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


on tap

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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Found this one randomly at Main St Gourmet in Oxford. First time Ive seen it anywhere, but that closet had it. Nice hazy orange with a nice white head. Real soft yeasty malt and coriander aroma. Flavor is a crisp grassy one. Its got a good blend of orange peel and sugary sweetness. This is a bit strong of a wit, but a damn tastey one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
Very particular beer; elevating has an alcoholic tenor much that unfortunately it covers excessive fruit notes. Good. Birra particolarissima; ha un tenore alcolico molto elevato che purtroppo copre eccessivamente le note fruttate. Buona.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2007 In the world of wheat ales, my preference is a hefeweizen... but I’ll be jiggered if this doesn’t hit the spot. Cloudy amber color with a lofty, thick & creamy white head, this is one of the spiciest wits that I’ve ever stuck my snout in! Bran flakes with lemon, pepper, cloves, and coriander... a real nostril hair tickler. Medium-bodied with a spritzy carbonation, it’s a tonsil tickler, too. The flavor is a light caramel, a hit of yeast, and a heap of the spices noted above. The finish is dry and slightly heated with the higher alcohol content. Very satisfying.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8650) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy orange with a small head. Aromas are caramel, wheat, sticky fruit and soft spices. Flavours are sweet toffeed malts with wheat and spices. Pretty simple but very pleasant. Has a great foaming mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Poured a hazy yellow color. Malty aroma with some orange and butter. Flavor was sweet, malty, orange and a touch of bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2005
750ml bottle, 2005 vintage. Tart, citric aroma, plenty of lemon and orange peel along with notes of pear, melon, coriander, banana, clove, wheat malt and a certain floral perfume. Dark golden amber color, not unlike a sunset, with a vigorous, foamy head and sticky lacing. Flavor begins with some light fruity tartness, becoming more citric and spicy leading into the gently dry, bitter finish. The fading impression is that of peppery spices and juicy lemon. Lively, active, quenching mouthfeel with a medium body. Rather bold in character for the style, and this would seem to be the point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1396) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2005
9 May 2005 - Some stone fruit aroma and hop complexity. Nice white head retention, cloudy orangy colour and suds lacing. Flavour has over the top hop spirit, fruit malt, not what I could a imagine is a wheat beer, not that I don’t like it. If tastes of nice fruit mix and an earthiness. Lingering hop fruit and steeliness finish. Blanche ...what ?, but I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13539) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2005
Bottled (BBE 2007)
Copper-orange brown, a bit hazy. Small creamy white head. Parfumic, fruity aroma. Medium bodied. Rounded mouthfeel. Chewy malts, sweety fruityness, also some alcohol/citric flavors. Fruity aftertaste. Very different witbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
750 ml bottle. Appearance: thoroughly hazy orange color, copious cap of creamy tapioca. Looking very nice. Aroma: spice arrives first, the coriander is king, a little clove?, rounded off with fruit, lemon, peach, apricot, orange...nice and lively... Taste: a sumptuous sizzle sets in on the mouth, whirls and kicks a bit, then fades softly, while urging one to drink anew. Fresh, mellow, but flush with flavor. Yeast is hard at work at this one, too, but the spices are all over it, tantalizing the tastebuds, and the citrus fruit provides considerable zest. Medium bodied, with a light, fruity finish. Taste is terrific, and mouthfeel is a treat. $7.59 for the bottle, and worth every penny and then some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2539) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2005
Tasted this at the Westende Belgian Beer café, Perth, on the weekend and disappointed to find out that it is another bottled beer they have stopped stocking. Poured into a tall tulip glass, a little too cold, a short fluffy white head forms and lasts, leaving irregular webs of lace down the side. A lot of very fine carbonation kept the large yeast clumps in suspension for the most part amidst its opaque orange gold body. Piney, leafy and toffee-sweet nose, herbal and spicy, with a balance of sour lemon. Sugary sweet upfront in the mouth, tangy and citric. Medium-light bodied and medium in carbonation (not biting). Flavours of toffee, tangerines, yeast, herbs and ground pepper. Finish is long with a sweet citric tang that comes across quite refreshing. Quite a sweet beer, even more amplified as it warms. Not at all a Belgian Wit, in fact I would do my best to say it is in a completely different field. Unique and turned out to be quite a nice drop.

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