Grimbergen Blanche | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thierrynantes on 11-24-2007

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of pale lemon yellow. It holds a foamy white head of one and a half fingers. This leaves thick lacing as it disappears, at a slower rate. There is a definite haze to the beer, but no particulates are noted. Carbonation looks to be medium. Amidst the malts the aroma is rich with herbal spice and thick clovey phenols that sting the nose. This spice is of cinnamon and warming smells of winter, reminiscent of a sweet potpourri. There is a hint of biting, chalky yeast, and some bittering of orange peel. As we sip the mouth is met with wet malts and an initial sugary sweetness. To the latter is lent light and fruity esters and sweetened citrus. The middle is highlighted by clovey phenols and a peppery spiciness. The citrus here moves more to rind, which bitters the flavoring. This lasts through the end, which is otherwise a mash of sweaty malts. The aftertaste breathes with sour grain and more dry phenols. The body is on the lighter side and the carbonation is as well. The feel to each sip is soft, almost like a whipped yogurt, which is light and airy. It does this without approaching wateriness. The mouth is neither dried nor coated. The abv is within range and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the nose. Here we were able to detect an array of spice, which had a nicely accompanying sweetness to add complexity to the mix. The taste was a bit of a letdown after the bright aromas, but the final product is an enjoyable brew for the style.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.73/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.88/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ggaughan
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just picked up a 6 pack of this beer in 25 cl bottles at the Auchan supermarket in Luxembourg.

The beer poured a hazy pale yellow color with a medium thickness white head, nice bubbles. The aroma is a bit of citrus and wheaty and yeast. The taste is more of the same. There is a nice refreshing taste to the beer, yeast and citrus. Not overly complex. The beer is easy drinking and not very filling.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with almost no head. Really spice heavy on the aroma. Lots of orange peel. Taste is also really orange forward but in a good way. Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Really good witbier overall.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of fr0wn3r
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of OlaB
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: gives of a cloudy straw yellow color. Small top of head that disolves quickly. Decent lacings on the glass.

S: citrus fruits,corriander,gloves and yeast.

T&F: much as the nose. Fruity and fresh start, citrus fruits with different spices like gloves,corriander and peppercorns. In the finish I sense more sweet dryness. The aftertaste last for a good while. I just don't think the taste ever get very exiting.

O: a easy drinking and good witbier. Is just exiting enough in the taste compared to other witbiers

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Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hanyuu
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a hazy golden color w/frothy white head, but retention was short-lived.

S-Smooth and slightly sweet fruity/spicy bouquet. Bits of coriander, pear, orange and citrus.

T&M-Prickly carbonation w/smooth light body. Delicate fruit and spice w/wheat upfront. Light clove. Finish sticks and leaves aftertaste which is not altogether unpleasant. Carbonation carries through well and perks up other aspects of its character.

D-Sessionable and lively...excellent summer sipper. Not very distinguishable from other beers of this style.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This Belgium Blanche pours as you would expect, a hazy light golden body with small head.

Aroma is good, plenty of zest, floral better than a hoegaarden on the nose, more inviting.

Taste is solid, wheaty and fresh, light floral flavour too, grapefruit and elderflower.

Feel is a disappointment, very dry almost evaporates in the mouth. There is just too much artificial sweetness to it, that said the aftertaste is pleasant.

Overall, not bad, a bit up and down in the realms of the factors for rating, but that's just how it goes I guess.......still edges the hoegaarden in my book.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Beer rating: 45.3% out of 100 with 86 ratings
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