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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche - Brasseurs R.J.

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81
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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5/5  rDev +41.6%

Petitetouale, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

beerhunter13, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
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!

francisweizen, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of Melomanemusher
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Melomanemusher, Aug 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

mrlie3, May 23, 2014
Photo of beerboy21
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

beerboy21, Jun 17, 2002
Photo of vitesse
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

vitesse, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +13.3%

ElGallo, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, shows limited head which dissipates quickly. Hazy pale orangish-yellow color with light carbonation.

Spice and citrus on the nose, gives way to a lemony tangy flavor. Spicy and bready mouth feel.

This is a good drinkable beer, especially in the summer. I am enjoying this one now in October, but recalling a glass I drank in August after a day working outside. That seemed much more thirst quenching than your average brew and did the job with one bottle where others may have taken 2 or 3.

CliffBrake, Oct 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

skriv, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of jaslesp
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

jaslesp, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of crwills
3.9/5  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.

crwills, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of shamus
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

shamus, Nov 19, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

canucklehead, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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

joemcgrath27, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Mattgruv, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

DaveR514, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

DamageCase76, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

andrenaline, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

EinWeizenbitte, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

NV9, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 07, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

JOaikido, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold in colour with a fair amount of carbonation. The aromas are fairly muted, but there are traces of yeast, citrus and wheat. The flavor component is way more substantial. There is a good balance between the wheat, yeast, citrus, bubblegum, and spice elements. I also noticed a touch of roasted sesame on the finish. A solid wit.

fisherman34, Jul 13, 2005
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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche from Brasseurs R.J.
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