Blanche de Grâce (Idle Hands Craft Ales)

Style: Witbier

5.2% ABV

18 IBU’s

OG: 1.051

Malts: Pilsen, Aromatic, Unmalted Wheat, Oats

Hops: Mt Hood, Tradition, Sterling

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Brewery’s Note: “Literally translated to “the white of Grace”, this beer has been a favorite of Grace’s from the time it was first homebrewed several years ago. Over the years, the spicing in the recipe has undergone constant refinement to the point where the spices now serve to compliment the soft, wheaty character of the malt instead of dominate it. As with many of our beers, we prefer to subtly tease you with the spices instead of bashing you over the head with them. We think you’ll find that these flavors add an interesting note that is both quick and refreshing – just as wit should be”

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The beer pours a nice, softly cloudy yellow. It forms a pillowy head of eggshell white bubbles with mediocre retention. In body, the beer lets plenty of light through, but is a cloudy haze that only lets a little bit of the other side of the glass slip through, as is proper for the style. On the nose, the beer smells of tart lemons with a touch of orange peel and slight coriander. Beneath everything is a soft, doughy wheat malt that gives a superb softness to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes very lightly tart with a smooth, bready sweetness, subtle herbal bitterness and a very faint brininess. In flavor, the beer begins as tart lemons with a touch of orange creamsicle and orange peel. That mellows into a citrusy wheat dough. The finish brings soft herbal bitters and a touch of mint, while the aftertaste is nearly neutral, with just a lingering of bitter herbs and citrus. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a pillowy carbonation that snaps lightly over the tongue. Mouthfeel is crisp yet pillowy, which is really quite nice. Overall, this beer is supremely balanced and subtle, making it perfect to quaff, and really quite refreshing. The aftertaste of citrus grows in the mouth as the beer is sipped. Tart lemons linger longer and longer on the tongue, which is lovely and refreshing. This is a superbly easy sipper with a nice amount of flavor, and a great balance. This is a beer to drink on warm days and nights. Wits are not a beer that will blow you away, but New England has been pumping out some exceptional examples of this subtle and drinkable style. I’d hold this up in my upper echelon of wits for sure, as its subtle addition of spice makes it a wonderfully balanced and subtle beer. Dare I say I that I like this more than Allagash White? This is another great one from Idle Hands.

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