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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche - Brasseurs R.J.

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 06-17-2002

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 28
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerboy21
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of eat
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jaslesp
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.59/5  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: 3.59, 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.

Photo of kevofficiel
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Cheval Blanc of the white horse


The look of it: A golden yellow colour. With 1 finger of head that stays the all time inside the glass. Very nice look of this beer.


The smell of it: Citrus and some orange to it


The taste of it: orange and citrus that comes. The after taste is a bit messy. The orange and the citrus is going away and a messy taste appear for 5 to 10 second then a smooth taste come back.


So overall would I recommend it: Sure. For the price it's a Ok beer. In a bar it will be a great companion. Give it a try it's worth it.

Photo of JOaikido
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from RJ sampler pack. No freshness info, but probably recent as I expect decent turnover at the local grocery store. Served in a Blanche Cheval Blanc glass I got free with a 6 pack a couple years ago. The glass was dissapointing in that it doesn't hold a full beer, making it hard to get the sediment mixed in (this is a beer on lees) from the start.

A - Nice pale yellow colour, clear at first but very cloudy after bottom of bottle added. Bubbly but with a small head that didn't last long. Appetizing overall.

S- Yeasty with a bit of fruit (citrus). Typical White but a little weak (like the flavour).

T- Slightly bitter on first contact with small bitter aftertaste. Overall light fresh wheaty flavour. Yeast and citrus noticeable. Flavour a bit too light/weak overall, but refreshing.

MF- Light, bubbly (bit of carbonation bite on tongue) but smooth overall. Refreshing and thirst quenching.

D - Very drinkable, in larger quantites than Blanche de Chambly (my reference for white beer) because of good mouthfeel and light flavour. A good hot weather beer.

Photo of crwills
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While in Ottawa recently, I took a run over to Gatineau and picked up a bunch of stuff, including a Brasseur RJ sample pack. The pack contained two Cheval Blanc Blanches, as well as a couple of Ambree Speciale and Rouge Speciale (neither of which is particularly good). However -- this one is the exception, quite a solid witbier!

Pours a standard medium yellow, not watery, but no spectacular colouration.

Smell is very nice -- lots of herby spices, tangy sweetness, and lemon.

Taste is quite sweet for a witbier, citrus, light hops. This beer, like others of its type, is extremely refreshing and goes great with various types of food, both delicate and rich. Definitely a summery brew though, with scents and flavours that recall garden herbs.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a bit of a carbonation bite to it (but not too much). Aftertaste is pleasant, fruity, and short-lived for the most part, although I did detect a hint of soapiness in it (which I'm pretty sure was not my pint glass).

Anyway, next time I'm in Quebec, I'll likely pick up more of this but skip its sampler pack companions.

Photo of Viggo
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blond, loose white head goes real fast, no lacing. Smell is fruit and wheat, some bready yeast. Taste is wheaty, fruits, some peach/apricot, yeast. Mouthfeel is very light bodied, highly carbonated, but refreshing when served cold. Not my style.

Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A -Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet yeast esthers, hints of clove and candied apple, with a musty wheat finish.

T - Solid bubble gum and clove flavors, the musty wheat comes through on the finish with a peppery spice and citrus rind.

M - Lighter bodied ale, a tad prickly and finished with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty ale with decent flavors and easily patio sessoionable. A treat to find on the east coast.

Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden straw (almost pineapple) colour with less than 1/2 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Citrus, yeast, clove, hint of cinnamon.

Taste - Light citrus fruitiness with mild spiciness of clove and cinnamon. Yeast is subtle as well. Toasted bready flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high level of carbonation. Very nice tingles - very refreshing.

Overall - A nice take on the witbier by Brasseurs R.J. The flavours of citrus, yeast, and spice are kept mild and do not try to overpower one another. These flavours could be a bit more pronounced. It doesn't wow me, but regardless, a refreshing light brew.

Photo of vitesse
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in 12 oz. brown bottle.
label was white with gold trim and head of a white horse (cheval blanc, duh) in the center. kind of a 70s-era look to the label.
anyway, this is one of the best wits i've ever had. very very impressive and an all-around good beer.
pours a very bright gold with slight cloudiness. finely carbonated and soft, pillowy head.
lots of flavor here. the yeast is really distinctive. packs a nice, nutty punch. hints of coriandar and lemon are also present.
i highly recommend this beer. go to quebec and drink it by the gallon.

Photo of DrJay
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow/golden colour, slight haze. The rocky, white head dissipated quickly to a thin layer of bubbles supported by the carbonation. Spicy aroma with some coriander, lemon citrus and light maltiness. A bit peppery too. Sweet flavour, little in the way of spice or citrus. Drying at the finish apparently from the wheat. Medium body and carbonation, smooth texture. I was a little disappointed that the aromas didn't carry over into the flavour. If they did, it would be quite good.

Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to BC and in a bomber this is a decent wit with lots of citrus notes and a crisp clean mouthfeel. Not as complex as Unibroue's Blanche De Chambly but still well made I can see this a perfect Montreal patio sipper. Nice to see more and more Quebec brewers sending their products our West.

Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  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".

Photo of shamus
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say there is a lot of replication on this site between "Cheval Blanc" beers and RJ Brasseries. This is probably because the former was at some time bought out by the latter. To me Cheval Blanc is the sentimental originator of some great beer. RJ seems to have carried over the recipes etc. and continues to make fabulous beer but is there no way to consolidate the reviews of what is the same beer?

Now my review.

I lived near this micro- brasserie for years. I could buy any of there products in my local Dep. My favourite was the Coup de Grisou but Cheval Blanc was probably my introduction to the Wit beer style. they often served with a slice of lemon but really it is great without it.

It pours a hazy straw colour and radiates a yeast laden sumptuous tang. This is definitely a session beer for anyone who likes beer on lees. Light yet full of flava. Do not pass this beer by.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh 22oz bomber bottle. Deeply golden witha lovely thick white head. Aromas are lovely and consist of various spices, coriander, sweet malts and spicy hops, citrus fruits and more. The taste is very spicy and filled with citrus hints. This is very reminiscent of both blanche de chambly and hitachino white. The mouthfeel is very full and nice for this style and the drinkability is excellent. An exceptional and under-appreciated version IMHO!

Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow with a moderate head that settles to about 1/4 inch. Only a hint of lace.

Nose is citrusy with wheat, a hint of sourness. Slightly spritzy, light mouthfeel with both a citrus bite upfront and peel bitterness to finish. Also spiced per the style.

Not quite as much depth of aroma and flavour as some of the similar beers available, but easily drinkable. Light going and suitable as a summer quaff.

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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche from Brasseurs R.J.
80 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.