Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq
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3.38/5 rDev -11.7%
Blanche de Namur
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.
04-18-2007 08:46:59 | More by xav33
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.
04-13-2007 05:45:56 | More by scottoale
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.
04-05-2007 20:28:41 | More by clabaugh
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.
03-25-2007 16:42:20 | More by BamaScholar
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.
03-18-2007 20:49:56 | More by vancurly
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
03-13-2007 06:00:19 | More by Gueuzedude
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.
03-05-2007 01:52:42 | More by Zorro
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.
03-02-2007 06:51:18 | More by neenerzig
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
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
02-26-2007 22:57:11 | More by cypressbob
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
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...
02-26-2007 14:30:13 | More by mdagnew
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.
02-26-2007 07:13:54 | More by IceAce
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.
02-21-2007 21:04:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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.
02-19-2007 18:57:03 | More by jwc215
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.
12-04-2006 22:00:50 | More by Metalmonk
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.
11-26-2006 05:15:16 | More by zeio
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.
11-08-2006 02:48:43 | More by dherling
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...
11-02-2006 22:38:38 | More by Billolick
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.
09-27-2006 23:26:53 | More by rarevos
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.
09-17-2006 03:06:19 | More by emerge077
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
9/13/2006 $5.49 750 mL 4.50% No best by date. No 143351 on cork.
Pours a slightly hazy pale sickly yellow with 2 inches of foamy white head that settles slowly.
Bursting with orange peel, coriander, clove black pepper and a hint of licorice.
Slightly coarse mouthfeel with loads of banana, clove and black pepper. Drying finish with a touch of sweetness. Drinkable, if not exciting.
09-13-2006 23:12:38 | More by cbl2
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
Sample at AleFest Dayton: Pours a cloudy pale yellow-gold color with a thin white head that lasts awhile. Thin and slick lacing. The aroma is spicy with cloves, along with some honey and wheat. Light-bodied and crisp with a mildly spicy character, plus citrus and wheat flavor. The finish is wheaty with a bit of hops aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.
09-07-2006 20:41:22 | More by Dogbrick
4.68/5 rDev +22.2%
I agree with dogfood11, but I didn't notice the metallic twang. I love this beer as far as this style is concerned. It beats most in it's class.
Great head, great color, dances on the tongue, refreshing and very easy to drink.
A great summer sipper.
I highly recommend this if you are able to get your paws on it.
08-15-2006 19:23:39 | More by scott
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
750ml poured into a pilsner glass it formed an easily managed Ivory white, loose head that is maintained by a highly active, zippy carbonation. Lacing is the sticky coating variety. This is probably the closest to opaque I've seen from a beer, literally white w/ just a touch of yellow towards the core.
Lemony, citrus up front. Lighter fruits make up the base in the middle, mostly some peach and apple. An amazingly fresh feel to this beer, very crisp and clean. I do get some metallic annoyance towards the end that is dissapointinge but it can't take down a superb offering. Finishes a bit dry and vineous.
Notes: Damn the Metallic twinge DAMN THE METALLIC TWINGE, otherwise this would have scored much higher and truly is an amazing and dynamic session quality Witbier, better than hoegaarden in my opinion.
08-06-2006 20:01:09 | More by DogFood11
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours a hazy straw color with a lively, active carbination. Smells strongly of wheat malt. Taste is that of a classic wheat beer. Light in the mouth with a zesty spicyness. The mouthfeel is good with just the right level of carbination. A very drinkable wheat beer.
07-24-2006 16:50:59 | More by gosurfobx
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured into a Hoegaarden glass from a 750ml bottle. No date. Pours a very pale yellow, and very cloudy in typlical witbier fashion. Light but very fizzy head, you can actually hear it bubbling.
Smells very strongly of oranges, with a light wheaty taste in the background. Not much else, as the orangepeel overpowers any other scent that may be in there.
The taste is far from the scent. More spicy than sweet, as was hinted by the strong orange presence I smelled. Coriander is the heaviest taste here, and the orangepeel has moved to more of an undertone. Heavy wheat presence as well. The bottle claims this was brewed with licorice as well, but I am having a hard time picking that out. Much more complex than the smell, though nothing special.
Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Typical for a wit.
Light, refreshing, and low ABV with decent flavor. Just what a good wit's supposed to be. Tastes pretty good too, very good summer drink.
07-10-2006 01:46:16 | More by Phocion
Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.