1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

128 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 128
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-12-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 89 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by yancot:
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

yancot, Jun 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

oberon, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

RoyalT, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

beerhunter13, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Satyr179, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of grynder33
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

grynder33, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of jisak74
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jisak74, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

rastaman, Sep 12, 2002
Photo of ggaughan
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

ggaughan, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of mattfancett
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

cokes, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

cjgator3, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

bditty187, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

goochpunch, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

theminutemen, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +5%
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)

TexIndy, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ThinkAgain, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of desint
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

desint, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Joss
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Joss, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +5%

WillAndSarah, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

irishkyle21, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

IronDjinn, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Gusler, Oct 26, 2007
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.