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

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-12-2002

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Photo of Suds
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured hazy white with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate yeasty citrus aroma. Medium body with a light sticky texture and particles. Medium citrus, yeasty and spice flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

Photo of nick76
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of roblowther
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, clear pale gold with minimal head & not much lace. It smells, in the words of my friend Jake, like "the best smelling fart ever". Skunky lager like at first, but after a bit of breathing, you get caramel, nuts, apricots. The taste is nutty, woody, a hint peppery, and very nicely balanced between sweet & dry. Very good! The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and slick. The drinkability is very good with a balanced flavor that makes you want more the same way that malted milk balls do. I'm starting to regret sharing that bottle with Jake...

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 joepais
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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 katan
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

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 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 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 brdc
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It does not look, smell or taste like your regular witbier..
Large capped and corked bottle, with a lot of sediment on the bottom. Poured into a tulip.
Dark golden, almost orange in color, with a lot of very small particles floating. A luscious white, foamy head on top of the glass just makes it even nicer; if it had a bit more retention, would be absolutely perfect. Next time I will pour into a Duvel glass.
Very aromatic, and more complex than the average; spiced, coriander and peppers, clove but no bananas. Citric fruits and perhaps even some earth round it up nicely.
Taste is very impressive for the style, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, highly yeasty, fruity and bitter at times. Spices and fruitiness round it up.
For the style, a masterpiece, but it is not one you can drink a lot like most others.

Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, into a Bernardus chalice. The color of this beer is light orange with a modest head. Extremely cloudy when held up to the light. Nose is surprisingly lacking in character. There's a touch of spiciness, not really identifiable, followed by a slight honey-vanilla note. Fruitiness is more apparent in the flavor, which is pleasantly citrus in character (not hoppy citrus, I should note). The wheat is readily distinguished. I can't detect any coriander besides a light spiciness that might be a yeast-generated flavor. Finish is fairly clean. Lots of carbonation adds to the mouthfeel.

Not flawed, but not very exceptional.

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

750 ml. Bottle. The beer pours a cloudy orange/pale color with a creamy white head and lacing.
The aroma is of the apple and oranges with a mild spicy note as well. The same fruit and spice notes come through to the flavor with a nice tart back ground finish it with a mild bitterness that goes well the the tartness. Well balance spices as well nothing is overdone in this beer.
This is a well made beer.

Photo of meadhead
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thick and chewy rich taste
orange wheat gluten yeast
baste
lemon grass even ginger
tart grain
thick not thinner

pours a solid
tan orange

smell is spice wheat fruit

taste is nuance
and mellow
semi-sweet
wheat jello

mouthfeel full
carbonation
zingy
high deep refreshment

drinkability is great
only the price makes you wait

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 BretSikkink
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangey amber haze, active carbonation. I'd like to revisit a forum post about awesome bottle caps - the mega-sized AdR logo is cool, popped off with a pretty good bang. Nothing really standout about the appearance, properly hazy. Really fluffy head sticks around a while, although if you take long enough it will reduce to a film.

Nose wafts up yeasty - slight spice (peppery but also clove), traditional wheat-coriander marriage, and orange rind notes.

Not citric orange but more 'tropical' sweet fruit flavor, combines with crisp wheat, maybe some oats. Very subtle, but at 6% still comes through quite smooth.

Low mouthfeel score simply because it's a thin style, high carbonation in the mouth. It's perfect for the beer it's supposed to be - this is why "light" beers get lower ratings on BA to me, because I'm more willing to rank high for gambles that paid off rather than finely-honed skill at crafting delicate sessionable brews. Blanche double is just that, kudos to the Abbaye. I think I made up for it with 4.5 drinkability. I served it extremely cold (refridgerated a while at around 40 F) and left it out until it was through, not very long thereafter.

Photo of ojiikun
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an uninteresting semi-foggy dark amber into a nice wit glass. The pour, however, was quite interesting. The cap popped off my 750 like the cork from a champagne bottle with a jet of foam! This of course, meant that there was plenty of head at first and the carbonation lasted. Sadly, though, the head was thin and the lace was nill.

Smell is like a wit - on steroids. Spice, malts, citrus, a little peat. Very refined and full, like you'd expect from a dark dubbel - yet yeasty, light, and aromatic like a wit. Lots of esters in the nose.

Taste is amazingly mellow. Little trace of the spices first smelt. Medium-sweet body (especially when warmer) with a good deal of malt. Maltier, in fact, than a lot of the dubbels of late. Plenty of hawaiian rolls and spiced bananna. Finishes with hints of alpha acid from what hopps there are at all.

Reasonably low abv with an incredibly balanced body and sweetness make this an easy drinker. I imagine that with good, spicy or grilled food, this served cold would be like nectar. On it's own the taste lacks the complexity to make it a compelling sip, but the mothfeel is clean except for a yeasty residue that's enjoyable if you're a brau-head.

Photo of BeerNutta
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]

A = Pours a dark orange to gold colour with a thin foam head.

S = Fresh citrus aroma with sugary sherbert like aftertones.

T = Initial clove taste with hints of spice and pepper. Mellows out into a honey sweet finish. Very nice.

D = Very drinkable if you can get it.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hazy golden color. Big flufy head on top that quickly falls into about a 1/8 inch head. Earthy, black peppery aroma. Spicy and somewhat tart flavor. Very grassy though not from hops. Good mouthfeel-finishes quite dry. Nice effort-would be good on a hot summers day.

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

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.

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.