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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AskForJenny (1031) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2008
750ml - Yeasty sweetness on nose, gold color, fleeting head, astringent plate.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerFanDan17 (1028) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - APR 13, 2008
This was very strange indeed. A light and smooth wheat beer with the consistency of a double. It was a bit skunky smelling, but settled on the palate. Very strong in cereal flavors as well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Pours a cloudy gold with straw highlights and a long lasting white head. Aroma is on the spicy peppery side of witbiers, definitely sharp like the description says. A bit of hay and grass, maybe coriander, but it’s different than that. It’s bringing back memories of old fashioned spice ropes that I smelled when I was little. Taste is peppery but there’s a significant malt presence that is slightly tart with some wheat and honey. Finishes very clean and smooth with a quick toast flavor, but whatevever aftertaste there is is pleasant. Fairly full for the style, but still light and drinkable. This is a nice big flavorful wit, very complex (as demonstrated by my inability to describe it) and hearty. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1021) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a chalice. A: Pours a cloudy beige color which is darker than other witbiers I’ve had. Head is big and creamy when poured. The retention is good. Never disappears completely. No lacings left S: Smell is spicy (pepper and coriander mainly), sweet and citric. The Belgian yeasts are quite present (which is a "Des Rocs" trademark for me). When shook in the nose, you can also feel wheat, fruits, herbs and honey T: Wheat. A bit sweet. Dry citric hops. Yeasts. Spices (pepper and coriander). The end is dry, citric and bitter M: Medium and creamy body. Reasonable carbonation. Dry bitter aftertaste O: Great beer. No (bad) surprise [ BA Review @ 7/9/2011 ]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (1018) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Pour was very clear light golden with some sediment in suspension. Aroma is strong of fermented fruit, light orange, light spice, and wheat. Palate is very smooth. Flavor is of wheat, light fruit, and a lot of belgian spice. Very smooth beer. Not as dry as I thought it would be. Would buy again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 16, 2005
Yellow-brown, with some orange. Definately a lighter beer, but with a little more brown that is normal for the style. Head is a nice white foam, that has lasting power. Smells of spices, glazed donuts, cherries, pine and pit fruit. Taste is sour cherries, pineapple, dusty basement/clove spice, cedar, lemon and they are not lying about the peppery background. Aftertaste a little drying, carbonated and alcohol

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Not terribly unlike Affligem Blonde, which I drank on the same night. Here, though, the sourness, bitterness and alcohol predominate, making this a bit harsh. At first, I couldn't find the comforting malt or esters, but I happened to notice that it softened as it warmed. I wouldn't have expected such austerity, given the softness of the brewery's flagship brew. It mightn't sound like it, but I actually rather liked it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
txspartan (974) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2013
Nice grainy aroma. Some citrus sourness in the nose. Decent texture, feels a little thick. Sweet flavour, a tad watered down, perhaps.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (949) - 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.


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