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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche - Brasseurs R.J.

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BA SCORE
81
good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J. visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 06-17-2002)
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3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For a style characterized by starchy, cloudy complexion and whitish-yellow colour, Cheval Blanc, with its beaming golden highlights and very minor haziness, looks antiseptically clean by comparison. Sounds odd to complain about a beer being too clear and resplendent, but something just doesn't look quite right to me (though head retention is excellent).

When European merchants returned from their travels with spices such as coriander and tropical fruits like oranges, it must have rocked peoples' worlds. The exotic zestfulness and juicy citrus flavours would have been like nothing they had ever tasted. Imagine a beer combining the two? No surprise it was such a phenomenon... and is again.

Granted, Cheval Blanc isn't the most remarkable version of the style. The aroma smacks more of a musty farmhouse than a tropical jungle or North African kitchen; damp cereal grain and wheat notes outweigh the spice and citrus ones. In fact, yeast also factors heavily; its fresh bread and bruised orchard fruit notes are more in tune with a Belgian Pale Ale or Saison.

The flavours don't develop any further on the palate. There's more of those cereal grain and farmhouse notes and no additional orange or coriander qualities. For a style defined by its effervescence, zest, subtle acidity and tartness, this is pretty lackluster. Dull even. And the only taste that lingers is a thin ribbon of wet bread and over-ripe fruit.

There's no positive spin to put on it - Cheval Blanc is a disappointing witbier. It lacks citrus, it lacks spice, it lacks effervescence. It could use more character in general. I was tempted to label it an entry-level introductory example of the style except that it's too flawed to really be considered so. One that reminds us "easy to drink" does not necessarily mean "pleasing to drink".

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

341 mL foil-rimmed bottle from a sixer picked up at TBS; no decipherable freshness information. Never seen this stuff locally, which is a sad thing because the witbier selection around here is rather lacking. Served well-chilled, as suggested on the bottle.

This wit pours a familiar foggy, golden-yellow colour, with streams of bubbles rushing to the surface where one finger of dense, creamy head is seated. Nice resiliency; it takes more than a few minutes to thin out into a thin cap and collar. The aroma is fairly typical of the style - sweet wheat malts, banana esters, yeast, some light citrus notes and a hint of clove. Nothing out of sorts so far.

A little on the sweet side for my tastes, but still an enjoyable white beer. Bubble gum, banana and sweet wheat malt are the dominant flavours initially, with lemon citrus zest eventually giving way to some tangy sweetness. The finish is yeasty and mildly spicy, with a touch of clove and bitter citrus peel to counteract the preponderance of saccharine notes. Light-bodied, with fizzy carbonation but an unfortunately watery feel on the palate; the low point of the beer for me. It's quite drinkable and refreshing, but the thinness prevents this wit from being a serious contender in the category.

Final Grade: 3.58, a B grade. Cheval Blanc is a serviceable witbier, but not an outstanding one. I enjoyed the other bottles in this sixer last week, so I can't say with a straight face that this isn't a highly sessionable, thirst-quenching brew, because it really is. It's just not as good as my old favourites (Hoegaarden, Blanche de Chambly, etc.). Worth a try this summer if you've got an itch for wits and you happen to spot it on the shelves, but not something to go out of your way for.

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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche from Brasseurs R.J.
81 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.