Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #67
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #23,751
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
155
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L- Mid gold but quite cloudy. Bottle was rested for c2weeks, and carefully handled but the sediment lifted very quickly towards the end of the pour, with lot's more remaining in the bottle. (I mention in case anyone else isn't much into having fizzing clump-floaters rising/sinking in their glass and fast killing the carbonation). Pours with 5mm decent looking white head.
S- Quite pungent wheaty smell to it, like a aromatic timber smell, perhaps vaguely spicy too.
T- It seems rather thin, in itself, for 6% (should be a decent foundation to build from) and it's taste doesn't seem very distinct/clean/clear. I don't note anything wrong as such (out of line etc), just it's not aligning the stars for me either.
F- Richer than say a German wheat beer. The latter are good refreshing beers in summer, this one less so, so either way I'd suggest others serve this one properly chilled.
O- Pretty disappointing. I don't really get a clear identity here, at least not one that works well for me.
Bought from BelgiumInABox (Antwerp/BE) and delivered to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle. BB: 12/03/2022.
ps. The lable is now completely redesigned vs that pictured above. It's now much more modern/urban with stencilled paint theme focused on the main very large logo '1979'.

Apr 24, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium top of white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of yeast,peppercorns, apples,pears, citrus peels and corriander. The flavours is fruity and spicy with some slight malty notes in the back. The finish has a sour profile that suits quite well along with the fruity notes. Aftertaste has a good lenght, and imagine it will be very refreshing on a hot day. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with a prickly carbonation and a light body.
A quite good and refreshing witbier.

Mar 16, 2019
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Carrefour, Brussels (€1.95):
This one was quite a fresh & balanced beer with some nice spices alongside the banana sweetness & cloves, although I couldn't help but think it seemed a little subdued at times too. It was easy to drink & pleasant in the summer heat without really standing out & in truth I've had better witbiers from other breweries so I'm not sure it's one that I'd pick up again in truth.

Jul 02, 2018
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cyrenaica from Canada

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
6.0% ABV
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
June 4, 2013
The beer pours a clouded dark gold colour with a half inch white head. Aroma is wheat, spices, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavour is a bit funky with notes of yeast, wheat, and spices.

Jun 07, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - a 'double wit', which is a new thing for me, I do believe.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy off-white head, which leaves some thick approaching landmass lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of edgy Belgian yeast, gritty and grainy wheat malt, a bit of light stone fruitiness, faint earthy peppercorn spice, and very tame leafy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser grainy wheatiness, some peach, apricot, and red apple fruity notes, a mixed coriander and pepper mill spiciness, ethereal Low Countries yeast, and more well understated earthy, herbal, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is almost overwrought in its forceful frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and more or less smooth, once the bubbles settle the fuck down, that is. It finishes fairly off-dry, the mixed malt and attendant fruitiness running the after-hours show.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough embiggened version of the style, with the fruity aspects obviously benefiting the most from the bulking-up method employed here. Easy to drink, tasty, and with little to worry about from the extra point or so of the ol' wowee sauce.

May 11, 2017
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kabirmarwah from England

4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Very solid Belgian Wheat Beer. Definitely on the fruity side, which I enjoy. Peach and citrus stand out at first. The mouthfeel is simply amazing; very smooth and dangerously drinkable. I found myself double checking whether the beer even contains alcohol, let alone 6%! Could be my new go-to beer

Nov 30, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow gold and cloudy, so different for the style, lots of carbonation and no head to speak of.

Peaches, oranges, bubblegum and coriander.

Peach syrup, orange candy, coriander and a sour but more like tart, almost gose like taste found in Westbrook's Gose.

Thick and lightly syrupy for the style, good peppery carbonation.

Got this in Vientiane, drank it in Chiang Mai Oct 21st, 2015. Its good, different and not overwhelming but artistic in its touch.

Oct 21, 2015
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tsandy from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Belgian supermarket- expiration date of 20.03.2016

Color and cloudiness are pretty standard for a Belgian wheat beer. Head consists of fairly fine bubbles and has a slightly hilly shape. Lacing looks promising at first but doesn't last long.

The aroma surprised me somewhat- the first indication that "dubbel wit" might be a separate style I haven't tried before. It's a much grainier smell than I'm used to from a wheat beer. Maybe it's just a more prominent wheat aroma. There's a slight peachy side to it- not the clovey smell I'm used to with Belgian wits.

The tasting experience followed the smell. There are some light fruit components but little spice or clove. The main flavor is unusually grainy and earthy- again this is probably extra wheat.

It's medium-light bodied with quite a strong creamy feeling for a wheat beer, followed by a dry finish.

This beer definitely grew on me as the glass emptied. At first the unfamiliar flavors threw me off. The first beers I really liked were wheat beers, but now most wheat beers tend to taste the same: banana and clove- Germans with more banana and Belgians with less. This beer was definitely a new experience. It's quite well balanced, and I found myself embracing its new flavors and wishing that I had a few more bottles.

Aug 11, 2014
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RusImpStoLuv from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not your usual wheat beer, very unique. Made from malted barley, malted wheat, and home-malted oats. Would love to try the unfiltered keg version. Looks great in a clean pilsner glass, with good a good, white, thick, head on it. Overall good Witbier, with a great lasting taste. Cheers!

Feb 24, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before end of 2012 oh well, been int he cellar a bit too long.

Hazy slight sediment slight tan wheat colored but clear, very little head.

Nose sweet apple cider, candy like, wheat, little creamy wheat, little caramel and candi sugar.

Taste sweet candy, apple cider but much less than the nose, lots of caramel, little butterscotch, nice candy apple. Mild candy wheat, creamy wheat, and candi sugar, caramelized sugar. Finish is dry but light feeling, little creamy wheat, more caramelized candi sugar.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent but lighter carb, little sticky.

Overall interesting, nothing too special, held up surprisingly well for the age. Nice apple notes mixed with some wheat and lots of candy flavors, a nice combination that I bet is better fresh but maybe not.

Jan 29, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick two finger head with good retention. Got hazy murky brown after the last pour.
Aroma of oranges, coriander, spearmints, bread and spices.
Flavor is similar to nose, notes of spearmints, mandarins, coriander and cloves, wheat, honey and pepper. Hints of banana, though oranges and mandarins are quite predominant. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. Creamy sensation.
Very yeasty with oxidized citrus notes. I prefer other types of Witbier, but still an interesting combination with its own character. It is kind of a Witbier mutating to a Tripel.

Sep 21, 2013
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 21 2015. One of several Belgian abbey-style beers I picked up during my last trek to London. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a golden-peach colour, cloudy with sediment, and topped with about one finger of smooth, creamy, dense white head. It has an exceedingly long retention time, with a thin cap remaining at the surface through much of the drink. The aroma is typical of the style - lots of orange citrus, as well as some coriander, yeast, and grainy pale malts. Banana is a minor note at first, but becomes more noticeable as it warms.

Pretty tasty, reminding me of a witbier crossed with a hefeweizen. Citrusy orange and lemon are quite prominent at first, along with lots of ripe banana and sweet, bready wheat malts. The spice comes forward in the finish; a pleasantly subtle mixture of coriander, ginger and pepper. The aftertaste is mostly citrus and banana, with a slight twinge of spice that dries the palate out nicely. Medium-bodied, with firm carbonation that weakens slowly - the mouthfeel starts off crisp, then becomes a lot smoother and creamier. For this reason (along with the higher abv), this is not the most drinkable or refreshing wit I've ever tried.

[Updated Jun 26 2019]

Another 330 mL LCBO bottle; best before 07/03/2021. Revisiting this beer nearly six years later, my opinion of it has softened, but only slightly. It's a well-made, better than average, authentic Belgian white ale - a bit stronger than most, sure, and that banana note is more prominent than I tend to prefer in a wit - but I can't say that I didn't enjoy my glass. I'm bumping the grade up slightly to better reflect its quality as a beer. There are plenty of more refreshing wits out there, but this is just different enough to be worth a try anyhow.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+

Jul 26, 2013
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially rated 3.5 on July 23, 2013. Reviewed July 16, 2019. LCBO purchase for under $4 CDN.

Appearance - Mostly clear hazy golden brew with a small half finger of head. Lots of active carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Yeasty, powdery donuts, with hints of orange and coriander. Maybe some honey in there too.

Taste - Initially some honey sweetness, then a surprisingly bitter earthy vibe comes through. Some orange and coriander to round things out, with flecks of pepper and powdered donuts. H

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, creamy with expressive but not obtrusive carbonation.

Overall - Better than I had previously rated it, this is one of the better witbiers out there and very smooth and easy drinking for an above average ABV.

Jul 24, 2013
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biegaman from Canada

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Witbier ("white beer") takes its name from its distinct whitish-yellow complexion. Characteristically pallid and hazy, some can appear milky and others practically neon. Blanche Des Honnelles is neither and its clear, golden body more closely resembles a pale ale. Head retention, however, in line with the style, is exceptionally sturdy.

An abundance of graininess and a typically musty Belgian strain of yeast obstruct most of the citrus and coriander spice in the aroma. Again I think Belgian Pale Ale not Witbier. The aromatics are near inaudibly low on this one, in their place a rich, creamy vanilla and banana bread flavour. Some herbs but very little perfume with only a trace of orange peel noted.

I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy this - thus far it's not meeting my ideal witbier criteria - but the flavour eases concerns. Still a bit different than expected but definitely tasty. The creamy vanilla and banana bread from the nose continues their command on the palate and blend nicely with the orange slices and honeyed sweetness of the grains.

All this, however, fails to provide much 'pop' in the mouthfeel department. The texture is disappointingly lackluster for something brewed with citrus and ground coriander; there's only a little tartness, no real spice and dwarfed acidity. Instead, it's oddly, richly creamy and the lack of force in these bubbles allows that creaminess to stay on the tongue indefinitely.

With a couple of outstanding exceptions, I've tended not to enjoy the stronger (or "double") examples of witbier as much as the standard 5% or so ones. Although Blanche Des Honnelles has an interesting profile and a drinkability completely unhindered by the extra alcohol, when I'm thirsty on a summer day I'm not likely to reach for something "interesting".

Jun 30, 2013
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peensteen from Canada

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, 2 fingers of white head, some lace here as well. Smell is fairly spicy with a big floral presence here as well, ginger with some orangey citrus as wsell as a big wheaty-malt. Taste is spicy with yeast and orange, citrus, wheat, ginger and malt with a clean citrus aftertaste. Medium-high carbonation, medium full body. Solid stuff here, not a style I enjoy all that much but certainly enjoyed this.

Jun 29, 2013
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TheHammer from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy slightly tan lemon colour that seems to contain some sediment. Very dark for a wit, as it looks more like a hefe. It's so cloudy that it's hard to make out the moderate carbonation in the body. A finger and a half of head that produced some minor lacing and retained well.

Smell: Very fruity, as both the plum, apple and honey coming from the belgian yeast is well complmented by the lemon, orange and banana smells that the wheat is producing, all to an undertone of herbs and clove in the background. Warming helps it case even more and makes the beer change smells as it warms up.

Taste: Sweet citrus and banana taste with touches of spice to start us off that turn masterfully into a subdued, fruit bowl as plums and oranges come to play to a backing a sweet wheat and barley malt.

Mouthfeel: Fantastically smooth, to the point I think oats might be involved here. The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and the transitioning is very well done. The problem, the aftertaste is a bit boozy and it begins to tip the hand of the beer's higher alcohol content.

Drinkability: It's easy to go down and exceptionally flavourful, but it's medium bodied which isn't quite what you expect in a wit. It's slightly gassy as well, but it doesn't leave you feeling dry by any means and would be something that would have a rookie drinker on the floor after a couple.

Final Thoughts: This is a hybrid of a Belgian Tripel and a Wit. However, given that it likely doesn't go overboard on the malt Tripel is a bit of a misnomer. Either way, the yeast makes it's presence known but masterfully blends with it's wheat malt friend in this case. A very fruity beer, but with enough kick behind it to make it something more then a diversion. Thumbs up on this one.

Jun 26, 2013
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jrenihan from Canada

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy blonde. Small to moderately-sized white head. Fades steadily.

Smell contains coriander, wheat, clove and perhaps some white pepper. Spices mainly, not much in the way of orange.

Taste is similar to the nose. Coriander and clove are dominant, with crisp wheat flavours there as well. Yeast.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, refreshing.

Overall, not exciting, but a decent wit.

Jun 24, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orangish; full of yeast sediment; small head

Aroma: Peppery; citrus

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel from the use of oats; Peppery; tangy citrus; juicy malt finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada

3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the latest LCBO seasonal release...

A - Pours a hazy murky orange colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Musty wheat, dried bread, hints of cloves and mandarin.

T - Much like the nose with the musty wheat, bread crumbs, and fruity mandarin notes dominating alongside a bready finish with a hint of cloves.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Super easy drinking, delicious flavours and a pleasant arrival at the local LCBO. A great summer selection and I know I plan to pick up a few extras to session.

Jun 07, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Hazy dull yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some dry yeast notes and some clove/coriander. There is also some ripe banana and a bit of a tart citrus flavour. It ends with a tart citrus/banana/spice aftertaste.

Overall - An interesting beer.. It has a unique flavour that keeps me going back for more. I guess I expected it to taste more 'summer-y'.

Jun 05, 2013
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GONZALOYANNA from Spain

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Revisited on jul´12. Pours pale golden in color & foggy appearance. Crown is wide, creamy, white in color. Nice lacing on sides. Raw wheat, orange, coriander & floral hop aromas. Dry grainy upfront smoothed by creamy sensation of fresh bread & honey touches. Medium to light body. Lively carbonation. Oily texture. Slight astringency & acidity from raisins & pepper in the middle underlies into the lasting sweet finish. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

Aug 16, 2012
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rarbring from Sweden

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear light amber, a warm off-white head, little lacing but some curtains.

The smell is very yeasty, grape-fruit and lime soda, some vinegar and spice.

Starting with sweet cardamom bun, then bitter orange marmalade.

A medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a sour dry finish.

A bit sweet, but rather refreshing, better with food than as a thirst quencher.

Jul 08, 2012
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thepeter from England

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light straw colored with a fluffy head that had great retention. Smell and taste were both lacking in terms of spice and fruit flavor. They were their but way in the backround. I got some banana and a little citrus. Just expected more. Very Refreshing but still would have liked more complexity. Some may call this subtle, I thought it wasw bland. Still very refreshing, light and fresh on the palate. Overall not one of my favorites but a very nice beer for nice weather.

Apr 23, 2012
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours warm golden, only slightly hazy. A rather large white airy head sinks into decent lacings.

S: Light banana, ripe and sweet, from the wheat. Coriander and citric notes. Some grass. Yeast.

T: Almost dryness from the malt, then there is the held back sweetness from the wheat; ripe bananas. Yeast and spices; mainly coriander and white pepper.

M: Aftertaste is rather long for the style, bitter. Body is light but not as light as usually in this style; probably this is caused by the high ABV – and therefore higher grade of malt/wheat. Carbonation is rich, but very smooth.

O: A very interesting Witbier; way more body and wheat/malt than usually – if the style DoppelWit was possible this would be it!

Mar 08, 2012
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CopeTech from California

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 750ml bottle was either poured wrong or had been handl;ed in a way that produced a lot of sediment, but the blanche double shown through.

Just a sweet lovely beer. Bought locally at Whip In, the owner says it may be along time before this comes back

Jan 08, 2012
Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 155 ratings