Le Cheval Blanc Blanche | Brasseurs R.J.

Le Cheval Blanc BlancheLe Cheval Blanc Blanche
BA SCORE
34.8%
Liked This Beer
3.57 w/ 89 ratings
Le Cheval Blanc BlancheLe Cheval Blanc Blanche
BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 06-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,165
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
89
Liked:
31
Avg:
3.57/5
pDev:
12.89%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 mendvicdog
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For a style characterized by starchy, cloudy complexion and whitish-yellow colour, Cheval Blanc, with its beaming golden highlights and very minor haziness, looks antiseptically clean by comparison. Sounds odd to complain about a beer being too clear and resplendent, but something just doesn't look quite right to me (though head retention is excellent).

When European merchants returned from their travels with spices such as coriander and tropical fruits like oranges, it must have rocked peoples' worlds. The exotic zestfulness and juicy citrus flavours would have been like nothing they had ever tasted. Imagine a beer combining the two? No surprise it was such a phenomenon... and is again.

Granted, Cheval Blanc isn't the most remarkable version of the style. The aroma smacks more of a musty farmhouse than a tropical jungle or North African kitchen; damp cereal grain and wheat notes outweigh the spice and citrus ones. In fact, yeast also factors heavily; its fresh bread and bruised orchard fruit notes are more in tune with a Belgian Pale Ale or Saison.

The flavours don't develop any further on the palate. There's more of those cereal grain and farmhouse notes and no additional orange or coriander qualities. For a style defined by its effervescence, zest, subtle acidity and tartness, this is pretty lackluster. Dull even. And the only taste that lingers is a thin ribbon of wet bread and over-ripe fruit.

There's no positive spin to put on it - Cheval Blanc is a disappointing witbier. It lacks citrus, it lacks spice, it lacks effervescence. It could use more character in general. I was tempted to label it an entry-level introductory example of the style except that it's too flawed to really be considered so. One that reminds us "easy to drink" does not necessarily mean "pleasing to drink".

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Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - cloudy straw yellow, thick white foamy/fizzy head. Head dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell - metallic, hops, citrus zest, orange, coriander

Taste & Mouth - lots of carbonation, orange peel, full bodied, bitter, smooth finish

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this would be a must try for someone who is

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrJay
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow/golden colour, slight haze. The rocky, white head dissipated quickly to a thin layer of bubbles supported by the carbonation. Spicy aroma with some coriander, lemon citrus and light maltiness. A bit peppery too. Sweet flavour, little in the way of spice or citrus. Drying at the finish apparently from the wheat. Medium body and carbonation, smooth texture. I was a little disappointed that the aromas didn't carry over into the flavour. If they did, it would be quite good.

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Photo of Viggo
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blond, loose white head goes real fast, no lacing. Smell is fruit and wheat, some bready yeast. Taste is wheaty, fruits, some peach/apricot, yeast. Mouthfeel is very light bodied, highly carbonated, but refreshing when served cold. Not my style.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A -Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet yeast esthers, hints of clove and candied apple, with a musty wheat finish.

T - Solid bubble gum and clove flavors, the musty wheat comes through on the finish with a peppery spice and citrus rind.

M - Lighter bodied ale, a tad prickly and finished with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty ale with decent flavors and easily patio sessoionable. A treat to find on the east coast.

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Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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 socon67
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +5.3%
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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Photo of thehyperduck
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

341 mL foil-rimmed bottle from a sixer picked up at TBS; no decipherable freshness information. Never seen this stuff locally, which is a sad thing because the witbier selection around here is rather lacking. Served well-chilled, as suggested on the bottle.

This wit pours a familiar foggy, golden-yellow colour, with streams of bubbles rushing to the surface where one finger of dense, creamy head is seated. Nice resiliency; it takes more than a few minutes to thin out into a thin cap and collar. The aroma is fairly typical of the style - sweet wheat malts, banana esters, yeast, some light citrus notes and a hint of clove. Nothing out of sorts so far.

A little on the sweet side for my tastes, but still an enjoyable white beer. Bubble gum, banana and sweet wheat malt are the dominant flavours initially, with lemon citrus zest eventually giving way to some tangy sweetness. The finish is yeasty and mildly spicy, with a touch of clove and bitter citrus peel to counteract the preponderance of saccharine notes. Light-bodied, with fizzy carbonation but an unfortunately watery feel on the palate; the low point of the beer for me. It's quite drinkable and refreshing, but the thinness prevents this wit from being a serious contender in the category.

Final Grade: 3.59, a B grade. Cheval Blanc is a serviceable witbier, but not an outstanding one. I enjoyed the other bottles in this sixer last week, so I can't say with a straight face that this isn't a highly sessionable, thirst-quenching brew, because it really is. It's just not as good as my old favourites (Hoegaarden, Blanche de Chambly, etc.). Worth a try this summer if you've got an itch for wits and you happen to spot it on the shelves, but not something to go out of your way for.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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