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Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

very good
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Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of FBarber
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mildly opaque but not cloudy gold. Slightly watery look to the beer. Two finger white head - head dissipates to a thin white head.

Smell is yeast and straw upfront. Bit of a barnyard type undertone. Overall pretty muted aromas outside of the yeast/straw combo.

Taste follows the nose both in expected flavors and in being rather muted. Lots of straw up front, bit of a yeasty initial start that gives way to a slightly tart/sour finish. Minimal notes of citrus, lemon zest and coriander are present, but muted. If it wash't for that sour/tart finish, the taste would be rather bland, but that added a complexity that I really liked. Its actually rather refreshing.

Feel is light and crisp with a slightly tart finish that puckers your mouth. Medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Much more European than American in style. Not sure I'd seek it out, but it was an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes out looking like a dark yellow/light orange appearance, nice 3/4" head, good lace job. Aroma had all that yeast phenolic spice rack going for it.

Taste was just spice rack yeast and wheat. There's some citrus rind in there, but just a heavy yeast dose dominates through the entire beer. So much spice bread going on here. Would not repeat.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (marked BB 03-27-17 and with C27151944QFL) into a tulip. The beer is a clear golden orange with a one-finger head. The aroma was sweet with slight hops and no funk. The taste was quite (candy) sweet with some bread and hops. There was an odd astringent aftertaste. The "oddness" in the aftertaste decreased a bit and the overall taste improved as the beer warmed (or maybe I just got used to it). The body was fine as was the carbonation.

Overall, the astringency was somewhat objectionable. What's odd is that I've had this beer before (on tap) at a beer/food pairing and don't remember anything like this aftertaste at all, so maybe this was a bad bottle. I'll give it another chance as I'm sure this beer deserves a better rating.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled back on 3/4/16. Comes in a 355ml (12 ounce) bottle. Single bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Blanche de Chambly" glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a 2-finger foamy white head that didn't last all that long BUT left some nice lacing when sipped. Aroma is of spices (Coriander) and orange zest with some grains. Taste pretty much follows the nose for the most part. with a hint of cloves also along some wheat. Slightly tart with a mild bitterness for the finish BUT didn't linger. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall a good brew that is worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with white head that goes away completely after a while. Aroma has cloves, coriander and some vanilla like sweetness. Taste starts quite astringent and spicy, also slightly lemony. You also get the wheat and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Body is on the light side, dry, astringent and well carbonated. Quite nice overall but not one of the best of its style.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy golden body, coarse white head. Smell contains spices like coriander and mild clove, with some lemon and bread. Flavor is primarily yeasty bread and mild fruit tartness like apples, ends up resembling sourdough or saltines, only a hint of those former spices on the finish. Off-dry, with very mild bitterness on the finish. Body is medium with fine carbonation.
A solid witbier. Everything was in good balance, tasty, good look and feel. I might have been expecting something extraordinary based on the brewer, but nevertheless I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of Eagles17
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was poured out of a bottle into a glass. It was cloudy with yellow golden color and had a large foam head. The taste was subtle and light with notes of citrus at the end. Overall, quite refreshing.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy yellow color with more than 3 fingers worth of fizzy white head that holds for a while. The nose has some orange to it with a little bit of yeast and coriander. It has the bubblegum taste of a Belgian beer but you get a bit of the orange peel and spices on the back end. The feel is medium, well carbonated, and tingles the tongue. This is a good beer. I'm not a fan of wits but this one I could drink.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.47/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Unjbrou Something something French.

Haven't had a brew outta these guys in a few years and typically given the price point I don't bother but this one was a gift from a family member. Unibrou makes some solid beers, especially La Fin Du Mond. Expecting something solid outta this one. Let's get to it.

Look - Poured from the twenty-two ounce bomber directly into a coca cola pint glass. This beer pours murky, twelve noon sun on a warm day in the middle of July with a big two finger frothy and well blanketed white head that slowly goes down as I look away to type. A bit of residue is floating around but I always expect such things from these guys.carbonation appears to be moderate.

Smell - Uhhhh...well this is weird. I instantly wonder if this is an old bottle. Wet cardboard and paper with a big hit of sulfur...though also a fresh green apple thrown into the mix in massive depths...hmmmm....

Taste - Oh may this is some straight up sulfur. There is a bit of a green apple essence as well but nothing else resembling a wit of any type I have ever had. It isn't HORRIBLE but it is hard to drink. Will likely drain pour once I can get a hit on the body.

Feel - Dead carbonation with a moderate body. About the only nice thing this beer has going for it. Swallows with chemicals on the mind.

Overall - Very quick review because this beer is pretty rank. Maybe passed it's day, maybe too different, but certainly unpleasant. This was a $9 bomber? Glad I didn't buy it myself. Pass for sure ..

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice! A sweetish witbier from Canada. I’d heard good things about this and it didn’t disappoint. A little bit of its own character, to set it apart from the pack. A keeper for sure...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is fruity, ripe plum, a little apple and some grain.
The taste is fruit sweet, but balanced.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's pretty good.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, BB 03-27-17
A - huge, creamy white head holds great retention atop a hazed golden body
S/T - yeast, peppery coriander, citric orange zest, wheat, earthy hops
M - smooth with delicate carbonation, medium body, well balanced finish
O - it's been a few years since I had this one. It's very recommendable for the style.

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Photo of MTLDOG
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Yellow with almost a tint of green. It was more yellow than gold in color. Two fingers of bright white head that was very bubbly. Smelled of hay and bread dough with a very faint citrusy smell. Not a lot happening on the nose. Tastes crisp and carbonated but it works with the lemon and wheaty taste. The yeast is a leading player in this one which gives it another layer of doughy bread with the citrus and wheat. Not overly complex but a nice witbier and a lighter crisp offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of GStone899
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Very smooth Belgian ale. Bottle says white ale. Nice citrus notes that goes down very smooth. Really smooth beer with a clean finish. Minimal lacing. Smell is relatively bland but that's the only negative thing I have to say. Would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The wheat malt is obvious with a bit of doughy, bready malt. Typical Unibroue yeast tones, mostly clovey, with a fruity banana finish. The feel is bubbly and prickly but easy to drink.

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Photo of Bone53
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very hazy yellowish golden color; Looks stunning when put up to the light

Smell: Orange citrus peel, wheat, honey, slight spices

Taste: Orange and lemony upfront, doughy midpalate, with a slight spice finish

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied; Very creamy yet crisp

Overall: If you expect this to have the same full flavored richness as some of Unibroues big beers such as La Fin Du Monde, Trois Pistoles, etc. you may be sadly mistaken. This is a witbier and you can only do so much with the style. With that being said, this is a great example of one. Citrus notes, honey sweetness, clean yeast, and slight spices. It goes down creamy with a crisp finish. Its also priced right at $10 a six pack. I rate this beer highly within the style and find it somewhat underrated

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a creamy, hazy straw with an awe-inspiring head. The aromas are beautiful and overpowering. I get orange peel, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, white pepper, and salted crackers. The flavor is much more tame and subtle, with a mild citrus flavor leading in over a crackery malt tones. The mouthfeel is thin and creamy. Overall this is a stupendous beer. The aromas are intoxicating in themselves, and the feel is just marvelous.

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Photo of monticristo23
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

When it comes to appreciating beer, I'm still relatively new. That being said, this is without question my favourite beer to date. The only critisism I have is that the smell of the brew might put some people off before they have a taste, but once they actually take a swig of this fantastic beer, the smell really quite compliments it.
Unibroue really have outdone themselves. They will be a brewery I will buy always and often from now on, and I've only tried 2 of their brews so far (the other being La Fin du Monde). I am looking forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours a nice yellow clear if you stop before the yeast at the bottom hazy if you dont, decent amount of white head dissapears quick.

Aroma - wheaty and grainy with some citrus fruits and breadyness

Taste - first you taste the twang from the wheat with a small bit of citrus behind that and the breadyness from the yeast follows.

Mouthfeel - Very wet, some prickley carbonation thirst quenching.

Overall - As much as this is not unibroues best brew it wasnt meant to be. Its not meant to be a treat but more of a daily drinker and if you look at it from that perspective its way better than any macro you can buy and only slightly more expensive.

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Photo of hophugger
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly murky, pale yellow-gold with a magnificent head and minimal lacing. Aroma is light, yeasty with a touch of fresh orange. Taste is awesome with hints of dry coriander and orange pith. Finish is extremely clean with just a touch of bitterness that balances extra well...

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a nice creamy head. It presents fresh yeasty bread, spice (clove, coriander), and citrus aromas. The wheat yeast, spice and citrus also come out in the flavor making for a very nice Belgian Witbier. Although it has an initial hint of sweetness it finishes with a touch of tartness that makes for a very refreshing light summer beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a tulip.

A : hazy mellow golden glow, 80% opaque. Nice cap of white head.

S : faint bouquet of yeast and breadiness with a slight fruity bouquet.

T : smooth, easy, quaffable. Flavors include bread crusts, yeast, dough, and light fruitiness.

F : easy, mild, creamy. Ends crisp.

O: didn't have a lot of time to really analyze this - but I'd have it again. I actually liked it slightly better ON TAP than the Hoegaarden I had right before it (my fave beer).

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Photo of heygeebee
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale blonde with short lasting head. Nice and zest with spices on nose, and lemons on palate. Lively palate and very thirst quenching.
Nice to have a wit that is not watery for a change....

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 03/27/2017 printed on the bottle. Surprisingly, my second beer review of a beer from Unibroue. 'Ale brewed with coriander and orange peel' per the label. A standard sounding witbier.

Poured into a Unibroue La Fin Du Monde tulip glass, per the label's instructions.

A - It pours a bright golden yellow-orange body. Lots of active carbonation visible as it pours. Three tall fluffy fingers of airy bubbly white foam head. Decent head retention. A tad cloudy. No real lacing to speak of, but it looks pretty nice.

S - A subtle aroma. Grainy & wheaty. A touch floral, but it doesn't particularly stick out. Yeast content, when you look for it.

T - The fruity / juicy orange peel seems to steal the show. More puree-ish tasting than peel. Still, very nice. Some banana, cream, & yeast flavors come through, but no noticeable clove spice is distinct, to my liking.

M - Crisp, clean, and easy-drinking. Medium-bodied with good lively carb.

Overall, an above average witbier. I definitely enjoyed this one much more than others I've tried in this style. Recommended.

Unibroue Blanche De Chambly -----4/5.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy sunrise yellow-orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a thin creamy cap

S: Fruity yeast, light spices, and coriander all stick out. Orange peel definitely in the mix. Wheat in the back. Fruit pops and stands out

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity and spicy notes with orange peel and coriander providing a nice contrast. A bit yeasty and wheaty in terms of base/background. Finishes with lingering fruitiness and house yeast

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation

O: A nice refreshing beer, especially in the summer. Very easy to drink and quite crushable. Certainly worth trying if you're into the style or looking for a nice summer drinker

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