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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
86
very good

313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 2/28/14.

Pours a murky light whitish-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, citrus fruit, and tea aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, tea, spice, and citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting tea like quality in both the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

nmann08, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy pale light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lemon citrus are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste has flavors of lemon citrus as well as some orange peels followed by notes of wheat and hints of coriander towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching. I could picture myself having several of these beers to cool off on a hot summer day.

metter98, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an exceedingly pale straw color, nice and cloudy, with a monstrous head that clings to the glass

Smell: Perfumey, floral blend of coriander, white pepper, orange peel and anise

Taste: After a bready start the spicy blend perks up on the tongue, with a honeyed blend of white pepper, coriander and orange zest prominent; after the swallow, the sweet, floral elements dominate and the licorice appears on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Ultimately a bit too sweet, but I do like the spice profile

brentk56, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acid-washed maize with a mini horde of superfine bubbles zipping up to the cotton white head. Speaking of white, this is the palest 'white' beer that I've ever had, I do believe. The foam is pillowy soft, yet still creamy and sticky; a remarkable combination that looks fabulous and may result in some pretty good glass coverage if it ever deflates. Unfortunately, very little lace is created.

The nose is unique for the style, possibly due to the addition of licorice. Orange peel is far and away the dominant aroma and is complimented by a subdued whiff of coriander. I'm certain that I would never have identified the licorice without knowing of its presence and I'm not even sure that I can identify it now. It does, however, add olfactory interest. Let's hope that it works as well on the palate.

The licorice is really only noted on the finish and is subtle even then. On further reflection, that's probably a good thing. I love black licore and anise, but a witbier is really no place for those particular flavors. What is more easily appreciated isn't setting my world on fire. I like my wits more full-flavored than this. More orange, more coriander, or preferably, more of both, would improve the beer immensely.

The flavor is essentially a carbon copy of the nose. For some reason though, I don't like it quite as much. Orange citrus is still the dominant flavor, but it's dry, bitter orange-flavored tonic water rather than sweet juicy orange like I'd like. Appreciating the coriander requires a little too much work. I like the spice to be more upfront than it is here. As I get into the middle of the bottle, I'm not sure that I was ever able to appreciate licorice.

The body is definitely on the lighter side of this relatively light-bodied style. It's also pretty vigorously carbonated; too much so as far as I'm concerned. I didn't compare it to tonic water in the previous paragraph for nothing. I like my wits to be a bit more lush and gentle in the mouth.

Blanche de Namur would be a better beer if it was a more boldly flavored beer. The addition of licorice to the classic witbier recipe, if added in just the right amount, could have made this a quirky, memorable, delicious version. With so many better wits in circulation, I just can't bring myself to recommend it.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 16, 2006
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +4.4%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

emerge077, Sep 17, 2006
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 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 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 feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blanche de Namur ...Biere sur Lie...
"begian beer brewed with coriander, orangeskin, & liquorice."

This is the first time a beer has spoken to me from the label!
"<<I am a bottle-fermented white beer. Keep me chilled and away from the light..." and so on , and so forth, etcetera, etcetera...It even urges me to stop my craving and drink it! Well, now!

So, let's do that...

Clear, straw yellow, big carbonation, prodigious streaming forward to the top, big head at first, then dwindling to nothing...

soft, pretty, floral/vegetal aroma...there's the coriander that inevitably has me thinking of celery. Light and lovely spice, plus orange, and a bit of lemon.

Acidic at first, almost harsh lemon flavor, tart, tangy, ...bit too much to make it a very pleasurable witbier, too too much. Turns dry and becomes terrifically quenching. This'd be cool with food.

Not bad at all...but not great. Average, I'd say...

Blanche de Namur...the Sub-Mariner, Prince of Atlantis?

feloniousmonk, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz. corked bottle, best before Dec. 19, 2008.

Pours very light straw yellow with a thick, foamy head. Champagne-like bubbles quickly and steadily rise to the top. The head slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover.

The smell is of coriander, orange peel and fresh graininess. Some subtle floral notes in background.

The taste is of coriander and orange, with a late lemon twist. Not sure that I caught the liquorice, as stated on the label. Maybe a bit, but probably more because I expected it (If I caught it at all.) In any case, it didn't have any noticeable effect on the taste. Sweet maltiness almost overpowers the spices as the drink progresses. Finishes more sweet than dry.

The body thins too much. A certain wateriness that was detectable in the taste emerges more in the feel. Longer sips are required for any flavor to linger for too long, and even then it is more of the malt sweetness than the spices. Rather champagne-like, the carbonation is a bit too much for me - helps the flavor vanish just too quickly. Light and effervescent.

Overall, it's pleasant enough, but too sweet. I was hoping to catch the liquorice as an interesting addition, but it didn't come through. Maybe it didn't work and the brewer cut back on it? I don't know. To me, it was decent enough, but not what I have come to expect from a wit from Belgium. Might have if someone offers a bit, but nothing I would get more of.

jwc215, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date December 2008, Sampled February 2007
Pours with the slightest touch of haze. The beer is a very pale, straw gold color and it is topped by a frothy, initially two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma sort of has a musty grain character to it, damp wheat that has picked up just a hint of mold. The orange peel is really the first note noticed though and it is perhaps the note with the biggest aromatic presence (though not by much). The nose is quite aromatic, with lots of spicy notes that I can't quite pull out; the coriander is here after I dig for it a bit, and I wouldn't be surprised if the licorice was contributing something to the general character of the aroma as well.

The beer is quite light on the tongue with enough carbonation to cause it to foam up a bit as it hits my mouth. A light tartness is here as well, which, along with the dryness, accentuates a the orange peel to taste more like a lemon flavor. Without the yeast it is just a bit too clean.

For my second pour I make sure to really mix in the yeast from the bottle conditioning. The beer is now deeply hazy and even the aroma has picked up some yeastiness to it. The flavor does not change too much, but the finish does have more of a yeast / fermented dough character to it. This beer is really a summer quaffer; it is very light and refreshing. I don't really get a sense of the liquorice, well no, know that I am looking for it there is some of that flavor here. Somehow it mixes with the citrus notes and it adds to the overall refreshing character of this brew.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquors, Lancaster CA

Gueuzedude, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

kojevergas, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Halcyondays, May 14, 2008
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 GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/19/06- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness dating. Bottle both caged and corked. Poured into my Blanche de Chambly witbier glass.

Appearance- Frosted yellow in color. Full inch plus head which levels off at a nice large rim. Streaks and spots of lace. No real super large chunks like some of the great looking ones.

Smell- Pretty much spot on. A bit of corriander here, some white pepper there...lemon rind...you get the picture. About what a wit should smell like. Not bursting out of the glass though. You have to dig your nose in deep to get some.

Taste- Nice light powdered sugar aftertaste. Light and peppery with a dash of corriander. Not quite as much sweetness as I would like. Some sips give you an average taste and some give you a super sour lemon rind flavor. Kinda off and on. Hard to figure out why.

Mouthfeel- About the normal carbonation rate. Lasting lemon rind aftertaste to go with the mild sugar. A bit dry as well.

Drinkability- A bit above an average wit. Quenched my thirst like it was supposed to. Probably wouldn't try again because I can find some of my other favorites for less cash. Still worth a try if you see it out there.

GClarkage, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

InspectorBob, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thescotdownunder for the free sample!

Nice lightly cloudy pale lemon yellow with a good, fluffy head of foam. Streaming carbonation, more than there should be as far as I'm concerned, but otherwise pretty nice.

Really good peppery witbier nose. Great notes of cloves, spice, coriander and candied orange. Really delicious and fully in your face. One of the better wit noses I've had in a while.

Taste is also good. Clean and crisp, with a lingering clove after palate. Light bitter-citrus character creeps in which adds a refreshing note. Very heavy on clove flavours on the back palate, almost reminiscent of a spiced mead. Mouthfeel is, as expected a little too carbonated, but overall this is pretty tasty.

This is a nice beer. I'm a fan of a good witbier, and this one is a good one. Mouthfeel lets is down a bit, leaving the overall experience a bit bloating - but it has heaps of flavour and character. I like it a lot.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 29, 2008
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
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Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.