Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq
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4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Christmas brings about something exciting for a beer drinker - weird Christmas brews from Europe, and Blanche De Namur is one of those beers. There's an interesting origin story for the brew name as well: "Named after Princess Blanche of Namur - daughter of John, Count of Namur - who was born in the region near the brewery in 1320. Blanche captivated King Magnus IV of Sweden when he visited around 1335: she married him and was crowned the following year, becoming Queen of Sweden and Norway. In memory of her "sweetness, beauty, and delicacy," the brewery dedicated their witbier to her." how sweet.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: Possibly the Witest Witbier ever seen - the body is a cloudy pale straw colour, with an excitable titanium dioxide white head that settles from 3cm on the pour to a thick half centimetre head.
S: There's some funky yeast going on here - has an almost meaty aroma, like a honey-glazed ham, there are also notes of wheat husk, orange-peel, coriander and clove but the yeast is what really stands out with this brew.
T: Without the bitterness generally associated with beer this is possibly the easiest beer you could ever drink - it goes down like tap water. But what it belies with its simplicity it makes up for in its character - spicy, clove/coriander flavours with that citric twist and a smooth easy wheat flavour throughout.
M: Lightish body with medium excitable (almost sharp) carbonation.
D: Once again a Belgian brewer has made a brew that is both simple yet interesting, it's difficult to top this a Witbier doing what a Witbier should do - give the drinker a light, refreshing and spicy beer - this has it in spades. Even the price is good ($9 for a 750ml). The only criticism you could level at this brew is the same criticism you can level at all Witbiers: it needs more heft. And if you're thinking that - you need to buy a Belgian Strong Pale Ale instead. I will definitely buy this again.
Food match: Seafood springs to mind immediately - parmesan-crumbed baked fish or lobster with melted butter, think delicate, sophisticated flavours with this brew.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 03:16:40 | More by doktorhops
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A very light, sessionable wit bier. Pours just about the lightest hazy gold color I have seen. Huge foamy, sticky head. After sipping some beer, the head remained stuck to the bottom of the flute when turned upside down. Head retention is excellent and there are thick patches of lacing.
Smell is fairly mild, the coriander and orange peel are prominent along with a bit of wheat bitterness.
Taste is fairly similar to the aroma. Mild but still with some noticible flavors and spiciness
Mouthfeel is very light...not watery, just light. Would make a good summertime session beer, but not a memorable witbier.
O(verall not bad. Tasty but very light.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2013 00:08:00 | More by JayQue
3.81/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle poured into tulip glass.
Pours a deep straw color with a huge foamy white head. Very crisp aroma, with lots of orange peel and lemon zest up front. Sweet sugar mix, coriander, and some bubblegum round out the nose. This tastes just as sweet has it smells, tons of sweet sugary orange. Middle of the palate I'm getting more of that bubblegum that I smelled. Back of the mouth it turns to more of wheat finish. The mouth feel is a bit thin compared to
the other beers I've had in this category. Low ABV makes this a beer to drink anytime, especially good summer beer. Not bad for a beer I got on sale for a buck, I'd drink this again if the mood was right.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2013 01:19:26 | More by screamking
Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.