Blanche De Namur | Brasserie Du Bocq

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Blanche De NamurBlanche De Namur

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy pale yellow color with some yeast sediments, the pour quickly builds up very thick silky white head that retains itself very well with great retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy layer covering atop and leaving lots of sticky lacing patch along the way, high visible carbonation.

In a nose, it is very fruity that reminds me of citrus, lime juice, orange peel, and hint of banana. Also, spiciness at time with notes of clove and coriander together with floral bouquet as well as sweet bready malt.

The taste is led by wheat, grain, slight sweet, and bread from malt, thereafter, fruity tang takes over the palate providing notes of citrus, orange peel, lime, and subtle banana. Powdery yeast is somewhere in the middle together with clove spice and coriander. Hop bitterness is attenuated by fruity and yeasty character with only ghost-like suggestion of bitter bite.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel by its good crispness and lively carbonation through the palate, the feeling is refreshing with a pleasantly dry finish.

Straightforward and traditional Wit with all the essential characters of good Wit, it is as good as it is supposed to be.

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Photo of Homer_Holland
2.37/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brasserie du Bosq, Blanche de Namur, Biere Blance, Witbier, Wheatbeer
4,5 % Abv
tarwe en gerstemout
75 cl
tht 02-12-2017
WBA 2009, World's best wheat beer !
met depot drinken !

ca. 2016-10-15
nee, dun, waterig, World's best wheat beer ?!, neen; but I will give it a retry;

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Never had this beer before so to see it for 4 dollars a bomber secured my purchase.

A - Head isn't as exceptional as I expected but this is from a light pour so it fades to nothing. Color is a bright hazy yellow similar to pineapple juice.
S - Peppery coriander, with tangy yeasts and orange peels and just a hint of anise.
T - Kind of flat really orange peel is there but provides no zest. Coriander is spicy but really mild and anise is there which is thankfully minimal. Overall boring
M - Bubbly making this 4.5% beer a chore to finish.

Overall nothing I will run out and get again at least it was cheap. Taste like the Belgium version of Blue moon with less orange flavor...

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer with my cousin Tim in Eugene, he bought it for $1 per bottle wholesale, I got to split the final bottle of 2 cases that he bought. It was a lovely session-y Belgian, perfect for a hot sunny day!

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Savaseri
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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 JakeScully
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Probably slightly inferior to Blanche de Chambly yet better than hoegaarden. Worth it to try and make a half-assed review of it lol. No seriously, drink it once and don't buy again. There are better blanche around.

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Photo of ordybill
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky light yellowish brown color with a white head. The aroma is coriander and maybe some licorice. The taste is mostly citrus with some yeast flavoring. An average beer.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale cloudy straw colour with a decent white head that retains very well

S - Not overpowering but hints of citrus and hop

T - Citrus and wheat with a clean after taste

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation

O - A very good representation of the style

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 75cl Bottle to an Erdinger glass.

A: The body is truly crystalline with a fainted yellow color. The head has good retention and leaves trails of lacing.
S: The smell is tricky, I've found notes of something tree-y, with a citrus & hops background profile.
T: Citrus, wheat but sweeter, not bitter as expected from witbiers.
M: Less consistent, less bready than the usual wheat beer but it's actually great.
O: I came here because of WBAs and I got surprised in a good way. Will search for more like this.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 craftbeersweden
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, yellow, beer with a three finger high, white, head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose: Koriander, citrus, lemon, orange and Belgian yeast.
Taste: Citrus, coriander and orange zest. Tart.
Body: Medium to light. Soft carbonation. A light bitterness.

Great summer-beer!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow hazy colour with a large pillowy white head. Aromas of pale wheat, coriander and citrus-orange zest develops. Light liveliness with a thin texture and a light body. Brief sweetness which builds a light acidity. Short-medium long lasting finish. Refreshing.

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Photo of drmeto
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-pours a cloudy,really pale golden with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Coriander,clove,lemon & orange zest,musty
-slightly tart
-lemon & orange zest,coriander
-light to medium body
-medium carbonation
Not a big Fan of Witbiers but this was good.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle as a cloudy straw color. Had a one-finger head of fine bubbles. The aroma was a sweet and assertive: floral, fruity, and a bit hoppy. Really nice!! The taste followed the aroma but less sweet and somewhat more hoppy. The effervescence level of the carbonation was quite pleasant, and the body was appropriate for the style.

Overall, I like this refreshing beer even though it's not my favorite style. I would get it again based only on its fantastic aroma.

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Photo of chinchill
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

33 cl stubby bottle with a BB date stamp of 22 March 2016.
Pours with a massive foamy head that dies down slowly and incompletely.

Aroma: fruity and slightly funky. Hints of floral soap.

Flavor: largely follows the aroma. Mildly tart.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork top poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear golden-yellow color with a big, 3-finger foamy white head that retains long after the pour as bubble continue to shoot to the top

S- crisp wheat nose with highlights of earthy straw, lemon peel, coriander and licorice, a hint of Belgian sugar

T- toasted wheat base gives way to highlights of lemongrass, orange peel, earthy spice, and hay, sweet candied sugar on a otherwise dry wheat finish

M- medium-light body with medium lively carbonation leads to a foamy and bubbly mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- light, but enough flavor to keep it interesting

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at Le Sous Bock, Paris, December 2014:

Clear amber color that produced a very nice, dense white head that was very well retained. Nice aroma and a very good taste. Light feel and very easy to drink. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite good, enjoyable even but world's best?
No it does stand above most of this brewers fayre
Presents itself as a good looking ale
With limited aroma and flavour

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Extremely pale yellowish color with an ok whitey foam.
Smell is sweet and buttery. Same for the taste with more malty tones and banana tones. Spices arrives in the end.
Body is light, cabonation at good level.
Nice witbier but it should have a big personality.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Served cold from 330ml bottle bought from Morrisons supermarket for £1.79, into saison glass. The only Belgian wit bier I have had before is Hoegaarden, which I do like, so looking forward to this one.

A) Very cloudy pale lemony yellow, with thick white head. Looks great, very different to most styles of beers.

S) Reminiscent of Hoegaarden; very spritzy Belgian yeast, with citrus overtones. Can't wait to try this one now.

T) I am expecting a lot of flavour from the smell, but the first thing that hits you is a watery refreshment, the flavour is all carried in the aftertaste. Lemony Belgian yeast flavour, hint of bitterness.

M) Light and refreshing, not as fizzy as you would expect from the head. No nasty aftertastes.

O) At 4.5% this is a light and refreshing beer. My main complaint is that it comes in a 330ml serving. At this ABV it does not compete with other Belgian styles for a satisfying slow drink, and it doesn't compete with refreshing German styles (Pilsner, Helles, Kolsch) served in 500ml bottles. Anyhoo I am glad to have tried it and would recommend anyone give it a go at this price.

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Photo of GiaLvo
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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 biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of djura
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Blanche De Namur from Brasserie Du Bocq
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