"Clean and refreshing" is usually a positive description of a beer, and
in the case of Blanche de Bruxelles by Brasserie Lefebvre it is a good
thing - but that’s pretty much all it has going for it. A easy drinking
beer that would likely appeal to anyone’s palate. Nothing offensive
about it at all, so it at least works as a matter of style over
Appearance: Bleached light yellow hue that is so hazy it’s opaque. Forms
a huge, white frothy head that is slow to dissipate and leaves plenty
of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Mild spice rack aroma with a fresh, clean, flowery scent. Yet it’s quite a low-key nose overall.
Taste: I can’t think of a style of beer that is more inherently "clean
and refreshing" than the witbier or "Belgian White" and Blanche de
Bruxelles is pretty much the embodiment of that notion. It’s akin to the
feeling you get after walking into a room that’s just been mopped and
cleaned - except it’s happening in your mouth of course (ha ha). Mild up
front with strong lemonpeel and orange notes through the middle.
Nothing juicy per se - closer to watery lemonade minus the tartness.
There’s a spiciness on the finish that starts off extremely subtle and
becomes a bit more prominent as the beer warms. It really compliments
the palate overall as it doesn’t upstage anything. The aftertaste is of
course quite clean with a hint of lemon fruit.
Though a mild palate overall, there’s absolutely nothing off-putting
here. It’s an appealing taste and an ideal introductory craft beer for
newbies. More experienced drinkers would probably prefer much more
flavor, but as a refresher, or even as a session beer it gets the job
Drinkability: It’s a shame I drank this well after the summer had ended
because it’s exactly what I would want on a hot July afternoon. It’s as
refreshing as water to a marathon runner whether cold or cool. The
comfortable mouthfeel and smooth finish make it very quaffable. At 4.5%
ABV it’s an ideal beer for picnics, camping, and other warm weather