Le Cheval Blanc Blanche - Brasseurs R.J.
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3.53/5 rDev 0%
Donated from a friend with an impressive Montreal beer haul.
Poured into a wit glass. Cloudy light golden; on the lighter end of the wit spectrum. Murky yeast sediment for a few moments. Thin head, some flecks of lacing.
Nose is light, but all the usual wit suspects are there: yeast, lemon, spices, a bit of clove.
Tastes like a decent wit, a bit lighter than most, and perhaps bordering on watery to the finish, but still crisp and refreshing. Notes of lemon, honey, spice and yeast.
Lighter bodied, carbonation is a bit agressive, but still easy drinking.
A milder, higher-carbonated Hoegaarden; considering my love of Hoegaarden, this is actually a pretty good compliment. Great patio brew.
04-29-2010 04:07:19 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
660ml bottle. The bottle says "Les Brasseurs RJ Inc.", so I'm going with this listing.
This beer pours a hazy, glassy pale golden straw colour, with two flabby fingers of puffy, and somewhat foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some straggling peaked lace around the glass as it evenly settles.
It smells of a musty, yeasty wheat and pale graininess, banana bubblegum, a faint citrus fruitiness, and some warm clove and white pepper spicy notes. The taste is semi-sweet wheat grain, a softer barley breadiness, mild citrus rind, increasingly abrasive and sassy yeast, dry banana chips, and a bit of increasingly edgy clove and black pepper spiciness.
The carbonation is on the lower side, but hardly sedate, as a pleasant rising frothiness eventually captures my attention, the body a generous medium weight (for the style, sorry to say), and duly smooth, even amongst the machinations of that complex and edgy yeast interloper. It finishes fairly off-dry, with a not-quite sweet fruitiness - the understatedly funky yeast and graininess somehow prevalent without any overly cloying side effects.
A decent new-World version of a witbier, the spice and fruit components kept very much in line with the subtler established versions of the style. After a spell, though, this assertion becomes kind of tremulous, the single mindedness of effort here becoming increasingly more palpable and relevant. Ergo - a well-made offering, full-stop.
09-07-2011 02:04:33 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev +14.2%
Straw yello with slight haze. Fluffy white head with nice retention. Citrus and spice nose. Light to medium bodied. Bit of lemon along with moderate spice and yeast. Crisp finish. A nice example of the style from an excelent Quebec brewery.
06-17-2002 17:14:19 | More by beerboy21
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
A - hazy straw yellow, short head dissipated to a thin cover
S - mix of clove, banana, gentle citrus, and pale grains
T - like the nose but heavier on the grains and a minerall quality
M - light and well carbonated although a little prickly, finishing light dry
T - a tasty and relatively easy drinker that would be refreshing in summer
04-01-2013 05:44:32 | More by joemcgrath27
3.4/5 rDev -3.7%
Cloudy, pale yellow in colour with a big head settling down into a one-finger layer of lumpy froth, clinging to the sides of the glass.
Musty citrus smell. Hint of spices, something sour.
I've always enjoyed this beer but taking the time to really notice the flavour leaves me a little disappointed. This isn't as good a beer as I originally thought. Pretty light tasting for a white beer, not as spicy or fruity as you find in better examples of the style. Very lightly spiced with coriander being by far the most noticeable. There's almost a sort of smoky/ashy taste to the finish which isn't completely pleasant.
A bit too watery, even for a white. A little undercarbonated for my taste as well.
Maybe that's what I've always enjoyed about this beer; it's a white beer with a light taste. It doesn't punch you in the face with crazy spices and citrus. While not necessarily a complex or interesting beer, it's a refreshing alternative to heavier beers that goes down easy. I've omitted the usual slice of orange or lemon I drop into the glass for this review (I feel like I'm drinking a Corona without the lime) but will continue to enjoy this beer with citrus fruit, especially on a hot day.
05-30-2009 04:19:12 | More by eat
3.83/5 rDev +8.5%
Usual yeast Cheval Blanc flavor which is a good thing. A bit of lemon in this nice white colored brew. Very refreshing for those hot summer days with a nice head when pourred into glass, not too bad for a style (Belgian White) that seems to go out of favour with brewers.
07-14-2003 07:07:12 | More by Phyl21ca
3.93/5 rDev +11.3%
I think this is the best wheat beers I have ever drink. We discover a cloudy yellow-orange color and we can smell citrus and clovy notes. We can get a citrus and clovy taste and that's what we expected from the smell. The mouthfeel is low to medium bodied. Overall this is a really good beer it is even better than well known wheat beers.
08-20-2012 03:33:00 | More by jaslesp
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
Pale golden on the pour, with a light head. The head gradually dissipates and leaves, with no significant lacing. Light flakes of yeast escape the bottle and play around in the rising bubbles. Nose brings light citrus - lemons, especially - a touch of grassy hops and coriander. Betrays slight orange touches, with following citrus fruits. Coriander is evident, but not as much so as in their Coup de Grisou. Pleasantly light, airy in the mouth. This is probably a great summer brew - it's not so appropriate here in the late winter, though. A good solid wit, however.
03-08-2003 16:03:55 | More by the42ndtourist
3.03/5 rDev -14.2%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Appearance - cloudy straw yellow, thick white foamy/fizzy head. Head dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.
Smell - metallic, hops, citrus zest, orange, coriander
Taste & Mouth - lots of carbonation, orange peel, full bodied, bitter, smooth finish
Drink - I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this would be a must try for someone who is
08-01-2010 23:57:10 | More by spinrsx
3.03/5 rDev -14.2%
Bottle sample from a mixed pack- Hazy yellow pour, thick foamy white cap. Cirtus and yeasty aroma, lemon zest, wheat and some honey. Tastes semi-sweet, lemony, citric acid, fresh leafy greens. A little too much carbonation to make it overly drinkable. Good.
03-02-2010 13:52:43 | More by mrmanning
2.88/5 rDev -18.4%
Le Cheval Blanc….in a bottle from the Brewer’s mixed pack.
Appearance-dark gold color shows up with a little bit of yeast bits and a medium sized head that disappears quickly, leaving little in its place.
Smell-spicy citrus up top, wheat bread aroma on the pack, fruit and bread mixed fairly well. Nose is fairly strong.
Taste/Mouthfeel- medium mouthfeel, a rush of spice and banana wheat that tastes a little muddled and unfocused, alcohol and nut flavors on the way down, finish is surprisingly clean and watery. Varied flavors are here and if they worked I think we’d have quite a character but the muddled flashes don’t make for an entirely even or enjoyable experience.
Overall-flawed, but passable. I wouldn’t seek this out, but its fine in a pinch. This style has so many more worthy standouts that I would seek out though.
07-10-2011 19:33:59 | More by TheDeuce
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
06-26-2014 17:58:11 | More by thehyperduck
Le Cheval Blanc Blanche from Brasseurs R.J.
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