La Grande Blanche | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zorro on 07-22-2007

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Has the American beer culture helped to inspire Belgian brewers to spawn a new style? Imperial White Ale it is--but is bigger better?

Perhaps the most stunning white head we have seen in a while; the beer is a tad foamy, but the active carbonation really does keep the meringue-like head afloat. Good haze in this pale-golden brew. Faint peppery aroma, with hints of citrus peel, husky grain and chalky yeast. Becomes very smooth after some of the carbonation comes out of solution, and the hefty medium malty body certainly flaunts more girth than your typical Witbier. Malty for sure, with a pale malt and faint oat sweetness. Spice balances the sweetness with citrus peel, coriander, light herbal medicinal phenols and a fruity, chalky yeast. Some warmth comes through after a few sips with a lineup of ripe, fruity esters. Finishes a bit sweet.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but since it's so drinkable, you really have to watch the 7.5 percent ABV. Consider this a sipping beer rather than a quaffer of a White Ale. Bacon-wrapped Boursin-cheese-stuffed chicken breast and some lemon-butter asparagus would pair well with this.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat. Mild amounts of lemon rind and a slight breadiness are also present. As the beer warms hints of white pepper waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bright light malt flavors with solid wheat twang kick things off with light hints of breadiness beef things up. Midway through the sip good amounts of lemon and lighter amounts of orange flavors make an appearance. Mild amounts of spices come into play before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this beer was very well done and very refreshing. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a pale hazy yellow body with a slow motion carbonation of microbubbles and a cobweb white head that sticks to the glass even after it fades to a thick ring of big bubbles.

S- The clean aroma has a soft lemon yeasty ester to it with a fresh wintergreen quality in the finish that is also very light.

T- The dry woody quality is not really barrel wood with some wheat dough hints to follow and a lemon note to finish. There is a soft spice character that comes through in the finish as the beer opens up. There are also some pear and unripe banana flavors along with a lemon note that come through aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is very light and crisp but only hings of pear and lemon come through making it a bit bland in taste and smell.

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Photo of skolwitz
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very good wit beer and on the high side with the alcohol. Sampled a 750ml bottle which did not have a good pop when the cork was removed. The carbonation was lacking and only had a slight ring around the edge of the glass.

The taste and smell were very good however and fit in with the wit beer class. Because of the carbonation issue there was no lace or any mouthfeel due to the carbonation.

Very good however and would like to sample a more lively glass next time with adequate carbonation.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two-finger thick head, super creamy, cratered, and firm like meringue. Color is a cloudy pear-skin gold. Tons of lace.

Lots of pear and peach in the nose. A little bit of mineral from, I'd guess, the yeast...light herbal/spice character, but it's the fruitiness the defines this beer's aroma. Clean, breezy, fruity and unmistakably Belgian in origin.

Lots of pear and peach in the flavor, along with a healthy and completely refreshing apple element. But this is no wimpy macro-style fruit novelty, there's a subtle and earthy herbal element as well as a good dose of yeasty earthiness. Fresh white bread; a flowery essence; hops are crisp and bright. Simple, uncomplicated and incredibly likable.

Mouthfeel is airy, finely carbonated, gentle, kind of creamy...utterly smooth.

Man, does anything that comes out of De Proef suck? This is a delicious and uber-refreshing beer...and though its 7.5% ABV may qualify it as an imperialized witbier, it basically drinks like your lower-ABV wit...superb.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Crushinat0r for sharing. Cloudy with a white head and orangey lace follows. Rising carbonation with big creaminess that gives a fine mouthfeel.Corriander, orange ad lemon peel. A full yeasty and candy aroma. Good drinkability.Good representation of style.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a large off-white head that has excellent retention and a good amount of lacing around the glass as well.

S- The aroma is citrus with some peppery spices, wheat, grass, coriander and yeast.

T- The taste starts out with some wheat and citrus flavors along with spices and a touch of bitterness in the finish. The taste can be a little too cloyingly sweet at times, but the alcohol is very well hidden.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The sweetness detracts from the drinkability for me. Not bad, but there are definitely better witbiers out there.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a semi-hazy bronzed yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some speckled lace wove around the glass nicely.
The aroma had some floral sweet to red apple and subtle pear fleshy character. Light honey, subtle wheat and a touch of hay round out the end. Light grass.
The flavor moderately blended the sweet portions of the prior mentioned aromas and added a touch of lemongrass. Aftertaste speaks of the sweetness of those flavors and added in a touch of damp grain.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Gets quite smooth rolling over my tongue in a gentle way. ABV felt fine. Carbonation felt appropriate.
Overall, nice witbier, I like the honey aspect in it, a bit different than what I'm used to but still would have again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. sample, shared with others at the Maproom.

Poured the typical golden, almost pastel yellow. High clarity, good head retention. Some lacing in the glass, typical Belgian looks.

Aroma was sweet, mild fruit candy...lemon, orange, or peach.

Tasted fairly sweet with a very subdued spicy element. Coriander would be my guess, but that would just be following the formula. Round, sweet mouthfeel, I was hoping for a thicker wheatiness. Nice dry finish. Alcohol is there, but fairly well hidden.

My glass disappeared quickly, and was supplemented by a friend's unattended glass...

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Photo of MarenJensen
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The way this beer was served, paired with its taste, seems to be a beer for the girly-girl.

Served in a gold-rimmed De Proef flute (v. pretty) with a matching golden color, with a beautiful and foamy head.

The aroma was overwhelmingly sweet and smelled of honey and concentrated citrus.
Canned juice?

Very smooth and creamy.

The taste suited it's aroma, very honey-like, and was quite interesting, worth a try, but as I was just sampling a friend's, I had a hard time imagining drinking a whole glass of it.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a hazy lemon color with carb fount in center and some lacing. It had a large white head that slowly settled into a foam center and collar fed by the carb.

The aroma was a disappointment. Was missing the usual wit aroma and was dominated by an overly lemon smell and alcohol. Some coriander and spice but too faint. The taste followed the aroma. Too lemony and too much alcohol with too little of the classic wit taste that I love. Only had a couple imperial wits and have been greatly disappointed by both. I think imperial works for some styles but, for me, it doesn't work on wits.

Overall, a big miss for me. Was looking forward to another wit to hit the Texas market but this is a one and done for me especially since it's $11.99 - way too expensive. Don't recommend.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a slightly cloudy lemon color with high carbonation producing a 1/2 inch white head.
S: Biscuit, wheat toast, mild citrus and spice. Hint of apple juice.
T: Soft melon and apple, mild spice, and a hint of citrus hops.
M: Soft and creamy. Mild tart bite with the finish. Lingers decently on the palate with alternating sweet and sour notes. Interesting...very juice-like.
D: Different than what I was expecting, but still good. Definitely drinkable and sessionable...ABV very well hidden. Not very complex (but most wits aren't). Good for style.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought for two dollars at Bevmo.

Pours a big old fluffy head, kinda cloudy sloppy straw yellow.

Spicy smell with sweet fruity follow up.

Tastes better than a two dollar beer. Everything you'd expect from a good wit.

Very sweet and tangy aftertaste.

Excellent beer even if it cost more than two bucks...

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says "Brewmaster's Collection Special Reserve" Belgian Imperial White Ale. Purchased this 750 ML bottle at the San Luis Obispo BevMo the cost was $9.99.

This corked with a rubber cork and also caged.

In the glass this is a furiously head forming lightly cloudy pale yellow colored ale. The head formation is nothing short of legendary, very tall snow white head that falls fairly quickly. Looks great and there is no reason to pour this with vigor this makes a tall head no matter what.

The smell sweet and spicy with a clear scent of coriander along with a strong banana smell like a Quadruple ale. Sweet wheat malt is quite strong and there is the scent of vanilla and sugar cookie dough present. I can smell the orange peel but in this case it is a bit bitter smelling like the pith of and orange, probably the hops adding a nuance.

The flavor begins sweet and spicy with the flavor of wheat malt as expected. Alcohol adds a spicy taste of pepper here, can't forget that this is a white beer that packs a punch. Quite a bit of warmth in the throat and stomach from this one. Mild taste this just isn't as raw or over flavored as many beers that have the "Imperial" label attached to it. This is a good witbier but it isn't as subtle as a Hoegarrten or as flavorful as a St. Bernardus Witbier, this is just very clean and strong in alcohol. There is one unexpected flavor here, green apples.

The mouthfeel is good and thick.

This is quite drinkable even for the strength of the alcohol in this. The main thing about this beer is the mildness of it for the alcohol punch it has. Tasty and a witbier despite what could be expected this is something unique, a Double Wit.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Grande Blanche... whcih is I guess "the big wheat." Caged&corked (albeit rubber cork) 750ml bottle. This one is a good belgian wit, a cloudy golden straw with a white fluff atop. Hazy and with good carbonation.

Sweet banana and spicy coriander in the aroma. Sugary cake dough malt presence.

Sweeetness is a bit forward, with the bitter and dry spicing taking a backseat, but not really offbalanced, just sweet forward. Musky and fruit, with some tropical and banana flavors.

Quite drinkable, and the 7.5 is hidden well. It's not subtle, nor is it over the top imperial. Just a real good drinker, I highly recommend it to wit fans.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Map Room 9/22/07.

A: Served a pale, cloudy yellow color. Capping it is a bright white, two finger head of cream.

S: Faint aroma of tart apples, yeast, wheat, with a dash of funky Chicago basement.

T: Light tart fruit and funkyness. Complimenting this is a wheaty dryness that completes the picture.

M: Creamy, with some sharpness towards the middle and dryness at the finish.

D: Very, very refreshing. Perfect for the summer!

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of alpenglocken
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a short one finger head sporting some large bubbles.

Smell: grass, coriander, and some other spices rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: mild wheat profile with plenty of yeast tones, mild coriander, some pepper, green grapes, and pears. Bitterness balances out the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness late. Brief aftertaste as the spices seem to last the longest.

Drinkability: this beer went down easy and the bottle drained surprisingly quickly. Nice flavors so give this one a try.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An optimal example of the style, if you can find a bottle that holds up, beautiful hazy golden color, bright white foam. Floral and tropical fruit aromas, with the wheat backbone. Orange and coriander spice notes. Quite heavy in the mouth, finishes nicely balanced and hops are soft but this is not a sweet witbier, this is a good example of the style as I said before.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 12-27-08

Pours a very light and slightly hazy yellow, with little bubbles rising to the surface to a filmy head that lasts forever.

Smell is very sweet, all the standard aromas of a wit, with a deep, dark fruit/cranberry aroma hidden in the back. Staggeringly complex and enjoyable.

Taste is not as complex as the smell, sweet light malt at first with a balancing hop flavor and slight bitterness. The alcohol keeps things lively, but there just isn't alot else there.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and syrupy with low carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, it's a very sweet beer and I don't think I'd want two in a row.

Overall, a good beer, but not as complex or flavorful as I had hoped.

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La Grande Blanche from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 73 ratings