Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 380
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 19.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 65 | 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 BlackHaddock
2.32/5  rDev -38.8%
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'.

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Photo of Filosoof
2.69/5  rDev -29%
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?

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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 yelterdow
2.87/5  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.

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Photo of bark
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown Duvel-esque glass served into Westvleteren goblet in Rome, Italy. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head devoid of cream, of bad thickness, and average retention. Cloudy lemon-yellow colour.

Sm: Lemon-citrus esters. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon citrus ester hops. Very refreshing but simple. Full barley body.

Mf: Coarse, a bit too dry, and ever so slightly too thick. Fairly complementary of the style.

Dr: Average ABV range, easy drinking, and limited quality. Fair price.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, mellow licorice, notes of orange and coriander. In the taste, mellow orange citrus notes overridden by licorice hints. A spice bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spicy bite with licorice in the aftertaste. Decent and refreshing, interesting with the licorice presence.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml corked bottle shared with psycohops and brothercannon. Poured into a trio of shaker glasses, this wit appears a cloudy pale straw yellow color with a good inch of pillowy white head. Nose and flavor are of coriander, orange zest, spicy yeast, a touch of pepper. Somewhat thin bodied with ample carbonation. Worth a try.

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Photo of stcules
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic color, hazy white (with the yeast; without it is a clear and very light yellow). Beautiful head, creamy and quite compact.
Blanche smell: orange peel, spices and pepper, coriander.
In the taste there are again the classic notes for the style. Although the spices (and the citric too) is quite evident, it remains light, pleasant, and balanced.
In the aftertaste spices in evidence, and citric.

Note: in somewhat, it is often partly spoiled from the cork smell (when in a 75cl bottle with sugar cork)

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Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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

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Photo of RedHaze
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow, with a one finger head that fades very quickly to a thin spotty cap, leaving behind a minimal amount of lace.

Smell; very much on the mild side. There's a little orange peel, and coriander, with a light wheat presence. I don't smell any of the licorice that the label claims is in this.

Taste; the flavor is actually even more thin than the aroma was, and I'm having a hard time picking out any favors other than the orange and coriander. If I concentrate hard enough, I can almost trick myself into tasting the licorice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with only a little bit of carbonation.

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Photo of stumac
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this brew looks exactly like pineapple juice with a nice bubbly white head. the nose is Fruity Pebbles©, orange peel, very appetizing aroma. the taste is orange peel again, also Fruity Pebbles©, kind of hay-ish similar to a Farmhouse style. medium body, sweet to dry finish, a little bit too sweet for me

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Photo of HardTarget
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle inspection: Interesting cage, a single bar pushing the cork down into the 750 ml brown bottle. New arrival to Texas.

Aroma: Yeasty with a mild lemon peel note.

Appearance: Hazy bright yellow with a full ½ finger head of bright white that lasts long, but never really laced.

Flavor: Mild lemon peel, yeast, and a grassy hop note. Not heavy on the spices, just a light mild malty wit.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body, a bit prickly.

Overall Impression: Easy drinking, light taste that lends itself well to hot summer days. A good one for a salad.

Thanks to Pegasus for sharing the bottle.

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Photo of BamaScholar
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was recommended by an employee at Frugal's so I picked it up because I usually have good success with 750 ml bottles.

I proceeded with trepidation as the cork exploded without me tugging on it--as soon as I loosened the wire it sprung. Then the pour was unspectacular, very pale, no orange "glow," decent head and retention.

The aroma is nice...the citrus and spice are there. Are there herbs and grass too?

The sipping is just intake and done. Not a lot of subtlety as the yeast seems subsumed with mostly orange zest and floral overtones.

Mouthfeel is weak, there really isn't any body to the beer, it's exceedingly light on the tongue with just a little dryness in the finish.

Average...Hoegaarden is more complex and cheaper.

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Photo of xav33
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blanche de Namur
750ml bottle
Brewed spring 06, whitened 04/07
Medium pour in a chalice.

Poured a hazy golden yellow, with floaties, with a moderate fizzy somewhat diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate coriander, flowery wheat, lemons and light anise

Taste was upfront moderate sour sweet and bitter lemon and white doughiness followed by a moderate yeasty dough and bitter spices on an average finish.

Palate was light bodied, lively carbonated, slightly dry.

Overall, a very refreshing Belgian white that satisfied very well. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of crossovert
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My dad loves these so I got him a 750ml to split. Best before: 22/02/10.

Pours with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Color is definitively more vibrant than most Witbiers and is that summery looking bright gold/yellow.

Smells overwhelmingly of orange peel with a hint of spices and yeast.

Nice mouthfeel on this one, nice and prickling carbonation, light body, the beer style of summer. The orange is subdued in the taste replaced with a healthy serving of tart lemons. Subtle spices of corriander and liquorice and bitter orange peel tag along towards the end. Ends with a moderately dry finish.

It would be decently drinkable, the sourness gets tiresome for me personally after a while, the 4.5% alcohol makes it an ideal session brew for those who enjoy the tartness and at just over 6.00 for a 750ml it is not a bad alternative to similar priced beers such as Blanche de Bruxelles. Although it has alot more bite than other belgian wits I have tasted.

Overall a good summer session beer, not anywhere near the best in the wit category but worth a try for comparison and from my dad "5 outta 5".

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours like a pilsner at first, pale yellow out of the 750, but once I got the yeast up, it was a normal cloudy, hazy yellow with a short-lived medium soapy white head, no lacing.

S: Very spicy, coriander and yeast notes dominate.

T: Taste is hard to find at first, but as the beer warms it really starts to come out. Lemon, orange, heavy wheat, light spice. I was trying to find the licorice that they mention on the label but couldn't in the end, if it's there, it is really light.

M: Too thin and watery than I like in a wit, needs more body and crisper carbonation.

D: All and all, a solid authentic Belgian witbier, has its problems, but I recommend this as a middle of the road wit.

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Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
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