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 #24,054
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
155
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  13
SCORE
85
Very Good
Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]
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Reviews by joepais:
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joepais from Maine

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large bottle poured into a Duval tulip produced a large billowy head on top of an cloudy orange body.

Aromas of Belgian yeast and light citrus fruit

The flavor starts of fruity and ends with a light spicy bitter

Medium body light carbonation

Its drinkable but not one of my favorites from this brewery

Feb 01, 2008
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scruffwhor from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light hazy amber with decent bubbling and some suspended yeast. Awesome. Eggshell head with strong retention throughout the beverage. Good spicey aroma of chammomile and lavender. Hints of sweet toasty malts as well. Plenty of lioght sweetness with a tart, spicey middle. The finish is a clean and refreshing sugar of malt with the aforementioned spices. A very refreshing palate but still has lots of flavor to offer. This, to me, is a true lawnmower beer. Something that relieves some heat from work and offers pleasant flavor to be enjoyed after a hard days outdoor work.

Nov 14, 2006
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from a supermarket in Luxembourg. Beer poured a deep golden color with some yellow tones at the bottom of the glass. There was a nice thick head that bubbled loudly but ran down into the glass quickly. The nose was pleasing, spicey and citrus. The taste was a nice citrus grapefruit touch up front and some spice notes on the tongue. Corriander, maybe some clove. There is also a bit of hop bitterness to round things out. Easy drinking.

Nov 09, 2007
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com

Poured a hazy light copper colour with lots of yeasty chunks as is usual for L'Abbaye des Rocs beers. White head poured quite small with tight bubbles then faded very quickly to very light layer.. sparse carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Quite grassy, light juicy fruits (apples and bananas), quite a lot of honey sweetness for a witbier, wet hay notes, some creaminess, light corn notes, very faint coriander spiciness, peppery, spicy yeast..

Taste - Light, quite watery, juicy fruits (lemons, apples), some creaminess, salty notes, grassy, faint pepperiness, caramel and sugar sweetness, some banana, light wheatiness, yeasty, faint clove and coriander, bready..

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with a just a little bite underneath... light bodied... Very drinkable - would be excellent on a summers day...

Overall - A pretty good and slightly different Belgian Witbier and another fine brew from L'Abbaye des Rocs... recommended...

Feb 02, 2010
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goochpunch from Texas

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

Pours out a hazy brass with lively bubbles that feed that fluffy, creamy, whipped egg-white head. Leaves some speckled lacing. Has a nice, cweet, orange aroma with accentuating coriander and a wheaty graininess that sets off the sweet aroma really well. Crips in the nose with no real weird "off" aromas. Some herbal/floral hop is in the nose as well. Flavor has a lovely breadiness with notes of honey and white raisins. Has a creamy taste to it to go with the citrus notes of the coriander and orange peel, making this taste like a Creamsicle. Finishes with a very "green" herbal and earthy hop. Very dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy in the carbonation department and has a bit of weight to it. Leaves a little sweet stickiness, which is my only gripe here. Drinkability is just fine, but the sweetness found in this beer becomes a little much as I make my way down the 750 ml.

Dec 25, 2007
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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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haz77 from Australia

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy copper with a tight head which almost immediately died to nothing. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S - Sweet malts, spicy citrus and bread.

T - Tastes as expected, given the smell. Bread and spicy citrus with spice lingering and alcohol warmth coming through at the end

M - Medium body and very little carbonation.

D - Refreshing, but not a beer I would rush out to buy more of.

Apr 29, 2006
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ramblerfan from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +11%

Jul 08, 2014
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harpus from Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jul 24, 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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jujubeast6000 from Texas

3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/12/2007 (bottle):

Pours a light brown clear color. Big foamy whitish head. Floral aroma, some spices, maybe some grapefruit, but weak overall. Some effervescence. Floral, taste. Fizzy mouthfeel. Light. Spices go well with spicy tacos. Very light, watery taste.

Jul 27, 2008
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ojiikun from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an uninteresting semi-foggy dark amber into a nice wit glass. The pour, however, was quite interesting. The cap popped off my 750 like the cork from a champagne bottle with a jet of foam! This of course, meant that there was plenty of head at first and the carbonation lasted. Sadly, though, the head was thin and the lace was nill.

Smell is like a wit - on steroids. Spice, malts, citrus, a little peat. Very refined and full, like you'd expect from a dark dubbel - yet yeasty, light, and aromatic like a wit. Lots of esters in the nose.

Taste is amazingly mellow. Little trace of the spices first smelt. Medium-sweet body (especially when warmer) with a good deal of malt. Maltier, in fact, than a lot of the dubbels of late. Plenty of hawaiian rolls and spiced bananna. Finishes with hints of alpha acid from what hopps there are at all.

Reasonably low abv with an incredibly balanced body and sweetness make this an easy drinker. I imagine that with good, spicy or grilled food, this served cold would be like nectar. On it's own the taste lacks the complexity to make it a compelling sip, but the mothfeel is clean except for a yeasty residue that's enjoyable if you're a brau-head.

Feb 23, 2007
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow/orange color with lively carbonation that produces a nice creamy head that has great retention and lacing. Nose consists of lemon, orange, and other spices. This is a wonderfully smelling wit! Taste is extremely clean and crisp with a lot of citrus, spices and yeast dominating the palate. Overall, this is a sensational wit that I will definately pick up again.

Jul 24, 2006
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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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brdc from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It does not look, smell or taste like your regular witbier..
Large capped and corked bottle, with a lot of sediment on the bottom. Poured into a tulip.
Dark golden, almost orange in color, with a lot of very small particles floating. A luscious white, foamy head on top of the glass just makes it even nicer; if it had a bit more retention, would be absolutely perfect. Next time I will pour into a Duvel glass.
Very aromatic, and more complex than the average; spiced, coriander and peppers, clove but no bananas. Citric fruits and perhaps even some earth round it up nicely.
Taste is very impressive for the style, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, highly yeasty, fruity and bitter at times. Spices and fruitiness round it up.
For the style, a masterpiece, but it is not one you can drink a lot like most others.

Sep 25, 2007
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BretSikkink from Mexico

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangey amber haze, active carbonation. I'd like to revisit a forum post about awesome bottle caps - the mega-sized AdR logo is cool, popped off with a pretty good bang. Nothing really standout about the appearance, properly hazy. Really fluffy head sticks around a while, although if you take long enough it will reduce to a film.

Nose wafts up yeasty - slight spice (peppery but also clove), traditional wheat-coriander marriage, and orange rind notes.

Not citric orange but more 'tropical' sweet fruit flavor, combines with crisp wheat, maybe some oats. Very subtle, but at 6% still comes through quite smooth.

Low mouthfeel score simply because it's a thin style, high carbonation in the mouth. It's perfect for the beer it's supposed to be - this is why "light" beers get lower ratings on BA to me, because I'm more willing to rank high for gambles that paid off rather than finely-honed skill at crafting delicate sessionable brews. Blanche double is just that, kudos to the Abbaye. I think I made up for it with 4.5 drinkability. I served it extremely cold (refridgerated a while at around 40 F) and left it out until it was through, not very long thereafter.

Mar 15, 2007
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roblowther from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, clear pale gold with minimal head & not much lace. It smells, in the words of my friend Jake, like "the best smelling fart ever". Skunky lager like at first, but after a bit of breathing, you get caramel, nuts, apricots. The taste is nutty, woody, a hint peppery, and very nicely balanced between sweet & dry. Very good! The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and slick. The drinkability is very good with a balanced flavor that makes you want more the same way that malted milk balls do. I'm starting to regret sharing that bottle with Jake...

Jul 25, 2008
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thierrynantes from France

3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: golden colour, creamy foam
Smell: delicate nose of wheat and malt
Taste and mouthfeel: very soft and velvety on the palate, flavors of wheat and citrus, a slight acidity
Drinkability: good beer in the style Witbier

Review added 11-24-2007, translated from french 1-26-2008.

Nov 24, 2007
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meadhead from Montana

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thick and chewy rich taste
orange wheat gluten yeast
baste
lemon grass even ginger
tart grain
thick not thinner

pours a solid
tan orange

smell is spice wheat fruit

taste is nuance
and mellow
semi-sweet
wheat jello

mouthfeel full
carbonation
zingy
high deep refreshment

drinkability is great
only the price makes you wait

Apr 22, 2007
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irishkyle21 from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Apr 06, 2014
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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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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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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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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased for $7.99 from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
Appearance was mediocore at best - I was really expecting more for a Belgian Witbier...
A slow and steady pour yielded a bright-orange hue, very different from your typical representation of the style, with no carbonation, hardly any head, and minimal lacing to say the least...
Smell replete with oranges, spiked fruit, and spices...
Taste strongly resembled the aroma, bursting with tangerines, nectarines, tropical fruit, slight grapefruit, and a noticeable bitterness and pepper essence present on the tongue...
Mouthfeel was more loose and watered-down than I had anticipated and drinkability was good but not great, especially due to the modest ABV...
Different than your average Witbier for sure...
Mediocore - nothing special...

Jun 24, 2008
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ManforallSaisons from Belgium

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Apr 11, 2014
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