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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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 feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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?

feloniousmonk, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Brianmerrilyn, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

stephens101, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Halcyondays, May 14, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

dmamiano, May 12, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

ZimZamZoom, May 11, 2008
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

ALESwhatCURESya, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

geexploitation, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

yelterdow, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

bluejacket74, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

BeaBeerWife, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

beerthulhu, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

bluegrassbrew, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color with lively carbonation and a thick whitish head. Aroma is one of coriander, orangeskin and a faint hint of licorice (as mentioned on the label). This beer is also somewhat bready. As it warms up, the orangeskin really starts to show in the aroma. Taste is nice and bready upfront with a touch of coriander followed by orangeskin that fades towards the back of the throat. The aftertaste is mostly orangeskin and a very faint hint of licorice.

A second sip confirms much of the first with even more emphasis on the coriander.

Overall, a very smooth and drinkable ale. I don't understand why it was on clearance for $3.99 (originally $6.29). It is bottle-conditioned however and tastes much better than I expected. Definitely worth full price.

Brad007, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a foamy, frothy three fingers of white head that steadily reduced. Very cloudy, pale, dirty dishwater sort of colour (as is typical for the style).

Smell - 3.5
Very zesty, although smooth. Aromas of lemon and orange peel, with a very subtle coriander.

Taste - 3.5
Very refreshing, as expected for the style. A lemon squash like character predominates, slightly sweet, very tart, somewhat wheaty. I would personally prefer more spice and clove flavour. Almost no alcohol presence, but lacking in overall complexity.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderate to heavy weight in the mouth, creamy and persistent carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.0
Unless you are looking for something complex, it doesn't get much more drinkable than this, although I personally would choose a wit with more character.

A worthwhile alternative to Hoegaarden and a refreshing drink all-round. Stronger in flavour than some witbiers, but lacking in complexity. I'm glad I tried it, but I would choose a Feral White over this 9 times out of 10, and not just because of the better price.

LittleCreature, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Rainintheface
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1pint, 9.4oz bottle dated 10/26/09. Poured into large mug, able to take contents

A: very pale straw is almost an understatement, cloudy with a 2+ finger white head that lasts throughout. loads of carbonation

S: orange zest, lemony citrus,and coriander

T:similar to aroma. very faint licorice (maybe wouldn't have picked it up if label didn't send me looking)

M: mild, light body very effervescent

D: certainly drinkable but there are many better wits I'd go to first

Rainintheface, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

crowned and corked big ass bottle. classical looking front label is intriguing, but read the back and it's surprisingly modern which could or could not be a turn off. we'll see...

A- without a doubt, the palest, whitest beer i've ever seen, any lighter and it would look like buttermilk. 3in of fluffy cloud like snow white foam over the nearly opaque brew. head settles quickly to 1/4 in disk, then to nothing after a few sips. not much for lace, but the bubbles rise forever and visible wheat particles float in suspended animation.

S- huge wheat aroma with some orange peel , coriander and cloves as well along with notes of flowering herbs such as lavender and sage. a slight sourness from the barley is detectable as the beer warms.

T- bubblegum wheat, orange zest, mineral water, herbal anise (like fennel), lavender leaves, toasty bread, raw pancake batter, lemony yeasty freshness perhaps in the malt as well, and a spicy clove finish with a lingering citrus bread aftertaste.

MF- powdery and crisp, full bodied with assertive carbonation, this would make a good summer cooler. soft and almost velvety, induces a lot of burping.

T- softly spiced, low ABV, is easily drinkable, but causes more burps than may be desired.

hustlesworth, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl and 75 cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance: Pale yellow, foam keeping tight enough, but average volume. Beer clear, slightly veiled.
Smell: light and spicy aroma, without excess acid.
Taste and mouthfeel: Fresh Flavor, and mellow, whose acidity goes crescendo. Bitterness discreet mouth-sweet tart.
Drinkability: Wheat beer very pleasant.

Review added 11-07-2007, translated from french 1-26-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow, reminiscent of pear juice, with a large snow-white head, which collapses rather slowly. The lacing is scattered, the carbonation moderate.

Aroma: Notes of orange peel and coriander dominate the aroma, with some lemon zest as well. Understated notes of clove and mildly earthy yeast are also present. I am unable to detect the presence of licorice.

Taste: Strong, spicy coriander notes at the open, with abundant bitter orange rind. The malt presence is rather tart throughout. The finish is dominated by a lingering sour and spicy note.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with somewhat zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Drinkable and refreshing example of the style, quite appropriate for summer.

Presentation: Packaged in a brown glass 750ml Belgian bomber with a cork and a wire closure, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the cork on the 750 here was held at bay not by a cage but a single metal ribbon. i wonder if that is a more effective restraint? give the enormous carbonation i would think this bottle might need a little reinforcement. perhaps not

the head is gigantic, though fades (and with plenty of sounds effects) despite monstrous (in a good way) carbonation. the retention just isn't there

from the sudsy head emits huge wafting bits of orange zest: juicy and with a zing. the aroma is actually hugely juicy and suggests that the beverage will be quite quenching, which it is. ooh, that's refreshing. i want to drink huge gulpfuls of it. it's definitely a wit, but a blind test might cause me some problems: it really lacks the huge coriander (and spice in general) character, though i suppose only in flavor. the spicy aroma is ballpark. now that i think about it, the coriander is in the shadows and present enough

i gave it a 4 for drinkability because of its supreme quaffability. excellent for summer. spot on for a wit? perhaps not, but i do love the huge orange element

it reminds me of Orangina

bruachan, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.