Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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2.5/5 rDev -34.4%
BB 11-07. Presentation is dull giving not much head and an amber collored beer. Nose is pale, wheaty, sherry/porty and litle alcoholic. Taste is empty, oxidated, sweetish, malted but unfresh and IMO overall a poor performance of a great brewery. Watery and alcoholic unfresh mouthfeel and a poorout after a couple of sips.
10-18-2005 16:36:01 | More by paterlodie
2.88/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
03-12-2011 20:33:22 | More by ThaCreep
2.9/5 rDev -23.9%
33 cL bottle with a best by date of 2007. Poured into a Blanche de Chambly glass.
Appearance: Explosive head and very active carbonation. Golden yellow liquid topped by a white head. 1:1 ratio of beer to head. It's a little dark for a wit.
Smell: Smells largely of pepper and coriander with hints of yeast. Too faint lemon/citrus aromas for a wit. Seems more like a Saison/Biere de Garde to me...
Taste: Slightly sour and vaguely lemony. Pepper and yeast on the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly masked. Again, this resembles a Saison more than a wit.
Mouthfeel: Rather full bodied for a wit. I think it's been working out or something.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable and at a decent price. I'll probably get this one again. My low marks are due to the classification. This _is_ a good beer, just not a good wit. A request to have this reclassified has been sent.
09-20-2003 21:15:17 | More by ManekiNeko
3/5 rDev -21.3%
25.4 oz. bottle. Purchased at Royal Liquors in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita. Best before date of 2008; that seems like a long life for a wit.
Appearance: I poured this one into a pitcher first, so each glass would have a portion of the good stuff from the bottom of the bottle. And there was a lot of that good stuff. The beer was a murky, muddy caramel color; not much wit to it at all. The off-white head rose up big and settled very slowly, becoming nice and frothy. It clung heavily to the side of the pitcher, proving just how sticky it was.
Smell: Raw grains and hints of lemon were the main aromas present when the beer was smelled from the pitcher. However, when it was concentrated in the glass, the grain took a back seat. Manadarin orange, light spices, and vanilla came to the forefront, though the wheat and grain remained in the background.
Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and smooth, but a little flat and boring.
Taste: This beer had an odd hit to it that almost made me think that it was going to be a drain pour. At first, I thought it was chemical- or solvent-like. Then after a few drinks, I convinced myself that it was more of a strong dose of black pepper, strong to the point that it climbed up and attacked my nose. However, in the finish and aftertaste, it resolved itself into being chemical-like once agian, though not as badly as before. Besides that strange component, there was chewy wheat and grain, strong yeast, orange, and cloves on the finish. An astringent bitterness lingered in the aftertaste.
08-01-2005 22:33:09 | More by Quaffer
3.03/5 rDev -20.5%
Poured out of an undated 25 oz bottle, capped and corked.
A - Pours a darker golden brown color - not necessarily in line with the style. Had alot of carbonation that faded quite quickly. Has a little bit of residual bubbling.
S - Wow a potent smell. I thought of apples. I think there is some alcohol in the background. All and all I think its fruity - apples or oranges.
T - Up front there isn't much taste there - it finishes with a malt flavor that is fairly strong. Not much bittering or spicing. The taste of this one doesn't track very well with the style. Its more sour like a saison.
M - Not much body in this one - I can drink it down easy. Its very light. Although after some tongue time, it does reveal its hidden carbonation.
D - An interesting beer that I'm not sure I could drink more than one of. All and all I'm not certain that the high carbonation would make it very drinkable to me.
I don't think I'll be back at the door of this beer.
12-14-2007 05:16:47 | More by katan
3.08/5 rDev -19.2%
750ml bottle capped green bottle with best before end of 2008 date on back. Upon opening foam came out of the top of the bottle (as has been with the other Brasserie des Rocs I have tried). Pours a very slightly hazy golden blond with a minimal head, little in the way of longevity and just OK lace, seem highly carbonated though. Smells citrusy with a slight wheat malt aroma. Yeasty with slight banana. Again citrusy with wheat malt and banana. More like a saison in my opinion. Alcohol does come through. Seems a bit thick for a wit. As I said more like a saison than a wit, and just a so so one at that. Not a bad beer but there are much better ones available.
05-07-2006 01:10:49 | More by sabrills70
3.13/5 rDev -17.8%
Large bottle poured into a Duval tulip produced a large billowy head on top of an cloudy orange body.
Aromas of Belgian yeast and light citrus fruit
The flavor starts of fruity and ends with a light spicy bitter
Medium body light carbonation
Its drinkable but not one of my favorites from this brewery
02-01-2008 15:42:35 | More by joepais
3.2/5 rDev -16%
Reviewed 11/12/2007 (bottle):
Pours a light brown clear color. Big foamy whitish head. Floral aroma, some spices, maybe some grapefruit, but weak overall. Some effervescence. Floral, taste. Fizzy mouthfeel. Light. Spices go well with spicy tacos. Very light, watery taste.
07-27-2008 17:06:51 | More by jujubeast6000
3.23/5 rDev -15.2%
The aroma has coriander, bananas, bubble gum, yeast, and wheat malt. The appearance is amber with a three finger white head. The flavor is like the aroma with a somewhat fruity taste. The palate is thin but OK for the style with a light pepper aftertaste. Overall it's nice and different but not great.
11-10-2008 05:01:48 | More by nick76
3.25/5 rDev -14.7%
Spices and peache notesappareant on the aroma.
Milky orange-yellow coloring, big creamy head.
Sweet malty and wheaty flavors dominate, some spices -
Body is to the light side.
All in all a quite pleasant brew, I imagine it will be great in the summer.
11-15-2003 11:30:59 | More by Joss
3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
750 ml bottle. The Blanche Double pours out a hazy orange color with a seemingly endlessly rising head. Thick layers of lacing are left of the side of my glass. Spicy coriander, orange, and pineapple make up the aroma. I also detect just a bit of skunk. Tangy wheat and lots of spice in the flavor. This beer has certainly not gone bad, but it's clearly past it's prime. The flavors seem unfresh and muted, replaced with harsh alcohol. There are hints of tastyness, but this overall this beer is only average. Drinkability really suffers. I can see why this beer isn't often found in the US. I would love to try it fresh, but I bet it fades fast. A disappointment, but just thinking about their other beers makes me happy again.
11-04-2005 00:09:50 | More by beveragecaptain
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
07-03-2010 09:25:33 | More by jeranbrews
3.4/5 rDev -10.8%
The beer poured into the chalice a pale golden orange with a slight haze and few chunks. The head was white, tall, small bubbled and frothy and lasted to lace the glass.
The aroma was bitter orange peel, wheat, and coriander spice. Also present was a fruity yeasty aroma.
The flavor was muted oranges and yeast. The wheat was present but was blanketed by a lactic sourness that was more funky that pleasant. While the flavor began refreshing, it also was a bit one dimensional. The bitterness was just a bit high in the beer and the balance was a bit on the harsh side.
The finish was dry with bitter orange flavor and hop bittering lasting through the aftertaste. The body was medium light.
33 cl bottle. Best before end 2007. Not the best Wit ever.
10-25-2004 22:58:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
United Kingdom (England)
3.4/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
04-23-2012 11:23:01 | More by thepeter
3.43/5 rDev -10%
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.
09-10-2004 18:23:20 | More by Globetrotter
3.43/5 rDev -10%
750 ml bottle. Pours with a massive yellowish-white head of small bubbles that has the consistency of beaten egg whites and yet resists lacing. Solid streams of carbonation support the head, rushing through transparent, brass-colored liquid with sunshine highlights. Coriander is almost singular in the aroma. It's hard to tell what else might be going on here: as the beer warms, I get rising white bread dough, some lemon, and sweetened dry grass clippings only by stretching my imagination. Nosefeel is spicy and somewhat dry. The flavor is dominated by coriander as well, with a touch of curacao and cardamom. Corn starch or baking soda figures in a parallel undercurrent of flavors suggesting a weird, celery-salted egg custard. Washy mouthfeel, puckered by spices, leaves the tongue sticky as it dries out; this is not the crisp snap I expect from a wit. At the table, this might pair well with various curries, but I'm not sure. It simply lacks the level of tart refreshment that I expect from a witbier, and, quite frankly, the more of this I drank the less I enjoyed it.
08-04-2005 21:45:49 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
3.43/5 rDev -10%
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.
03-14-2009 20:36:03 | More by Suds
3.43/5 rDev -10%
Beer bottle (33 cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: golden colour, creamy foam
Smell: delicate nose of wheat and malt
Taste and mouthfeel: very soft and velvety on the palate, flavors of wheat and citrus, a slight acidity
Drinkability: good beer in the style Witbier
Review added 11-24-2007, translated from french 1-26-2008.
11-24-2007 20:50:31 | More by thierrynantes
3.45/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
07-08-2012 17:59:35 | More by rarbring
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Best before end of 2008; Sampled January 2008
Lots of carbonation causes this beer to foam up as I pop the cap, not so fast that I am not able to easily get this into my glass though. The beer is topped by a frothy, four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, light honey color that shows a beautiful, polished, bright copper hue when held up to the light. Aromas of honey-like malt, sweet & grassy grain and a touch of crushed soda cracker notes round out the malt character. Spicy notes of orange zest, ginger, white pepper and citrusy coriander play quite a big role in the aroma. The combination of citrus and coriander definitely play the most prominent role in the aroma.
The beer is quite effervescent still as it foams up upon crossing my lips and hitting my tongue. Lightly sweet, honey like malt notes intermingle with ample citrus notes. The beer is quite light and refreshing with all of the carbonation, but underneath this the beer sticks to the mouth just a bit; letting you know that this is not your typical Wit. Grassy grain notes mix with a light herbal spiciness and a very clean, coriander note in the finish. By clean coriander I mean it does not have that earthy, exaggerated spice note that low quality coriander does. Though as the beer warms this actually changes quite a bit; the coriander not becomes much more dominant and actually a bit too much of it is present.
As the beer loses its peppery carbonation it gains a little body and definitely becomes a bit sweeter. Not a bad beer, it certainly has a much larger flavor profile, along with increased alcohol, than your typical Wit, but for some reason I am not all that enamored of this. Some how it seems a touch flabby and it has lost some of that quaffability that I would like for a Wit to have.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
01-20-2008 00:06:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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.