Saturday, May 25, 2013

Blanche de Namur

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (888) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2013
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. 
Grade: 8/10

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