Blanche De Namur | Brasserie Du Bocq

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq
Belgium
bocq.be

Style: Belgian 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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194
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460
pDev:
12.86%
 
 
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy yellow-orange color with a tiny white head that fades almost instantaneously. After fading the head leaves light traces of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is huge of spice and yeast with the spice being predominate of coriander and clove. Along with these smells comes some lighter candied sugar smells and a bit of yeast and hay, which produce a rather nice and inviting smell overall.
Taste- The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with some yeasty and spiced flavors of coriander and clove. These spice flavors grow stronger as the taste advances with them at the end dwindling a little bit. As the spice fluctuates, so too does the sweetness and breadiness, with it growing slightly stronger toward the end, as some orange and sugary sweetness coming to the tongue joined by more wheat bread flavors. At the finish of the taste comes a bit of hay and grass as well as a good hit of a yeast cake flavor, which end up leaving one with a rich Belgian blond taste to linger on the tongue all while the beer only clocks in at 4.5% abv.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker side for a brew of only 4.5 % abv, with a carbonation level that is average. For the style, the wheat tastes, spiced flavor, and lower abv the feel is fantastic and makes for one easy sipping brew.
Overall – This is a rather tasty, authentic and easy drinking Belgium blond. Overall a good choice if looking for something with yeast, fruit, and spice, all while being super easy drinking and flavorful!!

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Photo of REVZEB
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Found this to be a sneaky good witbier. Good orange and lemon zest with coriander and belgian spices upfront on taste and smell. Taste ended with smooth pale malt, belgian yeasts, of course wheat, and some sharp hops. The smell let the spices linger longer with these ending elements.

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Photo of ben_tries_brews
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chitoryu12
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Extremely cloudy lemon yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Sharp hops, spices, and citrus.

Taste: Mild spice and citrus on a malt backbone. Very little hop flavor compared to the smell.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, average carbonation.

Overall: A decent canned sipper.

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Photo of Counsel
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marvicsin
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OlaB
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a huge top of white creamy head. The head takes long time do dissolve and leaves some sticky lacings. The aroma is mainly orange peel , corriander and lemon, but I also sense a aroma of light wheat there as well. The corriander is especially strong in the aroma. The flavour follow the nose for the most. Fruity citrus flavour with strong corriander and wheat malts in the back. The flavour is fruity sour with a lot of spices and it has a dry finish. The aftertaste has a decent and good lenght and the flavours are balanced very good. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and is refreshing. Light bodied with a high carbonation. This witbier surprised me a lot. A really great tasting and refreshing beer. I could sure pick this one for a hot summerday.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a tulip yielding a hazy golden color with a generous head and lacing. Aroma had fruity hints. The taste was somewhat dry but very smooth with hints of fruit. Very with a decent amount of carbonation. A well made beer nicely done.

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Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale colour, big head with medium retention, good lace. Aroma of oranges, cloves coriander, tropical belgian while. Medium to light body, creamy palate, lively carbonation. Taste of citrics, coriander, cloves. Great and refreshing beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2017. Purchased a little while back from Home Bargains. Named after a former queen of Norway and Sweden; the ingredients include coriander, orange peel and liquorice.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy pale gold hue with plenty of fine suspended sediment and intense carbonation visible in columns up the side of the glass. Yields an enormous head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a while before slowly settling as a thick surface layer.

S: Aroma of clean earthy yeast with hints of grain, mild wheat, subtle spice, a touch of orange peel and just a twinge of leafiness. Excellent - balanced and understated.

T: Tastes of dry, earthy yeast with notes of light grain, mild wheat, a hint of spice, faint orange peel and a touch of leafiness. Well attenuated, with virtually no bitterness to speak of upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the style. Aftertaste of earthy yeast, grain and faint spice notes.

O: Very nice - a light, refreshing beer. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are clean and understated with a hint of orange peel. Good body. Easy drinking brew that goes down a treat; well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of mytu420
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flyingpig
2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml bottle from Home Bargains shop:
This one was a beer that got off to quite a bad start with far too much foam when I slowly started to pour it, there was a lot of visible carbonation in the body of the beer as it sat there too. Once I started getting into the beer there wasn't a whole lot going on really, the nose in particular was quite light & the taste wasn't much better with only some faint citrus coming through with the usual wheat & coriander; a poor effort & a witbier to avoid.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blanche de Namur pours a very hazy straw color with a moderately large bubbly white head. Once it recedes, a consistent film retains throughout the rest of the drink. The carbonation is visible.
As expected the aroma is of citrus peel-orange, but also lemon-and coriander. Wheat aromas are also present. What I like about it is that it doesn't seem to have that sugary orange cola smell some inferior quality Witbiers have.
In the mouth it is light, crisp and refreshing, especially for a hot summer day like today. The carbonation has a gentle sting. Flavors of wheat, orange, lemon and coriander, all nicely balanced. The palate is dry overall.
What I like about this one is that the orange flavor is understated and doesn't dominate. I admit that Witbier is a style that tends to get overlooked by me, however, I can see this one getting me into them.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PawG
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance has a hazy yellow colored body with a thin/half fingered white foamy head that dies to a film coating the top of the glass. Carbonation is actually seen rising. The smell has a nice combination of citrus to coriander (quite possibly the strongest smelling coriander-witbier I’ve ever smelled - wow holy moley that coriander is strong). The taste has a citrusy sweetness with a nice spice added to compliment a different aspect witbiers tend to take on. There is a nice citrusy sweet and somewhat spicy aftertaste with a dry sweet spicy finish. On the palate, she sits light, maybe somewhat sessionable for a Witbier at 4.5% but the spices that come in and they come in strong tend to pound the mouth and tongue a bit harshly (ha, its a witbier and to be somewhat expected, no worries). Overall, wow, what a nice witbier I’m certainly more than glad to have, though I’m not a true fan of the style if anyone could try this style they should start with this and hopefully be amazed as much as I was with this one. Hopefully, I’ll get to see this one again.

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Photo of emincems
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy yellow color with strong head retention. lacing is perfect. smells beautifully coriander and citrus. taste is slightly lemony sour. soft and clean aftertaste. very high carbonation with very thin body, watery palate. perfect refresher for hot days, summer style.

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Photo of desint
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is not a clear date on the 750 ml bottle but the back is stamped with "L18F17F1407"

Appearance: It has a very pale straw colored body with tons of visible carbonation leading to a very large pure white head. The body is very hazy and nearly opaque. The head has great retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma: I get a nice coriander aroma from the beer.

Taste: Up front I notice a peppery flavor along with the strong taste of coriander and a light bit of citrus flavor that is nondescript.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Overall: Although the bottle does say it is "brewed with coriander, orange peel, & licorice" it really showcases the coriander. The licorice doesn't make an appearance but the overall flavor from the beer is great so I wouldn't call that a fault unless you are expecting licorice. It is a nice classic Witbier. I would drink it again and I would recommend it if you are a fan of coriander in Witbier.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, pretty long-lasting head. Not a lot of lacing, though.

S: A solid aroma of coriander, wheat, and light fruit.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of wheat, some coriander notes, light malt, a little bit of licorice, banana, a some citrus notes (orange, in particular), and a hint of clove. Basically, this is your standard witbier flavor, but is still pretty tasty. Sweet, light, and vibrant.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a solid finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer has some minor flaws, but is still likable. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of 54V4G3
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of icemanls4
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Dell' Arte restaurant in Brugge.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of Witbier, but thought I'd give this one a whirl given it won the worlds best beer award back in 2009 and I'd forgotten if I'd had it before.

Anyhow, a very consistent looking brew, almost like a perfect cloudy lemonade, with a token foamy head. It does smell florally as you'd expect, and taste is fairly mild. There is some unwelcome carbonation on the tongue, like a strange sherbet, and the feel is just a touch too watery. Mixed with the low alcohol content, I put it firmly as average.
If you see it, try it, but don't go out of your way to pick it up, unless you're a witbier fan!

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