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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

128 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of thierrynantes
3.43/5  rDev -10%

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.

thierrynantes, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
3.58/5  rDev -6%

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.

ggaughan, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Gusler
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.

Gusler, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +5%

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)

TexIndy, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

brdc, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

allengarvin, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of HumuloneRed
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

HumuloneRed, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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

meadhead, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

bditty187, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

BretSikkink, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

ojiikun, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of BeerNutta
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

BeerNutta, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

lackenhauser, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of MarcGetty
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

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!

MarcGetty, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
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.

cjgator3, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

sabrills70, May 07, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Crosling, May 05, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

haz77, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

beveragecaptain, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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.

paterlodie, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

blitheringidiot, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

neonbrown82, Aug 28, 2005
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.