Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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3.85/5 rDev +1%
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 Im used to drink and, in my opinion, a underrated beer in this category.
07-12-2004 13:47:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
02-24-2003 11:29:24 | More by oberon
4.63/5 rDev +21.5%
750 ml bottle.
Appearance: thoroughly hazy orange color, copious cap of creamy tapioca. Looking very nice.
Aroma: spice arrives first, the coriander is king, a little clove?, rounded off with fruit, lemon, peach, apricot, orange...nice and lively...
Taste: a sumptuous sizzle sets in on the mouth, whirls and kicks a bit, then fades softly, while urging one to drink anew. Fresh, mellow, but flush with flavor. Yeast is hard at work at this one, too, but the spices are all over it, tantalizing the tastebuds, and the citrus fruit provides considerable zest.
Medium bodied, with a light, fruity finish.
Taste is terrific, and mouthfeel is a treat.
$7.59 for the bottle, and worth every penny and then some.
07-03-2005 09:35:50 | More by feloniousmonk
3.69/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-29-2014 02:27:22 | More by jlindros
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
United Kingdom (England)
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
Purchased from the Beers of Europe, a quality online beer shop in the UK. BB 2010, served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.
A: pours a murky, dark orangey to light amber hue, topped with a fluffy white foamy head dispersed with some dirty spots of yeast sediments, while the carbonation comes lively and constant.
S: very light caramely notes surround the refreshing wheat-ish theme, orangey fruitiness, light banana-oil and sugar-cane juice, with faint notes of coriander seed and boiled sweet potato well-hidden in the background. Very different from most other ordinary Witbier, that this one is thicker and more dense in aroma, while less spicy overall.
T: a super-refreshing wave of sour-sweet wheat-ish and bready flavour prevails upfront, immediately followed by a semi-dry yeasty palate consisting of white pepper, orangey-peels, floral esters, a faint touch of coriander seed, and an undertone of soaked honey toast... pretty clean, semi-dry and slightly tangy in the finish.
M&D: the fluffy texture of mild carbonation on top of a solid body of maltiness is the key to the consistently pleasant drinking experience, unlike many other witbiers that are prone to a watery and thin palate; where there are less spicy elements in the flavour, the full-er malty taste makes up for it, and the clean palate serves as a lively witness to the good work of multiple fermentation (the bottle says "triple"). All in all, this is one of very few samples of this style that I think I would take the pleasure of drinking perhaps more than a litter!
08-31-2008 21:21:33 | More by wl0307
4.75/5 rDev +24.7%
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.
12-23-2005 23:56:59 | More by ppoitras
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
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".
06-30-2013 01:22:34 | More by biegaman
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
Murky looking copper appearance. A one finger sized ivory white head sticks around for the long haul and leaves some nice Belgian Lace for my viewing pleasure. Nice aroma. Deep breaths bring sea breeze, orange, light perfume, lemon juice and also lime. The flavor starts sweet with bubblegum esters. Moves on to candy and lime and ever so slightly tart lemons. Slight spicing of cracked black pepper and orange peel, but not a lot. Got some doughy yeastiness coming through. Belgian influence is noticeable. I'm not sure if this is a "by the books" witbier (or if it is even meant to be), but whatever it is, it's good.
07-13-2005 04:30:09 | More by Bighuge
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
This poured a rich gold colour and clear, with a fluffy, short lived, bright white head. The fine bubbles that eventually formed a collar really clung to the sides of the glass. Complex, spicy aroma consisting of coriander, clove, and white pepper, which was balanced a bit by mild citrus and bready malt. Plenty of bready malt in the flavour too, which provided a solid base for the spices to play. Again, coriander and clove were present, but the pepperiness seemed to be a little more forward. Light citrus pulled everything together nicely. Dry finish with some lingering spice. Medium bodied and a little heavier than most other wits, well attenuated, but the carbonation was a little coarse. Still, I enjoyed this offering. It made a nice companion on a Saturday afternoon.
09-23-2006 20:50:18 | More by DrJay
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
10-26-2007 18:51:35 | More by Gusler
4/5 rDev +5%
A light hazy amber with decent bubbling and some suspended yeast. Awesome. Eggshell head with strong retention throughout the beverage. Good spicey aroma of chammomile and lavender. Hints of sweet toasty malts as well. Plenty of lioght sweetness with a tart, spicey middle. The finish is a clean and refreshing sugar of malt with the aforementioned spices. A very refreshing palate but still has lots of flavor to offer. This, to me, is a true lawnmower beer. Something that relieves some heat from work and offers pleasant flavor to be enjoyed after a hard days outdoor work.
11-14-2006 05:48:18 | More by scruffwhor
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
03-08-2012 11:54:51 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
This beer has an extremely fresh flavour, an abundant, creamy and compact head, a straw-coloured hue, wuth the typical turbidity of the blanche.
It is one of the best blanche you can easily found on the market, a lot better than Hoegaarden.
11-16-2002 11:09:41 | More by stcules
4.58/5 rDev +20.2%
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. Its 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 Ive had. This was quite a treat.
12-13-2004 15:53:49 | More by RoyalT
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
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'.
06-04-2013 23:48:22 | More by spinrsx
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
07-24-2006 04:48:02 | More by cjgator3
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Sampled during a visit to the Taverne Du Château on Monday 12th April. Situated in Montignies-sur-Rocs, a lovely small village in Northern Hainaut close to the French Border, and also home to the Brasserie de lAbbaye des Rocs. The Taverne Du Château stocks a great range of the AdR beers and is one of the best places to sample them.
The first of the AdR beers sampled here was the Blanche des Honnelles.
Presentation: A 375ml capped green glass bottle. Standard AdR presentation which includes a generic design for the main label, a gold edged simple crown shaped formed from 3 tall arched windows topped in the center arch with a red, white & gold coat of arms. This sits against a light sky blue background. The colorful picture inside the tall arch window shape is one of the lesser Honnelles Rivers which has the words 'Blanche des Honnelles' written in white font across it. The neck label has the same light sky blue background, the coat of arms and the name of the Brewery.
Appearance: Milky yellow body tinged with some light apricot hints that exhibits a yeast based sediment. The hazed body has a real Wheat beer look to it. Massive rocky white head easily forms a tall iceberg like mass that floats on top of the beer. Nice conditioning and plenty of nice spider web lacing.
Nose: This was a fresh bottle that has a nose that just leapt out of the glass. Lots of coriander, herbs, black peppers and yeasts. Some light fruits; lemons mixed with peaches and apricots.
Taste: Lemony start with a peppery tingle. A complex middle is infused with orange and lemon peel, hop bitterness, cloves, black pepper, yeasts and a sharp latter third that is dry in character. Spicy black pepper finish sits against and all the way through the breaded wheat ending. Lingering astringency.
Mouthfeel: Pretty average feel, the 6% doesnt really bolster the body at all. The light Blanche feel makes this a thirst quenching and refreshing Blanche for a hot day. The conditioning makes it easy on the tongue also.
Drinkability: Extremely refreshing on a warm sunny Easter Monday. Not exactly complex in the traditional sense, but it has a very interesting taste profile for a Blanche. Drinks rather well and is quite Moorish.
Overall: Made with malted oats, wheat and barley, this 6% Blanche is not your usual run of the mill offering. It is the one AdR beer that rarely travels far from the Brewery, indeed, one of the handful of times that I sampled this was actually during a visit to the Brewery itself at Easter 2000. To be honest, I think it rarely leaves the Brewery because this beer is best sampled fresh, I am sure a staid example could easily loose its delicate charm and refreshing character.
Nicely done and a great Blanche when fresh, but do not to buy an aged sample of this one!
05-16-2004 02:17:16 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
08-09-2005 04:46:35 | More by cokes
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
06-23-2011 04:48:32 | More by mynie
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
This to me was like a Wit on steriods as the beer tasted bigger in all ways than Hooegarden. The banana and cloves esters were more subdued perhaps due to the big mouthfeel that was dominated by Belgian yeasts. Food friendly and big enough to drink outside summer this is a nice twist on the style.
03-31-2005 01:54:39 | More by canucklehead
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.