Blanche | Le Cheval Blanc

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Le Cheval Blanc
Quebec, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Reviewed from a taster cup at the Hamilton Beer Festival - August 23, 2014

Appearance - A fine hazy rich golden / yellow color capped by a decent amount of head for a small glass. Lots of carbonated bubbles are visible.

Smell - Nice aromatics a powdery wheatiness mixed with some banana and clove. The clove picks up in intensity upon repeated whiffs.

Taste - Quite a bit of a sweet banana that is powedery like a banana bread before the clove kicks in and the Belgian yeastiness rears its head. An interesting beer that kind of reminded me of almost a hybrid between a hefe and a wit, due to the amount of banana and clove.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, rich feeling but not overdone. Medium-light bodied

Overall - A damn fine wit, that I wish was more accessible as this was marketed as these guys appear to have some deal for distro through St. Ambroise. Nonetheless, It was of such a quality that St Ambroise should be proud to have this beer under their umbrella. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light honey color (looks like chamomile tea) with a creamy, ambitious, white head that holds its own, finally settling at about a quarter inch. Decent retention; not much lacing.

Yeasty and wheatey. Nothing too spectacular, some spices and dough, but other than that pretty mellow.

Crisp, warm and smooth. Drinks nice, with tea flavors and very light floral and citrus notes. Definitely on the mellow side of other wits as far as being citrus-flavor-forward.

Smooth, light bodied and refreshing, not much carbonation but a bit creamy.

Not the best beer in the world but it certainly isn't bad and for what it is it is great. Tastes a bit more like a German Wheat than a Belgian one, but it doesn't really matter. I kind of like that it tastes more bread-like than some wits. On the whole, though, it would benefit from getting beefed up a little bit. It is kinda watery.
Wouldn't seek it out or anything, but if you have to go get something quick at the dépanneur it is a good bet.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 341ml bottle to a tall pilsener glass.

A: Nice one and a half finger head with good retention. Beautiful and thick lacing was left behind on each sip. Spritzy with a champagne like appearance. Very pale in appearance and "White ale" ,as some call it, really does seem fitting.

S: Coriander and citrus followed up by the faint aroma of sweet malts in the background.

T: Coriander and citrus are once again dominant. The citrus is rather light and is reminiscent of a lemon zest. Doughy malts provide a nice subtle background for all of the citrus and spice action happening in the initial taste. Perhaps some hints of pale tart fruit like green apple and pear. Some banana ester character as well.

M: Very carbonated and palate cleansing. Refreshingly clean and crisp.

O: Overall it was a pretty good beer. Nice and refreshing and would be very suitable for sitting out on the patio and drinking 2 or 3. Nothing over powering and fairly approachable to the average consumer, perhaps why it is a local favorite.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw colour with half a fingers worth of head. Smells very yeasty, with some peppery spice and bubblegum. Tastes pretty much as it smells. Yeasty, with a hint of bubblegum, coriander and pepper. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, a decent beer, but not one I'll likely pick up again.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

660 mL amber bomber bottle. Pours clouded golden, with a half-inch of white head that doesn't leave any lacing. Fairly aromatic, with notes of oranges, yeast, spice, and maybe some hops. The palate adds to this notes of doughy wheat, light malt, bubblegum?, and a light grassiness. Delicate and well-balanced. Fairly carbonated, with a light, dry body and a short finish. A no-frills wit that drinks very easily.

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Photo of fostachild
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had a glass on-tap. light golden yellow color. not much head that faded quickly.

smell was nice. good blend of yeast, wheat, orange/citrus.

taste was similar to the smell with wheat, yeast, and citrus but had a nice sweetness to it. well balanced and refreshing.

overall solid witbier, easy drinking and really enjoyed it with my meal.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass.

Look (3.5/5) - pours a pale straw color. The head comes up huge and very fluffy. It falls at a decent pace with some good lacing. The main problem is that it's a bit too clear for the style. I'd say more hazy than opaque.

Smell (3.5/5) - the yeast come up front-and-center on this one, and I find that this crowds out the other aromas a bit (not great balance). The yeast is a bit tart, but it has some serious bubblegum flavors. Very little spicing comes through.

Flavor (3.5/5) - the same problem - the yeast flavor is a bit too dominant and the flavor is a bit unexpected for the style. Some wheat graininess to the start, but it isn't all that strong. I also get the spicing here as well, which leans more toward citrus than spices. The bubblegum flavor is too strong and kinda makes it taste like a leffe blonde.

Feel (4/5) - good for a witbier. Body is medium-light carbonation is medium (it could have used a bit more).

Drink (3.5/5) - pretty refreshing. The main problem being that I got too much bubblegum and not the usual tart/spicy flavors I usually really like.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Green Bay pint glass--Go Packers!

Cloudy yellow pour, lots of bubbles. Rapidly dissipating head with no lacing.

Lemony smell. Very crisp mouthfeel with the carbonation. Lots of citrus in the taste, a little spiciness and dryness in the finish.

Quite refreshing--maybe a little too much lemon for my taste, but a nice patio beer.

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Photo of karait95
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Even it looks white, the yellow is more dominant and the color is to transparent, the head is white medium, with fast dissipation and did not leave traces on the glass.

S: Wheat aroma but not any more than that, it is intense and you can sense something else inside but it is not really clear.

T: True Wit a lot of wheat clear flavor not really to sweet but a little bitter.

M: Bitterness is present a little with a medium term long ending but dry.

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Photo of kwjd
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at The Irish Embassy in Montreal. Pours a hazy yellow colour with thick white head that holds up for a while. Mild lacing down the glass. Smell is very citrusy, lots of lemon with some orange. Some of the wheat smell comes through too, but it is mostly citrus. Flavour has a ctirus tartness to it, though the beer is still really sweet. Nice carbonation level. I was getting a bit tired of this beer by the end of the pint as I felt the lemon was ramped up too high.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - nice pouring beer with a tremendous amount of head initially. Head is a clean white and appears foamy. The beer is an opaque yellow and you can see some carbonation. Some nice spider lacing is occurring.

Smell - nice citrus smell coming through for me, with some hops added. The "dried banana" smell makes an appearance as well, although very faint.

Taste - The beer offers a decent flavour with the citrus taste coming forward. Found the banana came through in the aftertaste, although not overly bitter. .

Mouthfeel - Not a lot of carbonation comes through in the mouthfeel. I think the citrus/zest taste appears more. Light beer on the palette as well.

Drinkability - Nice tasting beer, the appearance is good and makes you want to try it. Overall, one i would have again but probably not stock for company.

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Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is slightly hazy straw colored, an off-white head leaving good lacing.

The smell is spicy, cumin, sweet lemon.

A sweet lemon curd flavor upfront, then a spicy bitterness.

Medium carbonation, soft and refreshing.

In all a nice wheat beer, was served with an orange slice - which was forcefully removed by yours truly. The accompanying mussels where a good match.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660mL bottle with no apparent freshness date (though there are two numbers printed on the back label) poured into pint glass.

Pours a hazy, translucent light gold/bright but pale yellow with a small bubbly head that disappears quickly, hanging on as a thin haze only briefly.

Wheat and yeast nose, bit of tropical/peachy fruit in the background, but pretty faint. Hint of clove and banana.

Taste is a bit heavy on the yeast, with a general belgiany sort of flavour, hints of banana and clove mostly. Slight funkiness, with some peach, and wheat. Light banana lingers. Nothing complex, but it's a decently tasty melange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy carbonation with a clean and crisp finish. Bit of weight to this one, but still fairly light and refreshing in the mouth.

Pretty drinkable, it's not particularly complex or interesting as a wit, but it has the main points, is light and refreshing enough, and doesn't feel too heavy. Nice on a hot day.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

along with sushies, pretty good..

i finger white foam head

hazy yellowish color, lots of carbonation, big bubbles,

smells like banana and citrus along with some spice

taste is like a wheat beer, sweet banana flavor, some spices, citrus note as well

a bit dry. smooth brew with medium body, watery at the end of the sip, medium carbonation feel

drinkability is good, summer beer, or with sushis!

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes at Cheval Blanc brewpub. I don't think this is the same beer as the bottled version.

Didn't think they'd serve it with with a orange slice. Think it might've killed the head.

A-opaque slightly creamy looking orange flesh looking. Almost no head but I think its because of the servers pour. Nice vertical lacing looks kind of like tree branches.

S- bubblegum hoppiness and banana are obvious. Something real soft and marshmallowy about it. Some kind of barfy sour too but not totally off putting.

T- same as smell. Ends with some sort of grassy bitterness dominates the end.. Abit of wateriness in here.

M- high carb. Foams up in mouth. Lively and prickly. A little light and watery in the end.

D- high. Definite All day terasse drinker.

Would drink this again.

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Photo of ludachris
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden wheat colour, not all that different from 5Alive, with one finger of bubbly white head that displays minimal retention and leaves only a small amount of thin hairs of lace.

The nose is musty with notes of Belgian yeast, spice, and biscuity malts, and also quite fruity with lemon peel and sweet pears being readily detectable. The spicy/clove character imparts a semi-medicinal smell that almost drowns in the rest of the things going on.

The yeasty, bready malt character is sandwiched between sweet pears on top and lemon peel on the bottom, with the pears being a bit more pronounced but the notes of lemon prevailing amidst a semi-chewy buttery finish.

The balance of fruit and the yeasty/bready aspect is great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and creamy, but a tad too watery for it to get a 4. This one is still highly drinkable, highly refreshing, and a great Witbier on a Summer's day.

I went down to the NSLC in Bayers Lake hoping that they would have a better selection than the NSLC's around here, and this was one of the few that I found only there. I didn't know what to expect, but I wasn't disappointed. It's not the best Witbier I've had, but it definitely sits above the average interpretations of the style. Given the size of the bottle and overall experience, I'd say this one is worth picking up for the slightly higher price tag.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured with my sausage, bacon, mushroom poutine in Montreal. Pours a light lemony, grainy golden with just a touch of cloudiness, fluffy head and light lacing.

Smell is bold fruit esters (surprised me!) with a hint of lemon and coriander.

Really clean, drinkable wit. Pungent but crisp Belgian yeast esters, lemon, coriander, a clean graininess. Simple yet nice on this hot summer day after a walk. Refreshing. Heavy on the carbonation but not so much so that it weighs you down, helps it spritz through the mouth.

Nothing astounding here but I wasn't really expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. Would go well with a bevy of meals.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL brown glass twist-top bottle. No date. From Super Marché Rahman in Montreal.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow brown, like lemonade with a splash of iced tea. Almost no head, but constant tiny white bubbles.

Nose: Simple and focused orange peel and light spice notes (yeast).

Palate: Medium bodied and sharp with some acid (citric). Flavors or lemon, sour orange and dried yeast. Moderately long and surprisingly nice finish.

Notes: A very focused attempt. Simple and solid. Would be killer with some spicy Thai or Vietnamese food.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brutopia, Montreal.

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured full blown yeast esters, coriander and lemon.

The taste consisted of a spicy wheat malt, coriander and yeast esters.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style and finished dry.

Overall an excellent and tasty wit.

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Photo of everetends
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I got in a mixed pack while I was up in Ontario. Served up in a pint glass.

A: Pours a super cloudy, hazy yellow orange color. Almost looks like a tang if you didn't put in enough mix to water. Head was very little at the pour and disappeared immediately. No lace cause there is no head.

S: Smell is probably the best part of this beer. Lots of citrus fruit smells. We are talking the rind, peel, flesh and fruit of lemon, grapefruit and oranges. Lots of wheat and barley coming through as well. There is just a touch of spice coming in with some coriander. Nice smelling brew.

T: Nice wheat presence that has a really nice earthiness that I want from a Wit. The wheat is complimented by a lot of citrus goodness. Orange is very present with a lot of sweet and tangy orange flavors. The lemon and grapefruit are all light. Nice taste.

M: Light bodied brew tht has a lot of wateriness to it. ABV is not present at all. Carbonation is a bit lower than I want, but still has a nice crispness to it. The aftertaste is mostly orange peel. Damn refreshing beer.

D: Pretty highly drinkable summer brew. I can see why the beer lady recommended it as being a highly popular beer in the area. Really drinkable beer that has nice nice hot weather flavors. The taste is pretty good and well rounded. Diggin it, and Wits are hard to love.

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the suggestion when I asked for something local. 341 ml bottle with steak dinner in Montreal. (Ok, 2 bottles)
Poured cloudy, light gold colored, shiny white foam. Typical wit aroma, corriander spice, wheat, some yeast. Again, typical wit flavor, fresh lemon citrus, balanced with peppery and clovelike spices. Dry, clean finish. Enough hops to keep the wheat malt in balance. Thin body and mouthfeel, but appropriate for the style. A good offering.

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Photo of BBM
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap in Quebec City. Poured a very light, bright yellow, with a thin white head. Aroma was a bit musky, but pleasant.

Nice wheat flavor, combined with a light citrus taste made this one enjoyable, but not overly interesting. Light on the palate. Goes down crisp and easy. There are several 'blanche' Canadian beers out there, and this one is middle of the road.

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Photo of judyblueyes
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the hoppiest Wit I've ever had! Way over-hopped for style. The wheat flavor was totally masked by the hops although it did come through somewhat once the beer warmed up. If you tasted this blindfold you would have no idea it was a wheat beer - only the cloudy appearance and frothy head gave it away. At least it was clean and as long as you are a hophead, drinkable.

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Photo of pootz
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle (Thanks Sammy). A pleasing looking witbier..pale, clouded, sparkling natural carbonation from bottle conditioning....nice fluffy white cap....odors of corriander and musty grains, slightly sour . Starts sparkling and a bit peppery..spicey-citrus taste blends with tart drying in the clean finish from wheat and hops. I really have nothing to compare this Canadian made wit with except my experience with Celis and certainly has all the character of the style but is a tad weak in the body and strangely, not as refreshing...still a good offering of the wit style fron a PQ brewer.

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Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A decent wit, probably better on tap, however a fresh bottle is reviewed here. Much in carbonation and while not watery, was thin and little creamy. Tasted the lime citrus and some spice, and would work on a summer day. All the ingrediants there, but much of an imitation of the style.

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