Blanche De Saisis | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Blanche De SaisisBlanche De Saisis

Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blanche De Saisis pours a hazy golden amber with a vigorous, 2” pillowy off-white foam cap. The nose is sweet malt, spicy banana and citrus aromas. It offers a hearty and full flavored palate with honey and malt sweetness, traces of caramel seasoning traces of banana and citrus – particularly orange. Medium body and carbonation it comes across as heartier and maltier than most wits. Still refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

undated 11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Just plain ugly looking: a murky orange amber with almost no head; minimal lacing left on the glass. Some sediment included in the pour but most left on the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: fruity, including plums, currants and apples. Biscuit (malt) base.

T: no detectable hops although this is only mildly sweet. Fruity, modest complexity, with a light wheat note. A trace of lemony tartness. Little banana-yeasty flavor for style.

O: low pressure upon opening and low carbonation revealed in the pour suggest a bottle past its prime. Still tasty and enjoyable but likely better fresher.

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Photo of brentk56
1.74/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Apearance: I have never given out a "1" before on "Appearance" but this one merits it - looks like a glass of apple juice, not beer

Smell: Smells a bit like a blend of honey and apple juice

Taste: Graham cracker malt, up front, with the honeyed apple juice making an entrance and dominating the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and flat

Overall: Who knows how long this has been on the shelf but it is a disaster of a beer right now

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much of this beer reminds me of a tawny port. The tawny color of the beer was highlighted by a diminutive cap of foam. The aroma is reminiscent as well. A sweetness with a big dose of apple permeates the nose and the flavor as well. Brewers grain brings forth more sweetness. Not much more than a whimper at the end.

I was surprised to learn that this was a witbier. I wouldn't have guessed it. The sweetness, the graininess and the images of port as I drank did not conjure up visions of witbier. In any case, at $5.89 for 33 cl bottle, I'm not sure I would purchase this again.

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Photo of smcolw
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very small head, particularly for a wheat. It dies to literally no bubbles and therefore no lace. Dark gold color and clear.

Flowery aroma is my first impression. Overall quite sweet like smelling an apertif. Similar to a LBV Port.

Relatively thin and very mild up front. The sweetness shows up near the swallow. It's as if someone added a little port to this beer. The finish is milky and short lived. I detect no wheat. The body is quite thin. This beer misses on many levels.

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Photo of Hachiman
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as a cloudy gold with a snow-white head. Chill haze faded as it warmed. Lacing was particularly fine-textured or detailed.

The smell was quite sweet, almost like corn syrup, with a bit of hops herbage.

Taste was simpler than I expected, mostly caramel, some pepper, well-rounded hoppiness. None of the typical banana odor or taste.

Mouthfeel was smooth yet slightly viscous, more like a saison than a witbier.

Definitely an interesting beer, but not one of the best witbiers I've tasted

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy copper with a very light head. Notes of hops, honey, grape, and fig on the nose. The palate has a vinous character with notes of raisins or fig, perhaps a hint of sherry. Delivers thin, dry, and nearly devoid of carbonation.

I wonder if the swivel top let some carbonation slip and some oxidation occur. The reddish hue for a wheat supports this.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a hazy straw color with a nice white head.

S: Lots of sweetness in the nose. Lightly floral and honey-like with sweet orange aromas too. Some sweet wheat crackers too.

T: The flavor is also very sweet and reminiscent of honey. I like the floral, orange blossom flavor and it goes well with the sweet citrus and wheat notes.

M: Somewhat light in body with a lively level of carbonation.

D: An interesting sort of witbier. A lot sweeter and less "yeasty" than I'm used to.

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

Wheatbeer, Witbier, from Ellezelloise, one of the well regarded Belgian breweries, imho.
With so many beer in this style, from both Belgian and German origin, to choose from, this particular brewer still has my attention with this.

First smell from the bottle is fresh baked white bread.
Pouring it into a chalice, It shows dark golden beer, with a fluffy thick head. Not much carbonation, but floaty bits are there.
Smell is extremely dominant. I don't even have to put my nose to the glass to get the white bread scent. It's hard to pick up anything else though.
Full flavour too. Malty and bready, a bit hops, good clean yeast, soft fruits.
Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing.
Well drinkable.

This is quite different from what I've experienced in this style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a delicately hazed, light yellow body with a sudsy, enduring, white head.

Smell: A nose of wheat-based crackers with some playful, sweet-smelling notes of wildflower honey and day-old cakes, though the nose implies more sweetness than comes through in the final flavor. Lighter hints of citrus and spice.

Taste: Light tastes of wheat and barley with some initial crackery tones before a subtly sweet taste of glazed honey cake glides in. Mild, middling yeast spiciness. Small spritz of lemon. Lightly floral hop character with enough bitterness to be felt. Drying, reasonably crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! With it's refreshing lightness and crispness, it's definitely better suited to the outdoors on a warm, sunny summer afternoon.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a crisp white head that fades leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smells of wheat and yeast.

Taste is of wheat, biscuit, alcohol, lemon zest.

Finish is dry and has a lingering aftertaste of lemon.

Pretty easy drinking beer, but not the best wit beer I've had.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to my friend Adam for the share.

Shows a straw-peach body with a dirty haze from the yeast. Average head retention to the eggshell white foam. Crazy a blend of honeydew, butterscotch, band-aids, caramel, and orange peel. Can't say I'm much of a fan, but it does get points for being unique.

Vanilla and hops with some off-flavored phenols. Wheat and pale malts add a creamy base, but the finish is woody and tastes a bit like dead yeast. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, smooth, and creamy with a hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Drinkable, sure, but not exactly a witbier that I would want to revisit.

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Photo of Travlr
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Watery yellow appearance with a big-bubble head, not an attractive beer.
S: Aroma of banana and bubblegum, maybe some black pepper in the background.
T: Banana flavors, probably ketones, and some malt.
M: Very light bodied.
D: Unimpressive, probably best skipped.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading some reviews, it seems the "Tarwebier Biere de Froment van des Saisis" is the same as this... okay, not that I have that figured out... this one had a brewed date of March 2008, so it's been aging almost 2 years. I hope that helps things rather than hurts.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, not a lot of head, but a murky orange-brownish color to it. There is some lacing and creamy residue after what little head there was dissipated.

Smells very sweet, of caramel and spice and a definite alcohol presence on the nose. I love it. One of the best smelling beers I've put my nose to.

Very light body to it, not much carbonation, but the flavor is mostly the same as the smell... a bit of a skunky aftertaste unfortunately. I guess the aging didn't do this one too well. It's still not bad, just I know it used to be better... oh well, I'll be on the lookout for some fresh ones with the new label.

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

Nice light yet golden color. Not very cloudy for a wit more of a gentle almost sunny appearance. Not much of a smell, but if you stick your nose deep enough it does have a fresh scent of malt. Taste is smooth and fresh. A great refreshing beer for a warm spring or summer day. Mouthfeel is mellow with a mild aftertaste. Not too much hops flavor, and more of a sweet almost lemonade like flavor without the sourness. Very drinkable beer although I would switch it up to get something a little more robust. Best Wit I've ever had.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/31/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy dirty yellow with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, light fruit and spices. Flavor of a spicy/wheat bite, some pear, apple, apricot, and light sourness and tartness. Interesting witbier as the spices were more subdued than in most witbiers and more focused on the yeast/bready components. Very delectable.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a huge frothy white head leaving behind a sticky lacing.

S: lemony with light bread and very spicy but well balanced with a bit of sourness in the end.

T: The initial flavor was yeasty, fresh bread, ripe fruit, and a touch of sourness. A beautiful wheat palate brings out the even spiced nature of this beer nicely and is very refined and polished. There were some citrus peel notes as well and a touch of coriander. The palate was very crisp.

M: slick and smooth, full of fresh oranges.

D: A nicely spiced and perfectly balanced wit that was fruity and sour providing for a very good example.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

came back to this one after thinking it was something else about 2 years ago. things have changed a little bit. mainly the label. the old bottle stated that it was a 'tarwebier' and a 'biere de froment'. meaning wheat beer. now its just states blanche witbier. there are no added spices stated on the bottle.

strangely pours like a saison. murky dark straw color with a medium to light body head. white, spotty thin lace. sort of unusal dark honey tint. like there is oak pulp in the bottle. smell is malty. nose is honey malty. very foral hoppy blending into it. strong chamonille tea as you stir in the honey. doesn't smell like a wit at all. no coriandar, orangepeel. wheat is there. sitting in the malt. on the palate. which is rich with that honey flavor carried by the creamy body. light weight but creamy and yeasty. this is cut by the floral nature of the hop. a bit grassy. a bit oaky. there is some tart and tang in the blend of malt and hops. wonderfully simple, and equally balanced. but not so much as a wit. more like a bpa or saison. i'm giving it a high drinkability rating because i could drink this one at this state regularly, but this seems like a wit that would leave some in the dark about the style.

i have had this in a fresher bottle before and it tasted like a solid wit. these bottles seem to age in a strange manner and i'm not quite sure if that is what the brewery intended. i like it much more in its older stage. it is simple, yet the basic nature expands in an interesting way.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass, this is a spectacular looking beer. Crowned with a moussy, gleaming white head that slowly drops down to a quarter inch or so. Light gold hue. Cloudy. Visible effervescence.

S: Light and grainy. Slightly tart orange aroma. Very yeasty with a slight perfume like character. Some vanilla is also detectable. A well balanced aroma.

T: Dry tart finish indicative of the style. Quite yeasty. Has a strong orange flavor. A slight lactic sourness is not overpowering. Spiciness - pepper and coriander comes in on the back end.

MF: Creamy and thirst quenching. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry. Good mouthfeel.

D, notes: This is a very good witbier. Probably one of the best I have had - certainly the best out of Belgium (My personal opinion is that some American brewers brew better wits then the Belgians). Highly drinkable and well balanced.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle is of the label Tarwebier biere de froment, and the saisis is not colored in white. Also, the abv is 5.9%

Lot 1 2

Aroma - I get a lot of spice (phenolic) followed by floral and tart. There is some grape like ester. The aroma is not complex, but is very pleasant.

Appearance - Slight haze. Nice amber color. Carbonation is very evident. Head poured 1/2 finger width, and quickly dissipated to 1/4 finger width. No lacing and very little head retention.

Flavor - The nice aroma leads to a let down in the flavor. Overwhelming spice. Again, it's somewhat phenolic in its spice. Dry. Very mild hop bitterness. Malt is buried by the spice. Slight yeast flavor is pleasant. This beer does not linger. The ester sweetness is not apparent in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation. Dry.

Overall Impression - Many spice flavors, but this beer still lacks complexity. The Malt is overwhelmed by the spice which is a disappointment for me. I could probably only tolerate one of these in a night. I will try other beers from this brewery, but I probably won't buy another one of these. A little less spice and this could be a great beer!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Witbier? My label (which looks exactly like the one in the picture) doesn't say 'Blanche'. It says 'Tarwebier' and 'Biere de Froment', both of which mean wheat beer. The ingredients listed on the neck label don't include fruit or spices. Finally, Brasserie Ellezelloise uses only malt, hops, yeast, water and sugar.

Lemony amber with no yeasty haze. However, I wasn't able to get all 33 cl into the glass on the initial pour due to the rapidly expansive, exceptionally creamy, alabaster colored crown. The second pour added a light milkiness that makes the beer look even better. A lack of persistence and less than great lace keep the appearance score from sneaking upward.

The nose reminds me of a muted saison or Belgian pale ale. There's a background tart-n-tangy wheatiness, a light lemoniness and a subtle, clove-like spiciness from the yeast. No coriander and no orange peel... just as expected. The aroma is pleasant as long as you don't expect to be blown away by tons of esters.

How did I miss banana in the aroma? It isn't wall-to-wall, but then nothing about the flavor profile is. This is good beer because of the quality of the ingredients, the skill of the brewer and the righteous, kick-ass yeast strain. In addition to banana, there's a lemon zestiness and a bubblegum vibe that I'm enjoying immensely.

The wheat isn't as tangy on the taste buds. The tartness is easily matched and neutralized by a mild amount of sweetness and a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness. The finish is apple snappy, crisp and quenching. This is probably too expensive to be a session beer in the states, but I'm sure it's used for that purpose in the land of its birth.

The mouthfeel is light without being thin and is zippily carbonated. Thankfully, it never crosses the line into annoyingly buzzy and it calms down considerably as time passes.

To anyone with a functioning palate, this brewery's Hercule Stout is the gold standard for Belgian-style stouts. This beer (which I refuse to call by the misleading name seen at the top of the page) isn't that good, but it is a surprisingly delicious, tremendously drinkable Belgian pale wheat ale. Recommended.

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Photo of truthbrew
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top bottle, 3-08 etched out of label.

Decanted into Christoffel flute. Brilliant golden color, clear. White gray head, finger depth then collapses. Aroma is light citrus, lemon rind, dust aroma (not on bottle), some brief foulness from o-ring seal. Effervescent. Peppery with almonds and even reminded me a bit of weak peanut butter cookies. Quite dry (good) with rustic malt flavor. Lingering bitterness but carbonation ghosts what really is there. Upon pouring final 1/2" color is cloudier with more yeasty, chewy character. I didn't find a large amount of fluffy yeast sediment as others have reported... perhaps bottle age? Sweetness is more evident as carbonation subsides and it warms. A worthy beer, though not what I'd expect in a typical witbier, more saison-ish.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little bottle that for some reason doesn't have the word "saisis" filled in with white this time. (I've had it before)

Pours a clouded orange with a creme head. Unusual fig and honey nose. After a while it seems to lean more towards the honey side. It's the type of more pure honey you'd find in an organic market. You know the kind that is all thick and cloudy and costs three times as much as the stuff that comes in the squeezable honey bear. Flavor is thick. Seems like the honey is here as well, though a quick hit of earthy tar hits on the backside and departs as quickly as it came. Overall it is a thick earthy representation of the style. Feel is about standard. This is well made, but like I said, more robust and earthy than its counterparts. Pair with food for sure. Cheese would probably be very nice.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz, flip top bottle

A: Pours a hazy light golden under a good finger and half worth of white creamy head. No lace, some retention.

S: I'm picking up a lot of soft citrus tones here. Some lemon zest and maybe some oranges. There is also a certain sweetness mixed in almost like grapes.

T: Again, some citrus quality, mixed in with some hints of bubblegum. Yeasty with a decent bitterness on the backend, crisp wheat malt present.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is high but seems about right for the style. Pretty easily downed as well. Would have liked some more spice in this one, however.

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Photo of Vancer
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These lil’ swing tops are so cool – but how much do they add to the cost? Label states 5.9%

OK – wow, an easy pour of golden pops up a sturdy white head, sticky laces all the way down the Bitburger tulip glass. Aroma was just some light malts, not much else.

Soft and delicate brew, just the smallest hint of fruity esters mingling amongst the smooth malt. Needs a bit more to this to move it into tasty treat territory. It would be very refreshing in the summer heat.

Holy moly, the bottom has a layer of yeasties 1/16 of an inch thick.

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