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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche - Brasseurs R.J.

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BA SCORE
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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
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 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
Photo of Viggo
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Viggo, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -17%
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.

DrJay, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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

spinrsx, Aug 02, 2010
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 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 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
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -15%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +13.3%

ElGallo, Nov 22, 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
Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Blanche Cheval Blanc it's called on the bottle. Doesn't at all resemble the picture...

A - Cloudy light yellow. Kinda like diluted orange juice. Minimal, weak head. Some lace.

S - Spice, yeast. Wet cardboard. A touch of citrus/tangerine.Caraway and cloves.

T - Slightly watery taste. Noticeable tartness and lemon notes. Some apple as well. Bottle says it's light and slightly fruity. Definitely delivers on that claim, but would be better with a bit more flavour.

M - Quite dry. Medium mouthfeel though, and yes, refreshing I guess.

D - Yep. Easy-drinking wit. Not the tastiest beer, but drinkable for sure.

allergictomacros, May 04, 2006
Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Noelito76, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of TerryW
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

TerryW, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of thehyperduck
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

thehyperduck, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

RedAleMan, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -15%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -15%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

beerhunter13, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

yancot, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

leaddog, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of KalanM
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

mrmanning, Mar 02, 2010
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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche from Brasseurs R.J.
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.