Blanche De Saisis | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Blanche De SaisisBlanche De Saisis

Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 10-04-2003

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by wyllder:
Photo of wyllder
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Ellezelloise brewpub in Ellezelles.

This beauty pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a bumpy energetic white foam head. Initial opening was greeted with an excess of foam, resulting in some fun at my expense.

Smell is mild and elusive. Interesting yeast notes and some fruits there, but its hard to pick much up and even harder to pin it down when you do.

Taste is brilliant in a light, elusive, never had anything quite like it sort of way. Nothing like any witbier I've had before. There's an initial light burst of hops, followed by some gentle honeyed fruit notes on the midsip and topped off with lovely zesty finish.

Mouthfeel is light, almost airy, but never comes across as weak or lacking.

Drinkability is off the charts. I could drink this all day long. 6.2%? It's so easy to drink I wouldn't have guessed it to be above 5.

Note: I've had this three times now. The first time was at the brewery, and it was heavenly. The second time was at the Brugges Beertje, where I got the last bottle, and had lost a good bit of its edge. The third time was from a bottle I had brought home direct from the brewery and waited about 1 1/2 months to drink. The third time around it's lost a little of its edge, but it's still quite delicious. I recommend getting this particular brew as fresh as possible.


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More User Reviews:
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 NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The huge, bright-white, merangue-like head of this wit is the first indication that it's more than just your average Belgian white. Its cloudy, yellow-gold body teems with life as plumes of very-fine bubbles billow upwards; bolstering its head and helping it to leave thick, cotton-candy-like clouds of lace about the goblet. Perfumey, yeasty phenols greet you in the nose, backed by sweet, honeyish malt. A mild zest on the tongue from it's very fine-bubbled and effervescent natural carbonation eventually leads to a smooth, medium-light body that slips gently away. Dull citrus, spice, and phenols dipped in honey appear upfront in the flavor; followed by a more straightforward candyish malt. A bracing bitterness appears in the finish, and does its best to scrub away the sugar-sticky malt, coriander, and citrus-rind flavors that lingers in the back of the throat. Heavy handed? Yes! Enjoyable? Yes! This is a unique, "love-or-hate" beer that really needs to be experienced.

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Photo of dgallina
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce short brown bottle dated best-before March 2008.

Pours lightly clouded gold with large white head that dissolves to a finger of cream and tendrils of lace. Smells like creamy wheat malt and alcohol-laced caramel. Flavor begins with rough grain and develops an earthy yeast center before finishing sweet with marmalade-like fruit, caramel, and some alcohol spice. Medium-llight body is a bit thin and overly gassy. Nothing like the typical witbier, though not bad on it's own terms.

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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 emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opening the flip-top bottle gives a hiss and an audible whooshing pop.

Tight cap of white foam, continuously fed by steady, racing carbonation. Foam is dense and creamy. Hazy yellow-orange coloration. Suspended particles once the yeast is poured. Very zesty and summery appearance.

Fairly dry in the middle and towards the end. Earthy Belgian yeast and papery wheatiness, a vague hint of muted strawberry, but no citrus. Sweetish only slightly at first. Significant herbal character in the aftertaste. Earthy aged hop, basil, coriander, cannabis. Nondescript wheat aroma, grainy/sweet.

Dryness is unique to this Wit, it's almost saison-like in mouthfeel, and with the herbal element. Although it's not my first choice, it's unique for the style, and recommended if you like saisons.

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Photo of Coren
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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 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 UniversitateaDeBere
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckSpin
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz swing top bottle (production code Lot 1-2, best by of 3/08) in a Duvel tulip

Opened with an almost comedic "POP" worthy of a child's pop gun. Poured very effervescent, champagne-like, light.

Nose is crisp, light, slightly musty with sour orange, almost a wee bit tart/rancid. Spiciness is limited to mild coriander and an excuse of some pepper, a damp yeast quality also along for the ride. A solid 2 fingers of creamy, softly sculpted "sea foam" creates an antique white hued head that has very nice retention. Slightly sticky, it eventually fades into a thin sheeting that laces in isolated spots.

The body is very pretty in color, a semi-radiant dried apricot orange. Its extremely clouded & opaque in that I cannot see my fingers (or an outline of ) on the other side. A pretty beer for sure.

Creamy on the tongue, its semi-dry with a mild, cider-like crispness & dulled sweetness. Citrus is, like the nose, dulled & muted, full of old oranges and even some lemon, as well as some grapefruit tartness (most likely from the yeast). The overall effect is a barely tart quality that is very nice, a dull knife as opposed to some of the sharper rapier-esque American interpretations, which I find enjoyable. The coriander again is an echo in the abyss, just noticeable. Add in some leathery malts in the background and the overall taste is very nice, refreshing and incredibly easy to drink.

It grows lighter on the palate, growing bittersweet and more even, finishing dull & rounder, chewy with citric rind & pith, a grapefruit bitterness that, when gone, leaves a (surprise) faint peach aftertaste!

This was very nice. I admit I typically find the American interpretations of this Belgian style to be more enjoyable than the actual Belgian Witbiers I've tried, but this is an exception. There is an underlying structure to it that has trace Saison elements that, combined with the subtle spices & citrus makes for a very enjoyable beer. If you like searing crisp & sharp Wits this is probably not for you. I could see this paring well with a simple salad (Mandarin orange) with cheese & bread, as well as whitefish, simple shellfish, slow cooked chicken with a little pepper. Definitely the most enjoyable Belgian witbier I've had & one I would drink again in a minute. Check it out!

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

Appearance- Nice golden color with a slight haze. Nice big, fluffy white head.

Smell- Mild floral notes and hint of alcohol. The smell was a bit lacking.

Taste- NIce sweet honey taste up front followed by a great yeast, bready taste. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- This was very nice, refreshing beer. The price is a bit of a deterent but it was really good! Glad I got it for free!

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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 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 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 brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, honey orange color, with persistent, pillowy head and good lacing. Quite impressive looking. On the nose I get some light honey, with some citrus and pepper. The beer smells as if there will be some underlying tartness. The beer is quite complex on the palate, with honey, pepper and some bitterness in the finish. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, and is pretty light on its feet. There is a nice, clean, light finish to this beer, and it is quite dry at the end. This is a very drinkable beer, and the abv. is not noticeable whatsoever.

Not outstanding, but quite nice. Excellent summer time beer.

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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 goodbyeohio
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle i have here says 5.8%, no freshness date stamped.

pours a fizzy dense but clear yellow.. nice retentive head that leaves slowly cascading waterfall walls of lacing.

aroma is heavenly... fruity yeast full of pear and apple. caramel sweetness. something tangy and pungent, like krazy glue. mild butter.

first sip is an unexpected fresh blast of honey and lemon. sweet and nectary without being syrupy or thick. crisp. finishes with a nice green hop accent and the honey continues through with a floral essence leftover once the beer is gone. very light and super summer belgian. strawberry emerges as does the pear as this beer warms, layering on the subtle sweetness of this brew. very complex for a simple style.

could drink 4 of these no problem. too bad they cost so damn much here.

a far cry from your standard belgian white... a taste adventure. highly recommended for fans of the lighter, hoppier belgians.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date tagged and says 5.9%ABV. Good white head and a pale golden collor with some haze and some bigger particles. Nose is very citrussy, good hoppyness and acream vanilla hint. Wheats there but citrussy, vanilla and fruity carracter more in front. Taste is dry and spicy with good bitterness. Strong and quiet different from your regular white. Much more bitter and very dry bitter taste instead of sweetness and koreanderjuice mostly produced. Fine mouthfeel also though maybe for some to the bitter side. Well that's my tyste and realy enjoyed this one.

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Photo of windowside
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: I’m a big fan of Brasserie Ellezelloise, if not just for the fact that they produced the best damn stout in Belgium for my money. So it was great when I spied an offering from them that I have never tried before. Full marks for presentation, it comes in a Grolsch like swing top stoppered 11.2 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. A thick brown paper vertical neck band covers the swing top steelwork to ensure that it has not been tampered with. The main brown label has the words ‘La Bière des Collines’, which means beer of the Hill Country, the area where the Brewery is located and which is rumored to be full of Witches – hence the picture of the Broom Maiden on the label. Labeled as 5.8% Alc.Vol. but listed in Tim Webbs Guide as 6.2%, maybe the label wants to shows a beer below 6% !?
The label is nicked with Best Before October 2004 & Lot 17.

Appearance: A massive “phurp” accompanied by a thin projectile of high velocity “steamy beer” emitted once the swing top was pushed back. It pours with a perfectly lucid straw-golden color, it looks filtered. The voluminous head that forms soon settles to a very smooth collar like head that is composed of a myriad of fine sized white bubbles. Some lacing on the glass sides but not much.

Nose: Yeasty nose with a sweet hint. Hops are there also, but the nose is a little restrained straight from the fridge. Definitely gets more of a farmyard Belgium odor as it warms.

Taste: This is a mellow White Ale that is nevertheless extremely well put together. It starts with a dry lightly hopped feel. Wheat really does not rise until the middle of the beer when it balances the hops. The malt comes through in the back end which finishes with a light sweetness. Dry finish. There are actually no spices in this White Ale believe it or not, but the yeast adds a very pleasing pepper feel and you often feel that there is a hint of mellow spice there at times also. The Acidity of the crisp hops also has a lemon aspect at times.

Mouthfeel: Silky feel on the tongue, the carbonation is high but the bubbles have a smooth Nitrogenous feel.

Drinkability: A silky smooth beautiful Bière Blanche that dances in the mouth and pirouettes on the tongue. Fantastically easy to imbibe in great quantities.

Overall: The bottom of the obverse label clearly states that the beer is “Refermented in the Bottle – Contains Active Yeast”. There was certainly a nice ring of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle, but it has must been sticky because none of it ever exited the bottle.

This is a cracking un-spiced White Ale that is highly drinkable.


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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is apples, peaches and a touch of grass. A medium body wit. Malts are fruity. Orange, lemon, peaches and apricots. Nicely spicy, floral, yeasty and bright. Finishes up very dry. Light and refreshing. Very tasty wit. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of mschofield
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foams out of the bottle upon opening, pours a cloudy 'white' yellow. topped with a pillowy stark white three finger head.
Lemon, fruity, grass, floral and herbal notes in the aroma.
Pretty complex taste, and a lot of alcohol shows even though this is only 5.9%. Lemon, grass, musty orange, wheat and spices.
Medium bodied, not as drinkable as most wits.

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Blanche De Saisis from Brasserie Ellezelloise
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 52 ratings