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Cheval Blanc Double Blanche | Brasseurs R.J.

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Cheval Blanc Double BlancheCheval Blanc Double Blanche

Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 41
Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Anything that combines wheat and Belgian yeast aught to be cloudy and have a huge, billowing head that refuses to leave. Cheval Blanc Double Blanche certainly fits that description. Owing to the protein haze this otherwise light and bright golden coloured ale looks solid as brick (and its giant mass of foam sets in like mortar).

Who doesn't love that ultra-candied lemon/orange rind smell? Hops come in many shapes and forms but this kind of Starburst-like citrus is quickly becoming one of my favourites. Accompanying scents (whether from yeast or adjunct, this is a Witbier at its base after all) include nuances of coriander, lemon verbana, dried herbs and white peppercorn.

All that fruit and spice is accompanied by simple flavours of straw and cereal grain and maybe a drop of vanilla. Any creaminess is short-lived, however, because the bubbles are so tightly-wound. Think of a treadmill on its highest setting and you get the picture. All that carbonation quickly scrubs away all the wheat and much of any lingering hop pungency.

That said, there's enough discarded citrus rind, green tea and lemon verbana to leave a bit of a legacy (shared with the coriander- or peppercorn-like zest from the yeast). For a so-called Belgian IPA it appropriately allows flamboyant, farmhouse-y yeast and colourful, fruit-driven hops to share the stage equally. Alcohol is thankfully absent.

Cheval Blanc is absolutely pitiful as a Witbier but, credit where it's due, Double Blanche, a hoppy imperial variation, makes a very fine Belgian IPA. I much prefer the wheat beer base to whatever Brasseurs R.J. uses for Death Valley (a less stylistically accurate and gratifying example of the style). I don't consider this great but it's surely worth a pickup.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was a bit disapointed when once the bottle open, I realize this double white (double blanche) was in fact intensively hops.

I'm not a big fan of highly hoped beer, but I like to try them occasionally. I was supprise and was not ready to drink this kind of high IBU beer (55, in fact), much over the number I was ready to taste one second before having this one in my mouth.

It was a nice feeling not ot be ready to drink a whitbier with this intensively hop taste.

I still have another bottle I bought in a degustation pack from Quebec, and will keep it for my next taste evening with friends.

It is a nice trick to make to white beer lovers.

This 6.2 % ABV, with the IBU of 55, poured from the 341 ml bottle was a nice surprise at the end.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL corked/caged bottle from the LCBO; best before Dec 7 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-orange colour, with three fingers of puffy, whipped cream-like foam immediately erupting from the surface. Excellent retention, with gobs of sticky lace being produced over the next ten minutes or so. Quite grassy and floral on the nose, with notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, and crackery, doughy pale wheat malts. Mildly yeasty and spicy, with hints of clove, white wine, orchard fruit and pine needles.

Not bad, but the hop flavour seems a tad muted for a Belgian IPA. The wheat malts provide a grainy, crackery background sweetness, accompanied by light hints of apricot. Mild notes of lemon peel, grassy/floral hop astringency and a touch of grapefruit come through by mid-sip, with the grassy/floral elements winning out by the finish. Yeasty, peppery clove spice and some vaguely piney notes wrap things up nicely in time for a dry aftertaste. Medium in body, with prickly, lively bubbles that produce the sort of crisp, foaming mouthfeel that you'd expect from a Belgian-style ale. The fairly low abv and restrained astringency make this beer much easier to knock back than BIPAs tend to be.

Final Grade: 4.06, an A-. Cheval Blanc Double Blanche makes for a solid quaff, and is a better beer than their Death Valley IMO. The hop flavours are dialed down somewhat when compared to many examples of this style, which makes it a little more approachable and drinkable than expected. Double Blanche takes a measured approach to its flavour profile, with its clean, wheaty malt sweetness and yeast complexities being allowed to share the spotlight with the hop bill. This is definitely not the most exciting BIPA I've ever had, but it's certainly a quaffable one - and for the price, it's pretty hard to pass up.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bomber served cold into a tulip. Purchased from the LCBO for $5.95 CDN. Full blown cork and cage setup.

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy bright golden orange and straw colored beer. Loads of carbonation rise to the surface and a finger and a half of white head is poured, Impressive spidery lacing left behind. The foamy head appears light nearly cloud-like.

Smell - Some yeastiness, light grain aroma and subtle hop aromas. A little citrusy with some lime shining through with just a hint of pine for good measure. Complex but delicate but completely unmistakable as a Belgian IPA.

Taste - Light and spritzy, some powdery yeast, light grain before light citrus. I get some lime and grapefruit here as it is on the bitter spectrum of things but not so intense that it overwhelms. Quite a refreshing beer to drink, especially since any alcohol content is masked masterfully.

Mouthfeel - Very heavily carbonated, and while not uncommon for the style, this is pushing the limits. Body is light and finish is dry.

Overall - While Cheval Blanc Double Blanche falls short of being a world class Belgian IPA, it's subtle fruit notes with a wonderfully constructed light spritzy body make it a certain summertime pleaser, and just a damn good beer all around, as the subtle yeastiness and light grain flavors and aromas have been taken care of too. Well worth a shot and value is reasonable too, give the size of the bottle, quality of beer and alcohol content.

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Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazed golden orange colour, 1.5 fingers of white head and lots of lace. Smell is a mix of fruity and grassy hops, lemon, leafy cut grass, orange and grapefruit all punctuated with a tangy belgian yeast. Taste is dry and hoppy with a long lingering bitterness, hops are mainly earthy with a light fruity flavour on the back end, yeasty aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, medium bodied and dry. This is quite enjoyable especially at such a low price point, something I could easily revisit at any time.

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Photo of dipso123
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very mildly flavored beer that improved as it warmed revealing some yeast and wheat character. Hops are more bitter than flavorful which is unfortunate.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just the $6.00 mark or so for a 750ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within two minutes or so. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Good hops here. Some wheat goodness

T- Rather light and a mix between wheat, IPA and Belgium goodness. Very complex and warm

M- Dry and tart

O- Very good brew overall. Nice blend that is worth having but it is a bit confused if anything

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... Egg salad with radishes and green onion


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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Try as they might, Brasseurs R.J. fails on all fronts. Drinkable, sure, but this brew is too sour and carbonated to be considered a good representation of a Belgian IPA. Search elsewhere.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheval Blanc Double Blanche

So the look of it: Blonde golden color.

The smell of it: malty sweetness, very powerful

the taste of it : Some grapefruit, with a touch of citrus

So overall would I recommend it ? Yes !

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy blonde color. Big bubbles. Some lacing and a fair bit of head.

S: Some grapefruit, peppery yeast esters, and malty sweetness. Very nice smelling and complex.

T: Hops come forward. I get some grapefruit, citrus, sweet orange, and maybe just a hint of some pineapple. The citrus plays nicely with some clove phenols. Slightly spicy. Doughy and malty sweet. Bitterness is firm yet not overbearing for the style.

F: Crisp and refeshing. The carbonation cleanses the palate and prepares you for another drink.

O: This was a pretty nice quaff overall. It's also a style I feel I can't find enough of. Very drinkable; would buy again.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.5/5  rDev +16%

This is a really all around great beer. You can't beat it for the price that's forsure. But it has a good pale malt, Belgian yeast flavour with an excellent hop profile making for a great citrusy, fruity bitterness. I always keep these handy to share with guests. Goes excellent with barbecue!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy pale yellow color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of wheat malt with nice citrus hoppy notes with some light floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by quite a bit of great malt with some hoppy citrus undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very refreshing beer with nice balance between malt notes with hoppy citrus notes.

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Cheval Blanc Double Blanche from Brasseurs R.J.
3.88 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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