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Blanche De Namur | Brasserie Du Bocq

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq
Belgium
bocq.be

Style: 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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#14,706
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188
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451
pDev:
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy pale light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lemon citrus are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste has flavors of lemon citrus as well as some orange peels followed by notes of wheat and hints of coriander towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching. I could picture myself having several of these beers to cool off on a hot summer day.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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 kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown Duvel-esque glass served into Westvleteren goblet in Rome, Italy. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head devoid of cream, of bad thickness, and average retention. Cloudy lemon-yellow colour.

Sm: Lemon-citrus esters. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon citrus ester hops. Very refreshing but simple. Full barley body.

Mf: Coarse, a bit too dry, and ever so slightly too thick. Fairly complementary of the style.

Dr: Average ABV range, easy drinking, and limited quality. Fair price.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back to back with a few other Wits.

Pours a pastel coludy yellow, inch of white foam. Aroma mostly of coriander and orange zest. No licorice present, contrary to the label. Mouthfeel is smooth and wheaty, not bad. Stacks up well to other standard versions, but doesn't bring many unique elements to the table. Slightly more spice than say, Hoegaarden. Easily sessionable, 2 shared pints were gone in minutes...Overall a solid Witbier, true to style.

Purchased at Uncork-It, $5.89 for a 750.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an exceedingly pale straw color, nice and cloudy, with a monstrous head that clings to the glass

Smell: Perfumey, floral blend of coriander, white pepper, orange peel and anise

Taste: After a bready start the spicy blend perks up on the tongue, with a honeyed blend of white pepper, coriander and orange zest prominent; after the swallow, the sweet, floral elements dominate and the licorice appears on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Ultimately a bit too sweet, but I do like the spice profile

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy yellow color ale with some white haze and a small foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of medium wheat malt with some light coriander. Taste is also dominated by some nice wheat malt notes with some coriander and orange notes. Body is too thin and watery and carbonation is a bit low for the style. More spices and a bigger malt profile would have increase flavour profile. I guess this is OK for the style but I have definitely tasted better.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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 NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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 chinchill
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
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 dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy straw color with fluffy, white foam. Aroma has really fresh lemon and lime notes with some bright spices, really well integrated. Taste follows with the lemon and lime, really fresh, just slightly artificial, well balanced, just slightly bitter on the finish. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Easy drinking and well balanced witbier.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acid-washed maize with a mini horde of superfine bubbles zipping up to the cotton white head. Speaking of white, this is the palest 'white' beer that I've ever had, I do believe. The foam is pillowy soft, yet still creamy and sticky; a remarkable combination that looks fabulous and may result in some pretty good glass coverage if it ever deflates. Unfortunately, very little lace is created.

The nose is unique for the style, possibly due to the addition of licorice. Orange peel is far and away the dominant aroma and is complimented by a subdued whiff of coriander. I'm certain that I would never have identified the licorice without knowing of its presence and I'm not even sure that I can identify it now. It does, however, add olfactory interest. Let's hope that it works as well on the palate.

The licorice is really only noted on the finish and is subtle even then. On further reflection, that's probably a good thing. I love black licore and anise, but a witbier is really no place for those particular flavors. What is more easily appreciated isn't setting my world on fire. I like my wits more full-flavored than this. More orange, more coriander, or preferably, more of both, would improve the beer immensely.

The flavor is essentially a carbon copy of the nose. For some reason though, I don't like it quite as much. Orange citrus is still the dominant flavor, but it's dry, bitter orange-flavored tonic water rather than sweet juicy orange like I'd like. Appreciating the coriander requires a little too much work. I like the spice to be more upfront than it is here. As I get into the middle of the bottle, I'm not sure that I was ever able to appreciate licorice.

The body is definitely on the lighter side of this relatively light-bodied style. It's also pretty vigorously carbonated; too much so as far as I'm concerned. I didn't compare it to tonic water in the previous paragraph for nothing. I like my wits to be a bit more lush and gentle in the mouth.

Blanche de Namur would be a better beer if it was a more boldly flavored beer. The addition of licorice to the classic witbier recipe, if added in just the right amount, could have made this a quirky, memorable, delicious version. With so many better wits in circulation, I just can't bring myself to recommend it.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my oversized 1/2 liter Hoegaarden glass. It fit perfectly even leaving enough room for the last of the yeast sediment and extra foam after decanting. Pours a blazoned sunshine golden hue with a nice clouded haze of unfiltered yeasty goodness. Head billows above the rims of my giant tumbler glass sans lemon/orange wedges. Lacing binds to the sides of the glass nicely even and fine with each sip.

Aromatics offer up a blend of citrus notes and coriander spiced edge, overall very aromatic and perfume like in nature. The bottle states that there are licorice additions but I'm not catching any in the nose. The mix of malted barley and wheat lend a nice cracker sweetness very mellow chamomile herbal effect is going on as well, almost smells like a bag of marshmallows.

Flavor is great a beautiful blend of creamy malt and wheat cereal notes with citrus bite and coriander exotic accents. True to the style great value as well, this is a very nice version of the Belgian witbier. More herbal chamomile notes with a dose of licorice bitterness, very strong spice backing tends to over power the malt/wheat sweetness and the citrus peel balancing act going on.

Mouthfeel is effervescent yet has very soft bottle conditioned carbonation, a great sound was unleashed as I uncorked this Belgian beauty. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with nice rounded edges with citrus and spices sticking to the palate after each sip.

Drinkability is excellent a summer time quaffing beer that I will try to experience again in the near future especially at the 4.99 price tag for a whole 750ml offering. I will be sure to keep my eye out for their tripel, this is my first experience with Brasserie du Bocq and it was a pleasant one.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 451 ratings
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