La Grande Blanche
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #65
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #19,085
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 9.3%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
73
From:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  0
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 73
Photo of cjgator3
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
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 belgbeerdrinker
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: cloudy gold color, thick foamy head settles to still-thick level, moderate lacing
s: belgian yeast, tart fruits, wheat come through
t: tart fruits are consistent along with wheat flavors, but little else as it finishes with little flourish
m: medium body with good carbonation
d: i was expecting more from this brew, especially in terms of body and flavor, but still fairly drinkable

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Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Witbier. Poured into an Aventinus glass from a corked and caged bottle. A little higher abv than I would have expected but nice and smooth.

Pours the typical witbier.hefe dull straw color with a big fluffy white head and good retention. Leaves thich, spotty lace on the glass.

Typical witbier aroma with a bit more pepper than some.

Tastes is good. Coriander, citrus, a little wheat bitterness and bubble gum sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich with no hint of the 7.5 abv.

Drinkability is good. Have to respect the strength. This is no session beer, just tastes like one. Very nice

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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 allengarvin
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bernardus chalice, this is a limpid-golden beer, clear, with no head on top. The nose is pleasantly spicy, with a light citrus scent underneath. To taste, coriander has a light presence, but there's a nice yeasty spiciness that makes up for it. Moderately fruity, with a hint of alcohol. Could use some more carbonation, as well.

Disappointing beer, from a brewery whose quality seems to range from blandly ordinary to stunningly good. This one is on the low end.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Body is a very cloudy translucent straw yellow. Pours with a foamy 1-2 finger white head. Head eventually fades to a thin collar and leaves some traces of lacing behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and somewhat dynamic with a hint of brown yeast sediment lurking in the bottom of the glass.

S- Smell is light and fruity. Lemon and orange citrus scents are the highlight with a hint of coriander and a bready yeast in the background.

T- The flavor is like the smell but much more subdued. The overall impression is sweet with sweet citrus upfront and a low but noticeable yeasty backbone. A hint of coriander comes through for the finish along with an even more subtle hint of floral hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is otherwise pretty clean with nothing lingering on the palate.

M- Low to medium tingly carbonation. Mouthfeel is very light and has a bit of a yeast presence but is thinner than I like for the style.

D- This is a pretty good witbier. The 7.5% is very well hidden especially considering the thin mouthfeel. There is no noticeable presence of alcohol presence whatsoever and this drinks like a 3-4% session beer. Not my favorite of the style but still one I would have again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was a quarter inch of creamy head and good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of lemon and spices.

T: Taste was a lively combination of lemon, coriander, hops and some other fruits. Alcohol is more present than in other witbiers, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a tasty, easy to drink witbier with a good amount of complexity. Very zesty.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of katan
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mil corked bottle

A - Pours a light golden straw color. Head is strong and a very opaque white color. Slow ti dissipate, sitting there with a 2mm head. Lots of floating and hazing from the yeast and carbonation.

S - Dominated by the Belgian wit yeast strain. Spicy and earthy. Right within the style for me. Perhaps an almost orangy undertone.

T - Tastes much like the smell. Starts off light in flavor, with a mostly wheat dry flavor. Continues with the yeast starting to assert itself. Finishes with a sweet note that is a combination of grassy wheat and sweet malts. Some acidity at the end that I could almost attribute to oxidation. Pleasant tasting.

M - Has a thicker body than some of the other witbiers I've had. Highly coating on the tongue. Lots of body from the high carbonation.

D - Easy to drink, and somewhat deceptive consider the high ABV for the style. Good for the summer beer rotation.

All and all a good representation of the style. The price would knock it out of the regularly drinking rotation. The imperial variation on the style is rather interesting as well.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy yellow body, pillowy white head with a sheet of lacing.

s: light malt is dominated by coriander and lemon.

t: Honey upfront, then coriander, then lemon peel. Not too spiced. I am usually bored by wits, but this one I really like.

m: smooth with above average carbonation.

d: very easy drinking, hard to believe the abv. an excellent introduction to belgian beer for those that may be intimidated by a more full flavored or assertive offering. I often describe it to customers as hoegarden on steroids.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at 72 hours of Belgium last year, but this was from the bottle the other night. It's a solid beer out of the bottle, but really tastes fresher and better on tap IMO.

The beer pours a very hazy tan/gold color with fair head retention and decent lacing. There is a lot of spice on the nose, coupled with honey, clove and some banana. The beer is fairly sweet on the palate, but there is enough spice to keep it from becoming cloying. The beer has a very smooth mouthfeel, and in this beer the alcohol presence seems to improve the mouthfeel. The beer finishes very well, with the alcohol well disguised.

This beer is delicious, but is a bit heavy and rich for the style I think. While I quite enjoyed it, it's not the sort of beer I'd want all the time. Nevertheless, a very solid effort.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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 jascox2
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good clean, citrus, very low on spice or corriander. not too stong on the belgium yeast flavour. Cork did not pop, but the carbonation was just right, with a sticky lace head. The color was a straw yellow, and the alcohol whilst 7.5% was not really noticable. This is a great beer. Not the weirdest or funkiest but just a really good beer.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Gorgeous off gold and within the liquid a nice marbling appearance. After a fairly vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip there's a massive rocky head and plenty of sticky lacing. Wow!

S - Coriander.

T/M - Coriander, some citrus and a touch of vanilla. Very creamy but not dense with nice carbonation that doesn't detract. Beautiful.

D - At 7.5% ABV, they're starting to push it but this is beautiful ale worthy of your money, time, and attention. Terrific.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant honey gold with pastel lemon edges. A little hazy yeastiness would be nice, but I've only just begun to pour. The alabaster colored crown is both firm and sticky, which results in a nice combination of looks, persistence and lace. Interestingly enough, only a small amount of yeast crashes the party on the final pour.

The nose is everything that a good witbier nose should be: bright, clean, orange citrusy and coriander spicy. All elements appear to be working in perfect harmony. Despite the ABV and the 'Imperial wit' moniker, no alcohol is noted.

La Grande Blanche Belgian Imperial White Ale is tasty stuff, just as I was pretty sure it would be. For starters, it does taste a little bigger than a standard version of the style, while stopping short of the big wits that I've had in the past. Of course those offerings (see below) clock in at 9.0-10.0%.

The beer tastes as bright and clean as it smells. The malt provides almost no flavor other than a slight tangy wheatiness. Orange peel rules the roost and coriander contributes a little sumpin' sumpin'. Lemons and bananas are appreciated as well, probably from hops and yeast respectively.

Despite being slightly more sweet than most wits, this stuff is a cinch to drink at whatever speed one chooses. Although the mouthfeel is no bigger than light-medium, it has a light silkiness and lingering stickiness that is enjoyable. A sedate feel to the carbonation helps.

La Grande Blanche is not as good as the best Imperial wits that I've had the pleasure to drink (Allagash 10th Anniversary Ale, Bell's Batch 8000 and Southampton Double White), but it's a solid version that should give witbier lovers all they could ever ask for and then some.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden straw color with a dense foamy white head. Aromas of coriander and pilsener malts, flavors of coriander, cardamom, and a dash of citrus. Medium body and a slightly bitter coriander finish. So it seems that when you make a witbier an IMPERIAL witbier, it kinda tastes like a tripel or saison. Walk, don't run to the nearest retailer for a 750ml bottle of this plausible spring morning brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap yesterday at the Brickstore Pub, but didn't review it. I'm enjoying it again today on my covered back porch on a warm day and it is just delicious. It seems a good deal less tart and perhaps a tad sweeter in the bottle compared to on tap, but either way this is one fine beer. Pours a bit hazy, but a nice light golden and with a respectable head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some okay lacing. Slightly sweet, very creamy, with pears, cardamom, lemon, and some minerality. Very nice, and the flavor is equally appealing with more cream, lemon, pear, and cardamom, as well as a nice herbal grassiness in the finish and atad of sweetness running through it all as well as some coriander. Very nice. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth, but with a nice tart herbalness at the end. A delightful surprise.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this last week.

A - golden and hazy, looked nice and Belgian and inviting

S - wow, what a smell! So fruity, some tart, and hints of yeast

T - again, very fruity and tarty. There is a nice fruity spice in there as well which I really enjoyed

M - medium bodied with some nice carbonation

D - wow, this was really refreshing the other day! Definitely enjoyed it and would drink again

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light honey color with a fluffy white head that retains nicely while leaving beautiful lacing patterns around the chalice

Smell: Candied apple, Belgian must, orange peel, candi sugar and medicinal phenols; plenty of yeastiness, too

Taste: Opens with a surprising apple tart flavor that moves in a spicy direction, with orange peel, grain and white pepper becoming prominent in the mix; after the swallow, the hotter flavors mellow and the candied apple spice sweetness takes over to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very pleasant to drink; more of a Belgian Blonde to my palate than a wit

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Photo of skolwitz
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 DogFood11
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle that looks identical to the one pictured. Cork came out with a little work and a short pop indicated this held its seal.
Poured into a stemmed pils glass it is very much transparent and as pale yellow as any macro lager I've seen. waves of medium carbonation roll to the surface and support an Ivory white creamy head.

Smell has a musky backdrop but it eventially cleans up into a fruity brew. Very similar to a triple in a lot of respects. Mainly the lighter colored fruits, pineapple, apple and a bit of bubble gum. Secondary is the abv being a nice zip and it warms ya up good. This is full. I usually would expect a wit to be refreshing and to me this is far from refreshing. Style be damned this is a fine brew.

Notes: A big winner in my book. Its been a few months since I've dabbled back into Belgian brews and this may have revived my interest.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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La Grande Blanche from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 73 ratings