Blùna | La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice

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La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Olivier-BAN on 10-17-2015

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Photo of kitch
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 7th June 2017 and poured into a plastic cup (all that was available at the hotel).

Appearance: It poured a hazy dark yellow brown colour with a huge three finger off white head with great retention and good lacing.

Aroma: Wheaty, bready, banana, orange and coriander.

Taste: Sweet banana, wheat, bready, orange peel and lemon. But other than the banana, everything else was quite light.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was not too bad, but the main thing was that the colour was quite unappealing.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 33cl brown glass bottle acquired as part of a 3 pack at the brewery for <9 euro total. Blue unbranded pry-off crown cap. Classy white label design. This is one of their three flagship/year round beers.

Witbier brewed with orange peel and coriander.

Reviewed live. Served cold into a dimpled mug.

HEAD: Occupies ~55% of the glass with a head of ~8cm width. Off-white colour. Decent consistency; neither even nor smooth, but fluffy and light. Messy lacing clings to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is good - ~7 minutes.

BODY: Turbid hazy dull pale copper of poor vibrance. I see no yeast within. Looks a bit like orange juice that's gone off.

Not a great look for a witbier, all things considered.

AROMA: Bitter orange peel, estery Belgian yeast, wheat, clean barley. The wheat doesn't seem particularly fresh or expressive. Coriander may be there, but I'm not finding it. Hop profile is downplayed to style, but I do pick up on some generic floral fruity notes.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Sharply overcarbonated. Heavy orange peel dominates throughout, giving this a bitter citrusy edge - not entirely welcome in a witbier. Some lemony citrus as well. Wheat lends this its obvious backbone, but never feels particularly fresh.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, unrefreshing. A lighter, fresher, cleaner mouthfeel would be ideal.

Belgian yeast is indicated by subtle fruity esters and a blip of white pepper.

Balanced albeit simple, if not plain. A shallow witbier, and not one I'm particularly enamored with.

OVERALL: Blùna isn't an impressive offering from Nice's only brewery, and I find myself wondering why this is part of their main lineup and not the vastly superior Earl Grey E.S.B. It's drinkable fare, but honestly only a little better than something like Hoegaarden. At this price point (and at this small a batch; I believe Olivier brews 600 litres at a time), I hoped for better.

High C (2.95) / AVERAGE

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Blùna from La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice
Beer rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 2 ratings