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

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RATINGS: 624   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13722) - Croydon, Greater London, - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle from Beermerchants. It pours hazy golden yellow with a large quickly dissipating white head. The nose is wheat, sweet tangerine, pepper and coriander. The taste is tangerine, peach, pepper, clove, wheat, wood, herbal notes and a sweet background with a dry, spicy finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Well balanced. Dynamic stuff.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luneylane (119) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - MAR 17, 2017
A bottle at the Cafe Bastille near Taipower Building. Aroma: sour citrus. Appearance: hazy, golden amber with 1-2mm. white lacing. Palate: medium-bodied and slick, medium carbonation, long, sweet and fruity finish. Taste: predominantly sweet, but well-balanced with a sour citrus element. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaserov (469) - Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 16, 2017
Color amarillo pálido, turbio, con capa de espuma blanca de cuatro dedos de grosor (textura jabonosa, buena retención). Carbonatación a tope. Textura ligeramente efervescente en boca. Aroma típico de Witbier: muy frutal (no plátano, en este caso, más bien naranja), con presencia de la levadura y especias (cilantro). En boca muy sutil y sabrosa: naranja, un toque a pan, levadura, especias... Ni dulce, ni ácida, ni amarga. Final muy ligeramente seco y de mucho frescor. Poco regusto y postgusto. Rica.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JuanCC (58) - Valencia, SPAIN - MAR 13, 2017
Vierte en amarillo pálido ligeramente turbio con abundante espuma. Notable carbonatación, con multitud de pequeños hilos de burbujas incluso bastante tiempo después de servirla, lo que le da un aspecto achampañado. Intensidad media-alta en nariz con agradables notas a manzana amarilla un poco verde, que evolucionan a notas de sidra. El dulzor ya se adivina en nariz. En Boca manda el dulce y la manzana. No es para nada maltosa (ni en boca ni en nariz). De cuerpo medio-ligero emboca, es de textura frizante y de vino espumoso, lo que resulta consistente con el aspecto achampañado que comentaba antes. La persistencia es notable con un final dulce que, aunque es suave, llega a acumularse algo más de lo deseable, pudiendo resultar algo empalagosa para algunos paladares (especialmente los acostumbrados a cervezas lupuladas y amargas). Una cerveza sabrosa y deliciosa, aunque menos refrescante de lo que esperaba en una wit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (2897) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2017
Bottle. Amber in colour. Surprisingly, clear (well settled = no wheat/yeast floaties). Malty; bready malts. Spicy (coriander) and yeasty. Fruity (citrus orange). Sweet malty fruity throughout. Liked this. Nice Witbier. (2008)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apickles (541) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle from Brugge. Pours golden with a small cream head. Nose is quite wheaty and citrus. Taste is very creamy in the mouth, wheaty but also quite fruity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (2217) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle @Bir&Fud Bottega (Rome). Dorata scarica, leggermente torbida, schiuma bianca media. Al naso malto, cereali, scorza di limone, frutta candita. In bocca è mediamente dolce, con note di malto e sentori di limone, fresca, con finale amaro acidulo. Corpo medio, carbonazione medio-leggera. Interessante.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (3134) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 9, 2017
33cl bottle from 99 cervezas. Cloudy gold. Thin white head. Medium bitterness, light sweetness. Nice crispyness. Aroma is coriander, strawberry, citric, spices.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (1043) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle. Hazy orange with white head. Aroma has yeast, sweet fruits and coriander. Taste is fruity with a bit bitter and a little sweet aftertaste. Flavors of berries, citrus, fruits, coriander and wheat malt.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zarrach76 (183) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 23, 2016
Blonde avec des reflets dorés, très peu troublée pour une blanche, à la limite de la bière blonde, le tout avec une mousse blanche très fugace. Nez parfumé, caramel, céréales chaudes, vanille, poivre, chocolat au lait, noisette, praliné, nougat, un soupçon d’alcool, pamplemousse, orange sanguine, clémentine, citron vert, un peu de foin, de résineux... Arômes simples mais équilibrés, très frais, très gourmands pour une blanche. Une belle réussite. La carbonatation est moyenne avec une bonne vivacité, la texture est ronde, souple, et l’alcool se fait plus sentir que pour la plupart des blanches. A ce propos, les arômes et les saveurs n’en sont que meilleurs ! Les notes de céréales sont exquises, et les agrumes apportent une fraicheur salvatrice. La levure est très perceptible mais elle apporte un côté vieux bois / pourriture noble très agréable et en aucun cas écœurant. L’amertume est bien maîtrisée et plus digne d’une blonde que d’une blanche classique. La longueur est excellente, le final s’éteignant lentement sur les céréales, les saveurs d’herbes et les agrumes. Cette Blanche des Honnelles est une superbe blanche avec du caractère, surprenante et équilibré, très loin des standards du genre (trop portés sur le caramel) auxquels nous sommes malheureusement habitués. Je redécouvre le style ! Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (4110) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle, Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma is spicy, peppery, orange peel, some esters. Taste is wheat, spicy-peppery yeasts, again some orange peel, a bit bready as well. Rather dry finish, fizzy carbonation. Quite heavy for a Wit (as advertised), but it really has character. Nice!


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