Le Cheval Blanc Blanche - Brasseurs R.J.
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3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
08-27-2012 17:49:35 | More by andrenaline
3.93/5 rDev +11%
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
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-21-2012 22:55:14 | More by leaddog
3.7/5 rDev +4.5%
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
2.88/5 rDev -18.6%
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.78/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-29-2011 17:34:23 | More by canucklehead
4/5 rDev +13%
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.
10-14-2010 23:19:19 | More by CliffBrake
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
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
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
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
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
04-18-2010 20:41:54 | More by TerryW
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
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
3.4/5 rDev -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.
05-30-2009 04:19:12 | More by eat
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
11-19-2007 03:37:58 | More by shamus
3.7/5 rDev +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.
08-05-2006 23:14:13 | More by JOaikido
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-04-2006 00:52:03 | More by allergictomacros
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
11-03-2005 03:48:27 | More by crwills
Le Cheval Blanc Blanche from Brasseurs R.J.
81 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.