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Blanche De Namur | Brasserie Du Bocq

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Brasserie Du Bocq
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-15-2002

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 408
Photo of Savaseri
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle 0,33 cl into weizen glass. It looks cloudy and yellow like a typical witbier with white quick disappearing head. Smells like orange and wheat. Its taste is fresh and also it is medium-bodied belgian beer. Like it!

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Photo of ordybill
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky light yellowish brown color with a white head. The aroma is coriander and maybe some licorice. The taste is mostly citrus with some yeast flavoring. An average beer.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale cloudy straw colour with a decent white head that retains very well

S - Not overpowering but hints of citrus and hop

T - Citrus and wheat with a clean after taste

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation

O - A very good representation of the style

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 75cl Bottle to an Erdinger glass.

A: The body is truly crystalline with a fainted yellow color. The head has good retention and leaves trails of lacing.
S: The smell is tricky, I've found notes of something tree-y, with a citrus & hops background profile.
T: Citrus, wheat but sweeter, not bitter as expected from witbiers.
M: Less consistent, less bready than the usual wheat beer but it's actually great.
O: I came here because of WBAs and I got surprised in a good way. Will search for more like this.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a regular glass from a 0,25 cl bottle.
-The regular look for a witbier. Pale yellow, very opaque. Lots of foam.
-Citric smell.
-A very nice taste. Not bitter at all, unlike other witbiers.
-The feel is really nice.
Overall I would describe it as a superb witbier.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, yellow, beer with a three finger high, white, head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose: Koriander, citrus, lemon, orange and Belgian yeast.
Taste: Citrus, coriander and orange zest. Tart.
Body: Medium to light. Soft carbonation. A light bitterness.

Great summer-beer!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow hazy colour with a large pillowy white head. Aromas of pale wheat, coriander and citrus-orange zest develops. Light liveliness with a thin texture and a light body. Brief sweetness which builds a light acidity. Short-medium long lasting finish. Refreshing.

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Photo of drmeto
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-pours a cloudy,really pale golden with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Coriander,clove,lemon & orange zest,musty
-slightly tart
-lemon & orange zest,coriander
-light to medium body
-medium carbonation
Not a big Fan of Witbiers but this was good.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle as a cloudy straw color. Had a one-finger head of fine bubbles. The aroma was a sweet and assertive: floral, fruity, and a bit hoppy. Really nice!! The taste followed the aroma but less sweet and somewhat more hoppy. The effervescence level of the carbonation was quite pleasant, and the body was appropriate for the style.

Overall, I like this refreshing beer even though it's not my favorite style. I would get it again based only on its fantastic aroma.

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Photo of chinchill
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

33 cl stubby bottle with a BB date stamp of 22 March 2016.
Pours with a massive foamy head that dies down slowly and incompletely.

Aroma: fruity and slightly funky. Hints of floral soap.

Flavor: largely follows the aroma. Mildly tart.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork top poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear golden-yellow color with a big, 3-finger foamy white head that retains long after the pour as bubble continue to shoot to the top

S- crisp wheat nose with highlights of earthy straw, lemon peel, coriander and licorice, a hint of Belgian sugar

T- toasted wheat base gives way to highlights of lemongrass, orange peel, earthy spice, and hay, sweet candied sugar on a otherwise dry wheat finish

M- medium-light body with medium lively carbonation leads to a foamy and bubbly mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- light, but enough flavor to keep it interesting

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at Le Sous Bock, Paris, December 2014:

Clear amber color that produced a very nice, dense white head that was very well retained. Nice aroma and a very good taste. Light feel and very easy to drink. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Extremely pale yellowish color with an ok whitey foam.
Smell is sweet and buttery. Same for the taste with more malty tones and banana tones. Spices arrives in the end.
Body is light, cabonation at good level.
Nice witbier but it should have a big personality.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Served cold from 330ml bottle bought from Morrisons supermarket for £1.79, into saison glass. The only Belgian wit bier I have had before is Hoegaarden, which I do like, so looking forward to this one.

A) Very cloudy pale lemony yellow, with thick white head. Looks great, very different to most styles of beers.

S) Reminiscent of Hoegaarden; very spritzy Belgian yeast, with citrus overtones. Can't wait to try this one now.

T) I am expecting a lot of flavour from the smell, but the first thing that hits you is a watery refreshment, the flavour is all carried in the aftertaste. Lemony Belgian yeast flavour, hint of bitterness.

M) Light and refreshing, not as fizzy as you would expect from the head. No nasty aftertastes.

O) At 4.5% this is a light and refreshing beer. My main complaint is that it comes in a 330ml serving. At this ABV it does not compete with other Belgian styles for a satisfying slow drink, and it doesn't compete with refreshing German styles (Pilsner, Helles, Kolsch) served in 500ml bottles. Anyhoo I am glad to have tried it and would recommend anyone give it a go at this price.

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Photo of GiaLvo
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite beers of all times.
First drank it on tap in Milanese beer pub "La Ratera" then recently found it bottled in Frnce and Italy.
La Blanche de Namur draws a very pale muddy yellowish-whiteish beer with a moderate yet long-standing compact head.
The smell is invitingly fruity and fresh, summoning aromas of banana and orange.
The taste is an exhilrating refreshing triumph of fruitiness which plounges you into a world of fruity sensations encompassing peach banana and orange inspirations and leaves you there pleasantly befuddled and adoring as it slowly fades away. It's the sort of taste whereby your glass is empty before you even realise it.
I recommend drinking this beer alone or eating only faint-tasted food in order to avoid polluting the rafinate cocktail of aromas the brewers have achieved to create.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml squat bottle - nice to see the maker of the Waterloo brews back on Alberta store shelves.

This beer pours a cloudy, very pale golden straw colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, frothy, and silken melted white marshmallow head, which leaves some remote island group lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, sharp coriander, spiced orange zest, dry black licorice, soft, ethereally funky yeast, muddled drupe fruit, and a further floral perfume character - strange, that, for such a low-ABV brew. The taste is mildly sugary wheat cereal, neutered coriander, candied orange peel, faint anise notes, and more floral, leafy hops, moving away from their initial perfumed nature.

The bubbles are dense, a tad prickly, but mostly just straight-up frothy, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, the inherent yeast copping a small feel. It finishes off-dry, the citrus fruitiness still dancing with the lingering dry wheat crackers, and now thoroughly blended spices and spiciness.

Bang-on for the style, the wheat, fruit, spice, and yeast all in harmony, it would seem. Tasty, and very summery, for a June day where it looks to be anything but. An easy-drinking, fresh witbier, is all there is to it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a Blanche de Namur stange-like glass)

A: huge, rocky crest of silken, sparkly foam - settles down to a creamy mousse pad... thick as hell cloudiness... the suds alone are a sight to behold

S: coriander, gaudy old lady floral perfume, vague citrus peel... scent of anise seems to faintly cut through

T: wow!... huh... ghostly sort of delicate doughy wash up front... creamy, lightly-spicy floral core... citrusy shortbread finish... licorice gradually emerges as it warms, though never becoming prominent, more of a highlight... light, pleasant bitterness... altogether fairly mellow flavors

M: a little fullish for the style?... lightly floury-grainy... disappears off, feathery, by the finish... certainly a significant portion of unmalted wheat in here... almost like drinking compact foam

O: one of the more elegant, yet boring Wits... reminds me of a cousin of Blanche de Bruxelles

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Photo of djura
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale,clearest beer i ever saw. Light yellow with white head,slowly disappearing but leaving 1mm till the end. Medium carbonation. Almost as some wine with bubbles.
S - So good! I could smell it all day. Spices,coriander,herbal,fresh fruits,green apple,fine hops aroma,beautiful.
T/M - Lots of bubbles,i guess that carbonation is finished in the bottles. Very Belgish style beer. Best in the world. Creamy,but at the same time,watery finish also. Medium bitterness,sweet fruits with spices,pepper.

O - This is so good,so pure,so Belgium.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 2/28/14.

Pours a murky light whitish-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, citrus fruit, and tea aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, tea, spice, and citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting tea like quality in both the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/4/14

Appearance: Pours cloudy and remarkably pale yellow - some milky white hues when held to the light - the color really reminds me of Hoegaarden, which shouldn't be too surprising - large, fluffy, bright white head, fades to a medium cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Extremely pale malts and some spices - light, light grains - some wheat, but definitely light - some yeasty esters, including the typical Belgian aromas of clove, pepper, and a touch of phenols - a light touch of citrus from the orange peel, and a hint of coriander, but I will admit that I can't detect the licorice - mild overall, which I suppose is the point

Taste: About as mild as the aroma, but that's not necessarily a bad thing - pale, pale grains and some wheat flavor - crisp and clean malt profile - Belgian yeast, with clove, pepper, banana, and some phenols - coriander is minimal - light touch of licorice in the finish, which is definitely better than dominating the flavor

Mouthfeel: Light body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, finishes dry and clean, very drinkable

Overall: Delicate and refreshing, but not much else

I suppose if you are a fan of authentic Belgian Witbiers, this would definitely be worth a try. It has some nice spice notes, and it's definitely refreshing. Personally, my palate for wits was forever ruined about six years ago by Allagash White. Thanks a lot, Allagash.

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy lemony/straw like color with a nice billowy head
S: Predominantly citrus
T: Light, citrusy, maybe some delicate coriander notes, didn't get the licorice mentioned on the bottle.
M: Very carbonated, spritzy, but overall thin and watery.
O: Like drinking a citrus-based soda. For example, Fresca has a similar taste. Enjoyed trying it, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. On the other hand, wouldn't turn it down either. Would have been better if not so thin.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy pale straw, 3 SRM / 6 EBC; creamy/light meringue persistent head; scattered patchy lacing
S: lemon, yeast, almost imagined coriander; a tea-like quality
T: thin taste, wheat and yeast, a bitter end; spices, coriander, a hint of orange
M: thin, moderately carbonated
O: I thought a bit too thin, with not enough supporting taste

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Photo of doktorhops
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Christmas brings about something exciting for a beer drinker - weird Christmas brews from Europe, and Blanche De Namur is one of those beers. There's an interesting origin story for the brew name as well: "Named after Princess Blanche of Namur - daughter of John, Count of Namur - who was born in the region near the brewery in 1320. Blanche captivated King Magnus IV of Sweden when he visited around 1335: she married him and was crowned the following year, becoming Queen of Sweden and Norway. In memory of her "sweetness, beauty, and delicacy," the brewery dedicated their witbier to her." how sweet.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Possibly the Witest Witbier ever seen - the body is a cloudy pale straw colour, with an excitable titanium dioxide white head that settles from 3cm on the pour to a thick half centimetre head.

S: There's some funky yeast going on here - has an almost meaty aroma, like a honey-glazed ham, there are also notes of wheat husk, orange-peel, coriander and clove but the yeast is what really stands out with this brew.

T: Without the bitterness generally associated with beer this is possibly the easiest beer you could ever drink - it goes down like tap water. But what it belies with its simplicity it makes up for in its character - spicy, clove/coriander flavours with that citric twist and a smooth easy wheat flavour throughout.

M: Lightish body with medium excitable (almost sharp) carbonation.

D: Once again a Belgian brewer has made a brew that is both simple yet interesting, it's difficult to top this a Witbier doing what a Witbier should do - give the drinker a light, refreshing and spicy beer - this has it in spades. Even the price is good ($9 for a 750ml). The only criticism you could level at this brew is the same criticism you can level at all Witbiers: it needs more heft. And if you're thinking that - you need to buy a Belgian Strong Pale Ale instead. I will definitely buy this again.

Food match: Seafood springs to mind immediately - parmesan-crumbed baked fish or lobster with melted butter, think delicate, sophisticated flavours with this brew.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light yellow, rich head.
Smell of lemon dominates, banana and vanilla in the back.
Taste same as smell, high carbonization.
I like my witbiers (and wheat beers) less carbonated and with fuller smell and flavour (John Lemon, Viva la wita!, Emelisse Witbier), but wouldn't mind this one on a hot summer afternoon. Better than Hoegaarden, as goodn as Blue Moon, but not as good as St. Bernardus witbier.

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Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very light, sessionable wit bier. Pours just about the lightest hazy gold color I have seen. Huge foamy, sticky head. After sipping some beer, the head remained stuck to the bottom of the flute when turned upside down. Head retention is excellent and there are thick patches of lacing.

Smell is fairly mild, the coriander and orange peel are prominent along with a bit of wheat bitterness.

Taste is fairly similar to the aroma. Mild but still with some noticible flavors and spiciness

Mouthfeel is very light...not watery, just light. Would make a good summertime session beer, but not a memorable witbier.

O(verall not bad. Tasty but very light.

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Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.