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]

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-12-2002

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Photo of meadhead
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 bditty187
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold in hue with slightly tawny highlights; even though I carefully poured it I still got the classic des Rocs “snow globe” effect. White head, at the apex the foam was one finger tall. Head retention was not much to speak of, the bubbles slid to a soapy cap, thicker around the edges but not naked in the middle. Sadly, there was no subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance is unremarkable.

The nose displays no Wit characteristics. This is not a Wit, why it is listed as such is beyond me. I love the vanilla aromas with kisses of lavender… in the middle some peppery notes arrive along with orange rinds, clove, wheat, and faint spiciness. I don’t detect any coriander as I don’t believe this beer is spiced. The nose is light and breezy but the aromas are very pleasant. Inviting; I am quite curious to take a sip!

My first impression of the palate: “this is only 6% abv?” Bullshit. It drinks much “boozier” than that, not in a bad way. Lovely spicy and peppery flavors with just a kiss of alcohol heat near the end. There is a faint funky/earthiness that really adds to the complexity. Softly fruity with an orange rind vibe that is the most vocal. I taste wheat at the finish, the barley is truly secondary (and the oats only help the mouthfeel). The very soft vanilla note welcomes the finish; the aftertaste is a tad sweet.

I wish there was more carbonation; otherwise the mouthfeel would be ideal. There is a slight, lingering sweetness that doesn’t wow me but it doesn’t deter me either. Medium-light in body, low carbonation… overall, the mouthfeel is pleasant.

I think I have had this beer before but maybe not. This is a unique Belgian Wheat Beer… I’m not too much into styles but to call this a Wit is to do it disservice. As simple as I can state it… Blanche Double is artfully complex but not overwhelming; it is quite tasty. There is complexity that makes this beer more than a warm weather quaffer. This is not my favorite AdR product but it is one that I should visit more often. Purchased in Omaha; 750ml bottle.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of ojiikun
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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 BeerNutta
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double]

A = Pours a dark orange to gold colour with a thin foam head.

S = Fresh citrus aroma with sugary sherbert like aftertones.

T = Initial clove taste with hints of spice and pepper. Mellows out into a honey sweet finish. Very nice.

D = Very drinkable if you can get it.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hazy golden color. Big flufy head on top that quickly falls into about a 1/8 inch head. Earthy, black peppery aroma. Spicy and somewhat tart flavor. Very grassy though not from hops. Good mouthfeel-finishes quite dry. Nice effort-would be good on a hot summers day.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a rich gold colour and clear, with a fluffy, short lived, bright white head. The fine bubbles that eventually formed a collar really clung to the sides of the glass. Complex, spicy aroma consisting of coriander, clove, and white pepper, which was balanced a bit by mild citrus and bready malt. Plenty of bready malt in the flavour too, which provided a solid base for the spices to play. Again, coriander and clove were present, but the pepperiness seemed to be a little more forward. Light citrus pulled everything together nicely. Dry finish with some lingering spice. Medium bodied and a little heavier than most other wits, well attenuated, but the carbonation was a little coarse. Still, I enjoyed this offering. It made a nice companion on a Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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 cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of sabrills70
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle capped green bottle with best before end of 2008 date on back. Upon opening foam came out of the top of the bottle (as has been with the other Brasserie des Rocs I have tried). Pours a very slightly hazy golden blond with a minimal head, little in the way of longevity and just OK lace, seem highly carbonated though. Smells citrusy with a slight wheat malt aroma. Yeasty with slight banana. Again citrusy with wheat malt and banana. More like a saison in my opinion. Alcohol does come through. Seems a bit thick for a wit. As I said more like a saison than a wit, and just a so so one at that. Not a bad beer but there are much better ones available.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immense lasting froth above an unclean, orange body. Citrusy, fruity aroma suprises me seeing that this is unspiced, because to me, it stinks of orange peel. Perfectly carbonated body, which elevates flavors. Orange peel spice, with juicy tangerine and tang flavors, citrus fruits, tart wheat and an authentic Belgian feel.

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Photo of haz77
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
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 beveragecaptain
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. The Blanche Double pours out a hazy orange color with a seemingly endlessly rising head. Thick layers of lacing are left of the side of my glass. Spicy coriander, orange, and pineapple make up the aroma. I also detect just a bit of skunk. Tangy wheat and lots of spice in the flavor. This beer has certainly not gone bad, but it's clearly past it's prime. The flavors seem unfresh and muted, replaced with harsh alcohol. There are hints of tastyness, but this overall this beer is only average. Drinkability really suffers. I can see why this beer isn't often found in the US. I would love to try it fresh, but I bet it fades fast. A disappointment, but just thinking about their other beers makes me happy again.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BB 11-07. Presentation is dull giving not much head and an amber collored beer. Nose is pale, wheaty, sherry/porty and litle alcoholic. Taste is empty, oxidated, sweetish, malted but unfresh and IMO overall a poor performance of a great brewery. Watery and alcoholic unfresh mouthfeel and a poorout after a couple of sips.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review # 700.

Big ole 750 mL. bottle with a fat cap, released into a glass with a first pour of unassuming foggy amber topped with a dense antique white wafer thin head cap. Of course the next pour more exceptional deserving of awe complimented by a foggy hue and topped by a huge statuesque dense coating.

Peppery doughy aromatic scents easily pronounce a spicy lemon prescence. Mostly a doughy bouquet.

First swigs: With greedy anticipation a sip of doughy caramel and dry finish of Earthy mineral finish. Middle lends a ginger and spice wafer flavor. Well hopped with a classic Belgian almost pale flavor. Some lingering delicious vanilla creates a tempting brew.

Feel is a dense taunt easy cushy frothy foamer with a linger of coating. proportions.A treat of soft

LAst swigs: A vanilla doughy yeasty wit. Top notch! Brasserie des Rocs has quickly become one of my favorite brasseries. Each bottle yeilds a tricky complex chin rub of palate pleasing. If only more American breweries would adopt this technique.

Beer is good. Happy Belgian beering.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer, although not one of the better examples of a witbier I've seen. Not at all chunky like the other BdR beers I've had.

The beer pours to a bit of a clear pale ale reddish-amber color with a nice billowing white head. Decent carbonation along with a fine head produce a great "snap, crackle, pop" effect. Unfortunately, I would never be able to identify this as a witbier on the basis of appearance alone, which is why I rated it a bit low.

The smell was spot-on for a wit, however. Very strong citric aromas. Lemon, orange, coriander, yeasty and malty earthy aromas.

The taste is not much of a departure from the nose, though it seems to be near overbearing on the coriander spicing. A nice bite in the finish from the wheat accompanied by a lingering dry citric. A bit thin, fizzy, and dry, but very quaffable and quenchable. I was also surprised to see that it's also one of the biggest wits I've ever tried at 6% ABV.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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 clvand0
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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 cokes
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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 NearerMyBeerToMe
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours with a massive yellowish-white head of small bubbles that has the consistency of beaten egg whites and yet resists lacing. Solid streams of carbonation support the head, rushing through transparent, brass-colored liquid with sunshine highlights. Coriander is almost singular in the aroma. It's hard to tell what else might be going on here: as the beer warms, I get rising white bread dough, some lemon, and sweetened dry grass clippings only by stretching my imagination. Nosefeel is spicy and somewhat dry. The flavor is dominated by coriander as well, with a touch of curacao and cardamom. Corn starch or baking soda figures in a parallel undercurrent of flavors suggesting a weird, celery-salted egg custard. Washy mouthfeel, puckered by spices, leaves the tongue sticky as it dries out; this is not the crisp snap I expect from a wit. At the table, this might pair well with various curries, but I'm not sure. It simply lacks the level of tart refreshment that I expect from a witbier, and, quite frankly, the more of this I drank the less I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. bottle. Purchased at Royal Liquors in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita. Best before date of 2008; that seems like a long life for a wit.

Appearance: I poured this one into a pitcher first, so each glass would have a portion of the good stuff from the bottom of the bottle. And there was a lot of that good stuff. The beer was a murky, muddy caramel color; not much wit to it at all. The off-white head rose up big and settled very slowly, becoming nice and frothy. It clung heavily to the side of the pitcher, proving just how sticky it was.

Smell: Raw grains and hints of lemon were the main aromas present when the beer was smelled from the pitcher. However, when it was concentrated in the glass, the grain took a back seat. Manadarin orange, light spices, and vanilla came to the forefront, though the wheat and grain remained in the background.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and smooth, but a little flat and boring.

Taste: This beer had an odd hit to it that almost made me think that it was going to be a drain pour. At first, I thought it was chemical- or solvent-like. Then after a few drinks, I convinced myself that it was more of a strong dose of black pepper, strong to the point that it climbed up and attacked my nose. However, in the finish and aftertaste, it resolved itself into being chemical-like once agian, though not as badly as before. Besides that strange component, there was chewy wheat and grain, strong yeast, orange, and cloves on the finish. An astringent bitterness lingered in the aftertaste.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky looking copper appearance. A one finger sized ivory white head sticks around for the long haul and leaves some nice Belgian Lace for my viewing pleasure. Nice aroma. Deep breaths bring sea breeze, orange, light perfume, lemon juice and also lime. The flavor starts sweet with bubblegum esters. Moves on to candy and lime and ever so slightly tart lemons. Slight spicing of cracked black pepper and orange peel, but not a lot. Got some doughy yeastiness coming through. Belgian influence is noticeable. I'm not sure if this is a "by the books" witbier (or if it is even meant to be), but whatever it is, it's good.

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Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 146 ratings