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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 OldSock
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – 11.2 oz bottle from Luke's notched 2004. Hazy, but far from opaque. Light golden yellow in color with a sticky bright white head. Good retention, tasty looking beer especially when the yeast gets into it.

Smell – Slightly tart apple with lots of spice and a good punch of hops. Not enough grain presence for me.

Taste – Interesting beer, but not my style in a wit. Lots of spicy with some characteristic slightly funky yeast. There are some bready notes and some apple, complex. However, it doesn't have that rich smooth wheat/oat flavor that I love, its just too assertive.

Mouthfeel – Too thin, but it does have good dancing carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – This one is not for me, more like a spicy Belgian pale than a wit. I respect going off the beaten path, this is just too far off course. I'd like to try this again fresh, oh well.

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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 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 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 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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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 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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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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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 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 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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Blanche De Saisis from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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