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

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Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ppoitras
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Black foil over corked cap on green bottle, and best before date is unreadable.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" bright white head above the dark golden brew. Head snow-cones above the edges of the glass, due to vigorous and seemingly unending carbonation eminating from the bottom of the glass. Heavy, frothy head coats the glass sides fully with the same heavy foam lace. Aroma is lemongrass and spices. Taste is exactly what the nose indicated, and without the overpowering tartness sometimes found in wits. I have to appreciate the balance here. Mouthfeel is extra creamy and smooth, with the tartness just getting power at the end, with very nice drinkability as well. The des Rocs brew I have enjoyed the most, after the Grand Cru.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful hazy orange in color and was incredibly thick and hazy. The puffy white head took up permanent residence and was actually soft to the touch.

Smell – The big rindy orange aroma mated perfectly with the big Belgian yeast. This was a classic Witbier nose. The spicing was traditional as well and the pepper especially seemed to jump from the glass.

Taste – The orange and yeast notes from the nose came out sharp at the taste. The flavors are very distinctive and harmoniously balanced. Everything is very soft and delicate yet assertive.

Mouthfeel – Oh, yeah, this is my idea of the perfect Belgian mouthfeel. The ale itself is medium-bodied but the feel in between the cheeks is light and fluffy. It’s so soft and delicate the bier almost floats in your mouth.

Drinkability – The amazing mouthfeel and dead-on-style flavors were head and shoulders above other Witbiers that I’ve had. This was quite a treat.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

Appearance: thoroughly hazy orange color, copious cap of creamy tapioca. Looking very nice.

Aroma: spice arrives first, the coriander is king, a little clove?, rounded off with fruit, lemon, peach, apricot, orange...nice and lively...

Taste: a sumptuous sizzle sets in on the mouth, whirls and kicks a bit, then fades softly, while urging one to drink anew. Fresh, mellow, but flush with flavor. Yeast is hard at work at this one, too, but the spices are all over it, tantalizing the tastebuds, and the citrus fruit provides considerable zest.
Medium bodied, with a light, fruity finish.
Taste is terrific, and mouthfeel is a treat.

$7.59 for the bottle, and worth every penny and then some.

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Photo of brdc
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
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.

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Photo of CopeTech
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

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a 750 ml bottle of Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double as a gift from a friend. From the outside it looked like a beer that I would like (I particularly like wheats and golden ales) and I was not disappointed.

It pours like both a wheat beer and a golden ale. Cloudy and highly carbonated with thousands of tiny bubbles continiously flowing to the top even well after pouring.

Great bold taste that is a great mix of a slightly filtered wheat beer and a slightly spicy golden ale.

Highly reccomended. Now I need to find out where to buy this!

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Photo of BobZ
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. And I finished the bottle myself.

Appearance: Nice amber but the snow-globe of floaties that this brewery is known for. Not much of a head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and very interesting spicy like a tripel; I don't really pick-up any citrus.

Taste: Again, like a sweet tripel, rich, flavorful, great beer and very unique flavor profile for a Belgian Wit, again not getting a heavy citrus flavor, just a nice sweetness which is not cloying at all.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, the sediment can pile up near the end.

Drinkability: Great, flavorful beer. Could easily down a few, especially in the warm months.

Ok, another very good beer from Abbaye des Rocs
you just need to get past the floaties (as usual).

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 Cappped bottle. Unlike the other des Rocs beers I have had, a cork is missing. Appearance is spot on for a whit. Huge white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing, body is very hazy copper/bright gold. Smells sweet and spicy, berries and citrus, with spices dominate this one. Very big malt in the flavor, there is also quite a bit of fruity flavor there, slightly metallic, but another great beer from this brewery. Great drinkability, also.

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Photo of roblowther
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...

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

Poured a nice orange/yellow color with good fluffy head.Smelled very cutruisy and refreshing,nice body refreshing but not thin and weak.Tasted very orangy like alot of Belgian wits,and I also detected some coriander flavor in there as well.One of the best Belgian wits I have had will have again for sure.

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Photo of meadhead
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
lemon grass even ginger
tart grain
thick not thinner

pours a solid
tan orange

smell is spice wheat fruit

taste is nuance
and mellow
wheat jello

mouthfeel full
high deep refreshment

drinkability is great
only the price makes you wait

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

This beer has an extremely fresh flavour, an abundant, creamy and compact head, a straw-coloured hue, wuth the typical turbidity of the blanche.
It is one of the best blanche you can easily found on the market, a lot better than Hoegaarden.

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Photo of clvand0
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy yellow / light amber color with a very tall head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Head takes forever to fall down. The aroma is very nice - spicy with citrus and corriander. The flavor is nice - but much more smooth than expected. Slight spices and light citrus in the flavor blend well with a yeasty character and make it very good drinking. The spices blend very well for a witbier. Drinkability is good and the body is thick for the style (thick end of moderate).

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Photo of RusImpStoLuv
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!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge yellowish cream colored head. A storm of carbonation rises from the bottom of the Blanche De Chambly glass swirling some of the yeast I accidentally poured. Light clean aroma; there's a bit of zesty lemon and some fresh floral notes. Nice light mouthfeel. Fresh floral (dandelion?) flavors up front mixed with a bit of lemon zest overtop of a light yeastyness. becomes just slightly bitter towards the end. This is one quality witbier.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon popping the cork, no fizz comes out. I was worried. Pouring reveals a hazy straw color nectar wit ha big fluffy creamy head that leaves lace for the ages as it falls. The nose is big in the spicey department, with coriander and orangepeel playing heavy, with very slight barnyard funkies. Smells very nice. Flavor is right there. The spices are a touch more subdued and the mustyness more prevalent, but its a nice balance. Very tasty. The feel is moderate with a nice moderate carbonation. A highly drinkable brew. Very quenching.

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Photo of cjgator3
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.

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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.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A transparent golden/orange color with a light fine carbonation (and a few bits and pieces rolling around). The white head diminishes rather quickly, but leaves a fine layer and a light bubbly, sticky lace. Aroma is tart and spicy (coriander), with malty notes. Palate is medium bodied, effervescent and pleasingly tart. The flavor is a well-balanced combination of sweetness, a citrus tartness and a light hop finish. This brewski/amalgamation is not glaringly complex or provocative, yet its characteristics exemplify a harmony of subtle flavors I have not noticed in any other beer of this style.

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Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gloomy apricot crowned with a fat and proud ivory pillar and adorned with multitiudes of tiny pearls crashing towards the surface.
Fragrant of wheat hulls, clove, coriander, and pepper.
Taste-wise, it is lightly sweet up front, with sugared orange peels, honey, and caramel glazed wheat. Then, an about-face, as it shifts assetively spicy via black pepper, coriander, and clove. For a moment or two, this could be mistaken for a dunkelweizen. The spice lingers as it continues to dry, and ends with a stalky, brown aridness, and notions of withered lilac petals.
This, like every other AdR brew I've ever had, sets itself apart in its texture. A pillowed softness given lift and flight with a perky gaseousness. This literally throws itself down the throat.
All told, this is the singularly least impressive des Rocs I've had (and all that means is that it didn't change my life), but a stellar feel and immense drinkablity keeps this in the upper tier of summer quaffers.

Mucho thanks to double whitey himself, Mr Bighuge.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Bottle. The beer pours a cloudy orange/pale color with a creamy white head and lacing.
The aroma is of the apple and oranges with a mild spicy note as well. The same fruit and spice notes come through to the flavor with a nice tart back ground finish it with a mild bitterness that goes well the the tartness. Well balance spices as well nothing is overdone in this beer.
This is a well made beer.

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Photo of ojiikun
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Lots of floaties in suspension in that hazy pale yellow body mounted by a nice white head. High apparent carbonation, which gets confirmed by an above average effervescence on the tongue. Nice aroma bursts to the nose, lots of yeasty orange, lemongrass, dust and even some surprising crisp hops. More complex than most wits, drier, hoppier which adds a very interesting flavor profile. I love the dust/almost earthy suggestions. Mild banana tones with coriander, lime and curacao. Moderate peppery bitterness in the finish even. Great witbier! Thanks Frink!

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Photo of tjd25
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick foamy and creamy head, lasting too. About half an inch of head remained on the beer forever. Hazy golden color body. The smell is very refreshing: nicely citric, mostly grapefruit; an incredibly floral aroma with lots of ginger. The taste is enjoyable: a bit like a mix between a witbier and a lambic: more tart than in other witbiers but the beer is still very fruity and floral. Hops add a sublte chewniess that's unusual for the style. Grapefruit is overy orval-like. Mouthfeel is very round and smooth with the everlasting head. The hops and grapefruit aspects are a bit aggressive for a witbier. Surprizing and enjoyable.

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