Witte Noire | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium
proefbrouwerij.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WalrusJockey on 12-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
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Photo of jzlyo
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark fruit//grapes and an astringent/alcoholic hint. The flavor is dark fruit/grapes, mild tobacco, malts/wheat, Belgian yeast and a mix of tart and warming alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of ruzzal
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Domvan
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the big bottle in a Delirium Tremens snifter, this one pours a thick mahogany brown with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a very thin layer and very light lacing. Nose of chocolate and banana, fresh bread, and some tart pie cherries. Flavors are very complex. Banana and chocolate to the back, sweet malts mingle to the sides with a fresh sweet bread like character. Some tart cherry flavors come through on the aftertaste with a light does of fig and delicious Belgian yeasty goodness with a light peppery spice. Excellent hybrid from an excellent brewer.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

08/11/11 Company claims: Imperial Amber Wheat Ale Deep amber/chestnut color with an off-white head. Roasty & chocolaty aromas with a hint of spice. Lightly roasty notes on a soft palate. Wheat lightens the body and clove-like spice notes are present on the finish. Exellent with smoked foods.

As for me, I found it to be like a black and tan with a porter and a wheat beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a very strange beer indeed, dubbed an imperial amber wheat, there is nothing amber about it. its a chocolate milk colored brew, with a ton of yeast in suspension and an average khaki head. its got notes of holiday spices, fresh baked breakfast rolls, chocolate cereal, and belgian fruity yeast. its complex as anything, but i never really get amber from it. its way darker and richer from the outset, and surprisingly not the least bit sweet either. a furious amount of malt in here, wheaty and thick on the palate, even with pretty good carbonation. chocolate dipped frozen banana and wit yeast come are there, but so is a much more reserved bakers flour complexion, bready and doughy and filling. its a hard beer to explain because it touches to many brewing traditions and styles. its not my favorite brew out there, but its a new interpretation for a belgian brewer, and like most stuff from these guys, is extremely unique. i appreciate the innovation, but im not sure i would choose this again. worth a try though for sure.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Disease
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Scepter
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JDavidRice
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Witte Noire

LOOK: Pours a dark amber with an off white soapy foam and leaves behind a solid sheet of lace.

SMELL: Chocolates and raisin comes through initially with a waft of alcohol. Belgian yeast and a touch of mineral.

TASTE: Once again powdery chocolate upfront, mild tart and fruity Belgian yeast character. Nutty with big time caramelized malt and molasses flavor. Light peppery spice. A touch of fresh cherry acidity. Fig and plum are also present. Towards the end of the bottle it was like some chocolate syrup candy drink. I like this ale, it has character and ample complexity.

FEEL: Full bodied, smooth, creamy with a chocolate toffee flavor lingering in the finish. This beer is rich.

OVERALL: What do you get when you mix dark roasted malts, wheat, semi wild Belgian yeast and careful crafting? You get this gem. The best way I can describe this beer would be a cross between an authentic German Doppelbock and a rustic Belgian Saison.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this for 5 bucks from the House of 1,000 beers discount shelf. More than likely it's over 2 years old.

A - Ugh it's another rubber cap. This could be good or bad. I believe this is the first time I ever pulled a cork and didn't hear a pop. It just slid out like a slug. At least when I poured it I got a layer of foam that seems to stick around for a bit. Color us is a very dark ruby brown, clear but almost porter like.

S - Smells of mild cherries, some sherry, raisin/plum, and some vinegar apple kind. Not a bad smelling dopplebock.

T - Its pretty good it's a standard approach to a dark wheat beer (dopplebock). Starts of mildly sour with some cherry notes then goes for the raisin and finishes with a sour sort of wheat twang that gives it a mildly dry finish. With a wet cardboard like body it seems this beer did not get better with age.

M - Light to medium it hides the ABV well.

Overall I kind of wish this was a collaboration since the regular versions of these beers tend to be sort of average. I blame it on the rubber cork.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown hazy color with a nice light tan head and some lacing

S-malt, caramel, spices, banana

T-toasted malt, caramel, fruity, hints of spice

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-decent flavor but not all that reminiscent of a witbier

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, yeast, and spices. Taste is of toasted malt, slight caramel, fruits, yeast, and spices on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of msarver16
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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