Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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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
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Hazy orange colour, 2 fingers of white head, some lace here as well. Smell is fairly spicy with a big floral presence here as well, ginger with some orangey citrus as wsell as a big wheaty-malt. Taste is spicy with yeast and orange, citrus, wheat, ginger and malt with a clean citrus aftertaste. Medium-high carbonation, medium full body. Solid stuff here, not a style I enjoy all that much but certainly enjoyed this.
06-29-2013 14:00:42 | More by peensteen
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance: A cloudy slightly tan lemon colour that seems to contain some sediment. Very dark for a wit, as it looks more like a hefe. It's so cloudy that it's hard to make out the moderate carbonation in the body. A finger and a half of head that produced some minor lacing and retained well.
Smell: Very fruity, as both the plum, apple and honey coming from the belgian yeast is well complmented by the lemon, orange and banana smells that the wheat is producing, all to an undertone of herbs and clove in the background. Warming helps it case even more and makes the beer change smells as it warms up.
Taste: Sweet citrus and banana taste with touches of spice to start us off that turn masterfully into a subdued, fruit bowl as plums and oranges come to play to a backing a sweet wheat and barley malt.
Mouthfeel: Fantastically smooth, to the point I think oats might be involved here. The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and the transitioning is very well done. The problem, the aftertaste is a bit boozy and it begins to tip the hand of the beer's higher alcohol content.
Drinkability: It's easy to go down and exceptionally flavourful, but it's medium bodied which isn't quite what you expect in a wit. It's slightly gassy as well, but it doesn't leave you feeling dry by any means and would be something that would have a rookie drinker on the floor after a couple.
Final Thoughts: This is a hybrid of a Belgian Tripel and a Wit. However, given that it likely doesn't go overboard on the malt Tripel is a bit of a misnomer. Either way, the yeast makes it's presence known but masterfully blends with it's wheat malt friend in this case. A very fruity beer, but with enough kick behind it to make it something more the a diversion. Thumbs up on this one.
06-25-2013 23:02:35 | More by TheHammer
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
Beer is a cloudy blonde. Small to moderately-sized white head. Fades steadily.
Smell contains coriander, wheat, clove and perhaps some white pepper. Spices mainly, not much in the way of orange.
Taste is similar to the nose. Coriander and clove are dominant, with crisp wheat flavours there as well. Yeast.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, refreshing.
Overall, not exciting, but a decent wit.
06-24-2013 01:23:03 | More by jrenihan
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Appearance: Orangish; full of yeast sediment; small head
Aroma: Peppery; citrus
Taste: Creamy mouthfeel from the use of oats; Peppery; tangy citrus; juicy malt finish
Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores
06-15-2013 02:20:11 | More by IchLiebeBier
3.69/5 rDev -3.1%
Part of the latest LCBO seasonal release...
A - Pours a hazy murky orange colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.
S - Musty wheat, dried bread, hints of cloves and mandarin.
T - Much like the nose with the musty wheat, bread crumbs, and fruity mandarin notes dominating alongside a bready finish with a hint of cloves.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.
O - Super easy drinking, delicious flavours and a pleasant arrival at the local LCBO. A great summer selection and I know I plan to pick up a few extras to session.
06-06-2013 23:40:38 | More by andrenaline
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
4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Revisited on jul´12. Pours pale golden in color & foggy appearance. Crown is wide, creamy, white in color. Nice lacing on sides. Raw wheat, orange, coriander & floral hop aromas. Dry grainy upfront smoothed by creamy sensation of fresh bread & honey touches. Medium to light body. Lively carbonation. Oily texture. Slight astringency & acidity from raisins & pepper in the middle underlies into the lasting sweet finish. Refreshing & easy drinkable.
08-16-2012 21:11:05 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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.