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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 614   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2007
The aroma has coriander, bananas, bubble gum, yeast, and wheat malt. The appearance is amber with a three finger white head. The flavor is like the aroma with a somewhat fruity taste. The palate is thin but OK for the style with a light pepper aftertaste. Overall it’s nice and different but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Pours out hazy orange, agressive head forming and taking on a cream color. Retention is excellent, a tall mound of frothy carbonation spewing from the center of the thick looking body. Aroma is indeed curious: while there are wheat and coriander notes present, a bold pepper presence is the most noticeable trait. Also noted are sweet fruits(apple) and spicy yeast. Flavor proves that the spicy, peppery nose was no illusion. A very interesting and flavorful witbier, it also showcases more citrus and apple, banana, vanilla custard and spices. Alcohol is zippy and apparent, though not cumbersome. Finishes dry and mildly spicy, a welcome departure from typical beers in this style category. Palate is soft but very lively and coats the tongue in all the right places. Another great beer from des Rocs. If this were any drier it would be too much so, but as it is, it just draws me back for the next sip, very enticing. This brewery just couldn’t recieve enough accolades for innovative and consistent brewing that retains a genuine traditional feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Cloudy golden body with a medium off-white head. Overpowering spicy character with cloves, coriander, white pepper and various powder spices flavour. Very malty body full of cereals with a biscuit/flour taste and texture. Fruity flavour is mainly orange peels and maybe some peach. Typical belgian lively carbonation. Short and crisp finish with limited bitterness and no tartness. Far from a light lemony witbier, I find it to be saison-ish. An unusual and surprising beer that breaks the witbier mold like I break most of my promises.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2007
Tap. A very easy drinkable belgian beer! Nice citrus/hoppy finish. Nice medium thick head. Yet another hit by ADR.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Thanks to my Florida Secret Santa for this one! Deep gold with a hint of copper, nice head fades slowly. Aroma of orange, coriander, dry pepper. Flavor starts of with sweet orange marmalade, then goes abruptly dry with coriander and a good dose of a peppery finish. Perhaps a hop bitterness in the finish as well. Not bad, definitely not a traditional wit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3891) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle. Nice cloudy blond/orange body with low carbonation and a decent white foamy head. Relatively complex malty/hoppy aroma with yeasty, citrusy, and spicy notes. Well balanced malty taste that carries yeasty, coriander, and hoppy hints. Ends with a long bittersweet finish. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2006
bottle-thanks to vyvvy for sharing this fine and unique brew. cloudy orange with a small spritzy white head. funky nose-smells like lots of brettanomices yeast(funk, foot odor). some light citrus in there under all the funk. nice funky flavors which say more saison than Wit. Doesnt have the tartness of a saison so thats the main difference. pretty complex, but definately not a wit i could drink all the time. this thing has a very round body which was fuller than most of the style. cool!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2006
750. You can’t really ask for a nicer-looking beer. Pours deep hazy copper with a towering platinum blonde head of suds and mousse that falls to whipped-egg-white stalgmites but it takes a while. Rich funky green apples and cherries on the nose. No visible carb. Subdued attack; low-medium body, light carb, subtle flavors. Green apples and pears are there, and they carry through the mid-palate, along with some honey and a little bit of grass. This is a soft, lovely, refreshing wit. Great stuff. Starting to wonder whether I have a crush on Rocs or something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 Bottle. Good crisp aroma and decent appearance with a head that thined a little. Flavor is good. Well balanced and nice belgian yeast flavored. Decently smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2006
(07.13.06) One pint 9.4 oz green bottle from Liquorama. 6.8% ABV. Best by 05.08.08. Spicy clove aroma. Poured cloudy dark orange with large white head. No discernable carbonation. Medium-bodied ale that starts dry with light malt/spicy (clove) fruity flavors. Some tartness noted. Finished dry and clean with slight bitterness. Excellent wheat beer with delicate flavor.

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