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Blanche De Saisis - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 51
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Ellezelloise visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-04-2003

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Photo of brentk56
1.74/5  rDev -54.3%
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

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Witbier? My label (which looks exactly like the one in the picture) doesn't say 'Blanche'. It says 'Tarwebier' and 'Biere de Froment', both of which mean wheat beer. The ingredients listed on the neck label don't include fruit or spices. Finally, Brasserie Ellezelloise uses only malt, hops, yeast, water and sugar.

Lemony amber with no yeasty haze. However, I wasn't able to get all 33 cl into the glass on the initial pour due to the rapidly expansive, exceptionally creamy, alabaster colored crown. The second pour added a light milkiness that makes the beer look even better. A lack of persistence and less than great lace keep the appearance score from sneaking upward.

The nose reminds me of a muted saison or Belgian pale ale. There's a background tart-n-tangy wheatiness, a light lemoniness and a subtle, clove-like spiciness from the yeast. No coriander and no orange peel... just as expected. The aroma is pleasant as long as you don't expect to be blown away by tons of esters.

How did I miss banana in the aroma? It isn't wall-to-wall, but then nothing about the flavor profile is. This is good beer because of the quality of the ingredients, the skill of the brewer and the righteous, kick-ass yeast strain. In addition to banana, there's a lemon zestiness and a bubblegum vibe that I'm enjoying immensely.

The wheat isn't as tangy on the taste buds. The tartness is easily matched and neutralized by a mild amount of sweetness and a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness. The finish is apple snappy, crisp and quenching. This is probably too expensive to be a session beer in the states, but I'm sure it's used for that purpose in the land of its birth.

The mouthfeel is light without being thin and is zippily carbonated. Thankfully, it never crosses the line into annoyingly buzzy and it calms down considerably as time passes.

To anyone with a functioning palate, this brewery's Hercule Stout is the gold standard for Belgian-style stouts. This beer (which I refuse to call by the misleading name seen at the top of the page) isn't that good, but it is a surprisingly delicious, tremendously drinkable Belgian pale wheat ale. Recommended.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The huge, bright-white, merangue-like head of this wit is the first indication that it's more than just your average Belgian white. Its cloudy, yellow-gold body teems with life as plumes of very-fine bubbles billow upwards; bolstering its head and helping it to leave thick, cotton-candy-like clouds of lace about the goblet. Perfumey, yeasty phenols greet you in the nose, backed by sweet, honeyish malt. A mild zest on the tongue from it's very fine-bubbled and effervescent natural carbonation eventually leads to a smooth, medium-light body that slips gently away. Dull citrus, spice, and phenols dipped in honey appear upfront in the flavor; followed by a more straightforward candyish malt. A bracing bitterness appears in the finish, and does its best to scrub away the sugar-sticky malt, coriander, and citrus-rind flavors that lingers in the back of the throat. Heavy handed? Yes! Enjoyable? Yes! This is a unique, "love-or-hate" beer that really needs to be experienced.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little bottle that for some reason doesn't have the word "saisis" filled in with white this time. (I've had it before)

Pours a clouded orange with a creme head. Unusual fig and honey nose. After a while it seems to lean more towards the honey side. It's the type of more pure honey you'd find in an organic market. You know the kind that is all thick and cloudy and costs three times as much as the stuff that comes in the squeezable honey bear. Flavor is thick. Seems like the honey is here as well, though a quick hit of earthy tar hits on the backside and departs as quickly as it came. Overall it is a thick earthy representation of the style. Feel is about standard. This is well made, but like I said, more robust and earthy than its counterparts. Pair with food for sure. Cheese would probably be very nice.

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Photo of smcolw
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My initial encounter with this brew, and it begins tumultuously, for I snapped back the swing-top seal, and was greeted with a rush of foam, and a new mess to clean up. Also, a hint at the spicy treat to come, but, now that the rag has done it's business, it's time to pour this into it's destined vessel and enjoy!
appearance: Pure, honey-toned golden,hazy, with a prodigious head, aided some by the Duvel glass employed, (giving it that "Duvel mousse"?) fluffy as a cloud, creamy, meringue-like, leaving delicate lace.
Aroma: citrus, coriander, sugar, yeast, a perfect witbier nose. Soft, though spicy, arousing, uplifting,...ah!
Taste: Great big blast of hops right off the bat, flooding the palate, tingling the tastebuds. Body is light, finish about medium, ends dryly, though the spice still lingers. Nicely textured, too. A lovely experience, for the foam has to be traversed first, it's still so large in the glass, before getting to the drink, then this tasty citrus, the thrilling spice, all dancing and delighting the tongue and surrounding the senses.
One of the more sensuous and rewarding wits I've tried, whose pleasure go beyond simple taste and mere refreshment. Very nice, indeed.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  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.

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, honey orange color, with persistent, pillowy head and good lacing. Quite impressive looking. On the nose I get some light honey, with some citrus and pepper. The beer smells as if there will be some underlying tartness. The beer is quite complex on the palate, with honey, pepper and some bitterness in the finish. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, and is pretty light on its feet. There is a nice, clean, light finish to this beer, and it is quite dry at the end. This is a very drinkable beer, and the abv. is not noticeable whatsoever.

Not outstanding, but quite nice. Excellent summer time beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a huge frothy white head leaving behind a sticky lacing.

S: lemony with light bread and very spicy but well balanced with a bit of sourness in the end.

T: The initial flavor was yeasty, fresh bread, ripe fruit, and a touch of sourness. A beautiful wheat palate brings out the even spiced nature of this beer nicely and is very refined and polished. There were some citrus peel notes as well and a touch of coriander. The palate was very crisp.

M: slick and smooth, full of fresh oranges.

D: A nicely spiced and perfectly balanced wit that was fruity and sour providing for a very good example.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed deep straw yellow with a generous cap of bright white head that continued to replenish itself with a steady stream of bubbles. Fine lacing, good retention. Aromas of coriander and wheat crackers, a little citrus zest and light honey sweetness. Bread crust and a little yeast character throughout. Dull lemony citrus with very light spiciness and a little crackery towards the end. Bitterness rises at the finish. Grassy hop notes, mild malt and delicate peppery character linger. Carbonation was definitely on the high side, but remained very creamy. Lightish bodied, just a hint of warmth - nice texture overall. Quite a good beer, very easy drinking and mellow.

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Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blanche De Saisis pours a hazy golden amber with a vigorous, 2” pillowy off-white foam cap. The nose is sweet malt, spicy banana and citrus aromas. It offers a hearty and full flavored palate with honey and malt sweetness, traces of caramel seasoning traces of banana and citrus – particularly orange. Medium body and carbonation it comes across as heartier and maltier than most wits. Still refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of stcules
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good appearance, with a lot of foam, creamy and compact, and persistent.
Orange colour, quite dark for a wit bier. Turbid.
At the nose a surprisingly vanilla. Bread yeast, spices (coriander). Even fruity (banana, white fruit, litchi) and honey.
The taste is full, malty, sweet, with vanilla and fruity. The spices (coriander) are present, but they are quite low for a wit. Maybe almond?
Medium body, quite good for the style.
Aftertaste more spiced, with coriander and some hop.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: I’m a big fan of Brasserie Ellezelloise, if not just for the fact that they produced the best damn stout in Belgium for my money. So it was great when I spied an offering from them that I have never tried before. Full marks for presentation, it comes in a Grolsch like swing top stoppered 11.2 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. A thick brown paper vertical neck band covers the swing top steelwork to ensure that it has not been tampered with. The main brown label has the words ‘La Bière des Collines’, which means beer of the Hill Country, the area where the Brewery is located and which is rumored to be full of Witches – hence the picture of the Broom Maiden on the label. Labeled as 5.8% Alc.Vol. but listed in Tim Webbs Guide as 6.2%, maybe the label wants to shows a beer below 6% !?
The label is nicked with Best Before October 2004 & Lot 17.

Appearance: A massive “phurp” accompanied by a thin projectile of high velocity “steamy beer” emitted once the swing top was pushed back. It pours with a perfectly lucid straw-golden color, it looks filtered. The voluminous head that forms soon settles to a very smooth collar like head that is composed of a myriad of fine sized white bubbles. Some lacing on the glass sides but not much.

Nose: Yeasty nose with a sweet hint. Hops are there also, but the nose is a little restrained straight from the fridge. Definitely gets more of a farmyard Belgium odor as it warms.

Taste: This is a mellow White Ale that is nevertheless extremely well put together. It starts with a dry lightly hopped feel. Wheat really does not rise until the middle of the beer when it balances the hops. The malt comes through in the back end which finishes with a light sweetness. Dry finish. There are actually no spices in this White Ale believe it or not, but the yeast adds a very pleasing pepper feel and you often feel that there is a hint of mellow spice there at times also. The Acidity of the crisp hops also has a lemon aspect at times.

Mouthfeel: Silky feel on the tongue, the carbonation is high but the bubbles have a smooth Nitrogenous feel.

Drinkability: A silky smooth beautiful Bière Blanche that dances in the mouth and pirouettes on the tongue. Fantastically easy to imbibe in great quantities.

Overall: The bottom of the obverse label clearly states that the beer is “Refermented in the Bottle – Contains Active Yeast”. There was certainly a nice ring of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle, but it has must been sticky because none of it ever exited the bottle.

This is a cracking un-spiced White Ale that is highly drinkable.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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)

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Photo of Vancer
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to my La Rulles tasting glass from a 33cl swingtop bottle. Label lists abv at 5.9% and reads: "Tarwebier/Biere de Froment van des SAISIS" encircling a small silhouette of a witch riding a broomstick. Notched at best before end of March 08.

A: Lightly hazed, golden-honey color topped with around 1-finger of silky white cream. Head fades quickly to a scattered cover but with more density at the edges. Plenty of rising carbonation. Tiny flecks of lace.

S: Not as bold with the spices, a more dry and tart aroma with apples being predominant. Mild but fragrant in an appealing way.

T: Lovely full flavors of honey, ripe melon, Belgian yeast (naturally), hay, wheat bread, some citrus zest/orange peel, very light on the coriander. A zesty tartness and slight sourness develop throughout the glass, and the end result is stunningly dry finish, herbal and medicinally bitter.

M: Light in the mouth with the zip of carbonation throughout. Medium fullness with a dry, fresh finish.

D: Extremely easy to drink, but honestly I thought was a saison. First, the name 'Saisis' led me that direction, but also much of what I smelled and tasted was evocative of a crisp, refreshingly summery saison instead of a witbier (as categorized on BA). Regardless of style, this is a fine beer I'd love to have again; cost may be a slight deterent, however, as it's selling currently for well over $5/bottle.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date tagged and says 5.9%ABV. Good white head and a pale golden collor with some haze and some bigger particles. Nose is very citrussy, good hoppyness and acream vanilla hint. Wheats there but citrussy, vanilla and fruity carracter more in front. Taste is dry and spicy with good bitterness. Strong and quiet different from your regular white. Much more bitter and very dry bitter taste instead of sweetness and koreanderjuice mostly produced. Fine mouthfeel also though maybe for some to the bitter side. Well that's my tyste and realy enjoyed this one.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

came back to this one after thinking it was something else about 2 years ago. things have changed a little bit. mainly the label. the old bottle stated that it was a 'tarwebier' and a 'biere de froment'. meaning wheat beer. now its just states blanche witbier. there are no added spices stated on the bottle.

strangely pours like a saison. murky dark straw color with a medium to light body head. white, spotty thin lace. sort of unusal dark honey tint. like there is oak pulp in the bottle. smell is malty. nose is honey malty. very foral hoppy blending into it. strong chamonille tea as you stir in the honey. doesn't smell like a wit at all. no coriandar, orangepeel. wheat is there. sitting in the malt. on the palate. which is rich with that honey flavor carried by the creamy body. light weight but creamy and yeasty. this is cut by the floral nature of the hop. a bit grassy. a bit oaky. there is some tart and tang in the blend of malt and hops. wonderfully simple, and equally balanced. but not so much as a wit. more like a bpa or saison. i'm giving it a high drinkability rating because i could drink this one at this state regularly, but this seems like a wit that would leave some in the dark about the style.

i have had this in a fresher bottle before and it tasted like a solid wit. these bottles seem to age in a strange manner and i'm not quite sure if that is what the brewery intended. i like it much more in its older stage. it is simple, yet the basic nature expands in an interesting way.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle i have here says 5.8%, no freshness date stamped.

pours a fizzy dense but clear yellow.. nice retentive head that leaves slowly cascading waterfall walls of lacing.

aroma is heavenly... fruity yeast full of pear and apple. caramel sweetness. something tangy and pungent, like krazy glue. mild butter.

first sip is an unexpected fresh blast of honey and lemon. sweet and nectary without being syrupy or thick. crisp. finishes with a nice green hop accent and the honey continues through with a floral essence leftover once the beer is gone. very light and super summer belgian. strawberry emerges as does the pear as this beer warms, layering on the subtle sweetness of this brew. very complex for a simple style.

could drink 4 of these no problem. too bad they cost so damn much here.

a far cry from your standard belgian white... a taste adventure. highly recommended for fans of the lighter, hoppier belgians.

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Photo of mschofield
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Blanche De Saisis from Brasserie Ellezelloise
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.