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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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86
very good

89 Reviews
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Reviews: 89
Hads: 135
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
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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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 135
Photo of DrJay
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (779 characters)

Photo of MarcGetty
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a 750 ml bottle of Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double as a gift from a friend. From the outside it looked like a beer that I would like (I particularly like wheats and golden ales) and I was not disappointed.

It pours like both a wheat beer and a golden ale. Cloudy and highly carbonated with thousands of tiny bubbles continiously flowing to the top even well after pouring.

Great bold taste that is a great mix of a slightly filtered wheat beer and a slightly spicy golden ale.

Highly reccomended. Now I need to find out where to buy this! (560 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (387 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (664 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immense lasting froth above an unclean, orange body. Citrusy, fruity aroma suprises me seeing that this is unspiced, because to me, it stinks of orange peel. Perfectly carbonated body, which elevates flavors. Orange peel spice, with juicy tangerine and tang flavors, citrus fruits, tart wheat and an authentic Belgian feel. (323 characters)

Photo of haz77
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy copper with a tight head which almost immediately died to nothing. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S - Sweet malts, spicy citrus and bread.

T - Tastes as expected, given the smell. Bread and spicy citrus with spice lingering and alcohol warmth coming through at the end

M - Medium body and very little carbonation.

D - Refreshing, but not a beer I would rush out to buy more of. (415 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (834 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (728 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (322 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review # 700.

Big ole 750 mL. bottle with a fat cap, released into a glass with a first pour of unassuming foggy amber topped with a dense antique white wafer thin head cap. Of course the next pour more exceptional deserving of awe complimented by a foggy hue and topped by a huge statuesque dense coating.

Peppery doughy aromatic scents easily pronounce a spicy lemon prescence. Mostly a doughy bouquet.

First swigs: With greedy anticipation a sip of doughy caramel and dry finish of Earthy mineral finish. Middle lends a ginger and spice wafer flavor. Well hopped with a classic Belgian almost pale flavor. Some lingering delicious vanilla creates a tempting brew.

Feel is a dense taunt easy cushy frothy foamer with a linger of coating. proportions.A treat of soft

LAst swigs: A vanilla doughy yeasty wit. Top notch! Brasserie des Rocs has quickly become one of my favorite brasseries. Each bottle yeilds a tricky complex chin rub of palate pleasing. If only more American breweries would adopt this technique.

Beer is good. Happy Belgian beering. (1,069 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer, although not one of the better examples of a witbier I've seen. Not at all chunky like the other BdR beers I've had.

The beer pours to a bit of a clear pale ale reddish-amber color with a nice billowing white head. Decent carbonation along with a fine head produce a great "snap, crackle, pop" effect. Unfortunately, I would never be able to identify this as a witbier on the basis of appearance alone, which is why I rated it a bit low.

The smell was spot-on for a wit, however. Very strong citric aromas. Lemon, orange, coriander, yeasty and malty earthy aromas.

The taste is not much of a departure from the nose, though it seems to be near overbearing on the coriander spicing. A nice bite in the finish from the wheat accompanied by a lingering dry citric. A bit thin, fizzy, and dry, but very quaffable and quenchable. I was also surprised to see that it's also one of the biggest wits I've ever tried at 6% ABV. (949 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (536 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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). (518 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (1,544 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (446 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (619 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (721 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (298 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (440 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. It’s 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 I’ve had. This was quite a treat. (966 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (762 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (599 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (855 characters)

Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.