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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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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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2/5  rDev -43%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
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 DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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 -13.7%
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.

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3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of biegaman
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".

Photo of TerryW
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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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3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche from Brasseurs R.J.
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