Le Cheval Blanc Blanche | Brasseurs R.J.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada
brasseursrj.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SixpointJMH on 06-17-2002

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Ratings:
88
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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Reviews by Niceroad77:
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Donated from a friend with an impressive Montreal beer haul.

Poured into a wit glass. Cloudy light golden; on the lighter end of the wit spectrum. Murky yeast sediment for a few moments. Thin head, some flecks of lacing.

Nose is light, but all the usual wit suspects are there: yeast, lemon, spices, a bit of clove.

Tastes like a decent wit, a bit lighter than most, and perhaps bordering on watery to the finish, but still crisp and refreshing. Notes of lemon, honey, spice and yeast.

Lighter bodied, carbonation is a bit agressive, but still easy drinking.

A milder, higher-carbonated Hoegaarden; considering my love of Hoegaarden, this is actually a pretty good compliment. Great patio brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660ml bottle. The bottle says "Les Brasseurs RJ Inc.", so I'm going with this listing.

This beer pours a hazy, glassy pale golden straw colour, with two flabby fingers of puffy, and somewhat foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some straggling peaked lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells of a musty, yeasty wheat and pale graininess, banana bubblegum, a faint citrus fruitiness, and some warm clove and white pepper spicy notes. The taste is semi-sweet wheat grain, a softer barley breadiness, mild citrus rind, increasingly abrasive and sassy yeast, dry banana chips, and a bit of increasingly edgy clove and black pepper spiciness.

The carbonation is on the lower side, but hardly sedate, as a pleasant rising frothiness eventually captures my attention, the body a generous medium weight (for the style, sorry to say), and duly smooth, even amongst the machinations of that complex and edgy yeast interloper. It finishes fairly off-dry, with a not-quite sweet fruitiness - the understatedly funky yeast and graininess somehow prevalent without any overly cloying side effects.

A decent new-World version of a witbier, the spice and fruit components kept very much in line with the subtler established versions of the style. After a spell, though, this assertion becomes kind of tremulous, the single mindedness of effort here becoming increasingly more palpable and relevant. Ergo - a well-made offering, full-stop.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brasseurs R.J. "Le Cheval Blanc Blanche"
@ Casse-Crepe Breton, Québec, QC on 2 Octobre 2014
$4.50 / bottle

Notes: I'm surely imagining that this is not as good as the beer that I used to drink at the brewpub, or which was imported in bottles to the United States so many years ago. (Ohhh, along with the Coup de Grisou those were some of my favorite beers of the time!). It's decent, I'll give it that. The appearance is right on, and you get the coriander in the aroma along with citrus, a slightly corny but still grainy maltiness (I'm not implying that corn is in use), and some floral and herbal character. The wheat and citrus peel and spice carries through into the flavor, and it's remarkably well-balanced, no issues there. Medium to medium-light in body with a median carbonation. Short, dry finish with some residual coriander spiciness and a light touch of orange. It certainly held its own against my crepe aux champignons et Suisse. An enjoyable and refreshing witbier.

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Photo of socon67
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerboy21
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yello with slight haze. Fluffy white head with nice retention. Citrus and spice nose. Light to medium bodied. Bit of lemon along with moderate spice and yeast. Crisp finish. A nice example of the style from an excelent Quebec brewery.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - hazy straw yellow, short head dissipated to a thin cover
S - mix of clove, banana, gentle citrus, and pale grains
T - like the nose but heavier on the grains and a minerall quality
M - light and well carbonated although a little prickly, finishing light dry
T - a tasty and relatively easy drinker that would be refreshing in summer

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4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Cloudy, pale yellow in colour with a big head settling down into a one-finger layer of lumpy froth, clinging to the sides of the glass.

Musty citrus smell. Hint of spices, something sour.

I've always enjoyed this beer but taking the time to really notice the flavour leaves me a little disappointed. This isn't as good a beer as I originally thought. Pretty light tasting for a white beer, not as spicy or fruity as you find in better examples of the style. Very lightly spiced with coriander being by far the most noticeable. There's almost a sort of smoky/ashy taste to the finish which isn't completely pleasant.

A bit too watery, even for a white. A little undercarbonated for my taste as well.

Maybe that's what I've always enjoyed about this beer; it's a white beer with a light taste. It doesn't punch you in the face with crazy spices and citrus. While not necessarily a complex or interesting beer, it's a refreshing alternative to heavier beers that goes down easy. I've omitted the usual slice of orange or lemon I drop into the glass for this review (I feel like I'm drinking a Corona without the lime) but will continue to enjoy this beer with citrus fruit, especially on a hot day.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usual yeast Cheval Blanc flavor which is a good thing. A bit of lemon in this nice white colored brew. Very refreshing for those hot summer days with a nice head when pourred into glass, not too bad for a style (Belgian White) that seems to go out of favour with brewers.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaslesp
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this is the best wheat beers I have ever drink. We discover a cloudy yellow-orange color and we can smell citrus and clovy notes. We can get a citrus and clovy taste and that's what we expected from the smell. The mouthfeel is low to medium bodied. Overall this is a really good beer it is even better than well known wheat beers.

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3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden on the pour, with a light head. The head gradually dissipates and leaves, with no significant lacing. Light flakes of yeast escape the bottle and play around in the rising bubbles. Nose brings light citrus - lemons, especially - a touch of grassy hops and coriander. Betrays slight orange touches, with following citrus fruits. Coriander is evident, but not as much so as in their Coup de Grisou. Pleasantly light, airy in the mouth. This is probably a great summer brew - it's not so appropriate here in the late winter, though. A good solid wit, however.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.43/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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