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


on tap

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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1101) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAY 17, 2004
A cloudy dark golden color with an eggshell colored head. Strong yeasty scents with corriander,citrus and honeydew. Very tasty but a touch too much on the yeasty flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 25, 2004
330 cl brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Why don’t they date these beers, so we know if we’re getting a fresh one or not? Is there that much involved in doing so? Anyway, it poured out a medium horsepiss color, with a fast fading white head. It did leave a minimal covering of lacing on top of the beer, however. Aromas are of lactic wheat malts, slight Brettanomyces character as well. Tastes are definitely of Brettanomyces cultures, along with a sour note as well. No hops in aromas or flavors. Medium mouthfeel, nothing special there. Drinkability is ok, but the sourness would limit me to two of these, maximum. Decent, drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2007
Hazy yellow. At first creamy nice head but it soon sinks down. Banana and yeast in aroma. Flavor is fruity and sweert. Good malty. Little pepper, but not to much.

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
330ml bottle
6.0% ABV
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
June 4, 2013
The beer pours a clouded dark gold colour with a half inch white head. Aroma is wheat, spices, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavour is a bit funky with notes of yeast, wheat, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2008
750 ML Bottle-Clear golden color w/a good size white head. Sweet spiced aroma. Kind of a standard wheat, some lemon/citrus/orange peel, some sweetness, had a bit of a spiced bite to it; Not a bad brew, but I don’t think it was up to the quality of other stuff I’ve had from this brewer. Good, serviceable brew if you like this style, but not great; I wouldn’t seek it out. Long finish w/just a touch of orange peel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alusmamuts (1077) - LATVIA - OCT 21, 2014
Light amber hazy with medium bubbly off-white head. Wit taste with some floverly notess, some overall sweetness, carbonation and touch of remaining bitterness. A bit watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 17, 2009
750 ml bottle. A hazy deep golden beer with a large, frothy, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is nice, stronger and maltier than a normal witbier, with notes of wheat, coriander, lemon, orange peel and a hint of hops. The flavour is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness. Balanced and not overly spice, one of the best blanches of Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (1051) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2014
Dorée voilée, effervescence moyenne, col blanc moyen persistant. Malgré sa composition céréalière, ça ressemble à beaucoup de choses sauf à une Blanche, ce qui ne l’empêche pas d’être plus que plaisante, avec des notes épicées, une bonne petite amertume et une certaine rondeur en bouche!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWorta (1051) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 16, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 Noses of subtle wheat, cereal, light coriander whilst offering a soft fluffy white head and a golden opalescent colour. Fresh, light carbonated, good lacing and offers nice flavours of cereal, light spices especially white pepper. Very harmonic with a light-medium body with some sweetness to it. The finish is soft. A very interesting blanche taking on the task of bridgeing between belgian blanche and german Hefeweizen.

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