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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,050 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,050
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 89
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 DosBeerigos
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

C. Cloudy
H. Golden Yellow
N. Almost like an Orangina; sweet citrus with light spice (coriander)

Comments came from my blog (Dosbeerigos.com);
So the wonderful thing about this beer blog is I have people recommend beers to me that I would never think to try otherwise. Well this was a recommendation, and I have avoided this brewery's beers for a while since I thought the art work was odd and almost "Magic the Gathering-esque". Well like that horrible waste of a time card game I found myself a tad bit interested in this brewery. Also like the card game I found it a bad move, and a waste of time. The beer wasn't anything special. It had some really weak head that disappeared FAST, the odor was really good, and the taste...well it was just overall too sweet. Almost over-powering. I'll give the brewery another try, but if it ends up with the same review I'm just going to "Blame Canada" just like they did on South Park.

Photo of fastsrt
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 ounce bottle in flute glass
A: hazy, golden in color, active carbonation, bits of sediment, solid tight cap of foam.

S: yeasts, spice coriander.

T: light refreshing, coriander, a subtile hint of citrus not enough to pick out the fruit though, reminds me of summer, there is no depth to this one. it is straight forward and simple.

M: pin point carbonation, carries on through the whole sip, finishing crisp a bit on the sweet side.

D: I chose to pour some of the yeasts in the glass, I think unibroue has tasty yeast, but can be over powering and have ruined some of their beers by pouring them in. I find this style beer to be drinkable in the summer soaking up the rays, this one is above average for drinkability on wit beers the spice is toned down from others i have had making drinkable and not over powering.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml that was a year old. Yeast throughout but still assume the beer is still good.

A - Yellow clear with very little head. Debris glitter the bottom but taster is full of clear gold!
S - Bread malts and hops. Very good.
T - Nice malt and bitter taste. Pretty alright for a beer aged this long.
M - Highly drinkable
D - I would have the high ABV beers again but this one seems a miss. Like the best lager I ever had.

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

The witbier poured a clear straw color with a 2 finger foam head that dissipated quickly.

The nose was a light orange peel with the typical yeasty belgian smell. The taste was spicy with a lemon peel taste to it. It was well carbonated and the bubbles were rising throughout the drink. Overall a good example and well executed wit.

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

Tasted on 2/11/10 at the Belgium Room (Hop Devil Grill) in NYC.

Draught beer served in a Unibroue U Glass poured to the 0.3L mark.

Cloudy yellow gold with a small frothy white head and nice lacing. Fruity nose revealing carmelized pineapple, yeast and sparkling cider aromas.

Fresh and delicate with a yeasty center and some lemon candy sweetness. Some minerals and peppery spice coming through. Light to medium bodied. Somewhat lean with good carbonation but lots of creaminess.

Perfect as an aperitive. I would love to also try this with goat cheese or maybe raw shellfish in the future.

Photo of franktheman
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good. It is not my favorite, and no it does not taste like the wonderful Fin du Monde. Nice head, the color is decent. I would drink it again since I have the Blanche de Chambly glass set at home.--- I would recommend this to a friend, but would recommend Fin du Monde before!

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't have any expectations for the Blanche De Chambly. It turned out to be a very good buy. The beer seemed to smell very similar to Blue Moon. It pours a pale yellow, almost cloudy. The taste is similar to Blue Moon as well (more Blue Moon from the bottle, not on-tap). There is a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Its a very "bubbly" beer, great deal of carbonation it seems. Chambly is a decent witbier. I would drink it again.

Photo of ujsplace
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

The brew is a very cloudy (swirled the bottle), hazy, bright, golden orange in color. There is little head to speak of and what is there initially, dissipates very quickly.

Spicy, bright citrusy friut and mild orange peel bitter.

Crisp and heavily carbonated.

Very drinkable, would make for a popular, refreshing summer brew...

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

750ml bottle. A little less than room temperature.

A- Pineapple juice color. Very opaque for such a light yellowish colour. A lot of bubbles rising. Pretty white head reminds me of a fine lace (fabric). It is only a centimeter thick though.

S- The full head smells of pastry. Once it recedes: Orange peel, banana, light malt, light yeast. A bit of whisky smell.

T- Subtle clove, some kind of fine herb (can't put my finger on it) Banana, citrus, A bit of water. Hops are present. Apple after-taste

M- Very creamy. Low carbonation but still foams up quite a bit. The slightest bit watery but works very well overall.

D- High. Feels light but no compromise on mouthfeel and very little compromise on taste. I would want more especially if it was warm out.

Good. An above average beer. Fans of witbier should try.
Might've been better a bit more chilled.

Photo of donteatpoop
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a lightly hazy golden-amber color with a barely present film of white head.

Smells of yeast, orange peel, and a bit of lemon; some cider-like spice.

Taste is spiced and lemon-sweet; a cider and pine hop and some vague caramlization.

Mouthfeel is weak, low carbonation. Checked the bottle... Holy shit, 5 years old. I gotta start checking these things.

Will purchase a newer beer and re-review.

Photo of barleywort
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 341mL bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: pours a light, straw-coloured golden yellow with a thick white head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing. Beautiful yeast suspension, making for an incredibly cloudy, opaque brew.

Aroma: muted floral tones and candy-sweet citrus smell with straw-like aromas in the backend.

Taste: subdued candy-sweet lemon flavour, quickly overcome by coriander and spice. Hints of grain sweetness that surfaces here and there throughout the tasting.

Mouthfeel: light, bubbly bursts due to the high carbonation; arguably light, but not thin.

Drinkability: Not my preference for witbiers, this one overall comes across a slightly one dimensional. I like the candy-sweet lemon taste, but it is quickly overcome by a singular coriander taste. However, this witbier is more session-able than others. Ultimately, it's a solid beer and good general example of the style, but not a paradigm, as it lacks that "wow" factor we all look for.

Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light hazy golden color with a thick pillowy white foam that leaves a few rings of lace.

S- Notes of citrus fruit (mostly orange and lemon), fresh cut grass, and lightly toasted malt.

T- Very juicy splash of fruit and spices initially with a bit of alcohol and sweetness in the finish. The lemon flavors dominate with a noticeable touch of coriander and Belgian yeast.

M- Light bodied with spritzy carbonation.

D- A very solid Wit that I could see myself picking up again.

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

This one poured a completely cloudy apricot with rogue floaties emptying out at the last 10% of the beer. The head was white and not overly large. Lace wasn't much either.

Nose was bitter lemon, banana, coriander, wheat, and subtle alcohol tones.

Flavor was on the same lines as the nose; Lemon citrus, apple, and some spiciness.

Medium body and the feel was pretty fluffy. It was very crisp, lots of carbonation, with almost a gritty dryish finish.

From Unibroue, I guess I figured it out would be better than it was.

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

Poured into a sam adams white ale glass.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow. Has a lively white head that fades to a decent small lace layer head. Has some lace.

Brew smells bready, wheat, yeast a touch of citrus.

Brew is some what spiced, initial carbonation is felt. Has a nice smooth finish and feel as you drink. Has more of the cirus aftertaste. The bread flavors are dominate here though. Can taste lemon as well. Light and easy going.

This is a good sessionable witbier. Its not the best witbier I have had, but it was a very good and is equal to say a Hoegaarden. Allagash has been the best so far.

Photo of Rayek
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Appropriately cloudy straw yellow with very active carbonation. A cloud like white head starts big and holds strong through the whole way down the glass. Doesn't leave much in the way of lace..

S: A light sourdough biscuit aroma makes up most of the goings on. In the background is an orange sweetness, plus just a touch or coriander spiciness. Slightly musty.

T: Light and refreshing. Again, sourdough biscuits dominate. Bitterness is very light. The orange and coriander add extra dimensions of flavor. Finishes with a lemon sourness and a bit of lingering coriander.

M: The light body has nice level of vigorous carbonation.

D: This is perfect refresher on a warm day. It's not bad in the dead of winter either. A very nice Wit.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to a Kronenbourg tulip
Bottled on 9-3-08

A: A steady pour produced a 2-finger eggshell white head. This reduced to a 1/2 finger foamy cap within just a minute or so. Color was yellow to straw colored with haze as expected of a witbier. No lace

S: Citrus-y with lemon and orange peel, with hints of vanilla and coriander. A faint pale malt and banana aroma was also detected.

T: Upfront with honey and citrus with a very refreshing acidic and spicy tartness on the front of the palate while finishing dry with the ever so slight hop bittering. Pale malt taste was also present but not overshadowing the sweetness.

M: Light and creamy with good carbonation giving a well rounded feel. Dry on finish.

D: Boy, this would be great on a hot day. Unfortunately, its about 35 degrees but still good nonetheless. Could be come cloyingly sweet

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

A summer favorite, excellent whitebier

Appearance is classic witbier: cloudy, nice white head that usually stay til the end, with lacing all around

Smell: good. orange like,fresh

Taste: pretty good whitebier. a little bit sweet,fruity,citrus,orange kind of.you know..

Mouthfeeel is generous

Drinkability: excellent on summer day and also year round

Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, spice (clove), tart malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight sweet malt, tart malt, citrus, and slight spice. Overall, a good blend, body, and complexity - though, the high carbonation hurts the drinkability.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Blanche de Chambly glass.

Appearance: A cloudy gold-orange with a nice bit of foam.

Smell: Banana, citrus, and spice.

Taste: It follows the smell, banana and citrus with a pleasant spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: There is a nice bit of acidity on the tongue that transfers to a creaminess at the back of the throat.

Drinkability: A good beer for the summer or in general, the low alcohol content and smooth refreshing taste makes this beer a must try.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.42/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

E gads man, where did this beer go wrong?

Poured out, brown/red/orange, looked unique, great lace, piqued my interest. Aroma, still kind of neat, but my first warning sign, all those smells that makes you think someone should have just got into making wine instead. Apple, banana, cinammon, etc. . .

Taste, confirms, this is like some twisted incarnation of what would happen if DFH made some fancy pants Newcastle brown ale with currant and eggplant harvested from the 3rd moon of Jupiter (i.e. weird for the sake of being weird). Just too much going on, and I realize its a classic, but just not enjoyable for me, in any sense beyond looking at and smelling it.

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

Presentation: A 12 oz. brown bottle with a silver foil around the neck and a beautiful design on the label. I must say Unibroue is second to none in the quality of their packaging.

Appearance: The color is a hazy pale orange. It pours a creamy head with excellent retention even down to the last sip.

Smell: Sweet and spicy with a faint whiff of alcohol. Very fragrant.

Taste: All the wheat you'd expect from a Witbier with spicy and fruity notes abound. One of the best beers of the style I have tasted.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice even feel in the mouth with a healthy carbonation.

Drinkability: It's smooth and not too heavy making for very good drinkability. Definitely a must try for anyone who likes a good Witbier.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Super cloudy tan with a slight golden hue. One finger of rich, soda-style head.

S: Rich wheat, lemon, apple cider with notes of earth.

T: Carbonated, citrusy and spicy wheat beer with hints of roasted nuts and apple juice. Finished very clean. Little aftertaste.

Drinkability: With a 5% ABV, I'd say this is a good Unibroue candidate for a 4-pack purchase.

Photo of grayburn
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have really been trying to get into wits, and this is one of the better ones I have had. It seems too many examples take the spicing overboard, luckily for us, unibroue doesn't take this route.

Pretty light golden color, not quite as cloudy as I was expecting, but I'm OK with that. The head is beautiful, as we have all come to expect from this wonderful brewery. 2 fingers of dense foam accompanies the brew till the end.

The smell and taste both have the trademark spiciness, but it seems to come more from the yeast than the coriander and orange Peel. Nice and light in all aspects.

Crisp light body with just enough bubbles, not too shabby at all, this is an easy drinking beer that would be great for converting some blue moon drinkers.

Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, yellow/ orange beer with a thin but creamy white head that has some excellent retention.

S- Light frutiness and white bread, honey and coriander. This smells like it goes together much better than other beers of this style, it is just very faint.

T- Very light fruit and bread, coriander. Maybe lacking a bit of depth.

M- Smooth, creamy, and just a bit of bite at the end. The finish is clean and dry. Very nice.

D- A smooth, light, drinkable beer. Not super memorable, but worth a try for fans of the style.

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

750ML bottle bought at diCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Beer poured a bright straw colour, Leaving a slight trace of lacing

Smell was floral fragrance

Taste - very light and refreshing, I didn't get that "soapy" flavor that I got from a couple of other entrants of this style. Very fruity in taste, lively carbonation.

This was an easy drnking brew, I easily finished the 750ml bottle by myself. if this was on sale, I'd gladly restock this in my fridge, as I'm not a huge fan of Witbeers, but this particular example was very good.

Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,050 ratings.