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


on tap

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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Golden hazy colour with a huge mostly lasting white head. Aroma and taste of coriander and citurs. Good wit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (12046) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2008 Bottle Courtesy Niels Jørn at Wintercoat. Fantastic Witt.Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Yellow colour. Powerfull hoppy aroma, almost not wit-like, but delicate understading every little aromatype. Fantatic complex flavor, not that powerfull but exstremely delicate. Oily palate. One of most interesting beers I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2006
33 cl bottle. Hazy nice orange colour with a good white head. Strong coriander aroma. Sweet flavours from the outset, then coriander takes over. Well-carbonated and full-bodied. A beer that looks and feels perfect, but ends up a little on the sweet and overspiced side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2006
From a 750ml bottle.

Pours an absolutely lovely light orange with a beautiful robust head. The aroma is intoxicatingly delicious - think witbeer meets barleywine - strong citrus and coriander and rich malty depth, peaches and hints of alcohol.

Unfortunately, the flavor and mouthfeel don’t carry through on the promise offered by the appearance and aroma. The flavor, while pleasant enough, comes off as rather bland in its absence of spicing and in the relatively subdued expression of the citrus hops. The mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated from the aroma, and despite the attractive head, my bottle was relatively limited in carbonation at least for the style.

The end result is a beer that is well crafted, with notable strong points and without any glaring flaws --- but it’s also a beer in a curious almost hybrid style that I have a hard time envisioning as the perfect match for any particular food or mood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (249) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
The concept of a double witbier piqued my curiosity, and from a brewer I have learned to adore, I really had no choice. The body is darker than any wit I’ve seen, a luminescent ripe apricot orange, shrouded by the usual des Rocs chunks. A pillowy meringue head sits atop initially revealing a surprising smoky aroma, that leads to a dusty, chalky scent of sweet cereal grains. Orange peel, coriander and nutmeg emerge as the classic witbier blend but these scents become delightfully dense and rich. Hints of chocolate and paper add to the complex aspect of this beer, rare in this style but oh so enjoyable. The first sip is smooth, drinkable, not as hefty as the nose might assume. Strong coriander and pepper flavors match the light, airy texture that retains a refreshing quality despite its thicker malt and ester profile, highlighted by banana and a sweet honey finish. An excellent witbier, that profits considerably from its rather corpulent palate, that allows a very appropriate gain in complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Pours a clear golden almost amber color, nice thick white head. Mostly a spice flavor with slight lemon, but overal mostly just grains and hops, very subdued and nothing really coming out at you, just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Best before 2008. Poured a cloudy amber dark yellowish orange color. Head was decent, although lacing wasn’t that outstanding. Aroma was of orange peels, coriander, floral, and somewhat musty. As it warmed, the funk and horseblankets came out to play. Flavor followed suit with a decent amount of citrus, wheat, and light funk. Mouthfeel was moderate for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 750ml bottle

Thought this looked interesting on a trip to the local beer supplier, plus it came with a ’free’ goblet. Why not give it a try? As you’ll see, it was good but not quite up to my expectations.

Aroma / Appearance - A huge foamy white explosion of carbonation to start, which shortly subsided, leaving a two-finger head. The body was the color of honey with some mild carbonation working its way to the top. Hints of earthiness, barnyard, hay, wheat and semisweet chocolate chips led me to believe this could be an interesting experience.

Flavor / Palate - The first impression was of bread drizzled with honey, fresh orange rind and musty hay. Soon after a tandem of ripe bananas and pears reveals itself. The finish is mildy hoppy with a tickling bitterness that is also overly cloying. Overall, it was extremely easy to drink but I was not blown away. It would be a good fit for those warm summer days when you don’t want something heavy but still are looking for plenty of taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy golden pour with big fluffy white head. Aromas of orange zest, hopcs, coriander, malty Bretty funk. The flavor is citric at first, then it gets citrusy and floral spicy, with coriander, orange and lemon zest, and some funky black and Bell peppery notes. Complex and well balanced, this one is a standout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2006
750ml bottle. Yeasty citrus note. Bready yeast. Orange and bananas. Good wit. Another example of why I love this brewery!

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