Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 03:16:40 | More by doktorhops
More User Reviews:
4.59/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 13:54:50 | More by GiaLvo
3.99/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 04:09:08 | More by biboergosum
Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.