Blanche de Bruges | Brouwerij De Gouden Boom

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Blanche de BrugesBlanche de Bruges

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Gouden Boom

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at Cafe Jardin L'Arrosoir in Paris.

Served a cloudy, pale, lemon yellow with a little head. Decent lacing around the glass. Should have more head, but the lacing and color are right on.

Aromas of citrus, yeast, and malt are the most dominate with hints of spice and coriander.

The first flavor is citrus, followed quickly by yeast, and malt middle. The finish is hints of spice and subtle coriander for balance.

This was a good Blanche, but I've had better.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first totally unfiltered cloudy belgian wheat i had ever had.Was skeptical till I tasted now I want as many as I can find.

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 fl oz dark olive bottle. The name translates to "White of Bruges." Unfiltered and bottle-conditioned.

Appearance: Cloudy and pale, with a delicate white lace.

Smell: Sweet light grains, spice, orange peel. A bit applely and musty in the nose.

Taste: Lush mouthfeel, crisp and dry on the palate. Malt sweetness is mild. Hop bitterness faint. There's a slight acidic sharpness (apple-like) that builds to a level that refreshes, but quickly dissapates. Mild clove-like flavours are noticeable. Finishes clean with a slight nutty/yeast character.

Notes: A very refreshing and delicate beer with a moderate alcohol content. Nice balancer for a sweet desert.

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Photo of rastaman
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice white, typical white fluffy head and smells of coriander, clove, lemon and banana. Very nice to drink, smooth, not too heavy, nice wheaty flavours, nice beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is about as close to "white" as a beer actually gets. It pours the palest shade of chartruese, obscured by a milky haze. Topped by sheer white froth.

Crisp and pale, upfront and throughout. Crackery, and pils-like initially. Turns spicier with the hallmarks of curacao and coriander. Plenty peppery too, which is probably the dominant spice hue. Yeast turns this lemon-sour towards the finish. The spicy hop completion flows seemlessly from the pepper traits.
A very small beer on the palate, but a nicely built one.

This exactly matches my mind's-eye contruction of a witbier.
That's not to say it's the best I've had. Just a well done archetype of style.

Oh, and it's drinkable by the gallon.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, yellow with orange tint. Nice appearance with steadily rising streams of tiny bubbles and a bright white head. The head settles quickly but leaves a nice whispy foam around the rim of the glass. The aroma is faint but offers a light, slightly sour malt with some citrus and probably a contributing, but not readily apparent, spiciness. Very light bodied, almost watery, with a gently zesty mouthfeel. The flavor is limited, but offers a hint of honeyish sweet malt alongside a mild yeast bite. The spices are very subtle. Finishes dry and refreshing. A very light bodied, mild flavored witbier.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a nebulous light lemon yellow color, the head is bright white, frothy in texture, diminutive in size, and the resultant lace a very fine sheet. The aroma of yeast, lemon peel, corriander and quite crisp and clean to the senses with the start lightly sweet and sour, top is skeletal. Finish has a moderate acidity, the hops delicate, and the aftertaste quite dry. Seems to be a bit on the weak site for my taste, watery, which bodes ill for the overall rating, but not a bad beer, just doesn't measure up to the really good "Wit" beers.

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Photo of Paddez
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has the appearance of a typical witbier; hazy, yellow with a big white head that produces some nice lacing.

The smell is a somewhat sweet: a little bready and yeasty with some citrusy fruits and spice notes (mainly clove) coming though in the background.

The taste is wheaty & lemony but these elements are all a bit overpowered by the strong taste of clove wich is -while intresting- a bit overdone. Slightly dry aftertaste yet overall still quite a bit sweeter than usual for a witbier.

The mouthfeel is smooth making for a pretty refreshing beer, the carbonation could have been a bit livlier though.

Not a bad witbier, just nothing spectacular. The clove seems overdone although I can hardly imagine all bottles taste like this. When it's warm enough and I feel like it, I'll order it again for a re-visit.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is known in Quebec, because of a movie titled "Crusing Bar" where a "stylish wannabe" is asking this beer in a disco.

This is one of my all time favorite, I could end up alchoholic because of this beer. Very shy smell, and taste, fruity aromas, the mouthfeel reminds me of drinking sweet 7/UP but with a divine alcoholic taste. I could drink it all day!

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big airy white head with a creamy lace. Sweet "wheat" lemon nose. Taste is sweet with hints of lemon, corriander and clove. Milky texture in the mouth Rich and smooth. Slight yeast taste in the finish. Not as bold as others .. but a crafted enjoyable wit.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Typical light hazy yellow color. Inspiring lemon, oranges and spices aroma. You feel refreshed already after the first sip from the well balanced sweetness with a little tart taste towards the end that leaves you all ready for a new adventure: Best white beer I ever tried

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.13/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one poured a nice cloudy yellow, as I expected a white beer to. There was no head to speak of.

It smelled... sweet. Just sweet. Not too much depth to it. A little yeasty, a little like bread, but mostly sweet.

I was surprised by the taste. The only way I can describe it was that it was flat... it tasted the way a rubber band smells, if that makes any sense. I did not like it much at all.

Some people may like this one, but I am not among them. I was disappointed.

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Photo of Andreji
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very firm representation of the Witbiers from belgium, which I find to be a lighter version of south german Weizens. Pour is very pale, cloudy and with a small white head that lasts long enough.

The smell is of wheat and lemon, mostly, which makes it very appealing and refreshing: at taste, the mild wheat and citrusness combined with a slight fizz and a moderate bitterness at the end make it a very refreshing and drinkable beer. not bad, really.

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Photo of ernie
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is royal: golden liquid instantly forms impressive crown.

Smell is a bit nitty-gritty - too much different tomes, too sweet. But it's interesting and doesn't make you to change your mind and order something else.

Taste is rich, fruity-sherbety, with a prominent citric note and hint of spices.

Very drinkable beer. Recommended!

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Photo of acrawf6
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one in a cafe in paris on tap. It was a light and cloudy yellow with a thick white head that retained well.
Aromas were light and of citris with some notes of flowers.
Taste was light as well. Very lemony. Tastes like it is refreshing, but the flavor did not appeal that much too me.
The mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation that i thought helped make it taste refreshing.
Overall i say this is a beer worth trying and could definetly see some people love this beer because it is a little unique, but not my favorite witbier.

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Photo of EPseja
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Poured a watery, clear, super-pale yellow color with very little head that diminished even further into nothingness. Took a moment to try and dislodge some of the sediment that was still sitting at the bottom of the bottle by swishing around the few drops that remained. Once added, the sediment made it cloud up properly, but even that couldn't save it from receiving a fair grade.

S - Clean, light and sweet spiciness. Coriander, citrus, and a faint, organic maltiness. Notes of honey. Well blended. Very nice.

T - Begins with a subdued sweetness with traces of honey. A nicely tamed spiciness shows in the middle. The swallow and aftertaste brings a strange, mildly bitter plastic note that is soon replaced by a lightly dry sweetness. I may have to reevaluate this beer on another tasting. I think that the yeast may have sat too long in this bottle, creating the detrimental phenolic notes.

M - Enters the mouth very waterily. Viscosity increases with slightly in the mouth, giving it a chewiness. Swallow is slick.

D - This is a decent and well rounded witbier that would work well on a warm afternoon, provided it were readily available.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a cloudy yellow color with nice white head. Smell is spicy without being overpowering. Taste is a bit too light for my pleasure and doesn't seem to follow through with the promises of the smell. The slight tartness at the finish was not what I expected. Ok beer but I like Victory's Witbier better.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Bierodrome, Kingsway, London. Listed as "Brugs White Beer" at 4.8% abv.

This white poured a cloudy, golden yellow color with creamy, white foam that settled but coated the glass. The smell was citrus and wheat with hints of fruit. The taste was slightly sweet with flavors of wheat and yeast, hints of fruit (banana?) and spice and citrus, and hints of candy sugar. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. A yeasty taste lingered. This was a decent white beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught: This was a fairly typical beer for this style, if a little weak in its representation. It was a cloudy straw yellow color. No too much white head. Some aroma of spices and citrus, but not too much. Wheat body with a little of the citrus and spiciness. Just OK.

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Blanche de Bruges from Brouwerij De Gouden Boom
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 19 ratings