The History of Blanche de Namur
Witbier or bìere blanche ("white beer") is a wheat ale style that originated in Belgium hundreds of years ago. Usually made from unmalted wheat with barley malt, witbiers have a hazy pale color; they are seasoned not only with hops but with spices - Belgian brewers have added herbs, spices, and fruit to beer for centuries. After fading in popularity in the early 1900s, witbier sales have roared back during the past 20 years.
Blanche de Namur is made from barley malt, unmalted wheat, hops, and the classic witbier spices: coriander and bitter orange peel. It also has a touch of brewer's licorice. Hopping levels are fairly low to allow the spices to shine through; the yeast strain is traditional, and Blanche de Namur is bottle-conditioned. The beer is named after Princess Blanche of Namur - daughter of John, Count of Namur - who was born in the region near the brewery in 1320. Blanche captivated King Magnus IV of Sweden when he visited around 1335: she married him and was crowned the following year, becoming Queen of Sweden and Norway. In memory of her "sweetness, beauty, and delicacy," the brewery dedicated their witbier to her.
Inviting, refreshing aroma and flavor; fruitiness from a very traditional yeast strain; and smooth rich body with a bit of thirst-quenching acidity in the finish. The glowing, golden hazy color of Blanche de Namur comes from the use of wheat and from bottling with live brewer's yeast.
Red meat or game; intense cheeses, including aged cheeses; full-flavored shellfish like mussels. Can pair with intensely-seasoned dishes. Traditionally served in a tapering 250 ml (9 oz.) tumbler.
Gold Medal, Witbier, Brussels Beer Challenge, November 2016
"#14 Beer of 2016" & 92 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine "Top 25 Beers of 2016," Nov. 2016
Silver Medal, Witbier Brussels Beer Challenge, November 2015
Gold Medal "Wheat Beers," International Beer Challenge 2013
93 points - First Place (tie): Wine Enthusiast Magazine "Wheat Beers," June 2013. Full review in .pdf
"Europe's Best Witbier," World Beer Awards, 2012
First Place, White Beer category, "Best Belgian Beer of Wallonia," 2012
"Best Wheat Beer in the World," World Beer Awards, 2009
Product Sizes and Quantities
- 25.4-ounce (750 ml) bottles / 6 per case
ABV: 4.5% - OG: 1.042 - IBU: 11
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, wheat, sugar, coriander, orange peel, brewer's licorice, yeast.
Nutritional info: Serving Size - 12 oz. (355 ml). Calories: 160; Total Fat 0 g (0% Daily Value); Sodium 16 mg (<1% DV); Total Carbohydrates 12 g (4% DV); Sugars 0 g; Protein 1 g (3% DV). (Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.)