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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,953 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,953
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 83
Gots: 126 | 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.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I tossed the bottle out and I can't remember the exact best-by date, but it was some time in 2010.

A: Hazy light orange. Big fizzy head.

S: Citrus and spices.

T: Tartness and bready malt. Orangey aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

D: An above-average wit.

BarrelO, May 30, 2009
Photo of skinny0ne
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours with a great big fizzy head. The color is a yellowish-white and cloudy from the yeast. The aroma is great with citrus and bread. It's very light up front. A bit of malt sweetness. A nice undertone of honey. Around the edges is the citrus which keeps it crisp. There is also a nice breadiness, like a good white bread out of the oven. And it finishes cleanly with just a hint of honey and lemon. In the back is a bit of coriander.

The interesting thing is that this brew floats over the tongue. It feels as light as air. It makes it insanely drinkable. Everything in it is subtle yet complex. A good beer for a hot day.

skinny0ne, May 26, 2009
Photo of vishneda
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. From a 4-pack with best before 07-29-10. Fairly loud pop when I opened the bottle.

This beer has a nice cloudy golden color and looks very inviting with the chalk white two finger head. A lot of action at the start with bubbles in rising up through the glass. Head retention is about average for white beer and there is very little lacing.

Did not have a strong scent. A little phenolic on the nose and a rich malt aroma. With a few deep breaths I noticed the refreshing citrus smell that is similar to some air freshener. It has a good clean smell but was not overpowering.

Similar to the aroma, the flavors are somewhat quiet. A mixture of wheat/grain and citrus fruit dominates the mix. A little of the banana and maybe some orchard as the beer settles in. Initially a little sweet, I noticed a peppery note as the beer goes down. It leaves sharp, not really bitter. Everything was very subtle compared to what I normally experience in a witbier.

The mouth feel is very light and flowing. This might be the best characteristic of the beer. The air is noticeable but its not extreme. Combined with the subtleness across the senses, this makes for a very easy drinking beer. Overall it is pretty refreshing, though I wouldn't quite agree with its claim to be the "most refreshing white beer". The feel and drinkability of this beer are high class.

Blanche de Chambly is an enjoyable though somewhat uninspiring beer. Very drinkable; I could sit and drink a few and certainly would not complain. Easily a solid second tier witbier.

vishneda, May 25, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours cloudy dark gold with blonde highlights.

S - Lemony citrus, bananas, faint spice.

T - Sort of a let down. There's the yeasty, bready witbier quality, with a little bit of light fruit citrus/banana influence and some faint spices, but everything is extremely muted.

M - Medium bodied, light fizz.

Notes - Not my favorite from Unibroue, but not bad.

HeyItsChili, May 21, 2009
Photo of gameface23
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a very loose head that diminishes rapidly. Carbonation bubbles race up the glass and create a sparkling rim around the edges.

S: Nose of spicy clove and white pepper, tart apples, small amounts of bubblegum, and citrus zest.

T: Fruity with a peppery kick.

M: Spritzy carbonation. Very tight carbonation bubbles and a lot of them.

D: Easy drinking.

gameface23, May 21, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale, golden with lots of champaign-like rising bubbles...thick, white head...clear until the yeast sediment hit the glass

S - Bananas and lemon zest are most prominent...some wheaty aromas are picked up later in the beer

T - Initial lemony sweetness...almost like (I would imagine) fresh squeezed lemon juice mixed with some candied sugars...feint spices come out as the beer warms

M - Tight carbonation...crisp...some tartness in the back of the mouth, but it doesn't really stick around

D - Refreshing and light...easy to get through this one quickly...nice on a warm summer night

RickKrumenacker, May 20, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden Delicious with a bright brass tinge when held into the light. The body is immaculately clear, making both its colour and complexion unusual for the style. The head is bounteous and excessively bubbly but curiously dwindles down to practically nothing even while a steady army of bubbles continue to march just below it.

It should be remarked that its bouquet offers straw wheat and sweet malt dressed in phenols and esters that is typical of most Belgian Pale Ales, German weissbiers even, but is not entirely characteristic of most witbiers. There is a yeasty spice, notes of clove and white pepper, and a splash of cider and Granny Smith green apple.

Apple skins doused in white pepper and coriander is what I taste most. Whole slices of peeled apple are also tasted, likely stewed with pears and cardamon. There is a very real sensation of Bartlett and Granny Smith that together make up much of the taste. It is far more orchard fruity than citric fruity.

Unibroue doesn't disclose which spices or fruit-based additives they use but we do know two things for certain: they do use some additional flavouring and the result is something slightly different from most popular white ales. As mentioned, I taste apple and pear in place of orange peel and more white pepper and cardamon in place of coriander.

The carbonation is extraordinarily high. A witbier should tack on the bubbles so I won't mind it although it is, in all honesty, a little annoying to have my tongue feel like it's being pricked by pins and needles each sip. Otherwise, the wheat is crisp and the spice is noted but restrained. Hot weather is not required to enjoy this witbier (nor is any citrus wedge!)

Blanche de Chambly was one of my first introductions to witbiers and it long stayed as one of my favourite. Although there has been tough competition in that category as of late, I will still often look to Unibroue when hankering for something crisp, flavourful and refreshing. More often than not, Blanche de Chambly will hit the spot.

biegaman, May 12, 2009
Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown bottle with foil and a cap. Poured into my Maudite chalice.

A - Pours a golden yellow, almost straw color with a thin, white head. Looks solid for a witbier, very impressive.

S - Smells of sour and tangy fruits. Esters. Not overpowering either, very light on the nose.

T - Tart bananas at first followed by what I've learned to be a typical Belgian onset. Powerful sugars, bitter towards the end but still finishes well. Much better than American-style wits I've tried. I like this!

M - very smooth on the palate, great mouthfeel from beginning to end. A pleasure to drink.

D - Exceeding drinkability. Very easy to drink, although the alcohol kinda sneaks up on you.

Well recommended.

BrewsCrewSA, May 10, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. After stirring up the yeast, appears a cloudy golden straw color with an inch of bone white, lingering head. Nose and flavor is quite fruity - green apples, lemon, orange, maybe some peach, as well as some subtle spiciness from the yeast and finally, a dose of wheat. Medium bodied with medium to moderate carbonation. A refreshing, great drinking wit.

ClockworkOrange, May 08, 2009
Photo of keenberg87
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a foiled top, freshness date of 06-19-09

Appearance -Poured a very cloudy yellow-brown with a quarter-inch head which dissolved pretty quickly. Plenty of yeast floating around.

Smell - Sweet, fresh, very mildly spiced.

Taste -Sweet and fresh, almost like a cider. Moderate citrusy notes.

Mouthfeel - Light and bubbly. Not over or under carbonated, just right. It almost dances on your tongue, almost tickles a bit.

Drinkability - I'd definitely have another, but unfortunately I only got the one! It goes down so easy and tastes great. Bravo Unibroue!

keenberg87, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a foiled top, freshness date of 09-04-10

A: Cloudy straw yellow with a thick white head and lacing.

S: Slight sweet spices.

T&M: Very crisp with a light to medium body, mild hop bitterness and dry grains. Peppery spice and slight fruit flavor from the yeast.

Good White Ale to be had here, definitely closer to a Belgian White Ale than most American brewers. 5% abv.

cdizinno, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pale yellow with a large white head, heavy carbonation is evident

S - Hints of alcohol and freshness of wheat

T - Nice subtle flavors of well balanced wheat and hints of Belgian yeast and spices

M - Medium-heavy carbonation and light in body

D - Very drinkable, great subtle flavors and just enough great flavors. Great warm weather beer with tons of flavor.

Martin2D, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Pours a cloudy straw color with a large foamy head.

S- A mild sugary sweetness. Smells "Belgian".

T- Sweet, a touch wheaty, a hint of spiciness.

M- Light bodied, carbonation gives almost a creaminess to the brew.

D- Good.... Nothing here will wow you. Kind of an easy drinking witbier.

JayNH, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Blanche de Chambly is a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a nice froth upon pouring. The head gradually fades, leaving a small collar around the beer's level. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A light aroma, the smell is slightly citrusy to go along with the more noticeable yeast sensation.

Taste: A light, but balanced malt and hop presence, the more noticeable aspect is the yeast. I would have gotten even more if I had swirled the beer around in the bottle; there was plenty of yeast remaining. Some subtle orange peel and light spiciness adds to the flavor. Unfortunately neither the smell nor the taste really blow me away.

Mouthfeel: A light body, but the plentiful carbonation also adds a nice crispness.

Drinkability: This is definitely a nice, smooth beer that just disappears. It is that easy to drink. I would rank the drinkability higher, but the taste is just not that much above average, unfortunately.

KickInTheChalice, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blanche De Chambly
Unibroue
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 %, bottle>duvel glass, reviewed 4/17/09

A 3.5 - Ok head, with minimal lacing. Semi cloudy, darker golden straw color.
S 4.0 - Mild aromas and spicy notes. Tart, citrus but mellow notes.
T 5.0 - Taste was the standout on this brew. It's a unique tart Witbier. A fine example of a tart Wit. Mild clove in background on wheat base. Some citrus notes are present.
MF 4.0 - Med+ body and carbo for a Wit.
D 4.5 - A very unique Witbier, I really enjoyed the tartness. Darker in color than most Wits, but still a very fine example of the style.

unclejimbay, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of popery
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, orange-gold liquid with a big white head that fades away without sticking to the glass much.

S: A bit musty, but there are certainly good smells in there, too. Unibroue has a great signature yeast flavor, but there are some unpleasant phenolic qualities in Blanche de Chambly.

T: Nice witbier with an earthy Belgian yeast profile. It's just not a deeply complex flavor and tastes more like a light, relatively generic Unibroue ale.

M: Ok, nothing to write home about.

D: It's not hard to drink, but it's got me fairly bored by the end of the glass.

popery, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a weizen glass.

A: One finger of white head over a pale golden, lightly-hazed beer. Almost zero retention on the head, which made it less aesthetically appealing.
S: Fresh wheat and citrus (orange zest, more specifically). Very light coriander spice under the citrus.
T: Big citrus flavors and refreshing wheat. Spices try to pull through but must suffice as a subtlety. A hint of metallic, and a touch of hop to round out and balance.
M: Crisp, but not in the lager sense. Relatively light-bodied and little to no residue.
D: Clear, refreshing and simple. Not the first witbier I'd turn to, but an incredible take on the this satiating style!

washburnkid, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of dankbrew21
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz, best before 9-24-2010

A- Straw yellow. Large egg whit head. Looks filtered. Fast head retention. Little lacing.

S- Stong spicyness, flowery. No hop presence.

T- Wheaty, mild spice, very thin and clean on the tongue.

D- Very drinkable! I could drink these all night.

I love just about all Unibrous beers and this is my girlfriends favorite beer.

dankbrew21, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml twist off bottle:

Pours a very cloudy/murky light peach/yellow with hugh bubbly carbonation and a nice white head that sadly does not stay for the ride, leaving no lacing.

Smells of cloves, orange peel, peach, banana, the typical wit.

Cloves and spices upfront for the taste as well as some nice peach flavour, sort of winey, sweet citrus notes, yeast, somewhat sour which I don't mind.

Very active carbonated mouthfeel at first, but this beer really dies down after a couple of minutes into a very flat beer. I remember this being better out of the 750ml...but anyways this is a very refreshing wit and a very good representation of the style.

GodOfBeer, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker than I'd expect for a wit, almost amber, but a nice inch high head.
Typical wit aroma. Wheaty, coriander quite dominant, orange peel to a lesser extent.
Citrus comes into play upon tasting, coriander is as active as ever. Wheat kicks in a bit later, followed by a moderate bitterness. Pretty much what you'd expect, but nothing interesting.
Watery (expected), but too much carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Yimosan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden with a nice frothy white head.

S: Citrus (orange rind), yeast, coriander, & cloves.

T: Tangy fruit at first, then a nice spicy hint that ends with a very nice clean finish.

D: One of the best I've had in this style and one that I can drink on a hot day at the beach.

Salud!

Yimosan, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from 750ML corked bottle purchased for $5.99 at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with a Best by date of 2 2 08 into my clean, clear Brewery Ommegang Witte glass.

A Visible sediment floating in the bottom of the bottle. Poured a translucent straw yellow with visible carbonation rising up and a nice albeit brief white head. All of it appropriate to the style.

S Minimal but I get some nice light Belgian yeasts and yes, some wheat or grains. Again, right on with the style. It might be a bit bland of a smell though.

T Nice, light witbier with maybe a little scarce amount of spices. It is really spiceless. If you are a witbier fan but do not go for spices in your Witbier then this is your beer. I think that Allagash White or even Ommegang Witte offer a more interesting taste experience while maintaining the style nicely. This remains a very solid Witbier.

M Light carbonation dances across the tongue in a good way. This is a light feeling beer overall though.

D Way up there. Low ABV and easy tasting make it so.

adamette, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite dark for the style--an orange brown like cloudy iced tea. The half-inch head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

It smells funky. Some yeast. The smell is interesting, but nothing I would expect in a witbier.

On the palate? Dirty, dirty, dirty--wheat and yeast, with lemon in the finish and an orange peel aftertaste. Honestly, I think it's kind of boring. I can't call it inoffensive, but nothing about it is striking.

While there's nothing wrong with this brew, the flavor isn't enticing, and I think there are better choices.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of greg202stewart
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite white ales. It has the look of champagne and is light and bubbly. It has some fruitiness to it, but not overwhelming and goes down very smooth. This is a perfect summer beer and would probably go good with any meal as well.

greg202stewart, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle (fortunately, into a tall hefeweizen glass) with a massive, pillowy four-finger head. Color is a hazy, straw yellow. The aroma from the monster head is wonderful-- lemon peel, bubble gum, and coriander, which had me thinking of terrific hefes like Live Oak's.

After such a great beginning, I had high hopes for the taste, which weren't quite realized. I taste yeast and dusty apple that is very reminiscent of Unibroue Ephemere. If it wasn't for the nose, I'd have thought I -was- drinking Ephemere. Also disappointing was a fairly thin body that contributed to a bit of a watery taste and mouthfeel. This is a light, drinkable beer, though a bit of letdown to me.

Riccymon, Apr 06, 2009
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,953 ratings.