Blanco Diablo | Big Boss Brewing

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Average: 3.46 | pDev: 17.34%

Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 115

Ranked #616 Belgian Witbier and #43,776 overall.

ABV: 4.50% | Availability: Summer

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Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 115
Photo of LF_Evan
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle

L: Clear, straw yellow. The head blooms nicely on the pour, but dissipates quickly, leaving only a fine lacing.
S: Pear and the odd impression of vanilla cake.
T: Mild citric acidity. Clean, vaguely spicy finish. Not very complex.
F: Hard to call it undercarbed, but that is the feeling. The body feels very thin, even watery at first. Only the finishing rush of fine bubbles gives it any character.
O: Pretty underwhelming. I'm the first to admit this isn't my style of choice, but it feels like a lightweight entry in the category. Probably great on a hot day in the sun, but difficult to recommend against stiff competition.

Pair with warm cheesy sandwiches, radish salads, fresh strawberries

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat, orange peel, and coriander - the orange peel really stands out as the dominant smell.

T: Moderate flavors of wheat upfront followed by lots of citrus notes - including orange and orange peel. There are also notes of coriander but the beer is mostly citrus flavors.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable - great beer for an outdoor event in the late Spring, Summer, or early Autumn. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Carolina Ale House, Charlotte, NC.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured slight yeast esters and a grainy malt.

The taste consisted of grainy pilsner malts and a weak and seemingly diluted yeast ester.

The mouthfeel was thin for the style.

Overall a decent wit.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local witbier from Big Boss, aka the reconstituted Edenton Brewing Co. Color is a bit darker than typical for the style and the head vanishes to tiny yeast puddles instantly. Nose does reference the citrus and wheat but also features biscuit and bread notes as well.

Strong, full flavor, especially within the style. Firm dose of citrus wheat and a surprisingly large dose of hops in the finish. Certainly not hoppy by comparison with other styles but not near as sweet as most witbiers. Firm texture well matches the late kick.

A little different than most but still a faithful and worthwhile interpretation.

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Photo of oline73
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a half finger of off white head that goes away quickly and completely.

Smell: Light and malty but not particularly sweet. Some yeast spice but there is also some of that adjunct lager smell that we all love so much.

Taste: Light and malt forward. As in the smell, there is no real sweetness. A mild spice from the yeast, but I'm not picking up any coriander or orange type flavors. The finish is a bit watery and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a dry finish.

Overall: This isn't at all what I was looking for. Doesn't have any of those typical flavors I look for in a wit. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Duff27
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, dull golden color. Half inch white head that sticks around a bit. Minimal lacing.

S- Aromas of grass, with lemon zest and spices

T- More light citrus taste. Tangerine thrown in there somewhere. Small hop presence.

M- Medium mouthfeel, prickly carbonation suits this one well.

D/O- Very refreshing albeit not very complex. Drinkability bumps this score. Would have again only would make sure it's on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has strong yeasty and grassy notes with a hint of fruit, a mixture of pear and apple. It pours a slightly hazy solar yellow with a thick, if effervescent, white head. Crisp, yeasty flavor has firm fruity and grassy notes and just a hint of butterscotch. Body is a little above average, and texture is smooth with some fizz. Overall, not great, but worthy of a try - and maybe even a revisit.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in Feb. 2011; Review from notes on an August tasting.

This Belgian style ale is a clear golden color with moderate visible carbonation and a short but durable white head.

Aroma: sweet and fruity; the fruit aroma is complex but more apricot than anything else. There's some yeast, clove and other spices here too. Interesting and inviting.

T - If blindfolded, i would definitely guess that this was a Belgian ale; and a rather good one at that. The taste follows the aroma to some extent, with the most notable departure being the balanced tart/sweet flavor. The flavor is plenty fruity but more citrus and less apricot than in the nose, perhaps from the hops which are most noticeable in the finish.

M - very good carbonation; medium-thin body that is slightly watery.

O - A very pleasant spiced beer with a well-balanced flavor palette. Excellent as a Summer ale.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a vigorous pour, a nice pale white head sits atop a cloudy gold/straw liquid. The head fades quickly however, leaving no lacing. Scents or coriander and lemony citrus notes are pleasing to the nose. The taste was mainly lemon and orange peel, with a bit of a grassy flavor as well. Carbonation seemed a bit on the high side. Not a bad wit, but nothing special either.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a pale golden color with a light haze and a finger of white head with poor retention.

S: Absolutely smells like hot dogs. It's more than likely attributed to the overuse of coriander (of which there is obviously plenty). A light bread and wheat aroma as well as a touch of orange and lemon peels.

T: It tastes like hot dogs too. Lots and lots of coriander along with some sweet malts and somewhat mild actual bread and wheat flavors. The same citrus peel notes with a mild yeastiness.

M: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

O: When it smells and tastes like hot dogs, there's only so high the score can go.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy light honey color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Coriander and wheat dominate the aroma with a touch of lemon grass and floral notes.

T: Wheat makes up the body of the flavor with coriander coming in a close second. There is definite yeast flavor that comes on a bit to strong.

O: Can't say this is my favorite witbier but it's not a bad brew.

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Photo of tdm168
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery's tasting room

Pours a clear gold with no head. Smells of straw and subtle yeast. Initially I detect wheat and coriander, but they are both quite faint. As I continue to drink though I can't shake the odd unknown flavor in the aftertaste, then a friend points it dogs. It really tasted like hot dogs. Light body and mild carbonation.

This is not a beer I enjoyed or will try again.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass. Bottle dated July 2011.

Rising carbonation but a very clear body is present for a Witbier, with a sense of hazy-ness. Dull lemon colored. Head is not very large or fluffly, but a simple white of perhaps half a finger. While drinking only a very small collar is left in the glass.

Bouquet is soapy and perfumy. A little bit of sour lemon as well. This smells slightly odd for a Witbier.

Taste on this one is kind of a shocker. An feeling of mild wheat body, then an incredibly bitter medicine finish on the swallow. Feel is actually pretty good, with some pleasant carbonation and texture.

Overall I am not impressed and this is something I'll never have again.

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Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a pale yellow with a slight orange hue with a small rocky white head that diminished quickly and had poor lacing. The aroma was of straw malts and an earthy yeast with a strong citrus note. It tasted mild and quite yeasty with a hint of citrus from beginning to end with a very mild bitter flavor at the finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall nothing more than your mass produced wheat beer.

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Photo of WAN2RIDE
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 OZ bottle poured into irish imperial style pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with yeast included. bottled about a month ago there was very little to no sediment so I poured the whole glass.

Straight out of the fridge smell was almost non existant, but once warmed up for 5-10 minutes there is a pleasent sweetness of oh... maybe light karo syrup and berry skins? Just a mild sweetness with a hint of berry, no real malt or orange peal, coriander, yeast characteristics that you find in a lot of wits.

That sweetness follows in the taste. Very light maybe a hint of untoasted malts, a very light touch of berry juice. I can't really nail down what kind of berry I'm picking up, maybe a faint hint of very ripe rasberry with a touch of blueberry skin...a touch of kiwi? Just a good clean sweetness that is not cloying at all this is probably due to ample carbonation keeping it crisp and clean. This a very nice light beer for spring/summer, according to my personal taste, not overly filling and right in the range of an "American style session" for me. I do love a good A.s.s. beer.

I'll definitely try this one again.

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Photo of lush8280
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a fantastic traditionally spiced wit with flavors of orange peel,coriander, and has that wonderful belgium yeast taste at the end. It has a dry, thirst quenching finish, perfect for a nice spring or summer day on the patio. I definitely reccommend this for anyone who is tired of blue moon and wants a beer with more character and soul.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a one finger pure white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, graham cracker, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, graham cracker, wheat, and slight fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The graham cracker aspect was quite surprising, but a nice touch. This brew was very light. As I thought, the alcohol was very low on this one. I could see this one being good for sitting out in the sun all-day.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant extra-light wheat beer.

Pale lemony color in the glass. Really just taste the orange peel, which is admirably restrained. Ultra light body, but throroughly pleasant. No evidence of hops and not much malt. But it does have a nice flavor with touch of fruit, a whisper of wheat. Rather woody.

Quite drinkable. I reached for the glass to write a review-- hmm, a few sips left.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white head that goes down to a lacing.

Smells of esters and lemon citrus.

Flavor of banana esters and hints of coriander and orange peel.

Moderate body with mild carbonation throughout.

Good solid witbier, good flavor profile and very refreshing, would be a great session beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Big Boss Brewing, Raleigh, NC

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that never quite completely faded away.
S: There are strong aromas of coriander, orange peel and wheat in the smell; the orange peel really stands out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of citrusy flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is refreshing, thirst quenching and easy to drink.

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Photo of wedge
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dull yellow-gold with a small, bright white head that disappears before long. Sweet and tart aromas hit the nose softy, but pleasantly...coriander, orange, peach, and wheat. Zesty, sweet flavor with an enjoyable fresh grain finish. Unlike the aroma, the orange peel has the upper hand over the coriander, working alongside a solid clove-y spiciness. Light, dry, and most definately thirst quenching. A good choice for a refreshing, drinkable summer beverage.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Whale shipped by Bert (blakky)

appearance: served in a standard offshore pint, pale dull-golden body, light beige cap with minimal retention.

smell: subtle - corriander, white pepper, orange peel

taste: Even for a brewery from Raleigh (Go Pack), Big Boss really hasn't done anything to earn any praise. This really isnt much different - just kind of a dull effort. It's not a bad beer, but it just lacks any sort of defining characteristic. The spicing (corriander, orange peel, white pepper) could stand to be much more pronounced.

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: good

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Photo of craytonic
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Still waiting on something decent from this brewery. Decent pour, light straw-golden yellow, not much head or lacing at all. Taste is close to a hefe, some faint peach and wheat grains, faint hops and lemon zest. Aroma is about the same, hint of spice as well. Very light body, not really much taste or smell to this. Really needs a bit more to it in terms of taste, smell, and mouthfeel. We'll give it a tick up for drinkability since it does go down easily.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has some corriander and orange peel upfront, along with biscuit, wheat, fruity esters and alcohol. The flavor also is spicy initially (notes of white pepper, corriander and orange peel), along with some wheat and hay, biscuit, fruity esters, and a bit of chalk. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is excellent. Pretty solid witbier from Big Boss, and I'm glad to see them bottling more beers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely day up in the mountains that let me try a huge sample of some new NC locals. Always thrilled when a day works out like this one did.

This was another new one for me. I haven't been able to sample as much from Big Boss as I would have liked to. So the chance to try this one worked just fine with me, Nice pour very light golden in color with a smooth and even head of pure white that settled down nicely across the top of the glass. Light peaches, pears, hints of grains and bready malts all combined to form a really nice, and very light and well placed profile. Hints of light spice, touches of lemon zest and hints of various grasses are all very present here. Light body and very nice carbonation give it a nice easy drinking and quite session able feel that really work quite well with the day. Last flittering taste of light honey and spice cross the palate at the last sip and leave me looking for another just as soon as I finish.

Overall a really solid job they did here. I would have no trouble getting this one in a bottle and keeping it stocked in the fridge.

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