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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | 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 puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of McClungbrew2
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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

Photo of madvoice
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Dan for sharing this one. It pours a typical hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head. This beer, in all aspects, is a true Belgian wit. There are light vanilla yeast overtones with a subtle bready wheat backbone. What separates this from a hallmark of the style, like Hoegaarden (and this is pretty similar), is there was a fruitier, white grape flavor that almost made this beer juicy. All in all, very delicious and drinkable. This one is a winner.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Lukie
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
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
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
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
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.