Blanche De Namur | Brasserie Du Bocq

BA SCORE
85
very good
441 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Blanche De NamurBlanche De Namur
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq
Belgium
bocq.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 09-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
441
Reviews:
181
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
96
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of Robertas
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lion088
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of biernack
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of MrHyde1886
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Dmitry_Rukhlenko
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another startling rate for a startling beer. 86? Really? My palate is a strange one...

I really enjoy this, excellent summer beer! Well accomplished and interesting.

Pours a very beautiful cream white, to cream of wheat, to slightly hazy gold color. A beauty to look at in the glass. Lives up to the 'Blanche' in the name. It has a great white shade that I have rarely seen. Even in other witbiers I've not seen often! Has a lively white head and puts off wonderful smells.

Man... the smell of this beer is great! There is cream and dry wheat in the nose, a little earthy, dustiness with the wheat. It is intriguingly floral, I smell some sweet honey, sugar and vanilla as well. This smell really rises and is pronounced. You get a bit of the coriander and licorice as well... but just a bit. I think the licorice makes it smell a bit soapy, but there is something about that and the flower garden scent that gives it a huge shining depth.

This tastes great too, certainly VERY delicate through and through. Begins with a hint of lemon and then launches into the cream. There is a very interesting combination of cream and orange peel and wheat that occurs. Kind of dry when it reaches the middle. And then it cuts back with the coriander and finally just a pinch of licorice that calls from the back of the mouth. Really interesting and, as mentioned, really delicate.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for me. After a long hot spring/summer day. It is a bit dry but at the same time refreshing and interesting enough I am glad the whether is warming up and with this I am not missing the heavy hitters that I love so well on cold winter nights. It's pillowy and effervescent and just really clean. It is a bit tacky on the edges, but I kind of feel like that bit of coating is okay and right as it should be with the dryness in the beer.

This was a good decision... after almost two years since having it last, I'm glad I found another and did it again. The only thing is, now I am kicking myself for not buying at least one more bottle while I had the chance. Overall, a really great witbier.

 2,095 characters

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of logicalparadox
4.94/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.94/5  rDev +30%
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.

 892 characters

Photo of Janv
4.93/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Mrsourbrown
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best wit ive had to date

24 characters

Photo of Carpathia
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, I'm not sure I have had a better tasting witbeir, and I look forward to the day where this one is topped. It has a good, orbust flavor; the orange peel and coriander noted on the bottle certainly make an appearance. It tastes like what blue moon is trying to go for, while maintaining a better body and stronger taste than the Allagash wit and the Unibroue Blanche de Chambly. It pours a wonderful, hazy white with more than a little bit of cotton-candy like foam that eventually dissolved into a glass-clinging 1/8th inch cap. Perfect on a hot day. I really don't know how anything in this style could be much better. Perhaps a bit less spice, but then it would lose the character that makes it so delightful.

 720 characters

Photo of paradoxnighthawk
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Khutso
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of JNPIII127
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Jofroi
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

 752 characters

Photo of whiterabbit
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw color, very light. Smell of citrus, maybe lemony, very light and nice. Flavor and taste had a lot going on for such a lightly colored offering. Definitely pleasant citrus, coriander....very good. Tasty brew, light, yet full flavored, very smooth and delicious. Darn good Belgian, would definitely recommend, a great summer beer. Wonderful and very refreshing on a hot day.

 393 characters

Photo of scott
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I agree with dogfood11, but I didn't notice the metallic twang. I love this beer as far as this style is concerned. It beats most in it's class.
Great head, great color, dances on the tongue, refreshing and very easy to drink.
A great summer sipper.
I highly recommend this if you are able to get your paws on it.

 316 characters

Photo of sfprint
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

 409 characters

Photo of PopScene
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

 299 characters

Photo of GiaLvo
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite beers of all times.
First drank it on tap in Milanese beer pub "La Ratera" then recently found it bottled in Frnce and Italy.
La Blanche de Namur draws a very pale muddy yellowish-whiteish beer with a moderate yet long-standing compact head.
The smell is invitingly fruity and fresh, summoning aromas of banana and orange.
The taste is an exhilrating refreshing triumph of fruitiness which plounges you into a world of fruity sensations encompassing peach banana and orange inspirations and leaves you there pleasantly befuddled and adoring as it slowly fades away. It's the sort of taste whereby your glass is empty before you even realise it.
I recommend drinking this beer alone or eating only faint-tasted food in order to avoid polluting the rafinate cocktail of aromas the brewers have achieved to create.

 831 characters

Photo of BRB1978
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing beer with a smell of orange. Great taste!

52 characters

Photo of marburg
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short story: This might be the best witbier I've ever had.

Long story: Pours a gorgeous semi-hazy gold color with a dense, thick, rocky head. Looks like a massive spring monsoon inside the class from the swirls of carbonation rising through the brew. Absolutely stunning to watch. Smells and tastes of citrus, coriander. Perfectly easy to drink. A slight lemon/wheat to yeast transition -- nothing jarring or misplaced at all. A fine specimen.

 446 characters

Photo of goaman
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
3.8 out of 5 based on 441 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe