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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours beautiful golden w/ a shallow arctic white spritzy froth. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Champagne bubbles persist. Aroma is big banana bread and rock candy. Flavors of citrusy banana w/ a touch of creamy malt and some ginger spice. Finish has a slight peach pit bittering w/ ripe banana that lingers and a persistant maltiness. This is an imperial witbier to the bone. It’s very creamy with low acidity. I wanted more crispness but you can’t have that without some acidity. Very nice none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1363) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle rating. Dark gold pour. Live active carbonating bubbles; champagne like. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, belgian sugar, vanilla. A nice wheat flavor to start out, the finish ends dry. Slightly overcarbonated when cold, but the mouthfeel improves as this warms. Despite the flaws listed, this is pretty darn tasty for a witbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Cloudy bronze with a large, frothy head. Dry aroma that is dusty and full of cobwebs. Sour citrus and wheat with some touches of spice. Grassy hops accompany the aromas. The flavors are full of citrus and a little wheat and spice. Dry, dusty palate with a citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Rate from GBBF, with some updates from a Utobeer bottle. Beer number 5 at GBBF, so beer notes rather basic and sloppy. Fascinating beer! There seems to be some kind of violent storm within my glass. The carbonation rushing to the top of the glass is swirling rapidly and upon coliding with the head, there is an explosion of bubbles rushing back down. What starts as a mediocre head, gradually swells to something quite amazing. One of the creamiest (and one of the tallest) heads I’ve ever witnessed. Dense amber colour with a few resident yummies settling in. Strong-ish nose of alcohol with lemon and honey to compliment. Full bodied. Sharp, spicy start. Pepper, hops and citrus fruits. Abrupt finish, which is a bit of a let down. All round refreshing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
750mL, Best before end 2007. I open the cap and the cork is wet. Is this bad? I dunno, let’s see. Pours a hazy light golden with many floaties and a small white head. Aroma is of light ripe oranges, spices, yeast. They must use the same yeast in this as the Grand Cru? Maybe I’m talking out my ass, but something in the aroma reminds me of that beer. There is also some yeasty funk and dust in there. Light black pepper. I think a little bit of cork got into the flavor of my beer. Highly carbonated, light bodied, dry finish. Considering the ABV (6%), it was noticeable. Good, not fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Thin white head that reduces quickly to a thin foam. Great carbonation keeps a thin head on top. Light spicy aroma with some wheat and yeast. Zippy bitterness in the aroma also. Color is a slightly cloudy bright orange. Spicy and yeasty flavor. Plenty of pepper and corriander in there. More wheat and some rye. Sharp bitterness again. Fizzy in the mouth and pretty dry. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. A decent belgian whitbier but a very spicy one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2006
Bottled. A very hazy orange coloured beer with minimal head. The aroma is very yeasty and spicy with a little lemon noted. The taste is also very yeasty and spicy. It is full bodied and tasty and seems to carry more alcohol than most Witbiers. I was very suprised that there wasn’t a plethora of protein floating about in the glass as is typical of AdR.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3617) - 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 (13147) - 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 (5187) - 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.

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