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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,902 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 79
Gots: 116 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the LCBO. Hard to believe I've made it to 333 reviews without doing any Unibroue beers until now. I tried this particular offering once a long time ago and don't remember being a big fan - but to be fair, early on in my beer drinking career I wasn't a big fan of spiced beers or Belgian styles in general. The sediment in this bottle was swirled up and used to top off the pour.

Pours a pale, cloudy straw-yellow colour, topped with nearly two fingers of silky-smooth, dense white head. It wears away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a flat cap and negligible quantities of lacing. Nice aroma that covers all of the witbier basics - yeast, wheaty malts, orange citrus, peppery coriander spice - with a few extra surprises, including some banana and apricot.

The taste is of sweet, wheaty malts and a variety of fruity esters. There is some slight orange and lemon citrus flavour as one might expect from a wit, but with added undertones of pears, apricot and an apple cider vibe that becomes more prominent as it warms. The peppery spiciness of the coriander comes forward toward the finish, with a lingering aftertaste of yeast and sweet malt. On the light side of medium-bodied, with intense, tongue-prickling levels of carbonation. Not the most sessionable wit I've ever had; two would be my limit for the night.

I haven't had a new witbier in close to a year - this is a style I usually avoid outside of the summer months, and as far as wheat beers go, I'm more partial to hefes anyway. Regardless of personal bias, I still say this is a perfect patio beer - the combination of spritzy carbonation and spiciness making for an exceptionally crisp, enjoyable glass of beer even in the midst of oppressive heat.

Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. It seems a crime that Blanche de Chambly is the only Unibroue offering always available at the LCBO - these guys just flat out make great beer, and this wit is certainly no exception to that fact, but more Unibroues would be appreciated. This is at least as good as Hoegaarden, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of that beer (or the style in general). Definitely worth a shot.

thehyperduck, Jul 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a big puffy head that stays around for quite awhile,the aroma is very lemony with a slight smokey hint.This beer is pretty dry with some definant lemony/citruit tones,doesnt have a long finish by any means.Almost to easy to drink,a great beer to drink in the summer.

oberon, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Marty
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Having tasted Unibroue's Fin du Monde, I was expecting a lot out of this beer. I bought 5 liter cask on a whim, and drank it with two friends in one sitting. This is a highly drinkable beer, and a beautiful sight to behold, a glimmering golden cloud when held in the light. A very yeasty beer... especially the dregs of the cask! As far as wheat beers go, I would definitely take an Alagash White or a Hoe over this stuff. Just not as exciting as I'd hoped it would be. The taste was citric, but kind of boring. It had a bit of a novelty appeal, coming in a cask, but if I had it to do all over again I'd probably just spend my money on a few big bottles of Fin du Monde, which is a better beer for its style.

Marty, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and cloudy lemon yellow color with a huge, monster head that went down slowly and covered the inside of the glass with a full, spider web lacing.

Smell – Big yeast at the nose laced with a mature lemon scent. There are also some very pleasing spices in there as well. I can pick up white pepper and something sharp, like a tiny pinch of cayenne or something like that.

Taste – Excellent rendition of the style. The taste was a little lighter than I had anticipated from the smell, but the yeast is there along with a strong lemon flavor and heavy spiciness.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is full, fluffy, and very active in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This one went down well. I would have like to have seen a little more flavor, but a good witbier nevertheless.

RoyalT, Sep 05, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

cam477, Jun 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DanGeo, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of cdog3
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at Beachtree Grill in Poughkeepsie NY.

Poured a cloudy light straw color with a fine white head that disapated quickly to a ring of Belgium lace around the edge. Obviously effervescent.

Nice citrusy aroma with hints of corriander and clove with faint whiffs of spicy wheat malt aroma.

Flavor hits you with a malty sweet citrusy burst of refreshing flavor that has overtones of corriander and clove. Little to no hop charecter to speak of as expected. The finish is on the dry side and has a quite pronounced Clove aftertaste that I think is slightly out of balance.

This is a great beer that I can drink plenty of, hopefully on a deck over looking the ocean or lake, on a hot summer day. A very good example of the style.

cdog3, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of MailmanOdd
3.5/5  rDev -10%

MailmanOdd, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Marc33
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Marc33, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The head on this one reminds me more of a soda's head. Just fizzy & dies away fast, leaving no trace. Smells like it should - yeasty & citrus. Tastes how it should as well. Accurate & true to the style, but just completely lacks any "oomph." It doesnt seem to reveal any special traits or any style of its own. I really dont like the mouthfeel. Too similar to soda - fizzy, and almost gives you the "burning" sensation in your mouth, like a cheap light beer. I must say I was disappointed, and I wouldnt be too interested in trying it again.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +2.8%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of SamuraiJack
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent New World execution of the traditional Witbier. Perhaps not an ideal beer for this time of year (February) but I will be purchasing more for this coming summer without a doubt.
Initial pour reveals a gorgeous golden brew with a pillowy white head that is dense and sticky and slow to fade.
Initial taste shows a beer with a light body, dominated by a powerful almost citric crispness balanced by an excellent grain flavour. Spices come into play soon after - pepper, coriander, some dried fruit - all building off the citrus, hops and fruity yeasts. The finish is intensely dry and refeshing.
I have never tasted a Witbier from the United States that comes even close to this beer. Fabulous - a true session beer.

SamuraiJack, Feb 27, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

nstroup, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of EsoxLucius
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy straw yellow, fluffy, but soon gone white head. has good lacing that sticks it out.

S: wheaty mostly, pronounced yeast smell with some spice and citrus undertones.

T: floral and tropical, banana jumps out. it has a malt to it along with some hop bitterness. the citrus i smell is tasted minimally, but it's there. i liked it, quite enjoyably mild.

M: not bad body, a bit sticky and heavy on carbonation.

D: high point along with the taste, it went down very well and it's mild enough to not beat one to death with complexity and ABV.

EsoxLucius, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

TimoP, Feb 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

JasonEames, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

BuckeyeSlim, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a foiled top, freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with a frothy white lace.

Smell: Light whiff of dehydrated fruit and sweet spices.

Taste: Very crisp with a light to medium body, the crispness cradles the mild hop bitterness and the dry grain flavour. Soon after a peppery spiciness follows as well as a slight fruit flavour from the yeast. An underlying dried orange peel flavour lingers into the dry finish with some coriander.

Notes: Part of the yeast was spilled into this sample ... it really added an other complexity to this brew. Not a bad White Ale to be had here, definitely closer to a Belgian White Ale than most American breweries have come. 5% abv.

Jason, May 22, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow! A Unibroue with a low abv. This will be interesting. Pours a hazy, straw yellow, with an immense tightlyknit white head. Head is prolonged and leaves sheet lacing down the glass. Nose is fruity and floral, akin to other Unibroue offerings. Peppery spices and Valencia oranges occupy the nose. Taste is dry, tart, slightly yeasty, and refreshing. Dry and fizzy in the mouth. Very drinkable. Unusual for a Unibroue, but I like this one. Not as complex as other Unibroues, but I like it as a welcomed change of pace.

merlin48, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on draft @ the Gingerman in NYC. Light/dull orange in color. Very cloudy, white fine bubble head, leaves major lace. Powdered sugar in nose. Crisp, light, refreshing,fresh tasting. Lemony, and spicey, nice dryness in finish. Very pleasant thirst quencher, quality stuff, great with food and during warm weather months.

Billolick, Apr 10, 2004
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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.