Blanche de Bruxelles is a witbier brewed in Belgium by Brasserie Lefèbvre SA. It is available year round and has an ABV of 4.5%.
About the Brand
Founded in 1876 by Joseph Lefebvre, the brewery was strategically located to ensure a steady flow of beer to the workers of the local quarries.
Interestingly, the original brewery was dismantled during WW1. In 1916, the German military seized the brewery’s equipment to meet the needs of their war efforts. After the war, a struggling brewery was acquired, becoming Lefebvre’s home until this day.
Although production slowed, due to rationing, during WW2, the brewery continued and the Lefebvre family maintains control to this day. Blanche de Bruxelle’s has been produced since 1989.
About the Beer
In full disclosure, please understand that witbier is one of my favorite styles of brew. Although I had not heard of Blanche de Bruxelles prior to picking it up from my local store, it definitely did not hurt my taste for this variety of beer.
When you open a bottle of Blanche de Bruxelles, you are immediately met with a smooth aroma that fits in well with other witbiers such as Paulaner. When poured into a glass, this hazy, pale yellow beer builds a tall head.
Drinking Blanche de Bruxelles treats you to a smooth, creamy taste and a slightly sweet flavor with notes of orange and cilantro (coriander for those outside of the US). I very much enjoyed the flavor and texture of this beer.
While I had not heard of this beer before, I am incredibly pleased that I picked it up. It has a wonderful taste and texture. If, like me, you are a fan of witbier, you will not be disappointed. It will be a frequent part of my beer-purchasing rotation. I highly recommend that you pick up Blanche de Bruxelles, if one should cross your path.
Question of the Day
What is your favorite witbier? Let me know and I may just have to try it!