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Blanche De Saisis - Brasserie Ellezelloise

Blanche De SaisisBlanche De Saisis

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-04-2003)
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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Apearance: I have never given out a "1" before on "Appearance" but this one merits it - looks like a glass of apple juice, not beer

Smell: Smells a bit like a blend of honey and apple juice

Taste: Graham cracker malt, up front, with the honeyed apple juice making an entrance and dominating the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and flat

Overall: Who knows how long this has been on the shelf but it is a disaster of a beer right now

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:40:11 | More by brentk56
Photo of smcolw


2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very small head, particularly for a wheat. It dies to literally no bubbles and therefore no lace. Dark gold color and clear.

Flowery aroma is my first impression. Overall quite sweet like smelling an apertif. Similar to a LBV Port.

Relatively thin and very mild up front. The sweetness shows up near the swallow. It's as if someone added a little port to this beer. The finish is milky and short lived. I detect no wheat. The body is quite thin. This beer misses on many levels.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 22:59:40 | More by smcolw
Photo of wagenvolks


3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to my friend Adam for the share.

Shows a straw-peach body with a dirty haze from the yeast. Average head retention to the eggshell white foam. Crazy aroma...like a blend of honeydew, butterscotch, band-aids, caramel, and orange peel. Can't say I'm much of a fan, but it does get points for being unique.

Vanilla and hops with some off-flavored phenols. Wheat and pale malts add a creamy base, but the finish is woody and tastes a bit like dead yeast. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, smooth, and creamy with a hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Drinkable, sure, but not exactly a witbier that I would want to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 00:02:16 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Watery yellow appearance with a big-bubble head, not an attractive beer.
S: Aroma of banana and bubblegum, maybe some black pepper in the background.
T: Banana flavors, probably ketones, and some malt.
M: Very light bodied.
D: Unimpressive, probably best skipped.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:55:46 | More by Travlr
Photo of weissbierdrinker


3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a crisp white head that fades leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smells of wheat and yeast.

Taste is of wheat, biscuit, alcohol, lemon zest.

Finish is dry and has a lingering aftertaste of lemon.

Pretty easy drinking beer, but not the best wit beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 21:47:59 | More by weissbierdrinker
Photo of Hachiman


3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as a cloudy gold with a snow-white head. Chill haze faded as it warmed. Lacing was particularly fine-textured or detailed.

The smell was quite sweet, almost like corn syrup, with a bit of hops herbage.

Taste was simpler than I expected, mostly caramel, some pepper, well-rounded hoppiness. None of the typical banana odor or taste.

Mouthfeel was smooth yet slightly viscous, more like a saison than a witbier.

Definitely an interesting beer, but not one of the best witbiers I've tasted

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 09:23:28 | More by Hachiman
Photo of OldSock

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – 11.2 oz bottle from Luke's notched 2004. Hazy, but far from opaque. Light golden yellow in color with a sticky bright white head. Good retention, tasty looking beer especially when the yeast gets into it.

Smell – Slightly tart apple with lots of spice and a good punch of hops. Not enough grain presence for me.

Taste – Interesting beer, but not my style in a wit. Lots of spicy with some characteristic slightly funky yeast. There are some bready notes and some apple, complex. However, it doesn't have that rich smooth wheat/oat flavor that I love, its just too assertive.

Mouthfeel – Too thin, but it does have good dancing carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – This one is not for me, more like a spicy Belgian pale than a wit. I respect going off the beaten path, this is just too far off course. I'd like to try this again fresh, oh well.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 03:11:54 | More by OldSock
Photo of dgallina


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce short brown bottle dated best-before March 2008.

Pours lightly clouded gold with large white head that dissolves to a finger of cream and tendrils of lace. Smells like creamy wheat malt and alcohol-laced caramel. Flavor begins with rough grain and develops an earthy yeast center before finishing sweet with marmalade-like fruit, caramel, and some alcohol spice. Medium-llight body is a bit thin and overly gassy. Nothing like the typical witbier, though not bad on it's own terms.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 00:51:47 | More by dgallina
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much of this beer reminds me of a tawny port. The tawny color of the beer was highlighted by a diminutive cap of foam. The aroma is reminiscent as well. A sweetness with a big dose of apple permeates the nose and the flavor as well. Brewers grain brings forth more sweetness. Not much more than a whimper at the end.

I was surprised to learn that this was a witbier. I wouldn't have guessed it. The sweetness, the graininess and the images of port as I drank did not conjure up visions of witbier. In any case, at $5.89 for 33 cl bottle, I'm not sure I would purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:38:22 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of mschofield


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foams out of the bottle upon opening, pours a cloudy 'white' yellow. topped with a pillowy stark white three finger head.
Lemon, fruity, grass, floral and herbal notes in the aroma.
Pretty complex taste, and a lot of alcohol shows even though this is only 5.9%. Lemon, grass, musty orange, wheat and spices.
Medium bodied, not as drinkable as most wits.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 12:43:26 | More by mschofield
Photo of theboozecruise


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading some reviews, it seems the "Tarwebier Biere de Froment van des Saisis" is the same as this... okay, not that I have that figured out... this one had a brewed date of March 2008, so it's been aging almost 2 years. I hope that helps things rather than hurts.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, not a lot of head, but a murky orange-brownish color to it. There is some lacing and creamy residue after what little head there was dissipated.

Smells very sweet, of caramel and spice and a definite alcohol presence on the nose. I love it. One of the best smelling beers I've put my nose to.

Very light body to it, not much carbonation, but the flavor is mostly the same as the smell... a bit of a skunky aftertaste unfortunately. I guess the aging didn't do this one too well. It's still not bad, just I know it used to be better... oh well, I'll be on the lookout for some fresh ones with the new label.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 23:17:17 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of Vancer


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These lil’ swing tops are so cool – but how much do they add to the cost? Label states 5.9%

OK – wow, an easy pour of golden pops up a sturdy white head, sticky laces all the way down the Bitburger tulip glass. Aroma was just some light malts, not much else.

Soft and delicate brew, just the smallest hint of fruity esters mingling amongst the smooth malt. Needs a bit more to this to move it into tasty treat territory. It would be very refreshing in the summer heat.

Holy moly, the bottom has a layer of yeasties 1/16 of an inch thick.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:17:14 | More by Vancer
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

undated 11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Just plain ugly looking: a murky orange amber with almost no head; minimal lacing left on the glass. Some sediment included in the pour but most left on the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: fruity, including plums, currants and apples. Biscuit (malt) base.

T: no detectable hops although this is only mildly sweet. Fruity, modest complexity, with a light wheat note. A trace of lemony tartness. Little banana-yeasty flavor for style.

O: low pressure upon opening and low carbonation revealed in the pour suggest a bottle past its prime. Still tasty and enjoyable but likely better fresher.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:28:06 | More by chinchill
Photo of truthbrew


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top bottle, 3-08 etched out of label.

Decanted into Christoffel flute. Brilliant golden color, clear. White gray head, finger depth then collapses. Aroma is light citrus, lemon rind, dust aroma (not on bottle), some brief foulness from o-ring seal. Effervescent. Peppery with almonds and even reminded me a bit of weak peanut butter cookies. Quite dry (good) with rustic malt flavor. Lingering bitterness but carbonation ghosts what really is there. Upon pouring final 1/2" color is cloudier with more yeasty, chewy character. I didn't find a large amount of fluffy yeast sediment as others have reported... perhaps bottle age? Sweetness is more evident as carbonation subsides and it warms. A worthy beer, though not what I'd expect in a typical witbier, more saison-ish.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 04:13:11 | More by truthbrew
Photo of Hullabaloo2


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle is of the label Tarwebier biere de froment, and the saisis is not colored in white. Also, the abv is 5.9%

Lot 1 2

Aroma - I get a lot of spice (phenolic) followed by floral and tart. There is some grape like ester. The aroma is not complex, but is very pleasant.

Appearance - Slight haze. Nice amber color. Carbonation is very evident. Head poured 1/2 finger width, and quickly dissipated to 1/4 finger width. No lacing and very little head retention.

Flavor - The nice aroma leads to a let down in the flavor. Overwhelming spice. Again, it's somewhat phenolic in its spice. Dry. Very mild hop bitterness. Malt is buried by the spice. Slight yeast flavor is pleasant. This beer does not linger. The ester sweetness is not apparent in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation. Dry.

Overall Impression - Many spice flavors, but this beer still lacks complexity. The Malt is overwhelmed by the spice which is a disappointment for me. I could probably only tolerate one of these in a night. I will try other beers from this brewery, but I probably won't buy another one of these. A little less spice and this could be a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 03:54:33 | More by Hullabaloo2
Photo of NCSUdo


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz, flip top bottle

A: Pours a hazy light golden under a good finger and half worth of white creamy head. No lace, some retention.

S: I'm picking up a lot of soft citrus tones here. Some lemon zest and maybe some oranges. There is also a certain sweetness mixed in almost like grapes.

T: Again, some citrus quality, mixed in with some hints of bubblegum. Yeasty with a decent bitterness on the backend, crisp wheat malt present.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is high but seems about right for the style. Pretty easily downed as well. Would have liked some more spice in this one, however.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 00:02:19 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a delicately hazed, light yellow body with a sudsy, enduring, white head.

Smell: A nose of wheat-based crackers with some playful, sweet-smelling notes of wildflower honey and day-old cakes, though the nose implies more sweetness than comes through in the final flavor. Lighter hints of citrus and spice.

Taste: Light tastes of wheat and barley with some initial crackery tones before a subtly sweet taste of glazed honey cake glides in. Mild, middling yeast spiciness. Small spritz of lemon. Lightly floral hop character with enough bitterness to be felt. Drying, reasonably crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! With it's refreshing lightness and crispness, it's definitely better suited to the outdoors on a warm, sunny summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 21:39:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of gyllstromk


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy copper with a very light head. Notes of hops, honey, grape, and fig on the nose. The palate has a vinous character with notes of raisins or fig, perhaps a hint of sherry. Delivers thin, dry, and nearly devoid of carbonation.

I wonder if the swivel top let some carbonation slip and some oxidation occur. The reddish hue for a wheat supports this.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 21:44:31 | More by gyllstromk
Photo of beerguy101


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is apples, peaches and a touch of grass. A medium body wit. Malts are fruity. Orange, lemon, peaches and apricots. Nicely spicy, floral, yeasty and bright. Finishes up very dry. Light and refreshing. Very tasty wit. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 04:03:23 | More by beerguy101
Photo of emerge077


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opening the flip-top bottle gives a hiss and an audible whooshing pop.

Tight cap of white foam, continuously fed by steady, racing carbonation. Foam is dense and creamy. Hazy yellow-orange coloration. Suspended particles once the yeast is poured. Very zesty and summery appearance.

Fairly dry in the middle and towards the end. Earthy Belgian yeast and papery wheatiness, a vague hint of muted strawberry, but no citrus. Sweetish only slightly at first. Significant herbal character in the aftertaste. Earthy aged hop, basil, coriander, cannabis. Nondescript wheat aroma, grainy/sweet.

Dryness is unique to this Wit, it's almost saison-like in mouthfeel, and with the herbal element. Although it's not my first choice, it's unique for the style, and recommended if you like saisons.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 02:46:30 | More by emerge077
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/31/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy dirty yellow with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, light fruit and spices. Flavor of a spicy/wheat bite, some pear, apple, apricot, and light sourness and tartness. Interesting witbier as the spices were more subdued than in most witbiers and more focused on the yeast/bready components. Very delectable.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 14:43:12 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a hazy straw color with a nice white head.

S: Lots of sweetness in the nose. Lightly floral and honey-like with sweet orange aromas too. Some sweet wheat crackers too.

T: The flavor is also very sweet and reminiscent of honey. I like the floral, orange blossom flavor and it goes well with the sweet citrus and wheat notes.

M: Somewhat light in body with a lively level of carbonation.

D: An interesting sort of witbier. A lot sweeter and less "yeasty" than I'm used to.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:00:56 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ark57


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slight hazy pale gold with a huge, fluffy head. It has a nice sweet, citrus aroma. It is refreshing and slightly sweet with a light body. It finishes with a slight crisp bitterness. It is not as spicy as some wits that I have tried, but it comes off very good. A pleasant beer to drink in warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 15:55:17 | More by ark57
Photo of maxpower


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale golden-yellow color, spicy, peppery and earthy citrus aromas, huge non stop white frothy head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Spicy flavors of pepper nutmeg and Cinnamon , crisp and spicy carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, has a strange aftertaste, still very refreshing and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 20:54:45 | More by maxpower
Photo of Beerbuddha


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice golden color with a slight haze. Nice big, fluffy white head.

Smell- Mild floral notes and hint of alcohol. The smell was a bit lacking.

Taste- NIce sweet honey taste up front followed by a great yeast, bready taste. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- This was very nice, refreshing beer. The price is a bit of a deterent but it was really good! Glad I got it for free!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 15:07:26 | More by Beerbuddha
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Blanche De Saisis from Brasserie Ellezelloise
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.