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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
86
very good

297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | 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 basica
4.1/5  rDev +7%

This bottle was one of those short fat bottles like the Duvel bottles going at 330ml. I bought this bottle from BrusselSprouts. This blanche pours out with a good large head medium retention and a hazy golden color like the witbiers I have tried before. It smells yeasty and with a prominent
cake like or floral aroma with light citrus and wheat dashes. The entry was yeasty and with some cake like taste, light fruitiness, and with the presence of some wheat malts too. The finish came with tingling feeling from the carbonation and a little cake lile taste which was very reminiscent of the Blue Moon. Some wheaty spicey and floral aromas could be sensed on the nose as the finishing sits in. The after taste start off wheat malty with tastes of citrus and constant aromas of wheat on the nose. It ends off with a hint of grapes. The mouthfeel was not creamy like the Blue Moon nor smoothly thick like the Hoegaarden. It was a very slightly watery mouthfeel which was refreshing and light but I would prefer a creamy mouthfeel for a beer like this one due to the cake like tastes. Carbonation was without a doubt great and the beer is very smooth and drinkable. Generally a very good Witbier and it would be slightly behind the Hoegaarden and Blue Moon due to a slightly less pronounced taste which had a little more yeast and the mouthfeel could use a little creaminess. Nonetheless Blanche De Namur makes a good witbier.

basica, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

HardTarget, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

750 bottle, poured into a New Belgium chalice. The color is very bright, quite clear gold. An initial head fades within moments of the pour. The nose, however, is near perfect! A wonderful amount of bitter orange peel with a good coriander backbone. There's a subtle spiciness, that may be attributed to the yeast character, or perhaps the licorice. I'm not very familiar with licorice. Sweet vanilla-tinted, orangey flavor up front, with less coriander than in the aroma but still present. More spiciness in the finish, though it's light and subtle. Body is very thin... some more carbonation would help.

Not a perfect wit, but very good. The aroma and flavor are wonderful, at least.

allengarvin, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of katan
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

750ml, not dated.

A - Poured a hazy gold color - somewhat light. Appears to have lots of carbonation, with a big head on it.

S - Orange peel is the strong flavor here. Rolls off with a little spice.

T - Interesting spice after taste. Lots of orange peel, and perhaps some clove flavors. I also do detect the liquorice. Initial hit is very light.

M - Has a bit of carbonation to it, but generally goes down smooth.

D - I think I could drink alot of these in one sitting. A very tasty wit bier.

Overall, I like this one. Its a different spin with the sweet background. The problem is that I probably don't want to pay for it.

katan, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of horndecker
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

750ml caged and corked.

Big merengue bright white head, beer the color of pale straw, shaded towards green, and cloudy.
Subdued aromas of lime and apples, nothing too spicy.
And the taste is just subtly spiced, understated. A wash of fruit and grain ends a bit dry. I like it. Really refreshing. As it warms it doesn't get as sweet and cloying as Hoegaarden sometimes seems to me.
Nice foamy mouthfeel, an easy drinker.

horndecker, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +4.4%

I had the pleasure of sampling this witbier in Amsterdam. It was served as a draught beer in a Blanche de Namur stange, and arrived with a moderate pale ivory head supported by a slightly cloudy straw colored body. Bringing it to my nose revealed a bit of coriander and orange peel, along with a hint of malt. The complexity disappears upon the taste buds, and is replaced by yeast, cream, and the faintest suggestion of citrus - a refreshing touch that brings me back to take a proper gulp. The mouthfeel is pillowy with neither excessive or insufficient carbonation, and very smooth. Wonderful on its own, but also versatile as a pallet cleanser in between samplings of more complex/forward beer styles or as a compliment to poultry or vegetable dishes. Overall, for me this is a real Hoegaarden killer!

augustgarage, May 19, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

xav33, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of scottoale
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

This one came in a 750ml. brown bottle with a simple caged cork No. 143351. It also had a freshness date of: 19/12/08.

The cork releases with good pressure and pours a very pale, cloudy yellow-straw with a 1/2" of pure white head. The head diminishes quickly leaving a little lace and a small ring on the surface...a fair bit of sediment settles to the bottom.

The smell is very sweet and spicy, with the sweetness being fruity and candy like. The label notes that it's brewed with coriander, orangeskin and liquorice, in which the first two are very evident, while the liquorice is very faint. Also very yeasty and ever so Belgian-like (imagine that!).

The taste being much the same, is much more subdued than it's aroma...as if it were watered down. A bit of a let down as the smell is very enticing and almost hypnotic. None the less, it's got a nice refreshing Witbier taste...mostly citric and of lemon more so than orange and honeysuckle.

Fairly light in body, same goes with it's alcoholic content...definitely a sessionable, easy drinkin Belgian here.

scottoale, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of clabaugh
3.6/5  rDev -6%

Appearance: 75cl with freshness date. Pours a very pale flax color with shades of hazy yeast intermixed. A silky head of pristine white rises up to around a finger before quickly receding into a creamy ring around top of the beer.

Smell: Strongly aromatic. The characteristic yeasty nose of a witbier is abundantly present. There are also some inviting citrus aromas, along with some other sweet, fruity properties that hint at peach or nectarine. Complex and thoroughly pleasing.

Taste: A raw sort of taste of the barley malts, accented with an intense mustiness. The yeasty spice that was in the nose is far less pronounced on the palate. Having trouble locating the enticing fruity aromas. Instead, just a mildly stale maltiness with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice creamy texture. Faint spiciness and peppy carbonation spruce it up a bit on the palate.

Drinkability: Very mild and unassuming in its flavor. I'm not craving another, but having one wouldn't exactly be burdensome. Great in the nose, but the taste leaves me somewhat let down.

clabaugh, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of BamaScholar
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

BamaScholar, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of vancurly
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%

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 Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

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 Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

750 ML corked and caged bottle # 143351 Best before December 2008.

In the glass this is a cloudy pale yellow beer with a good white head.

The smell is sweet and quite floral, smells like a bouquet of flowers. Nicely spicy with a lot of fresh black pepper and coriander in the scent. No real smell of malt just a pleasant flower nectar sweetness.

The taste begins mild and quite dry for the beer style leaving just the taste of flowers and spice in my mouth. Slight sourness from the carbonation level this is decidedly dry for the style with a minimal sweetness. Very mild spice and flowers in the mouth with this one it is very mildly flavored.

Mouthfeel is very light.

A super thirst quenching beer that stands out in a style known for having that quality. What this lacks in taste it picks backup in its ease to drink and low alcohol content. A great beer for a summer picnic or brunch.

Zorro, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into my tumbler. This beer pours a cloudy light/medium golden color with lots of little buttles rising up to the top of the glass. The head was nice and fluffy white, about an inch thick when poured. It shrunk to a fairly thin film layer within 5 minutes of being poured. Almost zero lacing here. A sort of spicey, floral & grassy citrus aroma with some lemon as well. Maybe some other fruits such as green apples too. Grassy flavors of sweet spice and some hops are present. Also some bread and hint of malt along with fruit flavors such as citrus, orange, and grapefruit. Has a fairly crisp mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation and a light to medium body. Very easy to drink. Definitely worth a try.

Eric

neenerzig, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

750ml corked bottle, poured into a Maredsous tulip

Pours with a lemony yellow body, orangey hints near the middle, slightly cloudy. Fizzy effervesent bubbly white head with good retention, erupts about an inch and a half and settles down at about a centimetre thick

Smell, fresh corriander and basil, fruity typically belgian wit yeast aroma. Some slight hints of clove and mixed spice but its subtle and a lingering background aroma as opposed to a strong overpowering one. Fresh citrus and some very slight gueuze-esque barnyard aromas. Light malt on the nose too, some lasting fragrant flowers too

Taste, crisp and yeasty initially, quite fizzy mouthfeel, some sweet slightly phenolic clove character, fruity esters, sharp aggressive citrus (lemons and grapefruit), zesty orange peel. Sweet perfumy fresh flowers and dried lavender.

A tasty and fantastically drinkable wit, very juicy and moreish with enough tight citric flavour to make this beer enjoyable

cypressbob, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +7%

750ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a cloudy pale golden straw colour. White head poured quite small and faded quickly to light frothy layer.. light lacing.. decent amount of carbonation bubbles to the surface...

Aroma - Spicy and citrusy hops, light biscuity malts, apple traces, salty hints, floral / grassy, some very light honey sweetness, some cinnamon, perfumey...

Taste – Nice spiciness (cloves, coriander), grassy, floral hops, no real maltiness, faint lemon fruitiness, herbal notes, some vanilla creaminess, some wheatiness, some yeastiness...

M&D - Sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and drinkable - would be nice on a hot summers day...

Overall - An excellent wheat beer... one of the best there is in my opinion...

mdagnew, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of IceAce
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

750 ml bottle with ref No 143351 on the baled cork. A date of 19/12/08 appears on the bottom of the back label.

Pours a pale straw body capped with three fingers of rapidly dissapating dingy white foam. Clarity is decent on the initial pour and lacing is not apparent.

Nose is sharp with corriander and orangeskin with a backdrop of Belgian yeasties. Entry is quiet with slight CO² scrubbing of the sides of the tongue. Midtaste is quaffable wheat presence while the finish focuses the senses on the back of the tongue where the oranges and spices play. Corriander mixes with the lightest touch of anise to provide a dry, pleasing swallow.

This is one of the best beers I've had in terms of spotting wheat in the body and it contributes to one of the most palatable mouthfeels I've experienced in a Belgian Wit bier.

IceAce, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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 jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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 Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Found this on the shelves of some NYC grocery store while scouring 2nd Ave. for something, anything better than Newcastle. Bingo!

Got a healthy cork pop out of the bomber bottle, pouring a silky head atop a dirty light-yellow color.

Smells are sweet and spicy, orange coming through prominently.

Flavor is great, with zesty citrus, sweet spices (anise is obvious) and interesting toastiness. A witbier with some heft. Robust flavors and good depth, slightly bitter finish.

The velvety, creamy mouthfeel only helps this great beer.

Blanche De Namur delivers all that a unique witbier should offer. One of the bolder ones out there too, thanks to the spicy addition of anise.

Metalmonk, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of zeio
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Looks awesome for a white beer in the glass. Doesn't really smell all that much - nothing bad, and nothing noticeably inviting either. Taste is just superior. I think I may have gotten a "good bottle," in that the way it had been shipped, handled, its age, etc, was just right. Mouth feel was excellent - soft, tart bubbly. Easily quaffable.

Carbonation enhances the flavor. Soapy feel. Enjoyed cold. Mild coriander flavor, ultra mild citrus. My idea of a nearly perfect white beer.

First beer of the evening so beer goggles weren't on yet. I like white beers, like Hoegaarden, etc, and this certainly ranks with the best of them.

Prost!

zeio, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured out cloudy and blonde with a frothy white head. Small amount of lacing. The nose offers lots of orange, with a light malt note lurking in the back. The taste is more spicy than sweet, with coriander and orangepeel and some heavy malt flavors. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and highly carbonated. Finished fairly dry with lingering spice.

dherling, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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
Photo of rarevos
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from bomber into Hoegaarden glass.

A: Light straw yellow, yeast in suspension makes it hazy but not quite opaque. White head disappears quickly.

S: Strong nose on this one. Coriander, clove, wheat, citrus. A bit spicier than most wits.

T/M: Bottle says it's brewed with licorice, but I'm not sure I taste that. It IS a bit spicier than most Belgian wits, but that's mostly in the black pepper department. There's a good amount of spice up front with some wheat and citrus toward the middle. Finish is peppery and long. Mouthfeel is a bit tingly but crisp.

D: Really crisp, and is spicy more than citrusy. A very pleasant wit for sure. The extra spiciness makes it seem a bit more...sophisticated? I'm not sure that's the word I want. But it's not like your run-of-the-mill wit quencher.

rarevos, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

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
Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.