Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
More adventures from the clearance section of the store.
A Witbier with a Best By date stamp of 12/17/11, only 4 months or so from now. For the price offered, its worth a shot, so here we go....
Clear orangeish golden yellow in color with large poofy head that fizzles out because the bottle is closer to the best by date than I would care to admit. I'm going to have to show some leniency about criticizing the carbonation because of that. But at least there are still plenty of spritzey bubbles rising up from the bottom of the tulip glass, and the color is quite gorgeous.
The nose contains tremendous amounts of floral perfumey characteristics layered over the top of lesser notes of orange and lemon citrus, with a dash of coriander-spice accenting, but only just a bit. The discrete layered nature of the nose is quite appealing to me, I don't know how else to describe it other than that the smell unfolds in noticeable stages as you process it, much like the taste of craft beers will often have separate portions that behave quite differently. Except this one does it in the nose.
Taste is much like the nose, orange peel at first than coriander and pale wheat malt sweetness later. The large amounts of Floral Hops from the nose aren't present in the taste at detectable amounts for me, but I must remember that the bottle is somewhat old. Since it tastes pretty damn good old, it makes me want to seek out another fresher bottle at the store to sample in the future!
Medium-light body, somewhat weaker carbonation from shelf degradation, kind of flawed without stronger bubbly action.
This one impressed me enough that now I would be willing to pay full price for a fresh bottle.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2011 19:05:20 | More by WastingFreetime
More User Reviews:
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
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
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
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