Celis White (Belgium)


  • My Rating: B-

Celis White – Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 5% ABV – 25cl, (Belgium)

On the back label:

“This wheatbeer, developed by the CELIS BREWERY (Austin, Texas), combines the 500 year old brewing art of Hoegaarden (Belgium) with the modern brewing techniques.”

interesting tidbit from ratebeer.com:

“Pierre Celis created the original Hoegaarden beer in the early 1960’s. Interbrew-Labatt bought the brand and the brewery in the 1980’s. Pierre Celis formed a new brewery in Austin Texas, brewing the same beer but under the brand name Celis White. Miller bought the Celis brewery and the Celis White brand-name in 1996. The brewery closed in 2000. In late 2002 Michigan Brewing bought the Celis White brand from Miller. Brouwerij Van Steenberge is now brewing the original Pierre Celis White under the brand-name Celis White in Europe and Ertveld’s Wit in North America.”

  • Style: Witbier (Wheat Ale)
  • Taste Profile: fizzy dry wheat -> wheat malts/lemon/sour yeast -> banana/light hopped finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4, Sometime 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Tasting notes: pours cloudy yellow-orange with minimal head, some lacing , thin ringed retention, some activity. A bit of sour yeast on the nose.

Attack: mildly fizzy dry wheat

Mid-palate: wheaty malts, light lemon citrus, sour yeast

Finish: mild banana with just a light hit of hops

A very clean and refreshing beer. Too bad it’s only 250ml as it drinks so darn easy.

Troublette – La Caracole (Belgium)

Troublette – La Caracole, 5.5% ABV – 330ml, (Falmignoul, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgium White Ale (Witbier)
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Fruity pineapple/banana -> fizzy/creaminess -> dry yeast finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$4, 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy golden yellowish/orange, nice small micro CO2 head, lots of very fast active CO2 streams. Bright sweet light citrus wheat malts on the nose. A fruity sweet burst of pineapple and banana up front, sweetness level 6/10, partially watery mouthfeel, half-fizzy/light creamy, lemon citrus, light tartness, tangerine, clean mouthfeel with a dry yeast finish, no bitterness, light roughness left in the mouth. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, okay carry, good drinkability.

Calabaza Blanca – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI, USA)

Calabaza Blanca – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, 4.8% ABV, (Dexter, MI, USA)

On the side label:

“An artisan white ale brewed in the classic biere blanche tradition. Spiced with orange peel and coriander, you’ll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderful dry finish. ”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: creamy smooth and tangy
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $13 (after 10%), Nov 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours translucent golden yellow, small head , lots of active CO2 streams. Sour malts on the nose. Lemony sourness (8/10) up front, mild barnyard, coriander, fruity sweetness (4/10). Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, good carry, great drinkability.

Blanche de Chambly – Unibroue (Canada)

Blanche de Chambly – Unibroue, 5% ABV, (Quebec, Canada) (listed in “1001 beers you must taste before you die”)

On the back label:

Blanche de Chambly honours Captain Jacques de Chambly, who built historic Fort Chambly on the Richelieu River in 1665 to defend Montreal and the colony. Dispatched by King Louis XIV to lead the fighting Carignan-Salières Regiment, he achieved the legendary Iroquois peace of 1667. He was awarded the title of Seigneur of the region (today Chambly). Officers and soldiers were also encouraged to stay. Many of them married Filles du Roi and prospered.

Blanche de Chambly has an alluring pale golden color, effervescent foam and a subtle bouquet of spice and citrus notes. It is mildly malty, slightly sweet and refreshingly thirst quenching.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: clean refreshing citrus ale
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No, not complex enough
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours cloudy yellow-orange, small dissipating head, small CO2, thin layered and ringed retention, lots of medium-speed moving CO2 streams. not much lacing. Light malts and aromatic sweet lemon/orange citrus on the nose – very bright and inviting. Half-creamy mouthfeel, 4/10-sweetness, tangerine citrus without the bitter peel, trace amounts of coriander, slightly milky, fragrant oranges on the exhale. Finishes off-dry and 1/10 bitterness. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, medium length, okay carry, good balance and transitions, great drinkability. A very nice “light” summer beer that brings to mind images of sunny beaches.