Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
Upon popping the cork, no fizz comes out. I was worried. Pouring reveals a hazy straw color nectar wit ha big fluffy creamy head that leaves lace for the ages as it falls. The nose is big in the spicey department, with coriander and orangepeel playing heavy, with very slight barnyard funkies. Smells very nice. Flavor is right there. The spices are a touch more subdued and the mustyness more prevalent, but its a nice balance. Very tasty. The feel is moderate with a nice moderate carbonation. A highly drinkable brew. Very quenching.
08-18-2005 02:03:51 | More by kmpitz2
4.3/5 rDev +12.9%
Pours a very cloudy yellow / light amber color with a very tall head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Head takes forever to fall down. The aroma is very nice - spicy with citrus and corriander. The flavor is nice - but much more smooth than expected. Slight spices and light citrus in the flavor blend well with a yeasty character and make it very good drinking. The spices blend very well for a witbier. Drinkability is good and the body is thick for the style (thick end of moderate).
08-18-2005 02:00:09 | More by clvand0
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
3.43/5 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
3/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
750 Cappped bottle. Unlike the other des Rocs beers I have had, a cork is missing. Appearance is spot on for a whit. Huge white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing, body is very hazy copper/bright gold. Smells sweet and spicy, berries and citrus, with spices dominate this one. Very big malt in the flavor, there is also quite a bit of fruity flavor there, slightly metallic, but another great beer from this brewery. Great drinkability, also.
07-27-2005 13:51:37 | More by TastyTaste
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
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
Huge yellowish cream colored head. A storm of carbonation rises from the bottom of the Blanche De Chambly glass swirling some of the yeast I accidentally poured. Light clean aroma; there's a bit of zesty lemon and some fresh floral notes. Nice light mouthfeel. Fresh floral (dandelion?) flavors up front mixed with a bit of lemon zest overtop of a light yeastyness. becomes just slightly bitter towards the end. This is one quality witbier.
03-24-2005 04:02:17 | More by HappyHourHero
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
3.4/5 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
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
A transparent golden/orange color with a light fine carbonation (and a few bits and pieces rolling around). The white head diminishes rather quickly, but leaves a fine layer and a light bubbly, sticky lace. Aroma is tart and spicy (coriander), with malty notes. Palate is medium bodied, effervescent and pleasingly tart. The flavor is a well-balanced combination of sweetness, a citrus tartness and a light hop finish. This brewski/amalgamation is not glaringly complex or provocative, yet its characteristics exemplify a harmony of subtle flavors I have not noticed in any other beer of this style.
09-11-2004 03:56:52 | More by SeanChouffe
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
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
08-01-2004 17:59:42 | More by IronDjinn
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
A nice murky flavourful looking orange with a tight orange head that persists well.
Sexy aroma of mouldy oranges (sexy? well, suprisingly so!) mixed with some deep spice and a heap of back up citrus. After time more darker spice flavours reveal themselves, in a very enjoyable way.
Great tart taste with some more orange peel and light wheat flavours coming through. Some bitterness on the finish, which is very long and full. Great creaminess and overall mouthfeel.
A wit full of 'roids and a damn nice one at that. We will be meeting again!
07-22-2004 13:45:32 | More by koolk
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
Thick foamy and creamy head, lasting too. About half an inch of head remained on the beer forever. Hazy golden color body. The smell is very refreshing: nicely citric, mostly grapefruit; an incredibly floral aroma with lots of ginger. The taste is enjoyable: a bit like a mix between a witbier and a lambic: more tart than in other witbiers but the beer is still very fruity and floral. Hops add a sublte chewniess that's unusual for the style. Grapefruit is overy orval-like. Mouthfeel is very round and smooth with the everlasting head. The hops and grapefruit aspects are a bit aggressive for a witbier. Surprizing and enjoyable.
07-19-2004 22:37:11 | More by tjd25
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
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
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!
07-05-2004 17:10:40 | More by Rastacouere
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
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
01-24-2004 17:43:10 | More by grynder33
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-26-2003 17:40:54 | More by marc77
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
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
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
I was expecting a wit but that's not what I got. This is not your superpale Hoegaarden or Wittekerke. Dark hay, chunky yeast. Nice head. Aroma is fruity, slightly acidic. Flavor is fermented orange juice, bubblegum and oak. Good smooth mouthfeel. This is a witbier's big brother.
05-03-2003 01:47:15 | More by aracauna
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.