Blanche Des Moines - Brasserie Du Bocq

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ADR on 09-15-2006

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Reviews by froghop:
Photo of froghop
3.09/5  rDev -18%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
4.79/5  rDev +27.1%
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)

Photo of ADR
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale ghostly yellow color, lightly sedimented, big creamy bright white foam. Laces in small spots and marks. Lemony aroma, a little bit of what smells like cocoanut, little spice. Skeletal body, higher carbonation. Flavor is estery, some husky citrus qualities, and like the smell -- lacking much of the typical spice impression. Really lacks oomph, starts and finishes quite watery and diminished in strength of tastes. Really vapid ending to it all. All-in-all, that's not the worst thing for me personally as I'm not a big Wit fan, but this is a subpar example of the style in my opinion, though I guess its approachable and decently drinkable.

Photo of Chinon01
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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..

Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of scottg
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of justintcoons
2.47/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

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

Lemon juice, apple juice and a touch of clove.

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

Light bodied, crisp and slightly tart.

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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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).

Photo of mactrail
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of tyboxr
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of elginirishpunk
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale yello (looked like lemonade), with a white and frothy head which rose tall and bubbled wildly as the foam retreated to the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was lemon as if the beer contained lemongrass. Also present was a bit of orange and a coriander spice character. Wheat was notable but was way in the background when compared to the level of the strong lemony fragrance.

The flavor was crisp and light with more lemon, again very similar to the flavor of a lemongrass beer. The flavor contained a bit of orange and a soft wheat flavor and a low coriander spice presence. The spice was low but also had just a smidge of pepper.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus flavor and very, very light spice pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a fairly high carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A pretty nice witbier all things considered, highly refreshing and drinkable and with a bit much lemongrass character for my tastes, but still a well crafted brew.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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

Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.


Photo of Hautacam
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of yinzer
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Blanche Des Moines from Brasserie Du Bocq
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.