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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
86
very good

297 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | 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: rastaman on 09-15-2002)
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Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pleasant pale straw pour with 3 finger persistent head.
Aroma is pleasing, lots of orange,wheat, coriander and honey. Also some soap in the background.
Taste doesn't quite satisfy as well as aroma. Very light and sweet, a bit of wheat, thats about it.
Body is very light, with lively carbonation.
Amazingly refreshing.

CrazyDavros, Apr 12, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +4.4%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml bottle, this was a pale yellow color with a medium head that quickly dissipated. Champagne-like carbonation. It had a citrus aroma, primarily orange, with a little lemon. A spicy orange taste. Couldn't detect any licorice. I thought this was a pretty meek beer, even for a wit. Decent, not outstanding.

lordofthewiens, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DaftPatrick, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large Belgian style bottle, corked with a strip of metel over the top. Best before or some sort of date on the rear label of "21/03/09" (!) Pours light cardboardy yellow, very cloudy, with a near white loose head, that exhibited moderarte retention, and left just a smidge of loose lacing. Nose here is of dried coriander and liquorice. Easy drinking, citrusy wit, seems to have pretty low carbonation, nutty and yeasty. Allowed to warm and swirled to mix in the yeast, this is a tasty, refreshing light Belgian, bring on the endive salad, moules and frites...

Billolick, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of mdstillman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mdstillman, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Marius, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Janeinma, May 19, 2013
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +4.4%

virinow, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my oversized 1/2 liter Hoegaarden glass. It fit perfectly even leaving enough room for the last of the yeast sediment and extra foam after decanting. Pours a blazoned sunshine golden hue with a nice clouded haze of unfiltered yeasty goodness. Head billows above the rims of my giant tumbler glass sans lemon/orange wedges. Lacing binds to the sides of the glass nicely even and fine with each sip.

Aromatics offer up a blend of citrus notes and coriander spiced edge, overall very aromatic and perfume like in nature. The bottle states that there are licorice additions but I'm not catching any in the nose. The mix of malted barley and wheat lend a nice cracker sweetness very mellow chamomile herbal effect is going on as well, almost smells like a bag of marshmallows.

Flavor is great a beautiful blend of creamy malt and wheat cereal notes with citrus bite and coriander exotic accents. True to the style great value as well, this is a very nice version of the Belgian witbier. More herbal chamomile notes with a dose of licorice bitterness, very strong spice backing tends to over power the malt/wheat sweetness and the citrus peel balancing act going on.

Mouthfeel is effervescent yet has very soft bottle conditioned carbonation, a great sound was unleashed as I uncorked this Belgian beauty. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with nice rounded edges with citrus and spices sticking to the palate after each sip.

Drinkability is excellent a summer time quaffing beer that I will try to experience again in the near future especially at the 4.99 price tag for a whole 750ml offering. I will be sure to keep my eye out for their tripel, this is my first experience with Brasserie du Bocq and it was a pleasant one.

WVbeergeek, May 16, 2009
Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Keegan, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i thought this was pretty good, light, refreshing citric spicyness, which i like. Hazy yellow/lemon colour, with a nice fluffy white head, which leaves excellent lace, i like it.

rastaman, Sep 15, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
04/05/13 on the label
A- The pale lemon yellow hue has a slight haze the first pour and a much more dense haze on the second pour. The super thick snow white head last for the full beer had turns lumpy but remains. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that trail up the side of the glass.

S- The dry perfumed yeasty aroma has a soft lemon citrus zest quality and some dry coriander notes in the background.

T- The pale malt and softer bread dough flavor has a lemon note to follow and a yeasty sweetness with some peppery coriander hint to it. There is a slightly dry finish that has and herbal note with a faint bitterness of black licorice.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a soft fizz in the finish.

D- The great wit character is supported by a soft subtle bitterness that only has hints of licorice until it warms a bit and then the licorice becomes a bit to bitey and overtakes the spicy fruity qualities. I did enjoy this beer much more when it was a bit more chilled.

rhoadsrage, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

JMS1512, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

AlexChillton, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on the shelves of some NYC grocery store while scouring 2nd Ave. for something, anything better than Newcastle. Bingo!

Got a healthy cork pop out of the bomber bottle, pouring a silky head atop a dirty light-yellow color.

Smells are sweet and spicy, orange coming through prominently.

Flavor is great, with zesty citrus, sweet spices (anise is obvious) and interesting toastiness. A witbier with some heft. Robust flavors and good depth, slightly bitter finish.

The velvety, creamy mouthfeel only helps this great beer.

Blanche De Namur delivers all that a unique witbier should offer. One of the bolder ones out there too, thanks to the spicy addition of anise.

Metalmonk, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -21.7%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Pale cloudy yellow, decent foamy head with nice retention and lacing.

Smell - Really great scents of citrus, sweet wheat and a unique spicy aroma that really pleases my senses.

Taste - A very unique spicy and citrus flavor that lasts a good long time on the palette. I really like this witbier and will seek it out again.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, good light witbier body and a sleek and slippery feel on the tongue.

Drinkability - A great example of witbier and one of my new favorites of the style.

ChopperSmith, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of sampling this witbier in Amsterdam. It was served as a draught beer in a Blanche de Namur stange, and arrived with a moderate pale ivory head supported by a slightly cloudy straw colored body. Bringing it to my nose revealed a bit of coriander and orange peel, along with a hint of malt. The complexity disappears upon the taste buds, and is replaced by yeast, cream, and the faintest suggestion of citrus - a refreshing touch that brings me back to take a proper gulp. The mouthfeel is pillowy with neither excessive or insufficient carbonation, and very smooth. Wonderful on its own, but also versatile as a pallet cleanser in between samplings of more complex/forward beer styles or as a compliment to poultry or vegetable dishes. Overall, for me this is a real Hoegaarden killer!

augustgarage, May 19, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured from a longstanding bottle, the Blanche De Namur is an almost crystal-clear pale yellow gold. The bright head rises up quickly and then dies back almost as fast leaving just a thin fingered cap. Lacing is limited to spots and specks. Subsequent pours add haze and cloudiness as the yeast has been roused, but the color remains the same, varying from around 2 to 4 SRM depending on where you look at it.

The nose is sweet, fruity, and floral with an almost candyish malt and distinct notes of orange peel. Some spice gives it an air of freshness similar to wet wood, or perhaps straw (most likely from the coriander), and some anise is present as well, adding to the impression of sweetness. It's bright and clean and refreshing.

In the mouth its delicate, very fine and natural bubbles lend a delicate bristle to the tongue.

The flavor is not as sweet as the nose suggests, balanced by a bit of tartness, but there is still a burst of sugar right at the front of the tongue as you first sip. More citrus flavor comes through, and some lemon mixes with the orange. The bitterness is limited, and it's more sweet than bitter, but remains balanced and subtly spicey. The anise flavor is present as well, and it lingers into the surprisingly dry finish after a flash of quenching citrus and a dollop of sweetish malt at the swallow. The yeast character is relatively subdued, and in the first pour before you rouse it, there's barely any additional flavor at all. With the yeast poured, however, it becomes even dryer and more spicy, with just a touch of chalkiness that adds another thin layer of complexity.

Quite impressive! For what is normally a very cut-and-dried style, there's a fair bit of complexity here. Flavors progress in a certain manner, and to a certain extent, change or morph as your tastebuds adjust to them... probably because it's not too light in style, or too overdone with spicing. Certainly worth trying, particularly for fans of the style.

NeroFiddled, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of scott
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I agree with dogfood11, but I didn't notice the metallic twang. I love this beer as far as this style is concerned. It beats most in it's class.
Great head, great color, dances on the tongue, refreshing and very easy to drink.
A great summer sipper.
I highly recommend this if you are able to get your paws on it.

scott, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Ciocanelu, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of sfprint
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A stunning light, yet thick and hazy yellow. Small head with sediment bits floating around.

It's smells like candy! Very sweet, like a sweet dough, yet fruity as well. Very citrusy.

Light, smooth, refreshing, although the smell doesn't translate into flavor as strongly as I would have liked.

Slight stinging from the carbonation.

One of my favorite beers. I can't think of a Belgian white that compares.

sfprint, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Lion088
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
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Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.