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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
86
very good

300 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 300
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

75cl Brown bottle, cork and caged.

Drank while on holiday in Belgium, at a camp site called Petite Suisse (little Switzerland). The beer was poured into four of the little tumblers supplied with the mobile home we were renting.

The beer was like a cloudy still cider, but watery and weak looking. No head after the initial bubbles had gone (within 30 seconds).

The aroma was of wheat, yeast and vanilla, but a sourness hung around it too.

A Blanche is supposed to be refreshing and spritly in my opinion, this was a sour fizzy beer that reminded me of Alka Selsa more than anything else beer wise.

Dry aftertaste with a metalic feel towards the end.

One of the worst beers in this style I've had. What I call a 'Burp Beer' because that is what it made me do, 'Burp'.

BlackHaddock, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of AndrewBV
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

AndrewBV, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of pkenkman
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

pkenkman, May 12, 2013
Photo of Filosoof
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
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?

Filosoof, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of gnikola
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

gnikola, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of bark
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is cool orange-yellow (10 EBC), the liquid is hazy. The high head is white and very airy. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet and fruity with quite a lot of lemons. Almost like a lemonade. Some phelonic yeas flavours. Distinct notes of orange syrup.

The taste is not as sweet as the bouquet. Some wheat flour flavours, mild spicy-fruity notes of coriander, oranges and lemons. Low levels of wheat sourness. Medium body. The aftertaste is mild and sweet with wheat flavours, some fruity esters and a touch of yeast. Oranges and salt in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many small bubbles very fresh. The liquid is somewhat sticky with some flourness.

An OK summer beer. A bit too much orange flavours, though.

bark, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of yelterdow
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served at just over fridge temperature in a beveled Hoegaarden witbier glass. Paired with a New Zealand mussels appetizer and turkey kielbasa with melted beer cheese as a main course. Bottle reads 21/03/09.

Appearance- On the first pour this is far less cloudy than it will be shortly, with the yeast addition. Straw yellow and thin, the snow white head roars loudly to about two fingers and settles over the first two minutes to zero.

On the second pour, I vigorously swirled the beer inside the bottle and then served it. It became slightly cloudier (not nearly as much as I'd expected), and the head droppped even faster than the first time. No lacing at all in either case.

Third and fourth pour: Significant cloudiness, easily 50% more than the last one. Head rises a bit higher but falls fast.

Smell- The spices smell fake... almost manufactured. I normally love the coriander, orangepeel, etc. that defines the aroma of this style, but this one really doesn't impress.

Taste- As the beer comes to temperature, a tartness begins to nudge its way into the original, sweeter profile. The ingredients here simply don't gel, there's disconnect between what normally would complement each other.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Easily the highlight of this beer, the texture is usually great but a bit gassy at times. It evolves well, falling off right before the swallow. Just average in terms of drinkability... I'd drink one on the right occasion, but I wouldn't purchase it again.

yelterdow, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of vancurly
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw/blonde...very pale. Dense, white rocky head & lace.
Smells initially of fruit loops, lime/honey... citrus peel. Spice. the aroma seems to come & go. After a while, it seems to fade, then comes back as a yeasty, musty note.
The flavour is light, limey, wheat... certainly needs the swirl to get more yeastiness into the flavour.
Refreshing, but not much body or back palate. Almost soft-drink-like. "Belgian Lollywater" said my friend.

vancurly, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -21.7%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

tabhill, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

pin, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

rheimbro, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of rarbring
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clouded pale straw colored brew, a white high head that settles leaving good lacing but small curtains.

Smelling of yeast, spices, boiled asparagus and some lemon curd.

Starting with sweet dough, lemon marmalade, some spices, and boiled pork.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft and slightly oily, a medium body.

A bit thin, but rather clean, sweet overtones.

rarbring, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Rainintheface
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1pint, 9.4oz bottle dated 10/26/09. Poured into large mug, able to take contents

A: very pale straw is almost an understatement, cloudy with a 2+ finger white head that lasts throughout. loads of carbonation

S: orange zest, lemony citrus,and coriander

T:similar to aroma. very faint licorice (maybe wouldn't have picked it up if label didn't send me looking)

M: mild, light body very effervescent

D: certainly drinkable but there are many better wits I'd go to first

Rainintheface, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

champagne-like carbination, but the cork did didnt fly out. pours smooth, mild head, light color with some haze. The spices are very light, but can be noted in the aftertaste. A very light drink, hard to believe it has more than 3% ABV. Smell was a bit funkier than expected.

BeaBeerWife, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of mikeg67
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy-golden with a white, short lived, foamy head. Aroma is of yeast, spices and some citrus fruit. Medium, creamy body. Taste is yeast, spices, wheat, some citrus and off soapy notes. Just OK brew. For some reason I did not like Hoegaarden much either.

mikeg67, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy yellow color ale with some white haze and a small foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of medium wheat malt with some light coriander. Taste is also dominated by some nice wheat malt notes with some coriander and orange notes. Body is too thin and watery and carbonation is a bit low for the style. More spices and a bigger malt profile would have increase flavour profile. I guess this is OK for the style but I have definitely tasted better.

Phyl21ca, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured form a 750 corked bottle and split with another BA.
Golden but a bit cloudy. Nice big white head that lead to abundant lacing.
Smells of wheat malt, spices. Notes of coriander and orange tickle the nostrils. More wheat again.
Taste is very typical and expected. Spicey, and wheat malts abound. Orange and citrus notes as well as coriander and bitterness.
Mouthfeel was very average. All in all a decent beer...and right on for style.
Good hot summer day beer.

dmamiano, May 12, 2008
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 Iaido
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Iaido, Aug 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

jessicapreuss, Oct 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Canada_Dan, May 12, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25cl bottle labeled 18/01/08.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden / yellow color with a huge sized white head. Aromas of lemons, yeast, oranges, and spices (corriander). Tastes of wheat, lemons, and light spices. The tastes where kind of bland and watery. Thinner body.

Notes rom 3/13/07

hopdog, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
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Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.