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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche - Brasseurs R.J.

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
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:
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(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 06-17-2002)
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Photo of shamus
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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
Photo of JOaikido
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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 allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 crwills
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Viggo
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.

Viggo, Sep 15, 2005
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.

DrJay, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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
Photo of vitesse
4/5  rDev +14%
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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
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 Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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 the42ndtourist
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

the42ndtourist, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of beerboy21
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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
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Le Cheval Blanc Blanche from Brasseurs R.J.
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