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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: 633   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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3.8
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)

3.2
kapusil (1476) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 8, 2015
0.33l bottle, courtesy of Cristobal37. Slightly hazy golden body, huge white head that collapses quite quickly. Aroma of lemon zest, orange peel, yeast, grains and some spices. Taste of orange zest, honey and grains. OK beer.

3.9
eduardovl (1469) - 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 ]

3.6
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2005
Light gold hue, like the yellow of a peach. Lots of sediment. White, frothy head. Tangerines, lemon, honey, and grape fruit juice aromas. Smell is a bit tame though. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly acidic finish. Medium body, silky texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: refreshing, sweet, tangy...but a little underpowered...

3.1
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Pours and IPA like amber color with nice white head. Hops, yeasty notes and citrus too. Flavor is a bit thin with mild hops and a touch of lemon.

3.8
DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
A nice straw color when poured with a huge head.Full of fruit flavor and malts.Very refreshing brew.I was very pleased with this beer.The finish was clean and smooth and no aftertaste.

3.5
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle, from the Oxford Beer Festival. Warm copper with large yeasty chunks, (an endearing Abbaye des Rocs quirk), smallish layer of rough white head. Very subtle orange spice nose, rather low aroma volume. Bright peppery carbonation, slight dill bitterness and a bit more orange peal. Initial sweetness scrubs away nicely and leaves a little clove touch in the finish. Not the rockstar of the Abbey des Rocs line-up, but a fine beer.

3.7
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Dusty and soapy head. Semi-clear gold/amber body. Wheaty grape perfume aroma. Very pleasant. More grapiness appears in the taste… a bit of a straightforward herbal taste. Some light licorice too. Sour sugar cookies. Not bad…

3.6
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Cloudy orange color with a thick head. Citrusy odor with a lot of spice. Lemon and orange flavor with some coriander and pepper. Good strong witbier.

3.9
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2007
bottle. golden/orange, carbonated to frothy white head. spicy and fruity aroma. slightly bready. yeast and wheat. well balanced aroma. fruity. medium body. spice rounds the mouth. steady mellow malts, crisp. apricot and peach. nice drink.


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