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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

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very good

1,682 Ratings

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Ratings: 1682
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%

Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001)
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Photo of FLima


3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Whitey orange color with a thin head with low retention, but with a constant plate.
Aroma de vanilla, coriander, orange peel, wheat, Belgian yeast and some banana.
So far, good but nothing different from average Witbier.
One of the Witbier more refreshing I had. Flavor of pineapples, orange peel, coriander, mild banana and wheat. Dry aftertaste.
Initially very light body with good effervescent carbonation with tiny bubbles and an acid sensation. Body gets thicker once warms up.
Drinkability at its best, hard to beat on a hot summer day. On the other hand, same flavors could be more bold and with a more robust body. So you can say it is not at par with other Unibroue brews (ps. Expectation is a bitch), but why not have a refreshing faithful to style wit? Lastly I noticed that when it warms up, changes completely and becomes more complex and robust. Which is common, but here it is more delayed than usual. I was a bit confused to go back or not to rewrite the evaluation.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 16:03:24 | More by FLima
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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very neat with plenty of bubbles. Reminds me of tobiko (flying fish roe). Opaque and canary-gold.

S - Reminds me hugely of La Fin du Monde which I had the day before. Baking spices and pungent citrus.

T - The depth of aroma is not mirrored on the palate, but that's to be expected with this style. I would prefer a stonger yeast character however and I found the orange peel over-bitter.

M - All those bubbles end up bringing too much prickliness to the party. Weight is about right.

O - Blanche may please others as the bitterness and high carbonation may amount to preference. As it is, I'm unlikely to have this again as this style is one of the few where I'm looking for a six pack or larger at an affordable price. Shoot me, but I prefer Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 07:26:43 | More by abeeronthebeach
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2.41/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden witbier tumbler glass.

A very thin but somewhat good retention white vanilla cream colored head. Body is a solid light apricot yellow to orange and with a good rising amount of carbonation. Pretty standard.

Nose has something off about it. Sharp rotting wood and bile is the only way I can describe it. It's not particularly strong, and for the most part is not that hugely noticeable. It's mostly a pretty closed smelling wit.

Palate overall is kind of odd and all over the place. Body comes out real seltzery and a quite fizzy and wet. Very little texture to this, and some good gaseous carbonation. The tip of my tongue feels like it's dipped in club soda. It really kills the chance to find something on first sip. Once it's faded only does some flavor peak out but barely. Carbon Dioxide. Faint orange and lemon on the finish. Faint hint of cream.

An overly gaseous beer that kills the palate, and the nose is off putting to unfortunately go with it. I'll be passing on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 01:45:19 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Franziskaner


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a very hazy light golden ale. Carbonation looks very light on this one and head retention is nonexistent. That cork was in pretty tight but it seems flat. Aroma is strongly that of pale wheat closely followed by orange and a bit of coriander finishes it out. Mouth does show some carbonation,but it still seems somewhat thin. The flavor is a gentle blend of pale wheat and soft notes of orange. I get just a trace of coriander.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:55:07 | More by Franziskaner
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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quality belgian witbier inspiration.

Appearance: good & cloudy. Vivid yellow. Between straw & lemon in color.

Aroma: very wheaty & yeasty. Has a rich, tasty yeast ester aroma.

Taste: tons of up front banana, followed by a creamy yeast kick

Mouthfeel: surprisingly thick & creamy. Not a thick beer, just more body than expected for a wit.

The yeast ester & creaminess is what does it for me. The fact that they make the beer "on lees" is what makes it a step above the rest, for me. You have to be in the mood for tons of banana, but if you are a strict blue moon drinker, give this refined step up a try.

Worth getting again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 02:57:16 | More by SvenHayden
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw color with a white head.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast esters, spices, citrus and berries in the nose.

T: Flavor has notes of citrus, peach, fruity Belgian yeast esters, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied and a bit smooth for the style.

O: This beer has that typical spiciness associated with the style, perhaps not as spicy as a saison, but it's always definitely there. I like the berries and citrus in the nose, as well as the peach in the flavor. Definitely recommended, one of my favorites from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:32:58 | More by BierJager89
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3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy straw in light, amber when backlit or indirect light; quick offwhite head, settles to full surface film; no lacing
S: yeasty, lemon/orange citrus
T: yeasty, savory apple
M: light-medium-bodied; dry finish
O: Disappointing, from one of my favorite brewers. Thin, not compelling, savory off-note. The nose is easily the strongest element.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:52:09 | More by RandomExile
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3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a tall volumeous head on the pour with the head exploding as i pour. The color is a hazy golden with a good deal of carbonation.
The aroma is wit beer spicy and candied malts playig well in the background.
The taste was good but not alot of depth. It was difficult to separate the each spicey note.
It is smooth and spicy and really is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 12:46:40 | More by micromaniac129
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a clear generic glass goblet at Brasserie Beck (Washington, DC).

A: Hazy pearly golden with 1-2 fingers of foamy, frothy white head with good retention and a fair amount of scattered lace.

S: Good aroma profile with bubble gum, orange citrus, and floral esters leading the way. Malt has a mild candylike quality.

T: The flavor is solid, heavy on the floral features with a strong ester character with floral, bubble gum, and orange blossom qualities. The hopping is minimal with the yeast flavors carrying this brew. The orange is much more prominent than any spice.

M: A nice lush but smooth feel with low-medium carbonation.

O: A solid witbier which is above-average and got my night off to a good start. Not up to the style standard (Allagash White), but still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:42:37 | More by argock
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: October 19, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Blanche de Chambly flute... OCCASION: trying to liquidate the summer stash before the fall season is unmistakable... APPEARANCE: faint, tepid hay-tinted body with champagne bubble and pencil-thin off-white head; no lacing... AROMA: beautiful wheat/clove connection reminiscent of summer; light banana dough and vanilla cream are latent scents... PALATE: fizzy, active and light-bodied; drinkable and refreshing...TASTE: lightly affected, acidic wheat that maintains its nasal promise--a spiced, seasoned flavor...OVERALL: What doesn't Unibroue produce that doesn't sing or sparkle? The "lightweight" of the case that nonetheless packs a pleasurable experience, crisp and aromatic ...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:34:18 | More by dacrza1
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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz corked bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: hazy and straw colored with half finger white head and good retention, very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: subtle, mild pepper, apples, citrus and lemon.

TASTE: taste follows the nose here, subtle, not a strong hop presence, sweet malt, apples and citrus but everything understated.

PALATE: creamy, less than medium carbonation, very drinkable.

OVERALL: this is an outstanding witbier, affordable at $7.99, I would definitely have this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style. I have never had a bad beer from Unibroue, excellent brewery, one of the best in all of North America for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:19:28 | More by HoppyBastard
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - a hazy light yellow pour, 1/4 finger of head which dissipates fast leaving a very mild lace

S - subtle sweet fruits, apple, some citrus, lemon

T - follows the nose, citrus; orange peel and some lemon, herbal, wheat, honey?, some spice near the end

M - light and very refreshing, creamy, very easy to drink, high carbonation

O - This was a lot more tame compared to what i have recently sampled from Unibroue but that's not a bad thing. This is a very refreshing and a easy to drink beer with some delicious flavors. This would be golden during a hot summer day and i think its an ale that everyone would enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 18:51:30 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light straw color, hazy with a cottony head of white foam. The nose took quite a while to develop. It was faint to begin with then it gained some tart citrus, apple and a spice. The yeast wasn't that funky on the nose and the malt was a light sweetness. There was a nice fresh orange peel and wheat. The whisper of banana and clove and maybe some coriander. As it warmed it developed a stone fruit juicy scent that was very enticing. Taste is bland and a bit plain. The malt was a light cracker on the palate. The tart citrus was very strong. The spice competed for the palate and won out over any sweet fruit. The wheat imparted dryness and it was as dry as champagne. I liked that. It lacked flavor. The banana could have been more prominent and imparted a creaminess to the flavor. The clove could have added depth. The carbonation is the lions share of the mouthfeel and except for it this beer is thin.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 14:58:48 | More by utopiajane
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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle split into a couple of tulip glasses
Hazy straw gold with a big frothy pure white head in the glass these bubbles take a long while to subside. The smell is pretty standard for a wit, it also has the typical Unibroue yeasty tang in there as well. Orange, banana, coriander and wheat bread round it out. Overall it may be a bit on the weak side. The taste is clean with this one with the wheat providing a solid base and the majority of the taste profile in general. Also in there are hints of spice, yeast esters and citrus. High levels of carbonation make this quite tingly, the finish is pretty clean and dry while the bitterness to sweetness ratio is fairly neutral with little of both. Overall it is another good offering from this brewery, maybe not their best but it is a good example of the style and one that I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 01:52:19 | More by fank2788
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Hazy golden in color with two fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving a white cream cap on top. Small amounts of lacing left around glass

S- Light orange scent coriander, maybe a hint of something more tropical like pineapple.

T- Lots of orange and hints of coriander, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Does have a bready undertone as well. Very mild on the whole.

M- Very creamy, very smooth. Fairly high carbonation, bubbles can be seen rising rapidly to the top more than 10 minutes after pouring.

O-Very nice brew, and a step up from other witbiers and one of the best in the style that I’ve ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:17:26 | More by DenisKolkin
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Alberta (Canada)

4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The witbier offering from my favorite Canadian brewery pours a nice murky burnt apple juice gold, with a ton of white head. An aggressive pour might leave cakes of yeast swimming in your glass, but it makes little sense to pour this beer like a sissy. You want the froth effect, trust me. Aroma is bready malt, citrus, spice, a touch of herbs. Palate is a bouquet of the expected coriander, citrus pith and fruit (orange, lemon, a bit of tropical pineapple which combines with a creamy mouth feel to produce a pina colada effect). Refreshing but not boring, finish is sweet and herbal, with a lingering yeasty sweetness almost like caramel corn. Almost no detectable alcohol or technical flaws I can pick out. Carbonation is lively and right where it needs to be to lift the fruit and spice. An archetypal Belgian witbier and I echo the other reviewers who feel this is the standard to which others should be compared.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 22:24:47 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a travesty that this is #27 currently. I have to agree with previous reviewers, this beer should define what a Belgian Wit should be. Light, refreshing, intriguing with complexity without over the top flavors. I had this beer for the first time and couldn't believe it. Allagash White, which is currently #1 at the time of this review, has spice, I'll give it that, but from a complete package perspective, it just doesn't stand up to this brew.

Remember, beer isn't always about what has the the most in your face flavor, sometimes it is about the subtle complexity, the hint of what lies underneath that brings you back for more. I am in California and snap this up whenever I can. Do yourself a favor and do the same if you're a fan of wheat beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 04:14:35 | More by Roughster
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice

A- Hazy pale brownish yellow body. Dense white head holds at one finger.

S- Citrus, coriander, and a general spice. Very light, but noticeable, biscuit malt background.

T- Dry biscuit malt, with some spice and orange peel.

M- Subtly, but highly carbonated. Light body and very clean. A very light dry finish.

O – Great! Light, subtle flavors and feel. Very easy on the palate and my tummy.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:43:36 | More by BWED
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow into my tulip with a lumpy head that quickly fades to some nice fine lacing around the collar. Scent of coriander, orange, wheat, and a hint of lemon. Taste is much the same, well balanced and smooth, with a creamy mouthfeel. The ABV makes for easy drinking. It is a somewhat similar and lighter brother to La Fin Du Monde. Aftertaste is wonderfully clean and slightly creamy. Recommended, especially for the price!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:11:47 | More by srv33
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a champagne bottle to a Duvel glasss.

Pours fizzy white, residual yellow. Kind of a dirty gold. Wheaty nose, orange peel and hint of coriander. Lemon open, slightly tart. Smooth and even keeled. Packed with citrus flavor. Light. Just really damn good.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 13:09:19 | More by KTCamm
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3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale, yellow-gold; cloudy; small head

Aroma: Lemony and spicy

Taste: Spicy citrus; malty

Remarks: Decent overall, but didn't jump out to me as a must have beer.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:19:14 | More by IchLiebeBier
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My Goose Island Tulip glass has been full of Unibroue this week.

This was my first ever Blanche de Chambly.

I was unaware it was a Belgian White Ale, and it's crisp, a bit bubbly, and delicious.

I'm sure this would be great with a nice roasted chicken dish, and that's what I'd drink it with...

But not alone, like this.

It's a pairing beer for my tastes, as all witbeirs seem to have been relegated.

I think if the carbonation was of a lower intensity, I might savor some more of the flavor.

But, they know what they;re doing up there.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 08:08:47 | More by joesmithrealname
Photo of hardy008


4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a one finger white head, with good retention, and spotty lacing. The aroma has lemon, coriander, oranges, yeast, and wheat.

The taste is mildly sweet with lemon, oranges, coriander, wheat, yeast, and orange peel. There is a nice amount of flavor for a 5.00 % abv beer.

Light bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink. This is a great example of the Witbier style, and another winner from Unibroue. This would be a great beer to drink on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 03:18:17 | More by hardy008
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2.44/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

This is our last beer from Unibroue. That makes me sad. They are such a successful North American Belgian brewing company. That doesn't make sense… but it does to me! They use Belgian yeast in their beers, and make some of the best beers, best Belgian beers outside of Belgium. Like Terrible. Terrible is NOT terrible, and is one of my favorite beers of all time. This is on the other end of the spectrum, and is one of the lightest beer styles on the market. This is also not my favorite style, but there is a lot of history behind this beer. I need to do more research on this Celis guy. He seems legit.

Until we started researching this beer, I was curious where they got the name. I guess it makes sense considering where they brew it and the beer style. It's all coming together now! I will give this bottle my full attention, and hope that it is better than some previous white beers I have tried. It IS an old recipe and the brewery has a lot of history. Bottoms up!

In the Glass: Hold on… give me about 10 minutes for this head to settle. I poured an inch in the glass and the entire glass filled with bubbles. Not champagne bubbles… bubble bath bubbles. When the head finally did settle, the beer reminds me of Blue Moon. The head is white and fluffy, and I am seeing nothing but tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Fingers crossed this is not a mess of carbonation.

Nose: Now that does NOT smell like a typical white beer. It almost smells "off", but I am getting a lot of the spice from the coriander. Not much citrus here… hopefully that comes off in the flavor. It actually smells good. There is a hint of dryness toward the end of the aroma. Let's taste!

Flavor: Considering what this smells like, I am not that impressed with the flavor. It is not as carbonated as I expected it to be, which is fine. All the flavor really comes at the end. Not much spice and the finish is there and gone again just as fast. Not that I am comparing this to beers like Blue Moon, but I would order a Blue Moon over this any day of the week. Quite frankly, this beer is boring considering all of the other beers I have had from this brewery.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice offering a hint of velvet to the experience. But just like the flavor is here and gone, the mouthfeel is just as boring. I swished around the beer that last sip, and the bubbles just overwhelmed my palate. Some additional citrus flavors came out when doing that, but you can't due to the carbonation. Again, the mouthfeel is just boring. How many times can I use the word boring in this post?

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? This beer doesn't have an aftertaste. What is lingering isn't much to write home about. There is some subtle spice flavors coming through, but that's about it. The beer isn't getting better as it heats up, either. The mouthfeel is improving, but the flavor stays the same. Again, this is just not my favorite style. Too bad there is an entire section of white beers on our list!

If you are going to buy a bottle from Unibroue, get a bottle of Terrible. You won't be sorry. I will say, if you are new to craft beer, then you need to start with a beer like this. Not this particular bottle, but a beer that is light and has subtle flavors like the coriander and the orange zest. I will stick with my Belgian darks!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 22:30:02 | More by rickyleepotts
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgian tulip. The pour is a hazy light orange color with about a finger of fine white head that dissipates down to a thin lacy surface covering. On the nose I get faint aromas of sweet oranges, bread, and lemon tea.

The beer is light-bodied and has a slightly thin feel that seems appropriate to the style. The flavor is fruity and sweet up front with notes of honey and oranges. It develops to a nice mild grainy tartness at mid-palate with wheat cracker and lemon tones and finishes somewhat dry and herbal, leaving tea-like flavors lingering in the mouth. No diacetyl or other objectionable flavors. Very refreshing and easy to drink. The tart lemon-like notes and herbal finish become a bit more pronounced as the beer warms.

Overall, a nice example of the style, but downgraded somewhat due to the price. Witbiers of comparable quality can be found at lower prices than the $10.99 I paid for a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 18:04:25 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,682 ratings.