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Blanche De Namur | Brasserie Du Bocq

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-15-2002

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 408
Photo of OutFox
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml.

A - Poured into a Brother Thelonious glass. 'Straight no chaser' Pours a hazy light gold in color with a huge white head. Not all that great retention or lacing for as large as it was.

S - Smells a sort of musty spicey Belgian white. Hints or coriander, orange peal, an this sort of liquorice and things of that nature.

T - Tastes sort of musty. In a pleasant way though. Spices and things of that nature are prevalent. Good stuff.

M - A little watery I could have used a little for unfiltered characteristic.

O - Good beer. This was a gift from a friend. I told her to get something I hadn't had and this was it. Good beer.

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Photo of KDawg
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice light yellow color. The head disappears pretty fast.

Fairly lighter aromas of lemon peels, citrus', and some spice tones. Lighter feel but lacking a slight bit along with mostly lemon tones. Not the most complex wit, but nice and refreshing and pretty good overall

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Photo of cagocubs
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from stubby brown 11.2 bottle into glass.

A: Pours a pale hazy gold, simple color with very little transparency. A nice 1 finger white bubbly head accompanies the pour and sticks around without clinging to the glass.

S: Citrus accompanied by a complex spice blend. You can nose coriander, orange/citrus, and slight licorice. Some wheat scent.

T: The spice blend, wheat, and citrus hit you up front. The most unique characteristic of this brew is the licorice that comes through mid taste and lingers on the palate.

M: Very crisp, to a point where it may be a little over-carbonated. Great mouth coating and drinkability.

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Photo of Filosoof
2.69/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Strange to taste this beer, knowing about all the prices it has won, and not being impressed at all.

L: Very good, nice promising top;
S: I don't smell much. A little vanilla and citrus;
T: a real disappointment. I dont't taste anything but the far echo of real whitebeer; tastes like soda water (Spa Red).
M: too much carbonation; even more than Spa Red.

Maybe I served it too cold. Maybe something went wrong with the bottle. I'll try it another time. A big question mark. How could this Spa Red win prices?

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Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown Duvel-esque glass served into Westvleteren goblet in Rome, Italy. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head devoid of cream, of bad thickness, and average retention. Cloudy lemon-yellow colour.

Sm: Lemon-citrus esters. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon citrus ester hops. Very refreshing but simple. Full barley body.

Mf: Coarse, a bit too dry, and ever so slightly too thick. Fairly complementary of the style.

Dr: Average ABV range, easy drinking, and limited quality. Fair price.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had to work in the yard and wanted a treat when I was done. I knew of this beers low ABV and thought I would give it a try. Was disappointed. The appearance of the beer was good. Hazy but not too filtered. Looked very white on the pour and was a straw yellow in the glass. It smelled great. Lots of lemon zest and a hint of orange. Really nice smelling beer. The yeast is very very mild which made me think of this being a citrus bomb of a wit beer. I was not wrong at all. In the taste you get the initial flavor of the citrus peel and the tang you get from the oranges sticks around but its a good linger. It has a dry but quenching mouthfeel. Not full bodied like a heff. Overall, this is a very under hyped beer. I would think that Blue Moon drinkers would switch to this if it was marketed and it shows its superior status as a Wit. I enjoyed by bottle in the sun and will look for more.

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Photo of PopScene
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The best Witbier I ever had.

The taste is more more about coriander than orange. The carbonation and the color could be a little more effective but the taste is just amazing. I also have tasted it on tap and it's even better...

If you have to try a very good witbier, take this one . My favourite.

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Photo of farlieonfootie
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Friends of mine know this is a personal fave, especially after a couple sets of tennis, 'cause it's just a damn good hot weather beer. The temperatures have already warmed up down here in the Southland, but as they warm up in your part of the world, too, keep your eyes peeled for this intriguing Belgian White.

Blanche de Namur pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fat, two-fingered head that leaves behind little to no lacing. The smell is citrus and belgian spices; I know, the bottle says orange, but I always get more of a lemon zest out of it -- maybe it's just me.

The coriander and licorice hit you first upon tasting, but are then followed by some citrus flavors and a muted Belgian spiciness. Overall, this is a very mellow, smooth and refreshing beer.

It's the malted equivalent of an after-workout drink, thirst quenching and easy to pound. Blanche de Namur is definitely sessionable, and even more definitely recommended by this reviewer. It may not be considered the best of this style by others, but it's one of my top "go to" choices. It's an easy drinking introduction to the world of high end beer -- have one soon and enjoy.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle

Blanche de Namur was yellow-white in color and very cloudy. It had a large, fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was spices, yeast, and a little fruity. The taste was spices, yeast, and light malt. The finish was dry with lingering spices (pepper). The mouthfeel was excellent with a medium-light body and nearly perfect carbonation. Overall this is an excellent Witbier that I recommend trying.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle

A- Pale and very hazy yellow, quite bright somehow though. Very huge and splendid head: fluffy, perfectly white, great retention and an awesome amount of lacing on the glass

S- Not very impressed, the aroma was quite subdued. Pretty much the classic light citrus character (mostly lemon, along with maybe some orange)

T- A very light bready character from the wheat malts as typical with witbiers, but sure more underlined flavours than in many others. A quite strong lemon flavour is well matched by the malts sweetness. A clear hint of coriander, bringing a very delicate spicy feel, can be felt. Herbal notes in the back of the mouth, very sweet aftertaste

M- The beer has a light body and brings a lot of freshness without feeling watered down, thanks to good carbonation and to an incredibly soft feel on both tongue and palate: the mouthfeel is sure appropriate for the style. The aftertaste though is really too sweet and gets annoying after some time

O- A very good match between between drinkability, freshness and taste complexity. Still a bit too sweet in my opinion, maybe even for the style

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
04/05/13 on the label
A- The pale lemon yellow hue has a slight haze the first pour and a much more dense haze on the second pour. The super thick snow white head last for the full beer had turns lumpy but remains. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that trail up the side of the glass.

S- The dry perfumed yeasty aroma has a soft lemon citrus zest quality and some dry coriander notes in the background.

T- The pale malt and softer bread dough flavor has a lemon note to follow and a yeasty sweetness with some peppery coriander hint to it. There is a slightly dry finish that has and herbal note with a faint bitterness of black licorice.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a soft fizz in the finish.

D- The great wit character is supported by a soft subtle bitterness that only has hints of licorice until it warms a bit and then the licorice becomes a bit to bitey and overtakes the spicy fruity qualities. I did enjoy this beer much more when it was a bit more chilled.

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Photo of Taera
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Well, It's witbier so it is hazy bright yellow but I don't feel classy colour came out from this one. Also not so much head therefore it's not something with that well appearance

S: Nice citrus. The same old witbier classic smell. Very refreshing

T: Big coriander taste and smell with a little hop bitterness at the end. Doesn't feel much citrus when you drink

M: well carbonation, light and feel great with abit bitterness at the end just to give u aftertaste

D: Still not good enough to make me go outside of the house to drink it

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - An entire fistful of head that isn't quick to diminish itself. One of the largest heads I have ever seen. It is very frothy and whipcream-like. It pours a cloudy transparent off-yellow and has a decent lacing to the glass.

Smell - You can definitely tell that this is a belgian-style brew by its smell. I get hints of lemongrass and lemon peel with citrus as well.

Taste - On the licorice side, it is very light. Tasted more of like a red licorice to me, with hints of strawberry as well. I could of course taste the zesty citrus orange. It was very crisp and complex. For some odd reason, I got sort of a nutty cashew aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Unlike anything I've experienced before. Swishing it around my mouth made it feel like the yeast was fermenting inside my mouth. Foam built up very quickly and it was like bread rising. It has a very strong belgian-style taste.

Drinkability - This is a very complex tasting brew. I was constantly searching for different flavors and spices throughout the entire time I enjoyed it. Very intriguing.

Verdict - A different and intriguing belgian-style brew. I loved trying to figure out what all the different flavors I was tasting were. A little light on the licorice.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy-golden with a white, short lived, foamy head. Aroma is of yeast, spices and some citrus fruit. Medium, creamy body. Taste is yeast, spices, wheat, some citrus and off soapy notes. Just OK brew. For some reason I did not like Hoegaarden much either.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pale straw, and fairly hazy. Pours with ~2+ finger of white effervescent head, which fades quickly into a thin cap.

S- Lemon zest/orange peel and spices, and a moderate Belgian yeast note. Slight undertone of anise.

T- Wheat character and citrus / lemon spiciness. Moderately sweet. Finishes with anise and a touch of bitterness.

M- Crisp, with moderately high carbonation and a medium feel. Smooth, and slightly creamy.

D- Good. Low ABV, interesting flavor, and extremely easy to drink. Nicely sessionable, probably even more so on a hot day.

Future outlook: A well rounded beer that I wouldn't mind having again, though probably does not rise to level of one to seek out.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle poured in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours the traditional pale white cloudy color with a reasonable fluffy white head. Medium retention and some lacings

S: Smell is a must, a Witbier after all. Fruity, grassy and spicy. Orange zest, coriander and cloves. Wheat, Belgian yeasts and some flowery hops in the end

T: Follows the nose. Malts followed by spices: coriander and clove, mainly. Dry and citric. Orange zest and yeasts. Mild bitterness

M: Light and refreshing. Reasonable carbonation

O: Very drinkable. Leaves a quite herby aftertaste in the mouth. Nice beer

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a goblet...Pours a bubbly honey gold lots of carbonation...The aroma is sweet but complex, immediatly I get lots of champaagne yeast, orange peel, sugar, and sweet licorice as if it was a spice not candyish. The licorice has a very medicinal quality to it, but in a nice way, its really refreshing...The taste is a little blah, the flavors don't really come through as much, its a lightly sweet to start then a bit of bitter on the back.

This is an issue to drink and unique, wit, well worth tring.

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Photo of xunorm
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely one of the best wheat beers I have tasted. The nose is wonderful, with some citrus. The lace on the glass is very nice as well. It's soft in the mouth, with a slight tinge of hops. This is a very drinkable beer, and very refreshing on a hot day, which it was when I had it.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazey light yellow, with a good sized white head that fades to a ring.
the aroma is rather subdued, but has a nice lemon and coriander character.
the taste is citric at first, the orange skin is very apparent, but transitions to some soft grainy wheat, with coriander and anise middle to back. a touch of clove? everything cleans up pretty well.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with active carbonation. the yeast lends a pleasant creamy quality to it all.
the drinkability is pretty good, it's a nice solid example of the style. and a pretty good value.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 18 Jun 2009.

Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large light yellow lacy head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy pale yellow color, some floaties. Smells like sour lemon, kind of floral sweet/tart, lemon curd. Fairly dry, citric. More meyer lemon than orange. Some clove in the finish. Faint licorice in the aftertaste.

Mainly makes me miss Celis...

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6-23-10 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 1 PT. 9.4 fl. oz cage corked bottle

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dull, pale yellow with a foamy, white head that rapidly becomes thin and eventually disappears altogether.

Smell: Citric aroma with orange peel, and lemon zest. Also, this beer features yeasty notes, coriander, and spices.

Taste: You can taste coriander, orange peel, and spices. Finish is dry with a lemon zest. Unlike other beers of this style, the coriander does not overpower in the taste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a light and slippery feel over the palate.

Drinkability: Drinkable and refreshing.

Comments: Overall, a decent example of the witbier style. This style of beer is one of my least favorites. However, this beer has some interesting characteristics and a great taste, in part due to the secondary role the coriander plays in the taste.

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Photo of Cresant
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into Duvel glass. Best by date: 11/6/11. The body was a dull pale yellow/white with a pillowy white head. A ring of foam remain.

Smell was very much like 7-Up. Citrus, oranges. Nice.

Taste was lightly coriander and spices. A bit of salt flavor. The label states, "coriander, orange slices, and licorice". I taste the oranges and coriander but surprisingly not the licorice. Refreshing and flavorful. No one component is overpowering, easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was zippy and medium/light in body. Adequate carbonation.

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Photo of sfprint
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A stunning light, yet thick and hazy yellow. Small head with sediment bits floating around.

It's smells like candy! Very sweet, like a sweet dough, yet fruity as well. Very citrusy.

Light, smooth, refreshing, although the smell doesn't translate into flavor as strongly as I would have liked.

Slight stinging from the carbonation.

One of my favorite beers. I can't think of a Belgian white that compares.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Large format bottle, caged and corked. Purchased from 5th Street Deli in Dayton, OH. Served cold in a tulip glass and split with the lady.

A- Pours a hazy yellow with a large white head, like a foamy lemonade. The retention is limited and soon there is little to no head other than a thin, incomplete ring of white. Lots of beading and active carbonation are visible despite the haze. The poor retention makes this average at best.

S- Yeast and wheat dominant with a little bit of coriander spiciness and lemon zest. The yeast is bready and fresh, the lemon is refreshing. A subtle witbier with some potential.

T- Subdued opening that only offers wheat and very light spiciness. Very clean, with a tart, funky middle. Finishes dry with a lemon aftertaste that complements the wheat. Refreshing, but doesn't offer very much.

M- Thinner bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish. The carbonation left the beer before finishing, so the last third of the beer has low to medium carbonation. Appropriate for style.

D- Despite its shortcomings, the simplicity and classic witbier characteristics make this highly drinkable. However, this beer is very subtle in a style that benefits greatly from bolder flavors. Refreshing in the right settings, but lacking.

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Photo of boobeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Classic Witbier

Smell- Nice citrus smells off on first sniff, licorice after effect is a little harsh.(I'm not a fan of licorice though)

Taste- Unique taste. The spices were overpowered by the citrus. I was a little nervous of the taste after my initial smell. I was pleasantly surprised that the citrus flavors covered the licorice.

Mouthfeel- Light, just enough carbonation

Drinkability- Good. I would definitely buy this again

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Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.