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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
86
very good

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of Lukie
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a vibrant golden straw, with a massive white head, which had great retention and lacing.

Smell is subtle, with wheat qualities, and a bit of spiciness. Not much citrus though.

Lot's of dry citrus flavours, and a big whallop of coriander in the finish. Dryer then what I remember it to be.

Amazingly refreshing, and very, very drinkable. Certaintly a bit more flavour then Hoe. now a days.

Photo of kevinglin
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle (dated 20/08/09) into a wide-mouthed goblet-style glass. Hazy pale straw color with a huge head that the glass could not contain. Head of tightly formed bubbles eventually subsided, but stayed around for quite a while - definitely a good example of the style.

Aroma - grainy, sour, tart, with a hint of spices. Flavor echoes the aroma with a puckering tartness and sour taste, no detection of hops - the balance to the malt comes from the sourness and spice.

Mouthfeel is effervescent yet somewhat creamy - interesting and refreshing.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. A bit of a different taste - may not be as enjoyable for someone not used to slightly sour or tart beers. I found it a good example of the witbier style and refreshing.

Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange/dark yellow color and is quite cloudy. A thin white head forms on top and lingers with average retention.

The aroma is gentle, but nice. Certainly orange peel and corriander can be found, more interesting to me was the licorice used in this beer. It is very gentle on the nose, but it's there.

The taste was as expected. Citrus and spice delivered from the orange peel and corriander and that gentle licorice added a subtle complexity that really set this wit off for me. Slightly sweet overall and a pleasureable drinking experience.

The mouthfeel was thin to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Nice flavors and low alcohol make for extremely easy drinking. Not the best wit of all time, but certainly a tasty one.

Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky, very light yellow beer with a ultra lacing head.

Smell is grainy with wheat notes, a nice phenolic yeast character and spicy notes, which are mainly of the coriander in the beer.

Taste is smooth with the grains tasting like porridge, in a good way that is. A bit nutty like sticking raw grains in your mouth. A good solid yeast character that adds a little vanilla and of course a shot of phenols. Citrus and coriander add a spicy character to the beer. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but drinkability is good. This is not the most creative witbier I tasted and for the most part it tastes like Hoegaarden, but it is very drinkable and an example for a lot of brewers (or should be).

Photo of stumac
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
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'.

Photo of ryandurka
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blanche de Namur is tasety and refreshing, it has a light flowery taste and is not too strong. its a nice summer time beer. i would not go out of my way to track down this beer, just get it if its around. its a little on the weaker side, but the price reflects that, its cheaper than most imported beers. all-together a fine beer at a low price.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. opaque pale yellow color, very vibrant. pure white head. good lacing, outstanding retention.

S: wonderful lemonade aromas. some sours. almost sugary. some major lemon zest.

T: if you could combine beer and lemonade, this would be it. great citrus, mostly lemon, with great sour flavors.

M: big carbonation level. medium bodied. very crisp and smooth.

D: extremely drinkable. very mellow sours. very nice, great summer beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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?

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into oversized wine glass after cooler chilled for 30 minutes.

A: Hazy, pale white in hue with dash of hay color; Highly fizzy and bumby white headwith impressive three fingers head . Minor lacing with head falling to soapy cover.

S: Powerful, active nose, spices coming first, then orange with licorice to finish.

T: This is so damn good! Smashes your palate with the spices and citris more prominent. Not as much wheatiness or bready-yeast. Fair amount of coriander and hints of ginger.

M: Medium-light in body, airy carbonation, and completely refreshing. Made me smile wide and hight.

D: Joyfully easy to to drink. Quite pungent and tangy for the most part and not as wheaty but I was very impressed and will pull for this one again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of stephens101
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy pinkish-yellow brew with a big fluffy white head that recedes pretty quickly. Smells of coriander, grapefruits and orange peel. Tastes spicy, with some wheat, and sour fruits. This Wiitbier is a bit tangy and bitter. Light bodied with a crispness that is a little rounded at the edges, which leads to high drinkability.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 750 into some sampler glasses.

A cloudy straw color with a snow white head. Good spice to the aroma, with some coriander and lots of wheat malt. Nice and refreshing to smell. Taste is a nice blend of wheat citrus and spice. Finishes nice and clean with a good long coriander and citrus aftertaste.

Nice and drinkable, great example of the style. I was glad to find this beer within state.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked

A-Wow this truly is a wit bier. Very light straw body with slight yeast haze. Head was very white and came on fluffy and fairly strong but vanished quicker than I would expect.

S-Very nice crisp and earthy aroma. Hints of orange peel and lemon grass are evident. Nice wet cork aroma comes out as a nice addition.

T-Very clean and flavorful body. Full of spice and bitterness but extremely balanced for such a light beer. Maybe a bit lighter on spice additions than other wits but truly refreshing. A bit of sourness on the finish lends a lemon characteristic. Adding lemon to this would be too much. If there were a hint more earthiness to this beer, it would definitely fall into a Saison category on taste.

M-Very strong carbonation leads to an acidic mouthfeel and finishes very dry. Nice for the style though.

D-Could drink this all day! For low gravity light bodied beer, it is difficult to hide errors and there are very few to be found in this. Nothing makes this a knockout wit, but one that is very enjoyable.

Photo of geexploitation
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, slightly greenish yellow color, with a delicate white head that leaves some shallow dollops of foam on top of the beer. The aroma contains some of the classic touchstones of the style, namely some big coriander and fat lemon notes, almost like a lemon lollypop. On the palate, sweet and juicy with lemon and a touch of orange, with only a bit of a bitter snap toward the end from the spice. Tart with citrus acidity toward the end. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with mild acidity and medium carbonation. Overall, this is a good witbier. Nothing that can compete with the best of the genre, but a solid, drinkable beer that offers a change of pace.

Photo of yelterdow
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked/caged bottle, best by 10/26/09. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a nice frothy 2 inch head. Not much lacing, but the head retention is pretty good. Aroma is lemon, coriander, and orange. It's a citrusy and spicy aroma (no surprise there). Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bread/wheat and a little bit of bubblegum noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, but has very spritzy carbonation with bubbles constantly flowing from the bottom to the top of the glass. Drinkability is pretty good, it's easy to drink and quite refreshing and sessionable. I'd probably enjoy this more on a hot day! But overall I think it's a good beer, I'd buy it again.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian style brewed with coriander, orangeskins and liquorice.

A: Pours a pale hazy lemon color, thin white head.

S: Huge citrus, lemons and oranges on nose.

T: Very smooth lemony flavor with light carbonation. Flavor is mostly citrus with some coriander and oranges in the finish. It is the smooth and eloquent body that makes this beer stand out. Drinks like a hoegaarden but not as spicy or complex. There is some spicy hoppiness in the end.

M: Very smooth and velvet like mouthful and texture.

D: A pleasure to drink and is very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beernique brew. It's notably different from most witbiers, but stays within the style.

Poured a cloudy light gold with a tall white head. There is tons of dark sediment floating around in this one. It's pretty neat looking.

Smell was mild citrus aromas, with some clean spices. Nice, but too mild.

The flavor, however, was not so timid. The citrus was much more assertive. Orange and lemon peels come out, followed by coriander. The bottle also says it's brewed with licorice, but I didn't notice any. Maybe that's what gives it the somewhat spicy taste at the end, but I'm not sure.

For such a soft smelling beer, it doesn't go so gently on the mouth. Carbonation is heavy. This may hurt long term drinkability, but as the beer is so unique already, it may as well go the extra mile.

I'm a fan. I'd have to split a large bottle with some friends, but wouldn't mind getting this again.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a cloudy straw gold color. No head to speak of. Although initially there is lots of bubbly carbonation.

Smell is some corriander and lemon peel. Fairly faint.

Taste is the same. Faint lemony and grassy notes. Slightly wheaty.

Overall, this is easy drinking and refreshing. Still it is to light on taste for me.

Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.