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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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86
very good

281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle poured in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours the traditional pale white cloudy color with a reasonable fluffy white head. Medium retention and some lacings

S: Smell is a must, a Witbier after all. Fruity, grassy and spicy. Orange zest, coriander and cloves. Wheat, Belgian yeasts and some flowery hops in the end

T: Follows the nose. Malts followed by spices: coriander and clove, mainly. Dry and citric. Orange zest and yeasts. Mild bitterness

M: Light and refreshing. Reasonable carbonation

O: Very drinkable. Leaves a quite herby aftertaste in the mouth. Nice beer

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 19:54:34 | More by eduardolinhalis
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a goblet...Pours a bubbly honey gold lots of carbonation...The aroma is sweet but complex, immediatly I get lots of champaagne yeast, orange peel, sugar, and sweet licorice as if it was a spice not candyish. The licorice has a very medicinal quality to it, but in a nice way, its really refreshing...The taste is a little blah, the flavors don't really come through as much, its a lightly sweet to start then a bit of bitter on the back.

This is an issue to drink and unique, wit, well worth tring.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 03:13:22 | More by jrallen34
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xunorm

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely one of the best wheat beers I have tasted. The nose is wonderful, with some citrus. The lace on the glass is very nice as well. It's soft in the mouth, with a slight tinge of hops. This is a very drinkable beer, and very refreshing on a hot day, which it was when I had it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 16:08:28 | More by xunorm
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazey light yellow, with a good sized white head that fades to a ring.
the aroma is rather subdued, but has a nice lemon and coriander character.
the taste is citric at first, the orange skin is very apparent, but transitions to some soft grainy wheat, with coriander and anise middle to back. a touch of clove? everything cleans up pretty well.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with active carbonation. the yeast lends a pleasant creamy quality to it all.
the drinkability is pretty good, it's a nice solid example of the style. and a pretty good value.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:35:42 | More by kmo1030
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 18 Jun 2009.

Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large light yellow lacy head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy pale yellow color, some floaties. Smells like sour lemon, kind of floral sweet/tart, lemon curd. Fairly dry, citric. More meyer lemon than orange. Some clove in the finish. Faint licorice in the aftertaste.

Mainly makes me miss Celis...

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:29:21 | More by htomsirveaux
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6-23-10 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 1 PT. 9.4 fl. oz cage corked bottle

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dull, pale yellow with a foamy, white head that rapidly becomes thin and eventually disappears altogether.

Smell: Citric aroma with orange peel, and lemon zest. Also, this beer features yeasty notes, coriander, and spices.

Taste: You can taste coriander, orange peel, and spices. Finish is dry with a lemon zest. Unlike other beers of this style, the coriander does not overpower in the taste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a light and slippery feel over the palate.

Drinkability: Drinkable and refreshing.

Comments: Overall, a decent example of the witbier style. This style of beer is one of my least favorites. However, this beer has some interesting characteristics and a great taste, in part due to the secondary role the coriander plays in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 22:09:48 | More by MarvinSnyder
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into Duvel glass. Best by date: 11/6/11. The body was a dull pale yellow/white with a pillowy white head. A ring of foam remain.

Smell was very much like 7-Up. Citrus, oranges. Nice.

Taste was lightly coriander and spices. A bit of salt flavor. The label states, "coriander, orange slices, and licorice". I taste the oranges and coriander but surprisingly not the licorice. Refreshing and flavorful. No one component is overpowering, easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was zippy and medium/light in body. Adequate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 13:14:35 | More by Cresant
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sfprint

Germany

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 20:27:45 | More by sfprint
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Pecorasc

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Large format bottle, caged and corked. Purchased from 5th Street Deli in Dayton, OH. Served cold in a tulip glass and split with the lady.

A- Pours a hazy yellow with a large white head, like a foamy lemonade. The retention is limited and soon there is little to no head other than a thin, incomplete ring of white. Lots of beading and active carbonation are visible despite the haze. The poor retention makes this average at best.

S- Yeast and wheat dominant with a little bit of coriander spiciness and lemon zest. The yeast is bready and fresh, the lemon is refreshing. A subtle witbier with some potential.

T- Subdued opening that only offers wheat and very light spiciness. Very clean, with a tart, funky middle. Finishes dry with a lemon aftertaste that complements the wheat. Refreshing, but doesn't offer very much.

M- Thinner bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish. The carbonation left the beer before finishing, so the last third of the beer has low to medium carbonation. Appropriate for style.

D- Despite its shortcomings, the simplicity and classic witbier characteristics make this highly drinkable. However, this beer is very subtle in a style that benefits greatly from bolder flavors. Refreshing in the right settings, but lacking.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 00:45:48 | More by Pecorasc
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boobeer

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Classic Witbier

Smell- Nice citrus smells off on first sniff, licorice after effect is a little harsh.(I'm not a fan of licorice though)

Taste- Unique taste. The spices were overpowered by the citrus. I was a little nervous of the taste after my initial smell. I was pleasantly surprised that the citrus flavors covered the licorice.

Mouthfeel- Light, just enough carbonation

Drinkability- Good. I would definitely buy this again

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 04:32:57 | More by boobeer
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow veiled beer offer unique aromas on the nose. It obviously feels wheat but also a strange cross between candy and medicine, all with a subtle perfume of licorice. Slightly spicy in the mouth first (cilantro), she quickly becomes soft and then tastes herbs. In the finish, it leaves no bitterness, just a powdery substance on the tongue. A light beer, aromatic and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 13:24:24 | More by ThaCreep
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crossovert

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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".

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:41:44 | More by crossovert
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:39:57 | More by ChopperSmith
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Cs1987

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy straw yellow, 2 fingers of head, good retention and lacing.

Smell - My sense of smell isn't all that sensitive, but this immediately hit me with loads of sweet banana and spices.

Taste - A lot like a Witbier should be, but with one major problem - the sweetness just dominates the other flavours.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, lively.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Overall - This is best Witbier I've tried, but too sweet to be a really great Wit, despite the fact that I have quite a sweet tooth for beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 12:51:33 | More by Cs1987
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork finished bottle served at 42 degrees in a standard pint glass. 22/02/10 E 09:39 indicated on the back label; No 2814 indicated on the cork. Poured a hazy, lemony yellow with a bright white, quarter inch head that effervesced like alka seltzer. Lots of tiny bubbles present in solution; zero lacing on this one. Slightly tart nose - lemonzest, coriander. Taste consistent with nose; however, citric acid really comes out - very astringent and refreshingly sour. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and extremely lively without much burn; however, the acidity leaves a mild pucker at the finish. Very refreshing and quite flavorful. Much more lemony than I'm used to in a style that I often find a bit muddled by over-spicing. A delicious surprise.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 16:44:22 | More by Jwale73
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a cloudy lemony yellow color with an, initially large head, that reduces to light draping with decent lacing. Aroma is light bread malt, coriander, cloves, licorice, and a hint of citrus. Flavor is similar, with a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, a bit watery, but lively as a witbier should. There is a slightly bitter finish. Overall a decent beer, true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 02:01:39 | More by mtstatebeer
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 14:31:00 | More by ClockworkOrange
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 21:05:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 22:07:54 | More by puboflyons
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 10:14:33 | More by CrazyDavros
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle, corked and capped, beautiful label and nice ditty about the beer

Appearance: Light slightly hazy straw colored beer with steady carbonation and a nice white head which falls a bit quickly.

Smell: Very bright citrusy lemon and hints of mild spice

Taste: This is tart and refreshing, with lemon creme flavors; this is simple but refreshing and ends with a peppery zing

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, super-carbonated

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is tasty, and ultra refreshing; it's definitely on the simple side, and a bit light in the flavor department, but this would make an excellent summer quencher. Also, the lemon/pepper tones are quite nice, a change of pace from the typical orange/coriander wit profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:08:28 | More by BedetheVenerable
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McClungbrew2

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazey straw yellow. White billowy head falls to a thin bead covering the surface of the beer.

Smell - Spicey, banana with a very faint citrus aroma. Slightly soapy aroma. No hops.

Taste - Wheat, spice and banana. Very faint orange finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and slick.

Drinkability - Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 03:23:25 | More by McClungbrew2
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hiikeeba

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up cloudy pale yellow, thin-ish head dissipates quickly.

S - Very faint aroma with some citrus. No spices detected.

T - All sweet wheat flavor with citrus and licorice notes. Leaves a light husky wheat taste and some citrus in the finish

M - Medium to low mouthfeel, feels slightly thin.

D - Very drinkable. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 00:28:31 | More by hiikeeba
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 21:29:19 | More by hopdog
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madvoice

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dull straw colour with a creamy frothy head that lasted for a minute or two. Laced the glass on the way down. Had a very sweet wheaty/peppery smell. Sweet and light citrus flavours with a crisp slightly citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and refreshing without being to carbonated. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 09:48:53 | More by madvoice
Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.