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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
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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
Along with blanche de Namur, this is the best wit I have tried yet. Ligh amber, honey coloured beer with a cream coloured heat, not big but resistant. Beautiful spicy, bready aroma with citrous notes. Complex flavour profile,, sweet orange peel, coriander and a symphony of other spices coming through in the background and finish. These blend wonderfully with a slight lactic character, bitter onrantd and a light hop bitterness. Some honey notes in there as well. Bery soft voloptous mouthfeel and finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (2365) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2010 10 years ago whe taste this beer a first time @ the brewery self. Fieuw times re-tasted. Bottle, 33 cl. (@ home bought by Willems) And 75 cl. Vanden Bussche. For me possibly, the best wit I have tried yet. Light amber color, with a creamy white head. Aroma lovely spicy, with citrus, yeasty. Medium to full body. Taste is nice but complex light sweet, coriander and a pallet of other spices. Very good character, bitter and a light hop bitterness. This is heaven: what a great whitebeer !

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
birri (7) - Alessandria, ITALY - APR 13, 2011 does not count
My favorite blanche at all. Just amazing! Blanche atipica, leggermente più alcolica della media della altre sorelle. Colore dorato opalescente (più scura delle altre wit), schiuma pannosa e molto persistente. Aroma fantistico, aggrumato e citrico, lievemente speziato, a bicchiere mosso regala intense note maltate (miele). In bocca è corposa, anche se la frizzantezza fa notare di meno il corpo, equilibrata, dissetante ad appagante allo stesso tempo. Ne berrei a galloni.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (441) - BELGIUM - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (2969) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 hay, grass, dough, clove, pale, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, thin feel, light body, bitter, vanilla, banana,

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Tasted a few weeks ago, also before 2 years passed. Hazy dark golden color, with white head. Aroma spice, citrus, wheat, yeast. Medium bodied. Taste good balance spice, fruity, hops, citris. perfect original white beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
750 ml bottle. Appearance: thoroughly hazy orange color, copious cap of creamy tapioca. Looking very nice. Aroma: spice arrives first, the coriander is king, a little clove?, rounded off with fruit, lemon, peach, apricot, orange...nice and lively... Taste: a sumptuous sizzle sets in on the mouth, whirls and kicks a bit, then fades softly, while urging one to drink anew. Fresh, mellow, but flush with flavor. Yeast is hard at work at this one, too, but the spices are all over it, tantalizing the tastebuds, and the citrus fruit provides considerable zest. Medium bodied, with a light, fruity finish. Taste is terrific, and mouthfeel is a treat. $7.59 for the bottle, and worth every penny and then some.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2007
This is the best Witbier I have ever tried!! Citrus and banana on the nose and absolutely delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cluny6 (115) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Pours a rather cloudy, opaque "muddy" orange. Lots of yeast particules present.. Medium head that dissaperas in a few minutes. Yeast is very prominent in the aroma as well as bread. You can definetly taste the cereals in this beer. Slightly citric, tarty taste. Very different kinof wheat beer. Excellent. A+ in it’s category

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/grain, cookie), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of orange/lemon peel, pear, coriander, white pepper, clove, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation. Still love this stuff...great balance (only a little too sweet) and lovely aroma without the need for excessive spice character (though I’ve heard it’s not spiced at all, it certainly smells like it), very clean. Probably my favorite witbier ever.


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