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Blanche Des Moines - Brasserie Du Bocq

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84
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 09-15-2006)
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DOCRW

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

05-15-2014 15:43:10 | More by DOCRW
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brheuer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-24-2013 21:56:27 | More by brheuer
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-12-2012 01:34:28 | More by t0rin0
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance
Extremely pale straw color. Short head that dissipates quickly with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Lemon juice, apple juice and a touch of clove.

Taste
Some lemony tartness upfront followed by notes of apple juice, honey and hints of pale wheat.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp and slightly tart.

Overall
This is not really what I've come to expect from a Witbier. Has a stale kind of tartness to it. Meh. I wouldn't really recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 23:33:52 | More by justintcoons
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-24-2012 15:51:07 | More by harpus
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mactrail

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. A big foam-up to start, but it settles down on subsequent pours.

Lemon chiffon is the single main flavor. Somewhat tart. More of the spices than anything like malt. Just had a rather mild Berliner Weisse before this, and the resemblance is surprising. A little like diluted apple cider, which tastes better than it sounds. But not a very good example of a Wit.

Serious amount of floaters in the bottle, which seems like an indicator of more age than would be ideal for a light beer like this. From the big Belgian corked bottle bought at Grapevine in Denver.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:01:21 | More by mactrail
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elginirishpunk

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this beer in a 750ml bottle. Had a lot of sediment in the bottle, make sure to roll the bottle. Strong aroma of coriander with a lemon/orange musk. Initial flavor is the lemon citrus and the hops and wheat doesnt come through until the very end. This beer has a very smooth mouthfeel and almost tastes more like a shandy. Great beer for a hot day full of outdoor drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 04:02:58 | More by elginirishpunk
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deebo

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best of the 10 or so Belgian and Belgian style white beers I've tried.

A-typical cloudy, lightly straw colored of this style

S-slight coriander spice, medium level of citrus with a hint of banana

T-Very drinkable, great tasting, smooth

M-more rounded then others I've tasted (Blue Moon, Lenine's Sunset Wheat, and Hoegarden)

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:31:16 | More by deebo
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froghop

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy yellow, and a very small white head that dissipates rapidly.

smell of wheat, citrus, and some spice in the back.

taste is of citrus, wheat, and spice, ends with some dryness.

overall an average witbeir, not as great as i was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 17:02:30 | More by froghop
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BMoney575

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 9-12-09
5-12-09 on the bottle.

Pours a very cloudy but extremely pale gold color. One of the lightest beers I've ever seen. A fizzy whit head sits on top, leaving nice lacing that fades quickly.

Smell is very Belgian, slightly funky, with great aromas of coriander and citrus. The wheat adds a nice thickness, with a sugary, cider-like finish.

Taste is rather tame, the coriander and orange peel come through first, followed by a slight wheat sourness. There's a decent amount of Belgian flavor, and a surprisingly tart finish.

Mouthfeel is a little to thin and a little too carbonated.

Drinkability is decent, the acidity becomes a tiring after awhile.

Overall, not the best I've had, but worth a try if you can get it on sale (I did).

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 20:00:14 | More by BMoney575
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Floydster

California

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Cooke's Market in El Segundo for seven dollars on closeout sale, best before date of May 12, 2009, shared with my dad later tonight, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Light golden yellow color, rather hazy, big 1 1/2 inch soapy white head, not much lacing or retention though
S-Wheat, orange peel, coriander, toasty malt, grassy accents, clove, and banana
T-Starts off with oranges immediately, wheat and yeast make up the middle, finish is light and has a little more citrus lingering around, gets slightly sweeter as it warms, overall taste is still very light, does not change much more execpt for a hint of spice in the aftertaste later on
M-Sweet, light, and crisp mouthfeel, thin bodied, very watered down, tastes much better colder, lots of carbonation, taste does not linger at all
D-Could have drank this bottle and more, stuff is light, no alcohol in taste, less than five percent, smooth and not sweet, can be thirst quenching too

Not a bad witbier from Belgium, this was marked down five bucks so I figured we should at least give it a shot, first beer from this brewery and it was not too bad, might drink again, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 04:29:08 | More by Floydster
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a creamy white head.

S: very spicy hopping with fresh citrus.

T: For flavor there is a sweet lemony tang along with a spicy hoppiness, orange peel, and coriander providing a slight peppery hint. Along with some dry oranges, there is some licorice detected and some fresh bananas on the fade. Nice Belgian spicing and wheat backing.

M: Very slick and lemony with lots of carbonation. Overall a touch much on the carbonation.

D: decent spicing and moderate good flavor but lacks the traditional sour/tartness usual per style.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 22:38:33 | More by beerthulhu
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scottg

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear gold color with a one finger white head made up of large bubbles with average retention and thick lacing that fades quickly. Very floral and fruity aromas with sweet orange and tropical fruit dominant. Sweet orange up front is combined with bubblegum, corriander, and some light grapefruit. Light body, highly carbonated this is a very crisp, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 16:40:17 | More by scottg
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle a very pale yellow. Only slightly hazy with a huge white head of tiny bubbles. Displayed very nice retention and laced in bands. Pleasant, traditional wit bier aromas of orange, lemon peel and coriander. The flavors are also on point for the style; lemony tang up front and slightly sour orange, then wheat and yeast with hints of banana and the spices underneath. The finish is a little off however, like a mineral I can't place, giving it a dryness. Very tangy in general and the citrus really shines. The body is light but it is highly carbonated giving it a lively feel on the tongue. Easy to drink and a good example of the style but a hint of sweetness would have helped bump it into greatness.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 02:54:27 | More by thekevlarkid
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is appropriate for style; hazy with a fat soapy head. Nose is very perfumed with herbs and flowers. Taste is gingery and lemony along with aformentioned herbaceaousness and floweriness. The mouthfeel is layered and somewhat full. Again appropriate for the style. Drinkability is good due to lemony tartness balanced by layeredness of the mouthfeel..

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 15:14:46 | More by Chinon01
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tyboxr

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy, typical whit style, little head, almost murky appearing

S: citrus, crisp and clean...makes you thirsty on a hot day

T: strong grapefruit taste but not at all unpleasant. Spicey with a great lemon finish

M: quickly foamy that lasts to the swallow, leaves a citrus rind bite

D: pretty good, not too sure I would buy again but on a hot day with pears and a light chesse it would be very good indeed!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 23:17:14 | More by tyboxr
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BeaBeerWife

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very Nice! Unfiltered, smooth, crisp wheat, highly carbonated. Surprisingly far from sweet, not what I was expecting. Cork pops out like champagne. These Belgium wheats are great gateway beers to pull out on your unsuspecting millerbud friends. Smack them in the noggin with the bottle if they don't like it, knock some beersense into them!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 16:18:57 | More by BeaBeerWife
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yinzer

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: cloudy, pale yellow, small white head. Cork come off with a nice pop.

smell: spicy with lemon tones. Thrown in is some wheat and hint of bananas.

taste: lemon, grapefruit, slightly watery. Dry and spicy finish

mouthfeel: a bit thin but balanced, the carbonation hangs in there. Very refreshing.

drinkability: Well done beer and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 01:26:08 | More by yinzer
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albern

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can't go wrong with this Belgian Wit beer; it is good, but far from brilliant. It pours a lightish yellow, hazy, some head, and a little yeasty fizz on the first pour after the cork is popped. Yes, this is a 750 ml corked bottle. The smell is very subtle and you will discover some rind, lemon, citrus, coriander, and a perfumy smell. There may be some other smells in there as well, but it is so subtle it is difficult to pin down. The beer has ample carbonation and it does lace to a point. The taste is tangy, slightly tart lemon, semi-dry with some clove notes, and what I call dandelion if only because I can't pin down this one particular taste that occasionally creeps in. This is largely a light beer in consistency, but there is some body to it once it sits for a bit and is thoroughly contemplated. The mouth feel is all water, refreshing, summer aid, perhaps with some light champagne feel to it as well. You can drink this stuff all summer long given its light body, low ABV, and citrusy middle. This is a nice Wit beer worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 21:12:09 | More by albern
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Overlord

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow with a gigantic yellow sudsy head. Carbonation remained throughout.

Taste is of flowers, some spices (paprika? coriander?), and a thin malt character. Not my favorite beer of this type, although it certainly was pleasant enough and eminently drinkable.

Quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 04:08:47 | More by Overlord
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Zorro

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 ML corked and caged bottle, #1540 Best Before 05/12/09.

Cork comes out easily with just a twist of the fingers.

Exceedingly pale yellow colored beer with a tall puffy white head. There is a reason these things are called white beers.

The scent is bready and extremely spicy and floral. Very strong coriander aroma along with strong orange and black pepper aroma. Quite the floral scented beer this is comparable to DeuS or Hennepin in this respect. Could score a little higher but it isn't as intense as American versions and it doesn't quite have the complexity of something like St. Bernardus Wit.

The taste begins sweet and a little malty with a slight carbonation caused metallic sourness in the finish. Decent wheat and spice flavor but this is a bit light on the flavor. Definite over carbonated bite to this beer more noticeable due to the lightness.

Mouthfeel is seltzer water and heavy on the carbonation.

A light white beer? This is certainly easy to drink and is very light in the mouth. One glass of this disappears very quickly and I certainly have plans to finish the whole bottle myself. At this alcohol level this is an excellent beer to go with light foods like salad or mild flavored fish. If this was in 12 OZ bottles this could be the definitive lawnmower beer. This is a beer that specializes in being drinkable and in this it excels.

$6.99 at the San Luis Obispo BevMo.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 03:40:10 | More by Zorro
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light gold color, fluffy head with okay retention. Some hazy yeast sneaks in.

Coriander and grain husk aroma. Not too powerful, but pleasant.

More wheat profile here, a little citric twang but not a lot. Coriander returns and dominates most of the flavor. Tasty, not too watery, but not standout. Sweet, crisp carbonation, dry finish.

Very light overall, carbonation keeps things bouncy and beery. Good tasting, on the subtle side but nothing unpleasant. Very easy to drink. Bottle recommends fish, chicken, and apple pie. I'd stick with the fish.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 02:55:00 | More by BretSikkink
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Hautacam

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not big on Wits , but this one is very good. Hazy gold , creamy white head.
Nice smells of lemon and spice...clovey.
The flavor is really great...lemon, clove, banana...coriander..kind of all the usual Wit flavors , but the intensity of the flavors is higher than most that I've had....not too intense , but just right for my taste.
Mouthfeel was light with nice carbonation...a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 12:50:48 | More by Hautacam
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very pale hazed yellow pour with a solid cap of paper white froth. It's probably the palest Witte I've ever seen.

The nose is fresh, soft, and perfumed like a glorious summer breeze. Tangy orange and lemon, clove and coriander, and light floral and orange blossem lead to traces of dry minerality and fruity yeast.

The flavor starts with a gentle tang of tart citrus, then sweet orange, tangerine, and hints of banana. The coriander adds sweet spice and hints of clove. There's a drying note of minerality leading to a sweet/tart finish. Quite complex considering the overall light nature of this beer.

Mouthfeel is light, soft, and airey, almost fluffy. Drinkabile? By the bucket please!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 00:24:53 | More by AlexJ
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought Brasserie Du Bocq's Blanche de Namur was the lightest witbier I'd ever laid eyes on. After pouring Blanche Des Moines, I think this beer might be even paler gold. I hope the color doesn't have implications for the flavor as it did with the other offering. The yellowed ivory cap features a few dozen, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface. Although it's nicely persistent, it isn't exactly gangbusters when it comes to lace generation.

The nose is identifiable as belonging to a wit only because coriander has such a distinctive aroma. Otherwise, it's low on power and has almost nothing in the way of wheat-like or orange-like notes. Since what reaches my nose is pleasant, I'll be kind and grant an above average score.

Despite the fact that Blanche Des Moines is on the subtle side of the witbier spectrum, I like what I'm tasting. Unlike the nose, the proportions of mildly tangy wheat, sweet orange and coriander are just about right. If each was half again as intense, this would have a chance to be a killer version.

The beer is more dry and crisp than it is sweet. I figure that's because there isn't a whole lot of malt onboard. Given the less than palate fatiguing amount of flavor and the incredibly light body, drinkability (as in 'ease of') is up there. I'd ignore the brewery's suggested gastronomic pairings, though, because I can't imagine this beer standing up to anything heavier than a souffle.

As noted, the mouthfeel is amazingly light. Considering the flavor profile, I'm not sure I'd want it to be much bigger. The word that keeps coming to mind with regard to the carbonation is 'spritzy'. Usually that's a negative, but again, it works fairly well in this case because it's consistent with the beer's overall personality.

At $8.99, I won't be picking up any more Blanche Des Moines. However, if I ever run across a 'buy one, get one free' offer, I might have to give it some consideration. I don't often say this when it comes to beer, but subtle occasionally has its place. As long as those contemplating a purchase keep that in mind, all will be well.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 22:35:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Blanche Des Moines from Brasserie Du Bocq
84 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.