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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (250) - 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.

3.4
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3009) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3470) - Chagrin Falls, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9230) - 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.

3.8
   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!

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2006
BCA (from Bitter Virtue, BBE 2008). Cloudy amber with lots of floaters (but not as many or as objectionable as the montagnarde). Sweet malts form the main flavour. There are hints of spice and light grassy hops but not enough to make it interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Excellent witbier - cloudy, citrusy, spicy. Big, lasting head and the typical coriander/orange peel aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3578) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
Bottle. Best by 2008. Enticing doughy, bready, lemon-citrus aroma with some orange aromas as well. There is also a bit of spicy pepperiness along with a pleasant floral bouquet. Mildly hazy golden color with a frothy white head and small bubbles that dissipate a bit too quickly for my liking. Adequate lacing. Spritzy, peppery start, turning surprisingly sweet and doughy in the middle. Floral flavors are also present in the middle with maybe the slightest touch of coriander and orange peels. Finishes a bit bitter with some nice grassy hops. Man, I love this brewery!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5291) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours hazy amber / brown wtih a pillowy white head - much darker than any Wit I’ve seen. Aroma is of lightly toasted malt - very creamy and spicy with majority being coriander. Mouthfeel is very creamy with frothy carbonation. Taste is very smooth with lots of coriander and smooth orange flavor - not sharp or acidic. The finish has heaavy Belgium yeast which isn’t generally in the wits. Laster in the glass more earthiness comes into the finish. Very enjoyable beer and a good choice for #100 for me.


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