Le Cheval Blanc Blanche | Brasseurs R.J.

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 06-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
89
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.74%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh 22oz bomber bottle. Deeply golden witha lovely thick white head. Aromas are lovely and consist of various spices, coriander, sweet malts and spicy hops, citrus fruits and more. The taste is very spicy and filled with citrus hints. This is very reminiscent of both blanche de chambly and hitachino white. The mouthfeel is very full and nice for this style and the drinkability is excellent. An exceptional and under-appreciated version IMHO!

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akdo
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: I had this on tap at a bar in Toronto called No One Writes to the Colonel. By the time, the server brought the beer to my table, the head had already receded to a crown and some lacings. Other than that, the beer is unfiltered and has a light gold body.

Smell: Style-wise, this beer is very traditional. No sweetness in the nose. One can sense the orange zests and lemon in the background.

Taste: The palate is outstanding. It tastes like a marmelade jam with some lemon juice drops. Expect the usual notes of spices at the back-end. Moreover, because the beer is very traditional, expect no notes of banana.

Feel: The notes of lemon juice gave this beer a mild crispness that doesn't overshadow the notes of spices. It also has a fresh feel.

Overall: The beer is by-the-book. That's what I like about it. Besides, it is a good companion in summer. However, it has a poor head retention.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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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 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 miguelre06
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vitesse
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in 12 oz. brown bottle.
label was white with gold trim and head of a white horse (cheval blanc, duh) in the center. kind of a 70s-era look to the label.
anyway, this is one of the best wits i've ever had. very very impressive and an all-around good beer.
pours a very bright gold with slight cloudiness. finely carbonated and soft, pillowy head.
lots of flavor here. the yeast is really distinctive. packs a nice, nutty punch. hints of coriandar and lemon are also present.
i highly recommend this beer. go to quebec and drink it by the gallon.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of CliffBrake
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, shows limited head which dissipates quickly. Hazy pale orangish-yellow color with light carbonation.

Spice and citrus on the nose, gives way to a lemony tangy flavor. Spicy and bready mouth feel.

This is a good drinkable beer, especially in the summer. I am enjoying this one now in October, but recalling a glass I drank in August after a day working outside. That seemed much more thirst quenching than your average brew and did the job with one bottle where others may have taken 2 or 3.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Electros
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly cloudy on the pour. Notes of citrus and wheat. The first sip is a flood of wheat, very light though on the palate, no after taste. Perfectly carbonated, little head retention.

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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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3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While in Ottawa recently, I took a run over to Gatineau and picked up a bunch of stuff, including a Brasseur RJ sample pack. The pack contained two Cheval Blanc Blanches, as well as a couple of Ambree Speciale and Rouge Speciale (neither of which is particularly good). However -- this one is the exception, quite a solid witbier!

Pours a standard medium yellow, not watery, but no spectacular colouration.

Smell is very nice -- lots of herby spices, tangy sweetness, and lemon.

Taste is quite sweet for a witbier, citrus, light hops. This beer, like others of its type, is extremely refreshing and goes great with various types of food, both delicate and rich. Definitely a summery brew though, with scents and flavours that recall garden herbs.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a bit of a carbonation bite to it (but not too much). Aftertaste is pleasant, fruity, and short-lived for the most part, although I did detect a hint of soapiness in it (which I'm pretty sure was not my pint glass).

Anyway, next time I'm in Quebec, I'll likely pick up more of this but skip its sampler pack companions.

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3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
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 shamus
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say there is a lot of replication on this site between "Cheval Blanc" beers and RJ Brasseries. This is probably because the former was at some time bought out by the latter. To me Cheval Blanc is the sentimental originator of some great beer. RJ seems to have carried over the recipes etc. and continues to make fabulous beer but is there no way to consolidate the reviews of what is the same beer?

Now my review.

I lived near this micro- brasserie for years. I could buy any of there products in my local Dep. My favourite was the Coup de Grisou but Cheval Blanc was probably my introduction to the Wit beer style. they often served with a slice of lemon but really it is great without it.

It pours a hazy straw colour and radiates a yeast laden sumptuous tang. This is definitely a session beer for anyone who likes beer on lees. Light yet full of flava. Do not pass this beer by.

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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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Photo of theDuck
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

New to BC and in a bomber this is a decent wit with lots of citrus notes and a crisp clean mouthfeel. Not as complex as Unibroue's Blanche De Chambly but still well made I can see this a perfect Montreal patio sipper. Nice to see more and more Quebec brewers sending their products our West.

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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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