Blanche de Namur is a Belgian witbier that is the most famous beer of the Bocq brewery. The beer is known internationally due to winning many awards. It is undoubtedly one of the best white beers. Blanche de Namur is a low fermentation beer with an alcohol content of 4.5%. The beer is very thirst-quenching.
It is truly a one of a kind beer. The brewery behind the beer has already over 160 years of tradition and brewing quality beers.
On the eyes, you notice a blonde, slightly hazy colour. The head is white, thick and creamy. The cloudiness appears when the beer is cold but fades away when getting warmer.
On the nose, you can notice aromas of banana, fruity hop notes, lemon sorbet and wheat. If you pay attention, you can also get notes of coriander and orange.
In the mouth, you notice the beer gives away freshness and sweetness with a slight spiciness. It is very smooth, but you’ll also note a powdery consistency on the tongue. The Blanche de Namur is refreshing and sour. This craft beer has medium sweetness and low bitterness.
Though rather light, this beer is also very popular during fall and Christmas.
History and origin of the beer name Blanche de Namur
Blanche de Namur was a beautiful woman that actually existed. She was the daughter of Count Jean de Namur. The story goes that the King of Sweden and Norway fell in love with the princess as her beauty was mesmerising. The king was on his way to France to find a suitable queen for him. Princess Blanche de Namur followed the king to Scandinavia in 1335, but never became the queen nor returned to her homeland.
The beer's name is dedicated to the memory and beauty of this sweet princess.
Want to know more about the Blanche de Namur beer? Let us answer the most frequently asked questions:
Where is Blanche de Namur beer brewed?
The Bocq brewery is located in Prunode in Belgium. It belongs to the commune of Yvoir in the province of Namur. Fun fact, the brewery is located on a street called the brewery street.
What are the ingredients of Blanche de Namur beer?
The Blanche de Namur beer contains wheat and barley malt.
What are the variants of Blanche de Namur?
Though Blanche de Namur is the star beer of the brewery, there are a few variants of this beer. The other variants of the beer are Rosée, Apple, and Hop'N Spice. In the Rosée variant, raspberry juice has been added, and the alcohol level is lower. The variants are good as well, but let’s be honest, nothing can beat Blanche de Namur.
What kind of food can you accompany Blanche de Namur beer with?
The Blanche de Namur beer goes well with meat and fish dishes. You can also pair it with olives, fruit salads and even shellfish.
How to serve Blanche de Namur beer?
The best serving temperature is 5 degrees celsius. Though for tasting, between 2 ° and 4 °C works fine. The most important thing is to serve it cool, not cold, to fully enjoy the beer flavours. Blanche de Namur also has its own beer glass. It is a straight glass, which is perfect for light beers and allows a better grip.
What awards has Blanche de Namur won?
Blanche de Namur beer made its name famous worldwide due to the many awards it has won. For several years straight, Blanche de Namur won the silver medal in the Belgian Style Witbier at Australian International Beer Awards. At the same award show, the beer also won the bronze medal in the Other Wheat Beer category. The World Beer Awards named it the best white beer in the world in 2009 and Europe’s Best Belgian Style Witbier in 2012. The year 2012 was a very good year for Blanche de Namur as it also won the best white beer award at the Best Belgian Beer of Wallonia and got a bronze medal in the witbier category in Brussels Beer Challenge.
What are other similar beers to Blanche de Namur?
Blanche de Namur beer is a classic and unique beer. Nevertheless, you can look at other beers in the white beer category, and you’ll find some good choices.
Is Blanche de Namur beer gluten free?
No. If you are looking for a gluten-free beer, see the collection of brewery 28. They have many gluten-free beers available.
What are the other beers by Bocq brewery?
Besides the famous Blanche de Namur, Bocq brewery made other delicious brews like the Deugniet and Saison 1858.
Photo par brasserie Bocq.
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