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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,051 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 90
Gots: 163 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of AdamMY
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly foggy golden brown, but it has a picturesquely white head that is rather resilient in its steadfast ability to hang in there.

The aroma is quite nice apples and bread like yeast, with hints of oranges and wheat.

The taste is very well rounded with the Belgian style yeast very prevalent, departing its bread dough like flavor. It is incredibly sweet with hints of many various fruits.

The thing all these Unibroue beers seemed to be lacking on is the finish, its there but its not nearly as nice or as long lasting as I would wish.

The drinkability and mouth feel are again slightly better than average take that as you will.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Beer is dark yellow and really hazy. Forms a white head that falls away and disappears. No lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low. Looks OK.

Kind of a subtle, weak, yeasty, citrusy aroma.

Nice carbonation in the mouth, slightly bitter in the back. Finishes nicely, a little yeasty a little bready...just OK. Not my favorite from them.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells of citrus, somewhat sweet. Taste is also a bit sweet, spices and citrus, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

Photo of elvisnj
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip chalice.

Pours light orange color which looks good in the sun. Nice light colored head with slight lacing.

Fresh light and sunny aroma to match the color of the beer.

Taste is citrus sweet that ends with a hoppy bitterness with a carbonation bite. Yeast is classic Unibroue.

Mouthfeel fits the style as light and not very thick or cloying.

Overall its quite drinkable and would work quite nicely as a table beer.

Cheers to Unibroue for another good one!

Photo of movingtrain
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled from a Duvel glass.

Pours a straw-yellow with a half finger white head on top. The Duvel glass is keeping the head pretty consistent as the beer rests and warms up a bit.

Smell is of lilac blossoms, bready yeast, mild fruit, wet leaves, lemon, and malts.

The taste is very basic, quite sweet and malty. There are some sugary notes, as well, perhaps from added sugar or form the yeast used. Crusty warm bread, grains, plum sweetness, and light peppery notes in the finish.

Overall, this one is average...almost all qualities of it. It is a beer that would actually taste quite good at a very cold temperature on a very hot summer day. Not a beer that deserves further visitation, but one that is easy drinking and good enough to enjoy.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Fizzy white head that settles very fast, active bubbles, beer is very cloudy, light creamy looking yellow in color

S: Pretty clean wheat aroma, nice and light, some faint spices - coriander maybe, no real bright citrus note to dominate, but it is ok without it

T: Similar to the smell, wheat is definitely the star, the same spice note is present also, but some lemony citrus is easily identifiable, that lemon flavor kind of lasts the entire length of the taste which is nice, definitely brighter than the aroma, finishes slightly tart

M: Active carbonation, pretty noticeable when you first take a sip, but it does keep the beer light

D: Good, super clean, no off tastes linger around because of the high carbonation

Notes: This is a very solid wheat beer. It isn't quite as bright and flavorful as some that I have had, but it is a very nice refreshing and easy to drink beer. Very clean flavors.

Photo of dtivp
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light yellow with a two finger bright white head which did not dissipate very fast.

Aroma of citrus and some spice.

Taste of wheat and orange with some clove.

Light beer with moderate / high carbonation

Nice refreshing beer for the warm weather months.

Photo of scott451
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy lemon yellow into its own glass, a tall tulip. Big three finger fine white head that shrinks to a ring. Lots of lacing at first, then none. Lemon and spice smells. Lemon and coriander tastes with a mildly spicy finish. Nicely round and well balanced. Lightly carbonated. Drinkability is very good. Refreshing. Could drink this all day.

Photo of bgildea
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice light yellowish orange color. Significant amount of head and carbonation. Slight lacing.

S: Good sweet aroma to the beer. Exactly how I expected a good white beer to smell.

T: Very sweet and nectary. Finishes with a slight amount of bitterness, but overall the flavor works very well.

M: Not a tremendous amount of chew to it. But I wasn't expecting much either. For its style, it is just right.

D: Very drinkable. I would definitely get it again.

Overall: Overall it was a very good beer. The flavor was sweet, but well balanced. The smell was appetizing and I'd drink another if I had one. I don't drink much white beers, so I was pleasantly surprised when I had this one.

Photo of ADZA
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought id revisit this brew as its been a while and sadly when this fine brew is finally gone its gone from our shores forever so anyway it pours a beautiful cloudy golden hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head and a rim of lacing,i must admit i remember the smell of this brew being alot stronger but it exudes aromas of all the usual witbier aromas of corriander,orange peel,belgian yeast and lemons,it has an above average mouthfeel with strong tastes of belgian yeast,corriander,wheat and finishes with a nice lemon zest finish,overall a nice example of the style which would be perfect with a nice piece of snapper and will buy again if its still around.

Photo of GregPearson33
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

BLANCHE DE CHAMBLY

Smell/Appearance: Murky pale-straw color with a two finger head that held pretty well. Smells sweet and yeasty. Mellower grapefruit, peach and apricot opposed to a more spicy lemon zest.

Taste: Faint understated malts and fruit flavors. Pretty boring to be honest. There is very little carbonation and it feels almost watered down. Almost no aftertaste. Pleasant, but really nothing special.

Drinkability: Extremely Drinkable - there's nothing to it!

Did water somehow get into this beer?? Was it too old??

Photo of SmasNadroj
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully- one of my favorite beers on a purely visual basis- when held to light right after pouring there's a smoky effervescence that gives it a slight genie in a bottle meets lava lamp look. Large (for a beer) bubbles consistantly make their way to the head from the depths and sides of the glass, giving it a seemingly permanent finger's worth of head. Absolutely gorgeous. Nothing pours quite like a bottle conditioned wit

Smells very sweet and wheaty, with a hint of peppery spice, and the taste follows suit with the bouquet. A hint of sweet white pears and asti champagne add to the subtle yeasty wheat backbone, but the flavor doesn't linger for long. A fairly clean finish (or as my friend appropriately says, "hollow") is one of the dominating characteristics of this brew that I've come to like more and more over the years. The mouthfeel has a little tanginess to it, and a slippery white sheet of lacing sort of demonstrates the flavors vanishing act on your tongue.

A solid wit- summery, refreshing, and clean, but lacking a bit of "oomph" in the flavor department. A great spring or summer beer

Note- make sure to let this guy (and any other bottle conditioned beer) sit for a little while before drinking. It comes out of the bottle a little bitter and metallic, but the longer you let it sit, the sweeter and smoother it becomes.

Photo of BobZ
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Nice Amber blonde as expected for a wit, frothy head, decent lacing.

Smell: Very nice citrus overtones, the best you could/would expect in a Wit.

Taste: follows the nose, clean, refreshing, I pick-up plenty of orange zest in the flavor.

Mouth feel: Excellent, good level of carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Great example of the style, excellent session beer, possibly one great summer cook-out beer.

Once again, Unibroue has it figured out; simply the best Belgian Wit brewed outside of Belgium, and frankly on-par with its European predecessors.

Photo of prosper
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really WANTED to like this one more. Sadly, it doesn't meet expectations. I guess I just don't like the unibroue house yeast character, as I generally find this brewery's products to be disappointing.

Pours a clear gold. I suppose that's my bad for not stirring the yeast up first. It's been bottle conditioned. Very spritzy, lots of bubbles and a dense head that drops down fairly quickly.

Smell is amazing! Wheaty graininess, bready, malty, with a hint of coriander spice, and some lactic tartness. Maybe there's citrus in the aroma, maybe not. It's subtle. It smells like a wit should.

Taste is just 'OK.' It's definitely got a witbier character - lots of bready malt, and just an ever-so-subtle spice that blends in nicely with the malt. Citrus is more apparent here, but still subtle. It's got a slight tangy tartness to it, and the trademark Unibroue phenolics. Overall - it's OK, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel - it's very spritzy, with a light body. This lightness is enhanced by the acidic tartness. Again - just OK.

Drinkability - nothing special. It's light bodied and tasty, but it doesn't leave you crying for more.

Photo of johnwarne
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Canadian wheat--
Your brothers are more worthy.
Not memorable."

Witbier from a well respected brewery--in my opinion, though, this is not their finest effort. Better than some, but pales compared to big Witbier competition such as the St. Bernardus.
Good with ribs or other 'picnic-esque" cuisine.

Cheers!

Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow with a long sustained bubbly white head.

Smell: Coriander, clove, banana and orange peel - all of the expected players in a nice Witbier.

Taste: Banana, orange and coriander are in full force at first, and then the pale, sour, wheaty malts rise up. Ends musty and spicy, with coriander and cloves.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Very much a traditional Witbier, and Unibroue completely nails it. Maybe a little more sour and musty than some, but that just helps add to its complexity, so that it isn't just a showcase for spice flavors.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 7/12/09. Vintage bottle with best before 9/20/07.

A - Poured a bright tangerine orange with much cloudiness from the yeast. Short lived 1" white head. No lacing. 3.5

S - Fruit banana and cloves, hint of pears and sweet pilsener malts. Light and balanced, mild citrus notes as well. 4.0

T - Light and sweet pale malts in the forefront, followed by notes of lemon zest and clove. The finish is sweet and dry with a mild bready flavor. Quite balanced and nicely refreshing. 4.5

M - Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Very smooth. 4.0

D - Highly drinkable, quite the lawnmower beer. 4.0

Overall - For a beer 2 years past its prime, it showed no signs of oxidation and the taste is very clean. Mellow flavors and is well balanced. Lovin' it.

Photo of ShoeLaw
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 2.5
Pours a light, pale color with little head, no lacing of note and only minor carbonation.

Smell - 3.0
Subdued, with hints of citrus and spice.

Taste - 3.0
Surprising lack of complexity compared to the smell. Refreshing, but with little of interest. Yeast-heavy finish leaves aftertaste...

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Thin and almost a little watered down.

Drinkability - 3.5
The light, uncomplicated flavors make this a very refreshing white that goes down easy but doesn't make a terribly significant impression.

OVERALL - 3
An average, drinkable, refreshing witbier. Not bad...not great.

Photo of OskarL
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden/pale yellow color with a big white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells of citrus, yeast and spices. The yeast kind of damps the fruity smells.

Tastes citrus, peppery, yeast, a bit sweet and corriander with some bitterness.

Crisp, light/medium body with lots of fitting carbonation.

Photo of irishking1977
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not had a single beer by Unibroue that I have not liked. Even a few of their Belgian tripels and pale ale surpass some brewed in the native country IMHO.

A: Bright, cloudy golden hue with a massive rocky white head that vanishes quickly leaving some lacing.

S: Citrus and a mild funky, hint of yeast.

T: Spritzy and citrusy with a mild peppery and yeast finish. Baked bread qualities at the end as well. Easy to drink.

D: I think I'm getting bored of Witbiers; I've had some many different variations, that they just seem to be a light, refreshing easy to drink beer, but nothing that really is overly memorable or stands out. This is not a indictment of this specific beer, just a personal opinion of the general style of witbiers. For the style, this one is right on par, however. One of the top three favorites of mine which includes Victory's Whirlwind, and the original Hoegaarden.

Photo of chickenm
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with plenty of sediment. The large white head quickly fades and leaves a thin ring. The aroma is of citrus, spices, and yeast. The flavor is sweet, fruity, and spicy, with a bit of a citrusy aftertaste. Light bodied with high carbonation. Witbiers aren't my favorite style, but this is a very good example of the style. This would be very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Served at 40 degrees.

A: poured pale slightly hazy gold with 3/4 inch bubbly white head, beautiful

S: citrus and spice with some malt and hop notes

T: citrus, biscuit, and slight hint of spice, no hop bitterness, excellent

M: bubbly, medium full with good carbonation

D: could definitely drink more than one, high carbonation fades in mouth making it a pleasure to drink and not too filling

Outstanding beer. Will definitely be seeking this one out again.

Photo of Biffster
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a slightly cloudy deep gold with a delicate but persistent lacy head.

The aroma is spicy and complex - bready and fruity, with detectable wheat. There are big citrus, pear, strawberry and especially pineapple notes, along with pepper and other delicate spices.

It is much tarter and spritzier at the sip than expected from the luscious fruity aroma. The tartness gives way to a bready wheat malty flavor at the swallow. The spicy tartness lingers in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is light and fluffy with a high spritzy carbonation.

Unibroue can always be counted on to make big exciting Belgian style ales. This offering, one of their first I think, is a really finely balanced and delicate example of a light and refreshing style. It almost seems like a departure from their bigger offerings we are familiar with, but in fact it shows the exact same attention to detail and excellence as almost everything they produce.

Photo of icetraxx
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale orange, a tad darker than most wits. A sort-of creamy three finger head fizzles down a one finger rather quickly, from there it fizzles down to a cap and then to nothing. Very little, if any, lacing. 3

S: Citrus (mostly lemon, some orange), belgian yeast and the associated funk, and a touch of coriander. The aroma is rather sour and astringent, but in a moderately pleasing way. 4

T: The taste starts with bitter citrus and belgian yeast up-front, similar to the Hitachino Nest White Ale, and then that fades into a touch of coriander and hop spiciness. The flavor is quite strong overall and finishes quickly with a hint of bitter lemon peel. The malt is well balanced against the acidity of the citrus, the malt has virtually no sweetness compared to other examples. I am surprised by the amount of Belgian-yeast, even wild yeast, funk. The flavor here may be an acquired taste for the Allagash white and Blue Moon drinkers, but I think this is quite delicious.

There are some dynamic subtle flavor notes that suggest black pepper corns, unmalted wheat, honeydew mellon, . This definitely has an authentic feel that most other Wits miss (even the Belgian ones). The dynamic flavor profiles remind me a lot of the Hitachino without the strong nutmeg notes. Again, a delicious beer. 5

M: A bit over carbonated (typical Unibroue), but quite creamy and medium bodied. Just thin enough to be very refreshing. Carbonation is very distracting. 3.5

D: Carbonation is distracting, but flavor is amazing. I would drink another. This one is great to sip and savor the interesting flavors. 4.5

O: An over-carbonated and poor looking Wit, yet, completely amazing. Drink this.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great cloudy pale yellow appearance. A pure fizzy white head with loose sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smells like a malty wheat beer in a good Belgian way. The taste reflects just that malty wheats and is really good. A great white beer with just a touch too much fizz for my mouth.
Cheers.

Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.