This leaves thick lacing as it disappears, at a slower rate. There is a definite haze to the beer, but no particulates are noted. Carbonation looks to be medium. Amidst the malts the aroma is rich with herbal spice and thick clovey phenols that sting the nose. This spice is of cinnamon and warming smells of winter, reminiscent of a sweet potpourri. There is a hint of biting, chalky yeast, and some bittering of orange peel. As we sip the mouth is met with wet malts and an initial sugary sweetness. To the latter is lent light and fruity esters and sweetened citrus. The middle is highlighted by clovey phenols and a peppery spiciness. The citrus here moves more to rind, which bitters the flavoring. This lasts through the end, which is otherwise a mash of sweaty malts. The aftertaste breathes with sour grain and more dry phenols. The body is on the lighter side and the carbonation is as well. The feel to each sip is soft, almost like a whipped yogurt, which is light and airy. It does this without approaching wateriness. The mouth is neither dried nor coated. The abv is within range and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the nose. Here we were able to detect an array of spice, which had a nicely accompanying sweetness to add complexity to the mix. The taste was a bit of a letdown after the bright aromas, but the final product is an enjoyable brew for the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ggaughan
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just picked up a 6 pack of this beer in 25 cl bottles at the Auchan supermarket in Luxembourg.

The beer poured a hazy pale yellow color with a medium thickness white head, nice bubbles. The aroma is a bit of citrus and wheaty and yeast. The taste is more of the same. There is a nice refreshing taste to the beer, yeast and citrus. Not overly complex. The beer is easy drinking and not very filling.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a hazy golden color w/frothy white head, but retention was short-lived.

S-Smooth and slightly sweet fruity/spicy bouquet. Bits of coriander, pear, orange and citrus.

T&M-Prickly carbonation w/smooth light body. Delicate fruit and spice w/wheat upfront. Light clove. Finish sticks and leaves aftertaste which is not altogether unpleasant. Carbonation carries through well and perks up other aspects of its character.

D-Sessionable and lively...excellent summer sipper. Not very distinguishable from other beers of this style.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle. Wine glass glass. Pale straw color, chill haze appearance. Brief crown, white in color. Fresh bread, herbal, citric, coriander, spiced, candy aromas with acidic & sugary notes. Crispy sweet maltiness at first with acidic sensation. Light body. High carbonation. Watery texture. Spiced palate & spicy touch. Sugary citric syrup in the middle linger into a sweet/sour finish. Slight fruity aftertaste. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

Photo of TheSarge
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew produces big bright white and rocky head. The body is hazy with a white/gold colored body. The foam sticks around quite well.

Aromas of coriander, clove and bubblegum, along with yeasty esters are what I detect.

There is an orangey taste, with a sugary finish like Topps bubblegum.

This feels very smooth, and has a slight oily finish.

This brew is very refreshing and makes for a great session beer. This is somewhat complex and keeps the mind pondered, but not distracting. Even the non-beer drinker (i.e. my wife) can even appreciate this one.

Photo of janubio
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle. HYazy pale colour, with a big head that lingers on for a while and leaves a good lace. Smell of citrus and flowers, maybe some coriander, all very faint. Correct palate, refreshing, carbonation good enough and not too much. Taste of citrus, coriander, melon, some spices. Not near at all of my favourites blanche beers. Bland, but very refreshing.

Photo of cpanossian
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in 0.5L mug at 'T Kelderke restaurant in Brussels.

Opaque lemon yellow color. Slight citrus slight yeast funk aroma. Lemonade yeast like taste. Mouthfeel was kind of weak and watery. Ok for sitting around the Grand Place, but there are so many better beers to be had in the same vicinity.

Photo of Markiboy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Am sat in Paris bar drinking from pint glass, from tap and it's every bit as good as Hoegaarden, imo. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Am guaranteed to get another! Nice carbonation, fruity and tangy flavor. Same spice as in Hoegaarden. All round a very solid and drinkable beer!

Photo of rvdoorn
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured a hazy gold color with a white head
Smell: Citrus (lemon) wheat clove and spicy coriander
Taste: Citrus, wheat and coriander again. Bit dry crisp finish
Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, medium body.
Overall: Refreshing beer, nice summer beer

Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (65cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance: golden-yellow color (veiled), with white foam head.
Smell: yeast and citrus aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel: bright and fresh attack, and then moved a dominant tart, fruity finale and a little sweet
Drinkability: a decent (but nothing more) beer in the style Belgian white

Review translated from french 5-24-2008.

Photo of Fizzlybear
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Poured a hazy pale gold, with a white froffy head and some lacing.

S - The main aroma was of fruit and herbs, with a wheat tone in the background. Very nice smell.

T - The taste is of fruity with a sweet metallic aftertaste that lingers in the mouth.

M&D - As it had low levels of carbination I found it quite easy to drink, but I do believe that a little bit more fizz would have improved this beer... In my opinion.

Overall a decent beer that would be great on a hot day, but not one to rave about.

Photo of stcules
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange, hazy.White foam, not too beautiful.
Very spicy smell, pepper, orange peel and coriander. Fresh and inviting.
Very spicy in the mouth too, slightly citric, again pepper and coriander.
Maybe a bit too spicy.
In the aftrtaste, again. Some wheat, upon a light body.
After all, not bad.

Photo of brandon911
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer of this style, had in Paris at Brasserie Suffren, served into a Grimbergen glass with a slice of lemon that wasn't noticed until a few sips in.

It came out with a finger thick, not overly dense head that left some good lacing. It was a hazy yellow, a little bit darker than straw. The smell was pleasant and floral, a lot of citrus (not sure if the smell was due to the beer or the lemon), some coriander and other spice (kinda clovey), some hops, and maybe a spot of alcohol. The taste wasn't quite as good as the smell. The lemon was the main taste, with the spices not being overly present. The hops were fairly masked as well. It had a fairly sweet start and a pretty dry, sweet finish.The mouthfeel was nice and refreshing, not as carbonated as would have been preferred, but still good.

Overall, the beer was good, I'm not too big a fan of wheat-style beers, but this one may have encouraged me to try others. Also, it went great with sauerkraut!

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Grimbergen Blanche from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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