Blanche De Hainaut Biologique
Brasserie Dupont sprl

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From:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
 
Belgium
Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #215
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,266
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 10.53%
Ratings:
43
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 21, 2021
Added:
Apr 25, 2005
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  5
SCORE
83
Good
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Bottle well rested and chilled. Eased off the cap and poured down the side of my usual glass ==> boom! an instant 95% white foam, 5% (sub 1Cm high) pale golden beer. I suggest you take the pour hugely slowly in case you get a repeat of that experience. 5 minutes later, I manage a bit of a top-up, now 60% foam, 40% beer... but I still haven't managed to pour the whole diddy 250ml bottle, mad! Eventually get it decanted. Minor haze present, unsurprising after having to rest the bottle twice, not that it concerns me. It is bottle-conditioned, so either way anticipate sediment lifting at the end of the pour.
S- There is something quite verdant/bright/piquant here, reminds me of chopped up leaves in the garden or similar.
T- It is pretty bright. I can taste the yeast, the malts don't really show themselves at all. I also get what I refer to as a 'carbonic' note, which is the taste that CO2 gives soda water, a kind of austere dryness on the palate. As I continue down the glass the yeast note opens up a bit, I now get some subtle Belgian yeast notes, tiny hints of fruit?
F- Thin feeling considering it's over 5%. Very good carbonation, tho as^ this accentuates it's thin-ness.
O- I don't know quite what it is but before I opened this I wondered if it would work for me. A 5.5% Blanche should, but not kidding the current lable now mostly bright green and somehow for me this acts like the yellow stripes on a wasp; as a warning of something I won't enjoy. I'll also note, perhaps heresy amongst the eco-brigade, but this is organic ('biologique'), and IME that is often a recipe likely down the path to a notably underwhelming beer. No idea why, but I've had this several times now... All in all a disappointing experience.
330ml bottle BB: 07/2021 Euro2.30 Bought from BeerMania/Belgium as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London. - #1892.

Jun 21, 2021
 
3.53 by mollykats from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2017
 
3.73 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Aug 02, 2016
 
3.65 by Karo from Belgium on Sep 27, 2015
Photo of Sathanas
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Sathanas from Canada (AB)

Not really a wit beer. Lots of cider, sour/tart wheaty notes. Fruit, tart. Really, really nice. WAY better than I expected! Crisp, perfectly balanced. Definitely not a wit, though. Not near as amazing as Saison Dupont, though.

Sep 15, 2015
Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dgilks from Australia

Clean and balanced. Great herbal and spicy aroma and flavour. Crisp. Very nice.

Jul 18, 2015
 
3.25 by Mattias from Sweden on Jun 26, 2015
 
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Jun 02, 2015
 
3.97 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on May 29, 2015
Photo of craftbeersweden
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by craftbeersweden from Sweden

Very light, yellow beer with a small white heads. A little bit hazy.

Nose: Citrus, orange, Belgian yeast, apple and goosberry.
Taste: Very light, waterish taste but still good! Refreshing. Citrus, coriander, grass, herbs and sweet malt.
Body: Light body and medium, soft, carbonation.

I think this beer is perfect a warm summer day!

May 09, 2015
 
3.54 by desint from Belgium on Apr 29, 2015
 
3.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 05, 2014
 
3.72 by jcubz from Canada (SK) on Nov 22, 2014
 
3.5 by romafluxe from Belgium on Sep 21, 2014
Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by FLima from Brazil

Relatively clear golden yellow color with a fluffy head with short retention.
Nice aroma with good spices, oranges, lemon, coriander, some banana, wheat and pineapples.
Flavor of pineapple core, coriander, lemon, yeast, wheat, some musty funkiness from its lactic acid, pears and lemongrass. Dry aftertaste, slightly acid.
Light body with good effervescent carbonation.
Although it underplays a bit the Witbier general flavors compared to top range, it got a mild funky must twist, that overcompensates its blandness.
Ap.3 Ar.3,75 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

Sep 07, 2014
 
3.5 by mattfancett from England on Aug 26, 2014
 
3.72 by slowfade from Canada (QC) on Aug 14, 2014
 
3.25 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania on Aug 11, 2014
 
3.25 by leitmotif from Romania on Jul 31, 2014
 
3.25 by arkanu from Romania on Jul 28, 2014
 
3.5 by shigg85 from Japan on Jul 27, 2014
 
3 by GRUUMSH from Belgium on Feb 19, 2014
 
3.75 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB) on Feb 02, 2014
 
3.75 by schnarr84 from Canada (AB) on Dec 29, 2013
 
3.7 by dcmchew from Romania on Oct 31, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

250ml bottle. It appears that 'Hainaut' is a province of Wallonia, as conveniently depicted on the label here. My inner geography geek very much appreciates that.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, densely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of splattered paint lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds out of sight.

It smells of rather sweet, sugary pale malt, citrus cream, softly astringent yeast, some light white pepper, and a mild herbal hop character. The taste is much less saccharine, with a grainy pale maltiness, a more assertive yeastiness, some softly fruity orange pith, banana chips, earthy coriander, ethereal black pepper, an echo of musty funk, and herbal, leafy hops.

The bubbles are tame in strength, and frothy all the same, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and genuinely smooth, nothing really having the gumption to take a marring shot. It finishes on a drying note, the graininess of the malt taking that tact, the yeast holding fast, and the herbal hops lingering on.

An enjoyable witbier, the expected guest ingredients trailing off slowly through the life of the beer - big in the aroma, but hardly noticeable at the end. Subtly can take you a long way, and that's the boat this offering has tagged a ride on. Worthy of a go, just don't be surprised when the tiny bottle is prematurely drained.

Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Cloudy, bright yellow color with big fluffy white head. Aroma is nice and spicy. Taste follows with spices and just a hint of tartness. Very refreshing with high carbonation (a bit too high for my taste). Overall a very nice wit.

Jul 18, 2013
 
3.75 by Marius from Netherlands on Jul 07, 2013
 
3.5 by samEBC from Belgium on Apr 26, 2013
 
4 by hays99 from Kansas on Apr 13, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

Pours straw colored liquid with a suspended yeast and a tight small bubbled head. The nose has a fair bit more sticky malt, light note of honey, assertive yeast and decent bit of peppery spice as a lemon and herbal presence take over. Bigger and brighter than the nose but lots of sweetness. Honey up front, light yeast and peppery spice mid palate, more honey, lemon and citrus dominate the back with a light bitterness. Light to medium body, a touch creamy, lively on the back of the tongue and an assertive carbonation.

Jan 24, 2012
 
3 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Jan 05, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by laituegonflable from Australia

Pours a cloudy, translucent pale gold with lots of protein-rich chunks at the base. Head is snowy-white, dense and even; retaining nicely. Seems to be a strong bead, although not very visible in the glass it's feeding the head nicely. Not a lot of lace, although what's left is nice.

Smells quite organic, with a vegetable earthiness pervading. Aromas poke out from the sides, including fresh apple and pineapple, lemon zest, some rubber and caramel. A little on the funky bitter side but otherwise smells pleasant and refreshing.

Taste is fairly funky and organic for the most part. A hit of steamed greens upfront with a touch of capsicaian that develops into a fresher, tangy citric flavour midway, touch of green apple and mild banana, while the slight rubbery bitterness reaches its apex here as well; a fairly strong flavour that provides a funky finish. Trails off very nicely though, longish finish that fades to a tangy citrus aftertaste that leaves one quite refreshed. Largely simple, almost underplayed palate, that dances with some funky flavours to create a nice overall rhythm.

Bit too much sizzle though, especially on the mid-palate. Almost creates a slight puckering effect which belies its otherwise smooth, refreshing flavours.

Good witbier, nice organic flavours underlying an otherwise mild, tangy palate.

May 10, 2011
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3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by eric5bellies from Australia

Drank form my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a cloudy honeycomb colour with white film head.

S - Has a sweet buttescotch aroma to it that is very nice

T - Has plenty of the usual characteristics of a Belgian wit and finishes with a sweet zing on the tongue.

M - Light to medium body and decent carbonation

D - One of the better wits that you'll find

Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by ADZA from Australia

This beer pours a golden/honey like colour which is a little cloudy and has a half finger head that disspates quite quickly,it smells of orange peel some corriander and some light earthy,citrus notes,on taste it tastes alright just some citrusy,wheat flavours not bad for a witbier but i have had better versions of this style as it just doesnt have that full mouthfeel a witbier should leave you with,but in saying that could easliy drink more than one of these on a nice hot summers day.

Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a light yellow ale with some white haze and a large pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of light orange peel with some coriander and some wheat malt. Taste is also dominated by some light coriander and some wheat malt with a bready yeast. Body is a bit thin for the style with some perfect carbonation thought. Well done but lacking some spicing and some body to be a truly great beer from one of my favorite brewery.

Jan 28, 2009
Photo of TKempe
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by TKempe from Netherlands

After a hazy and pale yellow liquid with a fine and frothy head on top fills up my glass, I am greeted by a beautiful smell that is all Dupont: funky and soft from the yeast, as well as fruity and subtly hopped. Since this is a wheat beer, the smell is also somewhat dry or grainy and sour (supported by some orange peel and some lactic acid); some banana is in there as well. According to the label, coriander is used too, but I can't find it.

Flavors of hop and wheat are stronger in the taste, and they go together very well. The orange note is there again and combines easily with the wheat. An attractive finish, slightly bitter and dry and sour still. Very refreshing.

On the one hand, this is a typical witbier; on the other, it comes closer to the German variations than other wits do. It distinguishes itself as well by accentuating the hops in stead of coriander. Another great beer from Dupont.

Aug 27, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by canucklehead from Canada (BC)

Pours a hazy slightly orange yellow colour with average head. The nose is slight citrus with some spice. This is quite a dry Wit with a quick finish. Refreshing but not too complex I admit with all the great wheat beers in BC I would probably not buy this again as it lacks the full bodied mouthfeel that I look for in the style

Aug 16, 2008
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2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by stcules from Italy

Dark yellow, quite hazy. A fizzy, white head.
In the smell strong flavour of a blanche: orange flowers, sweet orange peel, white flowers, and a touch of vanilla. A bit too sweet, maybe some zabaione, too.
In the taste the same notes. Sweetish, sugary, in the end a little boring.
Sweet orange and sweetness in the aftertaste, again.
A bit boring, yes.

Jul 02, 2008
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4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Bierschenker from Belgium

I used a stein to serve this witbier.
The fresh and fruity odour is the first … that I discovered.
A white head with large bubbles developed, but it quickly collapsed to leave a nice creamy layer on top of the beer. In the middle there are some grey brown traces of yeast. It looks a bit like molten chocolate on top of a cup of coffee.
The odour is very rich and intense. It contains fruit: lemon, banana, orange, apple and grapes, natural sweetness: dates ,grains and yeast.
The name of the beer already reveals that it must contain a lot of yeast. This translates itself in the remains on the head, the foggy golden orange colour and the strong yeast smell.
Upfront the taste is less strong than the odour. At first it’s really disappointing actually. The taste is very water like. A slight hint of grains and some yeast.
Luckily the real taste is combined in the aftertaste. It’s a slowly evolving pallet of all components. It sets of with the yeast that becomes stronger and stronger. As seconds go by, other elements appear: lemon, grapes, cookie dough,…
The mouthfeel is quite good, very refreshing. The difference with other witbieren is that the taste concentrates more on the yeasty bread-like taste instead on the light sour fruity taste.
It’s not the best witbeer, but it earns a lot of respect because it dares to experiment en try different combinations.

Nov 19, 2007
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 43 ratings