Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-15-2002

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Photo of sfprint
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  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...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of rastaman
3.83/5  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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of DiUr
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A subtle delicacy, with permission of Blanche de Bruxelles this is my favorite Witbier.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of scott
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Dan for sharing this one. It pours a typical hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head. This beer, in all aspects, is a true Belgian wit. There are light vanilla yeast overtones with a subtle bready wheat backbone. What separates this from a hallmark of the style, like Hoegaarden (and this is pretty similar), is there was a fruitier, white grape flavor that almost made this beer juicy. All in all, very delicious and drinkable. This one is a winner.

Photo of Filosoof
2.69/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Strange to taste this beer, knowing about all the prices it has won, and not being impressed at all.

L: Very good, nice promising top;
S: I don't smell much. A little vanilla and citrus;
T: a real disappointment. I dont't taste anything but the far echo of real whitebeer; tastes like soda water (Spa Red).
M: too much carbonation; even more than Spa Red.

Maybe I served it too cold. Maybe something went wrong with the bottle. I'll try it another time. A big question mark. How could this Spa Red win prices?

Photo of bditty187
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale white in hue with a tickle of hay-gold influences; the liquid plays the part of a Wit well. Fizzy, slightly rocky white head; at the apex the foam was over three fingers tall. Decent head retention, the bubbles steadily faded to a thin, soapy collar. There was no subsequent lacing. Still this is a lovely looking beer.

Potent, vibrant nose that says “Wit” right off the bat; I love outspoken beers. Spices upfront, coriander mainly but I swear I smell ginger as well. The orange peel rounds out the spiciness. Black licorice hints are at the end. This is not a “wheaty” Wit; in fact the wheat aromas are extremely minimal. I’d like more wheat and bready-yeast but I do like the nose nevertheless.

Potent, vibrant palate that is dominated by spices. IMO, this Wit is more like Blue Moon Belgian White than it is St. Bernardus Witbier as this beer lacks wheatiness and a pleasant bready-yeast slurry. I do taste plenty of coriander and licorice with hints of ginger and other spices… orange peel is found at the end. The spiciness wear me thin after awhile; more wheat-malt is needed for balance. At best I can call this a solid Wit but it doesn’t sit with my palate perfectly.

Medium-light in body, airy carbonation, the mouthfeel fits the style well. I do find the “spirit” of the beer refreshing but the spice tire me out.

It is easy to drink. I still think this would be tasty with pancakes or rice crispy treats. When all is said and done this is a decent Wit but it doesn’t suit me that well. Still, I could drink this again. I purchased my 750ml bottle in Council Bluffs, IA for $6. Worth a try.

Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was one of those short fat bottles like the Duvel bottles going at 330ml. I bought this bottle from BrusselSprouts. This blanche pours out with a good large head medium retention and a hazy golden color like the witbiers I have tried before. It smells yeasty and with a prominent
cake like or floral aroma with light citrus and wheat dashes. The entry was yeasty and with some cake like taste, light fruitiness, and with the presence of some wheat malts too. The finish came with tingling feeling from the carbonation and a little cake lile taste which was very reminiscent of the Blue Moon. Some wheaty spicey and floral aromas could be sensed on the nose as the finishing sits in. The after taste start off wheat malty with tastes of citrus and constant aromas of wheat on the nose. It ends off with a hint of grapes. The mouthfeel was not creamy like the Blue Moon nor smoothly thick like the Hoegaarden. It was a very slightly watery mouthfeel which was refreshing and light but I would prefer a creamy mouthfeel for a beer like this one due to the cake like tastes. Carbonation was without a doubt great and the beer is very smooth and drinkable. Generally a very good Witbier and it would be slightly behind the Hoegaarden and Blue Moon due to a slightly less pronounced taste which had a little more yeast and the mouthfeel could use a little creaminess. Nonetheless Blanche De Namur makes a good witbier.

Photo of farlieonfootie
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Friends of mine know this is a personal fave, especially after a couple sets of tennis, 'cause it's just a damn good hot weather beer. The temperatures have already warmed up down here in the Southland, but as they warm up in your part of the world, too, keep your eyes peeled for this intriguing Belgian White.

Blanche de Namur pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fat, two-fingered head that leaves behind little to no lacing. The smell is citrus and belgian spices; I know, the bottle says orange, but I always get more of a lemon zest out of it -- maybe it's just me.

The coriander and licorice hit you first upon tasting, but are then followed by some citrus flavors and a muted Belgian spiciness. Overall, this is a very mellow, smooth and refreshing beer.

It's the malted equivalent of an after-workout drink, thirst quenching and easy to pound. Blanche de Namur is definitely sessionable, and even more definitely recommended by this reviewer. It may not be considered the best of this style by others, but it's one of my top "go to" choices. It's an easy drinking introduction to the world of high end beer -- have one soon and enjoy.

Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz bottle with a marking of 30/05/11-J-10:07. Sampled on May 11, 2009.

A - Very cloudy pale yellow, typical of a white. There is a significant amount of foamy, bubbly off-white head that never goes away completely. Adequate lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is an inviting combination of citrus, malts, and spices and typical of a white.

T/M - The mouthfeel is a fairly bold texture that does not break down quickly while swishing on my tongue. After a bit of swishing the carbonation resumes. The taste is an equisite blend of tartness, citrus, coriander, and licorice with hints of hops in the background.

An appealing Belgian witbiere.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian style brewed with coriander, orangeskins and liquorice.

A: Pours a pale hazy lemon color, thin white head.

S: Huge citrus, lemons and oranges on nose.

T: Very smooth lemony flavor with light carbonation. Flavor is mostly citrus with some coriander and oranges in the finish. It is the smooth and eloquent body that makes this beer stand out. Drinks like a hoegaarden but not as spicy or complex. There is some spicy hoppiness in the end.

M: Very smooth and velvet like mouthful and texture.

D: A pleasure to drink and is very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled back to back with a few other Wits.

Pours a pastel coludy yellow, inch of white foam. Aroma mostly of coriander and orange zest. No licorice present, contrary to the label. Mouthfeel is smooth and wheaty, not bad. Stacks up well to other standard versions, but doesn't bring many unique elements to the table. Slightly more spice than say, Hoegaarden. Easily sessionable, 2 shared pints were gone in minutes...Overall a solid Witbier, true to style.

Purchased at Uncork-It, $5.89 for a 750.

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Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.