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: 628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (27707) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2007
Draught. Hazy amber coloured with a white head. Fruity aroma of bread, citrus and wheat. Flavour of fruits, wheat and citrus with notes of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wim (3904) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 a golden cloudy body with a a lot of sediment and a white head a fresh fruity aroma a average bitter taste with a long bitter alcoholic finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (24781) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2007
Bottled at Belgobaren, Stockholm. With it’s cloudy golden colour and, small airy head it doesn’t look very appetizing, but looks can deceive. There’s a powerful orange peel aroma. It’s sweet with solid, rounded mouthfeel and evident notes of coriander and seville orange. It’s full flavoured, and though rather sweet it steers well clear of becoming sticky, offering a combination of the drinkability and refreshment of a witbier and the complexity and flavour depth of a strong Belgian golden ale. Finsishes soothing almost completely without biterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2007
Murky golden poor with lots of sediments. Creamy off-white head. Aromas of coriander, creme brule, caramel, apple puree, corn, lightly peppered and subtile notes of peaches. Extremely well balanced beer. I’ve never tasted a Witbier with so many flavors. A nice mixed explosion of spices and fruits. Perfect malts and yeasts as are most of the beers from this brewery. Very Satisfied!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - APR 10, 2007
hazy yellow with white head, it has sweet floral aroma with coriander note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2007
A juicy wit from one of the world’s great brewers. It cheers me that I have another six or seven beers from these guys to track down, because they never disappoint. One endearing characteristic of the brewer is that the beer is always bloody keen to escape. Fortunately I was near a sink when I prised the cap off, with a glass ready for the volcanic stream down the side of the bottle. The beer was muddy orange in colour and as heavy with sediment as the river on the label. Short but enduring head. Lovely tangy citric aroma - tangerines, Cremola foam, coriander and tobacco leaf (?) Very fresh-smelling and inviting, with that lovely house yeast adding something unique. Satisfyingly creamy mouthfeel. The flavour mix is generally tart and mouth-watering, yet the finish is dry. There are notes of Juicy Fruit chewing gum, lemon rind and coriander. This is very easy drinking and refreshing with it. Perfect summer drinking. (33cl bottle from Cloudwine Cellars, Melbourne. Best before 2008)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (18219) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2007
33cl bottle from Noel Cuveliers, Abele. So a double wit then. Stronger than the average blanche. Cloudy orange/gold with thick pale beige head. Rather an attractive wit, lemony, some spice, some cereal. Good in mouth, soft, but with depth. Finish has tangy lemon. Some more spice. In fact spicey lemon finsh is excellent. Very drinkable, well structured wit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 A strange Blanche indeed. A lot of spicy notes, coriander and orange of course, but certainly more complex than "normal" blanche. Dry in spite of oats and slightly bitter. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2007
750mL bottle, drink before 2009. Very hazy and somewhere between yellow and orange. Almost looks like Airborne. Nice tart and citrusy aroma with a decent amount of spice (especially corriander). I’ll admit, it took a bit for this to grow on me. It starts rather wheaty and heavy on the citrus. Spices, honey and those oats all mix together to make a great, full mouthfeel. Very dry, tart and peppery finish. Very good wit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Brought back from BC by TimE and thanks. A meaty wit with some balls to it and a good beer. Page 268 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 199 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

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