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Blanche De Namur - Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
85
very good

313 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq visit their website
Belgium

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bf7, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml squat bottle - nice to see the maker of the Waterloo brews back on Alberta store shelves.

This beer pours a cloudy, very pale golden straw colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, frothy, and silken melted white marshmallow head, which leaves some remote island group lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, sharp coriander, spiced orange zest, dry black licorice, soft, ethereally funky yeast, muddled drupe fruit, and a further floral perfume character - strange, that, for such a low-ABV brew. The taste is mildly sugary wheat cereal, neutered coriander, candied orange peel, faint anise notes, and more floral, leafy hops, moving away from their initial perfumed nature.

The bubbles are dense, a tad prickly, but mostly just straight-up frothy, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, the inherent yeast copping a small feel. It finishes off-dry, the citrus fruitiness still dancing with the lingering dry wheat crackers, and now thoroughly blended spices and spiciness.

Bang-on for the style, the wheat, fruit, spice, and yeast all in harmony, it would seem. Tasty, and very summery, for a June day where it looks to be anything but. An easy-drinking, fresh witbier, is all there is to it.

biboergosum, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

outoffocus, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of Jeffh84
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Jeffh84, May 19, 2014
Photo of paradoxnighthawk
4.75/5  rDev +24%

paradoxnighthawk, May 19, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
4.25/5  rDev +11%

DOCRW, May 15, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Canada_Dan, May 12, 2014
Photo of proctah
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

proctah, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a Blanche de Namur stange-like glass)

A: huge, rocky crest of silken, sparkly foam - settles down to a creamy mousse pad... thick as hell cloudiness... the suds alone are a sight to behold

S: coriander, gaudy old lady floral perfume, vague citrus peel... scent of anise seems to faintly cut through

T: wow!... huh... ghostly sort of delicate doughy wash up front... creamy, lightly-spicy floral core... citrusy shortbread finish... licorice gradually emerges as it warms, though never becoming prominent, more of a highlight... light, pleasant bitterness... altogether fairly mellow flavors

M: a little fullish for the style?... lightly floury-grainy... disappears off, feathery, by the finish... certainly a significant portion of unmalted wheat in here... almost like drinking compact foam

O: one of the more elegant, yet boring Wits... reminds me of a cousin of Blanche de Bruxelles

Bouleboubier, Apr 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

bianconoir, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of djura
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale,clearest beer i ever saw. Light yellow with white head,slowly disappearing but leaving 1mm till the end. Medium carbonation. Almost as some wine with bubbles.
S - So good! I could smell it all day. Spices,coriander,herbal,fresh fruits,green apple,fine hops aroma,beautiful.
T/M - Lots of bubbles,i guess that carbonation is finished in the bottles. Very Belgish style beer. Best in the world. Creamy,but at the same time,watery finish also. Medium bitterness,sweet fruits with spices,pepper.

O - This is so good,so pure,so Belgium.

djura, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jim_carignan, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

d_brommer_nh, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bobhoya, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 2/28/14.

Pours a murky light whitish-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, citrus fruit, and tea aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, tea, spice, and citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting tea like quality in both the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

poskok, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/4/14

Appearance: Pours cloudy and remarkably pale yellow - some milky white hues when held to the light - the color really reminds me of Hoegaarden, which shouldn't be too surprising - large, fluffy, bright white head, fades to a medium cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Extremely pale malts and some spices - light, light grains - some wheat, but definitely light - some yeasty esters, including the typical Belgian aromas of clove, pepper, and a touch of phenols - a light touch of citrus from the orange peel, and a hint of coriander, but I will admit that I can't detect the licorice - mild overall, which I suppose is the point

Taste: About as mild as the aroma, but that's not necessarily a bad thing - pale, pale grains and some wheat flavor - crisp and clean malt profile - Belgian yeast, with clove, pepper, banana, and some phenols - coriander is minimal - light touch of licorice in the finish, which is definitely better than dominating the flavor

Mouthfeel: Light body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, finishes dry and clean, very drinkable

Overall: Delicate and refreshing, but not much else

I suppose if you are a fan of authentic Belgian Witbiers, this would definitely be worth a try. It has some nice spice notes, and it's definitely refreshing. Personally, my palate for wits was forever ruined about six years ago by Allagash White. Thanks a lot, Allagash.

angrybabboon, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

SGriner, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerForMuscle, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

wewantbeer, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

nmann08, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

MattXT, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Chessmaster
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy lemony/straw like color with a nice billowy head
S: Predominantly citrus
T: Light, citrusy, maybe some delicate coriander notes, didn't get the licorice mentioned on the bottle.
M: Very carbonated, spritzy, but overall thin and watery.
O: Like drinking a citrus-based soda. For example, Fresca has a similar taste. Enjoyed trying it, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. On the other hand, wouldn't turn it down either. Would have been better if not so thin.

Chessmaster, Feb 10, 2014
Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
85 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.