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

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

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85
very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-12-2002

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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 89
Reviews by CopeTech:
Photo of CopeTech
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange/yellow color with good fluffy head.Smelled very cutruisy and refreshing,nice body refreshing but not thin and weak.Tasted very orangy like alot of Belgian wits,and I also detected some coriander flavor in there as well.One of the best Belgian wits I have had will have again for sure.

Photo of RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful hazy orange in color and was incredibly thick and hazy. The puffy white head took up permanent residence and was actually soft to the touch.

Smell – The big rindy orange aroma mated perfectly with the big Belgian yeast. This was a classic Witbier nose. The spicing was traditional as well and the pepper especially seemed to jump from the glass.

Taste – The orange and yeast notes from the nose came out sharp at the taste. The flavors are very distinctive and harmoniously balanced. Everything is very soft and delicate yet assertive.

Mouthfeel – Oh, yeah, this is my idea of the perfect Belgian mouthfeel. The ale itself is medium-bodied but the feel in between the cheeks is light and fluffy. It’s so soft and delicate the bier almost floats in your mouth.

Drinkability – The amazing mouthfeel and dead-on-style flavors were head and shoulders above other Witbiers that I’ve had. This was quite a treat.

Photo of grynder33
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked like dark apple cider when I poured it, fruit yeast aroma, sediment clearly visible, thick carmel malt first taste, second taste became more fruity and spicey, thick and sweet right to the end. A little to sweet fruity for my tastes. Was bought in Poland by a friend of mine.

Photo of rastaman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good belgian wit. Strong spicy (coriander), banana and citrus. Smooth, medium bodied. Sampled on a hot Brussels day in some park while having a pizza, stronger than most wits, i kind of dug it.

Photo of ggaughan
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from a supermarket in Luxembourg. Beer poured a deep golden color with some yellow tones at the bottom of the glass. There was a nice thick head that bubbled loudly but ran down into the glass quickly. The nose was pleasing, spicey and citrus. The taste was a nice citrus grapefruit touch up front and some spice notes on the tongue. Corriander, maybe some clove. There is also a bit of hop bitterness to round things out. Easy drinking.

Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gloomy apricot crowned with a fat and proud ivory pillar and adorned with multitiudes of tiny pearls crashing towards the surface.
Fragrant of wheat hulls, clove, coriander, and pepper.
Taste-wise, it is lightly sweet up front, with sugared orange peels, honey, and caramel glazed wheat. Then, an about-face, as it shifts assetively spicy via black pepper, coriander, and clove. For a moment or two, this could be mistaken for a dunkelweizen. The spice lingers as it continues to dry, and ends with a stalky, brown aridness, and notions of withered lilac petals.
This, like every other AdR brew I've ever had, sets itself apart in its texture. A pillowed softness given lift and flight with a perky gaseousness. This literally throws itself down the throat.
All told, this is the singularly least impressive des Rocs I've had (and all that means is that it didn't change my life), but a stellar feel and immense drinkablity keeps this in the upper tier of summer quaffers.

Mucho thanks to double whitey himself, Mr Bighuge.

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow/orange color with lively carbonation that produces a nice creamy head that has great retention and lacing. Nose consists of lemon, orange, and other spices. This is a wonderfully smelling wit! Taste is extremely clean and crisp with a lot of citrus, spices and yeast dominating the palate. Overall, this is a sensational wit that I will definately pick up again.

Photo of bditty187
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold in hue with slightly tawny highlights; even though I carefully poured it I still got the classic des Rocs “snow globe” effect. White head, at the apex the foam was one finger tall. Head retention was not much to speak of, the bubbles slid to a soapy cap, thicker around the edges but not naked in the middle. Sadly, there was no subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance is unremarkable.

The nose displays no Wit characteristics. This is not a Wit, why it is listed as such is beyond me. I love the vanilla aromas with kisses of lavender… in the middle some peppery notes arrive along with orange rinds, clove, wheat, and faint spiciness. I don’t detect any coriander as I don’t believe this beer is spiced. The nose is light and breezy but the aromas are very pleasant. Inviting; I am quite curious to take a sip!

My first impression of the palate: “this is only 6% abv?” Bullshit. It drinks much “boozier” than that, not in a bad way. Lovely spicy and peppery flavors with just a kiss of alcohol heat near the end. There is a faint funky/earthiness that really adds to the complexity. Softly fruity with an orange rind vibe that is the most vocal. I taste wheat at the finish, the barley is truly secondary (and the oats only help the mouthfeel). The very soft vanilla note welcomes the finish; the aftertaste is a tad sweet.

I wish there was more carbonation; otherwise the mouthfeel would be ideal. There is a slight, lingering sweetness that doesn’t wow me but it doesn’t deter me either. Medium-light in body, low carbonation… overall, the mouthfeel is pleasant.

I think I have had this beer before but maybe not. This is a unique Belgian Wheat Beer… I’m not too much into styles but to call this a Wit is to do it disservice. As simple as I can state it… Blanche Double is artfully complex but not overwhelming; it is quite tasty. There is complexity that makes this beer more than a warm weather quaffer. This is not my favorite AdR product but it is one that I should visit more often. Purchased in Omaha; 750ml bottle.

Photo of goochpunch
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy brass with lively bubbles that feed that fluffy, creamy, whipped egg-white head. Leaves some speckled lacing. Has a nice, cweet, orange aroma with accentuating coriander and a wheaty graininess that sets off the sweet aroma really well. Crips in the nose with no real weird "off" aromas. Some herbal/floral hop is in the nose as well. Flavor has a lovely breadiness with notes of honey and white raisins. Has a creamy taste to it to go with the citrus notes of the coriander and orange peel, making this taste like a Creamsicle. Finishes with a very "green" herbal and earthy hop. Very dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy in the carbonation department and has a bit of weight to it. Leaves a little sweet stickiness, which is my only gripe here. Drinkability is just fine, but the sweetness found in this beer becomes a little much as I make my way down the 750 ml.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light copper beer with a huge foamy head with great retention. Incredible amount of yeast is comprised in this drink. Aroma is great with hint of sweet fruit (apricot? Orange?). Taste is also quite good with a refreshing sweet taste reminiscent of summer fruit (again apricot?) and a good mix between the malt and the yeast. Overall, a more complex wit then what I’m used to drink and, in my opinion, a underrated beer in this category.

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml capped bottle into a pint glass. The label did have a best by date but was so poorly printed that I couldn't tell the date. It was a hazy light amber color. It had a small fizzy head that quickly dissipated into a broken film with tons of carb keeping it there. No lacing. The aroma was typical witbier but more muted than the average. It was really present when the head was still fizzing but then disappeared after that. Main aspect was pepper. The taste was similar to the aroma in that it's typical witbier but muted. I liked this one but I've had better wits lately so don't see this being a regular player - more of an occasional change-up. Do recommend though. (4, RB, T, O)

Photo of Joss
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spices and peache notesappareant on the aroma.
Milky orange-yellow coloring, big creamy head.
Sweet malty and wheaty flavors dominate, some spices -
peppery aftertaste.
Body is to the light side.
All in all a quite pleasant brew, I imagine it will be great in the summer.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The very last of my stash from my west coast trip. It's a fairly new bottle, as the best before date on the side of the front label is the end of 2007. I should have bought more to cellar, but oh well.

Pours out a cloudy peach colour, huge chunks of suspended particles, probably more accentuated by such a lighter body. Not much head on the pour, a thin fizzy white cap that dissipated quickly. Orange, coriander and vanilla on the nose, pretty basic but it works. Flavour is light, yeasty wheat up front, and the blend of spices kicks in shortly after, with the orange peel leading the way, coriander playing rhythm section, and the vanilla finishing off with the tambourine and beehive hairdo with go-go boots. A fairly basic wit, but it has character and is worth trying. Just not as intense as the other Abbaye des Rocs I have tried so far.

Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After its release from the 750ml bottle, its sets in the glass a murky orange highlighted copper color with a substantial creamy white head that disappears rather quickly leaving a thick and clinging sheet of lace. Nose is filled with fruit and spices, oranges, bananas, tart apples, coriander, cloves, sweet and tart, clean and refreshing, a pleasure to sniff. Start is sweet and spicy, hints of pepper, at the back a touch of bitterness, and or that “Granny Smith Apple” kind of face puckering tartness, top is medium in feel. Finish has a biting acidity, the hops and spices provide a sweet and sour tangy dry aftertaste, which coats the palate.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Lots of floaties in suspension in that hazy pale yellow body mounted by a nice white head. High apparent carbonation, which gets confirmed by an above average effervescence on the tongue. Nice aroma bursts to the nose, lots of yeasty orange, lemongrass, dust and even some surprising crisp hops. More complex than most wits, drier, hoppier which adds a very interesting flavor profile. I love the dust/almost earthy suggestions. Mild banana tones with coriander, lime and curacao. Moderate peppery bitterness in the finish even. Great witbier! Thanks Frink!

Photo of Globetrotter
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon a supermarket headed out of Moscow that featured three Abbaye des Rocs products. Wow. Brown wine bottle with cork and cap, and a lovely label featuring a forest stream seen through the window of an abbey. Price wasn't bad either - about $5.00 for 750ml. Label claims no additives - just malt and hops. Best before end of 2007, I opened it on 9/10/04.

Pours cloudy orange under a two finger fairly thin off white head that settled to film surprisingly fast. A few spots was all the lacing it could generate. Sweet and spicey nose, with plenty of coriander and a whiff of orange. The mouth was very carbonated with just a touch of syrupy weight. The flavor is mainly spice and fruit. There's not much in the way of either malt or hop, but it is a refreshing drink all the same. Not my favorite style, but I'll be happy to finish the bottle.

Photo of spinrsx
3.74/5  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'.

Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid dark straw. Mountainous, rocky, dogged porcelain white head leaves dense, muddled lace. Rounded, herbal coriander bolstered by stately clove phenol and citric wheat tartness. Hints of black pepper and subtle banana emerge as it breathes. Quite welcoming aromawise. Dried orange peel bitterness dominates and lends lingering dryness. Permeating, sweet, juicy tangering like flavor, with honeywish malt undertones. Judiciously spiced, with coriander running parallel with clove at a low level. Full bodied for style, yet brisk and effervescent. Finishes with fading hints of diluted orange liquer soaked sourbread. An excellent, flavorful brew, with vibrant spicing and controlled residual sweetness. Soft on the palate and superbly drinkable. Fairly ballsy for a "wit" and not quite within style, but delicious regardless. Recommended, for sure.

Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of dsa7783
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased for $7.99 from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
Appearance was mediocore at best - I was really expecting more for a Belgian Witbier...
A slow and steady pour yielded a bright-orange hue, very different from your typical representation of the style, with no carbonation, hardly any head, and minimal lacing to say the least...
Smell replete with oranges, spiked fruit, and spices...
Taste strongly resembled the aroma, bursting with tangerines, nectarines, tropical fruit, slight grapefruit, and a noticeable bitterness and pepper essence present on the tongue...
Mouthfeel was more loose and watered-down than I had anticipated and drinkability was good but not great, especially due to the modest ABV...
Different than your average Witbier for sure...
Mediocore - nothing special...

Photo of neonbrown82
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer, although not one of the better examples of a witbier I've seen. Not at all chunky like the other BdR beers I've had.

The beer pours to a bit of a clear pale ale reddish-amber color with a nice billowing white head. Decent carbonation along with a fine head produce a great "snap, crackle, pop" effect. Unfortunately, I would never be able to identify this as a witbier on the basis of appearance alone, which is why I rated it a bit low.

The smell was spot-on for a wit, however. Very strong citric aromas. Lemon, orange, coriander, yeasty and malty earthy aromas.

The taste is not much of a departure from the nose, though it seems to be near overbearing on the coriander spicing. A nice bite in the finish from the wheat accompanied by a lingering dry citric. A bit thin, fizzy, and dry, but very quaffable and quenchable. I was also surprised to see that it's also one of the biggest wits I've ever tried at 6% ABV.

Photo of ppoitras
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Black foil over corked cap on green bottle, and best before date is unreadable.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" bright white head above the dark golden brew. Head snow-cones above the edges of the glass, due to vigorous and seemingly unending carbonation eminating from the bottom of the glass. Heavy, frothy head coats the glass sides fully with the same heavy foam lace. Aroma is lemongrass and spices. Taste is exactly what the nose indicated, and without the overpowering tartness sometimes found in wits. I have to appreciate the balance here. Mouthfeel is extra creamy and smooth, with the tartness just getting power at the end, with very nice drinkability as well. The des Rocs brew I have enjoyed the most, after the Grand Cru.

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Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.