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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | 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 ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Cs1987
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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?

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Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
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