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Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]

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BA SCORE
86
very good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 124
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-12-2002)
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not your usual wheat beer, very unique. Made from malted barley, malted wheat, and home-malted oats. Would love to try the unfiltered keg version. Looks great in a clean pilsner glass, with good a good, white, thick, head on it. Overall good Witbier, with a great lasting taste. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 21:24:58 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before end of 2012 oh well, been int he cellar a bit too long.

Hazy slight sediment slight tan wheat colored but clear, very little head.

Nose sweet apple cider, candy like, wheat, little creamy wheat, little caramel and candi sugar.

Taste sweet candy, apple cider but much less than the nose, lots of caramel, little butterscotch, nice candy apple. Mild candy wheat, creamy wheat, and candi sugar, caramelized sugar. Finish is dry but light feeling, little creamy wheat, more caramelized candi sugar.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent but lighter carb, little sticky.

Overall interesting, nothing too special, held up surprisingly well for the age. Nice apple notes mixed with some wheat and lots of candy flavors, a nice combination that I bet is better fresh but maybe not.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:27:22 | More by jlindros
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FLima

Brazil

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick two finger head with good retention. Got hazy murky brown after the last pour.
Aroma of oranges, coriander, spearmints, bread and spices.
Flavor is similar to nose, notes of spearmints, mandarins, coriander and cloves, wheat, honey and pepper. Hints of banana, though oranges and mandarins are quite predominant. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. Creamy sensation.
Very yeasty with oxidized citrus notes. I prefer other types of Witbier, but still an interesting combination with its own character. It is kind of a Witbier mutating to a Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 16:01:55 | More by FLima
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 21 2015. One of several Belgian abbey-style beers I picked up during my last trek to London. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a conic pint.

Pours a golden-peach colour, cloudy with sediment, and topped with about one finger of smooth, creamy, dense white head. It has an exceedingly long retention time, with a thin cap remaining at the surface through much of the drink. The aroma is typical of the style - lots of orange citrus, as well as some coriander, yeast, and grainy pale malts. Banana is a minor note at first, but becomes more noticeable as it warms.

Pretty tasty, reminding me of a witbier crossed with a hefeweizen. Citrusy orange and lemon are quite prominent at first, along with lots of ripe banana and sweet, bready wheat malts. The spice comes forward in the finish; a pleasantly subtle mixture of coriander, ginger and pepper. The aftertaste is mostly citrus and banana, with a slight twinge of spice that dries the palate out nicely. Medium-bodied, with firm carbonation that weakens slowly - the mouthfeel starts off crisp, then becomes a lot smoother and creamier. For this reason (along with the higher abv), this is not the most drinkable or refreshing wit I've ever tried.

Final Grade: 3.76, just barely eking out a B+. Abbaye des Rocs' Blanche des Honnelles is a nicely balanced witbier with a mix of fresh, clean fruity flavours and yeasty, spicy notes, although I'm not sure I'd want to have more than two bottles of this at a time. The last time I bought a witbier was almost exactly a year ago, so this isn't one of my more sought-after styles, but this is a solid wit I could see myself picking up again next summer when the itch hits. If you're looking for a wit to consume in session-worthy quantities, though, there are a few locally-made examples I'd suggest before this one - not to mention Hoegaarden, the old standby.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 17:14:38 | More by thehyperduck
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Witbier ("white beer") takes its name from its distinct whitish-yellow complexion. Characteristically pallid and hazy, some can appear milky and others practically neon. Blanche Des Honnelles is neither and its clear, golden body more closely resembles a pale ale. Head retention, however, in line with the style, is exceptionally sturdy.

An abundance of graininess and a typically musty Belgian strain of yeast obstruct most of the citrus and coriander spice in the aroma. Again I think Belgian Pale Ale not Witbier. The aromatics are near inaudibly low on this one, in their place a rich, creamy vanilla and banana bread flavour. Some herbs but very little perfume with only a trace of orange peel noted.

I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy this - thus far it's not meeting my ideal witbier criteria - but the flavour eases concerns. Still a bit different than expected but definitely tasty. The creamy vanilla and banana bread from the nose continues their command on the palate and blend nicely with the orange slices and honeyed sweetness of the grains.

All this, however, fails to provide much 'pop' in the mouthfeel department. The texture is disappointingly lackluster for something brewed with citrus and ground coriander; there's only a little tartness, no real spice and dwarfed acidity. Instead, it's oddly, richly creamy and the lack of force in these bubbles allows that creaminess to stay on the tongue indefinitely.

With a couple of outstanding exceptions, I've tended not to enjoy the stronger (or "double") examples of witbier as much as the standard 5% or so ones. Although Blanche Des Honnelles has an interesting profile and a drinkability completely unhindered by the extra alcohol, when I'm thirsty on a summer day I'm not likely to reach for something "interesting".

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 01:22:34 | More by biegaman
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, 2 fingers of white head, some lace here as well. Smell is fairly spicy with a big floral presence here as well, ginger with some orangey citrus as wsell as a big wheaty-malt. Taste is spicy with yeast and orange, citrus, wheat, ginger and malt with a clean citrus aftertaste. Medium-high carbonation, medium full body. Solid stuff here, not a style I enjoy all that much but certainly enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 14:00:42 | More by peensteen
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy slightly tan lemon colour that seems to contain some sediment. Very dark for a wit, as it looks more like a hefe. It's so cloudy that it's hard to make out the moderate carbonation in the body. A finger and a half of head that produced some minor lacing and retained well.

Smell: Very fruity, as both the plum, apple and honey coming from the belgian yeast is well complmented by the lemon, orange and banana smells that the wheat is producing, all to an undertone of herbs and clove in the background. Warming helps it case even more and makes the beer change smells as it warms up.

Taste: Sweet citrus and banana taste with touches of spice to start us off that turn masterfully into a subdued, fruit bowl as plums and oranges come to play to a backing a sweet wheat and barley malt.

Mouthfeel: Fantastically smooth, to the point I think oats might be involved here. The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and the transitioning is very well done. The problem, the aftertaste is a bit boozy and it begins to tip the hand of the beer's higher alcohol content.

Drinkability: It's easy to go down and exceptionally flavourful, but it's medium bodied which isn't quite what you expect in a wit. It's slightly gassy as well, but it doesn't leave you feeling dry by any means and would be something that would have a rookie drinker on the floor after a couple.

Final Thoughts: This is a hybrid of a Belgian Tripel and a Wit. However, given that it likely doesn't go overboard on the malt Tripel is a bit of a misnomer. Either way, the yeast makes it's presence known but masterfully blends with it's wheat malt friend in this case. A very fruity beer, but with enough kick behind it to make it something more the a diversion. Thumbs up on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 23:02:35 | More by TheHammer
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy blonde. Small to moderately-sized white head. Fades steadily.

Smell contains coriander, wheat, clove and perhaps some white pepper. Spices mainly, not much in the way of orange.

Taste is similar to the nose. Coriander and clove are dominant, with crisp wheat flavours there as well. Yeast.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, refreshing.

Overall, not exciting, but a decent wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:23:03 | More by jrenihan
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orangish; full of yeast sediment; small head

Aroma: Peppery; citrus

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel from the use of oats; Peppery; tangy citrus; juicy malt finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:20:11 | More by IchLiebeBier
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the latest LCBO seasonal release...

A - Pours a hazy murky orange colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Musty wheat, dried bread, hints of cloves and mandarin.

T - Much like the nose with the musty wheat, bread crumbs, and fruity mandarin notes dominating alongside a bready finish with a hint of cloves.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Super easy drinking, delicious flavours and a pleasant arrival at the local LCBO. A great summer selection and I know I plan to pick up a few extras to session.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 23:40:38 | More by andrenaline
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Hazy dull yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some dry yeast notes and some clove/coriander. There is also some ripe banana and a bit of a tart citrus flavour. It ends with a tart citrus/banana/spice aftertaste.

Overall - An interesting beer.. It has a unique flavour that keeps me going back for more. I guess I expected it to taste more 'summer-y'.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 23:48:22 | More by spinrsx
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Revisited on jul´12. Pours pale golden in color & foggy appearance. Crown is wide, creamy, white in color. Nice lacing on sides. Raw wheat, orange, coriander & floral hop aromas. Dry grainy upfront smoothed by creamy sensation of fresh bread & honey touches. Medium to light body. Lively carbonation. Oily texture. Slight astringency & acidity from raisins & pepper in the middle underlies into the lasting sweet finish. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 21:11:05 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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rarbring

Sweden

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear light amber, a warm off-white head, little lacing but some curtains.

The smell is very yeasty, grape-fruit and lime soda, some vinegar and spice.

Starting with sweet cardamom bun, then bitter orange marmalade.

A medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a sour dry finish.

A bit sweet, but rather refreshing, better with food than as a thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 17:59:35 | More by rarbring
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light straw colored with a fluffy head that had great retention. Smell and taste were both lacking in terms of spice and fruit flavor. They were their but way in the backround. I got some banana and a little citrus. Just expected more. Very Refreshing but still would have liked more complexity. Some may call this subtle, I thought it wasw bland. Still very refreshing, light and fresh on the palate. Overall not one of my favorites but a very nice beer for nice weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 11:23:01 | More by thepeter
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours warm golden, only slightly hazy. A rather large white airy head sinks into decent lacings.

S: Light banana, ripe and sweet, from the wheat. Coriander and citric notes. Some grass. Yeast.

T: Almost dryness from the malt, then there is the held back sweetness from the wheat; ripe bananas. Yeast and spices; mainly coriander and white pepper.

M: Aftertaste is rather long for the style, bitter. Body is light but not as light as usually in this style; probably this is caused by the high ABV – and therefore higher grade of malt/wheat. Carbonation is rich, but very smooth.

O: A very interesting Witbier; way more body and wheat/malt than usually – if the style DoppelWit was possible this would be it!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 11:54:51 | More by Sunnanek
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CopeTech

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 750ml bottle was either poured wrong or had been handl;ed in a way that produced a lot of sediment, but the blanche double shown through.

Just a sweet lovely beer. Bought locally at Whip In, the owner says it may be along time before this comes back

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:43:04 | More by CopeTech
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a nice dark hazy orange color with a fluffy head.
Smell: Wheat, citrus, honey, yeast, grass and some coriander.
Taste: Wheat, citrus, yeast, pepper, coriander.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice brew, a bit stronger in taste than most others in the style

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 19:52:35 | More by rvdoorn
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy beige color which is darker than other witbiers I've had. Head is big and creamy when poured. The retention is good. Never disappears completely. No lacings left

S: Smell is spicy (pepper and coriander mainly), sweet and citric. The Belgian yeasts are quite present (which is a "Des Rocs" trademark for me). When shook in the nose, you can also feel wheat, fruits, herbs and honey

T: Wheat. A bit sweet. Dry citric hops. Yeasts. Spices (pepper and coriander). The end is dry, citric and bitter

M: Medium and creamy body. Reasonable carbonation. Dry bitter aftertaste

O: Great beer. No (bad) surprise

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 14:18:44 | More by eduardolinhalis
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mynie

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impossible to say how old this is. I bought it from Parti-Pak in Indianapolis--AKA the store that still sells Billy Beer and intentionally rubs the expiry dates off of their stock. I *think* the bottle says its good until 2018, which is a bold goddamn statement, and a hint that this was probably produced in 08. Anyhow, it's obviously meant to be aged, so even with its low-ABV I figure it's fair to review.

Pours very dark for a wit. Much more gold than white, with a tightly packed, voluminous bright-white head.

Smells spicy, with a strong backend aroma of the pleasant fruitiness you get with beers that are meant to be aged. Big fruitiness, too; lots of malted plums, prunes, and apples. If you had blindfolded me and stuck this beneath my nose, I would have guessed it was a dubble.

Tastes more wheaty, and unfortunately not as evenhanded as the aroma. Starts out like a wit--peppery wheatmalt, corriander--moves into a yeasty, fruity middle, and ends with a not-too-pleasant burniness that belies its low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 04:48:32 | More by mynie
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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lemon in the nose with a slight wheat. The mouth is in the register of Witbier, and one wonders where this is a little white double as a mixing body and lack of spice, and this significantly it seems. Just a little peppery flavor (but a little behind) and a starchy aftertaste. A bit far from the standard Hoegaarden, whether normal or special.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 20:33:22 | More by ThaCreep
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The body sits snugly as a cloudy lemon honey with medium low white head with just a bit of lacing.

S - banana peel plus sweet-n-sour tarts, a vanilla cake frosted with sour cream icing.

T - sour with yeast. a bit of a citrus aftertaste. drying very drying.

M - Frothy. thick chewy, but leaves the mouth a bit dry.

D - overall pleasant and at the right price I'd get it again. It's a bit strong both in alcohol and in potency. The dryness makes you thirsty for something else. This is the kind of beer that would be good to sell at a restaurant because as soon as this touched my tongue I was thirsty for anything.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 09:25:33 | More by jeranbrews
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. And I finished the bottle myself.

Appearance: Nice amber but the snow-globe of floaties that this brewery is known for. Not much of a head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and very interesting spicy like a tripel; I don't really pick-up any citrus.

Taste: Again, like a sweet tripel, rich, flavorful, great beer and very unique flavor profile for a Belgian Wit, again not getting a heavy citrus flavor, just a nice sweetness which is not cloying at all.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, the sediment can pile up near the end.

Drinkability: Great, flavorful beer. Could easily down a few, especially in the warm months.

Ok, another very good beer from Abbaye des Rocs
you just need to get past the floaties (as usual).

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:59:27 | More by BobZ
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com

Poured a hazy light copper colour with lots of yeasty chunks as is usual for L'Abbaye des Rocs beers. White head poured quite small with tight bubbles then faded very quickly to very light layer.. sparse carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Quite grassy, light juicy fruits (apples and bananas), quite a lot of honey sweetness for a witbier, wet hay notes, some creaminess, light corn notes, very faint coriander spiciness, peppery, spicy yeast..

Taste - Light, quite watery, juicy fruits (lemons, apples), some creaminess, salty notes, grassy, faint pepperiness, caramel and sugar sweetness, some banana, light wheatiness, yeasty, faint clove and coriander, bready..

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with a just a little bite underneath... light bodied... Very drinkable - would be excellent on a summers day...

Overall - A pretty good and slightly different Belgian Witbier and another fine brew from L'Abbaye des Rocs... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 10:23:05 | More by mdagnew
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, clouded yellow with a thin but bubbly head. Not a lot of lacing here

The aroma is very spiced, with cloves and corriander taking a front seat to the banana and citrus notes in the background.

Again, the taste is first and foremost spiced. Characteristic of a belgian wit and much different from the hefeweizens I've been having lately. There is a good fruitiness in addition to the citrus notes. Some slight piney and hop bitterness in the finish I found unusual.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with an assertive carbonation

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 15:24:03 | More by EatsTacos
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden hazy color, this beer has a respectable (if just a little disappointingly shallow) white head. The aroma is predominantly of citrus and yeast. Lemon and baking bread, mingled with a little spice and a sweetish, sugary quality. It's an appealing smell. The taste is a lot sweeter than expected, with the tangy, citric qualities a little more muted than I would have likes. Lots of malt flavor, and the spice is not immediately present in the taste. However, as the beer warms, the coriander does come out in the flavor (although it's not one of the beers dominant qualities). Yeast is notable in the taste. The mouthfeel is thicker than other beers of the style, and the sweetness only adds to the sensation. Although it's reasonably good, it's not what I expected. Although I know that this beer is marketed as a 'double wit', the sweetness and thickness could be toned down a little...it would make the beer much more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 20:36:03 | More by Suds
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Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.