Blanche de Charleroi White Ale

Brasserie Val de Sambre

Belgium

I've had better Belgian white ales, let me just say that. This was a novelty more than anything, as it came in a 25.4 oz (just over 2/3 of a liter, I think) corked bottle. Not really strong, average for whites I think, at 5% ABV. This had a weak champagne-like flavor, very effervescent, but not that nice wheaty, malty character that I love in my white ales. As a rule I don't do this, but I think the flavor would have remarkably improved had I put a lemon slice into the glass. Although, I'm not sure I'll do that since this bottle cost about $9 at Harry's Farmers Market. Good, but not great.

Reviewed: April 26, 2003

Rating: 5/10

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