Blanche De Namur | Brasserie Du Bocq

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Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 476
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
5/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.94/5  rDev +29%
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 Carpathia
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of whiterabbit
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of scott
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of PopScene
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of GiaLvo
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of marburg
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of xunorm
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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 allengarvin
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle, poured into a New Belgium chalice. The color is very bright, quite clear gold. An initial head fades within moments of the pour. The nose, however, is near perfect! A wonderful amount of bitter orange peel with a good coriander backbone. There's a subtle spiciness, that may be attributed to the yeast character, or perhaps the licorice. I'm not very familiar with licorice. Sweet vanilla-tinted, orangey flavor up front, with less coriander than in the aroma but still present. More spiciness in the finish, though it's light and subtle. Body is very thin... some more carbonation would help.

Not a perfect wit, but very good. The aroma and flavor are wonderful, at least.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is great, much darker than most; pale orange - murky. The white whipped-cream-like head is insanly tall, takes forever to set and leaves nice lacings. Me like!

S: Coriander, and loads of citric bitter notes - sezt. Ripe bananas from wheat, but not too sweet. Yeasty.

T: Again lots of citirc notes, but here the balance between citrus, spices and malt/wheat is much better. Bready. A faint candy-like sweetness, together with cherries.

M: Body is light and refreshing while carbonation is rich - just what you could expect. But the aftertaste is the best ever; long and bready with bitterness.

O: This is by far the best Witbier I've ever had. Man, I'm gonna by more!

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Photo of tonton
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is nice, noble wheat beer that can really make one appreciate the category to its fullest.

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a large burgundy wine glass - excellent for this brew.

Beautiful white head, hazy yellow brew with plenty of suspension.

The taste is clear and crisp for a wheat, not a lot of citrus, but what hits you is the beautiful effervescence, like a fine champagne. It doesn't seem like forced carbonation, and it fits the flavor perfectly, to provide a sharp mouth and a fine finish.

My favorite wheat beer so far.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured from a longstanding bottle, the Blanche De Namur is an almost crystal-clear pale yellow gold. The bright head rises up quickly and then dies back almost as fast leaving just a thin fingered cap. Lacing is limited to spots and specks. Subsequent pours add haze and cloudiness as the yeast has been roused, but the color remains the same, varying from around 2 to 4 SRM depending on where you look at it.

The nose is sweet, fruity, and floral with an almost candyish malt and distinct notes of orange peel. Some spice gives it an air of freshness similar to wet wood, or perhaps straw (most likely from the coriander), and some anise is present as well, adding to the impression of sweetness. It's bright and clean and refreshing.

In the mouth its delicate, very fine and natural bubbles lend a delicate bristle to the tongue.

The flavor is not as sweet as the nose suggests, balanced by a bit of tartness, but there is still a burst of sugar right at the front of the tongue as you first sip. More citrus flavor comes through, and some lemon mixes with the orange. The bitterness is limited, and it's more sweet than bitter, but remains balanced and subtly spicey. The anise flavor is present as well, and it lingers into the surprisingly dry finish after a flash of quenching citrus and a dollop of sweetish malt at the swallow. The yeast character is relatively subdued, and in the first pour before you rouse it, there's barely any additional flavor at all. With the yeast poured, however, it becomes even dryer and more spicy, with just a touch of chalkiness that adds another thin layer of complexity.

Quite impressive! For what is normally a very cut-and-dried style, there's a fair bit of complexity here. Flavors progress in a certain manner, and to a certain extent, change or morph as your tastebuds adjust to them... probably because it's not too light in style, or too overdone with spicing. Certainly worth trying, particularly for fans of the style.

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Photo of zeio
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks awesome for a white beer in the glass. Doesn't really smell all that much - nothing bad, and nothing noticeably inviting either. Taste is just superior. I think I may have gotten a "good bottle," in that the way it had been shipped, handled, its age, etc, was just right. Mouth feel was excellent - soft, tart bubbly. Easily quaffable.

Carbonation enhances the flavor. Soapy feel. Enjoyed cold. Mild coriander flavor, ultra mild citrus. My idea of a nearly perfect white beer.

First beer of the evening so beer goggles weren't on yet. I like white beers, like Hoegaarden, etc, and this certainly ranks with the best of them.


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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A creamy yellow coloring, decent lacing, a cool looking beer
S: A wheaty, bready, fruity, delicate smell, a tad of lemon, a full body smell.
T: A raspberry, lemony, wheaty cake batter mix, its delicious. A very creamy fruity taste
F: Smooth, soft, nice feel
O: A great Witbier that will have me coming back for more

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color with lively carbonation and a thick whitish head. Aroma is one of coriander, orangeskin and a faint hint of licorice (as mentioned on the label). This beer is also somewhat bready. As it warms up, the orangeskin really starts to show in the aroma. Taste is nice and bready upfront with a touch of coriander followed by orangeskin that fades towards the back of the throat. The aftertaste is mostly orangeskin and a very faint hint of licorice.

A second sip confirms much of the first with even more emphasis on the coriander.

Overall, a very smooth and drinkable ale. I don't understand why it was on clearance for $3.99 (originally $6.29). It is bottle-conditioned however and tastes much better than I expected. Definitely worth full price.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a regular glass from a 0,25 cl bottle.
-The regular look for a witbier. Pale yellow, very opaque. Lots of foam.
-Citric smell.
-A very nice taste. Not bitter at all, unlike other witbiers.
-The feel is really nice.
Overall I would describe it as a superb witbier.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a beer i have seen around quite a bit over the years, but somehow never dipped into until now, i found a bottle for an unbelievable price, and it felt right to open it up on christmas. this is like a better version of a hoegaarden, delicate like that, with a very similar yeast profile, but quite a bit more complexity to it, really an incredible beer, especially for something like seven bucks for a cork and cage large format. its hazy but uniform on the pour, high headed, wispy and white, but a little matte in color, fizzy as can be as i go to smell it. done with orange and coriander, as is traditional, but the label also says brewed with licorice, which must mean the root not the candy, and maybe its a little tricky to pick this element out in nose and taste, but suffice it to say it is certainly part of what makes this so interesting. i love the light banana and cooking wine profile up front, and the earthy peppery spice on the back end, with soft citrus and fresh cracked wheat to it. its effervescent, delicate, like drinking a cloud, but its also full flavored and very distinct, one of a kind, really is like a jazzed up hoegaarden, that light and similar on the ferment, but a lot more going on. i could drink a dozen of these, even the big bottles, this is a quintessential example of the style in my opinion, and shockingly underrated here. if its been awhile since youve had one of these, give it another try, i think it stands out more in the context of all the samey and inferior american made takes on a wit. world class all the way.

edit: so awesome this is being canned now! it remains one of the best examples of the style in the game, and its cool to have it in this most accessible format. good call!

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/28/2014. Pours extremely hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy bright white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, pepper, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, floral, light licorice, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of spice and yeast notes. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, orange zest, coriander, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, coriander, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of yeast fruitiness and spice; with a nice amount of flavor for 4.5%; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic witbier! Great balance and complexity of fruity esters with spiciness; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 hansavijaticar
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light yellow, rich head.
Smell of lemon dominates, banana and vanilla in the back.
Taste same as smell, high carbonization.
I like my witbiers (and wheat beers) less carbonated and with fuller smell and flavour (John Lemon, Viva la wita!, Emelisse Witbier), but wouldn't mind this one on a hot summer afternoon. Better than Hoegaarden, as goodn as Blue Moon, but not as good as St. Bernardus witbier.

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Photo of Savaseri
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle 0,33 cl into weizen glass. It looks cloudy and yellow like a typical witbier with white quick disappearing head. Smells like orange and wheat. Its taste is fresh and also it is medium-bodied belgian beer. Like it!

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Photo of skypup
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One bottle purchased in Belgium.

.75L bottle served in my Saison duPont glass.

A- Slightly cloudy Deep Straw, about two ingers of head with mild retention and some patchy lacing.

S- Obvious yeast, very light hops, and distinct citrus/orange odor. Earthy herbs.

T- Complexity with tart yeast followed by a surge of bitter herbs and orange. Mellows relatively bitter, with some remntnat hops.

M- Mild body, a lot of carbonation.

D- I really enjoy this beer. This fits the "White beer" style right on the head. This is a beer that gives the impression that other witbeirs could be styled after it.

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