I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. It had a "best before" date of 28 February 2014. It cost $3.99 ($0.36 per ounce).
Appearance: One of the whitest witbiers I’ve ever seen. Body is opaque
pale yellow with a white aura around the edge. Forms an average size,
bright white, foamy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Lovely bouquet of orange peel, lemon and candy. Slight floral notes as well.
Taste: I recently realized that I haven’t had an actual Belgian White
that’s really impressed me in a long time (if ever). Blanche de Namur
fortunately has ended that drought. This is exactly what I look for in a
witbier: plenty of delectable taste, something unique about it, and
it’s still a light beer.
The beer begins with a noticeably fizzy, slightly lemony taste. Nothing
tart, but a dry candy-like sweetness (think Smarties or Sprees). Orange
begins to come through towards the second half with a strong burst of
licorice on the finish. As it warms, I begin to notice the licorice at
the beginning as well. It’s amazing how well it blends with the palette
as it seems totally authentic and is not cloying. This is a really
tasty, enjoyable beer. I’m surprised it’s not more popular around here.
Drinkability: While I would consider Blanche de Namur to be refreshing, I
would not describe it as particularly smooth. It does have the classic
Belgian bottle-conditioned body that’s on the thinner side, but
extremely effervescent. It doesn’t get stuck in the throat, and it does
tickle the tongue a bit. I’m surprised there’s so much flavor and
complexity in this light body of only 4.5% ABV. Sessionable for sure,
especially in hot weather.