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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Added by francisweizen on 06-23-2004

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy pale yellow colour with no real head to speak of. The aroma is spicy with orange, coriander, yeast, and wheat. I also picked up a hint of lime and some other spices in the aroma as well. The taste was awesome. Spicy up front with a yeast blast in the middle and a fruity dry finish with some lime flavors in their as well. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing, and the drinkability was awesome as well. One of the best wits i've had in Montreal, and Montreal is a city that is known for it's wits [and stouts] :-)

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The super-hazy liquid is just clear enough to view the raging geyser of carbonation shooting up through the glass. The head came up nicely but didn’t show much retention.

Smell – The light yeast and rindy fruits are right on style. This one has a real summer nose full of zesty lemons, deep oranges, light grapefruits, and a very mild raw yeast base.

Taste – Yes, this is a Witbier alright. All the aromas from the nose find their way nicely to the tongue. They all have a little bit more of a lively “snap” to them; very crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel – A little better than light-bodied with some teasing carbonation and that classic Witbier lightness on the cheeks and gums.

Drinkability – This is the epitome of the delicate nature of a good Witbier. My compliments to the brewmaster, who clearly showed a lot of patience and effort when making this gem.

Comments – A class act from a class BA. Big thanks to Rastacouere for sending me this beauty.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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 warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DawnOne
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Again, would have rated it 5 when it was on tap and still made at the Cheval Blanc, but still excellent bottled.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
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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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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 ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 BBM
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 ludachris
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Melomanemusher
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -6.3%
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 judyblueyes
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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 karait95
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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 mrskunk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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 polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of joefinnigan15
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of LGF
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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