Brewed by Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Montignies-sur-Roc, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


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Blanche des Honnelles (1991) was originally very localised, and has since expanded beyond the boundries of the greater and lesser Honnelle rivers, from which it takes it's name. The Blanche des Honnelles leaves the beaten path somewhat. It has an amber colour which is after all the traditional appearance of the Blanches. It is also stronger (6%) than the Blanches that we know. Its taste is surprising and is not comparable to the brews with the same name that are now on the market. If the bouquet is subdued its first flavour is a stark dry sharpness against a pepper background. There is no acidity in this Blanche that is made with three cereals (barley, wheat, oats). It has a stimulating taste, leaving a subdued but refreshing final impression. Lots of character and curious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
That this is not the typical witbier was apparent on the first pour- the light orange body is hardly "white," and the tart aroma, with its apple cider, pears, spice, and plastics is also atypical. Yeasty body with the same plastics (not pleasant, but probably natural) in addition to sweet apple juice, pear, and musty hay. This bottle is certainly old (it features an older label and is corked), but it is lively and effervescent. With each sip, the impression of an alcoholic cider becomes stronger and stronger, and the plastics become subdued. The best thing about this beer is its initial perfumey, fruity aroma, which makes this brewery’s yeast among the most interesting on the planet. I’m not as enthusiastic about the flavor, but it’s decent if not great. Worth a look.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2125) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 5, 2005
Much creamy and abounded head, optimal persistence. Orange clearly color, much hazy and fizz, rich of sediments. Much alcoholic and spiced scent, enough complex and fragrant. Prickly taste with an elevated alcoholic perception; overbearing bitter with flowery and honey notes mostly on the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2006 Undated 750mL bottle consumed on 11/25/2005. It has a cork in it, so it must be at least 2002 or older, not sure. Uncorking produces an immense pop, but no rush at all. Large light yellow tinged white head is moderately well-retained and laces lightly. Vigorous carbonation, and plenty of sediment. Color is a deep, baked hay and golden-copper yellow. Aroma of tart, distinctive, musty, lightly cidery AdR’s yeast. Lemons, honey, spices (coriander, white pepper), but really overpowering yeastiness. Bit of cork notes and a touch of woodiness from the yeast. Flavor is very tart, lightly to moderately acidic and fully yeasty. Touches of coriander-like spiciness, bits of strong clover and honey with a white pepper and lemon finish that is quite acidic. Body is medium with mostly pils-like honeyish malt, maybe a touch of sweet baked bread dough. Texture has tight carbonation, poigant and very appropriate for the tangy-tart yeast and spice flavors. Light grainy dryness on end shows the wheat/oats, but it is only in texture, there is very little creamy wheat or oaty flavor. Some of the dyrness in flavor could be (must be?) from the wheat, I suppose. No alcohol noted, lightly cidery and sharp. You really have to appreciate the AdR’s yeast to enjoy this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Opaque and light orange with a frothy, white head. Clean, yeasty, fresh, inviting nose (made me think of passion fruit). Creamy-soft and smooth on the tongue; nice and dry finish. Very pleasant malts -- chewy dough, sweet crackers and fresh bread. Light spices lingered comfortably in the background. Estery aromas gave it a nip. All components merged wonderfully into a nicely balanced beer. Not over-the-top in any way, but well made and very pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Dusty and soapy head. Semi-clear gold/amber body. Wheaty grape perfume aroma. Very pleasant. More grapiness appears in the taste… a bit of a straightforward herbal taste. Some light licorice too. Sour sugar cookies. Not bad…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle shared by Chuck - best by 2008. Clear amber body with medium carbonation under a thin white head. Windmill cookie malt aroma with some spicy coriander. Nothing terribly complex in the aroma but it’s still solid. Sweet-forward flavor: light caramel leading to spicy dry orange peel and greel leaf. Dry yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Pours to a thick creamy white head with a hazy copper body. Nice sharp white pepper aromas atop a light sour fruit and mineral water. The flavor is spicy with sugary lemons and lightly sweet and sour grains. The palate is medium bodied, smooth, and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
dk pee orangish yellow color thick white head w/ nice lacing. Aroma is of spicy wheat some lemon grass cinamon corriander touches of pepper light citrus notes yeast.pal is well carbonated a bit light. Flavor is highly spiced lightly swet hints of bannanna warm finish light peppery and other spices. Good wit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
amber, hazy, aminimal head, white foam, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, thick feel, average carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
This beer pours a cloudy medium-dark yellow with lively carbonation and a thick head. Aromas include: spicy lemon/citrus, chamomile and straw. The flavor is well-balanced, bright and engaging with an average finish. The palate is moderately viscous and luxurious.

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