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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Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Belgium
abbaye-des-rocs.com

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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144
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93
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of FLima
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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, and poured into a conic pint.

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.

Final Grade: 3.75, just barely eking out a B+. Abbaye des Rocs' Blanche des Honnelles is a nicely balanced witbier with a mix of fresh, clean fruity flavours and yeasty, spicy notes, although I'm not sure I'd want to have more than two bottles of this at a time. The last time I bought a witbier was almost exactly a year ago, so this isn't one of my more sought-after styles, but this is a solid wit I could see myself picking up again next summer when the itch hits. If you're looking for a wit to consume in session-worthy quantities, though, there are a few locally-made examples I'd suggest before this one - not to mention Hoegaarden, the old standby.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of biegaman
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".

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of TheHammer
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.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Blanche Des Honnelles [Brasserie Des Rocs Blanche Double] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
3.83 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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