Blanche De Saisis | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise

Style: 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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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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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 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 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 feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My initial encounter with this brew, and it begins tumultuously, for I snapped back the swing-top seal, and was greeted with a rush of foam, and a new mess to clean up. Also, a hint at the spicy treat to come, but, now that the rag has done it's business, it's time to pour this into it's destined vessel and enjoy!
appearance: Pure, honey-toned golden,hazy, with a prodigious head, aided some by the Duvel glass employed, (giving it that "Duvel mousse"?) fluffy as a cloud, creamy, meringue-like, leaving delicate lace.
Aroma: citrus, coriander, sugar, yeast, a perfect witbier nose. Soft, though spicy, arousing, uplifting,...ah!
Taste: Great big blast of hops right off the bat, flooding the palate, tingling the tastebuds. Body is light, finish about medium, ends dryly, though the spice still lingers. Nicely textured, too. A lovely experience, for the foam has to be traversed first, it's still so large in the glass, before getting to the drink, then this tasty citrus, the thrilling spice, all dancing and delighting the tongue and surrounding the senses.
One of the more sensuous and rewarding wits I've tried, whose pleasure go beyond simple taste and mere refreshment. Very nice, indeed.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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 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 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 msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to my La Rulles tasting glass from a 33cl swingtop bottle. Label lists abv at 5.9% and reads: "Tarwebier/Biere de Froment van des SAISIS" encircling a small silhouette of a witch riding a broomstick. Notched at best before end of March 08.

A: Lightly hazed, golden-honey color topped with around 1-finger of silky white cream. Head fades quickly to a scattered cover but with more density at the edges. Plenty of rising carbonation. Tiny flecks of lace.

S: Not as bold with the spices, a more dry and tart aroma with apples being predominant. Mild but fragrant in an appealing way.

T: Lovely full flavors of honey, ripe melon, Belgian yeast (naturally), hay, wheat bread, some citrus zest/orange peel, very light on the coriander. A zesty tartness and slight sourness develop throughout the glass, and the end result is stunningly dry finish, herbal and medicinally bitter.

M: Light in the mouth with the zip of carbonation throughout. Medium fullness with a dry, fresh finish.

D: Extremely easy to drink, but honestly I thought was a saison. First, the name 'Saisis' led me that direction, but also much of what I smelled and tasted was evocative of a crisp, refreshingly summery saison instead of a witbier (as categorized on BA). Regardless of style, this is a fine beer I'd love to have again; cost may be a slight deterent, however, as it's selling currently for well over $5/bottle.

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

Good appearance, with a lot of foam, creamy and compact, and persistent.
Orange colour, quite dark for a wit bier. Turbid.
At the nose a surprisingly vanilla. Bread yeast, spices (coriander). Even fruity (banana, white fruit, litchi) and honey.
The taste is full, malty, sweet, with vanilla and fruity. The spices (coriander) are present, but they are quite low for a wit. Maybe almond?
Medium body, quite good for the style.
Aftertaste more spiced, with coriander and some hop.

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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 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 DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed deep straw yellow with a generous cap of bright white head that continued to replenish itself with a steady stream of bubbles. Fine lacing, good retention. Aromas of coriander and wheat crackers, a little citrus zest and light honey sweetness. Bread crust and a little yeast character throughout. Dull lemony citrus with very light spiciness and a little crackery towards the end. Bitterness rises at the finish. Grassy hop notes, mild malt and delicate peppery character linger. Carbonation was definitely on the high side, but remained very creamy. Lightish bodied, just a hint of warmth - nice texture overall. Quite a good beer, very easy drinking and mellow.

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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 mfhlucky13
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from flip-top bottle into a tall tulip style glass. It settles to a rich coppery gold wit a creamy full head that settles down to about a finger's height. It smelled lightly of wheat with citrus notes and mildly yeasty. It tasted a little earthy, but light with hints of yeast,wheat and honey. Medium mouthfeel, a bit heavier than most wits, but still refreshing and easy to drink. Not your typical "white" beer.

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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 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 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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4/5  rDev +5%

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

Hazy pale golden-yellow color, spicy, peppery and earthy citrus aromas, huge non stop white frothy head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Spicy flavors of pepper nutmeg and Cinnamon , crisp and spicy carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, has a strange aftertaste, still very refreshing and tasty.

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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 ark57
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slight hazy pale gold with a huge, fluffy head. It has a nice sweet, citrus aroma. It is refreshing and slightly sweet with a light body. It finishes with a slight crisp bitterness. It is not as spicy as some wits that I have tried, but it comes off very good. A pleasant beer to drink in warm weather.

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Blanche De Saisis from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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