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


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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (549) - - JAN 31, 2013
Assez rare pour être signalé, une blanche avec un vrai travail de brassage. D’abord selon le brasseur il s’agit d’une « blanche double », et c’est vrai... Ensuite elle est élaborée avec 3 céréales : orge, froment (logique) et avoine. Voilà une belle conception de la blanche, qui doit être avant tout rafraîchissante, mais pas nécessairement limitée au froment... Enfin, nous avons un niveau alcool respectable pour une blanche de 6% abv, ce qui n’est pas inconciliable, et bien vu également. Couleur blond foncé à ambre clair, là aussi différente. Clarté diaphane, mais sans le grand voile brouillardeux habituel. Bulles très très faibles, bizarre... pour un exemplaire à date limite en mai 14. Mousse beige qui vient à plat et laisse un petit voile maigre !! Odeurs de prune, figue, poire, massepain, miel de tilleul, pain gris. Texture liquide. 1er goût de céréales (il y en a 3, nous le savons) avec de quoi mâcher, et une arrière-bouche fraîche et houblonnée. 2ème goût de céréales toujours, avec une pointe de poivre et muscade. 3ème avec fraîcheur et robustesse du contenu. Arrière-bouche maltée. La longueur est constante. La levure bien faite, un rien salée, poivrée. L’alcool plus que correct pour le genre. La finale laisse une bouche pleine mais est pourtant fraîche. Conclusion : beaucoup plus riche que beaucoup de blanches... A rapprocher de la St Bernard blanche pour la classe... et pour la cote.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
langeveld12 (216) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2014
Head is avergae, frothy, white and slowly diminishing. Body is hazy yellow orange and sparkling. Aroma contains light bread, grain, flowers, spruce, citrus fruits, grape, raisin, pear, peach, pineapple, vanilla nad cola. Flavor is light acidic, then light acidic and light bitter followed by light acidic, light bitter and light sweet and finishing in bitter. Body is medium with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Fresh, lots of fruits, soft and subtle and hoppy. Very good, different from other wheat beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2014
2004: Cloudy medium orange with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is a zesty and spicy lemon and coriander, quite bold compared to most wits. Punchy, carbonated flavor of lemon peel, ginger, bread, and coriander. 8/5/8/3/16, 4.0

2014, bottle at the brewery in Montignies-sur-Roc.
Creamy and soft in the mouth, experience suggesting wheat and oat.
Strangely herbal / licorice-like, similar to the brune sampled at the same time.
Medium body, low bitterness, medium acidity.
Pasty / chalky yeast texture.
Lacks the cloying sweetness of the others, but still quite sugary. 6/4/6/3/12, 3.1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lesifflebiere (1244) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
Dorée assez foncée, avec un cercle de mousse blanche ; mi-mince, elle a un nez caramélisé et cartonné qui nous fait soupçonner une madérisation bien amorcée, malgré une date MA février 2015. En bouche, on est loin d’une wit classique, avec des notes finales de sucre d’orge, après une introduction à peine fruitée (oranges sanguines, cerises mûres). On ne sait trop quoi penser, erreur d’étiquettage, entreposage déficient ou blanche belge nouveau genre qui rappelle presque une scotch ale ? En attendant de savoir, on est passablement désenchantés.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1049) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
Classic Wallonian since 1991. Brewed with additional oats and, very atypically, not spiced. Yellowish white, thick moussy foam, deep golden colour with orange hue, clear but cloudy after adding the deposit. Appealing malty and grainy aroma with a nice balance between barley and wheat, hints of apple, flowers, white wine, bananas, bread. Taste begins like a classic witbier, sourish wheat nicely balanced with sweetish barley, silky mouthfeel thanks to the oats, then becoming dryer with more (albeit aromatic) hop bitterness in the finish than expected for the style, as well as a bit of warming alcohol. Very nice beer, one of my favorites in the style, but far from a stereotypical Hoegaarden-clone - which in this case is a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beertobealive (228) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle from"comptoir de la biere". Short foamy white head with nice hops. Hazy orange body. Quite light taste but Nice refreshing balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (2972) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2014
At Barely Legal Tasting Room , thnx to ógí and Julio . Pours unclear yellow, ok white head . Smell is spices , coriander, lemon zest . Good carbo . Taste is grainy , bit sweet . Dry, a bit . Some spices , fresh . Not to special but certainly OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (1253) - BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle @ bierdegustatie, Convent Santa Clara, Middelburg. Cloudy yellow colour, white creamy foam. Bitter aroma with hoppy notes and citrus. Light sweet. Some spices. Easy drinkable. Nice witbier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ncube (71) - - JUN 26, 2014
Aroma of yeast, coriander, orange, and an almost cloying overripe fruit sweetness. Taste is similar , not very sweet but little bitterness to hold it up so it feels very out of balance. No trace of ginger. Interesting but don’t need to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenOver (70) - SLOVENIA - JUN 11, 2014
330 mL bottle, pours withedium foam. Slightly sweet aroma, taste is gentle with a strong carbonating feeling. A very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
venom666 (331) - Alicante, SPAIN - MAY 25, 2014
Light orange, amber colour. The first nose approach is quite discreet. It’s primary flavor is bathed in a hard dry bitterness on a pepper background, with some refreshing citrus touches. Soft finish.

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