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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,063 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 91
Gots: 174 | FT: 1
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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 climax
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 705ml corked and caged bottle. This was a Christmas present but it was past the "Best Before" date of 06/01/09! Whoops!

A: The color was an opaque straw color that was more yellow or golden than a typical witbier. Possibly due to the age of the beer? Bright white head that faded quickly.

S: Fruity. No sour notes.

T: Sweet with no appreciable hop bitterness. The same fruitiness of the nose came through on the palate. There was a slight tartness in the back of the throat.

M: Fairly thin but yet there was pleasant creaminess from the mild carbonation.

D: Kind of a sweet "desert" beer for me. Good after dinner. No trouble finishing the 750 ml bottle but that was enough for me at one sitting. I hope this was a "representative" sample since the best before date was 7 months past. I did not notice any objectionable or "off" flavors.

Photo of bjacobsen
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Maudite glass.

This beer pours a a golden straw colored gold, far brighter than a typical wit. Pillowy soft white head that came and went without any lacing at all.

Spice, soft wheat sweetness and yeasty esters on the nose. Pleasant...

Taste is fairly sweet, no presence of hops to be found. Fruity up front with a spicy but smooth finish.

As the bottle suggests, this beer is still active in the glass due to its bottle refermentation. Bright and crisp feel that is really delightful.

Since the belgian wit is one of the most drinkable of all styles in my opinion, and this is a very smooth representative of the style, I would certainly say this one is quite drinkable.

Photo of bmwats
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pale cloudy hay color. 2 finger bubbly white head. Slowly settles, leaving little peaks and valleys as it does. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Wheat, hay, and a little lemon. A little musty.

T: A light wheat flavor, and lemon. Freshly cut grass.

M: Light, carbonated. Steely aftertaste.

D: Pretty solid beer to drink through.

Decent atmosphere. Nose is light and pretty characteristic for the style. Appearance... the same. Light color, big bubbly head. Flavor is pretty basic, but very nice. Overall, the is a pretty good quaff.

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

Pours a hazy yellow, with a head that dissipates quickly. Spiced wheat aroma. Has bits of coriander, a little clove, possibly nutmeg, giving it just a slight spiciness. Not very heavy spices. The flavor is much like the aroma, only not as pronounced. It is rather smooth, and the low alcohol makes this a good session beer.

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

Can you find a cooler beer in concept? I think not. Almost like a champagne in my eyes, with how the carbonation just engulfs your mouth. Such a fun beer to drink, and thankfully the fairly reasonable alcohol content enables you to do so in large quantities! I dont think Unibroue knows how to make a bad beer. Cheers!

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a hazy gold with an effervescent white head. The coriandedr is present in the nose, not sure about other spices. It generally smells "sweet". Lemons, oranges, and spices abound in the flavor, the finish is dry. A light bodied, highly carbonated brew that is too easy to drink. An excellent example of the style.

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

341ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice dec16 2009

A cloudy light peach with a two finger head that has decent retention but leaves no lace

S fruity with a fair bit of spice and yeast, quite nice on par for the style

T all I smell but a little more citrus and some very mild banana and clove

M almost too carbonated but quite light and refreshing

D even on a cold day I had little problems with this one, more of a patio beer but very enjoyable nonetheless

I was a little surprised I had yet to review this beer I drank it quite a bit in my summer rotation. another solid beer from Unibroue and perhaps just a little better out of the 750ml corked and caged but it may just be in my head

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

Nice wit. Poured into a Bud Select Pilsner glass (Busch Gardens). Nice hazy straw color, medium size bubbly white head. Average retention, didn't see any lacing.

Good witbier smell. Citrusy, belgian yeast, spiciness (pepper).

Taste is the same. There is both astringency and wheat smoothness to this beer. The flavor is pronounced and very pleasant. Not in the St Bernadus class but still better than many other witbiers I have tried.

Mouthfeel is smooth.and crisp...carbonation just right.

Drinkability is good. This would be a great summer session beer. One with my crab legs on a cool winter night is pretty good too!!

Photo of hustlesworth
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden amber with a foamy white head that has a slight yellowish tint to it. excellent retention, decent drippy lace.

S- this bottle is a few months past its prime but seems to be ok. wheaty malty aromas, with fruity notes of apple and pear. grain aromas are rather toasty as they melt with coriander and orange peel. dense spicy vapor, coconut and citrus.

T- taste is fine too, but i have the feeling that when this bottle was very fresh there might have been a layer of tartness that is now missing. very mellow, white bread. some coriander and orange can be tasted as well. finishes slightly sweet.

MF- fizzy and crisp, just the right amount of medium carbonation. cooling and dry.

D- flavor is sorta bland, and i'll blame that on an outdated bottle. everything else seems to be in order. a fine clean wit.

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

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a light cloudy gold with a sudsy white head.

Smells citrusy and yeasty, with hints of coriander.

The taste is the same, but also with notes of white wine grapes and fresh grains.

Feels light and bubbly, but the carbonation is soft.

Pretty delicious wit. I would have to rank it up there with the best in the style that I've had. Definitely worth a find for wit fans.

Photo of TBeer07
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very light and refreshing beer. Served from a corked 750 ml bottle into a tall wine glass.

A- A light yellow colour, cloudy, with a rather quickly dissipating head. A small but steady flow of bubbles is present.

S- Very pleasing fruity smell

T- Smell is confirmed upon the taste. I received hints of banana, fig, and a citrusy taste.

M- Moderately dry finish with a spritsy and light aftertaste. Very refreshing.

D- I am more of a fan of darker beers, but this white beer has stood out among many I have tried. I feel this would go nicely with a well prepared mediterranean salad. I feel this is a beer for special occasions.

Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.