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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,792 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,792
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 71
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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cdog3

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2008 22:41:38 | More by cdog3
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a head that instantly recedes.

S- Light fruitiness, almost tropical, orange, mango. You can tell that it might be a bit thin.

T- As the smell gave away, this one is a little thin. Starting thin, this brew gives way to some very slight pepper and then some light orange peel. It's pretty light throughout.

M- I get zero carbonation at all which kind of hurts the style.

D- This is 5% and it is definitely sessionable so for that, 4, however, there is better sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 02:11:39 | More by Greggy
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my favorite witbier. Poured into a Blanche De Chambly glass.

Pours a light gold color that is slightly cloudy. The head looks beautiful. A white marshmellow-ie looking head.

Smells awesome of citrius slight yeast and spices.

Tastes excellent. Nice and light. Perfect for the summer time heat but has enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing.

Drinkability is high since you could have this at a party and most everyone would enjoy it and you could drink several in a row no problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 06:25:34 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very light gold with a touch of haziness. Bubbly. Head retention lasts for just a little while.
Smell: Orange citrus, coriander, and an overall mild spicy character noted.
Taste: Quite delicate spicy tones on a base of wheat. Spice, coriander, and citric flavore persist through the middle. Clean aftertaste thereafter.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied feel. Carbonation 'stings' mildly upon first taste. Smooth.
Drinkability: Very good for a lighter brew.

Overall: Probably one of the better 'summer beers' (Hefes, Wits, etc) I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 02:36:20 | More by coalcracker
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow color. Not as much haze as I remember from the bottle; gives it a little more of a bright yellow middle rather than the cloudiness. Soft white, slightly craggy foam. It's pretty fluffy, but has good stick and leaves some legs.

Lightly fruity on the aroma, almost peachy here. Spices are present but subtle, while the yeast does play a strong role here with a mildly funky twang.

I found the flavor to be spicier and with more zing than the nose. There is some citric peel along with peppery coriander, lending a slightly bitter, dry finish.

In the mouth there's a nice grainy crispness, spot on for style. Absolutely outstanding hot weather beer, as we are currently experiencing here in Phoenix.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2008 17:59:49 | More by BretSikkink
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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

a: This was a moderately cloudy pale straw yellow. It poured with a medium sized, sticky, white frothy head.

s: Mild aromas of wheat, peppery spices, citrus, and most faintly, grassy hops.

t: No one flavor really leaps to the forefront. Mildly peppery spices, hints of orange, and a little banana.

m: Crisp, moderately carbonated.

d: This makes an excellent hot day refresher.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 12:41:23 | More by DIM
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nickfl

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white foam on top of a hazy, pale yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves a bit of lace.

S - Slightly spicy, oranges and some lemon. Quite yeasty.

T - Lemony with some coriander. Lots of yeast in the middle with a slight sulphur note. Very mild hop character in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-heavy body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, not bad overall but a bit weak in flavor. I would prefer more spice and less citrus.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 02:35:08 | More by nickfl
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: cloudy golden body and sticky lacing with a fine, sugary texture. Fluffy white head lasts for the duration of the beer.

Smell: citrus fruit, yeast, and coriander. A very light and pleasant aroma.

Taste: pineapple, lemon, wheat malt, and banana. The clean, bitter aftertaste disappears instantly.

Mouthfeel: crisp and spicy body, mildly grainy finish.

Drinkability: a superbly drinkable witbier. One of the tastiest brands from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 17:37:57 | More by cratez
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marcobrau

Illinois

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

A wit bier kind of afternoon. Rather warm and humid. This one pours with the typical voluminous foam of a Unibroue beer, but the foam slowly subsides, leaving a white, rocky head. The nose is peppery and more generally spicy. Bitterness is kept very low leaving just a bread-like malt character and spicy esters behind. There are hints of phenols, but the finish is quite clean. I top up my glass, adding some of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, which seems to add a touch more complexity and slightly more spice in the finish. Blanche de Chambly seems to have more body than the last witbier I tasted, which was Hoegaarden. Overall, this beer is perhaps slight less drinkable than some of its counterparts and I'm likely to stick to Unibroue's darker offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 01:20:20 | More by marcobrau
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Halcyondays

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy, bright yellow, some floaties, fizzy head.

S: Lots of coriander spice, mild orange.

T: Has a balanced mix of spice and orange. Light lemon zest and pepper as well.

M: Medium carbonation, light-bodied, too fizzy at times, but all around pretty good.

D: The first witbier that I ever remember having. Definitely in the upper echelon of the style. Easy to drink and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 02:12:40 | More by Halcyondays
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gpogo

California

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Slightly hazy pale straw yellow with small white head.

A- Coriander, fruity, with a light yeasty aroma.

T- Somewhat bland flavor compared to other witbiers. Coriander and muted citrus notes.

M- Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Creamy smoothness that finishes dry. Quite refreshing.

D- Yeah, it's refreshing, it's drinkable. Though it's kindof bland.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:27:08 | More by gpogo
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czfreeman

Michigan

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

Blanche De Chambly pours out a golden, slightly cloudy, quite bubbly brew. The beer in appearence is more reminiscent of a Belgian Golden Ale, more so than the Witbier styles. Nose is quite light, bits of oranges, peaches, lemons coming through the light yeastiness. Nose is somewhat lacking. Flavor is a bit light as well. The citrus flavors of a good Wit are there, just not quite pronounced enough. Once again, the lemon tartness,orange,yeast flavors are there. The mouthfeel is quite light, not as creamy as I prefer my Wits to be. The beer simply is too carbonated for my preference. I like the lighter mouthfeel, but just not what Im looking for in a good Wit. My least favorite from Unibroue-an otherwise outstanding brewery. I'll stick to Fin du monde.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 17:54:59 | More by czfreeman
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USCTrojanBrian

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured at Victoria Gastro Pub (MD)

A - Moundy white froth head. Very transparent golden pour.

S - Fruity, peachy (light) aroma.

T - A more mild witbier, not so fruity as the mass-produced wits, but decently crafted it missing something. Didn't quite work itself out even after warming for a while.

M/D - Rapid carbonation throughout, a bit much for a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 03:20:56 | More by USCTrojanBrian
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. There is a fluffy head of white foam with nice retention.
Smell is very muted. Not much at all to it, really.
Even the taste on this beer is somewhat bland. I can taste yeast and a little malt, but no real spice or anything.
Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It has a solid, full thickness and a very smooth feel on the way down.
One could drink a good amount of this beer because of the smooth feel, but it is too boring to want to. Not a bad session Belgian in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2008 00:37:19 | More by BDIMike
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked bottle.

Poured into a tall Weissbier glass. I opted for the sediment, giving the beer a cloudy gold colour. Big cloud-like head. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Lemon scent with a hint of coriander.

Citrus up front, sweet lemon. Some bitterness in the form of orange zest. A slight powdery character, but not as much as Belgian examples. Subdued coriander in the finish.

Fantastic mouthfeel. Very refreshing, but with a slightly creamy feel, quite nice.

An approachable witbier, quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 00:46:45 | More by CanuckRover
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Portertime

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue has some very fine beers. The high alcohol content make them a decent buy. I enjoyed this one in my Duvel bubbler. It had loads of sediment in the bottom soI stopped the pour with just a littlebit of beer left. The appearance was very hazy summer squash color. Smelled of orange peel, coriander, some clove, and a little floral. Taste of upfront citrus with a touch of lemon zest and other mild spices. A fine witbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 21:49:03 | More by Portertime
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LittleCreature

Australia

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

Appearance - 3.5
Whoops, I think I should have left the yeast in the bottle! Lots of small moving chunks of sediment. Poured two and a half fingers of white head that quickly reduced to a thin layer over a cloudy golden orange body.

Smell - 4.0
Not a strong aroma, but the typical witbier aromas are there; orange, nutmeg, clove, toasted seeds of some description.

Taste - 4.0
Pretty much spot-on for the style. Good balance of sweet, sour and bitter flavours. I can taste orange peel, clove, sweet bready malt, perhaps a little pear. More alcohol presence than average for style.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Lovely fine carbonation is moderate to light. Thickish feel over the tongue with lots of body.

Drinkability - 4.0
A small cut above the majority of witbiers, so worth coming back to. Highly refreshing too, but I'd drink this in any weather.

OVERALL - 3.9
I'd say this is probably the best regular strength witbier I've tried. The biggest downfall is the price, which is the only thing that would stop this from becoming a regular drink for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 02:20:41 | More by LittleCreature
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured a hazy orange body with a one-finger head and some good lacings were left. A good fruit smell, like apples and pears along with the usual spices. Medium-bodied, this beer has a prevelant orange flavor combined with the yeast to make a tastey and very smooth beverage. There is also a good amount of pepper, clove and maybe coriander (I'm slightly guessing) that keep it balanced and gives this beer a nice little bump on the backend. Another great beer by Unibroue that is sessionable and a must try for any beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 22:35:35 | More by clayrock81
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Very much belgiumesque. Head retains very well, leaving a 1/8 inch head that isn't going anywhere.

S. Sweet yeast and strange fruit. Hard to put a finger on it but I taste spices hard to define.

T. Initial taste of apple with some light hops. Warms up to exotic fruits.

M. Very carbonated and leaves a sweet aftertaste.

D. Worth it. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 20:47:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in a hoogarden glass, fresh outa the fridge.

Pours hazy yellow, big white head and a little lacing. Aroma of spice, yeast and citrus. Flavor is dominated by malted wheat, somewhat aquaous and very refreshing.

A fairly delicious belgian wit.

Serving type: can

04-19-2008 00:53:49 | More by bloberglawp
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of coriander, orange peel, and lemon zest. The taste has more orange peel, and lemon than coriander. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good witbier. I could happily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 20:50:45 | More by KarlHungus
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured slowly from a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. Very little head but steady carbonation. Virtually no lacing. Color is a light golden with with a steady rotating haze of unfiltered wheat and yeast.

Ripe tropical fruit immediately hits the nose. Orange notes are subtle and light for this style.

Pinapple, mango, and slight orange, but very light. Flavors not bold or overwhelming.

Very light in feel, almost like a wine-cooler. Heavy on the carbonation, but no body or texture. Absence of a nice head took away a lot from this beer.

All in all, not bad. The appearance of this beer led me to presumptively believe it was a winner. I was wrong. I would actually drink Blue Moon or Bell's Oberon Ale over this stuff any day, but if someone offered it to me, I would gladly accept.

Is actually very tasty with some bitter dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 17:58:33 | More by KeefD
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Where is the flavor, my wife said to me as we tried this together?

Now I love Unibroue beers generally, the styles and bottling conditioning is great. All well done, including this one, but where is the Coriander and orange peel normally with this type?

It has a beautiful fluffy head of foam. Slight cloudy, yellow nice.

Smell is clean, too clean, nothing from the yeast like I was expecting.

Taste is the same, little there.

Mouth feel is nice and solid, full, best part about this one.

A decent session beer, when you can't find a better ale of this type.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 16:58:17 | More by robbyc1
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ScottUCF84

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very cloudy straw yellow with orange highlights. The decent, white head fizzled away quickly with little to no lacing. Lots of floaties.

S- Spices, yeasty wheat, cirtus peel, and white grapes /wine.

T- I initially tasted this one right out of the fridge.... but it was just too carbonated and crisp. I let it sit for about 10 minutes or so. That definitely helped. Immediately you taste spices, wheat, and some citrus. The finish is similar to white wine... leaves the mouth dry and warm. This is the second unibroue I've had that shared characteristics with wine (trois pistoles).

M- Crisp. Light body.

D- This is pretty different for a wit... although it's tasty I won't be jumping to grab another.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 20:43:15 | More by ScottUCF84
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle corked and caged. 5.00% abv. No freshness date. Fridge temp. Poured into a wine glass for nosing and then my Hoegaarden glass.

Golden body under a white head. A bit hazy.

Nose is salty and spicy with a lot of sourness. Classic Unibroue yeast. Orange peel. A bit closed for my taste.

Palate is light and airy, citrus again with sweet maltiness.This is nice, but not especially complex. Apricot, a bit chalky. Finish is nicely dry, lightly sour. Yum.

As far as wits go a star choice. Thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 01:42:38 | More by Antilochus
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,792 ratings.