Brunehaut Blanche

Reviewed by on November 19, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie De Brunehaut

  • Origin: Brunehaut, Belgium

  • Rated On: November 19, 2015

  • Best Before: February 2017

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Brunehaut’s Blanche is a sort of straggler to its siblings who have been hanging around amongst my local gluten-free offerings for a long while. In case the ‘barley malt’ on the label is scaring you, it’s actually a ‘deglutenized’ version – feel any better now?

This 330ml, squat as ever bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some atomic bomb ocean test plumes of lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily recedes.

It smells of grassy, rather musty pale malt, wheat, and yup, hard to pin down but you know they’re there alterna-grains (this time, we’re talking millet and buckwheat), some zesty white pepper and coriander spice, a twinge of underripe lemon peel, dead yeast, and a kind of soapy floral bitterness. The taste is bready, wet crackery malt, the pale and wheat strains thankfully starting to really assert themselves, muddled earthy spice, understated lemon and orange rind fruity notes, ethereal banana chips, and more floral, leafy, and somewhat soapy hoppiness. The carbonation is nice and fluffy in its low-key frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the base style, and generally smooth, the yeast and that weird soapiness taking the luster off a bit. It finishes trending dry, but not without a lingering dose of the varied malt characters that went into this one with eyes wide open.

Overall, not the most classic witbier out there, as the various mangling efforts can’t help but have that sidestepping effect. Not too difficult to drink, though, especially if you’re gluten-challenged, and you’d still like to enjoy a simulacrum of a Belgian brewing staple.

Brady White

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