Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blanche De Bruxelles

"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 substance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (736) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2012
I poured a 500ml can into a wheat beer glass.

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 done.

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 activities.
 Grade: 7/10

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